Centuries old statue restored

The restoration team was led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife based conservationist

The Catholic See of Tenerife with the Cabildo heritage secion and the Adeje Santa Úrsula parish church have released details of the completion of the restoration of a statue of St Paul, in which he is carrying book of the epistles in the folds of his cloak.

The team charged with the restoration were led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife-based restorer and conservation expert, and used a technique to set the original polychrome pieces, using original glues to repair parts of the sculpture manually. The work was delicate as the team didn’t want “to lose materials during the conservation process and worked in very specific zones, never in a general way, on crests and elevated sides”, said the expert. All of the affected parts were reconstructed and cracks were filled in using polyvinyl glues, and the sculpture was cleaned.

 

According to information found in the official archives, the statue of St Paul was located on the main altar piece in the San Francisco Convent (of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Paul) founded in 1679 by the first Marques of Adeje, Juan Bautista de Ponte Fonte y Pages. The first altar disappeared and was replaced with an 18th century style until 1841 when it was brought to the church in San Antonio Abad in Arona.

According to Acosta, this statue bears “the influence of the house of Martín de Andujar. We are probably looking at a sculpture from his school, perhaps the artist was part of the Garachico School of the time. The style is archaic but wasn’t popular. It would appear to have been inspired by pre-existing models from the time”.

St Paul carries a new-style sword in his left hand, which we see from the 13th Century onwards. This is a double-edged sword alluding, one side, to his martyrdom and on the other, the radical style of his writings.

 

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A mini-city in itself!

Focus Adeje group visit to Reina Sofia Tenerife Sur airport, 24 January 2019 – credit Phil Crean

The Adeje-based Focus group brought 40 foreign residents to Reina Sofia airport to see what goes on behind the scenes

Last week Focus, a lobby group representing international residents in Adeje, organised a visit to Reina Sofia airport. Organised in conjunction with CIT Sur (the centre for tourism initiatives in South Tenerife), the places on the trip were snapped up within hours of releasing details, such was the level of interest among foreign residents living in the area.

“We are already planning a second trip as there were so many people we had to disappoint this time”, says Focus representative Clio O’Flynn, who also works for the Adeje council on forging and expanding links with foreign residents. “These visits are organised during the school year by CIT Sur for school children as part of explaining to them the importance of tourism to Tenerife, but they agreed to do an ‘adult’ visit for us, for which we are very grateful”, she continued.

Eagle, raptor, bird of prey in captivity, Credit Phil Crean

The guided tour was staffed by personnel from AENA, the Spanish airport authority, and was in English for the benefit of the international group, that included British, Irish, Germany and Norwegian participants. And while there were some hiccups, the group were fascinated to be able to view the other side of a working airport, “a mini-city in itself”, and learn how this part of tourism creates thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect forms of employment.
For many the highlight of the 3 hour tour was a trip to the Reina Sofia falconry, to see these magnificent birds who are trained to keep the airways clear of small birds and increase safety for flyers.

Focus
Focus is a lobby group of foreign residents in Adeje who are interested in helping the non-Spanish speaking community further integrate into daily life in Adeje. They have organised information seminars on Brexit, on finance for ex-pats, and have also set up visits of interest. For more information on Focus and on future events they may be planning, you can drop them a line to focusadeje@gmail.com. And even though there are based in Adeje, the trips and events they organise are open to the wider Tenerife South community.

Focus Adeje group visit to Reina Sofia Tenerife Sur airport, 24 January 2019: Credit Phil Crean

Harris hawk bird of prey raptor: Credit Phil Crean

 

 

Il Divo, the Adeje Rally and lots more at Fitur, day 2

Costa Adeje is working to attract tourists that appreciate environmental values, sustainability and cultural heritage as part of a holiday offer

 

