Las Flores, Argentina. The city of Las Flores, in the province of Buenos Aires, honored Monica Arrazubieta from the Loretako Euskaldunak Basque Club at the “Recognition of Adults,” that took place on October 12th at the Spanish Theater. According to Basque club sources, these honors take place every year and aim to recognize social, community, and sports actions by adults in favor of the community. Monica has been on the club’s board of directors since 2003, and also served as club president for two terms. She currently is the club’s vice-president. Photos of the recognition here.
A Life Dedicated to the Basque Cause
Monica Arrazubieta is a well-known Basque, not just from her last name, but also because she identifies “with Basque characteristics like doing things the right way, or keeping her word,” she said of herself. Monica explains, “Those who came from the Basque Country to Argentina was my great-grandfather. My father died young and I wasn’t able to recuperate his story…I still don’t know what part of the Basque Country they were from, and I don’t know what year either,” she told EuskalKultura.eus. “But in the Basque club I have heard Basque and I recognize it because I also used to hear it at home.
Monica has been part of the club since its beginning. “I am member #5. When they came to tell me that they were going to create a club, I didn’t hesitate to get involved, and in 2003, they called on me to get it going again, and there I was. I really like being part of the club. I like the group of people and I enjoy working for the Basque cause. I feel part of the Basque club and I am happy here,” she explained, touched by the recognition.