El Vecindario the happening spot for Saturday afternoons!

 

Last Saturday November 15 El Vecindario set up once more in Puerto Vallarta, the first one of many occasions for the 2014-2015 season.

El Vecindario –The Neighborhood in English – is an association of Mexican artists, designers and artisans who have gathered not only to offer their products and services, but also to create a place of familial coexistence.

Artists from different disciplines, graphic design, horticulture or interiorism professionals and aficionados, fashion, jewelry and shoe designers and representatives of artisan gastronomy will gather every Saturday in the Parota Park, adjacent to Puerto de Luna Hotel in the hotel zone.

Last Saturday November 15 they got together for the first time this season in an environment of camaraderie and friendship. Artisan beer producers, regional jewelers, independent makers of furniture and accessories gathered to offer their services and exchange ideas.

Now you know it, every Saturday from 4pm to 10pm you have a rendezvous at EL Vecindario in Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio # 2294 in the Northern

Hotel Zone, next to Puerto de Luna Hotel.       

Mamas in PV help Pasitos de Luz children’s Christmas wishes come true

The group of Friends Mamas in PV has gathered again to help the moms of Pasitos de Luz and will be glad to host you in their event Piñatas de Luz at El Río BBQ Bar this Saturday November 22 starting a 2pm.  You will find out how to help the Pasitos de Luz children’s Christmas wishes come true.

Pasitos de Luz”, a non-profit organization, provides vital services to disabled children and their families living in extreme poverty in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. All of these services are provided 100% free of charge.

Mamas in PV has organized this time a grand fiesta of friendship keeping common good in mind and heart.  Piñatas de Luz is the happening where you will take your self-designed and built piñata to participate in the great contest to be held during the event.  You will also get to know the profile of the children attending Pasitos de Luz to receive some of the services offered, such as hydrotherapy, special education or physical or  language therapy.

These children have Christmas wishes that can’t always be fulfilled due to their economic conditions, and this is where you can help them make them come true. Some mamas have already been touched by children’s stories and have opened their hearts to assist them!

Keep updated on the details and sponsors of this get-together clicking on the Facebook event http://ow.ly/EiEKu and find out how you can help the children of Pasitos de Luz have a very merry Christmas.  Click here to see the kids who have been sponsored by a Mama in PV.  http://ow.ly/EiEE0

Tickets will be available soon at www.cupocity.com, do not miss out!

 

CupoCity is finally in Tepic!

After three years of success in Puerto Vallarta and other important cities, CupoCity has launched its group-buying site in Nayarit’s capital.

This new e-commerce model enables business owners and managers to offer incredible savings — up to 80% on products and services for a brief period, generally 3 days.  The system creates a “win-win” for both consumers and businesses. For business owners, the huge discounts are counterbalanced by large sales volumes, increased traffic and great “upsale” opportunities.

The system is internet based, offering printable coupons emailed to users for products and services which can be transferred to friends or family.

CupoCity warns you that you will begin to love your Inbox. Registered customers may also choose to receive by email the daily offers on a vast array of products and services in stores, hotels, restaurants, spas, beauty salons, gyms, excursions and much more.

If you are interested in knowing more about how you or your business can benefit from CupoCity, please contact  info@cupocity.com or go to www.cupocity.com

Tepic

The Day of the Dead and the Calaveritas

More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death, one they had  been practicing at least 3,000 years known today as Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. 

Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it.  To make the ritual more Christian, the Spaniards moved it so it coincided with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (Nov. 1 and 2), which is when it is celebrated today.

In Mexico, people visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried. They decorate gravesites with marigold flowers and candles. They bring toys for dead children and bottles of tequila to adults. They sit on picnic blankets next to gravesites and eat the favorite food of their loved ones.

They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

In CupoCity we joined the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead with our CupoCalaveritas Contests.  Calaveritas are mock poetic compositions which entered the celebration by late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Along today all the calaveritas sent will be uploaded.  The winner will be announced on November 5.

Visit our album http://ow.ly/DLEqH to admire the talents of our CupoCitizens.

Moms Helping Moms!

The group of Friends Mamas in PV has gathered again to help the moms of Pasitos de Luz and will be glad to host you in their event Piñatas de Luz at El Río BBQ Bar this Saturday November 22 starting a 2pm.

Mamas in PV is a group of friends with two things in common: they are mothers and they love Puerto Vallarta.  Although from different parts of the world and Mexico, they all agree that Puerto Vallarta is the ideal place to live, befriend others and raise their children.

“Pasitos de Luz”, a non-profit organization, provides vital services to disabled children and their families living in extreme poverty in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. All of these services are provided 100% free of charge.

Mamas in PV has organized this time a grand fiesta of friendship keeping common good in mind and heart.  Piñatas de Luz is the happening where you will take your self-designed and built piñata to participate in the great contest to be held during the event.

Keep updated on the details and sponsors of this get-together by clicking on the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1030227083751345/?fref=ts and find out how you can help the children of Pasitos de Luz have a very merry Christmas.  Tickets will be available soon at www.cupocity.com, do not miss out!

 

CupoCity in the 2014 Concierge Festival

The  Asociación de Concierge de México AC has officially existed as part of the Union Internationales de Concierges des Hotel Les Clefs dÓr since 1997, although in 1993 in Puerto Vallarta the first “unofficial” concierge association was created.  For the last five years the Pacific region in which our city participates has organized the Cocierge Festival, an altruistic, fundraising event to benefit several non-profit associations.  Casa Hogar Corazón de Niña, Casa Hogar Máximo Conejo y Proyecto Pitillal, among others, have been benefitted by this festival.

The ever active concierge from the Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit area take it to finding sponsoring restaurants for this event, who will take hors d’eouvre and beverages to delight the attendees. Also, different business from this beautiful area provide this brotherly association their products and services for the successful realization of a great raffle among all the event-goers.

The funds raised in the 2014 version of the Concierge Festival will benefit Pasitos de Luz,the mothers’ association helping other mothers with special-need children and Canica, the association helping children with cancer.  And as every time the occasion arises to assist those in need, CupoCity will be actively participating in this important event as a sponsor, as part of the constant search for opportunities to reach out to the community and be part of the difference-makers.

So you know it, come this Friday November 27 to Arrecifes Beach Club in Westin Hotel at 7pm, spend a fun time with friends and win one of the fabulous prizes while helping Pasitos de Luz, Canicaand the Asociación de Concierge.

 

CupoClassifieds for everyone!

If you knew Bill in Puerto Vallarta, you would call him a snow bird.  He is the kind of person who doesn’t like to endure winters in the north, so he spends the cold months in what he calls his “little paradise” in the south side of Vallarta.  He co-owns a little condo with a Mexican friend who uses it while Bill is away. 

This winter, Bill is staying up north for health reasons a couple of months longer.  He has to go through some minor procedures – nothing to worry about – and he would like to rent his apartment while he is absent.  Being a savvy internet user, Bill thought of posting it on the usual social networks, but his add got lost in a sea of posts.  Paying an agency to have it rented made no financial sense, so he kind of hit a wall… until he remembered an email he got from the website he resourced to when it came to saving money for dinners, massages  and the like: www.cupocity.com.

He was an avid user of the site, as it helped him know new nice places.  He checked his email and saw a newly-created section, CupoClassifieds.  After going over the numbers, Bill made up his mind.  It was free, easy to use and had a large audience of both Mexican and foreign customers.  He could even post photos for free!

So that was that, he was already a CupoCitizen so posting it was really simple.  He uploaded it from home and got enough responses from other user to let him make a decision.  Within days, his apartment was rented for the period he needed and he could go about his business to prepare his trip to paradise!

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

…what we now know as bungee jumping was born hundreds of years ago in Pentecost Island, where it is called nanggol?

…it is a rite of passage for young boys to show their manhood as well as a ritual for good crops?

… they jump from a wooden tower between 20 and 30 meters high with vines tied to their ankles?

… the first film of a land jump was made by David Attenborough  for the BBC in the 1950’s?

… the first jumps outside Pentecost were performed by AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, two New Zealanders with the idea of turning it into an extreme sport?

… the first public jump was made by AJ Hackett from the Eiffel Tower in June 1987, which led to his arrest?

… in November 1988 the opened the first commercial bungee jump in the world at Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand?

… the world record for a jump from a fixed object is 321 meters high, made from Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, USA?

… one of the most beautiful bungee locations in the world is in Puerto Vallarta?

… you can enjoy this jump and the adrenalin it carries saving with CupoCity?

 

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Mamas in PV Picnic for Pasitos de Luz

Once again Mamas in PV showed off their unión and friendship force in the Picnic event to Benefit the children of Pasitos de Luz. Mothers Helping Others!  Over 150 Moms gathered on Saturday September 27 at El Jardín de la Luna in Puerto de Luna Hotel to celebrate a day in their lovely garden area with two main goals: one, to have loads of fun with their kids and other mamas and two, help the non-profit organization Pasitos de Luz with materials and items that are so greatly needed.

Both objectives were easily met, as the morning went by  activities and games were enjoyed and new friendships made.  The event was completely free for all! The only requirement was to donate one item to assist Pasitos de Luz.

Activities kicked off at 10 in the morning. After delivering their donation, the small ones were greeted on a red carpet flanked by their favorite characters courtesy of Selma Vázquez Events & Desarrollo Creativo.  The most energetic and playful went directly to the bouncers brought by Gymboree Nuevo Vallarta and Brincolines Alegria. Some mamas decided to take their kids to Blue Art Photography’s photo booth before they made a mess of themselves to take a courtesy family photo and Isla Kids, set up by mama Karla Daniela Lerma Stettner was a great spot for those under 2. Songs and Stories in English with Caroline Crow de Gutiérrez of Kindergym Nuevo Vallarta was a joy and  Mundo Mágico de Cri Cri organized farm style activities for the small one including a live Ugly Duckling that was a hit. Gifts were handed out by Protégé Financial Solutions, Amerimed and Aplaude Childrens Therapy.

Families and donations kept coming in all  morning while a Painting Workshop by Pitayo Art and Therapy was enjoyed by the first to arrive. The youngest ones were starting to take a mid-morning nap while mama Ivonne Huacuja organized a trivia contest and a raffle of an insurance policy and La Casa Azul offered face painting and balloons! Puppet Show El Castillo Encantado closed the event and more than 100 kiddies enjoyed this charming show and paid full attention! Everyone left with wonderful memories and wondering when is the next Mamas in PV event!

If you want to take part in a  Mamas in PV event join their Facebook group at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MamasInPV/?ref=ts&fref=ts.

Click here to see a video of the event. 

Click here to see the pictures that were taken at the photo booth 

Click to see more fun photos 

 

 

Mexico’s Independence

On September 16, 1810, a progressive priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became the father of Mexican independence with a historic proclamation urging his fellow Mexicans to take up arms against the Spanish government. Known as the “Grito de Dolores,” Hidalgo’s declaration launched a decade-long struggle that ended 300 years of colonial rule, established an independent Mexico and helped cultivate a unique Mexican identity. Its anniversary is now celebrated as the country’s birthday.  So named because it was publicly read in the town of Dolores, the Grito called for the end of Spanish rule in Mexico, the redistribution of land and a concept that the criollos’ earlier plans had deliberately omitted: racial equality. Though a criollo himself, Hidalgo extended his call to arms to mestizos and people of indigenous descent; their significant contribution of manpower changed the tenor of the revolt.

Hidalgo led his growing militia from village to village en route to Mexico City, leaving in their wake a bloodbath that he later came to deeply regret. Defeated in January 1811, Hidalgo fled north but was captured and executed by firing squad in Chihuahua. Others took the helm of the rebellion, including José María Morelos y Pavón, Mariano Matamoros and Vicente Guerrero, who all led armies of indigenous and racially mixed revolutionaries against the Spanish royalists. The conflict dragged on until 1821, when the Treaty of Córdoba established Mexico as an independent country.

Although September 16, 1810 marked the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence rather than its ultimate achievement, the anniversary of the Grito de Dolores has been a day of celebration across Mexico since the late 19th century. The holiday begins on the evening of September 15 with a symbolic reenactment of Hidalgo’s historic proclamation by the president of the republic and the city presidents in all the country. The next day, typical activities include parades, bullfights, rodeos and traditional dancing.

Visit www.cupocity.com and find our promotions to celebrate this month of Mexican independence.

Mexico's Independence