Artist Profile: Julio Molina, Guatemala

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La Otra Dimensión: Art in Wood. by Matt Bokor.  While many artists create images using oil or acrylic paints, Julio Molina arranges strips of wood to form his unique works. Using wood exclusively as his medium since 2008, the Guatemalan artist first started using wood some 30 years ago and to this day still sees charm in every piece, even scraps […]

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Panajachel Feria (Fair), October in Guatemala

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by Ana Flinder photos: Vicoria Stone.  Panajachel’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is honored in October with a combination of town fair, cultural dances, religous ceremonies, pyrotechnics and parades Next month brings another great opportunity to experience Guatemalan culture and festivity in a way that is very easy on the visitor, especially with the spectacular backdrop of Lake Atitlán. […]

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Comfort Ahoy: Guatemala

Comfort Heart: A girl listens to her own heartbeat during a medical checkup at Complejo Deportivo de Puerto Barrios. (u.s. army photo by PFC. Tomarius Roberts)

Hospital Ship provides assistance to thousands. by Matt Bokor. A hospital ship from the U.S. Navy brought free medical, veterinary, engineering and humanitarian help to thousands of Guatemalans during a recent nine-day deployment to Puerto Barrios. Personnel from the USNS Comfort provided dental, visual, pediatric and general medical services to more than 10,000 Guatemalans at two onshore medical sites in […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN – Guatemalan Cuisine

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A TRIBUTE TO CALDO DE RES text & photos by chef and author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. (AmaliaLLC.com) Caldo de res (beef and vegetable soup) is possibly the most popular soup in the region surrounding Guatemala City. While delicious and nutritious, this soup has some history behind it and a lot in common with the soups of other countries. Soup in Guatemala is sopa […]

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Guatemalan Spanish Book Alert

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New book helps foreigners learn the nuances of Guatemalan Spanish. Do you remember the first time you visited Guatemala? Even if you had just a basic knowledge of Spanish, you may have felt overwhelmed—especially when bombarded with all the words, phrases and sayings typical of Guatemalan Spanish. If so, a new book offers practical help. “Guatemalan Spanish: Speak like a […]

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Independence Day Celebrations in Guatemala

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by Ken Veronda. Any good excuse is a good time for celebration, of course, but September holds a special one: Independence Day on the 15th, but the sounds, smells, tastes and sights are to be enjoyed all month. There are rich colors to see in this rainy season, with landscape lush; sweet tastes to enjoy, of fresh fruit and mellow […]

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Revue Photo Contest, Oct. 2015. Pets of Guatemala

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Time for the REVUE PHOTO CONTEST, Oct. 2015. Theme: PETS OF GUATEMALA / MASCOTAS DE GUATEMALA. Please send us ONE hi-res photo to photos@revuemag.com — include your name, photo title and location — submissions will be accepted starting now until midnight Sept. 12, 2015. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories, most “likes” and by editorial decision.

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La Ceiba Tree of Guatemala

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Ceiba near San Lucas Samox, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Guatemala Insight — by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. With the celebration of Independence Day on Sept. 15, national symbols, which include the ceiba tree, come to our attention. The ceiba was declared the national tree of Guatemala in 1955 at the request of the botanist Ulises Rojas. This was, in part, because of its importance to the Maya. Today ceiba trees are protected […]

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Saving for Retirement in Guatemala

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U.S. Tax considerations. The Tax Corner by John Ohe.  Living abroad, many U.S. expats give too little thought to saving for retirement. Some basic financial planning is absolutely critical, and helps to avoid the unenviable position of reaching retirement age without sufficient funds. The purpose of this article is to provide food for thought and encouragement to consider the following […]

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Touched by Color in Antigua Guatemala

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Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell. With the passing of Laura Mora (1923-2015), famed paintings and mural paintings conservator who taught us about the importance of the history of colors at ICCROM (International Centre for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments) in Rome, it brings to life again the importance of exceptional professors and mentors who move us to a new […]

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Impact Hub: Antigua’s New Space for Synergy

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text and photos by Linda Conard. Many people dream of working from a home office in beautiful La Antigua Guatemala, but the reality isn’t always so dream-like. Telecommuters often deal with spotty Internet coverage, distractions, isolation and a “home” that starts to feel like “work.” Even working from local restaurants and cafés has its drawbacks. Michelle Berkowitz Sultan, founder of […]

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Alzheimer care facility in Guatemala

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Alzheimer’s disease affects some 50 million people worldwide. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. Every 67 seconds a new victim is diagnosed. Dr. Alois Alzheimer first identified the symptoms over a century ago, and yet despite tremendous investments in research, neither a prevention nor a cure has been […]

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It Does Take a Village

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Building a community at the grassroots level.  text / photos by Kerstin Sabene.  Implementing change, even when it’s meant to reduce health and social disparity, can be challenging. No one understands this better than Ignacio Ochoa, director of the Nahual Foundation, a think tank by and for indigenous people of the Americas, based in La Antigua Guatemala. Ochoa, who has […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, March: Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Guatemala

