President Laura Chinchilla visited the Monteverde region yesterday. She first stopped in Santa Elena for the inauguration of the new fire station, and then she made her way down to the mountain to the San Luis community.
The president was accompanied by the Minister of the President, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, the Minister of Public Works and Transportation, Pedro Castro, and the Minister of Social Welfare, Fernando Marín.
The University of Georgia campus was President Chinchilla’s first stop in San Luis. Fabricio Camacho, the general manager of the Costa Rica campus, gave a speech to the president and her companions about UGA Costa Rica and its effort to be a leading example in sustainability.
Following her UGA visit, President Chinchilla attended the inauguration of the new San Luis community center.
The president was greeted by a large crowd. She greeted members of the community during her entrance, with her main focus on the local children, taking many of them by the hand as she walked by.
President Chinchilla participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new community center and also gave a speech inside. There were a series of other speakers including local community members, Noe Vargas and Virgilio Brenes, and former Miss Costa Rica, Shirley Calvo.
Photos from the inauguration of the San Luis community center:
Article and photos: Kristy L. Densmore, photojournalism intern