News and Events
The Gold Seekers at the Palm Springs Festival
Holly Mass for the Virgin of CAACUPE IN LOS ANGELES, CA
CONTEMPORARY PARAGUAYAN ART
Madame Lynch Ballet - Daniel Luzko & Nancy Luzko
Daniel & Nancy Luzko
The music was composed by IVC Music faculty Dr. Daniel Luzko and Dr. Nancy Luzko . The 2-CD set was recorded by the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay this past July 2017. Daniel Luzko guest conducted and Nancy Luzko performed the piano in these recording sessions. The work was live-performed more than 30 times by the Municipal Ballet of Asunción, Paraguay and the National Symphony Orchestra. The Consulate of Paraguay in Los Angeles is sponsoring this event.
You can find more information and sound excerpts from the music at our facebook page: Daniel and Nancy Luzko.
Appetizers and drinks will be served starting 6:15 pm and the announcement, CD signing and picture session will take place after 6:30 pm.
I sincerely hope you can attend!
HOST: Daniel Luzko (949) 451-5762
DAY: Monday, November 13 at 6:00PM
PLACE: Irvine Valley College Perfoming Arts Center Lobby
ADDRESS: 5500 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618
The Paraguayans who manufacture Cocido in California
They have spent years living in the United States far from their families, their country, their language and their traditions. This was how they created Kojoi, the Paraguayan tea (known as “cocido”) that wants to conquer the American market.
Challenging paradigms, this group of five Paraguayans undertook two years ago the artisan production of "cocido" in the county of Sonoma, northern California, well known for its beautiful vineyards and cultural diversity
Ultima Hora, talked with the creators of YMateina (WhyMateina), a company dedicated to produce derivatives of yerba mate. The team: Jessica Apuril, Elba Sánchez, Arturo Díaz, Rubén Román and Pedro Caballero. After finishing school 19 years ago, they decided to emigrate abroad in search of a better future, as many compatriots do.
Talking about this great project it is necessary to emphasize a friendship of decades, since Arturo Diaz and Pedro Caballero are childhood friends , they went to San Pablo School in Asunción.
An idea born in a garage.
From the garage of Pedro's house, place known as "the laboratory", these friends tell how it was to start from scratch in the United States of America.
"Living abroad is not easy, especially in a place with a different language and so far from our land. Over time we adapted to the culture and, like every Paraguayan, we did all kinds of work to earn our daily bread from cleaning cinemas, organizing shoe warehouses, cutting grass, to managing large-scale branches in one of the largest banks in the United States, "recalls Arturo.
The desire to get ahead made the doors open gradually.
Like the Silicon Valley start-up business, after leaving work or at times when they could be with the family, they began designing the option of producing their own cocido and tereré in California, commented Pedro Caballero, president and CEO of the company.
Create a company in the USA it is not impossible mission
"The task was not easy, but after navigating the thousands of problems involved in designing a business according to the requirements of the American market, especially if it was production, we finally started to implement this dream," they explained.
"The mission is to create a Paraguayan product that can have acceptance in any social group, a natural product with healthy benefits and that serves as an alternative to coffee, and most important, with yerba mate brought from Paraguay," said the entrepreneurs.
Arturo and Pedro commented that finally, after thousands of hours of work and planning, in addition to long nights of work, other Paraguayans joined the venture and today is a pleasant reality.
YMateina is a company of Paraguayans for Paraguayans and for the rest of the world, they said. The name comes from the chemical component of mate (mateina, matein in English), which does not have much variation in the English language. To this they added the "Y", that is a common symbol in Silicon Valley and that to read it alone is pronounced like the interrogative "why", in Spanish means "why".
The same process was carried out to brand name the "cocido", since they have as a principle that all the products created will have names related to Paraguay, but at the same time they will be attractive for English speaking consumers. Kojoi is the name of the "mate cocido" in Guarani.
To be able to create the company they looked for an investor; resorted to business incubators, a common procedure in Silicon Valley, to invest in the manufacturing process, and the other part was solved with the savings of the owners.
The process of making the tea, called “cocido”, is still done artisanly, the herb is roasted and processed to produce instant "cocido" powder. According to Arturo, the yerba mate used for the kojoi is taken from Paraguay on each trip by some compatriots.
