Dia de Fundacion Chavacano June 23 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2016 14:01

Zamboangueños will commemorate Dia de Fundacion Chavacano on Thursday, June 23 marking the foundation of the chavacacano language and recognizing its role as one of the pillars of the Zamboanga culture.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead the activity that will kick off with a commemorative program at 8am at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar. The program will be followed by the 1st Chavacano Speech Choir Competition at 9am at the same venue and the CineChavacano Festival de Pelicula y Animacion Awards Night at 7pm.

Entries to the CineChavacano Festival de Pelicula y Animacion will have free public screening June 20-22 at 5pm at the Theater Room, Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.

The Dia de Fundacion Chavacano is celebrated pursuant to Ordinance 374 authored by Councilor VP Elago five years ago.

Chabacano traces its roots to the laying of the first cornerstone of the Fort Pilar on June 23, 1635. Chabacano “borne out of necessity of an admixture of tribes, races and culture and out of it evolved a distinct language that is predominantly Spanish in origin with at least 60% Espanol and 40% native words and survived to this very day.” — Sheila Covarrubias