|Marac Fest in Moruga |
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Monday, June 27 2011
Despite torrential rainfall, Marac Village in Moruga witnessed one of the best cultural shows the community had ever hosted at the first annual Marac Fest 2011 festival.
The two-day festival ( June 17 and 18) created a cultural fusion for residents who also received a spanking new $6 million community centre, the opening of which coincided with the festival.
The event was hosted by the Marac Community Council in conjunction with the parliamentary representative for the area Clifton De Coteau, who is also the Minister in the Education Ministry; and councillor for Moruga, Phillip Gonzales.
Resident and member of the Marac Community Council, Tricia Aguileira- Patrice told Newsday that the event was a huge success and expressed gratitude to De Coteau for his contribution to the event.
“We also want to pay special tribute to (Community Development Minister) Nizam Baksh. If not for them the festival would not have been what it was. The overall turnout was great. Neighbouring communities came out, (soca artistes) Denise Belfon and Ziggy Rankin came and performed,” Aguileira-Patrice said.
She explained that the festival commenced with a marathon from Gran Chemin to Marac at about 6 am on Saturday June 18. Residents then had the opportunity to showcase their talents in various fields for instance sports and food. “We also paid tribute to those who have excelled in the community. Heavy rainfalls prevented a cricket match but Joe Public United played Moruga United (in football). Joe public won seven-nil,” said Aguileira-Patrice.
The Victoria East leg of the Miss La Reine Rive was also held and Marac resident Melissa Aguileira, 18, a former A-Level student of the Moruga Secondary School (formerly Moruga Composite) emerged the winner. Both Aguileira-Patrice and Aguileira are sisters of West Indies Women’s Cricket Team captain Merissa Aguileira.
During the formal opening of the Marac Community Centre, De Coteau, describing himself as a “phoneaholic,” lamented not being able to get phone service in Marac Village. De Coteau said, “Which one of you can make a call? That is not nice. As Minister in the Ministry of Education we gave laptops to all schools and the area in which I am MP... I rest my case.”
At the opening of the centre several persons were awarded for their outstanding contribution in various fields. Some of them included Merissa Aguileira, teacher and musician Andy Gabriel, engineer Alvin John, former school supervisor Vincent Graham, president of the Baptist Union of TT Ivan Baptiste and Dr Neidi Edmund.