On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 10, families from the capital, gave the last goodbye and paid tribute to the memory of Don Oscar José Ruiz Rivera (RIP), a traditionalist who gave life for 55 years, the character of the "Chief Cacique Mayor" in the festivities patrons in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
Building authorities accompanied their families and the people of Managua who were present at the funeral services, held in the populous Monseñor Lezcano neighborhood, where he lived for many years.
Don Oscar Ruiz was born on August 12, 1945 and left in the presence of the Lord, on the morning of this March 10, promising from Santo Domingo de Guzmán since he was 20 years old, he began with the character when he inherited the role of a known traditionalist predecessor like the Wild Chief (Santos Ocampo).
This traditionalist, became an icon of the festivities in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, he was named "Chief Chief" in 1967 and from that moment he was seen on the prow of the ship, leading the processions of the Bajada and Ascent of the Patron Saint of the managuas to Las Sierritas de Santo Domingo.
He was Deserving of the 2020 Bicentennial Order, awarded by the Municipality, in recognition of his dedication to keeping the Faith alive and transmitting to the new generations the devotion of our Patron Saint.
This Thursday, March 11, the Cacique Mayor's coffin left his house in the Monseñor Lezcano neighborhood, towards the church of Las Sierritas de Managua on the Santo Domingo de Abajo ship, accompanied by traditionalists, devotees, neighbors and relatives.
The Mayor of Managua, Reyna Rueda Alvarado, highlighted the legacy of the Cacique Mayor, with his contributions to the preservation of the culture and traditions of our people, “we feel committed to continue with our traditions and with his legacy; We as the Mayor of Managua feel committed to continue transmitting that love that he gave to our Santo Domingo de Guzmán, we have many memories in many years of sharing, so today we physically say goodbye, but his memory will always be with us ”.
At the end of the mass with the body present, he was boarded the boat again and made his last tour of the traditional procession of the descent of Santo Domingo, as he used to do every year every first of August accompanying the tiny but miraculous image, later he was transferred to the General Cemetery of Managua where his remains rest.