José Mújica, President of Uruguay. 2015
Gloria Macapagal, President of Philippines. 2007
Iñigo Urkullo, Lehendakari (President of Bsaque Country). 2012
Lehendakariak (President and Former Presidents of Bsaque Country). 2012
Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. 2001
M. Jean Paul Huchon, President of Ile de France Region. 2002
Juan Pablo II
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Jose Antonio Ardanza
Camilo José Cela
Juan Carlos I de Borbón
Juan Mari Arzak, Pedro Subijana, Karlos Arguiñano
Yves Salaberri 'Xala'
Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo
José Luis Bilbao
Juan Martínez de Irujo
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Patxi López, Juan José Ibarretxe
Álvaro de Marichalar
Enrique de Orleans
VI Feria de Artesania del Pais Vasco (1984)
Argia. Elkarrizketa (1984)
Cuadernos de Etnología y Etnografía de Navarra. Palos, bastones y makilas. (1992).
Bidasoa Txingudi (1997)
Libro publicado por la Cámara de Gipuzkoa (2000)
Diario Vasco (2003)
Diario Vasco (2009)
El Pais (2009)
Estrategia Empresarial (2010)
El diario vasco (2015)
Diario Vasco (2016)
Diario Vasco (2016)
The tradition of give a makila as a present is a very ancient symbol of friendship among Basques.
After World War I, French Marshals Foch and Pétain and French President Clemenceau received each a makila. Through these gifts, the Basques of the Northern Pyrenees showed them their gratitude. The makila for Marshal Foch had engraved a map of Verdun with the sentence: Hemendik ezin da pasa (Nobody shall pass).
Most orders received by Iñaki Alberdi are to be offered as a gift. Makilas are suitable for corporate gifts, a person’s retirement, for bachelor parties or to celebrate weddings.
The artisans have made makilas for personalities as illustrious as Pope John Paul II, who was endowed with a beautiful leather makila during his visit to the Basilica of Loiola when Carlos Garaikoetxea was Lehendakari (Basque president). The same Pope again received another one from an Araba’s legislator (Basque province) during his visit to the Vatican for the beatification of three local nuns. The makila that the Pope received as a gift on that occasion was a commemorative makila with silver handle. Also the king of Spain received a makila with his name engraved in it, when he visited Bilbao in 1986 to celebrate the centenary of the University of Deusto. There is a long list of personalities from the political, social and sport worlds that have been honored with makilas. When legislators of the Basque Government must go on official travel, they entrust to Iñaki Alberdi the manufacture of a makila to offer their hosts.