When you talk
about talent, without a doubt San Pedro boast a large number of artists.
Whether they paint on canvas, sculpt local woods or design island
clothing, artists in "La Isla Bonita" take the prize. This week
The San Pedro Sun is pleased to
introduce another unique artist - one who creates piñatas to liven up
local parties - Inair Marin Alamilla.
16th, 1973, Patricia
and Aldo Marin celebrated the birth of twin babies, a son and daughter.
The Marin's named their baby girl, Inair, and she grew up to be a
charming young woman surrounded by the love and affection of seven
brothers and two sisters.
Inair or "Ina," as her family and friends know her, enjoyed
her childhood spending countless hours in the crystal waters of Ambergris
Caye and playing on the sandy streets that were once was the pride and
joy of the island. Ina attended San Pedro Roman Catholic School and San
Pedro High School graduating from the commercial class in 1993. While in
school this ambitious and responsible young girl also held a weekend job
at The Book Center for a year, and worked part-time at Toucan Too Gift
Shop for a year and a half. As a teenager, Ina was also actively involved
in the San Pedro Leos Club and Youth Group.
Following her secondary education, Ina
was hired as a sales person for Coral Reef Dive Shop for three years. She
then went on to work as a sales clerk at the San Pedro branch of Advance
Advertising. Ina proved to be a very loyal and trustworthy employee and
this gained her a promotion as the manager responsible for the company's
four island shops. In February of 2001, though, Ina resigned from this
position and accepted a partnership with Excalibur Tours. Today, Ina mans
the Excalibur headquarters providing exciting inland and island tours to
many satisfied customers.
19th, 1998, Inair
joined her life in matrimony to Eddie Alamilla.
Recently, Mrs. Alamilla put all her retail and
artistic skills into action when she became the proud owner of Jubiland
Gifts & Party Supplies. The party shop, located on Barrier Reef
Drive, displays many of her own creations. Known as a mastermind when it
comes to piñata making, Ina has been able to add much fun and color to
countless children's birthday parties through her work. Ina began
manufacturing piñatas eight years ago and credits her father for this.
"While we were growing up my father would craft our own piñatas and I
always admired the skill it took him to create one of these. This is what
inspired me to go into this business," Ina told
The San Pedro
Sun. She recalls the first piñata she created for her
niece (Barney the dinosaur), took her one week to finish. After
completing this initial piñata there was no stopping Ina. The word of her
talent quickly spread throughout the town and Ina started receiving order
after order. Today, Ina can recreate almost any character requested, and
does so in half the time she first needed. Once established as a master
piñata maker, Ina decided to venture into other creations such as wedding
decorations, baby and bridal shower favors, and other event souvenirs.
Today, Ina offers a complete party package with unique and colorful
creations. She was also hired to create the sash used for the Miss San
Pedro Pageant, and most recently, the sash for the Miss San Pedro Lions
Ina commented that her plans for the future include
traveling to the US for a catering and cake-decorating course. This, she
feels, will be "the icing on the cake" of her career. With very little
time to spare, Ina says that when she is not involved in all the projects
she must complete every week, she enjoys relaxing at home watching her
favorite TV programs.
A professional in the tour industry, and self-taught
artist, Inair Alamilla is indeed a wonderful example of the imaginative
people who brighten up festive moments in "Our