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Matthew Garcia, official historian of the town, received the appointment of Adopted Son of Totana (23/01/2009)

The full City Council has awarded the title of Adopted Son of the Loyal and Noble Ciudad de Totana to Matthew Garcia, Official Chronicler of the village in a ceremony during which the representatives of political groups have praised the commendable work done by this Alhama neighbor in the research, study and dissemination of historical documents relating to the town of Totana.

The same body that has been delivered of this title, agreed in extraordinary session on July 23, 2007, start the record for the grant of appointment.

For the City of Totana, as stated by the mayor, José Martínez Andreo, this ceremony is very important, because for the municipality's history have not been awarded many titles of adopted children.

However, the municipal councilor explained that since there are two files in place to give this title to Manuel Moreno and "Tío Juan Rita.

Over the last Franco, among others, the Consistory gave this title to D.

José Maestre, owner of the land where he designed and built the development of "The Pond" and D.

Serret Alfonso Medina, a civil engineer who drove the channeling of the Rambla de Totana current passing through the town.

And on democracy, was granted the title of Adopted Son of former pastor of the church of Santiago, D.

Antonio González Soto and Father Pedro Hermandez Cañizares.

The mayor has emphasized that the long history of Matt Garcia and the meticulous editing of interesting publications on historical studies, biographies, documents and images related to Totana he did, in 2000, being awarded the title of Officer of the City Chronicler .

Also, Martínez Andreo thanked Matthew major contribution to the culture that has left a legacy that can be studied and analyzed for future generations.

The mayor has been reported that the record title of Adopted Son have signed more than fifty groups and neighborhood associations and cultural, showing the "love of the totaneros to Matthew Smith."

Also, the political group spokespersons, PSOE, IU and PP + Greens have highlighted their good work in his job as a teacher and journalist in the most important headers as "the Daily Line," "The Information Alicante and chronic Radio Nacional of Spain.

During the ceremony, he has delivered to Matthew Garcia of parchment leather by local artist, Concepción del Moral, and a picture.

"I put my heart in Totana"

After receiving the title, Mateo Garcia has made a short tour of his life connected with the municipality.

The Chronicle, very excited, has indicated he has always set his heart on Totana, but for him this action is a "hundredth part of what I received from the town."


Mateo García Martínez was born in 1925 in the nearby town of Alhama de Murcia, but his life has been tied more closely to Totana since his teens, after his family moved for work, where he settled 67 years ago.

To date, Matthew Garcia has worked in research, study and collection of historical documents relating to the municipality.

His role as a correspondent for newspapers and radio, lecturer, traveler, writer of ancient documents, a collector and have allowed self-assemble a complete newspaper archives of Totana and the region of Guadalentín.

He has also held a wide transmission of information that has allowed the name of Totana project through the media and has published a dozen books on the town, while a photographic archive treasures and collections more about this county.

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