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featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
"Wato" says election announcement is properly documented
Pide “Wato” le permitan hacer su asamblea
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de diciembre.
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de diciembre.
"We are complying with the Law, with the statutes of the Taxi Drivers Union "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz" with the announcement of the call for the election of the new leaders for 2017-2020 ," said the current president, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez. He said everything has been registered with the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, and has been approved regarding the time and the form.
He said all that remains is to carry out the assembly when the date arrives, when it will be decided whether Sr. Peniche is reelected or support is given to another candidate, but it will be the decision of the assembly. The election is scheduled for December 17 at 5pm by secret ballot, as has been requested for a long time.
He said, "It is true that the statues no longer allow me to participate in this contest, but there is a transitional clause which says: "For something that is not covered in the statues, the highest authority is the assembly and they are the ones who decide."
Honesty and transparency are core values to achieve greater benefits for the population: Juan Carrillo
Valores fundamentales para lograr mayores beneficios para la población, asegura Juan CarrilloLanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de diciembre.-
This is about a swearing in of officials in the Continental Zone at the mainland part of the municipality.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
The Isla Mujeres Children's Folkloric Dance Troupe performed at the Statewide Meeting of Folkloric Dance Troupes which was organized by the Quintana Roo Universidad Intercultural Maya in José María Morelos.
El Ballet Folklórico Infantil de #IslaMujeres se presentó en el "Encuentro Estatal de Grupos de Danza Folklórica" organizado por los alumnos de la Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo en José María Morelos.
Recognition was given to teacher Elda María Rodríguez Orozco for 17 years of collaboration as a teacher of dance at the Casa de Cultura, who has been teaching Mexican folkloric dance and Polynesian dances which have been consolidated into the Polynesian dance: "Pretty Woman"
Un reconocimiento a la Maestra Elda María Rodríguez Orozco por 17 años de colaboración como maestra de danza de la Casa de la Cultura, empezó impartiendo danza folklórica mexicana y también danzas polinesias donde consolidó el Ballet "Mujer Bonita" Polinesio.
We invite you to the play "I like it when you're quiet" this Saturday 10th December at 8p at Casa de Cultura (It's in Spanish..Me Gusta Cuando Callas).
Te invitamos a la obra "Me gusta cuando callas" este sábado 10 de diciembre a las 8 de la noche en la Casa de la Cultura. ¡Te esperamos!
"United against corruption for development, peace and security" today we celebrate the International Day Against Corruption #díainternacionalcontralacorrupción.
"Unidos contra la corrupción para el desarrollo, la paz y la seguridad" hoy celebramos el #DíaInternacionalContraLaCorrupción.
The presentation of the Federal Police Rock Group Acero on Saturday had to be cancelled.
Por causas de fuerza mayor la presentación del Grupo de Rock “Acero” programada para éste sábado, se suspende.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Open call for election: Eduardo Peniche
Abierta la convocatoria de elección: Eduardo Peniche
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Putting obstacles in the way of "Wato"
Ponen trabas a contrincantes del “Wato”[+] Ver masFull article at this link
There have been allegations of fraud regarding the voter's list for the Isla Mujeres Union of Taxi Drivers "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz", because the leader Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, aka "Wato" wants to continue in power. The first alleged victim was Javier Acereto Lopez who supports the "Allies for Democracy" group. He said he will resort to legal recourse to stop Sr. Peniche from his attempt to put himself in power for another three years when the election is held on Dec. 17th at the Taxi Union lodge.
"When I went to register I was not in the system, but I have several ways to prove that I am a partner, including the credential that is signed by the leader himself. Then I tried to pay my dues, they were also not accepted. Therefore they want to disqualify me. I will not allow it," said Javier who has studied to be a lawyer.
He spoke in the presence of Miguel Chan Mena, who leads the Allies for Democracy group, and Julio Osorio, who is also a member, among other partners, and Sr. Acereto said there are several other cases of preventing the paying of dues. It is the same on the island as in the Continental Zone. The amount of dues for this person was 7850pesos which amounts to nearly a year of dues owed. But this amount of arrears is fairly common and occurs with many partners, who then get caught up.
In an interview, Eduardo Peniche explained that there are three types of announcements; one for the electoral issue with the required data (planillas contendientes), then the general assembly that will be held on Sat. Dec. 17 at 4p, when the report will be given about the financial status of the union, with general matters. When that ends, a recess will be called and then they will initiate the elective assembly as a unique issue. The three documents were presented and signed by the local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration (JLCA).. He said, "Therefore, the whole procedure is legal....if the assembly wants me to continue, I will." He said voting will be transparent and secret. His arguement regarding his continuing for another period to complete 15 years is that, "In the transitional paragraph it says that what is contemplated in the statue, the assembly can resolve.
Emotional procession into the Bay
Emotiva procesión marítima. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The celebrations of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of Isla Mujeres, concluded with the traditional maritime procession in the bay with dozens of small and medium boats participating. The last procession in the streets was led by the parish priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso, in the company of the Parish Council, who boarded the boat where the icon had been placed, for the trip out into the Bay, with more than a thousand Catholics participating.
