!Hola amigos! Yo me llamo Orlando. Tengo
seis anos. Aqui estoy subiendo palo encebado.
Hello friends! My name is Orlando. I am
six years old. Here I am climbing the greased pole.
The 'greased pole' is a contest we have at certain
festivals. Before the contest, men cut down a small balsa tree and peal the
bark, making the trunk very slippery. In the festival, children try to climb
the pole and reach the top. Everyone who tries is a winner and the whole audience
has lots of fun watching. At Christmas and New Year's, we put gifts at the
top of the pole and the children who reach the top can pick whichever gift
they can reach. Palo encebado helps teach us climbing skills we will
need to harvest fruit from rain forest trees.