Guingona backs ordinance on Chabacano PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 14:23

Councilor Benjamin “Nonong” Guingona has thrown his support to a proposed ordinance authored by Councilor VP Elago declaring every June 23 of each year as the “ Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano.

Ordinance No. 2011-21 that provides for allocation of funds for the commemoration of the proposed “Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano” was tackled yesterday in its second reading.

The proposed ordinance, co-authored by Councilor Rudy Lim states that “Chabacano dialect dates back to June 23, 1635 when the cornerstone of Fort Pilar originally known as Fuerza de San Jose was first laid. The selection of this significant day is based on historical facts that Chabacano, a Spanish derivative was born when construction workers from Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo where brought in to build the fort along with the Subanons, Lutaos and Sama natives who could not understand each other including their Spanish employers resulting to an evolution of a new Spanish-based dialect as means for communication which later on would be called Chabacano and spoken be over a million people all throughout the Philippines. Chabacano of Zamboanga is the most unique language in the Philippines with over 700,000 people in the Zamboanga peninsula using it as their main mode of communication.”

Whereas, the City Government of Zamboanga is exerting effort in the preservation and promotion of the usage of Chabacano as well as culture and heritage by all its residents including new settlers in the city, it is but important to declare the “Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano, Elago said.
Guingona said he is supporting the proposed ordinance because it is very important in the history of Zamboanga City.

“History should be nourished and preserved so that people in the future generation will know what is the beginning of the city and the people who laid its foundation,” Guingona said. — Allen Abastillas