(Prensa.com) Aguadulce, Cocle. -Year 1912. The area of Aguadulce, Cocle, consisted of a small village where most of the houses was of “thatch”.
Residents from different sectors of the population participating in religious activities that took place in the central area, at St. John the Baptist.
However, in the winter time much of the inhabitants found it impossible to reach this place, due to the flooding of the creek Union.
Dionisio Quezada, who owned a boat and offered transport service, noted that it was necessary to build a chapel east of the town.
Therefore, Quezada decided that this work would come true.
That’s how Quezada children and friends were commissioned to make known to the whole community of this important project. Many of them were interested in offering their bit to make it happen.
An organizing committee was formed to celebrate 100 years of building the chapel of San Juan de Dios Aguadulce.
Neyra Mendieta, president of the committee, said other data on the time when the chapel was a dream among the people.
Mendieta said that Carlos Guevara, also local resident, was one of the people who worked for the idea is concretized by donating land to the temple.
Other citizens, Guadalupe Rangel, Santos and A. Bernal Stanziola, were responsible for searching the mangrove wood for building the temple.
While carpentry work were made by Carlos Jaén, Luis Herrera, Manuel Campos, as builders and masons: Maximino Robles, Arcadio Sayas, Ephraim and Pedro Sarmiento, and Second De Leon.
With great efforts and sacrifices of all who live, work was completed the small chapel of adobe and tile roof.
It fell to Rosendo Chendo Pedreschi build the doors and the altar, which was painted by Aurelio Tapia.
However, over time the small, rustic structure was deteriorating, so that, with the raffle of a pig, enough money was raised for the construction of the present chapel, built with brick walls and tin roof , which was built earlier.
Before the chapel was built, Dionisio Quezada priest asked the opinion of the people on the name you give to the new structure. St. John the Baptist being the patron of Aguadulce, is recommended as co-patron chose to San Juan de Dios, as his life was dedicated to the humble.
Rachel Lidia Diaz, granddaughter of Quezada, said the image of San Juan de Dios wood was sent to dispatch to the province of Los Santos.
The image was taken by boat to the port where she was greeted by a crowd of people, who with one voice shouted, “came the passenger, the passenger arrived.” Provided with “chicha de nance and candy” for those who attended the reception.
It was a big party, was Diaz, who repeated the story he told his grandmother and his mother as a girl.
To celebrate this important event, the organizing committee has scheduled a series of activities that began Thursday night with a torchlight walk and then a vigil in the temple.
Also taking place this weekend cultural events and folk performances.