The commemoration of the 196th anniversary of Peru’s Independence was celebrated on July 28 with a ceremony presided over by its Consul in Chicago, Ambassador Luis Chuquihuara, and was attended by the Vice Governor of Illinois, Evelyn Sanguinetti, and representatives of the mayor of Chicago, of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and other state and city authorities. “I am very excited to be able to accompany the Peruvians in this celebration because as a Hispanic daughter of a Cuban and an Ecuadorian, I know how important this date is for people who live far from their homeland. I’m here on behalf of the governor of Illinois,” said the Vice Governor who made history by becoming the first Hispanic to be elected to this high office.

The patriotic civic event began with the hoisting of the Peruvian flag which made the more than 200 Peruvians who attended the event brim with pride as they saw their bicolor flag next to the flags of the United States and Chicago in downtown’s Daley Plaza. The celebration then continued with the intonation of the Peruvian national anthem and the aforementioned words from Vice Governor Sanguinetti followed by Consul Luis Chuquihuara’s. “We are here to celebrate a historic date for all Peruvians, one that is very significant for those who live in this beautiful country, far from the land where they were born,” said Ambassador Luis Chuquihuara. “Nothing makes me feel more excited than to hoist our flag and sing our national anthem,” he added.

Present at the ceremony were Consuls Carlos Housse (Ecuador), María De Lujan Caputo (Brazil), Rodolfo Montecinos (Chile), Beraldo R. Nicola (Uruguay) and Dr. Dixon Moya (Colombia); Claudio Montoya of the Peruvian Arts Society, as well as representatives from other local Peruvian organizations; and the educational authorities of St. Augustine College, Madeline Roman-Vargas (Vice President of Academic Affairs) and Nicolás Pienovi (Vice President of Marketing and Communications).

After the official ceremony, over 200 guests tasted the traditional “Pisco Sour” and other culinary delights in the milieu of Latinicity’s gastronomic center, located in the center of Chicago, where Peruvian tenor Luis Gálvez and folkloric dance groups performed.