Another colourful Latin America city visited recently by VISNEWS cameraman Sepp Riff, was Quito - the ancient Spanish-style capital of Ecuador.
GV PAN..Over Quito.
GV PAN..Indian homes on hillside.
LV Ditto, with children.
LV PAN..Indian families in doorway, pan to houses.
SV Woman cooking on open stove.
CU Indian woman carrying heavy load.
GV PAN..From Indian quarter to town below.
GV Central Plaza of independence.
SV AND CU.. Three shots Indian family outside Cathedral.
SV PAN..Woman enters church La Compania PAN to sculptured facade.
CU Sculptured facade.
SV PAN DOWN.. To the Golden Door and man entering.
GV's Two shots busy street scenes.
CU Woman carrying baby on back.
SV Woman carrying timber.
SCU Woman breast feeds baby in street while talking to strange man.
GV The convent of San Francisco (1534) PAN to busy street scene.
GV Another church with Indians sitting on steps.
GV Railway station people arriving.
GV people leave platform and walk onto track.
SV Station staff.
CU Quito sign.
GV Train leaves.
SV AND CU..man carrying baby's coffin.
GV Presidential Palace.
GV PAN..from oncoming bus to President's balcony.
LV AND CU..palace guard.
LV President Dr. Velasco Ibarra speaking with Jose A. Baquero from the "Ministro de Provision Social Trabajo".
SV AND CU..President speaking.
CU Jose A. Baquero talking.
SV President and Baquero.
GV Military school cadets march past (two shots)
SV Colour party learning the Goose Step.
SV Platoon breaking from ordinary quick time to Goose Step.
SIDE V. AND CU..During Goose Step PAN to BV.
GV Congress building (PAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN MAY).
GV INT..Senate Assembly.
GV PAN..To chamber of Deputies.
GV To Congress building.
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Background: Another colourful Latin America city visited recently by VISNEWS cameraman Sepp Riff, was Quito - the ancient Spanish-style capital of Ecuador.
At an altitude of 9,375 feet, Quito, although within 15 miles of the Equator, stands high enough to give a temperature, springlike climate to its population of 285,000.
About 40 per cent of Ecuador's population of over 4 million are Indian. Forty-one per cent are of mixed descent, and the rest comprise whites, mulattos, Negros and others. The language of the country is Spanish, but the Indians speak the Quechua language. In 1944/45, for the first time ever, an Indian was elected to the Constituent Assembly.
Quito has eleven large monastic institutions, six of which are for nuns. The San Francisco convent, built in 1534, covers a whole city block and is one of the largest institutions of its type in the world. Part of it is in ruins.
The finest building in the capital is the "La Compania" Church - the Jesuit's church. Built by Mohammedan workmen, it has the most ornate and richly sculptured facade.
At the Presidential Palace - "Palacio de Gobierno" - President Dr Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra is seen in conversation with Minister Jose Baquero. Dr Ibarra was elected on June 5, 1960. Under a constitution promulgated in March, 1945, a President is elected directly by the people for a term of 4 years. He is eligible for re-election after an interval of four years.
Congress consists of a Chamber of Deputies, elected for two years by provinces on a population basis, and a Senate elected similarly for four years. In addition, special Senators are elected by professional, cultural, business and racial groups. Deputies are elected from Ecuador's 18 provinces and one insular territory.
At Quito's military school, smart precision marching - in goosestep style - is done by officer cadets as they train for a coming parade Ecuador has an army of about 8,000. The Air Force has some 40 front line aircraft and there is a small navy. All are advised by U.S. missions.
On May 24, at the new Congress building, will be held the 11th Inter-American Conference - the Organization of American States. Heads of State of the O.A.S. will meet together in an attempt to solve economical, political and cultural problems affecting the continent.
At this conference, President Ibarra will raise the question of the 150-year-old boundary dispute between his country and Peru - one of the major sources of uneasiness and tension in the Americas.