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Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:14

The City of Zamboanga celebrated the Chavacano language, one of the pillars of Zamboangueño culture, with the culminating competitions which marked the 6th Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano.

The 2nd Chavacano Speech Choir and the 1st Chavacano Quiz Bee competitions headlined the Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano, an annual event which recognizes the Chavacano language and its founding, and aims to preserve and promote its usage among residents and new settlers.

The Regional Science High School retained its crown as the Chavacano speech choir champion for the second time from a field of six competitors. Claiming the second and third place were the St. Joseph School and Western Mindanao State University, respectively.

The 2nd Chavacano Speech Choir featured Chavacano piece entitled “Desperta, Zamboanga”. Winners received P 15,000.00, P 10,000.00, and P 5,000.00, while non-winning finalists received P 2,000.00.

Meanwhile, the Southcom Elementary School and Culianan High School emerged as champions for the elementary and high school category of the 1st Chavacano Quiz Bee competition which was led and facilitated by Dr. Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon, Assistant City Administrator and Special Assistant to the Mayor.

The Chavacano Quiz Bee tested the contestants’ mettle in the Chavacano language, particularly its orthography, usage, and history, among others.

The Pasonanca Elementary School and Divisoria Elementary School claimed the 2nd and 3rd place for the elementary category while the Regional Science High School and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University rounded up the high school category.

By virtue of Ordinance 374, the Dia de Fundacion is held every 23rd of June and highlighted by activities that focus, emphasize, and celebrate the continuing legacy of the Chavacano language. It aims to preserve and promote the usage of Chavacano, including its culture and heritage, by all residents and new settlers.

The Chavacano language dates back to June 23, 1635, when the cornerstone of Fort Pilar, originally known as the Fuerza de San Jose, was first laid. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)