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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). To this day, the Moros continue their persistent efforts to gain control over Zamboanga City. They now use the legal system, specifically through plebiscites, under the banner of the Bangsamoro.
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 as ‘chabacano’, which the Zamboangueños don’t mind, as some of them use ‘chabacano’ interchangeably with ‘chavacano’. However, it’s commonly accepted that if you’re officially referring to the language of the Zamboangueños, it’s best to call it ‘chavacano’. Many Zamboangueños pronounce the letter “V” as “B”, the “F” as “P”, and the “Z” as “S”. For instance, they might say ‘chabacano’ but write it as ‘chavacano’, or say ‘prio’ but write ‘frio‘, or pronounce ‘crus’ but write it correctly as ‘cruz‘.
Some English to Chavacano Words:
Bite in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Morde Alternate chavacano word: Pincha Alternate English word for “Morde” is Nibble…
Swoon in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Desma Alternate chavacano word: Alternate English word for “Desma” is Note: List…
Big step in Chavacano or Chabacano is: Lakang Alternate chavacano word: Alternate English word for “Lakang” is Straddle…
The prosperity of the zamboanga region 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 the City of Zamboanga without cutting through Zamboanga del Sur or Sibugay.
With infrastructure in place, prosperity will surely follow.
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