During the two weeks of celebrations, attendees included the Bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal prelature, Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo, as well as clerics from other parishes, many children, and more than 20 organizations (gremios). During this last tour thru the streets, the parishioners could bring their sick to the image to receive a blessing, and express their faith that she could improve their spiritual and physical health.
The celebrations included dances and bullfights, and entertainment activities which visitors could enjoy, as well as the festivals held by each group at their headquarters, such as the fishermen's cooperatives, the lanchero boat tour provider's cooperatives, the founders, the children, the youths, and the police.
Regarding the celebrations, historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid said this was the 105th anniversary of the Patroness of Isla Mujeres who was brought here in 1911 from the Boca Iglesia church, by the islander fishermen Cristino Avila, José Cardós and Pablo Xooc. He wrote on his Facebook account that more than five generations of islanders have worshiped it with a fervor that continues to grow today.
Replacing damaged posts
Sustituyen postes dañados. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
A dozen electrical poles have been changed in recent weeks by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission), and this is expected to continue in upcoming days, to ensure a supply of electricity without problems during the high season which is about to start.
They have completed work along the Caribbean coastal road, as well as inside the colonia neighborhoods. There are posts that were placed after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which needed treatment with retardant chemicals, because wood is the most appropriate material for these coastal areas, according to the CFE staff.
While the concrete posts may last up to two decades with special paint, the wooden poles have been known to last three decades in the downtown area. Residents have been concerned that when rust deteriorates the steel inside the concrete posts, then pieces of concrete fall off onto the sidewalks and streets, which is hazardous for pedestrians, such as children who frequent the walkways.
The post that was just retired from Nicolas Bravo street downtown had metal rods in an advanced state of deterioration at the narrow end. It had been located near the basketball court by the Town Square ("Jose de Carmen Pastrana"). During this work, electrical service was disconnected for three hours and traffic on the road was also interrupted.
Cahuameros hope for victory at Convention Center this weekend
Acción sobre la duela del Centro de Convenciones [+] Ver masFull article at this link
- The Cahuameros Club of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación are hoping to move into the second overall position in the Major League of Basketball of Quintana Roo on Saturday and Sunday when they play against Cozumel at the Convention Center, . It is noted that the Convention Center has been renovated, which should provide a pleasant surprise for the players and fans. The game on Satuday is at 8p and on Sunday at noon.
The Cahuameros suffered two painful defeats against the Los Dorados at Playa del Carmen, which moved the Isla Mujeres team from first to third, behind the Cozumel Islanders and the Playa del Carmen Dorados. Those two teams are tied regarding the number of games won, but the Cozumel Islanders are ahead in the number of points.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.
The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.
Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
On the Town Square
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry
|Thursday, Dec. 1 Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p). |
Friday, Dec. 2 Bullfight (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Dec. 1 Thursday
12p Horse procession
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.
Dec. 2 Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square
Dec. 3 Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square
Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square
Dec. 5 Monday
7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
Entorno dance troupe at Town Square
Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint
Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
“Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square
Dec. 8 Thursday Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura
Dec. 9 Friday 8p Second Little People (and little bulls) Bullfight! Last night was sold out so rumor has it there will be another performance tonight. Tickets go on sale at 5p, doors open at 6p, event begins at 7p.
Dec. 10 Saturday 8p
Dec. 11 Sunday Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.
Dec 12 Monday Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint.
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses. Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago. There will probably be an evening event on the Square. See article below. I will update this info when it is available.
Moon rise over the Caribbean
|Dec. 13 6:12 Full Moon|
Dec. 14 7:13
Dec. 15 8:15
Dec. 16 9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10
Painting by Pam Haase
4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, music, food, craft beer
Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the t\Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.
Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice
Just before Christmas, the government has a procession of decorated carts and vehicles with a Santa, which goes thru the colonias playing music tossing candy and small toys, There is also one by the residents, foreign & local, that is planned again this year. Dates TBA. There is a decorated boat parade annually at Cancun.
The DIF (social service organization) collects toy donations for a big give away, as does Rueben's restaurant, where you can drop off donations now. Dates TBA. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6.
Dec. 24 Saturday Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.
Dec. 25 Sunday Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day The first ferries may be suspended.
Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear 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. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Día de Guadalupe is an important holiday in Mexico
According to accounts published in both Nahuatl and Spanish in the 1600s, the image of the Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the outskirts of Mexico City on December 9, 1531, when he was on his way to the city from his village. (Later she appeared to his sick uncle also.) The dark-skinned young woman was surrounded by light & spoke in Nahuatl, telling Juan Diego that a church should be built in her honor at the top of Tepeyac hill, where there had once been an Aztec Temple to the goddess Tonantzin.
But when Juan Diego related this to the Spanish archbishop, the cleric didn’t believe him and told him to go back to Tepeyac and ask the Virgin for a miracle. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather roses from the top of the hill (unseasonably and in an area of cactus & scrub). She helped arrange the flowers in Juan Diego’s tilmátli (cloak), and he carried them back to Mexico City.
When he arrived on December 12 and opened his tilmátli in front of the archbishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe had been imprinted onto the cloak. The tilmátli with the imprint is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited shrines in the world.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
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, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are 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 spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled