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El Rosario and La CONDaiA,
Copcin Rmnas,2 4-26de eptnmbre
Tigra: 20i 9
Are Those Clouds... r
or Ghosts?

Missions to
Spread the Word!

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See inside for the

so first edition!

Todd Ellertson HondurasThisWeek
U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens began his assignment in Honduras last September. His duties thus far have taken him to every corner of the country.

HTW Exclusive Interview:

U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens:

"I'm hopeful about the future of Honduras."

For the 262nd time, crowds gathered to pay homage to Honduras's patron saint, Suyapa.

Suyapa Draws Believers

from Near and Far

Todd Ellertson
Honduras This Week
The 'honeymoon' period
following U.S. Ambassador Hugo
Llorens' appointment in Honduras
was short: when asked what his
first four months have been like
on the job, Llorens describes what
his activities and it sounds like he's
been here for years.
"It's basically been non-stop,
but it's been fun," Llorens recounts
and continues, "I initially made a
number of courtesy visits to convey
the message of the relationship
between the U.S. and Honduras
and have been busy ever since."
Though he mentions his admira-
tion for the Honduran people, his
respect and enthusiastic interest in
them is palpable.
"Honduras is an important

friend and ally to the U.S., not
only because of its proximity, but
because of its democracy and we
(the U.S.) have an obligation to
those countries by responding to
their needs, including Honduras,"
Llorens says, and in a way, sums up
his purpose as ambassador to this
country. His duties have taken him
from border to border and coast to
coast, reaching out to members of
government, business people, and
the citizens of Honduras at large.
On a recent trip to Puerto
Lempira in La Moskitia, Llorens
was on hand to dedicate new class-
rooms in a region isolated from the
rest of the country and one of the
most poverty-stricken in Honduras.
As he made his way through a
crowd of military and government
personnel, he made an effort to talk
to schoolchildren and teachers and

took his time with reporters scram-
bling for their moment with the
After receiving an email from
Marco Caceres, coordinator for
the Conference on Honduras,
Llorens jumped at the chance, on
short notice, to attend the annual
event last October; he provided
the keynote address to an audience
that included mostly U.S.-based
charitable and NGO groups. "I was
eager to attend and acknowledge
the extraordinary work of those
who give tirelessly to the people of
Honduras. I agreed to go to Copan
immediately," he recalls.
Llorens is no stranger to
diplomatic endeavors in Spanish-
speaking countries: prior to
being assigned to Honduras last
September, Llorens, who is Cuban
Continued on page 3

Andrea Guti6rriez
Honduras This Week
February 3rd marked
the 262nd anniversary of the
Virgin Suyapa, Patron Saint
of Honduras. The Basillica of
Suyapa was filled with believers
from all parts of the country who
found their way to the tiny virgin.
For the countless who came, so
were there countless reasons for
them to do so.
Many versions of the story
of Suyapa have been told and
retold and perhaps embellished
- but the official one goes that
the statue of Suyapa was discov-
ered by a man named Alejandro
Colindres, a peasant worker,
along with an eight-year-old boy,
one Saturday in February, 1747.
Both were sent to work corn

fields in the Piliguin Mountains.
As they were returning to their
native village of Suyapa, it
became dark enough for them to
decide to spend the night outside
and wait for sunrise the next
morning before returning home.
In the middle of the night,
Colindres was awakened by a
something causing a sharp pain
in his back.
Without looking, he picked up
and threw whatever it was that
was causing the pain as far as he
could throw it, but soon felt the
same sensation in his back once
When morning broke,
Colindres discovered a tiny,
wooden statue of a virgin; he took
it with him and found a special
place for it in his mother's house.
SUYAPA Continued on page 4

VOL. 22, No. 03 (1045) Tegucigalpa

2 Saturday, February 7,2009


Mr. Angel Edmundo


He is a politician from Olancho
with a brilliant career. Angel
Edmundo is a lawyer, a notary, has
a doctor's degree in administration
rights, a degree he earned in Italy
and he has extensive government
He served as a judge in the
Court of Appeals from 1988-
1999. In 1999 he was selected as
the Permanent Representing
Ambassador of Honduras of the

United Nations; he was
elected congressman to
the Sovereign National
Congress in 2005.
Doctor Orellana
Mercado is a prolific
writer, specializing
in legal and political
sciences; he has more
than twenty published
paper. Recently, he has
served as Government

base our actions on the Constitution
and the Constituent Law of the
Armed Forces state."
It is important to mention that
Orellana Mercado had a problem-
atic relationship with the FFAA.
In the past he often questioned
the military, especially while he
was District Attorney. He added
that, "Indeed, this happened and
I remember that many were pros-
ecuted and many left the country,

It is important
to mention that
Orellana Mercado
had a problematic
relationship with
the FFAA.




I ,

more than one
hundred, and some are
still running." He also
mentioned that fortu-
nately this is in the
While he was
Foreign Affairs
Minister, he was very
prudent. When he
recognized the arrival
of the Venezuelan

and Justice Minister, Foreign
Affairs Minister and most recently,
was named as Defense Minister.
We believe it is not wise to heap
so many titles and work load on
one person, no matter how talented
they may be. If perhaps Orellano
Mercado had been in charge of
one department, his results would
have been more substantial, with
concrete results and not as diffuse.
It calls our attention to his
recent statement: "I am the
authority of the Armed Forces
of Honduras (FFAA) and will
command as I did as the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, but I will rule
within the limits of the law. We will

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president, Mr. Edmundo was not
dragged by the current politics, and
he was the model of dignity and
common sense.
I personally spent some years
of my childhood in Olancho, and
remember how people called my
grandfather "Don Manuel" (Mr.
Manuel). I started to call him Don
Manuel myself and a next-door
neighbor explained to me that
"Don" was used to show respect to
that person.
We surely know that this is not
the only explanation of using this
small word. But in this reflection,
the three-letter word defines a
citizen who is not afraid of change.

Managing Editor
Todd Ellertson
National Correspondent
Alvaro Morales Molina
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Manfredo Martinez, Aida Sabonge Jackson,
Emily Moberly, Jose Eduardo Atala, Federico Rosa,
Mark Havey, lan Drysdale
Bay Island Correspondent
Don Pearly
Copan Correspondent
Howard Rosenzwieg
Ernesto Lopez,

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Jan. 24

The article speaks about 'how
much of Valle de Angeles has been
restored to its original 16th century
appearance', but unfortunately not
all merchants share this apprecia-
Some are apparently driven
by greed to make as much money
as possible without contributing

anything back to the community.
A case in point is the 'El Gallo Mas
Gallo' store that recently opened.
This is a chain store with several
other locations in Honduras. They
recently opened a store in Valle
de Angeles almost across from the
city hall.
They made no effort to conform
the building to the existing colo-
nial architecture, instead they
painted the walls a neon yellow and
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(instead of red tiles). As a chain,
the company could have afforded
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As a result, I will never shop in
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HUGO LLORENS:'Honduras rich in sustainable energy potential'
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Message from U.S. Ambassador to

Honduras Hugo Lorens:

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*To provide services and useful
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planning to travel, reside or invest
in Honduras.
To provide visa services
to Honduran citizens and other
foreign nationals, both for tempo-

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permanent immigration.
The Consular Section is
located on the ground floor of the
U.S. Embassy on Avenida La
Paz in Tegucigalpa. It is open
to the public Mondays through
Thursday (except on U.S. and
Honduran holidays) from 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., and from 8:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. on Fridays. To contact
by telephone during regular busi-
ness hours, call (504) 236-9320 or
(504) 238-5114. The fax number is
(504) 238-4357

For more information, see
the Embassy's website: http://
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to the 'Citizen Services'link.

