Celso recognized as ‘Padre de lenguaje chabacano’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:33

In recognition of his great efforts to preserve the Chabacano language as part of the rich cultural heritage of Zamboanga City, Mayor Celso Lobregat has been recognized as the “Padre de Lenguaje Chabacano” (Father of Chabacano language) in the city by a respected group called Zamboanga de Antes.

This recognition was conferred during the Noche Cultural (cultural night) Sunday night highlighting the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Dia de Fundacion Chabacano at the National Museum Courtyard.

For Lobregat, every Zamboangueño should do their part to foster, preserve and promote Chabacano, one of the City’s unique and distinctive heritage.

“Necesita el elfuerzo del todo Zamboangueño,” said Lobregat, adding that our language is one of the reasons behind the City’s branding as Asia’s Latin City.

Now on its second year, the annual Dia de Fundacion Chabacano celebration is mandated by City Ordinance 374 which enjoins all organizations, entities and residents to preserve and promote the usage of Chabacano.

Zamboanga de Antes is a group of well-meaning individuals who share the city’s aspiration to preserve, protect, conserve and propagate the chabacano language.

Kicking off the celebration were the parade and commemorative mass at Fort Pilar. This culminated with the Noche Cultural at the National Museum Courtyard which featured music and dance presentations.

The Chabacano language traces its roots back to the laying of the cornerstone of the Fuerza de San Jose (now Fort Pilar) on June 23, 1635.

Gracing the celebration were the members of the Zamboanga de Antes led by founder Jorge Duquillo, Department of Tourism 9 Regional Director Mary June Bugante, Councilor VP Elago, the principal author of Ordinance 374, Professor Ali Yacub, city department heads and other guests. — Jasmine Mohammadsali