Celso mulls sequel to chabacano workbook PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 14:22

The city government Tuesday night formally launched the chabacano workbook “El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano” in line with its commitment to education and language preservation.
But even as it is being launched, Mayor Celso Lobregat declared during the program the city’s intention to produce a sequel to the book that will serve as a supplementary reading material for pre-schoolers and students in the lower primary years.

Authored by Prof. Bert Torres, “El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano” will be teaching children the alphabet in the local language with attractive pictures and illustrations.
Mayor Lobregat stressed that the project is in support of the Department of Education’s policy on Mother Tongue-based Multi-Lingual Education (MTBMLE) that aims to teach learners how to read and write in the first language—which in the city’s case—is chabacano.

“During the lower primary years, more focus is placed on character recognition, reading and writing in a bid to enhance literacy. The production of this book is definitely geared towards this goal. Aside from being a means to improving the quality of instruction in public education, El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano also promotes the local language and cultural heritage,” the mayor said in his message.

He said that “El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano” is “yet another step forward in our efforts to support the education sector and to encourage the use and appreciation of the chabacano language”.

The mayor lauded and thanked Prof. Torres for his dedication in completing the book. He likewise expressed appreciation to the committee that helped in the finalization of the book stressing that it was shared vision on the preservation of the chabacano language that prompted the members to ensure that the book is published and used by the students. 

Meanwhile, Prof. Torres thanked the people who assisted in the finalization of the book as well as those who attended the book launching saying their presence was a manifestation of their love for the chabacano language. He likewise expressed gratitude to Mayor Lobregat, who he said, is the brain behind the project.
He said the chabacano language should be preserved and propagated so that it will remain to  be one of the acceptable languages worldwide.

Hordes of people representing the different sectors supporting the chabacano language preservation advocacy turned up at the ballroom of the Garden Orchid Hotel to witness the book launching paving the way for its use in day care centers and public elementary schools starting this school year.

Among those present during the program were Archbishop Romulo Valles, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Joana Mas, Abdurahman Nuno, VP Elago, Percival Ramos, Rey Candido and Rudy Lim, Dr. Hermenegildo Malcampo, City Schools Supt. Dr. Dolores Alcantara, ZSCMST President Dr. Milavel Nazario, DILG Asst. Regional Director Sonny Cuevas, Fr. Max Rodriguez, Fr. Taib, city department heads, school heads and principals, Red Cross Administrator Vic Liozo, family and friends of Pro. Torres and other guests. — Sheila Covarrubias