Chavacano or Chabacano, sometimes referred to by linguists as Philippine Creole Spanish, is a Spanish-based creole language spoken in the Philippines. The word "Chavacano" is derived from the Spanish word, meaning "poor taste," "vulgar,", for the Chavacano language which was developed in Cavite City, Ternate and Ermita, and also derived from the word chavano which was coined by the people of Zamboanga. Six different dialects have developed: Zamboangueno in Zamboanga City, Davaoeno Zamboangueno / Castellano Abakay in Davao, Ternateno in Ternate,Cavite, Caviteno in Cavite City, Cotabateno in Cotabato City and Ermiteno in Ermita. The Chavacano language is the only Spanish-based creole in Asia. It has survived for more than 400 years, making it one of the oldest creole languages in the world.
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