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An Afternoon Chat with Polo, the New Delegado of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

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Lori Wilson - Amigos de La Cruz
March 28, 2015



Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the new Delegado of La Cruz, Leopoldo Diaz, more affectionately known as Polo. With the help of Carmen Tapia to translate we had a lively conversation, a few good laughs and learned a lot about each other and our common goals.

My first question for Polo was “what the heck is a Delegado?” I learned that a Delegado is elected to office for a period of 3 years in which he/she serves as an observer, facilitator and mediator. While the rest of us are busy working, playing, eating, sleeping… Polo is hard at work watching out for the welfare of the town. He provides interventions for residents with health care needs, organizes cleanups of the beaches and arroyos and coordinates sporting and cultural activities. Polo also acts as a mediator, stepping in to seek solutions for problems between neighbors and keeping the peace in the ‘hood.

Polo talked a little about his life. He’s a native born La Cruzian, with a birth date of January 18, 1976. He’s married and has 3 children. At that point he was beaming with pride and ready to give names, ages, photos in his wallet…. but needing to cover a lot of material we decided to leave that for another story. When Polo was growing up his father had a plot of land and taught him how to grow corn, squash and seasonal vegetables. He learned to respect and care for the earth and to be wary of harm that could be caused by misuse. After finishing high school Polo went to college at the Instituto Tecnológico de Bahía de Banderas, earning a degree in tourism management. Currently, in addition to his duties as Delegado, he works as a link between the high school (Cetmar) and the community.

I learned that Polo is dedicated to improving the lives of children. During his term as Delegado, Polo is seeking opportunities to strengthen the family unit which he sees as the nucleus of society. Instilling values and improving future options for the kids of La Cruz is an important goal. He believes that by stressing education, sports and good health he can make a difference.

We already know about Polo’s weekly bicycle ride on Sunday mornings. Anyone who can ride is encouraged to participate. It’s good for our health and is a super way to pull the community together. Even those of who don’t ride are welcome to join the riders in the plaza to send them off and welcome them back.

Polo would love to see us at the plaza on Sunday, not just for the bike ride, but also for the kids. He envisions small gatherings in which we can share our skills and special abilities. Teaching a few guitar chords, harmonica notes, painting, drawing, story telling… the list of possibilities is endless. Polo also encourages donations of books in Spanish, musical instruments and art supplies. He mentioned a few projects that are already underway in La Cruz including the English classes at the Jardin del Pulpo. Mike from PV sailing teaches kids how to tie special knots and sailing lessons have also been available. Polo feels that even though many of us are only here for a short time each year anything we can do that sparks an interest in a child can make a world of difference for their future.

If any of you have any ideas, or an hour or two on Sunday mornings please talk with Polo when you see him making his rounds or contact the Amigos at lacruzamigos@gmail.com.

We ended our conversation with an interesting story about the hill of Monte Calvario. Polo remembers a time when it was ejido property that even the Mexicans didn’t want. It was highest hill in town and almost impossible to negotiate in the rainy season. Now it’s one of our most sought after areas!

Polo concluded by welcoming all of us to La Cruz, full-timers, part-timers and vacationers. Life is good; let’s keep making it better.


El mes pasado tuve el placer de tener una entrevista con el Nuevo Delegado de La Cruz, Leopoldo Díaz, mejor conocido como Polo. Con la ayuda de Carmen Tapia como traductora tuvimos una animada conversación, y aprendimos mucho acerca de nosotros mismos y de nuestras metas en común.

Mi primera pregunta para Polo fué “ Que es el Delegado?”

Aprendí que un delegado es elegido por el electorado para su puesto por un término de tres años en los cuales funge como observador, facilitador y mediador entre la comunidad y el president municipal. Asi, mientras nosotros estamos ocupados trabajando, divirtiéndonos,, comiendo, o durmiendo…Polo está al pendiente de el bienestar de el pueblo. El provee intervensiones para los residents con problemas de salud, organiza limpieza de las playas y arroyos y asi como también coordina actividades deportivas y culturales. Como mediador, ayuda a encontrar soluciones cuando hay disputas entre los vecinos para preservar ante todo la paz en la comunidad.

Polo nos habló un poco acerca de su vida. El es nativo de La Cruz, habiendo nacido el 18 de Enero de 1976. Está casado con tres hijos y sus ojos brillaban de orgullo al mencionar a su familia. Cunado Polo era pequeño su padre tenia unas tierras, de él aprendio el respeto y el cuidado de la tierra y las consecuencias del mas uso de ellas. Ahi, le enseñó a cultivar el maíz, la calabaza y verduras de estación. Después de terminar la Preparatoria se inscribió en el Instituto Tecnológico de Bahia de Banderas en donde se graduó con el título de Administración de Turismo. Actualmente, además de sus funciones como Delegado trabaja como enlace entre la escuela preparatoria CETMAR y la comunidad.

He aprendido que Polo esta dedicado a mejorar las vidas de los niños. Durante su termino como Delegado, Polo busca oportunidades para fortalecer la unidad familiar que el ve como nucleo de la sociedad. Una de sus metas principales es enseñar valores y mejorar las opciones que brinda el futuro para los niños de La Cruz. El cree que al fortalecer la educación, los deportes y la salud, el puede impactar sus vidas y hacer la diferencia.

Nosotros ya conocemos su programa de” paseo en bicicleta” de los domingos por la mañana. Cualquier persona que puede usar una bicicleta puede participar. Es bueno para la salud y es una gran .manera de juntar a la comunidad. Aún aquellos que no pueden manejar una bicicleta, son bienvenidos a reunirse en la plaza para despedirlos al principio del paseo o para recibirlos a su regreso.

A Polo le encantaria vernos en la Plaza los domingos, no solo por el paseo en bicicleta, sino que también por los niños.

El desearía ver tambien pequeños grupos de talleres en los cuales cada uno de nosotros podemos compartir nuestras habilidades especiales. Talleres de guitarra, harmonica, pintura, dibujo, Cuenta Cuentos…la lista de las posibilidades es ilimitadas. Polo tambien recomienda la donación de libros en Español, instrumentos musicales y materiales para arte..

Asi mismo mencionó algunos projectos que se llevan a cabo en La Cruz como las clases de Inglés en El Jardín del Pulpo. Mike de PV Sailing enseña a los niños a hacer nudos marinos y velerismo tambien se ha hecho en alguna ocasión. Polo siente que aunque muchos de nosotros estamos solo por un periodo corto de tiempo cada año en La Cruz, podriamos despertar el interes en algun niño e impactar su future.

Si cualquiera de ustedes tiene ideas, o una hora los domingos por la mañanapor favor hablen con Polo cuando lo vean haciendo sus caminatas o contacten a Amigos de la Cruz a lacruzamigos@gmail.com.

Terminamos nuestra conversación con una interesante historia acerca del cerro del Monte Calvario. Polo recuerda que hace tiempo cuando todo era parte de un ejido, nadie queria eses tierras. Era el cerro mas alto del pueblo e imposible para negociar durante la temporada de lluvias. Ahora, es una de las areas favoritas! Polo concluye con darnos a todos la bienvenida a La Cruz, a los de tiempo complete, a los de tiempos cortos, a los vacacionistas. La vida es buena; sigamos esforzándonos en hacerla major.

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