Offering You

American, served as Deputy Chief
of Mission at the U.S. Embassy
in Madrid and served in the same
capacity in Buenos Aires. He
has also worked for the State
Department in Bolivia, Paraguay
and the Philippines and a stint as an
economic counselor in Tegucigalpa
as well.
His take on the recent vetting
and nomination of choosing new
Supreme Court Judges, which has
drawn criticism, turns that criti-
cism on its ear, citing the trans-
parency and participation of the
people of Honduras in the process.
"Compared to the U.S. (which
excludes civil society) Honduras
has a board that involves people
from the labor and business sectors,
human rights advocates and legal
experts that chooses people who
will ultimately end up as Supreme
Court Judges," Llorens explains.
Llorens describes his goals for
his assignment in Honduras as a
'positive agenda,' including seeing
that U.S. institutions continue to
address the needs here, in spite
of the global economic downturn.
"There are one million Hondurans
living in the U.S. right now, many
of them supporting families here.
And, obviously, when the economy
goes sour in the U.S., it is bound
to affect all of Latin America," he
warns. Llorens cites that family
remittances of Hondurans living
in the U.S. account for 25% of
Honduras' GDP. Any decline in

these flows will have a substan-
tial impact on the economy here.
He envisions the efforts toward
shoring up the global economy as
a Megaa event' and that as the U.S.
leads the way, it is an example of
the promise of America and democ-
racy at work.
"Under the new Obama
Administration, the U.S. has
the chance to remake itself and
in that process, it can improve
both its political and social influ-
ence, including in Latin America,"
Llorens says and adds that the
election of Barrack Obama is a time
of great hope and expectation for
all Americans and for people in the
"I'm confident that the Obama
administration will be responsive
to the people of Latin America.
Certainly President Bush was
successful in strengthening our
economic relations with the region.
Part of his (Bush's) legacy will be
that he was involved in getting
CAFTA into place, as well as
developing trade agreements
between the U.S. and Chile and
Peru," Llorens says diplomatically
and adds, "President Obama has a
new opportunity to assess what has
worked, what hasn't worked and
move forward."
As for what the future holds
for Honduras, Llorens is confident
that Americans will continue to
support charitable and develop-
mental efforts here. "There are

a lot of issues facing Honduras
right now and part of my job will
be to support projects like the
Merida Initiative, the Millennium
Challenge and organizations
like USAID, which commits $50
million annually to projects here in
Honduras," Llorens outlines. He
also puts moving CAFTA forward
as well as placing gang violence,
narco-trafficking and law enforce-
ment as top priorities.
Llorens also sees the enormous
potential for the country to capi-
talize on its natural resources as
a means to develop renewable
energy. "Honduras has great
potential on renewable energy,
including hydroelectric, solar,
wind and geothermal. Honduras
needs to harness the power of
their rivers, the wind and the sun
for clean and sustainable energy
sources," Llorens states as he looks
toward a more self-sufficient future
for Honduras.
"Look, the bottom line is, we are
brother nations and we can continue
to work together, 'people to people.'
The U.S. will continue to support
Honduras," he assures. Though it
is clearly evident that Ambassador
Llorens has his work cut out for
him, between his uncanny ability to
multi-task and his devotion to the
Honduran people, he seems to be
the right person at the right time
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As the people in Suyapa heard the
story of the tiny virgin, they were
convinced it was a miracle.
This is how the legend of the
Virgin Suyapa began and ever
since, people from around the
country have made their way to
catch a glimpse of the six and a
half centimeter virgin and to offer
prayers and ask for their own mira-
This past week, as it was back
then, age didn't matter young, old
and little ones came, true believers
in the Virgin Suyapa, honored to
celebrate her anniversary and look
to her for protection in these trou-
bled times.
An estimated two million gath-
ered in Suyapa, many bringing
flowers and lighting candles in her
The ceremony, officiated by Jose
Horacio Gomez, called for reflec-
tion, to live in faith, respect life and
family, to reject violence and live in
unity and peace.
Some came from La Paz,
Yoro, La Esperanza and other
parts of Honduras, many places
where transportation is scarce
and poverty is the not the excep-
tion, but the rule. But it didn't
matter the faithful did anything
they needed to do to come to the
Many Catholics came asking
for a miracle (more money, better
health, etc.); others to thank her,
others that had promised to come
every year. What truly moved
them was their faith...faith in
Suyapa and God.

On that day this past week,
traffic was intolerable and
streets were packed as teems of
Hondurans made their way to
Suyapa. Some might have ques-

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El Rosario is perched high in
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a two-hour drive from Tegucigalpa.
In its heyday in the early 1900's,

the town was home to the richest
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Today, the gold and silver is long
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The mineral wealth of the
San Juancito Mountains was first
discovered by native Indians as
early as the 15th century. It would
later be exploited by Spanish
conquistadors. But it wasn't
until 1880, and the arrival of the
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ROSARIO continued on page 7

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Missions to Honduras: Spread the Word!

Marco C6ceres

It's difficult to gauge the impact
of volunteer missions to Honduras.
But it is clear that without the
expertise and skills provided and
the personal relationships devel-
oped through these missions,
tens of thousands of Hondurans
would not receive a wide variety
of services, including medical,
surgical, dental, and eye care. Many
Hondurans would also not receive
assistance with construction and
water projects and efforts to care
for and educate children.
On behalf of the people of
Honduras, I want to thank all of
the volunteer teams that will
visit Honduras in February, as
well as those teams that recently
completed missions. There are at
least twelve organizations sending
teams to Honduras in February.
Most will provide some form of
medical or dental treatment. A few
will engage in construction work
and education activities. The visits
will last from one to two weeks.

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S2009 .

Of the 23 teams that will be sent
by these groups, 14 will be spon-
sored by Baptist Medical & Dental
Mission International (BMDMI)
of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Heart
to Honduras of Xenia, Ohio; and
Honduras Baptist Medical Dental
Mission of Laurel, Mississippi.
BMDMI will send five teams,

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including four medical/dental
missions and one construc-
tion mission. The contact is Jane
Stansell (jane@bmdmi.org). Heart
to Honduras will send four teams.
Services will include medical and
eye care. The contact is Steve
DeLisle (stevedelisle@hth.org).
Honduras Baptist Medical Dental

Mission will send five medical/
dental missions. The contacts are
Ken Hopkins (khopkins@tbclife.net)
and Amy Spratlin (amy.spratlin@
Two other organizations will
provide medical and surgical
care. The Friends of Barnabas
Foundation (FOBF) of Chesterfield,
Virginia will send one medical/
surgical team to La Paz (La Paz).
The contacts are Lyn Harding
(lynharding@shadygroveumc. org)
and Kelly Smith (KKSmith5@iglide.
net). Volunteers in Medical Missions
(VIMM) of Seneca, South Carolina
will send a medical/surgical team
to Olanchito (Yoro). The contact is
Kathy Cater, KathyC@vimm.org.
The Rice Foundation of
Midlothian, Texas will send a team
to the towns of Santa Rita, Los
Ranchos and Cabanas in the depart-
ment of Copdn. The team will also
do basic medical and surgical, but
will also offer dental and eye care,
along with pharmaceutical services.
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Elicegui (mmitx@mmint.org).
Send Hope will send a dental team
to La Mosquitia. The contact is
Tom Brian (atbdds@yahoo.com).
VOSH-Indiana will sponsor an eye
care team. The contact is Jeffrey
Marshall (VOSH-Indiana@indy.
A team from Operation Smile
of Norfolk, Virginia will perform
facial reconstruction surgeries as
part of the organization's annual
mission to the San Felipe hospital
in Tegucigalpa. The contact is
Giannina Giiell (giannina.guell@
St. Mark's Episcopal Church of
Washington, DC will send a team to
work with the women of Trinidad
(Santa Barbara) on agriculture and
forestry projects. The contact is
Betsy Agle (chagle@washpathfind.
Lastly, Students Helping
Honduras of Virginia will send a
student service team to El Progreso
(Yoro) to work with orphaned
children. The contacts are Shin
Fujiyama (shinfujiyamal7@yahoo.
com) and Cosmo Fujiyama (cosmo.
Please share this information
with anyone you feel might benefit
from the services that will be
offered. If you need more details
about a mission, go ahead and e-
mail the contacts) given.

For specific dates of missions,
see http://www.projecthonduras.

