30th Chabacano Songfest tonight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 October 2012 14:48

Twelve contestants coming from various barangays in the city will compete with each other for the title in the 30th Chabacano Song Festival set at 7 tonight in line with the celebration of                      Fiesta Hermosa 2012.

The competition, set at the Garden Orchid Ballroom, is a battle of original chabacano melodies and lyrics. It is themed “3 decada de canciones de chabacano”.

The contestants include Liberty Heart Borres with the song “Iyo Lang Sale”; Rashella Cerillo, “Tu Mi Esperanza”; Regine Varquez- “Nuay Otro Ciudad”; Addie Arellano- “Preserva”; Jing Solomon- “El Amor”; Ayjay Campay- “Este el Sueño”; Froline Jane Poole- “Mi Promesa”; Eric Mata- “Hace Claro”; Jessiebel Langki- “Yo ay Espera”; Alracia Serra Buklao- “Nungka”; Jeffrey Langa- “Porcausa Contigo” and Rev. Fr. Larry Gador- “Ancina”.

Prizes include P10,000 for the first prize; P5,000 for the second prize; P3,000 for the third prize. The best composition will get a prize of P10,000 while non-winners will receive a consolation prize of P1,500 each.

The chabacano song fest is one of the city government’s efforts to preserve the chabacano language, the only one of its kind in the country and entire Asia, earning Zamboanga the title as “Asia’s Latin City.  It is the brain child of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, mother of incumbent Mayor Celso Lobregat and who initiated the competition when she was still the president of the defunct First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) in 1982.

The entries in tonight’s competition underwent audition and final elimination. Entries should be original chabacano songs and lyrics with only guitar or organ accompaniment during the contest proper. It should not exceed 3 minutes.

Qualified entry or entries are those that have never been submitted as entry/entries in previous chabacano song festivals; it should be submitted with accomplished entry form of the contest and with corresponding copy of the musical chords and lyrics of the song. 

Meanwhile, the Wow Zamboanga, the nightly cultural show that kicked off October 1 will culminate on Oct. 8. It starts at 6pm at the Paseo del Mar.

Other activities today, October 5 are the Pilar College Grand Alumni Homecoming (Oct. 5-7) at the Pilar College; Little Princess Zamboanga 2012 at 6pm at the Astoria Regency and Mayor Celso Lobregat Open Bowling Tournament (Oct 5-7) at 6pm at the Tebi & Sean Bowling Center.

Other activities include from Oct. 6-7 are the Zamboanga East and West Central School Alumni Homecoming (Oct. 6)  at 5pm; Flores y Amores Golf Tournament (Oct. 6-7) at 7am at the Zamboanga Golf & Beach Park; Fiesta Hermosa Blood Letting (Oct. 6) from 8am-12nn at the Red Cross; BIGDAWGS presents: “Zamboanga Import Nights” Car Show (Oct 6) from 10am onwards at Jardin maria Clara; Solamente Zamboanga- Visual Arts Exhibit (Oct. 6-Nov. 6) at 6pm at Garden Orchid Hotel; Run for Life 2012 (Oct 7) at 5:30am at the JFEM Sports Complex; Regatta de Zamboanga (Oct. 7) from 8am onward at the R.T. Lim Boulevard and Rakista Zamboanga “Battle of the Bands” (Oct. 7-11) from 7pm onwards at Plaza del Pilar.

Numerous other activities that include the Mascota de Zamboanga, Wow Sardinas, Cheerdance competition and many other socio-cultural events are lined up during the celebration leading up to October 12, the feast day of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar. 

October 12 will be devoted to religious activities at the Fort Pilar Shrine.

Fiesta Hermosa is a celebration of songs, dances, presentations and other activities in honor of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar. The celebration is themed “Fiesta Hermosa: Mas Alegre na Zamboanga”. — Sheila Covarrubias