Chilogalo is an urban parish in Quito that was a rural area until the late 1970s. Photo: Carlos Noriga / EL Commerceo

‘It is a great thing to know that the departure from the Spanish yoke was fake here,’ said Hector Topanta proudly. ChilogaloA neighbor where he has lived for 60 years.

At the age of 13, he moved from Guatemala to Latakunga and fell in love with the small town on its outskirts. Quito. Whenever the date approaches, it is full of civic excitement.

Are you ready The flag His Home From May 22, on that date Marshal Antonio Jos de Sucre Came to Chilogallo to plan Strategy Military Which will be added as a result Real Hearing of Great Columbia.

Sara Clavizo Mariskal is in charge of the Sucre Civic and Cultural Center, which operates in the same area where the attack took place. Spanish army. In front of the old building, which dates back to the 18th century, stands a Monument From Sucre

“The people of Chilogallo are very proud of their roots,” he said as he walked through the farmhouse, which was also used as a granary.

There they spend the night Freedom soldiers On the eve of the war. On Sunday, May 22, a military parade will be held in the park to recreate the events of 1822.

Wilson Ortuño almost ready for the celebration. “Of course you have to put up flags,” he says, looking for them in his warehouse.

One of them has a small hole, but he tells his wife to fix it for hanging on the porch. His predecessors lived there. They have seen it become part of the city. In between Family Always remember Anecdote How people used to live before Modernization.

Coincidentally, he knows the story of Sucre coming to that great Hasinder Memories. Also how the peasants of the community led the troops Peachtree skirt At the Liberty Summit.

Even the name Chilogalo It is said to be born from that event. When the marshal tells the residents to wake him up when the rooster crows and one shouts “The rooster crows”. Whatever the truth or legend, the truth is that Pride It inflates the hearts of new and old residents of one of the largest parishes in the current – and free – capitals of all Ecuadorians.

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