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Do you have tips for
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PEOPLE & PROJECTS
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PEOPLE & PROJECTS
by Lidia Climent Martinez
Ninos de Guatemala
SACRED ANIMALS &
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Hermano Pedro's Saintly Beginnings
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April guide to culture
and upcoming events
Holy Week Procession Guide
12 From the Publishers
Vet Q & A
Between Light & Shadow
The Art of the Handbag
Green Alert: Porta Hotels
Orientation: Matt Bokor
12 Real Estate
18 Advertiser Index
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People & Projects byJoe Collins
LEFT: From Houses to Homes replaces cornstalk shacks with concrete and
metal houses. CENTER: A young girl decorates her family's new home.
RIGHT: The new medical clinic that will be dedicated April 7, in Pastores.
From Houses to Homes
From Houses to Homes was founded
in September 2004, and we began
operations in Guatemala in Janu-
ary 2005 under Asociaci6n De Casas A
Hogares. From Houses to Homes aims to
strengthen community harmony in High-
land Guatemala by building lasting, healthy
homes, improving access to health care and
education, and inspiring participation be-
tween the poor and civil society.
We have built 412 homes for the less fortu-
nate in the communities surrounding La An-
tigua Guatemala. Each house costs approxi-
mately $1,750. We build a 13x19 foot home,
made entirely of concrete block, with cement
floor, corrugated metal roof, skylight, a metal
door with lock, and a metal-framed window
with glass. The home is stuccoed and paint-
ed inside and out with colors chosen by the
homeowner. We are now including a bunk
bed in every home. Every week we welcome
volunteers to assist with this very important
work. As one volunteer said, "The hardest
thing they asked me to do was leave."
Thanks to a very generous donor, we
will dedicate Clinicas Mddicas San Jos6 in
Pastores on April 7. The clinic will provide
health care, dentistry and education for "our"
families and for the community of Pastores.
We are in the planning stages for our
next project, a new green school for the chil-
dren of Santa Maria de Jesds.
How to help
Besides our ongoing need for financial sup-
port we also need medical supplies, spe-
cifically antibiotics and an X-ray view box,
school supplies, and, of course, volunteers
to assist with building.
* Joe Collins, founder & executive director,
* Oscar Mejia, De Casas a Hogares, project
director, Calle del Hermano Pedro #9, La
Antigua, 7832-5074, cell 4063-9881
* Kristen A. Hettrick, Clinicas Medicas San
Jose, administrator, 2a. calle 1-19 A, Pas-
tores, 7831-0178, cell 4265-2211
* In the U.S., Judy Baker, From Houses to
Homes, director, P.O. Box 85, Mt. Tabor,
NJ 07878-0085, cell 973-214-1119
* Website: www.fromhousestohomes.org
FROM THE PUBLISHERS
There is a lot of bustle going on in La
Antigua. Matt Bokor notes some
noisy, noticeable events unrelated
to Semana Santa, and it's true-though
horn honking has been (effectively) banned,
every weekend central park is set a flurry
with noisemakers and music makers, heli-
copters buzzing overhead, "bombas" and
firecrackers bursting and snapping at the
ground, church bells ringing, some clang-
ing-plus, this month, all the preparations
for Semana Santa 2011 come to fruition. In
Sensuous Guatemala Ken Veronda describes
the yearly event as Kaleidoscopic Days. See
DateBook for more activities, from a musi-
cal performance on high at the Capilla de
Santo Domingo del Cerro, to art exhibi-
tions, with a "don't miss it" suggestion on
The Universe of Carlos Merida.
Not only does Antigua host the largest
Easter celebrations in the Americas, it was
here that Pedro Betancur would transform
into Hermano Pedro; in 2002, he was can-
onized and became Santo Hermano Pedro,
the first saint of Central America as well as
the Canaries. This edition features his in-
credible story from shepherd to saint, re-
searched and written by Joy Houston.
People and Projects spotlights From
Houses to Homes and Ninos de Guatema-
la-two organizations providing homes
and education, two critical steps toward a
future full of possibilities.
There is much more to read about this
month in the Revue, both in print and on-
line at www.revuemag.com.
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People & Projects by Lidia Climent Martinez
Nifios de Guatemala (NDG) is an
NGO that was founded in 2006
by Dutch students and Guatema-
lan residents to contribute to a better future
for Guatemala through education. It tries to
achieve this goal by starting or supporting
small-scale community projects, with a focus
on education and other youth-related projects.
We approach our projects from three per-
* Education: We use a broad universal con-
cept that includes not only general knowledge
but also values and skills to allow each child to
develop as a full and independent individual.
* Local community: NDG's strength is that
its projects seek the involvement of the whole
community, not only the children at school.
* Self-sufficiency: NDG's objective is the in-
dependence of all its projects.
School in Ciudad Vieja
Our main project is a school in Ciudad Vie-
ja. Only 15 minutes from La Antigua, Ciu-
dad Vieja is a whole different story. There
are only two public schools for its 32,000
inhabitants and a great part of the popula-
tion lives in slums on the volcano slope. The
illiteracy rate is high and most of the chil-
dren can't go to school since they have to
help bring some money home.
NDG's school, Nuestro Futuro, offers
quality education during the morning and
artistic programs in the afternoon, so the
children don't have to stay in the streets. We
also offer adults literacy courses and activi-
ties for the whole community.
We have recently opened our library and
community center, which we hope will become
a space for dialogue and opportunity for all.
How to help
You can become apadrino and sponsor one
of our children. That would pay for his/
her tuition, all the materials and part of
the teacher's wage. But, most importantly,
you could be the encouragement that these
kids lack at home, since their parents do not
know what the challenges of studying are.
You could come and enjoy our weekly
"Experience Guatemala" tour, where we will
take you to our school, the slums where the
families live and two of the most important
businesses in Ciudad Vieja: a mechanical shop
that refurbishes buses and an handmade coffin
shop. The tour finishes with a snack prepared
by the mother of one of our students.
You could become a volunteer and help
us at the office in Antigua or at the school.
Lidia Climent Martinez, tel: 5416-3078,
email@example.com, or stop by our
office at 4a calle oriented #41, La Antigua
(inside the Casa Convento Concepci6n),
tel: 7832-8033. You can also learn more at
by Elizabeth Bell
Do you have tips for
enjoying Semana Santa?
Lent and Holy Week celebrations
in La Antigua Guatemala can be a
bit overwhelming at best. Over the
years, I have learned some great tips to enjoy
the more than 50 activities during this time
of year. Some of them are:
* Plan ahead and allow plenty of time.
