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Coconut Telefax March 2, 2020

Minister Xiomara Maduro Hosts a Group of Colegio San Antonio Mavo Students

A group of high school students spent an informative hour with the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Culture, in the presence of Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes. The minister took some time off her busy schedule to explain her office responsibilities and what the job of minister entails, outlining for them her personal political journey into government. The students had asked to visit with the minister as part of a special school project investigating civic engagement, civic education, and civil society.

Carnival Royalty Elected at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino

As the associates of La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino wrapped up their first quarter general meeting, a brass band sounded, signaling the crowd to follow the music to the pool deck, where the annual Queen Election Pageant was unfolding with seven spirited candidates, prepared to conquer the hearts of all guests attending and dance away with the crown and sash as the resort’s royalty for the year.

Lisandra Vrolijk, representing Food & Beverage; Paula Zievinger from Activities; Johana Bakhuis, Owners’ Services; Luna Rodriguez, Human Resources; Claudia Castro, Housekeeping; Kilary Villegas, Front Office; and Tahelis Werleman, Glitz Casino, introduced themselves to the judges’ panel with short, fun speeches, proudly wearing colorful Carnival costumes, as the brass band entertained.

The candidates then proved their lively Carnival attitude by dancing with their supporters and fans to the music of the band.

After careful deliberations, the panel of judges picked Johana Bakhuis of Owners’ Services as the winner, and she was ceremoniously crowned, followed by the selection of the runner-up, Tahelis Werleman of Glitz Casino.

The exciting event delivered a delightful sunset party, in which guests and associates rooted for their favorite candidate over cocktails and camaraderie.

Congratulations to all queen candidates who participated and gave it their best, and congratulations to Queen Johana, who landed the ultimate title. May you enjoy your reign in the kingdom of La Cabana for 365 joyful days.


Special Ceremony at Wilhelmina Park

Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes met speaker EVA SCHLOSS, in Oranjestad, at Wilhelmina Park, where they jointly laid a wreath at the foot of the Anne Frank Memorial in a ceremony attended by members of the local Jewish community.

Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s sister, is in Aruba for a talk held at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Sunday evening.

Eva Geiringer Schloss (born 11 May 1929) is an Austrian-English holocaust survivor memoirist and stepdaughter of Otto Frank, the father of Margot and diarist Anne Frank. Schloss speaks widely of her family’s experiences during the Holocaust and is a participant in the  USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive project to record video answers to be used in educational tools.

Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, June 1929 – February or March 1945, was a German–born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (The Secret Annex), in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in WWII. It is one of the world’s best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

The First Leap Year of the Decade Celebrated with Dinner and Wine Pairing at Sunset Grille

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, in collaboration with Divino NV, made Saturday, February 29, special when patrons were invited to leap back in time with dinner featuring classic fare from the delectable repertory of the Hilton Caribbean Aruba Resort & Casino culinary brigade.

The six-course, wine-paired meal summoned leapsters to the second in the series of Sunset Grille wine dinners showcasing the steakhouse’s elevated cuisine in collaboration with the top-tier local wine supplier. Guiding the wine pairing on the occasion was Divino’s star sommelier, Kiume Tjon-A-Tsien, the winner of the recent 2020 Sommelier of the Year competition.

The menu for the evening was created by French & American-trained Executive Chef Matt Boland and French-born Katia Soujol, executive sous chef, inspired by personal favorites.

The evening took off with a sparkling wine reception at Mira Solo Lobby Bar. Then guests were escorted to their tables inside the elegant restaurant.

On the menu: fresh grouper ceviche, paired with Matua Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand; escargot & shrimp swimming in garlic butter and herbs, with focaccia bread, complemented by Beringer Regional Estates Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California; gnocchi and mushrooms in butter, paired with Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon; lamb chop on a bed of couscous with green peppercorn sauce, with Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon; and braised beef slider with chipotle mayo, Gouda cheese, sweet potato fries, and Caribbean slaw paired with Beringer Bros, Red Blend, California.

A traditional apple tart tartin crème Anglaise with ice cream served for dessert was chased by the Madiki Breeze Cocktail, invented by the resort’s very own master bartender, Gaby, made with Tito’s Vodka, Disaronno Amaretto, and splashes of pineapple and orange juice.

The culinary experience was accompanied by live piano music and enhanced by the friendly, flawless service of the food & beverage team.