Sunday, November 5, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Nov. 5

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We want to continue being recognized as one of the most beautiful destinations of Quintana Roo.
We are working to keep the beaches and the entire island clean for the enjoyment of visitors  and island families. VIDEO 

     To continue promoting Isla Mujeres as one of the favorite destinations of visitors, the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, works in coordination with ZOFEMAT, (the Federal Maritime Zone Terrestre), directed by Vladimir Vallejo Molina, and the Public Services Department, directed by José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, to keep the municipality clean and presentable.     
   The Mayor explained that during the holiday weekends we receive more visitors in the municipality, for this reason it is important to continue to actively work at these tasks, so that visitors and citizens continue to enjoy this destination, which is known for its white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters.  
    The Mayor said, "I recognize each worker who helps Isla Mujeres continue as one of the most popular destinations; as a government we are working at the promotion of tourism for Isla Mujeres and throughout this year we have seen a 15% increase in the arrival of visitors, and now  we must also take care of the tourists by providing them with a quality destination, a beautiful and clean island.
    Every day, early in the morning, the staff of ZOFEMAT go to the beaches to clean them, and thanks to this work, the municipality maintains the quality designations of the "White Flag" and "Blue Flag" designations, which are awarded to beaches that meet the strictest criteria of quality and cleanliness. 
     Also, throughout the municipality have been redoubling of efforts to keep it clean and free of garbage, which is why programs such as the "Campaigns Providing Junk Removal" have been implemented, which have achieved the collection of more than 25 tons of garbage.
    In addition, the garbage collection service is active and serving the entire municipality, covering a total of 14 routes in the continental area and  6 routes on the island, 7 days a week, in the morning, afternoon and night, in order to keep the streets clean and prevent the accumulation of trash.
     The municipal president said that with these actions, visitors are provided with a good image, as well as providing a better quality of life for families, and that this Pueblo Magico will continue to grow and develop as a quality destination.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church commemorates Day of the Dead with Altar Contest LINK  
   In honor of Day of the Dead, father Father Raúl Sánchez Alonso organized the fifth annual altar contest on Friday at Sacred Heart of Jesus church to keep these traditions alive in colonia La Gloria. There were five altars competing, by five groups who consisted of: the apostolates, readers, catechists, acolytes and choirs.
       The teams began working early in the day to create their offerings to the faithful deceased, representing the Mayan huts and adorning them with palm leaves and flowers. The judging was based on the altar structure, the explanation and the elements it was composed of, and first place was won by the altar of the catechists, winning a trip to Merida to visit the Capilla Sixtina Chapel . Second place was won by the acolytes, readers and liturgy, earning a trip to Izamal and the third place was won by the Sacred Heart choir team and the nighttime adoration,(la adoración nocturna) whose prize is a pleasant time (una convivencia) in Cancun.
      The Catholic Church announced a month with many events such as the bajada de la Virgen (lit. descent of the Virgin and also the term used when one of the icons of the Virgin is taken down from its place in the church for a procession), and the visit of Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas with a great traditional party, as well as the 23rd anniversary of Father Raúl Sánchez Alonso.being a priest.

Mayor Juan Carrillo is committed to having a quality island that is clean LINK 
 See City section above.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

New ferry companies should increase tourism     
Nuevas navieras impulsarán el turismo[+] Ver masFull article at this link
      The imminent arrival of the two new ferry companies to provide passenger service from Puerto Juarez is expected to boost the flow of visitors to this destination, with competitive prices, said the Director of Promotion of Isla Mujeres, Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco. Unofficial estimates say the addition of the ferry companies Marinsa and Naveganto could increase tourism by about ten percent. It is presumed they will offer lower fares, which could mean more families from Cancun would resume visiting, who were affected when Ultramar doubled its fares for tourists a year ago.
      It is noted that Ultramar announced it will add cargo and tourism service to Punta Sam, with a boat with a capacity for 250 passengers and 50 vehicles. This route has been served by the company Maritima Isla Mujeres for more than two decades, who provide service with two boats and say they are ready to compete. 
   More and more tourists are arriving from Punta Sam from the several hotels that have moved in nearby. There are plans to build 25,000 hotel rooms near Punta Sam and Isla Blanca over the next twenty-five year. Currently there will be 5000 rooms by this winter season, with more buildings planned to be underway in spring and summer.