Know the times and locations of the velacio-
nes and processions. City Hall provides free
pamphlets for all the Sunday Lent and Se-
mana Santa processions. Available at booths
in Central Park, the pamphlets give the
times and processional routes.
photos by Leonel [Nelo] ' li, n...:
* I usually allow for a couple of hours to
see the carpet making before the procession
leaves its church. The most beautiful carpets
are often closest to the church that hosts
the procession. There are usually carpets
all along the procession route, so I can also
catch some carpet making later in the day.
Then take a break.
* Processions usually take about 12 hours.
Depending on the time of day or night, I
locate a good corner and get on the right-
hand side of the Christ figure. The sculpture
is best appreciated when He looks at you.
All Christ figures (except in the children's
procession from the cathedral) look to the
right-hand side. Corners are great so I can
see the carriers (men called cucuruchos and
women called cargadoras) change turns with
precision. It usually takes a full hour to see
the entire procession go by and then, in-
stead of trying the beat the crowds, I can
easily walk away from the procession.
* Do not take anything of value to velaciones
or processions. Pickpockets work the crowds
seamlessly. No passports. No credit cards. I
usually put a camera around my neck and
pack a few quetzales and then go back to
my home or hotel afterward when I decide
to go out again for a meal.
The advantage of staying in Antigua to en-
joy the largest celebration in the world is
that I can pace myself. It is truly an incred-
ible time of the year! o
Sacred Animals and
Exotic Tropical Plants by Dr. Nicholas M. Hellmuth
Macaws and Parrots in
3rd9th Century Mayan Art
The most remarkable deity in the
ancient Mayan myth of the Popol
Vuh is "Seven Macaw." In reality
this preening bird-creature is pictured in
Classic Mayan art as a snake-eating raptor.
So in most renditions in murals and pottery,
Seven Macaw is a hawk-like composite crea-
ture without very many features of a macaw
(other than an overall, spectacular strutting
posture). This giant bird monster is also
called the "Principal Bird Deity."
Primarily at Copin, Honduras, in asso-
ciation with the ball courts, is a giant myth-
ical bird pictured with primarily macaw
characteristics. Indeed at Copin you get the
concept of "Macaw Mountain." Ironic that
in a highland area you get such a concen-
tration on macaws whose natural habitat is
more in the rainforest lowlands.
Whereas an ornithologist could perhaps
tell the difference between Mayan portraits
of parrots and Mayan renderings of macaws
a thousand years ago, I will bunch them to-
gether for this article.
In the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, in
the Museo Popol Vuh and other museums,
you can see highly stylized macaws in pro-
file on the sides of Early Classic basal flange
bowls. This class of ceramics is from the Ti-
kal, Uaxactun, Holmul area of Central Pe-
ten, but examples can be found elsewhere,
including Belize and potentially at Copin,
since the ceramics of Honduras were also
influenced by styles from nearby Guatemala
In the museum of glass and archaeology
in the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo in La
Antigua Guatemala, you can also see macaw
effigy vessels (again we use the word "ma-
caw" as a generic term; some of these may
be large parrots).
A few centuries later you also find ma-
caws as ballgame hachas (hatchets). A vulture
is more common, but macaws, bats, deer
and feline heads are also stylized to form a
ballgame hacha. An hacha was worn on the
special ballgame belt, especially during de-
capitation ceremonies and ritual portraits of
the players posing with the giant ball.
Although there are several macaw species
in tropical Latin America, the one you see
most often in Guatemala is the scarlet ma-
caw, Ara macao.
The most remarkable renditions of Seven
Macaw are from the pre-Classic murals of
San Bartolo, Peten. But this giant bird deity
is, as mentioned, primarily a snake-eating
hawk composite, despite its name as a ma-
caw in the 16th century Quiche Highland
Mayan version of the Popol Vuh, which is
the version that has come down to us.
Macaws are commonly pictured in Mayan
art from about the 2nd century onward, but on
ceramics are most common in the early Clas-
sic Peten region of Guatemala. For sculpture,
the most common place to find representa-
tions of macaws is Copan, Honduras.
Otherwise, hummingbirds, water birds, vul-
tures and raptors (hawks and eagles) are the
birds most commonly pictured in Classic
Mayan art. Overall more than a dozen spe-
cies, or even 20, could be itemized, but you
soon notice that certain species are pictured
more often than others. You can see photos
of some of these birds on our website, www.
Military macaw (Ara militaris), Macaw Mountain
Bird Park & Nature Reserve, Copan, Honduras
Macaw-inspired ballcourt marker, Museo de
Escultura, Cophn, Honduras (Nicholas Hellmuth)
Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth is director ofFLAAR Re-
ports (Foundation for Latin American Anthro-
pological Research). For more information visit
HISTORY by Joy Houston photos: Jack Houston
Monuments of Santo Hermano Pedro are rare on Tenerife, but there are several in La Antigua:
(LEFT) at the entrance to town, (CENTER) in the garden of San Francisco Church, outside of the tomb
where his remains lie, (RIGHT) at El Calvario Church where he first lived in Guatemala
Where did Hermano Pedro comeom?
Where did Hermano Pedro come from?
Young Pedro de Betancur, age 22,
left his home on the Canary Island
of Tenerife in 1649 and sailed to
the New World. Many ships were
crossing the Atlantic at that time,
with Tenerife a geographically necessary
port of call between Europe and America.
They were filled with adventurers lured by
the promise of gold and silver in abundance.
Not Pedro. Humble and devout, he was in-
spired to join evangelizing efforts. It seems
safe to assume that he really didn't know
what he would face.
For those who like to read the end of the
story first, here it is. Pedro became Herma-
no Pedro and then Santo Hermano Pedro,
the first saint of Central America as well
as the Canaries. Pope John Paul II canon-
ized him in Guatemala City in July 2002.
Backing up briefly, the young Pedro landed
first in Cuba, then Honduras. From there
he walked, arriving in 1651, after two years
of travel, in Santiago de los Caballeros, the
Spanish seat of the government at that time,
now La Antigua Guatemala. He held nei-
ther title nor prestigious connections nor
The cave near Granadilla
Tenerife, where the boy
hid himself and his flock
from harm at the hands
of English pirates and
African Moors who had
been known to snatch
youngsters like him and
t carry them away as slaves.
do we know of anything else he had to of-
fer-except his compassion and devotion.
