The Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s Patron Saint

The Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s Patron Saint

Dec 12, 2017

According to tradition, the Virgin of Guadalupe, “Patroness of Mexico,” appeared four times to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac. The last of these miraculous meetings took place on December 12, 1531. Original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe who appeared to Juan Diego. (Photo: defe.mx) One of the most important celebration is December 12th, in commemoration of the fourth apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego the same day in 1531. The event happened very early in the morning when the native of Cuautitlán went out in search of help for his sick uncle. The Patroness of Mexico met him along a river, so she asked him to climb to the Tepeyac Hill where he would find roses, in a time and place where they did not bloom, which he must gather and bring to the Bishop as proof of the miraculous encounters in which the Virgin requested the construction of a temple in that same hill. When Juan Diego arrived to the place where the Bishop Zumárraga was, then Juan Diego showed to him the roses and the Bishop witnessed that in the Juan Diego’s ayate (a blanket made of maguey fiber that farmers wore to work) appeared the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Old building of the Basilica dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, (Photo: elresurgirdelaguaclara.blogspot.mx) Since then, on December 12, the event is celebrated with great devotion. In 1667 Pope Clemente IX recognized though a Papal Bull the celebration on December 12 as a holiday in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. In 1824, the Congress of the Nation declared December 12 as National Holiday. The festivities begin on December 12 eve (December 11 at 6:45 pm), with the interpretation of “Las Mañanitas” by famous artists. Also thousands of people go to the Virgin of Guadalupe’s Basilica in order to pay tribute to the Patroness of Mexico in her day. Also on December 12, in the churches of the whole country, there are celebrated Masses. Among the most important is dedicated to the Celebration and Blessing of the Roses, at the midday point. New building of the Basilica dedicated to the Virgin of...

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

Dec 6, 2017

One of the neatest hidden gems in La Paz is the newly opened Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum). Located right along the Malecon it is a place where families are invited to learn about the different whales living in the waters surrounding the magical town of La Paz. When we first arrived at the museum, after having lunch at Bismarkcito local restaurant, there was a giant whale skeleton outside the doors of the museum, and that was just a small taste of what was to come. We entered the museum into a gift shop where we were introduced to a guide who escorted us into the museum. The guide was one of the most knowledgable museum docents that I have had the pleasure of meeting, and carefully took his time to share everything he loved about the sea life in La Paz. The museum has one of the largest varieties of whale “skeletons” in the world, and all have been preserved from animals which have perished in the seas surrounding La Paz. Instead of disposing of the animal remains recovered on the beaches, the town has preserved the skeletons to be put up on display to help educate children and adults of all ages on the abundant life living in the ocean. The tour took about one hour, but if I had my children with me, I could have spent hours in the museum. There were interactive exhibits, a vast abundance of skeletons, and immersive displays. I recommend families taking their children to the whale museum before going on any snorkeling or boating tours. By visiting the museum first, children will be able to learn about the sea life in the waters that they are going to explore, and will have an added appreciation for the fish they will see through their snorkeling mask....

Expo “Mexicali” to take place in Yuma on Saturday November 25

Expo “Mexicali” to take place in Yuma on Saturday November 25

Nov 23, 2017

Due to the good relationship between residents of Mexicali, Baja California and Yuma, Arizona, an expo that seeks to promote the best of Mexicali will be held on November 25 on the American side of the border. The director of the Committee of Tourism and Conventions (Cotuco), Omar Dipp Núñez, informed that for the first time there will be an exhibition of the different attractions that Mexicali has to offer to the “Snowbirds”, visitors from Canada and other areas that seek to spend the winter in a warmer area, such as Yuma and Mexicali. He noted that Yuma has 100 thousand inhabitants, a figure that is doubled during this time of the year by these tourists, so in this event that will take place at the Casino Quechan on Saturday November 25, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, doctors, dentists and hospitals will be participating, along with local producers, and Mexican travel agencies and tour operators in order to advertise their services. At the same time, an artistic program will be held, headed by the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture, as well as presentations of charrería, folkloric dances, and regional music among other activities. Source:...