Il Divo’s Carlos Marín and Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Adeje, and Costa Adeje, the borough’s tourism ‘label’ had a busy day at Fitur, the Spanish tourism trade fair taking place in Madrid this week. The mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said they were engaged in the work needed to give the world’s travel professionals the information and incentive to sell the destination so that “we can advance and generate opportunities for all our residents in Adeje, thanks to the sector that sustains us and our initiatives as a borough and an economy”.
Adeje, among three of Spain’s destinations with the highest overnight stays, is quite clear, and has stated this in the recent past, that the objective isn’t to bring more tourists but instead give those already visiting us a better quality experience during their stay. “Better value for money with the same number of visitors”, he explained. So, one of the key tools is to make agencies aware of the different and less well-known things on offer in Adeje. Sun and sea are indispensable for any tourist visiting Costa Adeje and the Canarias, “our great strengths” he says, but there needs to be added value on offer, factors that make the difference.
“This is why this year we are emphasising cultural promotions, the celebration of our festivals, and our heritage, all part of the richness of Adeje and its people” Rodríguez Fraga commented. Accompanied by the borough’s tourism and cultural and sport councillors, Ermitas Moreira and Adolfo Alonso respectively, he said the idea was to both underline how culture adds value to the tourism offer but also to show how the economic motor that is tourism “funds our culture offer, protects our heritage, and reinforces the work we do throughout the year for our residents and visitors alike.”
The councillors indicated that there were already 40 important activities planned for 2019, sporting and cultural, including the Adeje motor rally, and the Il Divo concert (June 15th) and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra concerts, the latter with tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. The councillors also mentioned events planned in the Hard Rock Hotel, the Easter Good Friday Passion and Costa Adeje Fashion Beach. “These are just a few examples of the offer that includes folklore, jazz, gospel, our traditional riches, crafts, fashion, beaches and beach clubs”, said Moreira.
The councillor for culture added that it was also important to stress that activities in Adeje were not just for tourists but for residents, the people who are behind the ongoing success of the destination.


Il Divo, June 15th
Carlos Marín, the only Spanish member of Il Divo, was at the top table today with the Adeje mayor to announce details of their Adeje concert. Promotor David Navarro told press that tickets are already on sale and were “selling well”, but can still be bought online, www.mastaquilla.com and in El Corte Inglés. The concert, managed by DN7 Events in collaboration with the Adeje council, will be in Golf Costa Adeje.
Il Divo offer a mix of opera and songs from different musical genres, and are considered an iconic ‘crossover’ musical quartet. The four are Spaniard, Carlos Marín, Swiss Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard from France and David Miller from the USA. They have sold millions of record since they were formed in 2003. Thier Adeje concert is titled, ‘Timeless 15 th Anniversary’, bringing together songs of love and romance over the ages.

 

Tourism – an opportunity, not a threat!

Adeje and Adeje call for tourism boroughs to be covered by statue and to be properly financed

The necessity for proper legal cover or statute for tourism boroughs, recognising their specific singularities, was part of the intervention today in the Madrid Fitur tourism trade fair by both the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julián Mena, when they met the national minister for tourism, Reyes Maroto.

The mayors were taking part in the official presentation of the new Spanish alliance for tourism ‘sun and beach’ boroughs, bringing together eight destinations with shared characteristics. The alliance is calling for their boroughs to be covered by a specific statute with separate financing to allow for proper infrastructures and would allow local authorities offer adequate services for the thousands of tourists who visit annually, and without which residents are likely to suffer more. This would maintain the optimistic perception of tourism as an opportunity rather than a threat.

The alliance members, between them, represent 65 million overnight stays in Spain a year, 20% of the national tourism total. As well as Adeje and Arona, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Salou, Calviá, Benidorm, Lloret de Mar and Torremolinos make up the membership. During the meeting Rodríguez Fraga called for a proper definition of a tourism borough. He said that such a definition would also refer to the necessities of such boroughs, “including the needs of our residents as well as the thousands of tourists who visit us on daily basis”.

Adeje, for instance, has a registered population of about 50 thousand residents, but on any given day of the year there may be up to 150 thousand people staying in the borough, which means a need for adequate security, “sanitation, services on beaches, in public centres and zones, on our streets and meeting health requirements”, said the Adeje mayor.

Arona’s mayor did have words of welcome for the willingness the minister for tourism seemed to be showing in her relatively brief time in the job so far, “visiting Arona and the south of Tenerife to take stock of the necessities and needs”. He said all of the boroughs in the new alliance shared some characteristics, and all were relying on resources allocated to a medium sized population, but providing resources and infrastructures for thousands more people all year round. In the case of Arona, he said, with a population of just over 100 thousand residents, the council needed to provide infrastructure and services for up to 1.5 million visitors a year, a situation which needed to be properly and adequately financed.

José Julián Mena also outlined the importance these boroughs have for the state of the Spanish economy, so it was only fair that “they could count upon investment and funding to ensure the destinations could continue to be a source of wealth creation, sustainable and competitive, and that tourism wouldn’t stop being been seen by our resident populations as a source of progress and opportunity, rather than a threat”. He added, “if these tourism destinations and boroughs are working well it benefits the Canaries and Spain”.

