Celso reminds mandatory singing of 'Zambo Hermosa' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:40

Aimed to intensify the campaign to preserve, restore, promote and strengthen chabacano as the lingua franca of Zamboanga, Mayor Celso Lobregat has reminded all public schools, local and national offices and other agencies the mandatory singing of the ‘Zamboanga Hermosa’ song during the flag raising ceremonies after the oath of allegiance.

The order is contained in Executive Order cL-66-2005, issued Oct. 19, 2005 declaring as mandatory the signing of the Zamboanga Hermosa song as well as directs all chiefs of regional and national government offices, presidents of private and state colleges and universities, principals of private elementary and high schools, school division superintendent and the 98 barangay councils based in the city to implement the order in their respective area of responsibility.

In his message before city government employees during the flag raising ceremony Monday, Mayor Lobregat said the EO will be circularized anew to ensure its full and strict implementation.

Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance 109 series of 1990 and Resolution 817 state the city’s vision and objective to preserve, restore, promote and strengthen the chabacano language. 

Mayor Lobregat said it has been commonly observed in several programs in the city that chabacano songs are being played but rarely the Zamboanga Hermosa song which is distinct of Zambonga City.

Seeing the validity of the observation and recognizing the need for a chabacano hymn distinctive of the Zamboangueno heritage, the SP, according to Mayor Lobregat, approved resolution 817 calling upon all public school officials to require the signing of the Zamboanga Hermosa during flag raising ceremonies.

Also in compliance of City Ordinance 109 that requires the preservation, restoration and promotion of the chabacano language, the mayor deemed it necessary to include regional and national government agencies, private and state colleges and universities as well as the 98 barangay councils in the mandatory singing of the Zamboanga Hermosa.

Copies of the EO were furnished to the City Schools division superintendent, principals of public and private elementary and  high schools, presidents of private and government colleges and universities, all chiefs of regional and national government  offices and the 98 barangay councils in the city for their information, dissemination and compliance.

Aside from the mandatory signing of the Zamboanga Hermosa hymn, Mayor Lobregat also exert numerous other efforts to promote, preserve and restore the chabacano language. One of the latest move is the production of the chabacano handbook entitled “El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano” intended for Grade I and II pupils including Kinder I and II students.

Prof. Roberto Torres, a member of the Local Council for Culture and Arts and president of the Association of Creative and Performing Arts in Zamboanga (ACPAZ) is spearheading the production of the workbook which has been corrected and revised a number of times by various groups that include some members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, academe (Department of Education) as well as LCCA.

Studies have shown that the chabacano language is what makes Zamboanga apart from the other cities in the entire country and Asia, as majority of the population speak, understand and converse in chabacano on an everyday basis. -- Sheila Covarrubias