International Speaker Profile
Alvaro Rodriguez

I’m a PhD. Student in
Chemical Engineering at
the University of Akron.
International Speaker Profile
I arrived to United States in December 2002
South America
Official name
Republica de Colombia
Capital
Santafé de Bogotá
32 provinces
Major cities
Medellín, Cali, Cart...
CHORUS

Republic of Colombia

¡Oh, gloria inmarcesible!
¡Oh, júbilo inmortal!
En surcos de dolores,
el bien germina ya.

I...
GEOGRAPHY

Area
1,138,910 sq km land
1,038,700 sq km water

Approx. 10 X
Colombia - Quick Facts
Colombia is named
after Christopher Columbus

Population
46.9 million
Independence
July 20, 1810

L...
Colombia - Quick Facts

Gross National Income per capita:
US $6,110 (World Bank, 2011)
Spectacled Bear

Religion: 90% Roma...
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
Quimbaya civilization
The Quimbaya artifacts are displayed at the Gold
Museum in Bogota and they represent birds,
lizards,...
Muisca civilization
Lived in the eastern highland
savanna from 1000 – 1538
Bochica: chief and hero
of the muisca
civilizat...
Tairona civilization

Tairona gold
pendants

The Tairona was established in
the region of Sierra Nevada de
Santa Marta and...
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

San Agustin – Huila, Neiva

Lost City Ruins - Tairona

Malpelo – Fauna a...
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Cartagena de Indias
Bolivar

Quinchia Coffee
Farms
Risaralda, Caldas
Official Language: SPANISH
English is also official in San Andrés and Providencia Islands
75 ethnic languages and dialects...
ETHNIC GROUPS
GOVERNMENT
Presidential House
Casa de Nariño

Constitutional
Republic
Voting starts at 18 years old

Current President
Jua...
KEY ISSUES
Colombian Armed Conflict
*Illegal drug trade

*Guerrilla

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
Nationa...
ECONOMY
Flowers, coal, coffee,
banana, sugar cane,
textiles, emeralds,
chemicals, gold,
concrete, rice,
tobacco, cocoa
Currency denominations – Bank notes
Currency denominations – Coins
Colombian fruits
CULTURE – ARTS AND LITERATURE
Art

Literature Nobel Prize
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fernando Botero
Painter and Sculptor
CULTURE - MUSIC
Cumbia

Salsa

Vallenato
CULTURE – POP MUSIC

Shakira

Juanes
SPORTS - SOCCER
Metropolitano Stadium

Rene Higuita
(Scorpion kick)

Carlos Valderrama
SPORTS - CYCLISM
King of the Mountains
Vuelta a España
(1987, 1991)
Tour de France
(1985, 1987)
Giro d'Italia
(1989)

BMX ...
SPORTS

Juan Pablo Montoya

Camilo Villegas

2010 World Series MVP
Edgar Renteria

2012 Inline Speed-Skating
World Champio...
CUISINE
NATIONAL FESTIVALS
Flowers’
Festival

Coffee
festival

Barranquilla’s
Carnival

Cali
Festival
Blacks and Whites'
Carnival
Flowers’ Festival

Silleteros
Medellin
Coffee Festival

Coffee farmers and beauty pageants
Barranquilla’s Carnival

Afro-Colombian
Marimondas
Mother of the forest
End of the Carnival by the
burial of Joselito Carn...
Horse parade

Cali Festival

Salsa

Bullfighting
Blacks and Whites' Carnival

Pasto

Great Parade

Blacks and Whites day players
Links
News

Radio and TV

Magazines
Summary
Adios
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Know Your Community - Know Your World Colombia alvaro rodriguez