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ROSARIO: Once robust mining center now resembles ghost town
con't from page 5

Over the next few decades,
the towns of El Rosario and San
Juancito would swell in popula-
tion from a few hundred to more
than 30,000. Trees were cut down
to provide lumber for houses and
offices and to reinforce mine shafts.
Streams were diverted for what
would become the first hydro-
electric plant in Central America.
Workers built an American
consulate, a hospital, schools and
social clubs.
During its 74 years of opera-
tion, the New York and Honduras
Rosario Mining Company extracted
US$100 million dollars worth of
gold, silver, copper and zinc from
the San Juancito Mountains. But
by 1954, the boom times were over.
The mining company closed and
thousands of people left the area in
search of work.
Today, the town of El Rosario
is a small gem located within the
boundaries of La Tigra National
Park. The former hospital is now a
visitor's center with sleeping quar-
ters and a cafeteria for overnight
Local people have renovated
and live in some of the old wooden
houses. Many other buildings,
though, are in varying states of
deterioration and lend the feel of a
ghost town.
That feeling is heightened by
the wispy tendrils of clouds that
creep down the mountainside and
penetrate deep into the broad-leaf
forests of La Tigra.
"It's called a cloud forest because
most of the time about six months
of the year it's almost completely
covered by mist and cloud," said
Jorge Anariba of Amitigra, the
private, non-profit foundation that
protects and maintains La Tigra.
"It provides a lot of water for the
In fact, the park supplies almost
a third of Tegucigalpa's drinking
water, and is the source of fresh
water for 33 surrounding commu-
nities. Some of that water is
collected in the old mine tunnel at
Pena Blanca, which now serves as
a reservoir.
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A cascading waterfall in La Tigra is indication of the natural water supply within the park.
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park's main hiking trail, Sendero because of its importance as a
Principal, is in fact the old road used water source. In 1980, La Tigra was
by the miners to carry gold and given the status of National Park
silver bars by mule to Tegucigalpa becoming the first in Honduras.
for export to the United States. The 240 square kilometer park
Another trail, Sendero La Mina, is a nature lover's dream. It's home
is dotted with abandoned mines and to more than 400 species of plants,
the ruins of mining buildings. An including orchids, bromeliads, large
iron door in the side of the moun- ferns and vines. This rich habitat
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en las Artes. One of the stron-
gest artistic movements in
Tegucigalpa. Mujeres en la Artes
Leticia de Oyuela constantly
sponsors workshops, exhibitions,
conferences, art shows and com-
munity events in the city. For
the complete schedule, log on to
www.muaartes.org.hn or contact
Veronica Romero at 222 3015 or
email to: mua@cablecolor.hn

to Casa Mexicana, in front of
Wendys' Tepeyac, Tegucigalpa.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. 8:30 pm,
Musical Group Klasicos is invit-

TEGUCIGALPA (All activities
are free) Open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm,
Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm
closed on Mondays.
Saturday 7: 2nd Session, Film
Exhibition, Ciclo de Fernando
Le6n de Aranoa: Familia (Family),
11:00 am. Music: 05 Protect,
10:00 pm Sunday 8: Children
and Magic, a Fortin magician
presentation, 10:30 am. Tuesday
10: Theatre play presentation:
"Mea Culpa" (Monologue) from
Felipe Acosta, 6:30 pm Thursday
12: The workshop "Misica con
elements cotidianos" ( Music
with everyday items") will be
taught by Pau Ballester, pro-
fessor at the Conservatorio of
Valencia (Spain), 8:00 12 m and
from 2:00 6:00 pm Friday 13:
The workshop "Musica con ele-
mentos cotidianos" ( Music with
everyday items") will be taught
by Pau Ballester, professor at the
Conservatorio ofValencia (Spain),
8:00 12 m and from 2:00 6:00
pm. Film Exhibition, Ciclo de
Fernando Le6n de Aranoa: Barrio
(Neighbor), 6:30 am Sundat
15: Children and photography
workshop, taught by Heleci
Ramirez, 10:30 am. Thursday,
19: Inauguration of the photog-
raphy exhibition of the Spanish
artist Ricky Davila, 6:30 pm Friday
20: Film Exhibition, Ciclo de
Fernando Le6n de Aranoa: Los
lunes al sol, 6:30 pm Saturday
21:: Film Exhibition, Ciclo de
Fernando Le6n de Aranoa: Los
lunes al sol, 11:00 am. Sunday 22,
Children and dancing, with the
instructor Yoslany SAnchez, 10:30
am For more information: Centro
Cultural de Espaia,Col. Palmira la
calle, #655,Contiguo al Redondel
de los Artesanos. Tegucigalpa,
MDC, Honduras, C.A. Tel +504
238-2013 Fax 238-5332,E-mail:

by the dance company "Teresa
Nieto." Manuel Bonilla National

Theatre in Tegucigalpa,
Wednesday, February 11, 7:00

BAVIC Illustration of the Central
American Isthmus. Collection of
72 works of 36 artists participants
from Central America. Location:
chambers of the National
Museum for the Identity MIN,
Tegucigalpa. From November 21
thru February 20, 2009; 9:00 a, to
4:00 pm. Organized by Women
in the Arts (MUA) "Leticia de
Oyuela" www.bienalcentroamer-

"Danza Libre" school announces
the start of classes for the 2009.
"Reductive Dancing for Adults"
from January 12, and for children
starting on January 15, from 5:00
to 6:00 pm. For more informa-
tion phone to: 235 8175 / 206
- 9730, 2:00 thru 7:00 pm

The Muioz Lobo bookstore and
the editorial group Satyagraha
invite you cordially to join us at
the monthly Conversatory, a free
space center, which takes place
every first Thursday of the month
at Ave. Cervantes, opposite to
Museum of Honduran Man in
Tegucigalpa, from: 5:30 to 7:30

CLUB. More information at www.
afhonduras.com or at 239-6165

FILMS. Every week you can enjoy
excellent films at Cafe Paradiso in
Barrio La Plazuela in Tegucigalpa.
Contact: anarellavelez4@yahoo.

EL PARNASO. Visit www.elpar-
nasohn.triplod.com, you will find
all kind of artistic expressions

PRODUCTIONS. Contact them;
they always have info on cultural
activities. E-mail: tercoproduc-
ciones@gmail.com. Visit www.

Visit www.proyectogriton.com
and focus on KUPIAKUMI, you'll
find the daily logbook of the
activities of this cultural group.

CAFE PARADISE. Cafe Paradise
(downtown) is always perform-
ing cultural activities. Contact

HONDURAS. Visit the website
www.telah.org. They are present-
ing plays, essays about theatre

culture. Tel: 220-0690, 238-3726

BLOGSPOT: www.arteaccion-
com An area where you can
learn about the work and events
performed at the cultural asso-
ciation Arte Action.
You can also visit the website:
www.arteaccion.org which has
been updated.


Bamboo: Located in Blvd.
Rio: Located in Paseo los
Email: rio.cantero@gmail.com
Office: Paseo Los Proceres,
Gourmet Center, second floor, in
front of Chilis Location: Paseo Los
La Grotta: Located in Blvd.
Morazan Email: lagrottahn3@
gmail.com Office: 236-7010
Location: Blvd. Morazan, next to
Jetstereo, Tegucigalpa

Karla Lara and Camilo Korea will
welcome to the Cultural Friday
"Caminante" bookstore, 6:00 pm.
At the Caminante Bookstore. Our
events are advertised on page

and Saturdays at Restaurant El
Corral, Col. Alameda. Meats are
their specialty.

Piano, guitar, violin and singing
classes. Colonia Miramonte, main
street, # 1519. Tel: 232-4772. 239-

ACTIVITIES. Contact 235-4019

AND 70'S. At"Memories"in Plaza
Millennium. From Wednesdays
thru Saturdays from 7:00 p.m

Every Thursday you can enjoy
live music with the artist Hector
Casas, from 8:00 p.m. thru 11:00
p.m. Happy hour from 5:00 p.m.
thru 8:00 p.m. 2X1 Miller bear,
frozen Margaritas and tequila


OLD. Artistic drawing, painting
techniques such as watercolors,
oil, acrylic and pastels. Schedule:
Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
and from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Colonia Las Colinas, El Dorado

Street in front of Hillcrest School,
home # 35. More Information
contact Melissa Torres at Tel:

registration is now open for the
SchoolofDramaticArt. Inscription:
L. 150.00; monthly fee: L... 500.00,
during three months. Classes
begin on February 16. Closing
date for registration: February
10. Public attention schedule:
Monday through Friday from 2
pm 5 pm at the Cultural Center
of San Pedro Sula

has an excellent physical devel-
opment plan for adults older
than sixty years: dancing, pilates,
stretching, and more. For infor-
mation visit www.mettahn.com.
Metta is on the street behind
Emisoras Unidas. Tel. 239- 52 78,

CINEMAS. Log into www.cine-

CENTER. http://www.cohcit.
gob.hn/contacto.html (504)
230-7673 / 230 Next to the
Honduran Council of Science
and Technology CAD Building,
Blvd. Armed Forces, Tegucigalpa,

PROGRAM. The Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of
Tegucigalpa (CCIT) has a continu-
ous training plan for its members.
Contact: Fabiola Saenz: fsaenz@

New webpage for Honduran
books: www.guaymuras.hn.
Sections: Who are we, New
books, Honduran authors, Other
Honduran Editorials, Month's

Includes a guided hike on the
Lodge's natural trail into the Pico
Bonito National Park with a stop
at the Mermaid Falls swimming
hole (Hike can be made at 8:00
am or 1:00 pm). Before or after
your hike enjoy a delicious meal
at the Lodge's restaurant and
explore the Butterfly Farm and
Serpentarium also located on the
Lodge's property (before or after
the hike). Price includes guide
service, lunch, and park entrance
fee paid to the Pico Bonito
National Park Foundation (Drinks
not included) Please call ahead
to be sure we have guides avail-
able. E-mail: picobonito@caribe.
hn, Tel. 504-440-0388/0389/0468

VILLA ROY. Schedule: 8:00 4:00
pm from Monday thru Saturday.
Barrio Buena Vista, Tegucigalpa.
Entrance fees: Hondurans and
Central Americans: L. 10.00, from
other countries: L. 20.00. For more
information contact.: Patricia
Cardona museosregionales@
yahoo.com, Tania Ramirez ardon-
tania@gmail.com, Telephone:

Has a great collection of books
and national file documentary.
Old Presidential House, Barrio
El Centro. Visits from 8:00 am
- 4:00 pm. Attended visits, all
Wednesday, cost: L. 5.00

MUSEUM. This interesting muse-
um is open since October 2006. It
is located in the town ofValle the
Angeles. You will enjoy a great
collection of interesting objects,
old photos from 1800 1900,
antiques of history, art and cul-
ture. Visit us at www.museosant-
amaria.com or e-mail us to: sant-

HOTEL. A special flavor every
day of the week: Monday: Asian,
Tuesday: Italian, Wednesday:
Peruvian, Thursday: Mexican,
Friday: seafood, Saturday: Italian/
Mexican, Sunday: Honduran cui-

MARRIAGES. Supporting the
family ministry. Every Fridays,
Col. Las Colinas, Bloque Z, # 1613,
7:00 pm. Tegucigalpa. Free par-
ticipation, including diner. Tel.

MEETINGS. Sharing testimonies
and praying. Every Wednesdays,
5:30 p.m. at Glifo Room in
Honduras Maya Hotel, free
entrance. yam@cablecolor.hn or
Tel. 9996-6707

Schedule of meetings: Every first
Saturday of the month, they offer
a breakfast at El Candelero Room,
Honduras Maya Hotel, 7:40 a.m.
L. 100.00.

HONDURAS. Visit www.elpar-

without Borders movement.. Free
Healing Treatments, Wednesdays
from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Details
and confirmations: 220-1441,
3345-9461 (Rosario) and 235-
5045 (Alicia). ljhondurasneural@

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JICA's former scholars promote "KAIZEN" in Health

Daniel Caceres/JICA
Special to Honduras This Week

Driven to improve health
services in Honduras, former
participants of Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) have
dedicated their time to promote
projects related to patient safety
under the EPQI (Evidence-
based Participatory Quality
Improvement) methodology in
three hospitals in Tegucigalpa:
Hospital General San Felipe,
Institute Nacional Cardiopulmonar
and the Region Metropolitana del
Distrito Central.
EPQI represents the concept
and methodology that havs adopted
the work values contemplated in
"KAIZEN" (Japanese for "contin-
uous improvement"): "Seiri"
(sorting) "Seiton" (set in order)
"Seisou" (cleanliness), "Seiketsu"
(standardizing), and "Shitsuke"
(educate). EPQI national teams
have voluntarily implemented

JICA volunteers receive instruction on promoting hospital quality.
projects designed to improve the sible for developing activi
quality of health care and services, designated work station."
focused on the needs of patients The EPQI Mesoa

and in improving related projects.
One of the seven participants,
Leticia Izaguirre, a nurse, said that
the members of the EPQI Network
are "obligated to promote quality in
a hospital." She also said her work
consists of "assisting project volun-

Network is made up of
participants from eight co
Mexico, Guatemala, Ho
El Salvador, Nicaragua
Rica, Panama, and the Do
Republic. The seven inst
have been facilitating th

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Creative Types Can Enjoy More than Coffee

Emily Moberly
Honduras This Week

A new aroma is filling the air
in La Ceiba, thanks to the dream
of a creative entrepreneur. Once
considered a city devoid of artistic
outlets, La Ceiba is now a haven
for artists and art aficionados alike,
as well as those who simply want a
relaxing environment or good cup
of coffee.
Rustic furniture, walls adorned
with local art along with a reading
room teeming with material create
a unique environment not found
anywhere in La Ceiba except at
Ki'Bok Caf6, located in Barrio El
Iman near La Plancha restaurant
and the stadium.

Rosalia Alcantara, the master-
mind behind the caf6, said that she
has always dreamed of opening
her own cafe. A Santa Rosa
native, Alcantara said she grew up
surrounded by artsy cafes. When
she came to La Ceiba to take a job
at Standard Fruit Company she
said one of the first things she
noticed was a lack of such cafes.
"We need something like [those
cafes] in La Ceiba," she thought to
Four months ago Alcantara's
dream became a reality with the
opening of Ki'bok Caf6. She said
she chose the name because ki'bok
means "aroma" in Mayan. However
Alcantara's cafe is more than just a
pretty place to buy a cup of coffee.
"We're trying to make this place a

cultural center," Alcantara
On Jan. 17 the caf6 h
painting exhibit featuring t
of Brazilian native Sonia
People of all ages (over
course) enjoyed a glass of
mentary red wine as they
the display of female-theme
Ribeiro, who said she
to paint before she learned
currently lives in La Ceib
she teaches lessons in p
Portuguese and French.
Alcantara said the exh
the second event of its kin
caf6 and that she plans to h(
like it. The caf6 has also sp
poetry readings and is the
place of a filmmakers cl
views independent films.

Izaguirre, one of the instruc-
tors and focal point of EPQI in
Honduras, was chosen by JICA in
2003 and 2005 to receive training
at the Sendai Seminary in Tohoku
University in Japan. After several
training sessions, Izaguirre and
other ex-participants, after their
return to Honduras, executed
an EPQI Project. The project
consisted of reducing the waiting
time for medical attention in the
pediatric unit of San Felipe General
Courtesy JICA Hospital.
"Before implementing the
ties in a project, the waiting period was six
to eight hours; after the project,
merica waiting was reduced to two hours,"
former Izaguirre explains.
untries: Channeled through rigorous
nduras, coordination, EPQI Net members
, Costa in Honduras have, since 2006,
minican executed projects designed to
ructors control infection, solid waste,
ae prog- hospital decorum and cleanliness,
are from among others.

at Ki'Bok Cafe

said. Tania Claudina Alvarado, a
osted a published poet living in La Ceiba,
he work has been integral in organizing
Ribeiro. many of the cafe's events. Her
r 18, of book of poetry, "Brisa Sediciosa," is
compli- available for sale at Ki'bok.
perused Eventually, Alvarado said, the
d paint- caf6 would like to work with the
community of artists in La Ceiba
learned to offer theater classes and writing
to talk, workshops for young people.
a where "[Ki'bok] is the only space for
painting, culture [in La Ceiba]," Alvarado
ibit was Ki'bok is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
d at the Monday through Saturday and 8
old more a.m. to noon on Sunday.
meeting For more information, call the
ub that cafe at 504-442-2673 or e-mail:


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and valley, mature trees, water, elect, tele-
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road to Macaw Mtn Tropical Bird Park, 5
minutes to center of village,

Beautiful home site, 2,802 v2.
Best zone (1st stage) res. Villa Elena,
Tegucigalpa's most exclusive eco-develop-
ment and Country Club. $50.00/V2, nego-
tiable. Javier Mejia Tel. 9941-1212.
E-mail: lucygodoykessler@yahoo.com

150 ft. Beach Front Villa
La Ceiba

Sleeps 6-8, private pool, nearby restaurants
and attractions,
15 minutes East of La Ceiba in Villa Nuria.
Magnificent sunsets. Enjoy yourself! $1200/
week. Call Heidi 9719-8959

Luxury Villa La Ceiba
Sleeps 6-8 people, private pool, 3200 ft,
gourmet kitchen, Mango Tree gated commu-
nity, 20 min East of La Ceiba.
Restaurants, beach and eco-tourism attrac-
tions nearby.
$1200/wk. Call Heidi 9719-8959
Email: golaceiba@yahoo.com

Coffe Farm in Olancho
Mountain property 20 kilometers from San
Francisco de la Paz, area of 220 acres,
43 with high altitude coffe plantation,
103 acres with pastures and the rest with
Assume laon with bank of $30,000 pay-
able in five years at 10% per year and
the rest in cash to make a total price of
US $90,000.
See pictures at www.coffeefarm.
synthasite.com If interested please
call at (504) 9952-7504 or
e-mail: srpenergy@yahoo.com

nouse lor sale
Located in Altos de Miraflores Sur
Area of construction 242 mts2
Parking spaces for 2 vehicles, two living
rooms, studio, 3 bedrooms with their
own bathroom, cistern with pump, elec-
tric gate, water heater, furnished kitchen.
Price: $190,000.
Those interested please call:
citas al 9990 2917 y al 9995 3452 or
E-mail: hugoorellana@honduras.com

For Sale
Toyota Cressida for Sale
1984, A/C, Sony stereo Lps. 60,000, Call
Aida 3233-6943 from 8 am -9 pm
sabonge2001 @yahoo.com

African Palm Farm in North Coast
of Honduras
90+/- acres of flat land, 60+/- acres with
African palm in production, good pasture,
it borders a big lagoon (Lagunas Los Micos),
1 house for employee, with solar electric,
community water, 2 big fish ponds, close to
the African palm factory in San Alejo, good
investment and a good place to relax and
make money. Price $350,000.00. Call for
more information at
863-673-0955; 863-265-0366 (USA) or
(Honduras) (504) 9699-8119 or e-mail:
Santa Lucia: Just 20 minutes from Tegus
on the road to Valley of Angles, live in a
near prefect climate year round day time
high temps 70 with very low humidity.
This is a small, friendly, and safe place to
This property is approximately 3 acres with
one large house, 3 apartments and one
small house. There is plenty of parking
space for cars. In total there are 15 bed-
rooms 9 bath rooms 5 kitchens and one
stroage building with bathroom.
The large house has 6 bedrooms and
4 bathrooms large living room, fireplace
with high ceilings. Large kitchen and a
huge covered patio overlooking Tegus. The
apartments are 1- 3 bedroom 2 bath and
2 -2 bedroom 1 bath, there is also a small
house with 2 bedroom and 1 bath. All
buildings are in good condition ready to
move in. there is city water and we also
have a 20,000 water storage facility.
There are 18 building lots in addition to
the housesand apartmentsthat have been
platted and surveyed. All lots have fantastic
views of the city.
This is a great property for developers,
church retreat or mission compound.
Great buy at $499,000 the lots alone are
worth the entire price. Call George US.#
336-506-7503 cell 321-624-3894 hondu-
ras call Lucio 3354-9657.

For Sale by Owner
Located in Siguatepeque, Honduras
Central America 2 12 manzanas, a mod-
ern, beautiful home that has approx.
2,500 sq. ft. in it, has fabulous view of
mountains from porch and patio, spring
like weather all year long, bananas,
coffee, oranges, various fruits, flowers.
Very beautiful and secure area.
Will sell home with all or part of the
property. The price starts at $170,000
for just house with the 110 ft x 110 ft
walled in area around the house and
flower garden, and designated prop-
erty outside the wall or $300,000.00
for all. Price negotiable. Only serious
buyers need to call or email.
maryronhonduras@yahoo.com or
call: 011-504-9666-1885

For Sale in Copan Ruinas
1.6 acre Oasis. 2 story Villa, guest cottage,
carport and enclosed garage/bodega.
Most beautifully landscaped vista proper-
ty in town. All Services. Full title. No liens.
A must see
e-mail: stepstocopan@yahoo.com
Internet site:

For Sale
Beautiful 3,500 sq. ft. beachfront. Fenced
lot in Santa Fe, 25 min west of Trujillo. Lot
is close to the beautiful blue waters of the
Caribbean. It has electric and water avail-
able. The price is right! Only $18,000 U.S.
It is close to a quiet little village of Santa Fe
and lovely mountain views.
Don't missthis opportunityto own a"piece
of paradise. For this proce!
Please contact

Belinda Linton
cell:0-1 1-504-9906-9818
For Sale in Colonia
Lomas del Guijarro

Beautiful apartment, panoramic view,
security, pool, social area, 3 bedrooms,
garden. US$225,000
Beautiful House in Colonia Lomas del
Guijarro, pool, panoramic view, sauna,
garden, 4 bedrooms. US$360,000
Please contact us to phones:
We have more apartments and
houses for sale and rent.
E.mail: ceciliadpp@hotmail.com or


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Telefonos: (504) 235-7683,
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Central America
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Happy Land Real Estate
(504) 440-2803/(504) 9998-8497/
(504) 9922-8778
For sale in the North Coast of Honduras
*Porvenir, Atlantida, beach properties,
65.6 feet of beach front and 270.6 feet
deep, total area 17,744.80 square feet,
price $2.80 per square feet.
*Triunfo de la Cruz, Tela, Atlantida,
beach property, area: 5,820.36 square
feet, 126 feet of beach front. Price
*East End, Guanaja, Bay Islands, 84.25
acres with approximately 2,788 feet of
beach front. Coral reefs in front of prop-
erty, $60,000 per acre.
*Guanaja, Bay Islands, 10 acres with
river, house, next to a hotel. Price:
$85,000 per acre.
*Tela, Atlantida, beach 100 meters away
from beach, two story house, swimming
pool, 3 bedrooms, price $190,000.
*Piedra Pintada, La Ceiba, Atlantida,
two beach houses with three bedrooms.
Price: $85,000.
*Piedra Pintada, La Ceiba, Atlantida, two
properties of 32.8 x 65.6 feet of beach
front. Price:$16,000 per property.
*Granadita, La Ceiba, Atlantida, beach
front house with two bedrooms, terrace,
swimming pool, price: $240,000.
*Balfate, Colon, 4 terrains of beach front
of 65.6 x 65.6 feet, $25,000 each one.
*Tela, Atlantida 68.8 acres in Tela, beach,
mountain and plain terrain, 34.4 acres
(plain) and 34.4 acres (mountains),
excellent for building a hotel resort.
Price $58,140 per acre.
-Trujillo, Colon, 423.4468 acres of beach,
rivers, mountain and plain terrain,
appropriate for a tourist hotel resort,
price: $600,000 negotiable.
*La Ceiba, Atlantida, mountain property
of 115.24 acres, beautiful view of the sea
and city, has a river. Price $220,000.
*Pollityle Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands,
10 acres with beach, plain terrain
and mountains, 6 acres plain domain
$45,000 per acre and 4 acres with pos-
session $40,000 per acre.
*La Ceiba, Atantida, residential project
Wendy, two brand new houses, three
bedrooms, dining room, living room,
kitchen, laundry room, ceramic floors,
fine finishes, with garage $55,000
without garage $50,000. Close to the
national university and airport Goloson.
10 minutes away from the city.
*La Ceiba, Atlantida, located in Jardines
del Este, house with three bedrooms,
living room, dining room, kitchen,
paved roads, garage (2 cars), completely
new. $50,000.
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Tela, Honduras, America Central TEL: (504) 448-1497, (504) 448-1928
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Main Floor
Garage with electric gate and visual intercommunication,
dining room, living room, kitchen includes storage room
and breakfast area, studio, bathroom, small storage room,
terrace to patio, laundry area and service room.
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balcony, spacious bathroom with bathtub,
two more bedrooms with
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Located in excellent areas:
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VOL. 1, NO. 01 (01) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2009

Infinity Bay Spa & Resort:
Setting the standard for Roatan resort properties
* Take a leisurely, sun- properties on the beach, it
soaked stroll to the far west faces the azure water of the
end of West Bay beach and Caribbean to the north, but
it's difficult not to notice the that is where the similarities
new kid on the block: Infinity end.
Bay. Like the rest of the continued on page 2

Safe Haven for Women Being Built on Roatan Real Estate on Roatan Find a good
* On March 7th, 2009, Kids Roatan.The main eventwill be
Matter International is hosting a Willie Nelson tribute band, realtor before taking the plunge

a family event at Gumbalimba
The fundraiser is to raise
money and awareness for a
women's home to be con-
structed on the island of

including all the family activi-
ties available at Gumbalimba
Park such as the canopy zip
line, bird park, underwater
snuba, hiking, and swimming.
Continued on page 3

* I have the good for-
tune to have been given
the opportunity to write
a column for the Island

Development section of
the new publication "The
continued on page 5

lan Drysdale -The Islander

The Mesoamerican Reef is home to multitudes of sealife.

2 | THE ISLANDER | Saturday, February 7, 2009

Infinity Bay Spa & Resort:

Setting the standard for Roatan resort properties

Todd Ellertson
The Islander

Take a leisurely, sun-soaked
stroll to the far west end of West
Bay beach and it's difficult not to
notice the new kid on the block:
Infinity Bay. Like the rest of the
properties on the beach, it faces
the azure water of the Caribbean
to the north, but that is where the
similarities end.
Developed by Oregonian Gene
Albert and partners, Infinity Bay
broke ground in January of 2006
and has not looked back since.
While it dwarfs the competition
in its sheer size and scale, it also
has adhered to building standards
that are not only pleasing to the
eye, but its strict 'green' construc-
tion practices, overseen by Gene's
brother Vernon, ensures the mas-
sive property has little impact on
the sugar-sand beach and the tur-
quoise water beyond.
A tour of the property reveals
not only great craftsmanship in its
buildings, but careful attention to
the landscaping, including native
tropical shrubs and flowers as well
as full-grown, mature palm trees.
Construction chief Vernon Albert,
who is busy supervising the build-
ing of the property's second phase,
has also devised a process to turn
Infinity Bay's sewer water into
water clean enough to be used
as irrigation water for the huge
amount of plants that currently
thrive on the property.

"The sewage and drainage infra-
structure began well before con-
struction started, which is not the
industry norm:' Albert explains. As
he demonstrates what he and his
crew have accomplished, it is clear
that Albert's not the industry norm
for contractors. While his exasper-
ation with some of the problems
he's encountered with the huge
undertaking of Infinity Bay is read-
ily evident, so is his enthusiasm for
continuing to make the property
the model of green building on
Roatan and elsewhere.
Albert is also not afraid of hard
work: "I'll screw it up three times
before I get it right...and before
others have started;' he says with
a grin, describing his approach to

the project at hand.

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Roatan as a vacation destination
Infinity Bay, one ofa newgenera-
tion of luxury properties on Roatan,
comes at a time when the island
is seeing unprecedented tourism
development, though it still is con-
sidered a relatively undiscovered
destination. The recently opened
Town Center cruise ship center in
Coxen Hole is luring travelers who
have to likely never heard of the
island. That's changing Roatan
is now becoming a more frequent
stop on southern Caribbean jun-
kets. Each ship that stops trans-
lates into thousands of vacationing
passengers being introduced to
the quiet development on Roatan,

and that is appealing.
Antonio Moncada, Sales and
Marketing Director for the proper-
ty, who is Honduran, is convinced
it's simply a matter of Americans
not knowing about Roatan and
Central America in general. "I
went to college in the States and
I noticed that people there gener-
ally don't know their geography.
It's only a matter of time before
this place is just as well known as
the Cayman or the Virgin Islands'"
Moncada states and acknowledges
that North Americans make up the
majority of guests at Infinity Bay.

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Amenities abound at Infinity
What guests can expect on the
property are one, two and three
bedroom units that comfortably
accommodate up to eight guests,
each unit featuring a fully-func-
tional kitchen appointed with
granite counter tops, stainless steel
appliances and aromatic Honduran
cedar cabinetry. Bedrooms and
bathrooms are spacious, modern
and comfortable. In-room services
include satellite TV and compli-
mentary wireless internet access.
Each terrace ingeniously affords
a view of the beach, while front
and center is a massive, stunning,
cobalt blue-tiled infinity edge
swimming pool, surrounded by
plenty of tables, chairs and lounge
chairs. At the end of the pool is a
swim-up, palapa-covered bar and
restaurant. Between the restaurant
and the beach are tables, nestled
under palm trees, providing hun-
gry guests with the perfect view of
the water.

Second Phase Being Built
The second phase of building
began in January 2007 and is still
underway: additional condo units,
a private health club, world-class
spa, fine shopping and dining as
well as convention facilities and
conference rooms will soon be
complete. Finishing touches fol-
lowed by the resort's grand open-
ing are scheduled for July of this
Moncada adds that a"Kid's Club"'
catering to the resort's younger set,
will begin later in 2009. "We want
to offer adults the chance to truly
relax and read, drink or eat without
the kids. Kids will be supervised
and engaged in activities that will
challenge them." The club will
include age-appropriate activities
for anyone, from toddler to teen.
While Infinity Bay continues to
evolve as it enters its final construc-
tion phase, it has set the standard
for all resort and vacation proper-
ties on West Bay, past, present and
future. It has managed to com-
bine luxurious details and green,
ecologically-conscious building
practices, never forgetting its two
most important assets: its guests
and Roatan's crown jewel:West Bay

For more information on Infinity
Bay, including phone numbers and
photo galleries, visit the website at


Contact Us

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Island Community] ,

Safe Haven for Women Being Built on


Thomas Mclntyre,
Kids Matter International
Special to The Islander

On March 7th, 2009, Kids Matter
International is hosting a fam-
ily event at Gumbalimba Park. The
fundraiser is to raise money and
awareness for a women's home to
be constructed on the island of
Roatan. The main event will be a
Willie Nelson tribute band, includ-
ing all the family activities avail-
able at Gumbalimba Park such
as the canopy zip line, bird park,
underwater snuba, hiking, and
swimming. Possible special guests
at the event will be members of
the Dallas Cowboy football team, a
professional Indianapolis Formula-
1 driver, Honduras' first lady, and
U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens, all
for a price less than the normal
entrance fee for the park while
contributing to a worthy cause.
This family event will be preced-
ed by the center's groundbreaking
in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, March 6 at
3 p.m. Present at the groundbreak-
ing will be U.S. and Honduran dig-
nitaries and the Board of Directors

Matter International presently pro-
vides the entire financial support
for an orphanage in India.To date,
the Roatan project has received
a donation of two acres of land
for the shelter, building materi-
als, architectural renderings, and
paved road access.
The CEO of Kids Matter
International is Joe King. He has led
a distinguished career in nonprofit
management, marketing, govern-
ment affairs, and fund develop-
ment. He has also been recognized
as a national leader in the areas
of volunteer management, sports
marketing, corporate fundraising,
cause-related marketing, govern-

for Kids Matter International.
Kids Matter International is
a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organiza-
tion that supports children and
women around the world. They

have undertaken the creation of a
home in Roatan which will provide
young women who are in abusive
situations with a safe and nurtur-
ing environment. In addition, Kids

ment and public relations. In addi-
tion, Joe has served as Director
of Marketing and Development
for MADD, as well as the National
Director of Fundraising for the
United States Olympic Committee.
The director of the Roatan proj-
ect is Colin Fullilove. He has been
a pioneer in missions around the
world over the last 20 years. He is in
charge of operations and fundrais-
ing on the island.

For further information on Kids
Matter International please visit
the website at www.kidsmatter-
international.org or come by the
office in Alba Plaza, Sandy Bay.




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We were told we could use our
cell phones until they closed the
cabin door at the terminal, but
then to shut them off. As we rap-
idly approached 36,000 feet above
the earth, we were told we could
again use certain electronic equip-
ment. 'What fun; thought I, send-
ing an e-mail at 36,000 feet, what
a great gift for the recipients. So,
I whipped out my trusty lap-top,
booted up and composed a jazzy
note telling my friends and those
who put up with me I was send-
ing them a message from 36,000
feet while traveling at over 350
knots per hour and if they were
on the Internet they could reply
So far, so good until I hit enter
and the airplane shuddered and
immediately did a sharp 180
degree U-turn, promptly heading
back to Las Vegas. I quietly shut
down, put everything away and
pretended to be asleep. How was
I to know it said in fine print in
the in-flight magazine, do not use
wireless gizmos at anytime?


Parrot Tree Plantation will be
the setting for a black-tie event to
benefit the Escuela Centro Basico
Jose Santos Guardiola in Punta
Date: February 14, 2009; Time:
7 p.m.; Tickets: $25 per person.
S Do not hesitate to call Suyapa
Edwards at 9658-8219 for further


Well, it looks that way but
just for a short time. A famous
man once said, "Housing is not a
fad" That person might be John
Edwards he has said so many pro-
found things in the past, I cannot
be sure. But whoever said it was
telling the truth: after food, shelter
is next on our list of must-have
survival items. So, we grab a bite
at Gio's, feel satisfied and happy
and then remember we have no
home to go to. That kind of ruins
the mood, so we know housing
will return and with it work for
thousands of our island locals.
In the United States, the gov-
ernment feels housing is such an
important industry, it is gener-
ating buyers by offering longer
term, fully amortized mortgages.
How about a 40 year loan at 3.5
% interest? That translates to a
payment of only $193 per month

on a $50,000 purchase. Now that
is doable, don't you think? We
know for a fact certain people
are working with the Honduran
government, trying to arrange a
similar situation. By the way, that
would translate to about Lps 3,646
a month.