In his zeal for the priesthood he entered the
Jesuit school in Santiago but just couldn't
make the grade. Pedro was accepted into the
Third Order of the Franciscans and worked
at the Church of El Calvario. In his off-
hours he focused on caring for the poor, the
sick, the homeless, the uneducated. He took
'justice for all' seriously.
Pedro declared, "Here I have lived and
here I will die." And so he did in 1667, his
remains now lying in La Antigua's Church
of San Francisco. But when the young man
thought of home, what did he think about?
Now for the rest of the story.
Tenerife was formed by a volcanic eruption.
Pedro was born in the peaceful and pastoral
town of Vilaflor on the slope not far from a
still active volcano. Just as in Santiago, he
was probably familiar with occasional vol-
canic rumbles. And with a climate not un-
like that of Guatemala, bright bouganvilla
thrive on Tenerife, just as they do here.
Pedro was a poor boy. contiued on page 68
TRADITION by DwightWayne Coop
The Oddkins-Bodkins odyssey of hot
La Antigua's patron image left town
Jesus Nazareno de la Merce(
PHOTO: � JOSE CARLOS FLORES I
Your drive from La Antigua to Guate-
mala City retraces a procession trod in
1778 by the foremost Antiguan of the
day. Being a mute statue, he raised no objec-
tion to the move. But so many others did ob-
ject that the authorities making out his ticket
proceeded with anguished caution.
Jesis Nazareno de la Merced was also the
oldest Antiguan. Over a century had passed
since his sculpting by Mateo de Zdfiiga and
his "fleshing" by painter Jos6 de la Cerda.
Their bill to the town council of Santiago
-today called La Antigua-was 65 pesos.
The killer quake that rattled Panchoy Val-
ley (La Antigua) in 1773 led to the founding
of a new capital in Ermita Valley in 1776.
But even then, most Santiagans refused to
move. Similarly, after Hurricane Hattie rav-
aged Belize in 1965, the government of
Belize founded Belmopin-only to see the
population of Belize City stay put.
The job of moving La Antigua's masons,
maids, porters and wet nurses to Ciudad
Real (Guatemala City) fell in 1778 to vice-
roy Martin de Mayorga. His biggest card was
the bond that Santiagans felt to Jesis Naza-
reno and to another wooden statue, Nuestra
Sefora de las Mercedes. Move these images,
Mayorga reasoned, and you move the people.
Jesis Nazareno de la Merced owned
many superlatives even in Mayorga's day. It
was the first baroque object crafted in Gua-
temala.' In 1717, it became the first image
consecrated by a bishop in the Americas.
Four years later, authorities named it patron
of Santiago. Today, many call it Guatemala's
most sublime portrayal of the Passion.
After watching the Easter processions,
Mayorga prudently allowed the after-burn
of Semana Santa to cool. By June, Jesis
Nazareno and Nuestra Sefora were again
veiled in their altars. This was their usual
state, except on Sundays and holidays.
On June 25, Mayorga assigned the parish
priest-a man named Acufa-the sad chore
of announcing the move. This tiding, follow-
ing Mass, caused every countenance in town
to drop.2 The townsfolk sought the interven-
tion of the cofradia (town council), who se-
cured an order to unveil continue
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E ste creador naci6 en un moment
estrategico para el desarrollo de las
artes visuales de Guatemala. Tanto
en lo politico como en lo prictico se estaban
gestando las condiciones para una est&tica
que terminaria abriendo las puertas al mo-
dernismo national. Durante la gesti6n de
Jos6 Maria Reyna Barrios (1892-1898), un "Proyecto para los murales del Cr4dit
president atipico por su sensibilidad, se for- Nacional" Mixta sobre papel, 40 x 34 c
taleci6 la cultural creative como nunca en el
pasado y como no se ha vuelto a hacer hasta
el present. Actitud que redundaria, iniciin-
dose el siglo XX, en una nueva y potente ge- .-
neraci6n artistic que aportaria tanto en lo .
escenico como en lo plastico con nombres y
La primera exposici6n de Carlos Mrida
se efectu6 en 1910. Hasta donde se tiene co-
nocimiento aquel catMlogo se constituy6 con
piezas de caricter academico. Hacia 1912 es A
que ya se nota un cambio en su empaste. El
retrato que realizara a Carlos Valenti es un
buen ejemplo de ello. En aquel afio partira
con el citado artist a Paris para continuar su : ...
formaci6n, viaje que veria interrumpido por t
la Primera Guerra mundial.. ii,
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1Fri., through Sun., 10 - PUPPET
FESTIVAL: IV International Puppet
Festival Titiritldn, organized by Chimbala
Cachimbala with performers from France,
Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina and Guate-
mala. Venues in Solold Department and
La Antigua. For details, visit www.chum-
balacachumbala.org. Highlight on p.30. A
3 Sun., 11am - FAIR: Feria de Sevilla,
activities for the whole family. Live
music. Entrance Q25 adults, Q5 children.
Club Centro Espafiol (tel: 2377-2600),
Calzada Roosevelt km 13.5 40-20, z. 7,
5Tues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
Quetzaltrekkers, founded in 1995 to
support a school for street children in
Quetzaltenango, is now supporting Prime-
ros Pasos, a medical clinic outside the city.
Learn more about this innovative program
and help the children succeed. Donation
Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av.
sur #8, LaAntigua.
Fri., 29 -
ART: Perso. I-.,
artist Gerrr i,*
Galera El Ar r..
(tel: 2368-(,, -. 31
4a av. 15-45. 1
5Tues., 7:30pm - ART: Inaugura-
tion of +plu+, works by Luisa de Ayau.
Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081), 6a calle fi-
nal, z. 10, Centro Cultural UFM, Guate-
6 Wed., through Fri., 15 - PHO-
TOGRAPHY: Featuring work by well-
known artists. Galeria de Arte Alianza
Francesa, 5a calle 10-55, z. 13, Finca La
Aurora, Guatemala City.
6 Wed., 3pm - CULTURAL EVENT:
A glimpse at indigenous culture, a
Maya sacerdote (priest) performs an au-
thentic ceremony/ritual. Free. La Pefa de
Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
7'Ihurs., 7pm - ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATION: Music, surprises and
lots of food. Ubi's Sushi (tel: 7832-2767),
6a av. sur #12, B-2, LaAntigua.
8Fri., 7:30pm - FUNDRAISER: Mu-
sic and benefit night for Ninos de Gua-
temala, featuring live Latin music, raffle
and surprises. Have fun for a great cause.
