CHANGE THE NAME "ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA PROVINCE" TO ANOTHER NAME IN HOUSE BILL #5040
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On February 21, 2017, House Bill No. 5040 was introduced in the House of Representatives that seeks to carve out a new province from Zamboanga del Norte. This new province is to be called Zamboanga Hermosa and proposed to consist of the 12 municipalities that make up the 3rd legislative district of Zamboanga del Norte.
We are not against the creation of a new province as this matter should be left to the interest of constituents of the proposed area as it is their democratic privilege to determine the direction of their community. What we are strongly opposing is the proposed name Zamboanga Hermosa Province, particularly on the use of "Hermosa" in the identity of this proposed new Zamboanga Peninsula Province.
Zamboanga Hermosa is synonymous to Zamboanga City’s culture and heritage. Zamboanga Hermosa is the title of Zamboanga City's Official Hymn by virtue of Zamboanga City Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance 396 which declares the Zamboanga Hermosa Hymn as the official Hymn of Zamboanga City and is in fact required to be sung immediately after the national anthem during city government programs.
We also resent the naming of a proposed new province as Zamboanga Hermosa as it may create confusion since Zamboanga City’s grandest annual festival is called Hermosa Festival and continues to be promoted as such throughout the world for several years now with millions already spent in tourism promotion efforts.
Through the years, the word Hermosa has been associated to Zamboanga City and has somewhat become an “endemic word” to Zamboanga City in this part of Asia. Even Zamboanguenos now residing outside Zamboanga bond together under organizations called Zamboanga hermosa. Perfect examples of these are Zamboanga hermosa Canada Organization, Zamboanga hermosa UK Organization, Zamboanga hermosa Northern California Organization. We even have a group here called Zamboanga hermosa Chorale and a hotel named Zamboanga hermosa. Indeed, Zamboanga Hermosa is without doubt synonymous to Zamboanga City.
We therefore respectfuly appeal to Hon. Isagani S. Amatong, Congressman of the 3rd District of Zamboanga Del Norte being the author of House Bill 5040 (AN ACT CREATING THE PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FROM THE PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE) to change the name of the proposed new province deleting HERMOSA and to use another more appropriateword instead.
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