CNN news reports the cap-
ture of the ringleader of a huge
and highly successful burglary
gang. Working the Bel Air area of
Los Angeles commonly known as
Beverly Hills, the group has ter-
rorized for some three years with
no captures at all. Private citizens
pitched in equipment, the local
police department put a special
task-force into operation, neigh-
borhood watch programs were
installed but not one single arrest.
This kind of makes our hard work-
ing police department look a little
better doesn't it?
Now, finally a break the sup-
posed ring-leader is in custody. I
bet the neighbors are proud to be
saying,"He's not from here."
I am not downplaying even one
crime, but I must point out that
gathering data across the entire
U.S., they calculate a crime occurs
each and every 15 seconds, 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
Now, I must resist saying that must
be one tired criminal but I won't.
However, I will say it still makes liv-
ing on Roatan very, very appetiz-
ing considering the lack of crime


There is a new website that
might prove interesting. I am per-
sonally afraid to go there, but if
you have an adventurous spirit,
go for it: www.ponzischeme.com.
Tell me how it goes, but don't
blame me for what might happen
after that.


It seems the Jared Hynds
Library is on the move. Not mov-
ing locations, but moving toward
some action. They are suggesting
you use their excellent facilities
for such events as business meet-
ings, expositions for jewelry, art
or clothing or anything else you
might be promoting. They have
air conditioned comfort, tables
and chairs and parking, all for a
rental fee of Lps 600. You might
even pick up an interesting book
while you're there. Call Joan Dixon
at 455-5260 for any and all details.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 | THE ISLANDER | 5

Island Development

SReal Estate on Roatan Find a good

realtor before taking the plunge

Mark Havey
Roatan Life Real Estate
The Islander

I have the good fortune to
have been given the opportunity
to write a column for the Island
Development section of the new
publication "The Islander". In doing
this I will make observations, opin-
ions, and recommendations and at
the same time provide information
to the reader.
I am Mark Havey, a long time
resident of Roatan and one of the
owners and brokers of Roatan Life
Real Estate. I currently am on the
board of directors of the Roatan
Realtors Association and also serve
on the board of directors of the
Marine Park Reserve. I am invested
in Roatan in a variety of ways and
over the years have immensely
enjoyed being a part of the com-
munity here on Roatan. Roatan, if
you don't already know, is a very
special place.
That said, I wanted to provide a
bit of information to anyone who
is considering investing in Roatan
albeit, by buying property, a home,

a business or whatever else may
strike your fancy. The Honduran
law, initiative 9090, states that a
foreigner (non Honduran) can own
up to 3000 square meters (approx.
.72 acres) of property in their own

name.This was an initiative written
and presented before congress by
Honduran attorney Italo Tugliani
in 1990. This can be done only
once or not again until such land is
sold. For investors who want to buy

more than .72 acres or purchase
multiple times, they must form a
Honduran Corporation and effect
their purchases in the name of that
corporation. This is the legal way
for foreigners to purchase prop-

erty in Honduras. It is a very simple
Unlike Mexico where foreign
bought property is held in a
trust, here in Honduras you actu-
ally own and hold free and clear
title to your land. When you pur-
chase in Honduras, you must use
a Honduran attorney who is also a
notary to handle your closing and
process your documents registra-
tion through the Honduran sys-
tem of land registration. A notary
here in Honduras is different than
a notary in North America. Here
the notary bears a responsibility
as to the accuracy of the informa-
tion contained within the closing
documents and in turn the title. All
notaries are attorneys in Honduras
and must take and pass a very
strenuous and difficult exam in
order to be appointed a notary.
Roatan currently enjoys an inter-
national popularity as a good place
to investwith investors from all over
the world. The demographics of
the investment community spans
the globe. Americans, Canadians,
British, Germans, Italians, Spanish,
continued on page 8

Hard work and market knowledge. Enthusiasm and integrity.
Passion and commitment. Professional service.

Roatan Life was founded on simple principles and a simple
philosophy: treat every client as we'd like to be treated, each and
every time. And as our company continues to grow with new
listings, new brokers, and new clients we never lose sight of that

Of course, the right approach and the right attitude wouldn't
mean much without the knowledge to back it up. But
we've got that, too. With over 30 combined years of
living on the island, our experts take care of the details
while you enjoy your new property.

Offices at Coral Stone Business Center and West Bay Mall
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Office Tel: 011-504-445-3130
US Phones: 1-813-774-4686



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Island Green |

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Coral Reefs 101:

Their preservation is up to us

lan Drysdale
Environmental Engineer
The Islander

"Underwater Gardens,""Marine
Rain Forests;' "Underwater Cities:"
These and many more terms are
used when describing coral reefs.
They truly are the most productive
ecosystems on the planet, cover-
ing a mere 0.5% of the planet's sea
floor (yes, half of one percent) and
they feed over half of the world's
population. Coral reefs thrive in
nutrient-poor water, smack in the
middle of the world, between the
Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn,
where the suns rays penetrate the
water column more easily. Needing
tropical temperatures between 18
and 29 degrees centigrade, cor-
als grow most abundantly at 24
degrees. They can grow in depths
of up to 100 meters (325 feet),
but most corals grow in depths
of less than 40 meters (130 feet).
Most reefs are found on the east-
ern sides of continents and around
oceanic islands.
Although they resemble color-
ful rocks, they are actually living
organisms. They are organisms


that live in a mutually beneficial oxygen and nutrients from the
relationship, or symbiosis, in which algae, which it produces through
two or more beings live together photosynthesis, and the algae
and provide for one another. In the receive protection and a supply
case of corals, the animal (polyp) of carbon dioxide and nutrients
lives in peace with a micro-alga needed for photosynthesis.
(zooxanthellae).The polyp receives Reefs are composed of millions

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upon millions of polyps, all living
and growing next to and on top
of each other. It takes hundreds
of years for reefs like the ones on
the Bay Islands to form. Polyps
are tiny organisms that resemble
upside-down jellyfish, retracting
their tentacles during the day. But
come nightfall, they extend these
tentacles and become hunters,
capturing and digesting all plank-
ton (microscopic organisms) that
happen to come in contact with
them. Protected inside the polyp,
the algae is what gives the coral
its color and its sustenance during
the day.
There are two main types of
coral: hard and soft. Hard corals
create an outer skeleton of calcium
carbonate (CaC03) and are respon-
sible for most of the building of
reefs.The polyp lives inside a small
cup that it creates out of CaC03
and many other "cups" cemented
together form a colony. They grow
in various sizes and forms: plate,
boulder and lettuce being some of
the most common.
Soft corals, on the other hand,
produce small bits of calcium car-
bonate within their bodies, giving
them flexibility, while providing
some rigidity. It is the soft cor-
als that look like plumes, fans or
whips, according to the general
shape in which they grow. Corals
also grow very slowly, some mas-
sive ones such as brain corals grow
a mere 0.30 centimeters to 1.80
centimeters a year (1/8 inch to 3/4
inch), whereas some soft corals can
grow up to 15 centimeters a year
(6 inches).
The three types of reef we
can find around the globe are:
1. Fringing Reef, which is formed
near the shore line; 2. Barrier Reef,
when a fringing reef matures and
a lagoon is formed between the
reef and the shore; and 3. An atoll

is formed when corals grow around
a volcanic island and the island
gradually subsides, leaving a clear
circular coral reef near the surface.
The Bay Islands possess only the
first two types.
Coral reefs are highly sensitive
ecosystems in which small chang-
es produce large effects. These
threats fall into two general catego-
ries: natural and human activities.
Natural threats that have impacts
on coral are: strong waves (tropical
storms and hurricanes), changes in
salinity and temperature, predation
by snails, fish, worms, shrimp, star-
fish and crabs, and lastly, competi-
tion amongst corals (competing
for space and sun light). The effect
of all these is amplified by human
activities: deforestation (through
erosion and silting), pollution and
contamination, spear-fishing, the
use of dragnets, dredging and col-
lecting of specimens.
As we try to protect our reefs,
we protect and foster our own
wellbeing, caring for that which
provides us with food, protection
and beauty. Small measures to pre-
serve coral reefs include planting
trees and greenery in our neigh-
borhoods and backyards, and leav-
ing wetlands and mangroves alone
allowing them to remain as natural
barriers that hold and trap sedi-
ment. Avoid touching corals and
removing any creatures that are
not intended for providing food.
We can't allow trash and other con-
taminants into the ocean (such as
oils and greases). By maintaining
septic tanks and keeping them leak
proof, we retain one of the main
culprits in coral reef destruction.

