Jesús Ilundáin “El Tuli” has been chosen to launch the “Chupinazo” for Sanfermines 2016 in the first ever popular vote organized by the Town Hall and its Mayor Joseba Asiron.
Jesús Ilundáin Zaragüeta, “El Tuli” was born on March 21, 1931 in Jarauta Street in Pamplona. He is member number one of the Peña Los de Bronce, founded in 1950, and he was president in the 70s. As a member of one of the clubs that animate the entire festival of Sanfermines in addition to other activities throughout the year, “El Tuli” is an active participant, celebrating each day of the steps towards the beginning of the fiesta and promoting initiatives to improve the atmosphere of the club. Before becoming member of Los de Bronce, he was a member of the Iruñako.
During Sanfermines, “el Tuli” takes part in an infinity of acts, dancing through the streets with bands of the peña, whether it be morning, afternoon or night. He even plays the drums, with or without the “wake-up music” of the dianas. He is a member of the Corte of San Fermín, and he never misses the “Procesión” of the saint on July 7, even if he has been out with friends all night long. In spite of being 85-years-old, he attends every bullfight in the Plaza, occupying the same seat that he has had since he was a young man.
“El Tuli” is known locally, nationally and even internationally for being one of those responsible for the runners, minutes before the encierro, chanting to the image of San Fermín in its niche on Santo Domingo , asking for his protection. “El Tuli” and a friend from Pamplona would kneel in front of the corrals – en those times there was no niche in the wall – and would begin to sing, “To San Fermín we ask…” As a runner, himself, he began when he was 15-years-old on Estafeta Street, but he later changed to the stretch of Santo Domingo where he could be seen until the 60s.
POPULAR ELECTION FOR THE FIRST TIME
For the first time, Joseba Asiron, mayor of Pamplona, permitted the residents of Pamplona to vote for who would launch the “Chupinazo” through the Mesa General de San Fermín. In the first phase, there was a time limit for possible candidates. Then came the popular vote. The candidates could be individuals or juridic persons, who from the social, academic, scientific or cultural areas have contributed to the city of Pamplona. Those excluded were political parties, syndicate organizations, businesses and religious organizations.
The fifty associations that make up the Mesa General de San Fermín were those in charge of presenting the candidates, who showed a brief account of the merits that might makecandidates deserve the honor, along with the express permission of the person or entity for whom this honor is wanted. The proposals that obtain at least a third of the associations and entities of the Mesa, then pass on to popular vote.
As occurs with the popular votation for the poster of San Fermín, the Town Hall set up three ways in which to vote: the municipal web site www.pamplona.es, the telephone number of Attention to the Citizens 010 (948 420 100 if the call is from a cell phone or from outside of Pamplona) or placing the vote in containers in the seven centers of Civivox in presence of witnesses. En this case only votes from those who are legal residents of Pamplona and older than 18-years-old could vote.