  1. 1. International Speaker Profile Alvaro Rodriguez I’m a PhD. Student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron.
  2. 2. International Speaker Profile I arrived to United States in December 2002
  3. 3. South America Official name Republica de Colombia Capital Santafé de Bogotá 32 provinces Major cities Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Pasto. Neighboring Countries Ecuador, Perú, Brazil, Venezuela and Panamá. Colombian map
  4. 4. CHORUS Republic of Colombia ¡Oh, gloria inmarcesible! ¡Oh, júbilo inmortal! En surcos de dolores, el bien germina ya. I Cesó la horrible noche. La libertad sublime derrama las auroras de su invencible luz. La humanidad entera, que entre cadenas gime, comprende las palabras del que murió en la cruz. The fearful night has ceased. Sublime Liberty shines forth the dawning of its invincible light. All of mankind, moaning in chains, understands the words of the one who died on the cross. Coat of Arms Oh, unfading glory! Oh, inmortal joy! In furrows of pain, the good now germinates.. It is mandatory to It is mandatory to broadcast the broadcast the national anthem on national anthem on radio and TV at radio and TV at 6:00 am and at 6:00 am and at 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
  5. 5. GEOGRAPHY Area 1,138,910 sq km land 1,038,700 sq km water Approx. 10 X
  6. 6. Colombia - Quick Facts Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus Population 46.9 million Independence July 20, 1810 Language: Spanish Capital: Bogota Approx. 10 million
  7. 7. Colombia - Quick Facts Gross National Income per capita: US $6,110 (World Bank, 2011) Spectacled Bear Religion: 90% Roman Catholic National flower: Orchid National tree: Wax Palm Currency: Colombian peso Andean Condor
  8. 8. EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
  9. 9. Quimbaya civilization The Quimbaya artifacts are displayed at the Gold Museum in Bogota and they represent birds, lizards, amphibians and insects common in that region and during that period. Poporo quimbaya This civilization flourished during the 4th to the 7th century Quimbaya airplane
  10. 10. Muisca civilization Lived in the eastern highland savanna from 1000 – 1538 Bochica: chief and hero of the muisca civilization. Political figure and agriculture savior Bachue: goddess of water Muisca sacred raft going to Lake Guatavita
  11. 11. Tairona civilization Tairona gold pendants The Tairona was established in the region of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and was present mainly between the 1st and 11th century
  12. 12. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES UNESCO World Heritage Sites San Agustin – Huila, Neiva Lost City Ruins - Tairona Malpelo – Fauna and Flora Sanctuary Tierradentro - Underground tombs and chambers
  13. 13. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cartagena de Indias Bolivar Quinchia Coffee Farms Risaralda, Caldas
  14. 14. Official Language: SPANISH English is also official in San Andrés and Providencia Islands 75 ethnic languages and dialects Hola, como estas? Mucho gusto Buenos dias Habla Ingles? Hasta la vista Feliz Navidad No comprendo Gracias Perdone No me gusta Hello, how are you? Nice to meet you Good day Do you speak English? See you later Merry Christmas I don't understand Thanks Excuse me I don't like
  15. 15. ETHNIC GROUPS
  16. 16. GOVERNMENT Presidential House Casa de Nariño Constitutional Republic Voting starts at 18 years old Current President Juan Manuel Santos 2010-present
  17. 17. KEY ISSUES Colombian Armed Conflict *Illegal drug trade *Guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Liberation Army (ELN) United Self-defense Forces of Colombia (AUC)
  18. 18. ECONOMY Flowers, coal, coffee, banana, sugar cane, textiles, emeralds, chemicals, gold, concrete, rice, tobacco, cocoa
  19. 19. Currency denominations – Bank notes
  20. 20. Currency denominations – Coins
  21. 21. Colombian fruits
  22. 22. CULTURE – ARTS AND LITERATURE Art Literature Nobel Prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fernando Botero Painter and Sculptor
  23. 23. CULTURE - MUSIC Cumbia Salsa Vallenato
  24. 24. CULTURE – POP MUSIC Shakira Juanes
  25. 25. SPORTS - SOCCER Metropolitano Stadium Rene Higuita (Scorpion kick) Carlos Valderrama
  26. 26. SPORTS - CYCLISM King of the Mountains Vuelta a España (1987, 1991) Tour de France (1985, 1987) Giro d'Italia (1989) BMX Olympic Gold Medalist Mariana Pajon
  27. 27. SPORTS Juan Pablo Montoya Camilo Villegas 2010 World Series MVP Edgar Renteria 2012 Inline Speed-Skating World Champions
  28. 28. CUISINE
  29. 29. NATIONAL FESTIVALS Flowers’ Festival Coffee festival Barranquilla’s Carnival Cali Festival Blacks and Whites' Carnival
  30. 30. Flowers’ Festival Silleteros Medellin
  31. 31. Coffee Festival Coffee farmers and beauty pageants
  32. 32. Barranquilla’s Carnival Afro-Colombian Marimondas Mother of the forest End of the Carnival by the burial of Joselito Carnaval
  33. 33. Horse parade Cali Festival Salsa Bullfighting
  34. 34. Blacks and Whites' Carnival Pasto Great Parade Blacks and Whites day players
  35. 35. Links News Radio and TV Magazines
  36. 36. Summary
  37. 37. Adios

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