Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 2

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Winner of poetry contest named   

Agapito entrega el Premio Internacional Caribe-Isla Mujeres de Poesía 2015

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de diciembre.-

Hotel beach on mainland earns Blue Flag designation 

Playa de hotel Faynes recibe Blue Flag

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de diciembre.-
  A second beach in the municipality of Isla Mujeres has earned the Blue Flag certification, on the mainland in the Continental Zone at the hotel "Faynes". A date will be set for the flag raising ceremony, but it has already received the designation. 
      On the island, the Blue Flag designation has been given to the Playa Centro, also known as the Posada Beach, and North Beach has been given the White Flag award, indicating it is one of the best beaches in the country and the world. A White Flag of Health has been given to the Community Hospital to distinguish this as a healthy municipality. A Green Flag has been awarded to the high school Colegio Bachilleres. When Isla Mujeres was achieving Pueblo Magico status, the Department of Urban Development required achieving certification of the beaches. Requirements for certification include water quality, beach cleanliness, access to bathrooms, an information module, and equipment for people with special needs.

Concern over beach erosion   

Se acentúa preocupación de cara al periodo invernal

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This information has already been translated.  


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

December 1 is the first day for registration online for the next academic year of Preschool 2016-2017
Hoy da inicio la inscripción en línea para el próximo curso de Preescolar 2016-2017.

The high school Colegio Bachilleres of Isla Mujeres made history by being the first campus in the Quintana Roo system to receive the Green Flag from the Eco Schools program.    

     Eco-schools is an international environmental educational program that operates in more than 58 countries promoting sustainable development and certification of schools committed to respecting and caring for the environment. The program was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education, a European NGO (nongovernmental organization) founded in 1981, with more than 70 member countries internationally.  
       To obtain the recognition, participation by state and municipal governments is essential, in coordination with the school communities on a daily basis, with considerable commitment to the environment. Therefore this recognition for Isla Mujeres COBACH includes the whole community. 
     The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez participated in the event, with the Secretary of Ecology and the Environment, Rafael Muñoz Berzunza. Two other campuses in Quintana Roo were also awarded the Green Flag, in the capitol city of Chetumal; a primary school and a preschool.

December 1: World Day of the fight against AIDS  
Hoy 1 de Diciembre, Día Mundial de la Lucha contra el SIDA.

Tuesday morning the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sanchez unveiled the name of the winner of the International Caribbean-Isla Mujeres Poetry competition 2015.
       The first place winner was José Antonio Landa Rosas, with the pseudonym Camarada Camarista, who earned the only cash prize of $3000 for his poem “Las ánimas de objetos que reaniman al mundo”, in this contest which is in memory of the teacher Raciel Román Valerio, who was a main force behind the resumption of the Isla Mujeres poetry competitions los Juegos Florales. There were 142 entries from Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, United States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. 
      Given the quality of the work, the judges decided to award three honorable mentions:   for the poem "Casasombra" by Raciel Manriquez Gonzales of Mexico with the pseudonym Outis; For "Laguna" by Canadian-Mexican Francoise Roy with the pseudonym Isolde Tzara; and "Casa de las Flores" by Daniel Laurencio Medina Rosado of Mexico, under the pseudonym Schubert. They all have a  history of being published and winning prizes in Mexico and abroad.
    The award ceremony will take place on December 11 at noon at the Casa de Cultura. This contest, led by Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, has two goals, with the first being to transform behaviors for a community that is more harmonious, integrated, and free from violence; and the second being to position Isla Mujeres in the competitive international tourism market as a destination that offers visitors the added value of culture.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Student protest and petition regarding ferry  


Exigen a naviera precio especial

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   Students who cross daily to Puerto Juarez to attend various schools in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) held a protest against one of the ferry companies (Ultramar).  About twenty students held signs and collected signatures on a petition. They are requesting better treatment by personnel of the company and for a stop to all the conditions placed upon their discounted tickets.

Bachilleres: First Eco school    

Medio ambiente

Bachilleres, la primera Eco school

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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

December begins with good occupancy rates 
Buena ocupación en arranque decembrino+] Ver mas
  This information has already been translated about occupancy reaching sixty percent.

Green flag raised over Colegio Bachilleres  
Colegio de Bachilleres iza Bandera Verde .. [+] Ver mas

Poetry contest winner is from Mexico   
Mexicano obtiene premio de poesía. [+] Ver mas

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)

Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
 Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
This free photography exhibition continues thru Monday Dec. 7, featuring the biological richness of Isla Mujeres and its native flora and fauna at the Casa de la Cultura Isla Mujeres. It includes 70 photos, rotated thru in groups of forty, taken by local amateur photographers.

 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels will conclude the festivities, and departs from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
  8p Celebration (Gran Kermesse), Dancing, Concert Town Square

Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura noon  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards  

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

A New Year's article I wrote a couple years ago entitled "Did you eat twelve grapes? What color is your underwear?"
        In Isla Mujeres, families celebrated the arrival of the New Year together. Some set up tables in the streets and dined on turkey stuffed with ground beef, with pinatas strung overhead, while others crowded the zocolo downtown for the bands and main fireworks. Every neighborhood brought in the New Year with a Bang, and the skies exploded with color in all directions. The stores have been selling dried salted cod, "bacalao", a traditional New Year's food that is pronounced "bah-kah-LAH-oh". 
       The newspapers mentioned the tradition of eating twelve grapes. These uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck) should be consumed  during a countdown, and each represents one month. The champagne toast is often an inexpensive cider that is shared by the whole family. Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, and yellow represents wealth. Chocolate coins also represent wealth. Those who hoped to travel, grabbed an empty suitcase and took it around the block a couple times, or may have set it by the door, or circled it in the living room. 
        The old year may be represented by a life size character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is filled with fireworks and set ablaze in the street.  He may represent a politician, or he may be holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names include  metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets) in many different sizes, chifladores (whistlers) and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that shoot sparks while spinning on the ground). 
      If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (mouth/face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. Now it's time to shop for toys for the kids for Dia de los Reyes on January 6, and look up a recipe for rosca de reyes...King's cake, or they'll be available for sale. You eat this with hot chocolate, and if you get the means you'll be hosting the next party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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