Sister city Coral Gables, donates Fire Truck to La Antigua Guatemala

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The firefighting capability of La Antigua Guatemala’s Fire Department has greatly improved with the recent gift of a hook-and-ladder truck from Coral Gables, Florida. Mayor Jim Cason of Coral Gables, an exclusive community just outside Miami, presented the 34-ton vehicle to Antigua Mayor Susana Ascencio and Fire Chief Rafael Arévalo during a ceremony on April 8 outside Antigua City Hall. […]

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Project Village: Education is the number one priority

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The mountainous indigenous village of San Bernabé Vista Hermosa, near the municipality of Parramos, in the department of Chimaltenango, has been adopted — all 350 inhabitants… by Project Village. The brainchild of two former law partners from Denver, Colorado, Project Village began in 2006. The original thought was to coordinate and fund projects of other NGOs, each of which specialized in […]

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REVUE PHOTO CONTEST June 2016 “Water in Guatemala”

Water in Guatemala

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for June 2016 with the theme “Water in Guatemala.” Please send ONE (1) HIGH RESOLUTION photo with caption/location and your name & website for the credit line to: photos@revuemag.com There will be prizes for winning photos including Q200 for first place in both categories. Submissions entered by the 12th of […]

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Color Me Flores – PHOTO OP by Susan Ives

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Intent on reaching the famous ruins, day visitors to Tikal might overlook nearby Flores, yet the island city has an allure of its own. The island and environs were the last stronghold of the Itzá-Maya and later served as a Spanish outpost. Both indigenous and colonial influences remain. The surrounding Lake Petén Itzá offers a blue backdrop for the island’s […]

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Artist Joel Batz Teaches Art as Therapy

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“One of Joel’s goals is to have an “inclusive” art therapy program open to all children regardless of their physical abilities.” From an early age it was evident that Joel Batz would lead a creative life. As a child, he watched his father enjoy his hobby of sketching figures and forms, including architectural drawings. Joel describes him as a dibujante […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, May 2016: Historical Ruins of Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the May, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the May contest HERE — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Squash It!

Guatemala food

Though they contain seeds, squash is a vegetable belonging to the cucurbitaceae family native to the North American and Mesoamerican regions. Within the five domesticated species there are many varieties from the United States to Central America. In Guatemala, there are diversities that are still not known elsewhere. Pear-shaped, dark-green-skinned güisquil and its albino cousin, perulero, are some of the […]

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EXPOSITION: Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

Museo Ixchel

Technical director and curator Violeta Gutiérrez and a group of dedicated professionals at the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena have worked tirelessly setting up a new exhibit—Exposición cofradía: textura y color—which will open to the public on April 19. The Museo Ixchel is committed to protecting and preserving Guatemala’s heritage as embodied in the rich textile traditions of indigenous dress. […]

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ARTIST PROFILE: Eny Roland Hernández

Guatemala art

Antigüeños are in for a special treat this month when the work of the very talented and spirited photographer Eny Roland Hernández will be featured in a solo exhibition at La Galeriá Mesón Panza Verde in La Antigua Guatemala. Even better is that our beloved Antigüeños are the subject matter of this playful and provocative new show titled Pueblo Chico, […]

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Traje Tradition Meets Trade in Guatemala

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Herlinda can’t remember a time when her family wasn’t wearing traje. Traje, the traditional clothing worn by many indigenous Guatemalans, is a cultural cornerstone. Its brightly colored hues and intricately woven thread are commonplace in many areas of Guatemala, especially in the rural highlands around Lake Atitlán. While traje’s gorgeous colors and craftsmanship help it stand out in a crowd, […]

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Early Religious Sculptures in Guatemala

Guatemala sculpture

Religious sculptures are a focal point for prayer and meditation. It is believed that when prayed to with the utmost religious fervor, the figure, or its essence, grants the believer a favor, request, or a miracle. Guatemala created its own extremely expressive style through talented Guatemalan-born artists resulting in the finest Spanish-American sculpture, particularly between 1650 and 1773. These works […]

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U.N. awards grant to Women’s Justice Initiative

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The Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), which empowers Guatemalan women to address inequality and gender violence, has won a highly competitive grant from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. “The award will support WJI’s work to ensure Maya women and girls are able to exercise their rights to live free from violence and have increased access to […]

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Antigua’s First Interactive Procession Maps

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Stay current with the when-and-where during Semana Santa. The major Antigua procession routes of 2016 are available at this link (click here). Use the check boxes on the map menu for which procession you would like to follow. Currently available, the processions of: Jesús Nazareno del Perdón y Santísima Virgen de Dolores. San Francisco Church Grande. Holy Thursday / Jueves […]

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10-Hour Life Cycle of a Semana Santa Alfombra (Holy Week Carpet)

Guatemala Holy Week Carpet

During the Holy Week alfombras (carpets) are created on the streets of the procession routes. It is a long-standing tradition and the variety and artistic beauty must be seen to be truly appreciated. This series by photographer Katrin Neuhaus shows, from beginning to end, the approximately 10-hour life cycle of one of these creations of devotion. See the entire slide […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Lent — Smørrebrød

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Lenten season is also an opportunity to explore foods outside the normal realm of traditional choices. Cooking or eating out during season of Lent does not have to be difficult, it just takes a bit of awareness and creativity. Every year many Christians observe special diets during 40 days. As I listened to the priest’s sermon one recent morning at […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, April 2016: Having Fun in Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the April, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the April Photo Contest here — and for next month… stay tuned

