Published On: Fri, Aug 17th, 2012

National library named after Frank Martinus Arion

WILLEMSTAD — The ink on the national order to rename the Public Library, National Library Curaçao Prof. Dr. Frank Martinus Arion, had hardly dried when the new name was unveiled last night. Interim minister of Culture, Elmer Wilsoe (PS), had signed the document at the last moment. 75-year old Frank Efraim Martinus (real name) doesn’t appear in public often but when he does, all eyes are focused on him. This was also the case yesterday when he was the center of attention. Friends, administrators and literature lovers only spoke highly of the man who wrote the successful novel Dubbelspel. He is also a champion of Paliamentu. As he enthusiastically phrased it ‘Papiamentu is our soul. The language is the only thing that distinguishes us from other nations. We must propagate Papiamentu at schools, at home, in the church, the university, worldwide and up into the heaven, so that we will not lose our soul. Do you share this feeling?”

The ceremony lasting at least three hours was a real spectacle. Under leadership of Master of Ceremonies, Roland Colastica, the library gave a fantastic show: Merietza Haakmat begun with the national anthem; two dancers accompanied Ced Ride with the song ‘Mainta tempran’, and Laura Quast sang ‘No bai fo’i mi’. These were followed by performances of Circo Magik, the Cyberclub and Hershell Rosario. The men from Hóben Positivo were worthy torchbearers. Marta Dijkhoff elaborated on what Frank accomplished as linguïst, and family friend Sixto Wallé revealed another side of the Curaçao writer. Frank received a placard from interim minister of Culture, Wilsoe, for his merits in the field of literature, language and culture. With the exception of the minister of Culture and the premier, almost the entire cabinet was present.

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