Sunday, May 28, 2017

Roberto Peckham

Thanks in part to relentless population shifts into the “oriente” region east of Medellin, Colombian short-haul airline EasyFly this month launches new service between Rionegro (Medellin’s international airport) and the cities of Pereira, Bucaramanga and Monteria.


Colombian construction giants Odinsa and Construcciones El Condor and Colombia’s infrastructure financial agency (Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, FDN) jointly announced September 9 that financial close has finally been achieved for the “Pacifico 2” highway projects in Antioquia, part of the massive “fourth generation” (4G) highway projects.


Medellin eleventh-grade student Veronica Escobar Mesa won Cambridge University’s “Top in the World” award for English proficiency in the “International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)” examinations recently.


Medellin’s 20th annual International Jazz Festival launches September 15 featuring top artists including Cuco Valoy, Bobby Valentin, Havana D’Primera and many others.


Even if you missed the 10th annual Medellin Tango Festival in June (see Medellin Herald on June 15, 2016), you don’t have to book air-fare to Buenos Aires to see some outstanding local and international tango musicians and dancers.


The 23rd annual “Orquideas, Pajaros y Flores” (orchids, birds and flowers) show in Medellin’s Botanical Garden this year not only drew huge crowds (estimated at 120,000 visitors) but also a cavalcade of orchid collectors and photographers.


The 59th annual “Desfile de Silleteros” (flower-carriers’ parade) on Avenida Guayabal in Medellin this month drew 800,000 spectators along the 1.94-kilometers-long parade route, provoking cheers, tears and amazement over jaw-dropping feats of endurance, beauty, art, dance and music.


The Colombian government and leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) announced August 24 that they finalized a “peace” deal that supposedly would put an end to more than 50 years of a war – a war that began with Soviet Union backing but gradually evolved into narco-terrorist war against Latin America’s oldest democracy.


Colombia-based Corona -- manufacturer of porcelain products, construction goods and majority partner in the “Home Center” retail chain -- on August 18 celebrated the 135th birthday of its founding in the Medellin suburb of Caldas, Antioquia.


The Antioquia departmental government’s investment agency (“IDEA”) announced August 15 the initial start-up of a 15-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric dam serving Alejandria, Concepcion and Santo Domingo – small municipalities roughly 50 kilometers to the east of Medellin.


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SILLETEROS PARADE 2016 by JOHN AND DONNA STORMZAND (click to enlarge)

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U.S. native Roberto Peckham, who founded Medellin Herald in 2015, has been residing in metro Medellin since 2005 and has traveled regularly and extensively throughout Colombia since 1981.

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