Valesco talks about city’s efforts on Chabacano language at ADZU confab PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:11

Councilor Rogelio “Gerky” Valesco was among resource persons invited by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University during its conference on Chabacano language presented by said university with the support of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as part of the observance of the quintecentennial of Spanish presence in the Pacific region.

The mini conference dubbed “Historia de Zamboanga, Memorias de Espana” was held at the Carlos Dominguez Hall of ADZU and was participated in by educators from various universities and schools, as well as students of mass communications and culture. The event was organized by Dr. Claribel Concepcion, dean of ADZU’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Valesco related the various resolutions and ordinances that have bearing on the promotions and preservation of the Chabacano language. Valesco cited the numerous local legislations dating from the time of former Councilors Maria Isabelle Climaco, Roberto Villares, Max Enriquez, Mila Velasquez, Erbie Fabian, Reynerio Candido, Gerry Acuna to incumbent Councilor Vincent Paul Elago.

Valesco also cited the efforts of the different chief executives such as the Chabacano song festival which was initiated by then Congresswoman and Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. The songfest is almost on its 30th year now. He also cited the executive order of then Mayor Celso Lobregat on the use of Chabacano and also the ordinance authored by Elago regarding the foundation date of Chabacano. Mayor Beng Climaco who used to teach in Ateneo is one of the foremost advocates of Chabacano language.

Veteran TV personality Ronnie Lledo who started as reporter over DXLL and at present the news anchor of TV11’s Dateline Zamboanga was also invited as he shared the significance of the Chabacano language in terms of daily information in traditional media since Chabacano is used as the main medium in both radio and TV newscast.    Councilor Vincent Paul Elago talked about the need for the Zamboanguenos to help strengthen the use of Chabacano with pride.

Prof. Monabelle Blanco-Delgado, who once worked as broadcast-journalist in a local TV station gave an overview of the Chabacano language in the many artistic forms particularly on films and music.

Also present during the conference was Jorge Lopez Cortina, an associate professor of Spanish Linguistics at the Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Concepcion said the event is one of Ateneo’s ways in bringing the language closer to the hearts of its people by talking about how it began and what studies have been done by some of our Chabacano scholars as steps to preserving the legacy of the Hispanic influence in a city that is home to a culturally-diverse population.

The conference also featured some of the efforts taken by various sectors like the Zamboanga media and the local government in trying to revitalize, strengthen and enliven the language.

Meanwhile, Fr Karel San juan, S.J. president of ADZU, said Ateneo will continue to pursue the concept and promotion of the city’s main language.

Also seen during the conference were; Prof. Linda Espinosa, Fr. Max Rodriguez, Prof. Bienvenido Gregorio of Universidad de Zamboanga, Councilor BG Guingona, Fr. Castillo of Ateneo, and many other educators as well as students, while veteran radio announcer Edgar Banos was the master of ceremonies. — Rham Arcillas