The Adeje Lenten Tapas route runs until April 1st

 

 

Interested members of the public can follow the route online through the ‘El Puntasso’ application

The Lenten Tapas Route is in its third year, and is organised by the council’s department of local development and employment, under councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martín. The initiative works to promote the local gastronomy as the backbone of the restaurants and café sector as well as linking culture, tradition and gastronomy.

This year the tapas on offer have taken on the philosophy of traditional Easter cooking, using fish and shellfish and other produce. All tapas are made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Thirteen restaurants and cafes are taking part, and the public must make sure they have the special form stamped if they wish to enter the competition for a cruise for two or an overnight stay in a Tenerife hotel.

All the restaurants involved are listed on the www.adeje.es page, and here below with the name of their special tapa in brackets
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Restaurante La Rambla (Placeres santos),
Oliva Café Deli (Mediterranean mezze),
Hotel Fonda Central (Cher-net cronch,
Taberna Amores (Croquetas amores),
Tasca Lorens (La croqueta de mi abuela de Semana Santa),
Tasca Italiana (Delicia de pascua),
La Favorita (Velero de Merluza),
Tasca Bar La Salud (Vegetal especial),
La Rosa Rosa (Primavera),
Tasca El Cañón (Ceviche de Cuaresma),
Le Table D´Helene (Delicias de quesos),
León de Venezia (El viaje de Marco Polo)
La Trattoria (Tapa la Trattoría).

 

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Live The Passion, this Good Friday in Adeje

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

The Good Friday street theatre will be broadcast live on Television Canaria and 13TV nationally
The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, March 30th.
The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast (TDT) on TV Canarias, and online on TvCanariaNet as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento facebook page and the Adeje Town Hall page.  Radio Sur Adeje will be broadcasting from the Plaza España throughout the performance.
“The Passion is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year in Adeje, with an important level of local participation from those who live here.  This is very much their staging, and something they feel very committed to year after year”, commented the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

The mayor continued, “this is a council run event with a  huge personal investment from the staff of the town hall, with  all those involved working to ensure everything is perfect, down to the last detail.  Every year people come forward with new ideas and suggestions, each one adding to this singular cultural occasion, which brings together hundreds of people onto the streets, and followed by millions on television and online.  From the construction of the many stages (along the main street), to the design and sewing of costumes for over 300 people, rehearsals, and much more – none of this would be possible without the workers from the council who are dedicated to ensuring that the staging and performance is as good as it can possibly be”.
This is the 6th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the cultural councillor  Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.  As well as the involvement of the public there will also be performances from professional actors Balthazar Isla, Nacho Almenar, Ballet Beanky, the Adeje School of Music and Dance and the Librea de Valle Guerra.
This year there have been improvements to the Pilate stage and some costume changes for Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Herod and the temple guards.   Salvador Ortega Jiménez will also be singing during the performance.   The entirety of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España will be transformed for the morning with a market place, various stages, and even animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, horses, snakes, etc.
The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2018, #semanasantaadeje2018, #easterweekadeje2018.  Please use one or more if you would like to link your photos of the event to ours.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

RecommendationsThe Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:• Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important• Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water• Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.• Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays• Don’t push while in the crowd• Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel• Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.• In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion. • In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and a follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.• When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.

 

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Guilda and La Gomera

Historian Juan Bethencourt Alfonso, in his work Historia del Pueblo Guanche (A history of the Guanche Town), has retrieved a myth from oral tradition that links Adeje with the island of La Gomera.

The myth concerns Guilda, a young noblewoman of Archaha, in the kingdom of Adeje. On the eve of her marriage, her fiancé died, and a short time later Guilda discovered that she was with child. Desperate, because according to the local law she would be cast, alive, into the sea, she entrusted herself to a fisherman servant, and they agreed that her only chance of salvation was to steal away to the island of La Gomera on a small raft. On a night of favourable weather she embarked, in great secrecy, from Troya beach. She promised the servant that she would light a bonfire when she arrived safely – they believed that the island of La Gomera to be uninhabited since the catastrophe, given that they never saw any fires lit over there. And for the first time the following night a fire could be seen lit on the island, confirming that she had arrived safely. The following year she returned to Tenerife on another raft, with her husband, to see her family. There ensued great celebrations and she was forgiven as she had been saved from a watery grave.

