| Sierra of Guara
guards this quiet town
A place in the county of Huesca,
belonging to the municipality of Loporzano. Inhabitants: less
than 60. Altitude: 706 meters on the sea level. It's from Huesca
38 kilometers. Gentile: aguasino.
Aguas depends on the municipality
of Loporzano. It ended up counting around 400 inhabitants,
at the beginning of the XXth century. At present hardly it has 50.
There were 106, according to the census of 1978, and only 50, according
to that of 1981. The place was, nevertheless, residence of noble members
of the lowest rank of the nobility. The testimony worked in stones
can be seen in many fronts, on the wide gateways, with a semicircular
arch. As curious fact is necessary to review that in Aguas
there was the direction and writing of «Lineages of Aragon», illustrated
fortnightly magazine, which was giving complete «historical, genealogical
and heraldic critique of the Aragonese families». This magazine was
edited in 1914 and had its administration in Saragossa (in the Passage
of the Pilar, nº 40).
Possibly, the place received its baptism
across the lineage of the Aguas, family native from France
and seated in Aragon since times of Jaime I the Conqueror.
In the shield of the Aguas appears a man head put of profile,
looking at the right flank, on golden field. The trip for the streets
brings the memory of the yesterday in spite of only contemplating
the shields emblazed about many buildings. Above, crowning the city
center, where there gets up the building of the «public school» -so
it was written in a tile- a small rectangular square is opened.
The Low street starts opposite to the
church, from a wide square in slope. It lost its ancient name on May
20, 1984 to be named of Carmelo Betoré Bergua, jot singer.
Event promoted by the Friends of the Folklore Altoaragonés
(of Upper Aragon), with Rafael Ayerbe Santolaria as lead. The
act was highlighted with this jot, in lips of the components of «Baturra
Nobility », the very champion folk group that directs the proper Mr.
Betoré: "This street that was Low now is Carmelo's street,
place of stop and small restaurant of the jot and the jot singer».
Carmelo Betoré was born in the same street. His first jots
arose from there same, rising up to the Guara summits. Then,
walking the time, the "jot singer" would never forget his
native village and popularized in Spain and abroad the "Aguas
The Somontano (Down Mountains)
vibrated of emotion and transmitted its beats for the whole surroundings.
One can become a prophet in his ground. Aguas has been able
to gain itself an honor position in the heart of everyone for the
heat that it put in the determination. .
On top, where the street of Carmelo
Betoré ends, there is opened a raised area that does the times
of third square of the town, but with less buildings surrounding it
and more open space faced up the mountains and the blue firmament.
It was where the round of the jot-singers stopped to give life to
a singular folkloric holiday
Aguas turns out to be raised
on a soft hillock. From the highway there are two accesses. The one
that might be the principal is next to the parochial church, which
tower is seen erect between the houses that surrounds it. Another
access, is a little further on, next to the cemetery.
The first impression is that of a calm
and quiet little town, although it is true that at the end of the
Summer, there is less population, descending -as they say me- to approximately
10 inhabitants that remain in the Winter.
Near to the church, a spacious and
luminous square shaped by houses with a new aspect, receives the visitor.
It is the square of Carmelo Betoré Bergua, jot singer native
from the place, of whom a neighbor assures me - according to his particular
opinion - that never showed that he (Carmelo) was an Aguas
native, but of Huesca.
As in other villages, there are uninhabited,
and even abandoned houses. One of them, in the center of the town,
is capable of attracting attention of us. It stands out for its soundness,
for its "solera" (lot of character), although its conservation
state looks like something deficient. They make sure me that it is
the house that gave birth to the litle town; that it is a "strong"
house, that is in slow rehabilitation period, because its current
owners (sons of the primitive owner) live in France and cannot have
sufficient time. On the other hand, the economic cost of the progress
is very high. The house is robust, solid and big.
Aguas commemorates the festivity
of Santiago, patron of the parish, and that of San Ramón.
But any date is good - and any occasion - to turn a visit to the village
and to the landscape.