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Semana Santa at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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Holy week at Lake Atitlán is a blending of Mayan and Christian Tradition. Living in La Antigua Guatemala affords me the opportunity of being right in the heart of one of the grandest celebrations of Lent (Cuaresma) in all of Latin America—Semana Santa! Last year, I even had the good fortune of experiencing some of the Holy Week festivities on […]

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LIFESTYLE: At the Heart of Ritual—Christina Kerndal

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With a special collection of antique Indian furnishings and architectural accessories, the decor boutique Ritual works with clients locally and internationally to find the perfect piece of history to complement their design project. It could be a gate from a palace in the desert, a stone portal from a village on the spice route, or a ceremonial necklace from the […]

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The procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Caída de San Bartolomé Becerra

Semana Santa Guatemala

5th Sunday of Lent. March 13, leaves at 6am, returns at midnight. Passes Antigua’s Central Park at 4:30pm. For the online mobile interactive 2016 PROCESSION ROUTE click here. A day of pageantry and devotion. I remember waking at the stroke of 6 last year on the fifth Sunday of Lent in San Bartolo, a charming suburb of La Antigua Guatemala where I was […]

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How Holy Week Celebrations in La Antigua became the Largest in the World

Holy Week in Guatemala

Last year, it was estimated that 1.2 million visitors were in La Antigua for Lenten and Holy Week. When the Spanish conquerors arrived in Guatemala from Mexico in 1524, they brought with them the religious traditions from Seville, Spain. Little did they imagine that in the 21st century these celebrations would become the largest in the world. “Historical references to […]

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Trajes de Guatemala Finds a Home

Trajes de Guatemala

“At his home in Panajachel in 1959 I saw for the first time the unbelievable collection of 34 watercolors thematically titled Trajes de Guatemala.” Home was elusive for Frederick Siddaartha Crocker, native of West Virginia, son of an itinerant Pittsburgh wildcatter, scion of 19th century Oriental spiritualists, ensign whose ship the USS Terror was hit by a kamikaze. “Pat,” as […]

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BOOK ALERT: Incidents in the Life of a Maya Archaeologist

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As told to Winifred Veronda. Ed Shook approaches the reader of Incidents in the Life of a Maya Archaeologist “with outstretched arms and a toothy grin” and welcomes the unsuspecting into a life that, as he tells Winifred Veronda, didn’t progress from point A to point B but zigzagged from a night school engineering class to six decades as a […]

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Fuego Volcano: What’s going on?

Fuego Volcano Guatemala

“The reason why the February eruptions seemed stronger was basically wind direction blowing from west to northeast,” says volcanologist Gustavo Chigna at INSIVUMEH. “Each volcano is an independent machine—nay, each vent and monticule is for the time being engaged in its own peculiar business, cooking as it were its special dish, which in due time is to be separately served.” This […]

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Italian Week at Mesón Panza Verde

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Featuring Italian Cuisine prepared by Chef Noé Sicán Known for his exquisitely prepared fresh pastas served daily, Mesón Panza Verde Chef Noé Sicán has been named the “Best Italian-Inspired Chef in Guatemala” by the Italian Club in Guatemala City. To celebrate Chef Noé’s culinary accomplishment, Mesón Panza Verde offers Italian Week, March 2-9, for both lunch and dinner seating. See […]

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Interview: La Antigua Mayor Susana Ascencio

Mayor Ascencio (right) discusses current issues with Revue correspondent Julie López.

Almost a month after previous Mayor Edgar Ruiz Paredes was arrested on corruption charges and stepped down, his successor Susana Ascencio had already emerged as his antithesis. Under the direction of Mayor Ascencio, La Antigua Guatemala’s municipality has submitted open bidding on a mega-project aimed at relieving the city’s congested traffic. The solution is to redirect traffic passing through on […]

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Guatemala in Pink

Guatemala in Pink

The color pink: love, beauty, charm, sweetness. Pink begins a day, sweeping across the skies at first light. Pink closes many days with an even richer display. Pink startles us on exotic flamingoes at La Aurora zoo, with bright feathers on birds along our jungle rivers, and on a large pink-and-chrome ‘63 Cadillac convertible prowling occasionally in Guatemala City’s Zona […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, March 2016: Holy Week in Guatemala

Guatemala Holy Week

Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the March, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the March Photo Contest HERE — and for next month… stay tuned

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Family, Love and Guatemalan Chocolate

Guatemalan chocolate

I surely had a blast this past holiday season with family and friends visiting me for two weeks from Guatemala and Denmark. As we move into the New Year, and Valentine’s Day (día del Cariño) on the 14th, I want to share a dessert recipe that I made for them during their visit. I created classic chocolate-covered strawberries as an […]

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Labor of Love — Iyom Chona Rax

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“I’ve delivered six generations of children. I didn’t count exactly but the number is around 2,000 babies.” The towering portrait of midwife Doña Chona Rax near the Santiago dock in San Pedro La Laguna is remarkable not only for its artistic beauty, but also for the vitality and strength that radiate from its subject. Canal Cultural, the artist collective that […]

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Niños De Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala

Working to break the cycle of poverty and empower local communities around La Antigua Guatemala. Marten Dressen, his sister Annemiek Dressen and their friend Sander founded Niños De Guatemala (NDG) in 2006, in collaboration with Carmen Paniagua, a resident of La Antigua Guatemala. Working to break the cycle of poverty and empower local communities around La Antigua Guatemala, the NGO now […]

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