What is so curious about this Tenerife story is that it can be seen in parallel with a myth from La Gomera, more specifically from Playa de La Guancha near San Sebastián. The story goes that in remote times a young girl arrived on her own by boat, from Tenerife. So astonished were the people that she was brought before the local king, and she told her tale, explaining the misfortune that caused her to flee Tenerife, and that she had expected to find La Gomera uninhabited. She said this was so as no-one had ever seen fires lit on the island. But they didn’t, it transpired, know how. So she taught them how to light fire by rubbing two sticks together and so grateful were the indigenous people and the king that he took her for his wife and the child in her womb as his own. And after some time they returned to visit Tenerife…

 

Religion and public fervour

Procesión del abandono y tortura del señor

 

This is a week full of religious processions in Adeje, and the public are turning out to support and participate in the events.

Last night (Monday), one of the most solemn evenings of the annual procession calendar, saw five of the Adeje parish’s statues carried through the streets of La Postura from the La Viña chapel, accompanied by the Adeje Municipal Patron band and the Nº2 Army Band (Brylcan XVI). Local religious and civil leaders walked in the procession with many members of the local public, whose respect for these traditions hasn’t waned over time.

Participating associations included the volunteer fire-fighters, the civil protection brigade, various religious brotherhoods and sisterhoods, the San José scouts, residents association and the local police.

Procesión del abandono y tortura del señor

Religious acts continue this evening all over the parish. Mass in Tijoco is at 5pm, in Los Olivos and 7pm and in Adeje’s parish church, Santa Úrsula, mass is at 6.30pm followed by the procession of the sacred meeting, with Jesus the Nazarene and John the Baptist going from the Santa Úrsula church and the statue of Our Lady of Consolation from La Viña to Adeje where they meet in the Calle Grande.

On Wednesday it is the turn of the procession of Our Lord of Humility and Patience with a stop in the church of San José in Los Olivos before returning to La Viña.

On Maundy Thursday mass will be said in all parishes, many marking the celebration of the Last Supper. In the Santa Úrsula church the feet of many of the faithful will washed by the priest, and then the host will be carried to the altar where the faithful can spend time in quiet prayer.

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Early detection is the key

Colon cancer detection campaign

This morning the Adeje department of health protection published details of a free colon cancer screening programme that is happening on April 5th and 6th. According to the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we want to make the public aware of this cancer, one of the more common in our country, with over 34 thousand cases diagnosed annually, affecting men and women equally. It is really important to carry out occasional checks as this kind of cancer can grow with few obvious symptoms. A simple test of a stool sample can, however, prevent the evolution of the disease. If caught in time this cancer can be cured in 90% of cases”.

Hospiten Sur and the Spanish Cancer Association are spearheading the campaign offer free testing. All the public need to do is request an appointment (phone 922 750022) on either April 5th or 6th and turn up with a sample.

During the morning the Adeje council ran an information table on this form of cancer explaining how the test is carried out. It is particularly recommended for people over 50 years of age who are in a risk category and those who have a family history of this kind of cancer. Colonic cancer is the third most common in men, after prostrate and lung cancers, and second most common in women after breast cancer.

The most common symptoms that can signal the appearance of this cancer include changes in intestinal behaviour, unexplained weight loss, anaemia, abdominal pain among others. There are many different tests available, depending on the age and medical condition of the patient, however usually a stool sample is detected for traces of blood, and if positive a colonoscopy is ordered.

Prevention is helped through diet, foods rich in fibre and low in saturated fats and animal proteins. People should also drink 2 litres of water a day, avoid refined sugars, avoid smoking, drink in moderate amounts and eat their meals at regular hours. Daily exercise and get enough hours sleep every night is also recommended.

 

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Giving something back!

Earlier this week the Irish community in Tenerife handed over a cheque for €1,285 to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan.  The money was raised during the annual Gala St Patrick’s dinner . Councillor for institutional relations Zebenzui Chinea Linares  said “this is more than a gesture, it is a symbol too of how our many cultures and communities live and work together in respect and mutual harmony.  The Irish community wanted to give something back to the Adeje community and the Asociación San Juan, a non-government group working with special needs individuals, were delighted to be the recipient”.

In the photo: Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, Noelle Corridan, Irish Community, Fidel Ortega and Ana Onieda,  Asociacion San Juan