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Quiz bee, speech choir set for Dia de Chavacano

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To mark the birth of the Chavacano language, the local government of Zamboanga will be organizing two Chavacano-inspired competitions on June 23.

The first Chavacano Quiz Bee and the Chavacano Speech Choir competitions will headline the Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano, an annual activity which celebrates the founding of the Chavacano language and its role as one of the pillars of the Zamboangueño culture.

The first Chavacano Quiz Bee competition will be divided into the elementary and high school categories. A participating team must have three members who are bonafide students of participating schools. The coverage of the competition will include Zamboanga City’s language, culture, history, and arts for the three (Easy, Moderate, Difficult) level rounds.

Deadline for application to the Quiz Bee competition is on June 16, Friday. Orientation for the competition will be held on the same date at 1 PM at the Public Information Office.

Meanwhile, this year’s piece for the Chavacano Speech Choir is titled “Desperta, Zamboanga”. Each team must be composed of not less than 15 and not more than 30 members, and must perform the piece within 15 minutes during the competition proper.

Deadline for application is on June 19, Monday at 1 PM, with the orientation for the competition to take place immediately at 2 PM.

The top three winning teams for the Quiz Bee will receive P 5,000.00, P 3,000.00, and 2,000.00, while non-winning teams will receive P 1,000.00 consolation prize.

For the Chavacano Speech Choir competition, top three teams will receive P 15,000.00, P 10,000.00, and P 5,000.00, while non-winning finalists will receive P 2,000.00.

By virtue of Ordinance 374, the Dia de Fundacion is held every 23rd of June and highlighted by activities that focus, emphasize, and celebrate the continuing legacy of the Chavacano language. It aims to preserve and promote the usage of Chavacano, including its culture and heritage, by all residents and new settlers.

The Chavacano language dates back to June 23, 1635, when the cornerstone of Fort Pilar, originally known as the Fuerza de San Jose, was first laid.

This year’s Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano will kick off with a program at Centro Latino on June 23 at 8 AM, to be followed by the two competitions. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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