Dozens of Peruvian children received gifts and enjoyed a “chocolatada con paneton”, as well as a folk dance show on Saturday, December 16 at the Charlie Chaplin auditorium of SAC.
The free event “Peruvian Christmas in Chicago” was sponsored by the Marketing Department of St. Augustine College and was organized by the Council of Support for Peruvians Resident in the Midwest (Consejo de Apoyo a Peruanos Residentes en el Medio Oeste – CAPREMO) and the Consulate of Peru in Chicago. It was animated by the musical group Solandino, directed by Pedro Verástegui; and the Peruvian Folk Dance Center, directed by Ruben Pachas Saldarriaga and Jessica Loyaga.
The children of the Peruvian Folk Dance Center, who performed several numbers, presented their best dance moves. Among them were Sophia Negrón, Maxine Mazanett, Julianna Chumpitaz, Jimena Farro, Fatima Farro, Karla Garcia, Kayla Garcia, Kayla Vela, Mateo Jacoby, Salvador Contreras, and Julian Vela.
The event was presented by Fernando Fuentes with the animation of the musical group Solandino. In the first part, the Marinera Norteña dance, was performed by children of the Peruvian Folk Dance Center. In the meantime, the attendees enjoyed the “chocolatada con paneton”. Then the Consul of Peru in Chicago, Ambassador Luis Chuquihuara, took the floor; and Gustavo Saberbein Jr., president of CAPREMO.
In the second part of the program, the Inga Afroperuana and Peruvian Huayno dances were presented by children of the Peruvian Folk Dance Center. Then the group Solandino played several pieces to immediately give way to a Peruvian Cajón show by children from the Peruvian Folk Dance Center. Finally the good humor was put by the clown Chispita Junior before delivering the gifts to the children attending. To end the night, the clown Chispita Junior entertained the audience before delivering gifts to the children.
The CAPREMO volunteer organization has as objectives the promotion of Peruvian culture in all its aspects; facilitate dialogue and communication among fellow citizens residing in the Midwest; and encourage the approach and awareness of Peruvian immigrants, and also towards them.