Operations delayed for two ferry companies  
Retrasan operaciones dos nuevas navieras[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Although it was announced that two ferry companies would begin serving theIsla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez starting in the beginning of November, there has been a setback and that will not happen, there is a setback, however, according to unofficial information, the tentative date could be Nov. 15th.  
      The head of the the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo/the state Port Authority) in Puerto Juarez, Manuel Garcia, confirmed that they had already handed over their ticket booths to Marinsa and Naveganto to adapt and place into operation at this time. 
         As is known, in mid September both shipping companies requested spaces for their ticket counters in the terminal of the Apiqroo. to enter the competition on the same route that Ultramar serves. It was agreed that they could begin operating their boats at the end of October or in the first days of November at a frequency of every 30 minutes from 5 in the morning until midnight. 
         Naveganto S.A. de C.V., and Marinsa S.A. of C.V.  obtained permits from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) a year after initiating negotiations. It was reported that the headquarters of both companies are in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche. The latter one has been dedicated to working for Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex). 
       The rates that will be charged to the public have not been disclosed, but it is presumed that it would be competitive, up to 30 percent less than the rate offered by Ultramar. The General Directorate of Merchant Marine must already have all these data, but it remains undisclosed at this time. 
       Each ferry company will have a fleet of three to four ships to meet the demand and to ensure service for 20 hours a day, from 5am to 12 midnight, which are the same hours currently offered by Ultramar. 
      As Por Esto has previously reported, Ultramar was consolidated quickly when it began providing service for this the route in 2004, and in April 2016 the legendary company Transportes Marítimos Magaña retired, after serving for half a century with a wooden flotilla from the beginning, but they did not modernize with the arrival of the competition. They "closed their doors" for lack of recourse.
   However, just over a year ago, operations were going to be started for that same route by the company Barcos Caribe, which is associated with the former governor-now prisoner Roberto Borges Angulo. But the opportunity was lost, times have changed (El tiempo le hizo falta). He had offered to provide round trip service for 50 pesos. Now it is not clear if he will be participating in this route once his legal situation is resolved. (Which is complicated, to say the least, and he's in jail in Panama.

Regular monitoring of the beaches  
Monitorean regularmente las playas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        The two main beaches of Isla Mujeres frequently undergo a thorough evaluation and monitoring of water quality, as part of the requirements to maintain the two flags that designate them as beaches of quality, and this testing is required by international organizations to provide security to those who use these beaches.
       Members of the monitoring committees, such as the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), make these evaluations and report their findings in a timely manner, so that those directly involved in preventing risks can immediately assume their responsibilities.
      As part of the "Playas limpias-Proyecto Agua de Contacto" (lit. Clean beaches & Water of Contact Project), the personnel of COFPRIS monitor the quality of water that is for recreational use nationwide, including the attractions of Isla Mujeres, which has been a Pueblo Magico for two years.

Cultural events for Dia de los Muertos
Jornadas culturales por Día de Muertos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This article is about the events that have happened for Dia de los Muertos, which have been translated & it notes the final event is Sunday evening (see events section below).  The Director of Cutlure, Rubén Pérez Martín, thanked the business sector and the community for their support, participation, and enthusiasm for these events which promote tourism and the retention of cultural traditions which are important to the island. It is noted that there are dances in the Town Square on Sunday evenings, which has been a tradition for nearly five years.


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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November Events
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)

Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.

Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).

Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...

7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.

Full moon Sat, Nov.4 r
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Nov. 4  6:58
Nov. 5  7:51
Nov. 6   8:48
Nov. 7  9:47
Nov. 8  10:48
Nov. 9  11:49

Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon  Free

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free 

Mural Festival at the Cañotal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.

Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails  7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd  PayPal address is: Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening. LINK to auction. 

Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20  Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)

Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day  There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.

Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017 
    Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
                2p  convivencia (meet & greet)
              3:30  Official opening ceremonies
                 4p  Tour around the island and official photo 
                 5p Quarter mile competition 
               6:30  Stunt show performance by PDC
                  7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
                 11:30  evening concludes

Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment

Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Sources for Weather Information:

LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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