Our Community - Inair Alamilla - "Providing party products for Paradise"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 5            February 13, 2003

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Inair Alamilla

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.

    On June 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.

    On June 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 Queen.

    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 Community."

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