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Colombian Association formed in Jamaica

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Solo Jamaica's Tristan Alvarado (centre), and his wife, Laura Mazabel (right), with Claudia Bermudez of Intcomex.
Celebrating those who were born in January are (from left) Vanessa Torres, Alberto Mata, and Dr Kevin Morris.
Solangel Ortiz Mejia (left), chargé d' affaires at the Colombian Embassy, with president of the Colombian Association in Jamaica, Luz A. Escobar, during a luncheon hosted by Tristan Alvarado and Laura Mazabel at their Tryall Club home in Hanover last Saturday.
From left: Pavlo Londono, Alvaro Prado, regional director of the DeCameron Hotel, and Aquileo Vega.
Nancy Lopez (left) and Yolanda Ospina.
Members of the Colombian Association in Jamaica pose for a group shot during their meeting and luncheon at the home of Tristan Alvarado and Laura Mazabel at Tryall Club in Hanover last Saturday.
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Colombian Association formed in Jamaica

WESTERN BUREAU:

Colombians living in Jamaica have formed a non-profit association, aimed specifically at networking and finding common ground culturally, socially, and educationally.

Tagged the Colombian Association of Jamaica, some 100 Colombians residing on the island have supported the move made by President Luz Escobar, who has been living here for more than 21 years.

Last Saturday, the group had its third meeting and luncheon, hosted by the affable Tristan Alvarado and his wife, Laura Mazabel, at their fabulous home at the exclusive Tryall Club in Hanover.

Alvarado and Mazabel created gastronomic magic, serving barbecue chicken, baked sweet potatoes, finger-licking sausages, tasty guacamole, sweet and green plantains, complemented by a rich salad.

Opening their home without hesitation, the big-hearted Spanish-born Alvarado and Colombian-born Mazabel left no stone unturned, ensuring the experience was unforgettable.

"This is our third meeting as a group since our formation in November 2015. At the first meeting, we had 25 persons; by the second meeting in December, we had 45, and today, we are 70 members strong," Escobar told Today.

The Spanish-speaking group is supported by the Colombian Embassy's Dr Solangel Ortiz and Vanessa Torres, who have spent the last 17 years in Jamaica.

Colombia has had a long-standing relationship with Jamaica. The association members include hoteliers, tourism workers, entrepreneurs, doctors and engineers, upholsterers, carpenters and translators.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com