Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 6

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At the Magic Nights/Noches Magicas on Sunday evening in  Isla Mujeres we celebrated  the birth of the island troubadour Virgilio "El Chino" Fernández with great pride LINK .
 With an evening of music and dance, the anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of the island trova was celebrated
       On Sunday  evening, a special edition of Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres was dedicated to the
commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the birth of the great composer of the island trova, Virgilio "el Chino" Fernández. The event included performances by singers Aldahir Dávila and Gregorio Sánchez and the dance troupe "Añoranzas" of Isla Mujeres, who delighted the audience with their talents.

        The City General Secretary, Antonio Coronado Rojas, who represented the municipal government, said that this day is commemorated and offered in celebration of the memory of Virgilio "El Chino Fernández" Tejer, and we thank him for his legacy, for reminding us that we are privileged to live on the most beautiful island of the Caribbean and for inspiring us to continue being an island family proud of its roots.
      Also present for the celebration of this event, which is part of the activities of the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, were island Historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid and Rubén Pérez Martín, general director of the Institute of Culture and the Arts.

Today we held a ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the meeting of two cultures.In Isla Mujeres we work to preserve our traditions and our culture. LINK  
 Thanks to this exchange today the island is a colorful Pueblo Magico/Magic Town, strong and full of pride for its roots    March 5.  For the City of Isla Mujeres, it is important to preserve the traditions, culture and identity of its people, for this reason, on this day we commemorate the 501st anniversary of the meeting of two worlds ,with the arrival of the first Spanish navigators to this territory inhabited at that time by the Maya. 
       In this way the island became a protagonist in the history of Mexico. And today it continues to be a world-class tourist destination. 
       During the civic ceremony to commemorate this date of singular relevance, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, lifetime historian of Isla Mujeres, explained that in the first days of March of 1517 there arrived at the coasts of the island - which at that time was part of the Mayan civilization - the Spanish expedition commanded by the navigator Francisco Hernández de Córdova. 
       They found statuettes in the form of women in the temple of the goddess Ixchel, which led them to name this Isla de Mujeres, initially,  and eventually, simply, Isla Mujeres. 
      Mr. Villanueva Madrid said, "Isla Mujeres was a protagonist in the history of our country, and it continues to be so. More than 500 years ago the island witnessed the meeting of two cultures with very different visions of the world. We have understood keeping our traditions alive, which has taken a commitment, from generation to generation, to increase the pride in our roots  
       He said, "Due to that encounter between Mayans and Spaniards, in addition to the birth of our mestizo race, the Catholic Church was founded in what was New Spain, now Mexico, because two natives of the region were baptized with the names of Julian and Melchor." 
        The civic ceremony took place in the Paseo de la Trigueña, next to the Malecón Oriente, with the participation of students from two primary schools on the island who accompanied the municipal authorities.

VIDEO   The video captions say: 501 years ago Isla Mujeres witnessed the meeting of two totally different cultures. Centuries of intense cultural exchange have forged our mestizo identity

Isla Mujeres is on the Traveler's Choice 2018 list of the 25 best beaches in the world


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


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Tribute to Virginio "El Chino" Fernández
Homenaje a Virginio “El Chino” Fernández+] Ver masFull article at this link
  See City section above.
His legacy        Virginio Fernández was born on January 24, 1917 on Isla Mujeres. According to official data, he showed his aptitude and inclination for music in his childhood. At 16 he entered the Normal School of Hecelchakán, Campeche. There he demonstrated the clear profile of a romantic Bohemian / a Bohemian romantic. Later he returned to the island to continue in the musical venue. 
       At twenty he joined the group "Son Clave de Oro" with whom he made his compositions known.Among his works include Isla Mujeres known as the anthem to his land and considered his best song, Bahia, Nochecitas Islanders, Isleña Woman, Marino Pescador, among others, which have been recorded by well-known musicians of the island, as well as the Instrumental Chorus of the Federal High School "Presidente Adolfo López Mateos" of Chetumal. 
      He died on October 24, 1962. His great legacy is remembered by locals and foreigners; there songs of his on compact disc and online MP3 version for sale. The group La Trova Isleña has been responsible for making his music known since the 70s, on and off  the island, even beyond the country's border.

“Señorita Bachilleres 2018” competition on Sat. March 17

El sábado 17, “Señorita Bachilleres 2018” [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  See yesterday's translations.

Cart agencies want "piracy" ended
Empresarios piden terminar con la “piratería”[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     , March 5 .- Representatives of the 24 golf cart rental companies held a meeting this afternoon to seek a meeting with the municipal and state authorities to address several issues, including asking for a solution to the problem of "piracy" among golf cart rentals, because they estimate that there are more than 400 private carts that are being rented in an irregular manner. 
         René Contreras Gómez, spokesman for the group, explained that they are not against the operation that was launched on Sunday, but that there were excesses which damaged the image of this destination. But he emphasized that real problem is the "pirates" who evade taxes. 
    "We are companies who are 'captive' to the authorities every year", he explained, "Every year it comes to light, such as this occasion, when there are administrative irregularities among the  concessioned carts, but this is minor compared to the illegal fleet representing (the equivalent to?) 50 percent of the registry of all the agencies."
    Representatives from more than a dozen rental agencies attended the meeting, where they also discussed the excesses which have occurred with the Traffic officers fining tourists in an (allegedly) unjustified manner, on many occasions, with cases where receipts are not issued for money given to those in uniform. One of the members of the group claimed that it is not an exaggeration to say that in one out of every ten rented carts, there is a 'sanction', a la "malagueña". (?) He said, "It's not our invention, it's the words of the tourists themselves, many of whom have made it public on social networks." A few weeks ago information about this was published by PE. 
       These versions coincide with official arguments that visitors are being sanctioned when they have been drinking alcohol or have an open beer in their hands, but in the cases when sanctions are given without a ticket, the actions of the officers come under suspicion.. There are cases in which the plate has been removed because the visitor parked the cart in an unauthorized spot, and the vehicle will continue to circulate while that process is ongoing.  But there are cases where the unit is held for days in the impound yard, causing greater damage for the rental agency.  
     They spoke about absurd cases, such as one that occurred when a cart was hit from behind and the woman driver was jailed overnight. He said, "There was obvious lack of common sense in this response, my client was not to blame, but to be forceful, they wanted to hold her responsible for something she did not do; on the contrary, she was the damaged one."
Just contemplating
        More than one said they were in favor of a "clean up" in the Department to definitively correct the activities of the officers. It was also thought that it was discourteous for the agencies not to be invited to the swearing in of the new SINTRA delegate, noting that it appeared that the operation on Sunday was their introduction.  

         Mr Contreras said that each rental agency directly generates around six employees, but there is more effect indirectly. He estimated that this sector generates more tax, since the hotel sector is insular. (? ya que el sector hotelero es insular.) 
      Regarding vehicular saturation, he said that it's not their responsibility, it's the state authorities who have authorized more concessions, so it's urgent to address the issue of control, but it has to start with the problem of "pirates" because of their huge growth in the last years.
      There are also those saying that the municipal authorities need to activate the Department of Transportation, to take control of the problem of vehicular saturation that is facing the island, which receives around 18,000 tourists on peak days, many of whom use golf carts to move around the island and become familiar with its attractions.

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March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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