Chabacano songfest is a culture preservation legacy-A A +A
Monday, October 8, 2012
THE Chabacano Song Festival, which is now on its 30th year, has remained to be the City Government’s legacy on the promotion, preservation and propagation of the Chabacano dialect.
The festival is a competition of original Chabacano melodies and lyrics during the annual Fiesta Hermosa.
Themed “Tres Decada de Canciones de Chababano,” the competition, held Friday night, once again discovered new and talented Zamboangueño song artists and highlighted their knack for composing Chabacano songs.
The competition, initiated by the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat in 1982 when she was still the president of the First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC), has succeeded in discovering numerous talents in composing and interpreting Chabacano melodies.
A total of 12 contestants qualified for this year’s competition, which was held Friday night at the Ballroom Hall of the Garden Orchid Hotel.
The qualified contestants and their entries are: Liberty Heart Borres with the song “Iyo Lang Sale;” Rashella Cerillo, “Tu Mi Esperanza;” Regine Varquez, “Nuay Otro Ciudad;” Addie Arellano, “Preserva;” Jing Solomon, “El Amor;” Ayjay Campay, “Este el Sueño;” Froline Jane Poole, “Mi Promesa;” Eric Mata, “Hace Claro;” Jessiebel Langki, “Yo ay Espera;” Alracia Serra Buklao, “Nungka;” Jeffrey Langa, “Porcausa Contigo;” and Rev. Fr. Larry Gador, “Ancina.”
Gador bested the 11 other contestants and brought home a trophy and the P10,000 first prize.
Solomon landed second placer and bagged the P5,000 cash prize and a trophy.
The third placer was Arellano who went home with P3,000 cash prize and a trophy.
The non-winning contestants received P1,500 each consolation prize. (Bong Garcia)