Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2021. 6:55 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Benque House of Culture NICH
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Benque House of Culture NICH decorated the entrance to Centennial Park in Benque Viejo del Carmen with recycled items as part of the seasonal celebration of Christmas.
“We want to share the life of Christmas despite the pandemic,” said Nalleli Yacab, Coordinator of the House of Culture NICH in Benque.
“We want to bring life and attraction to the Centennial Park and to families,” Yacab added recognizing that because of the COVID-19 pandemic there is a limitation of social interaction.
“We wanted to showcase something very different, something artistic and something that could also remind us on how best to recycle the items that we have at home, repurposing items and bringing them back to life.
“We have several Christmas trees made from recycled wood, out of pallets, out of leftovers from the carpenters here in Benque. We created something like giftboxes, a set of six rustic reindeers, a Christmas tree and two snowmen made out of tires, we decorated and lit up the first drum set the marimba band used, we have made a number of stars using clothes hangers.’”
The House of Culture was responsible for the area at the entrance to the Centennial Park she said.
Yacab said the Benque Viejo Town Council decorated and lit up the George Price Boulevard, the market, the Town Hall, the Coronation Park, and other groups have also been decorating.
“It’s a lot of work but there’s a lot of community collaboration and partnership which enriches the whole experience creating these masterpieces,” said Yacab.
“This was an initiative of the House of Culture and Friends of the House of Culture and some businesses that have been assisting us. We envisioned decorating by repurposing items and being environmental stewards. That’s the message we want to send, that we can recycle items and bring them back to life.”
Yacab said the Benque House of Culture was very appreciative of the businesses that contributed to their decoration project including the Benque Viejo Town Council, CACHE, NICH, Atlantic Bank, St. Martins Credit Union, the Benque Advocacy Group, CAB, Brothers Habet Ltd., BRC Printing, Mike and Diana Lucia Mauricio, Alexis Solis, Emil Hernandez, Nancy Santos, Jonathan Tun, Aylin Ayala, Luis Angel Quiroz, Amin Garcia, Salvador Luna, Ian Yacab, Jenny Martinez & Family, and Councilor Teresita Alvarado .
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