1st place: “Camino al Calvario” by Luis Antonio Ortiz
Prize: Q200

Winners by editorial decision Winners by popular vote     Thank you to all the photographers who sent in such beautiful images of this spectacular event. Semana Santa in Guatemala is a unique experience, we look forward to the 2015 celebration. Stay tuned for the photo contest theme for April. Enjoy all 82 of the Semana Santa entries at fb.com/revuemagazine. […]

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Artist Profile: Carlotta Boettcher

URBAN PORTRAITS “San Francisco 70s: Urban Portraits” will open on Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at Galería Panza Verde, 5a avenida sur #19, Antigua. The artist will attend the opening. Carlotta Boettcher’s book of the same title, featuring 103 digitally repaired images, will be available in Antigua in the early spring. Carlotta Boettcher’s photo exhibition, “San Francisco 70s: Urban Portraits,” […]

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Guatemalans Helping Guatemalans

by Elizabeth Bell. Juan Pablo Romero is one of the 10 CNN Heroes who were selected from 150,000 candidates nominated worldwide. He started Los Patojos (The Kids) in his household garage in Jocotenango with three kids and is now a globally recognized hero! Los Patojos was created to promote hope, dignity, trust and a dialog for Jocotenango’s youth. As Juan […]

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Revue Photo Contest, March 2015 — Theme: Holy Week in Guatemala / Semana Santa

Here we go with our monthly Revue Photo Contest. The photo theme for the March magazine issue is “Holy Week in Guatemala / Semana Santa en Guatemala.” Please send your ONE hi-resolution photo to photos@revuemag.com with your name, photo title, and photo location. There will be cash prizes for the top three choices in two categories: 1. Popular vote (most […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Feb. 2015: Traveling in Guatemala

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Winners by editorial decisision: Winners by popular vote:     A big thanks to all of the photographers who entered our contest. Great photos all around. What a beautiful country this is. Stay tuned for our Revue Photo Contest: March 2015… theme to be announced. Thank you to all who visited and voted as well. It’s fun to share.   […]

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Revue 12th Annual Photo Issue – January 2015

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FROM THE PUBLISHERS Happy New Year to all! We hope your holiday season was full of good spirits, fun and joy. Time now to look at the coming new year with fresh eyes and new ideas. Welcome to our 12th Annual Photo Issue. We received a wonderful batch of excellent photographs, and we are excited to share these interesing and […]

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La Antigua Guatemala has become THE wedding destination for Central America!

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by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian November heralds weddings in La Antigua and guests come from all over the world to celebrate. Antigueños recently founded Asociación Destino Antigua to provide better service and to promote the city’s tourism. Due to the continual increase in the wedding segment, they have helped co-found the Honeymoon and Wedding Guild through the Chamber of Tourism. Guatemala’s finest […]

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Guatemala’s Most Famous Nun

Sor Juana de Maldonado y Paz by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian Guatemala’s most famous nun is Sor Juana de Maldonado y Paz (1598-1668), who lived at the Convento of La Concepción (La Antigua Guatemala). Ironically, very little “real” information is known about her although there is quite a bit written about her. We find her mentioned in the English Dominican Friar Thomas […]

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La Chapetona — Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

by Kerstin Sabene, photos by Kerstin Sabene and Mercedes Mejicanos. It was Sunday, Dec. 8 in La Antigua Guatemala, a magical day I would not soon forget. Friends and I had boarded a brightly colored chicken bus that was headed a few kilometers southwest along the Escuintla road to the neighboring town of Ciudad Vieja, literally Old City. I have […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Dec. 2014: Celebrations in Guatemala

“Día de San Cristóbal” by Marco Ortiz
Prize: Q200

Winners by Editorial Decision   Winners by Popular Vote Congratulations to the winners — and a very big thank you to all the photographers who participated. WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS NOW FOR THE REVUE 12th ANNUAL PHOTO ISSUE (January 2015) — there will not be a regular photo contest for January, the entire edition will be dedicated to photographs of […]

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Key Lime

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Sensuous Guatemala by Ken Veronda. With highly acidic taste, a strong aroma and yellow-to-green color shades, the limes in Guatemala hit several senses—including touch, especially if a sharp spine pricks you while picking some off a tree. Those spines let you know these are Key limes, not the Persian lime more common in other parts of the world. The pungent […]

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Fuel Efficient Cooking

With her new stove that she helped co-design, Margarita saves Q1,200 every month.

New stove reflects what rural cooks want. CONSERVATION  by Matt Bokor  photos courtesy of Soluciones Apropiadas. By enlisting the cooks in the design stage, an inventive new company has developed a super-efficient, wood-burning stove that incorporates age-old methods of cooking tortillas. Although other initiatives have achieved positive results from safe, fuel-efficient stoves for rural households, Soluciones Apropiadas found that the clean- […]

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Women’s Initiative for Justice

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COMMUNITY SERVICE by Matt Bokor. Thanks to the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), hundreds of rural, indigenous women in Guatemala are learning that they too have rights. Elena, for example, is now one of only a few women in her community who has legal title to her land. Magda, who married at age 15 to escape abuse by both parents, is a […]

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