Q25 entrance includes a drink. La Esquina,
corner of 6a calle poniente & 5a av. sur, La
Antigua. See related article on page 13.
9Sat., 1pm - BENEFIT DANCE: The
Ninos de San Antonio Aguas Calientes
dance and play the marimba, flutes and
bombas. Free. Donations to benefit educa-
tional pursuits. La Pefa de Sol Latino (tel:
9Sat., through May 14 - ART:
Corazdn sin Coraza, paintings by Lucia
Moran Giracca. El Attico, Sal6n del Colec-
cionista (tel: 2368-0853), 4a av. 15-45, z.
14, Guatemala City.
Sat., 7pm - THEME DINNER:
Medieval dinner, come dressed in cos-
tumes of the period. Donation Q150, does
not include beverages. Club Centro Espa-
fol (tel: 2377-2600), Calzada Roosevelt km
13.5 40-20, z. 7, Guatemala City.
9 Sat., through May 8 - ART: La An-
tigua Galeria de Arte presents Obras
Plumeadas (Feathered Works), an exhibition
of the latest watercolors by North Ameri-
can artist Dan Davis, who skillfully depicts
birds in their natural habitat in Guatemala.
La Antigua Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124),
4a calle oriented #15, LaAntigua. A
1 Wed., 6pm - TOUR: Meet Eliza-
S beth Bell for a photo tour of Lent and
Holy Week in Antigua with tips on how to en-
joy the largest Holy Week celebration in the
world. Q30 benefits educational programs.
El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua. V
Wed., 6:30pm - (Spanish) CON-
3IA FERENCIA: Arte Hispano Guate-
malteco en el Corregimiento de Chiquimula de
la Sierra yAcasaguastldn. Q30/Q15 estudiantes
con carnet. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-
7836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
S4 Thurs., 4:30pm - ART: Inaugu-
Stt - ration of Tiempos del Bosque by art-
ist Ana Lucrecia Sunum. Vessica Galeria
de Arte (tel: 5381-4232), 3a av. 7-35, z. 1,
1 Wed., 5pm - ART: I
1.7 .of Panza Verde Private
Mes6n Panza Verde (tel: 7832-
sur#19, La Antigua. A
1 Wed., 7pm - ART: I
eJ , of ElAmor en los tiempo.
dacion, high-quality works by
artists like M6nica Nijera and P
among others. Exhibition inclu
porary art, installation, painting
phy, sculpture and illustration.
tural Casa Roja, 3a av. 6-51, z. 1
Fitima bookstore), Guatemala
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de la Liqui-
un., through Sun., 24 - CUL-
1l TURAL EVENT: Manos Mdgicas
(Magic Hands), live demonstrations of indig-
enous Guatemalans and their crafts. Three
weavers associations and other handicraft as-
sociations are participating. Traditional dress
will be presented at 10am and 3pm daily dur-
ing Holy Week. Museo Casa del Tejido (tel:
7832-3169), la calle poniente #51 (behind
San Jer6nimo Ruins), LaAntigua.
i ^Sun., 11am - MUSIC: Within the
/ Festival Mosaico/Hotel Museo Casa
Santo Domingo: AMusical C'-. - r. i Palm
Sunday, a collection of early and baroque
music composed for Holy Week services,
performed by Ensemble Amarillis featuring
Diana Ramirez, soprano; Lourdes L6pez,
cello; Carolina Palomo, harpsichord. Q100.
Free Shuttle from Hotel Casa Santo Domin-
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Wednesday (Lunch&Night)- Classical Piano,
Classic Jazz Trio.
Thursday - Buena Vista de Corazon,
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Friday - Latin Trio.
Saturdays- Guest artists.
Sunday Brunch- Classical music.
Nightly cover: Q35
Mondays- 7-10 Opm: Buena Vista de
Corazon, Cuban Jazz/Salsa. Ignacio and the
band with fun Cuban music. Free.
Tuesdays- 7-10pm: Ramiro plays Trova
Wednesday thru Sundays- 7-10pm: Sol
Latino plays Andean music (pan flutes). Free. V
Sundays- 12:30-3pm: Ramiro plays Trova
April 29,30 & May 1,6,7,8 - 2ndAnnual
Andean Music Festival with nine bands on
stage at La Peha.
Mondays- 7:30pm: Don Ramiro will
serenade you with some beautiful Latin folk
Tuesday& Fridays- 7:30pm: Sergio, reg-
Wednesdays- 7:30pm: Open Mike Night
hosted by Juan-Jo and friends. A compli-
mentary drink for all performers. Free.
Thursdays- 7:30pm: GOicho will astound
you with his guitar skills and improvisation
of Latino and pop classics.
Saturdays- 7:30pm: At.One.Ment. Come
and listen to Luke and his band. You cannot
miss it. Enjoy a few drinks and relax to some
Sundays- 7:30pm: La Raiz: Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.
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Throughout theweek- Jorge Herrera plays
international music on the accordion.
(6a calle pon. #6)
(5a av sur#1)
(6a av norte #17)
Sunday, 7pm & Tuesdays, 8pm:
Cafe Flor (4a av sur #1)
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Thursday - 9pm: Mike & Moriah, Piano &
Friday - 7-9pm: Ron Fortin, Saxophone;
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Saturday - 9:30pm: Mercedes, Guitar
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Thursdays- 7pm: Live music.
Friday and Saturdays- Belly dancing.
Everyweek, usually on Fridays and
Saturday. Check Gringos of Santiago
on Facebook for details.
Sunday - Noon: Sundays are for relaxing,
and Angie Angie is the perfect place to do
so while enjoying a real Texas ribs barbecue
with live music in an open-air garden. la av.
sur #11A, La Antigua.
Mondays- 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Marco Solo and friends, Pana's Carlos
Santana. Rock, blues and jazz.
9pm: Norte, contemporary trova.
Tuesday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Rockiris, alternative rock.
9pm: Latin ensemble.
Wednesday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Latin ensemble.
9pm: Carlos Rangel and son, swing, Cuban
Thursday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Latin ensemble.
9pm: Norte, contemporary trova.
Friday - 7pm: Flamenco by Marco El Messina.
8pm: Latin ensemble. 9pm: Trova del Lago.
Saturday - Los Vagabundos, hot rhythms in
a fusion of Rumba, Flamenco and Guatemalan
Sunday - Latin Ensemble.
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I1. Partnering with the Poor: Inequal-
ity, Education and Opportunity in Guate-
mala with Jeff Barnes, Common Hope/Fa-
milias de Esperanza, which partners with
over 2,600 students and their families to
break the cycle of poverty. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur
#8, La Antigua.