The demand for the product has increased in such a way that the company plans to industrialize it, for this they already have the machines to roast yerba and at the same time they are in negotiations for the export of the yerba mate, thus contributing with the yerbateras Paraguayans, mentioned the entrepreneurs.
The compatriots advanced that Kojoi is only one of the many products that they think to produce. "Our goal is to represent Paraguay with pride and to give the world a little piece of our land," they said.
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PRESENTS GUEST ARTIST RECITAL:
Sept. 10, 2017
IVC Performing Arts Center Main Stage
Agustin Barrios, Roland Dyens,
Alfredo de Rocha Viana Jr.(Pixinginha) and Pedro Martines
WITH SUPPORT FROM:
PARAGUAYAN ASSOCIATION OF THE WEST COAST (APCO)
AND THE PARAGUAYAN CONSULATE OF LOS ANGELES
US Approves Paraguayan Manufactured Good Imports
The Generalized System of Preference of the United States Government, approved the inclusion of travel articles manufactured in leather within the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) granted by that nation.
With this determination, Paraguayan firms are entitled to enter the products into the US market with zero tariff as of this month, according to the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay.
The inclusion of these products was possible through an alliance between the public and private sectors, as the national government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Paraguay in the United States of America, accompanied at all stages the application submitted by national industrialists to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the inclusion of such products within the tariff preference scheme.
They point out that this agreement will offer greater opportunity to work for artisans and artisans of scarce resources in Paraguay, because most of the articles benefited are hand-embossed in national vegetable leather.
"The export of local items to the US, in recent years, averaged US $ 3 million.
Through this commercial mechanism, Paraguay was able to position itself in more than 10 products such as sugar, sugarcane honey, non-coniferous wood, plywood, non-coniferous wood floors, woodwork for woodwork and maize, among others. " Says the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
International Friendship Day 2017
Come to Celebrate
International Friendship Day,
on July 30th 2017. Address: 1218 Oakhorne Dr Harbor City Ca 90710. Time: From 2pm.
The admission is completely Free.
Hope to see you there!
Independence of Paraguay
In the month of the Celebration of the 206º Anniversary of the Independence of Paraguay, has been present with flow of events planned throughout the holiday .
On Friday May 12th, a concert was played at the Irvine Valley College, thanks to the initiative of the Paraguayan Professor Daniel Luzco, Director of the Music Department of the University. The Irvine Valley College Orchestra specially performed music of the famous Paraguayan composer Herminio Gimenez.
On Saturday May 14th , a solemn mass was celebrated at the Cathedral Our Lady of Angels, in Los Angeles, where the statue of Our Virgin of Caacupe, protectress of Paraguay was holy present, occupying a distinct place on the altar. The statue of the Our Virgin of Caacupe, was donated by the -Consulate General of Paraguay- Archbishop David Gallardo was in charge of the religious service, and a large number of attendees; Paraguayan community among the parishioners of diverse nationalities had the opportunity to worship our National Virgin, who will remain at the Cathedral until May 27th, 2017.
In the same day, following to the Mass, a Committee of Paraguayans and friends was led up by the Consul General Roberto Benitez Fernandez to the Celebrity Center International, to participate on a friendly Gala Lunch to Honor our Nation and Mothers Day. The event was organized by the Association of Paraguayans living in the West Coast (APCO), the atmosphere was setting with a large stage to present a colorful program with music and folkloric dance, performed by Paraguayans artists whose were traveled from Paraguay specially for the occasion and dancers from local Dance Academy as well. The Paraguayan community and guests enjoyed popular music by singer Kadhi Nahir, the musical group TROVA BOHEMIA, also had the opportunity to appreciate some reciting poetry along with show case of books by Paraguayan authors and craft and paintings exhibition and delicious traditional foods.
The numerous activities of the day, people in traditional clothing which are often highlighted for the occasion, reflected the true spirit of the country.
Last Monday May 15th, an official reception was held by the Consulate General at the prestigious City Club of Los Angeles. The Consul General Roberto Benitez and Staff, received the salute of members of government representatives, Officers from the City and County of Los Angeles, Diplomats and Consular Corps Academics and Business Executives core, Representatives of Non Profits Organizations, family and friends of the Paraguayan Community.
During the evening guests enjoyed Paraguayan popular music thought the interpretation of classic folkloric songs performed by Paraguayan singers.
Furthermore, the audience could admire the talented Paraguayan singers in an ambiance full of patriotism feelings, as well as traditional food like delicious meat, mandioca, paraguayan corn bread (known as sopa paraguaya) and other delicatessen.
In this context, immediately after the Paraguayan Community sang together the Paraguayan National Anthem; the Consul General addressed a speech, in which he shared the achievements of the Consular Office during last year and the current work offered and extended to the community in order to consolidating the present of the Paraguay and its people in this Jurisdiction. All the mothers and attendee’s mothers received a warm and affectionate salute in their special day.
Final Concert of the 2016-17 Season Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra
Music of Spanish - Speaking Cultures
Friday May 12th
Herminio Gimenez : El Canto de mi Selva
Nancy y Daniel Luzko: Paraguayan Dances
Address: 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine CA 92618
TrovaBohemia in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Las Vegas
Paraguayan Singers "TrovaBohemia" in the West Coast.
They are going to perform at the Event called " Celebracion a las Madres y a la Patria"
Date: May 14th 2017
Place: Celebrity Centre International
5930 Franklin Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
The group will also perform at the Independece Day Event in Las Vegas, Nevada
Mother's and Paraguayan Independence Day Celebration
The Association of Paraguayans on the West Coast (APCO) has the pleasure to invite you to:
"Mother's Day and Paraguayan Independence Day Celebration"
Date: Sunday, May 14th.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Celebrity Center International. 5930 Franklin Ave. Los Angeles. CA 90028
For more information please call: (424) 222.9119 or (818) 824-1151
The event will feature a typical show of Dance, Music, Art, Poetry, and Paraguayan Crafts
Ticket Price: $ 45
Ticket Price includes a lunch banquet. Get your tickets before May 7th (starting May 8th will cost $ 60)
Paraguayan Presence in the Natural Products Expo West 2017
Natural Products Expo West 2017, from March 9th to March 11th 2017, in Anaheim, Ca, when paraguayan producers presented their exportables offerings with a large number of participants from all over the world. On this occasion, we had the presence of the paraguayan commercial attache in Washington DC, Counselor Fleming Duarte, who was accompanied by the Consul General in Los Angeles, Minister Roberto Benitez. Also, we contacted with Alquimia, an importanting firm, that has paraguayan professionals in the management area and uses paraguayan raw material for the production of its products.
The time was conducive to establish closer ties with the different actors of the fair, with a view to greater trade openness between Paraguay and the US.
New Payment Procedures for Consular Services
The Consulate General of Paraguay informs that beginning on February 1st, 2017, all payments for consular transactions (passports, visas, legalization of commercial invoices, etc) must be deposited directly to our bank account
Bank : Citibank
Acct # : 206573065
Name of Acct : Consulate of Paraguay
Once the deposit has been made, the original deposit slip must be presented to process transaction requests.
- Transfer between bank accounts will not be accepted
- Check Deposits will not be accepted
- There will be no refunds if the deposit amount exceeds the amount due for processing transaction requests
Lady of Caacupe Celebration
On sunday, december 11, the Virgin of Caacupe, image that was donated by the Paraguayan Consulate in LA, received the blessing in a special celebration held in the City of Los Angeles, United States of America. The solemn mass and blessing was celebrated at St. Columban Parish Church by Monsignor Gabriel Escobar, who traveled especially for the event, in honor of the Virgin of Caacupe and the paraguayans residing on the west cost of the United States of America. The liturgy began with a procession by the compatriots, enlivened by the voices of Rebecca Arramendi, Daniel Luzco, the Consul Humberto Martinez, Marisol Paez Coll, among others. The church was specially decorated with arrangements of natural flowers, preparated by Mrs. Annalisa Verdun, consular officer.
