Goodbye, Yola Polastri: “Peru lost from the moment they eliminated her program” | Burbujitos | Hello Yola | Jorge Benavides | Alberto Beingolea | Ebelin Ortiz | TVMAS

Goodbye, Yola Polastri: “Peru lost from the moment they eliminated her program” | Burbujitos | Hello Yola | Jorge Benavides | Alberto Beingolea | Ebelin Ortiz | TVMAS
Goodbye, Yola Polastri: “Peru lost from the moment they eliminated her program” | Burbujitos | Hello Yola | Jorge Benavides | Alberto Beingolea | Ebelin Ortiz | TVMAS

For a few seconds there is silence on the other end of the line. We received the answer from Ebelin Ortiz, an actress who, between her childhood and adolescence, showed her talent for singing on the television program Road to Polastry. The same Yola who just two months ago had been hospitalized for a stroke, who was discharged, and who died last Sunday at the age of 74. What will you always remember about her? “The discipline, the love for art,” answers Ortiz, with a broken voice. And what does Peru lose with this departure? “Peru lost from the moment they eliminated her program,” he says.

That was thirty years ago. The final program of “Hola Yola” was broadcast on Saturday, December 31, 1994. The recording of the farewell, available on YouTube, shows her constantly thanking: Maestro Tito Chicoma, who was her musical accomplice, the attendees, the artists who accompanied her, the children who surrounded her with talent. “We are going on vacation, we are going with a great academy forming stars, we are continuing with our artistic workshop of bubbles. And, of course, we will also return very soon; stay tuned, with something great, new, for you. Because you deserve it.” Then the orchestra played “Jipi Jay” by Pepe Vásquez; after a while, singing, dancing and a final bow. The set was empty.

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Beyond the screen

Yola would not return to television. “We do not want to look for another Yola Polastri. She has already completed a cycle and it is very difficult to find someone of her quality,” a Channel 4 executive had said weeks before. Off-camera, Yola continued to be active. Her children’s show was a classic at all festivities, with new bubbles, but with the same desire to transmit to her audience the desire to live every moment with joy. She did not lack songs. And this 2024, months before the health problem that would cost her life, she said that she was “playing the last games.”

She began hosting children’s television in 1972 with the program “El mundo de los niños” (The World of Children), which later became the “Hola Yola” that everyone knows. For years she was also a regular guest at the Feria del Hogar (Home Fair) with her show. Her popularity even crossed borders: in 1979 she traveled for a month to Miami, United States, where she hosted a program also for the little ones.

Living entirely between television and games, I ended up being my own scriptwriter, then a choreographer. I formed an artistic workshop, I became a director“, Polastri told El Comercio in 1987, regarding his 15 years on the screen.

Yola was not just a TV host, she was an institution, a symbol that even in the most difficult times for the country (such as the 80s) it was possible to find occasional joy in positive messages, in songs like “El telefonito”, “La gallina turuleca”, “La feria de Cepillín”. And also the not so well-known “Si todos los niños del mundo”, a 1978 song that she made together with Unicef ​​to raise awareness about minors in a state of vulnerability.

“What I will remember most is her professionalism and her personal commitment in every program she did. The musicals, the stories, the parodies; everything was impeccable. She never treated me badly. On the contrary, she admired me and highlighted my values. She was very affectionate,” Jorge Benavides, who joined “Hola Yola” as a child singer, told El Comercio. “Peru has lost a great national figure who will be remembered forever in the history of television. I feel very proud to have been a little bubble of Yola Polastri and thus to have been part of her success. Rest in Peace, dear Yola,” he said.

So far, a life. From now on, a legend.

 
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