Mexican actor/mariachi singer headlines health fair in Barranquitas
By John McPhaul
The participation of the prominent telenovela actor and Mexican icon Fernando Allende in a health fair dubbed “FERIARTE” in the Barranquitas public square was described as successful as free services were offered to citizens along with handicraft exhibitions and vaccinations.
“Acacia Network, the largest Latino non-profit entity in the state of New York, and Salud Integral en la Montaña (SIM) joined forces to stage FERIARTE, where primary and mental health services offered included rapid COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, as well as yoga meditation and workshops, acupuncture clinics, massages and other holistic services.
FERIARTE had a varied cultural agenda that included recreational activities for boys and girls along with various workshops. Emphasis was placed on the vaccination clinics against COVID-19 and influenza, clinical and mental health services, nutrition and orientation, said Ángel Santini Palos, vice president of special projects, events and cultural programs at Acacia Network.
As part of the artistic lineup at FERIARTE, Allende was accompanied by a group of mariachis to the delight of the public attending the event.
“I am very happy to be among you, especially in this FERIARTE event where we combine health with entertainment,” Allende said at the start of his show on Saturday. “Puerto Rico has welcomed me as its son. I feel a lot of affection and appreciation for you who today take advantage of your busy time to be participating in this health fair that is accompanied by a little joy, our music that you like so much. Today I give you my songs accompanied by an excellent group of mariachis so that you can enjoy this moment within the tragedy of the pandemic that concerns us all.”
FERIARTE was the result of collaboration among various government agencies, and local health and community-based organizations, including SIM, Puerto Rico Salud, Sistema de Salud Menonita, Municipality of Barranquitas, Connecting Paths, Plataforma EJE, Health and Acupuncture Project for the People, Nursing Professionals Association of Puerto Rico and SANOS Corp., among others.