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Why it is Officially Chavacano and not Chabacano
=Why it is Officially Chavacano and not Chabacano=
<div style="float:right; width:;">{| border="0" width=300 |-|valign=top align=center|{{zad02}}|-|valign=top align=center|{{zad04}}|}</div>In [[Zamboanga City, Philippines|Zamboanga City]], the old-timers will be offended if you tell them that their language is chabacano instead of chavacano. To the new generation the words chabacano and chavacano are interchangeable. With that said, it's time to put things into perspective. In the spanish language, the word chabacano is not referred to as a language. The word chabacano or chabacana is defined as: Coarse, unpolished, ill-finished. And in Mexico, chabacano is a kind of Apricot (fruit). The word Chabacana is an insipid kind of plum. The people of Zambaonga, being a proud bunch of people, who just helped the spaniards build the fort ([http://www.zamboanga.com/history/history_zamboanga.htm June 23, 1635]) and in the process developed the dialect, wanted to "own" this unique new language and hence baptized Why it as CHAVACANO. The word chabacano was derogatory. The people of Zamboanga were proud of their new language, the language of Chavacano. The word CHAVACANO is only as old as the chavacano language itself. The word Officially Chavacano is not a spanish word. The people of Zamboanga "coined" the word. In the Philippines there were a handful of dialects that were developed in the areas where the spaniards had employed several indegenous people from different areas with different dialects. These workers had to communicate using the spanish language as the common denominator. These "new" dialects were referred to by the spaniards as CHABACANO, meaning "un-refined, coarse, or unpolished" form of spanish. The communities of [[Ternate, Cavite, Philippines|Ternate]] - Ternateños, [[Ermita cebu city philippines|Ermita]] - Ermitaños, and [[Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines|Cavite City]] - Caviteños: did not "coin" their new found dialects. The dialects were called by the spaniards as the "Chabacano" of the spanish language and hence these communities proceeded to call their new dialects as "Chabacano". The people of Zamboanga were unique. They coined the word "Chavacano" and they spread this new language to the new places they settled in later. Places, like Cotabato, Davao, and Basilan. The people in these areas referred to their language as CHAVACANO. The government website of zamboanga city(zamboanga.gov.ph) incorrectly refers to chavacano as chabacano. Well, the mayor who authorized the website(2004) was not a zamboangueño. I [[Franklin Harry Maletsky|Frank Maletsky]] born, raised and educated in Zamboanga City speaks [[chavacano]] fluently. I created this FREE online chavacano wiki dictionary to enable any chavacano zamboangueño to contribute their knowledge of the chavacano language.{| width=600 align=center|-!style="background:red"||}'''The government website of Zamboanga City INCORRECTLY refers to the Zamboangueño language as Chabacano''' Celso Lobregat who was elected congressman of zamboanga city in 1998 started to refer to the language of Chavacano in writing as chabacano contradicting his mother (Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat) who was mayor of Zamboanga City back then. He heard some of people of zamboanga pronounce the letter "V" as "B" and thought that the word "chavacano" was spelled "chabacano". Celso (born, raised and educated outside zamboanga city) is not a zamboangueño even though his mother was. When Celso became mayor (2004) he pushed for the change from chavacano to chabacano. To this date the government website of zamboanga city incorrectly refers to chavacano as chabacano.As of 2015 the City of Zamboanga is still under the political influence of Celso Lobregat, so the change from chabacano to chavacano will not likely happen. However, we at zamboanga.com and with other true zamboangueños will continue to push for the change so that the government website will start to refer to our beloved language as chavacano instead of chabacano.}
='''Chavacano History'''=

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