Pedro Infante lives in the heart of all Mexicans!

Pedro Infante lives in the heart of all Mexicans!

Nov 18, 2017

Infante was born November 18, in the Mexican fishing town of Mazatlan. Apprenticed as a carpenter, he learnt music from his father, mastering the guitar, piano, violin and drums. He became renowned for his voice while touring with his father’s band, La Rabia. Pedro Infante in the 1951 film Full Speed Ahead (A toda máquina) Photo: WIKICOMMONS “Mixing feeling with technique, his soulful croon forever changed the way the mariachi was sung and he helped popularize the genre around the world,” said Google. Screen legend  Infante was one of the best-known figures in the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, making 60 movies and recording more than 360 songs in a 14 year period. His first leading role was in the film La Feria de Las Flores in 1943, with other notable films including Ahi Viene Martin Corona and Los Hijos de Maria Morales and La Vida No Vale Nada. Infante’s iconic role in 1953’s Pepe El Toro saw him explore his  passion for boxing on screen, while in A Toda Máquina he played the role of a motorcycle cop—in a role noted for its high speed stunt sequences. Despite his fame and success, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports that Infante was renown for his modesty and willingness to help people in difficulty with financial assistance or work. The newspaper reports that he once refused service in a restaurant until he had helped the beleaguered owner finish the washing up. Infante died in 1957 in a plane crash. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in Tizoc, his last film. Today would have been his 100th birthday. Happy birthday Pedrito !!!...

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Nov 8, 2017

For all fans of the Liverpool quartet, this Friday, November 10, the Institute of Culture of Baja California (ICBC) will present a tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon with the Beatlepool & John Leo group at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART in Mexicali. Beatlepool is a Mexican group formed in 2010, which is dedicated to making a tribute to The Beatles. It is conformed by Iván Rodríguez, Benjamín Ramos, Luis Díaz, Jorge Yepiz and Jordy Diaz. The aim of this group is to present a show based on the work of The Beatles, from the “Beatlemania (1964)” to the end of the group (1969). We have done very well with John Leo (Leonel Ibarra) John Lennon’s impersonator, who due to his great resemblance to Lennon, has starred in several television commercials, and participated in TV Azteca’s program “Soy tu doble” where he obtained third place at National level, says Iván Rodríguez. In addition, he says that with this show they have had the opportunity to participate in different stages around town, as well as in Tijuana and San Diego at the House of Blues. The concert will take place at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART on Friday, November 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., admission $ 100 pesos. Tickets are on sale at the CEART reception. Reports at (686) 553 69 55 ext. 101. Source: San Diego...

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Nov 3, 2017

According to El Universal the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on October 27 they have decided to award a special Oscar to Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for “Carne y Arena” (Flesh and Sand), a project that delves into the territory of virtual reality (VR). The Academy said they decided to present the award to recognize a “visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.” It seems this is the first special Oscar awarded since the one granted to “Toy Story” in 1996. According to a statement by John Bailey, president of the Academy, Iñárritu and Lubezki “opened for us new doors of cinematic perception.” After working previously in the “Revenant” (2015) and “Birdman” (2014), Iñárritu and Lubezki partnered once more but this time to build an artistic VR experience where they place the spectator at the heart of the realities of the illegal immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. For seven minutes, the spectator becomes part of the drama of immigration, which is brought to life based on the life stories of several immigrants Iñárritu gathered. The filmmaker presented “Carne y Arena” in the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Those who enter the VR installation must do so barefooted since the ground is covered in sand and this physical contact allows for an easier transition to a reality which is far-removed for many. “Virtual reality is everything cinema isn’t,” said Iñárritu during a restricted press conference in Cannes, “It’s the birth of a completely different model. Maybe an eighth art,” he claimed. The Academy will present the statuettes to Iñárritu and Lubezki during the gala celebration of the Honorary Awards November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Also set to be honored during this ceremony are the filmmakers Agnès Varda and Charles Burnett, actor Donald Sutherland, and cinematographer Owen Roizman. “Carne y Arena” is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the United States, at the Parada Foundation in Milan, and at the Cultural Center Tlatelolco in México....