Lobregat leads Dia de Fundacion chabacano PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 June 2012 14:12

Mayor Celso Lobregat spearheads today, June 23, the celebration of Dia de Fundacion Chabacano, marking the day when the chabacano language first came to being.

The celebration will be highlighted by the formal signing of a sisterhood agreement with the municipal government of San Mateo, Rizal at 11am today at the historic City Hall.

A photo exhibit dubbed “Ciudad de Zamboanga...Ahora y Antes” will open at 4pm today at the National Museum. At 7pm, a cultural show, dubbed Noche Cultural will reel off at the National Museum Courtyard.

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.”

And to make the celebration more meaningful, Mayor Lobregat issued Executive Order CL-459-2012 enjoining the speaking of chabacano in all schools and colleges, government offices and private establishments in the city today, June 23.

“The chabacano language is indeed a true reflection of our rich culture and a testimony of our heritage and our link to the meaningful and colorful past”, the mayor said stressing that this is “precisely what sets Zamboanguenos apart from the rest of the Filipino people, living in a paradise branded as “Asia’s latin City”.

San Mateo, Rizal officials headed by Mayor Jose Rafael Diaz and Vice Mayor Bartolome  Rivera, Jr. arrived yesterday for the signing ceremony today. They paid a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall, where they were briefed on Zamboanga’s facts and figures.

Mayor Lobregat was with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilors Rudy Lim, Percival Ramos, Myra Paz Abubakar, Lilia Nuno, Abdurahman Nuno, Rey Candido and Luis Biel III when he welcomed Mayor Diaz to City Hall yesterday afternoon.

At night time, the mayor led the visiting San Mateo officials to  the Gran Concierto of the Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale at the Garden Orchid Hotel.

The sisterhood pact, supported by Zamboanga City Council 122 authored by Councilor Rudy Lim and San Mateo Sangguniang Bayan Resolution 50 sponsored by Councilor Mark Ian Buenviaje, O.D., is aimed to encourage and develop various fields of endeavour that are beneficial to both parties, promote mutual understanding and ultimately enhancing socio-cultural growth among its people.    Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and his San Mateo counterpart Vice Mayor Bartolomeo Rivera Jr. and the members of their respective Councils will stand witnesses during the signing ceremony which will be led by Mayor Lobregat and his counterpart Mayor Diaz. — Sheila Covarrubias