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Zamboanga traces its roots back to Fort Pilar, which also serves as the foundation for its unique Chavacano language.
Fort Pilar of Zamboanga City. Constructed by Spain in 1635 under the the supervision of Melchor de Vera. Fort Pilar became the check point to prevent slave traders moving their captured victims from north to south. Rajah Dalasi of Bulig Maguindanao was determined to stop the Spaniards from policing the slave trading hence 3,000 Moros made the bloody attack of the fort in December 8, 1720 (feast day of the Immaculate Conception). Until this day the Moros remain relentless, now employing the legal system (plebiscites) by means of the (Bangsamoro) to gain control of Zamboanga City.
Fort pilar is the foundation of Zamboanga City and its Chavacano language. The entire Zamboanga Peninsula was under the name of Zamboanga and was even once the Republic of Zamboanga for a brief period of time.
People who live in Zamboanga City are called Zamboangueños. The majority of the people who live in Zamboanga City speak the chavacano language. Of course several other languages are spoken in Zamboanga City but the local residents are really proud of their language and the name that they have coined it, “chavacano”.
Chavacano is the language of the Zamboangueños. Some refer to the language of the Zamboangueños as chabacano, which the Zamboangueños do not mind, as some of them refer to chavacano as chabacano. However, it is commonly accepted that if you are officially referring to the language of the Zamboangueños, then you might as well call it chavacano. Many zamboangueños pronounce the letters “V” as “B” , the “F” as “P” and the “Z” as “S”. However they may say “chabacano” but they will write it as “chavacano”, they’d say “prio” but they will write it down as “frio” or say “crus” but correctly write it down as “cruz“.
Some English to Chavacano Words:
Invade, in Chavacano or chabacano is: Invadi
Invade in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Invadi Alternate chavacano word: Note: List of words with translation and links…
Disciple, in Chavacano or chabacano is: Disipulo
Disciple in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Disipulo Alternate chavacano word: Note: List of words with translation and links…
Interpret, in Chavacano or chabacano is: Interpreta
Interpret in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Interpreta Alternate chavacano word: Note: List of words with translation and links…
As the Zamboanga Peninsula flourished it was later divide into 5 major areas. Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay. and Misamis Occidental
The prosperity of the Zamboanga peninsula depends a great deal on highways that connects all the provinces, municipalities and cities. Within the cities and municipalities farm to market roads are always under construction. By 2030 people can zip from Oroquieta City to Zamboanga City without cutting through Zamboanga del Sur or Sibugay.
With infrastructure in place, prosperity will surely follow.
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