The Consul General, of Paraguay Roberto Bentiez office of host, in a ceremony that conunted on a massive participation of compatriots, eclesiastics and various press and media communications officers. After the Votive Mass the assistants moved to the Intertational Celebrity Center, to participate of a confraternity lunch, organized by the Association of Paraguayans Residents on the West Coast, headed by Dariela and Jose Walberto Perez, President of said. It is noteworthy that the event was particularly appreciated by compatriots residing int the west coast area of the United States of America. This event gave the opportunity of meeting with those paraguayans who at some time or other migrated to different states of this country, for different reasons and circumstances, and open lot of possibilities of union between compatriots.
Our Lady Virgin of Caacupe in Los Angeles
La misa será celebrada por un sacerdote paraguayo, el Monseñor Gabriel Escobar, quien vendrá a los Angeles especialmente para esa celebración.
Dia: Domingo 11 de diciembre/2016
Luego de la Misa se realizará un gran encuentro de integración y confraternización entre paraguayos provenientes de diferentes ciudades de la Costa Oeste y Centro con comida y música paraguaya.
Lugar Encuentro de Confraternización: Celebrity Centre International. 5930 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028
Informes al: 310.417-9500 Consulado del Paraguay en L.A.
PARAGUAY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2018
Aforementioned website you will find relevant information and instructions of how to perform the registration.
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Salvador Cabañas signed a movie contract with Film Company
In Los Angeles, Salvador Cabañas signed a movie contract with Film Company, to produce a movie about his life story.
Early on last Thursday morning in the office building of the Consulate General of Paraguay in Los Angeles, a film contract was signed between MBros Media and former soccer player Salvador Cabañas. This Agreement authorized to the film producers, to start a movie that tell the trials and tribulations of the life of soccer player, Paraguayan National Salvador Cabañas.
The involved parties, Mbros Media representatives and Salvador Cabañas started the conversations a year ago, and the negotiations culminated on October 20th, 2016 with the signature of the movie contract before a Notary Public. The Contract was subscript by Salvador Cabañas himself and Mr. Jose Rafael Martinez, CEO, representing to MBros Media.
According to the filmmakers, the movie is looking forward to portraying how he rose to fame in the soccer world at breakneck speed and not only his remarkable International career as soccer striker player that ended slated to die, but also his miracle recovering. Furthermore, this film goal is generating awareness about the damage caused by street violence.
Consular Visit to San Diego and Las Vegas
Consular Visit to San Diego and Las Vegas
On Saturday October 15, the Consul General will visit the community of Paraguayans living in the jurisdiction of San Diego. All interested in some consular document, in any consultation, or counseling, are invited to attend the meeting. This will take place from 14.00 pm., at the home of Edith Weinroth, located in 12048 Rue Des Amis, 92131 San Diego.
On Saturday October 22, the Consul General will travel to Las Vegas to find the paraguayan residents in Nevada. The meeting will be held from 18.00 pm., at the home of Mr. Carlos Cano, located in 410 Ackerman Lane, Henderson, 89014.
For more information call the consulate at 310-417-9500.
Consul General Benítez meets with Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Days ago the California State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg attended at a meeting of the Consular Corps of Los Angeles. Herztberg is Chairman of the Finance Committee and Governance, member of the Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Energy, of the Senate among others. The Consul General Roberto Benitez had the opportunity to talk with Senator Hertzberg, who was interested about Paraguay.
SPLENDID PRESENTATION OF THE LANDFILL HARMONIC OF CATEURA IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
SPLENDID PRESENTATION OF THE LANDFILL HARMONIC OF CATEURA IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
Under the framework of the Cultural Agenda 2016 of the Consulate General of Paraguay in Los Angeles, last Monday September 19, was featuring a special presentation of the virtue and unique Recycled Orchestra of Cautera, at the Museum of Tolerance.
The theatrical release of the Landfill Harmonic movie/ documentary and a wonderful performance were presented to the International Documentary Association and important guests. After the screening of the film twenty five talented young musicians, with the conducting of Favio Chavez, Director of the Orchestra, performed several musical compositions receiving the ovation of excited guests in a full auditorium.
Special guests attendees were local government authorities; Representatives of the Mayor of Los Angeles; Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles Area; Port of Los Angeles; California Assembly 39th District; Diplomats of the Consular Corps; Educational and Cultural Institutions. Also, joined by the President and members of the Paraguayans Association in the West Coast.