2 Mon., 5:30pm - (English) FILM:
2 JDemocrats Abroad Guatemala Film
Series 2011, Fox Attacks! We (Brave New
Films) Reply. Donation Q30. Casa Con-
vento Concepci6n, 4a calle oriented #41, La
62 Tues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
6JPOxlajuj B'atz' (Thirteen Threads), an
NGO guided by the principles of harmony,
democracy and sustainability, helps Maya
women artisans to improve their quality of
life. Come and learn how the group empow-
ers women and inspires change. Donation
Q25. Rainbow Cafe (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av.
sur #8, LaAntigua.
2 QThurs., 6:30pm- (Spanish) CON-
2OFERENCIA: Cien Ahos de Cambios
en los Tejidos Indigenas del Lago de Atitldn,
impartida por Rosario Polanco. Q30/Q15
estudiantes con carnet. Museo Popol Vuh
(tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Gua-
29thru May 8, 6pm - MUSIC: 2nd
2 ,Annual Festival de MAsica Andina.
Nine Andean bands playing throughout the
week (see page 25 for group names and days)
with a big finale concert on May 8 (4pm at
the Cooperaci6n Espafola). La Pefa de Sol
Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
TPhrough May 12 -
Within the XI Festival Interna-
cional de Cultura Paiz 2011,
The Universe of Carlos Mdrida.
Sala Quiroa, Hotel Museo Casa
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18- Holy Monday: Holy Vigil of
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La Merced Church.
19- Holy Tuesday: Holy Vigil of
Jesis Nazareno del Perd6n, San
20 -- Holy Wednesday: Holy Vigil of
Jesis Sepultado, Escuela de Cristo
Church. 2pm - Children's Procession
from La Merced.
S1 - Maundy Thursday: Procession
S1-ofJesis Nazareno de la Humildad,
San Crist6bal el Bajo Church. 1pm -
Processions of Jesis Nazareno del Perd6n,
San Francisco El Grande.
22- 4am Good Friday: Procession of
Jesus Nazareno from La Merced
Church. 2pm - Procession of the Burial
of Christ from Escuela de Cristo Church.
3pm - Procession of the Burial of Christ
from San Felipe de Jesis Church.
- Saturday of Glory: Procession
F23 ofVirgen de Soledad from Escuela
de Cristo and San Felipe churches.
2 - Easter Sunday: Procession of
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tiniest human. And if these miniature
creatures return the attention, all the bet-
ter; children become enrapt.
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es take Solold department and La Antigua
in force April 1-10 with the 4�o Festival
International de Titeres.
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go's famous Armadillo) from four coun-
tries will entertain at Panajachel, San Pe-
dro, San Marcos and other basin towns
through April 6. The festival moves to La
Antigua April 8-10.
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whimsical Chuimbala Cachuimbala. My
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(stones) or calculi (excessive amounts of crys-
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by many names, including cystitis, urethritis, uri-
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humans, these stones and crystals can form any-
where in the urinarytract of the dog, including the
kidney, urethra or, most commonly, the bladder.
These crystals or stones irritate the lining of the
urinary tract, causing changes in the lining, blood
in the urine and often pain. In some cases the crys-
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Most stones occur in dogs 2-10 years of age
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struction is more common in males. Infrequent
urination as a result of confinement, lack of regu-
lar exercise or low water intake can contribute to
the formation of crystals and uroliths. High levels
of some minerals in the diet, such as magnesium,
phosphorus and sometimes calcium, have been
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calle 1-01, z. 10, Guatemala City. A
Daily - ART: Arte Naif by Oscar
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oriented, La Antigua.
Tuesday, 6prm - (English) SLIDE
SHOW: Antigua Behind the Walls with
Elizabeth Bell. Q30 benefits educational
programs. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), 5a calle
poniente #15, LaAntigua.
Daily - PHOTOGRAPHY: La Sa-
grada Pasidn, photos of processions
from La Antigua, by William Cameros.
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brothers-unleashing a bond that tran-
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back the layers of an adoption economy that
some view as an unscrupulous baby-selling
industry that manipulates impoverished in-
digenous Guatemalan women, and others
herald as the only chance for poor children
to have a better life.
"Jacob Wheeler brings some desperately
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adoptions from Guatemala. He has done
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tiles as her media, Guatemalan
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each of which is unique.
"You won't see anything like this in the
market," de Solares says. "This is a high-end
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In a range of sizes, the handbags incorpo-
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birds and butterflies, all in an array of bright
colors and distinctive designs. It can take a
day or a week for de Solares and her seam-
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sale this month at her new shop, Pdrpura y
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George R. Andrews
(1932-2010) one year later
I n memory of my second father,
loving husband of Helga, proud
father of Christina and Courtenay,
grandfather of Sebastien and friend of
every dog and animal everywhere. A man
who lived and enjoyed a rich, rewarding
and fulfilling life that touched every
continent on Earth.
U.S. Ambassador George R. Andrews of
Baltimore, Md., died one year ago this
month. George was born in Havana, Cuba,
February 26, 1932, as the son of a U.S.
diplomat. He had a very international up-
bringing in Japan, Panama, Chile, England,
Poland and France.
He graduated from Princeton with a
degree from the Woodrow Wilson School
in 1953 and was a member of the Colo-
nial Club. He proceeded to get his master's
degree from the University of Strasbourg,
where his father was stationed as the consul
general. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service
as a consular officer in Hamburg, Germany,
helping rebuild the country and relations
after the war.
It is possible that he took the job too se-
riously as he did meet and marry his beloved
Helga von Levern Schroeder-in spite of
himself and the glass of red wine he acci-
dentally spilled on her. It was probably the
best spill of his life. George and Helga's first
daughter was born in Hamburg.
George served in Paris as a consular officer
from 1956 to 1957 and political officer from
1958 to 1959, beginning an undying love for
He returned to Washington, D.C., for
service in the U.S. State Department to be-
come desk officer for Belgium / Luxembourg.
He helped organize the visit of the Duchess
of Luxembourg, including a state dinner in
the Kennedy White House to which he was
summoned at the last minute. Helga was not
pleased at having five minutes to get ready.
However, the results were so dramatic that
she almost rendered President Kennedy
speechless-George wished she had!
George and his family proceeded to
Stockholm, Dakar, Conakry, Brussels and
Strasbourg where their second daughter,
Courtenay, was born in a house that was
formerly lived in by Winston Churchill.
Stockholm was one of their favorite posts
with a house on the seashore and a small
speedboat. One morning George went down
to the dock to make sure all was in order be-
fore leaving for work. A smart suit, leather
shoes and a wet deck do not necessarily mix
well, and George found out how cold the wa-
ter in Sweden really was. In his post in Da-
kar he was privileged enough to dance with
George continued his service in Guate-
mala under Frank Meloy where the fam-
ily survived and endured the catastrophic
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earthquake of 1976.
George played host to Henry Kissinger
on his tour inspecting the damage the earth-
quake had caused in the country and orga-
nized relief supplies and assistance from the
U.S. He returned to Washington and under
President Reagan was appointed to his last
post as U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius, a fit-
ting reward to a life so richly traveled.
George retired honorably from the U.S.
Foreign Service and became director of the
World Affairs Council in Boston, success-
fully for seven years arranging many inter-
testing speakers, including a former presi-
dent of Mexico, prime minister of Canada
and a former head of the CIA. He retired
a second time with his wife to La Antigua
Guatemala living in a house that was de-
signed by their longtime friend, Charles
Farrington. It is a beautiful home on the
slopes ofVolcin Agua surrounded by flow-
ers and orchids.
George is survived by his wife Helga, his
two daughters, a son-in-law and a beloved
grandson Sebastien. His memories and life
serve as true inspiration to all of us. 0
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La Antigua-iAy Robot! Comics.
When co-owners Dan Terzuola and
Sarah Murphy moved to Antigua, they
originally planned to open a hostel but soon
realized there was already too much compe-
tition. When the owner of a toy museum
called Xulik informed them there were no
comics available in Guatemala, the inspira-
tion for lAy Robot! Comics was born.
"I saw something flash in Sarah's eyes,"
says Terzuola, "and I knew we were on to
Unlike many enthusiasts who became
fans during their childhood, Terzuola didn't
get into comics until his early 20s. After read-
ing Scott McCloud's book Understanding
Comics while a student at Hunter College in
New York City, Terzuola was hooked.
"Comics make your brain work differ-
ently than regular books. It's a cerebral ex-
perience," he says.
Business has been steady.
"Antigua is an international city with
visitors from all over the world. We never
know who will visit the store," says Ter-
zuola. "At least once a day we have someone
come in and say how surprised they are to
see comics in Guatemala."
Terzuola explains that many kids here
have never seen a comic book and he is hap-
py to introduce them to this genre. "We want
to change people's minds about comics."
Not only do they have time-honored favor-
ites like Batman, X-Men and The Trans-
formers in stock, they also carry Japanese
manga comics and graphic novels. And they
have comics in Spanish. "It's a great way to
learn a new language," says Terzuola.
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Currently, the inventory comes from
the United States and Mexico, but soon the
store will be branching into the European
and Japanese markets. Shipments arrive
once a month and yes, comic book fans,
they do take special orders.
Says Terzuola, "If someone has read vol-
umes one, two and three in a series and is
looking for number four, we're happy to or-
der it for them."
Comics, vintage toys, paper crafts and
science fiction books aren't the only items
you'll find there. The store also serves coffee,
juices and snacks all while playing an eclec-
tic mix of indie music.
"We wanted to create something differ-
ent for Antigua," explains Murphy. "Our
store is a mixture of comics, coffee and
kitsch." Customers are invited to chill out
at the table with a cup of coffee or relax on
the sofa while looking through their comics.
With future plans that include a weekly
BYOB Sci-Fi Movie Night, there is a lot of
excitement brewing at iAy Robot! Comics.
Terzuola and Murphy also plan to create
their own publication. "We see it as a home-
grown version of Heavy Metal-but with art
and articles from people in this area."
While visiting the store, be sure to look
up and gaze upon the myriad spaceships and
robots dangling from the ceiling. "I love gi-
ant fighting robots," said Terzuola. And if he
and Murphy have their way, you will, too. 0
jAy Robot! Comics, 6a avenida norte #34, is
open 10am-8pm Tuesday through Sunday, with
extended hours during Semana Santa. It can
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my mission to protect and conserve the Cerro Cu-
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The seven-year-old girl told her mom, "A boy in
my class asked me to play doctor." "Oh, dear,"
the mother nervously sighed. "What happened,
honey?" "Nothing, he made me wait 45 minutes
and then double-hbilled the insurance company."
Pay with a kiss
At a fabric store, a pretty girl spots a nice materi-
al for a dress and asks the male clerk, "How much
does it cost?" "Only one kiss per yard," replied
the male clerk with a smirk. "That's fine," said the
girl. "I'll take ten yards." With expectation and
anticipation written all over his face, the clerk
quickly measured out the cloth, wrapped it up,
and then teasingly held it out. The girl took the
bag and pointed to the old man standing beside
her, and smiled, "Grandpa will pay the bill."
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Muleback Hosanna cont. from page 20
the images for the rest of the day. By 6, the
church was packed with standing-room-only
The men charged with packing the statues
elbowed their way in at 8:30.3 When they re-
moved the crown of thorns, several women
untied their braids and offered their ribbons
for its re-fastening. Another woman unrav-
eled maguey fibers from her nagua (apron) to
bundle the image in its veil. The Nazareno did
have to part with one thing: his cross. Once
disassembled and boxed, he was placed on a
stool in the church. For a fortnight, somber
devotees recited rosaries over the hallowed
cargo and begged Don Martin to reconsider.
The year 2005 saw the statue
making its 350th "birthday"
rounds that culminated in the
capital's Easter processions
But on July 7, Mayorga gave Acuna his
marching orders. This priest, whose first
name was Sim6n, doubtlessly identified
with the Sim6n who helped lug the origi-
nal cross to Calvary. But the parallels do
not end there. The flesh-and-blood Cristo
entered Israel's capital on a donkey; Acuia's
wooden Cristo arrived in Guatemala's capi-
tal on a mule-a half-donkey.
This ignominy was blunted by reverent pil-
grims joining the trek, resulting in a sponta-
neous procession. They reached San Lucas on
the first day, where the statue was reassembled
and "enthroned" in the local pastoral chair.
The next day, a Wednesday, Mass was held
with the Nazareno as honored guest.
