“Noche cultural” draws crowd PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 June 2012 13:58

Clad in Filipiniana costumes and other ethnic ensembles, throngs of people trooped to the National Museum Courtyard Saturday night to take part in the Noche Cultural, the culminating event for the Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano celebration.

The event which lasted until past 10 in the evening was a showcase of the songs and dances that are reflective of the rich and colourful history and culture of Zamboanga.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who opened the program, espoused on the history of chabacano and the initiatives and programs undertaken by the present administration to preserve, protect and propagate chabacano, a Spanish derivative language.

Chabacano traces its roots to the laying of the first cornerstone of the Fort Pilar on June 23, 1635. It was 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.

Speaking in chabacano, the mayor said: “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. This is precisely what sets Zamboanguenos apart from the rest of the Filipino people, living in a paradise branded as “Asia’s latin City”.

Highlighting the program were the juego de preguntas or trivia questions, presentacion de maga senorita and baile de Buena barba.

Officials from San Mateo, Rizal who earlier in the day signed a sisterhood agreement with the city government, were present to witness and participate in the Noche Cultural.

The celebration of Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano is pursuant to Ordinance 374 authored by Councilor VP Elago, mandating the conduct of various activities to celebrate the occasion.

The celebration kicked off Saturday with the signing of the sisterhood agreement between Mayor Lobregat and San Mateo Mayor Rafael Diaz in City Hall. At 3 pm, the mayor met with the Department of education officials and teachers at the City Coliseum where he distributed copies of the El primer Alfabeto Chabacano and chabacano dictionary. The Department of Tourism also initiated in cooperation with the city government a photo exhibit entitled Ciudad de Zamboanga…Ahora y Antes at the national museum.

Members of the City Council led by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, representatives from the military and the police and regional directors and executives from national agencies, department heads and other guests also graced the event. — Sheila Covarrubias