April 14 - May 2002: Mass UFO sightings over Angol, Chile
On May 5, restlessness and commotion gripped residents of Angol and its environs as a result of a wave of unidentified flying objects recorded in the downtown area of the capital city.
About 15 residents of the town of Cornelio Saavedra were witnesses to three nearly simultaneous sightings of strange devices that moved swiftly through the sky, issuing flashes of multi-hued light, according to the Diario Austral de Araucania (newspaper). The phenomenon was caught on video by Ufologist Raul Gajardo, who has spent over 40 years investigating it in the province of Malleco.
It is perhaps worth noting that experts consider the area as a "hot spot" for UFOs given repeated sightings and the large number of witnesses who claim to have seen unconventional craft crossing the heavens over the area.
According to the information furnished by Gajardo, the first sighting came about around 19:00 hours when a UFO moving from north to south made an abrupt dive from an altitude of some 1000 feet, only to lose itself in the horizon.
Only minutes after the event took place another reddish object appeared from the Nahuelbuta Range in the vicinity of the sector known as Aguas Santas, becoming lost in the clouds.
"At that very instant, a third device was noticed. It hovered motionless in the sky. At first it was mistaken by some as a commercial aircraft. But in less than a minute, the multicolored craft began moving some 60 degrees in a straight line over the mountain range, without making a sound. Subsequently, it increased its brightness in 5 second intervals and subsequently continued its trajectory toward the north until it vanished completely," explained the researcher.
To the above mentioned events can be added three more which occurred only days ago in the capital of Malleco province and an adjacent cordilleran sector, witnessed by five students who recorded the phenomenon, and a group of fishermen.
This photo--captured from a video recording--shows a UFO which paused for a few seconds in the skies over Angol. The image was taken by a student on April19th.
One of the most startling sightings--compiled and submitted to analysis by Raul Gajardo--took place in broad daylight on Friday, April 19 and was witnessed by five students from different educational institutions in Angol.
Student Diego Gallegos Cifuentes, 13, pointed out that around 16:00 hours he was headed toward the house of a friend to record an event being prepared for a Mother's Day festivity. Cifuentes was accompanied by Israel Vitta, 13, and Sebastian Oporto,12.
In his account, he pointed out that when he was about to film his companions, one of them, Carlos Flores, looked at the sky and noticed a strange object moving from north to south at a considerable altitude. "I recorded it for a few seconds and made a close-up with the camera's zoom. We all saw the strange device, which moved slowly for a few seconds until it vanished."
The recording was given to Ufologist Gajardo, who pointed out that it showed a white, circular object: "Its periphery shows signs of 6 reddish brown lights or spheres. It remains [in place] for a few seconds until vanishing over Cerro Guacolda, to the south of Angol."
The recording, in the researcher's opinion, is sufficiently clear and lasts 15 seconds. The passing of the object crossing the skies over Angol can be clearly seen.
But that wasn't all: these sightings began on April 14th, when office worker Luis Rodriguez, 46, was on a salmon-fishing trip in the cordilleran area, geographically between the Antuco and Copahue volcanoes, with two friends. The witness explained that "in the midst of fishing at around 5 a.m., one of my companions was the first to realize that toward the south, at some 45 degrees elevation, was a white luminous object that grew rapidly in size until it reached the scale of a full moon. The circular device quickly headed south in a straight line without making noise."
Rodriguez added that no sooner had the first object ceased to be visible, another white, brilliant spot appeared toward Cruz del Sur, growing gradually and behaving in a manner similar to the first one, also vanishing southward swiftly and silently.
Source: Diario Las Ultimas Noticias (Chile)
March 29, 2002: Chile - The Xendra Experience
No UFO event since the Varginha crash has generated as much controversy as the Xendra Experience. Last week, Peruvian ufologist Sixto Paz gave an interview in which he described the events leading up to the appearance of the Xendra near Rancagua, Chile.
Back in February 2002, Paz visited Quintero, Chile and predicted that "an alien contact event" would soon occur. On Friday, March 29, 2002, Paz and several members of Grupo Rama, a Chilean New Age group, held a three-day UFO seminar at Los Cipreses National Park near Rancagua, a city 120 kilometers (72 miles) south of the capital, Santiago de Chile. The seminar members camped out on a bluff overlooking the Rio Cipreses canyon. On Sunday, March 31, 2002, Paz announced that a Xendra (pronounced Shenn-drah --J.T.) was "forming in the air" near the rim of the canyon. Twenty-four Chileans, many of them Grupo Rama members, left the meeting area and walked beneath the Xendra, which was described as "a blue arch" or "a luminous arch" 16 square meters (429 square feet) wide. (See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 16 for April 16, 2002, "The Xendra Mystery," page 1.)
From this point on, accounts of what happened vary wildly. Some witnesses claim that the participants turned transparent and vanished. Eyewitness Camilo Valdivieto said the humans did not disappear but simply "lost their materiality" by entering another dimension.
Eduardo Fouri, an observer from Centro de Fenomeno Aereos Anomalos (CEFAA), Chile's official UFO investigatory agency, said that nothing happened, that there was no blue arch, and that people were just wandering around aimlessly.
However, Sixto Paz insists that the 24 volunteers "did have an interdimensional experience" at Rio Cipreses. In an interview with Terra Chile, Paz said, "The initial effort was made to ensure excellence by trying to keep a large number of people from attending, only those who had been prepared over time for the importance of the (contact) mission--constancy, continuity and discipline--to maintain the right vibratory level" for entry into the Xendra.
Despite his efforts, however, 180 people showed up at Los Cipreses National Park, clamoring for a part in the rumored contact event.
"Everyone wanted to be at the site to see what would happen," Paz reported, "This was a serious error, because neither I nor anyone else is the 'lucky rabbit's foot' that can ensure an alien contact experience. This depends exclusively upon each and every one of the participants, as well as the conditions I just mentioned."
"From a height we could see the impressive canyon of the Rio Cipreses, safeguarded by steep and mighty red-and-gray mountains. The vista was incredible and truly stunning. The sky was clear, without any clouds or haze."
"It was a new (campsite) area, recently laid out. For this reason, the restrooms and other facilities were operational but still unfinished. This location guaranteed solitude and privacy since most park visitors tend to go to well-known areas."
"The first thing that was done at the (camp) site was to designate locations for objects being unloaded from cars, and then we worked on the harmonization and protection of the area. To achieve this, everyone present formed two large circles, and we issued a prayer or meditation to the guardian spirits of the four corners of the Earth and the seven Galactic Directions, drawn from the magnificent teachings of the great modern prophet, Jose Arguelles of Las Trece Lunas (The Thirteen Moons) movement."
When the 24 participants passed beneath the Xendra, each encountered entities which were described as "robed, bald-headed humanoids" and were given separate messages. While the individual messages varied, Paz explained, there were two predictions that were common to all.
One, that Chile would be the site of more alien contacts in the months to come.
Two, that the aliens intended to establish "a permanent presence" in the "Southern Zone," i.e. South America, Africa and Australia.
Meanwhile, the participants are busily getting out the Xendra message. On Friday, May 10, 2002, witness Camilo Valdivieto, 28, organized a seminar of his own in Santiago de Chile. Seminar topics included the following: (1) "The Existence of a New Order;" (2) "Secrets of the Subterranean World;" and (3) "The Actuality of Extraterrestrial Contact." (See NotiOVNI for May 5, 2002. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, tambien a Daniel Munoz y Cristian Riffo de Ovnivision Chile para esas noticias.)