An encore occurred on Thursday in
Mixco, today a capital suburb. There are
no accounts that roadside spectators hailed
the image with palm fronds as it entered
the city, but this is likely. Over the next 22
years, it was adored in private ceremonies
before finding permanent rest in the church
at 11 avenida and 5a calle. But Mayorga's
gambit worked: The patron of Santiago
became the patron of Guatemala City and
drew a multitude of Antiguans along with
him. Consequently, the approach of Christ-
mas saw the start of Guatemala City's earli-
est building boom.
The statue's old post in Santiago was
filled by a second wooden image, Jesds Naz-
areno de la Merced de Antigua. This was
not the first imitator bred by success; 356
years after the "birth" of the original, every
self-respecting Guatemalan parish aspires to
have its own Nazareno. The dozens now in
existence include Jesis Nazareno of the Mis-
sion, of Justice, of the Three Powers, of the
Sweet Vision, of the Righteous Death and of
the Heavenly King.
But the original retains a quiet primacy.
It was, after all, the one known to Hermano
Pedro de Betancur. This Antiguan (recently
sainted), apparently escorted it in Easter
processions from 1657-61.4 More miracles
are attributed to it than to any other, and
it counts the most legends. In addition to
the claim of stigmata (bleeding), it is said to
perspire when carried past downtown Gua-
temala's Metropolitan Cathedral.
In 1888, composer Santiago Coronado was
visiting the image's home in what is today
zone 1. In a dream he continued on Pae 84
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Sign on house off plaza of Bel4n Church, La
Antigua, identifies a home of Hermano Pedro.
Hermano Pedro cont. from page 19
He was a shepherd, tending a small flock in a
place called Granadilla, a little down from Vi-
laflor, toward the sea on the southwest of the
island. He helped his struggling family with
four brothers and sisters. It must have been of
some comfort to him to have landed in a place
remarkably similar to his homeland.
More than five centuries ago today's capi-
tal town of Santa Cruz of Tenerife was
born and developed around its port. Al-
though traces of the town's origins remain,
Tenerife's real history is in the original
capital of San Crist6bal de La Laguna, high
up on the hill and safely away from pirate
activity on the seas at that time. The ur-
ban design of San Crist6bal de La Laguna
modeled that of many cities founded in the
Americas by Spanish colonists, including
Santiago de los Caballeros. The Franciscan
church and monastery there were built in
the late 1400s, over 100 years before young
Pedro left home. The town is now the ec-
clesiastical and university center, but being
at the northeast end of the island, it is not
known whether Pedro was ever there.
Today in Santa Cruz, with a bustling com-
mercial seaport, intense traffic of cruise
ships and several good beaches, tourist busi-
ness is booming. A recent law allows con-
struction of only five-star-and-above hotels.
Apartment buildings as high as 15 stories
fill the town, painted in soft colors like the
colonial shades of La Antigua. San Crist6bal
de La Laguna, a UNESCO World Cultural
Heritage city, is a 30-minute winding ride
up the hill by a sleek, modern tram. The two
towns make up the most populous area of
the island, with a total of almost 400,000.
It is difficult to tell where one ends and the
On Tenerife, Hermano Pedro's history is
told very briefly. Among the little left of
those beginnings are his natal home and a
cave that has become a popular pilgrimage
site. The house has been reconstructed and
now includes a church and convent of the
Bethlemites, the women's Order formed in
Santiago by his followers. The cave is where
the boy hid himself and continued on page 72
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rates and African Moors who had been known
to snatch youngsters like him and carry them
away as slaves. Although the process toward
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mation about his life, little is known that can
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is known, also has facilities to care for chil-
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tion rehab. Friends and relatives on Tenerife
who knew Pedro the boy may never have had
opportunity to know about Pedro the saint.
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la, John Milton in England wrestled with
causes and consequences of good and evil.
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noticed the Nazareno missing from its usual
spot. Worried, he searched inside the church
first, then outside. At this point, according to
the account Coronado gave his grandson,5 he
saw the statue emerge from a grave in the cha-
pel cemetery. "Hey, S i'n r i .. it exclaimed.
"Where is my march?" Coronado quickly fin-
ished a march he had been working on and
named it The Grave. This composition became
the Nazareno's official accompaniment.
Another legend is contemporary. Devo-
tees testify that things go awry when Jesds
Nazareno wore the "Dove Shroud" (a cloth
of unknown whereabouts). A warehouse, La
Paqueteria, allegedly burst into flames as the
shrouded image passed in front of it. The
1976 earthquake is said to have struck when
the image donned the cloth, and in 1998 its
anda (carrying platform) caught fire when
shroud and image made contact.6
The year 2005 saw the statue making its
350th "birthday" rounds that culminated in
the capital's Easter processions, but Jesis de
Nazareno and his clones will be out again
this Easter. And at any other time of year
you can still go downtown and, six blocks
from the National Palace, find the image
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1. Miguel Alvarez Arevalo, official chronographer of
Guatemala City (interview).
2. Luis Gerardo Ramirez Ortlz, oral historian and member
of the modern cofradia.
3. M. Alvarez A., Historia Instantanea, No. 3, pp. 66-69
4. Ingrid Roldin M., PVnsa Libe, Jan. 24,2005
5. L. G. Ramirez Ortiz.
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The carpets, floats and sorrowful
dirges of Semana Santa carry cen-
turies-old tradition reserved for the
holiest period of the Catholic calendar. But,
in Guatemala during this special season,
you're also likely to encounter sights and
sounds that are common year-round.
Before you panic thinking there's a shoot-
out down the street or a UFO hovering nearby,
here's a brief rundown of what's happening.
Pistols at dawn
Sounding like an all-out gun battle, those
firecrackers and bombs that sometimes
erupt at dawn are happy noises. Really. For
birthdays, anniversaries and other special
events, a family member or a close friend
will set off long strands of high-octane fire-
crackers and perhaps launch a rocket or two
outside the honoree's home. Not to worry,
your hotel is not under siege-it only
sounds like it.
No, you're not walking past a brothel. That
red light glowing beside many a front door
or window on Friday and Saturday nights
means that the homemade tamales inside
are fresh, hot and ready to eat! Knock on the
door or ring the bell, buy a few and savor a
Who needs helium?
While enjoying nighttime views from one of
Antigua's rooftop terraces, you might notice
a shimmering, orange sphere rising slowly
into the sky. It's a globo, a miniature hot-air
balloon, powered by the heat generated by a
candle burning inside. Launched for a vari-
ety of special occasions, globos carry prayers,
hopes and good wishes into the heavens.
Lava me now or lava me not
If you awaken in the middle of the night
to distant thunder-and it's a cloudless
sky-you may be hearing Volcin de Fuego.