 

Adeje takes the reins of the Tenerife South Equality network

The Adeje council is taking on the administration of the Tenerife South Equality network – this is a rotating administration between the participating councils of Vilaflor de Chasna (from which Adeje takes over), Santiago del Teide, Arico, Arona, Fasnia, Granadilla de Abona, San Miguel de Abona, Guía de Isora and Adeje. Adeje will continue the on-going projects the network are currently involved in which are developed to assist the residents of South Tenerife as well as to promote the policies of equality in this part of the island.

Created in 2011, the Tenerife South Equality network arose out of a shared dialogue looking at the positive need for mutual training, orientation and exchange of experiences and good practise in equality-based material and events among member boroughs. The network now works to reflect, with one voice, the needs of the wider community regarding equality.

At the recent meeting of the technical staff handing over the secretarial responsibilities, there was a look at current issues and up and coming matters, projects in the pipeline for this year, including a push for better participation from all the member councils, as well as at regional and insular levels.

Training is seen as a fundamental issue this year, and the nine councils will also be working closely with the teams assigned to deal with children and families as well as the Social Services unit assigned to deal with gender violence.

Last year, among other projects, the network published a guide to good practise for councils in preparing local events and fiestas, “La Igualdad, TU FIESTA”, took part in different forums and facilitated training days in different boroughs. The work of the networks is, in essence, to promote and advance equality between women and men in the path to a fairer balanced society.

 

 

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Sunday with San Sebastián

 

This Sunday San Sebastián in Adeje was a celebration of social harmony, a patron saint, and tradition and friendship with up to 10 thousand people in attendance throughout the morning and afternoon, according to official sources.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said “San Sebastián is a time and place for remembering the importance of social harmony, togetherness, solidarity. We come together with our animals and remember the importance of sharing peace during the celebrations of what is one of the oldest and most significant celebrations not just in Adeje but in Tenerife”.


The celebrations, which stretch back over 5 centuries, take place in La Caleta and the La Enramada beach, where this year 110 riders and horses (and camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, dogs and cats) were there to take part. Following midday mass, sung by the Santa Úrsula parish choir, the statue of San Sebastián left the church and was carried to the sea, where horse and their riders also bathed. The procession then returned to the square for the traditional blessing of the animals.

 

 

 

 

Culture, leisure and sustainability will be the priorities during Fitur

 

 

With Costa Adeje now accredited as one of the best sun and beach destinations in Europe and one of the most important globally, the authorities look for a different promotional platform annually for the trip to Fitur, the Spanish international tourism fair which is taking place in Madrid next week. This year the tourism department have planned a series of events that will promote the culture and heritage of the destination, and not just those organised by the council, but including private initiatives and events which add to the richness of the Costa Adeje cultural menu.

At the press conference this morning given by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira and the cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso, the rich and diverse cultural offerings Costa Adeje has to offer were highlighted as well as the importance of the ‘triple axis’ of sustainability – environmental, social and economic.

The tourism councillor said that “Tenerife Tourism have developed a working guide that, as always, we are following in conjunction with them, to emphasis the value of our cultural offering, one of the most diverse and complete the island has to offer, and to which we can add our patrimony through our traditional fiestas and celebrations”.

Adeje have been happy too with the success of Happy Streets, “360 degrees of fun”, which was presented to the public at last year’s Fitur and has seen the development of many leisure and entertainment activities. This year the council will also be presenting news about two concerts, that of Il Divo, and a Tenerife Symphony Orchestra concert in Adeje with two world-class tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. Visitors to the trade fair will also be receiving information about the III Tenerife Fashion Beach, the National Leisure Conference scheduled for later this year, and the International Adeje Rally, all promoting the Costa Adeje destination.

For his part the mayor will also be attending the national launch of the new alliance between ‘Sun and Beach Boroughs’, meeting with the national minister for tourism Reyes Maroto, and, in his role as president of the Association of Canarian Tourism Boroughs, participating in a number of different forums and meetings including Foro Fiturtech, which is looking at the personalisation of service to the tourist, creating a unique experience for each and every visitor.

The awarding, by the national ministry for the economy and the EU, of funding for Adeje under the Intelligent Tourism Destination label is also part of the short-term planning for the destination and will be important in finding out the environmental realities and contaminants of the zone in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness in local public services, not just to benefit tourism, but also to improve the quality of life for residents. The money will also be used to optimise and improve resources among other things.

“We are also planning to create a map of our contaminated emissions, throughout the borough, to develop concrete actions to counter these pollutants”, said the mayor, adding that the council was actively working on a number of projects to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

The Adeje delegation will be taking part in over 30 different events and presentations throughout the trade fair, which runs from Tuesday January 22nd to Sunday January 27th.

 

 

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