lan operates Luna Consultores
Ambientales, an environmental
consulting firm on Roatan. He can
be reached via email at iandrys-

Saturday, February 7, 2009 | THE ISLANDER | 7

[ Roatan Bruce

Irn':-e Stat r

Town Center: The new Port of Roatan



On Tuesday, January 28, political
and business leaders and dignitar-
ies gathered in downtown Coxen
Hole for the grand opening of the
new Royal Caribbean dock now
called Town Center. President Mel
Zelaya was here to cut the ceremo-
nial ribbon. Many were treated to
a tour of the Voyager of the Seas
cruise ship before it left the Port of
Roatan in early evening.
Thousands showed up to take
part in the festivities later that eve-
ning. Live music featuring local
musicians entertained into the
early hours of the night. Local res-
taurants were on hand to serve the
best dishes they had to offer. It was
a great night!
The grounds and most of the
parking area were the perfect place
for the big party. It will be a great
place for many other events in the
future with the gates providing the
security for paid concerts. The view
and atmosphere is incredible. This
is a welcomed addition to the land-
scape of Roatan.
I spoke to some of the politi-
cal leaders that night about their
thoughts concerning the new dock.
Here is what some had to say.
Mayor Dale Jackson: The open-
ing of this dock signifies a positive
future. What we are experiencing
today represents over 90% of our
future income for the islands. This
is the first of two phases. This dock

represents a $10 million investment.
The second east of here is $30 to 40
million, pending an environmental
license that both the President and
Minister of Environment indicated
today will be given to us shortly.
We need to salute the municipal
crews that have been working so
hard on the streets to better the
image of Coxen Hole. We will con-
tinue to do that work. We welcome
everyone to walk down the roads
here. It is very different. We are
working with the people and we
are grateful for the support that
they have given us. They are paint-
ing their houses and bettering
their fences. We are working with
the kids on the street. I am very
happy with the progress I have
seen here.
RB: What can we do here at the
mall as residents of this island?
Mayor Jackson: The high secu-
rity measures will shortly be trans-
ferred from the front gates and
moved to the dock. The public will
be able to go to the restaurants,
the souvenir shops and jewelry
stores out here on this pier.
Congress President Roberto
Micheletti: We are very happy to
be here again on Roatan.
We are here to inaugurate the
port for the Royal Caribbean Cruise
line. It is a wonderful moment
for everybody. As President of
Congress, I will do everything I

can to help bring more jobs to
the people in the area. It creates
more opportunity for more peo-
ple to come down and invest in
Honduras. We are very happy that
such a good thing is happening for
RB: Tell me about your politi-
cal future. You are to remain as
President of Congress?
Micheletti: Yes, I have one more
year as President. I don't know
what the future will bring. I am a
very political person and I will keep
on working as a political person
to do the best for our country, the
peace, the order and the constitu-
tionality of our country. Every law
will be in favor of all the people of
Honduras. I am very happy. There
are moments of difficulty, but God
is with us and we hope everything
will be okay for our country.
Chris Allen, Director of
Deployment and Itinerary Planning
for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
Cruise lines
RB: What does today mean to
you, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
and to Roatan?
Allen: It is a great moment for
Roatan and for Royal Caribbean
International. I plan where the
ships go and to their destinations. I
have not personally been involved

with developing this project, but
it is very important for me to see
this to help decide when I make
my decisions on where to send the
RB: Are you coming back to
learn more about the island?
Allen: It is my first visit here. I
arrived yesterday and got a tour of
the island today and was very glad
to see what I saw. I have to leave
tomorrow, but I would like to come
back. The island is certainly very
lush. It is a beautiful island. For us
and for the island, and not just for
us at Royal Caribbean, but other
cruise lines and other destinations,
that the guests that come here
have a very good experience.
It is important that visitors come
away with a positive experience
because they will do the best job
of putting the awareness out to
the rest of the world. Even though
the calls have continued to come
in, we need to continue to develop
the brand awareness and identity
for Roatan. Even within the North
American marketplace, the aware-
ness for Roatan and what it offers
is not that high.
For us, it may take a little more
time for that to grow. As more
people know about it, they will be
asking more ships to go to places

like Roatan. When that starts hap-
pening, we have no choice but
to do so. It is a partnership. We
will continue to market the desti-
nation. Roatan markets itself, the
other lines market the destination
and I think over time it will con-
tinue to grow.
Governor Arlie Thompson: I
think this is a great project. It will
come to benefit every islander. It is
one of the incentives that became
a reality after the Free Zone proj-
ect. This is going to bring us a lot
of tourism. It is guaranteeing us
that the ships will keep coming to
the island. We are hoping that the
community will be able to come
out to the dock to walk around
and do shopping in "Town Center"
and that everyone will be able to
enjoy the benefits. The center will
be open twenty four hours, seven
days a week.

"Roatan"Bruce Starr is the host
of a radio show on the new all-
English radio station The Wave
101.1 FM, from 9 am to 1 pm,
Monday to Friday. If you would
like to contact him, please e-mail
him at roatanbruce@yahoo.com,
or Skype or Yahoo Messenger him
at roatanbruce. Visit his website at

For information on classified, contact Tel. 239-3654
Email: hontweekventas@multidata.hn, www.hondurasthisweek.com

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We received feedback that readers wanted more content related to
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As with this first issue, in the coming weeks, we will bring you commu-
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Before making the investment of real estate, find a reputable realtor

con't from page 5

French, Dutch and many more
countries. Everyone has a slightly
different vision of what their ideal
dream is when it comes to invest-
ing, so it is important to develop a
good rapport with a reputable real-
tor that is experienced, well versed
and has a track record of doing
good business here on Roatan and
one who listens to their clients.
One of the things that stands out
about Roatan is that it is a very
small community. Word of any sort
travels very quickly. We have a say-
ing here that the only thing you
can't keep on Roatan is a secret.
The importance of choosing a
good realtor to help you with your
investments cannot be over stated.
One good way to gain information
about anybody you are consider-
ing working with is to talk to their
clients. They will tell you the real
story and have nothing to gain by
tilting it one way or the other in
terms of being truthful. Another
very important component of a
good investment strategy is choos-
ing an attorney to represent you in
your closing. Again, ask to speak
to the clients of any attorney you
have under consideration. Roatan

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is like any other place in the world
in that there are those that are
very good at what they do and
provide excellent service to their
customers and those who don't.
It's all about getting the right infor-
mation. You as a client have the
choice of several good, reliable
and honest realtors who provide
a very high level of service to their
customers and are an asset and
a credit to their industry. You as
a potential investor, will be able

to identify someone who you can
relate to and work with that person
and know that that realtor will be
showing you not only their listings,
but the listings of other real estate
companies as well. There is a mul-
tiple listing service that the major-
ity of the real estate companies
subscribe to. If you haven't heard
of an "MLS" it works in the follow-
ing manner. All the participating
members put their listings into a
common database, accessible by

internet. All members have access
to those listings and can show
any of those listings to a potential
investor. This is a huge advantage
to the customer as it saves you the
time and hassle of having to deal
with multiple realtors. This wasn't
always the case here on Roatan
and back in the early days of real
estate here on the island it was
every realtor for themselves. That's
not the case today and many of the
real estate companies are working

together to provide a higher level
of service.
In my next installment I will dis-
cuss how the island is laid out and
where some of the larger develop-
ments are located and give a bit of
history on investment trends over
the last 5 years.
I'm going to end each install-
ment with a brief mention of what I
consider to be a good eating place.
I am a dedicated "foodie", which is
to say that I love good food. Good
food can be found in a 5 star res-
taurant or in a shack alongside the
road. It's seldom about the loca-
tion. This weeks' mention is the
latter and is going out to a brand
new place in West End called the
Noodle Shack. Just past Fosters on
the left hand side.They serve bowls
of 4 different types of noodles with
your choice of 4 different types of
sauces and condiments. They also
have Sushi, though all the fish or
shrimp is cooked. Both are excel-
lent. Price is reasonable and por-
tions are plentiful. All in all it's a
great addition to the island.

Mark is a broker and owner of
Roatan Life Real Estate. Visit the
website at www.roatanlife.com or
email him at mark@roatanlife.com


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