Erupting moderately for a decade, Fuego
has been acting up lately. Daytime racket
usually masks Fuego's belches, but late at
night, the rumbling sometimes drifts into
town. Run out and take a look, you may see
orange flares and glowing streams of lava.
We're not in Kansas anymore!
How's your gas?
Now and then, a low-octave buzz crackles
out of a loudspeaker mounted on a mini-
pickup truck rolling slowly down Antigua
streets. Following the momentary racket, a
deep voice intones, "Zeta Gas? Zeta Gas?"
Except it doesn't sound like "Zeta Gas." It's
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the emerald touconette.
Our guide for the day was Thor Janson,
director of eco-tourism development and
promotion for El Pilar. We were also ac-
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bird-watching guide, and Francisco "Chico"
Cano, the trail guide.
Janson, whose primary involvement with
the El Pilar project is to preserve the cloud
forest's habitat while promoting eco-tour-
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develop El Pilar into a popular destination.
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Las Palmeras, one of two picnic spots at
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Time Is Short and the Water May Rise
Can Panajachel gird up in time for the next flooding?
From space, Panajachel resembles a
fan on a long, broken rod. This fan
abuts Central America's deepest wa-
ters-Lake Atitlan. It looks as though the
city, in mortal fear of the lake, wants to
escape up the skinny gorge that forms the
In fact, the lake is the most benign of
Panajachel's waters. But any hurricane within
a thousand clicks will stir up enough water
to pummel Panajachel from three other di-
rections: the gorge runoff, the bank-jumping
San Francisco River and the sky itself.
Flooding claimed property and peace of
mind-and lives-during Hurricane Mitch
in 1998. Hurricane Stan did the same in
2005, and a third watery whirlwind, Ag-
atha, came in May 2010. The community
was still rebuilding from Stan's visit.
Yet, Panajachel remains Guatemala's sil-
ver medalist, after La Antigua, in the race
among Guatemalan towns to draw tourists.
And Calle Santander remains Guatemala's
most famous thoroughfare, immortalized
worldwide in guidebooks and memories.
"Still," says longtime resident Dr. Rich-
ard Adams, "we can't take a hit like this ev-
ery five or so years." The Michigan anthro-
pologist and other community leaders are
behind a proposal that would shield the city
from what locals call "five-year flooding."
Guatemalan Nufio Jiminez and North
American Molly Molander are the plan's ar-
chitects. But they warn that, ambitious as it
is, the proposal involves tradeoffs.
"More could be done," Molander says,
"but this proposal, if executed, will allow
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continual rain is enough to send townfolk to
the banks, standing under umbrellas as ner-
The proposed construction would lay the
foundation for additional defenses to pro-
tect Panajachel from flooding of red-alert
magnitude, which is thought to come ev-
ery 50 or so years. A flood of this strength
struck Panajachel in 1949, enabling the
river to change course and cut a new chan-
nel through inhabited areas. With sufficient
rainfall, the river could again jump its final
bend and slash through the middle of town.
Some districts are relatively safe by dint of
distance or elevation; but no part of Panaja-
chel, all of which occupies an alluvial delta,
is fully secure.
Molander explains that the construction
would not only make Panajachel safer, but
boost aesthetics and the quality of life. The
city's anarchic layout has, she says, "made traf-
fic flow crazy." The changes would add river-
side promenades and bike paths where today
there are rocky moraines and gravel beds,
much of it barely manageable even on foot.
"Kids coming home from school have to
dodge chicken buses and tuk-tuks," Molander
says. "The streets are more clogged every year."
The promenades-flat rims atop levy-
like structures called gaviones inclinados-
would be strictly off limits to motorized
vehicles. They would enclose a channel
of nearly uniform breadth and permit the
reclamation of much land that is today in
a vado (wadi) formed during Stan and Ag-
atha. Molander admits that residential and
commercial development of the reclaimed
zone should be avoided. But in this, she sees
"In a word, recreation. We could fill it
with everything from picnic tables to vol-
leyball, soccer and tetherball courts, with
hitching posts for bikes. The people who
own the land behind the gaviones could op-
erate vending carts to provision visitors with
drinks, bicycles, Frisbees, ball and roller
skate rentals, whatever. This would boost
the town's economy." Molander thinks that
a little league-scale baseball diamond might
be feasible in the zone's widest segment.
But what about the overall feasibility of
gaviones inclinados in Panajachel? Is the
benefit solely conceptual?
An encouraging precedent already exists
in, of all places, Panajachel itself. The rug-
ged Yellow Bridge at the north end of town,
where the gorge narrows considerably, was
built in 1942 by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. It is the only crossing that sur-
vives every flooding. Yet, even it was threat-
ened during Agatha.
Just above the Yellow Bridge, on ground
where a neighborhood was swept away by
Stan in 2005, Californians Sidney and Mi-
chael Eschenbach have built a community
center that includes a retirement home and
a theatrical venue. But it is shielded by an
enormous gavion inclinado.
"The trick," says Sid Eschenbach, "is to
keep the sand in place. Eighty percent of
what the river deposits is fine sand. The
gaviones are 'mattresses' set atop geotextile,
a material that lets excess water seep through
while eliminating the removal cont.onpage98
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of the sand." The mattresses, lying at a slope
of about 30 degrees, are placed over the geo-
textile on top of huge earthen berms.
Similar berms are being raised by the
national government in the zone south of
the bridge, but they are unprotected sand.
The proposal favored by Jimenez, Molander
and Dr. Adams would, in effect, extend the
Eschenbachs' private initiative.
"The work the government is doing right
now is helpful," Eschenbach says, "but how
long will it take another five-year flood to
chew up unprotected berms? They're like
walls of sugar." They can, however, provide
the perfect anchor for gaviones inclinadas.
To date, the other anti-flooding measure
has been to line the channel with gaviones
mallas, huge blocks made by filling chain-
link crates with rocks. Some parts of the
channel are still terraced with these. But
Eschenbach favors gaviones inclinadas, be-
cause of the nature of the river itself.
"It's not some mountain stream that cuts a
deeper channel with each flood. It's an allu-
vial river that goes through cycles of filling and
jumping. Our recent experience has proved
this much. Therefore, we must dredge the
channel, and hem the river with structures
that provide [graduated resistance] to its force,
instead of something that will wash away."
The Stan disaster, in particular, bears out
Eschenbach's warning. The San Francisco
River, a meek, mossy tadpole hatchery for
most of the year, grew into a maddening
swell that dislodged and snapped some of