" Landfill Harmonic " in Los Angeles
Chiara D'Odorico. New Music for Piano from Latin America
GRULAC organized Private Tour to the Ports
The GRULAC, (Latin American and Caribbean Group of Consul Generals in LA Los Angeles) and the authorities of The Port of Los Angeles along with The Port of Long Beach.; organized a private tour to the Ports, on last Friday September 1rst. The special event was hosted by Mrs. Marisela Caraballo Di Ruggiero, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Government Affairs Division.
The Consulate General of Paraguay attended the special invitation that consisted in visiting an aircraft carrier warship of US States of America Naval in Long Beach. The Paraguayan delegation was represented by the Consul General Roberto Benitez Fernandez and Counselor Felipe Mendoza Olavarrieta. Also, joined by important Representatives of US government and Consular Corps accredited in Los Angeles, California. On this occasion, the Paraguayan delegation took the opportunity to strength the relationship between the Consulate General of Paraguay and the Port of Los Angeles authorities.
Paraguayan Film will participate in the International Film Festival in Long Beach, CA
Felices los que lloran, by Marcelo Torcida (Paraguay)
"Happy those who cry" is the Paraguayan film, directed by Marcelo Torcida, who will participate in the International Film Festival in Long Beach. This festival starts on August 31st. Paraguayan film, in Spanish with English subtitles, will be shown on September 4th at 12:15pm in the Cinemark, at the Pike (99 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802). This film received two awards at the Vatican Film Festival, held in Rome (Italy). Below please see some details of the movie:
Juan is a boy from a wealthy family who doesn´t seem to find his path in life. This puzzles Ricardo, his father, who cannot stand seeing his son waste his time partying with friends. Tired of his father´s reprimands, Juan wants to run away from home but hasn´t got the money to provide for himself.
Emilio, a guy from his music band, persuades him that any blow can be struck to get what he wants, and so he “helps” Juan by introducing him to a group of drug dealers from the slums of the city. Unfortunately for Juan, things don´t go well and he ends up being beaten up. To everybody´s surprise, he escapes from his aggressors. Badly injured, he falls down next to a creek which drags the city´s garbage after each storm. He´s found there by a group of humble kids who pick up trash.
Immediately after this, Jose, their leader, decides to take him to the dispensary in his church, in charge of father Mario, who is also a doctor. Despite his serious condition, they keep him hidden in order to find out who´s behind this, given that the neighborhood where Mario does missionary work is well-known for its violence, perpetrated, not only by the dealers, but also by a corrupt police force in complicity with crime. Once Mario finds out that Juan´s father is Ricardo, a classmate who he hasn´t seen since the end of high school, he and Jose are more determined than ever to face many dangers in order to recover Juan and take him back home to his parents.
A story full of hope and redemption always show Christian values with catholic signs as Virgin Mary, Eucharistical adoration, Rosary and Saints Intercession
Paraguay leads expansion of middle class in Latin America
Paraguayan artists are currently in post production for a Paraguayan/Spanish/US film
LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, WELCOME NEW CONSUL GENERAL OF PARAGUAY.
The Board of Supervisor of Los Angeles County, held an open meeting to the public few days ago and the Consul General of Paraguay was invited as special guest.
First Order of the day covered to welcome the Consul General Roberto Benitez Fernandez and offered their warm congratulations upon his assumption of new duty as Consul General in the County of Los Angeles. The Chair of Supervisor, Mrs. Hilda Solis, delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the session, highlighting the diplomat career of Consul General Benitez and introduced him to the community and civic leaders from Los Angeles County. Also Mrs. Solis emphasize the benefits of Paraguay and extend best wishes for a most successful tenure, waiting to see his work to come to fruition, for mutual benefits; and cherish the relationship that exists between the two countries.
The Consul General Roberto Benitez, in addition to express his gratitude for their kind words of welcomes; briefly described the commercial and economics opportunities that are available in Paraguay. He explained also about the Paraguayan government’s intention of strengthen the relationships between Paraguay and the United States, especially with the State of California.
Paraguayan Community in Las Vegas Celebrate Independence Day.
PARAGUAYAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION