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The 2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 25 to 27. Some of Mexico's best volleyball players from 18 states will be competing in the tournament's three categories.

José Ángel Cárdenas, Aldo Miramontes, Paulette Cruz and Vanessa Virgen will be the main players of the Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open, scheduled from May 25th to the 27th in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Juan Carlos Razo, director of the tournament, said that Cárdenas was a youth champion last year and from there he excelled to win the gold medal of the Central American and Caribbean Championship, for which he said that this Open has become a hotbed for the development in the sport throughout Mexico.

For this occasion there will be 104 couples representing 18 states of the Mexican Republic, which will compete in free category, youth 14-15 and 16-17 years, who will seek the honors and the best prizes of a prize of $100,000 pesos to distribute.The Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open will serve as preparation for many who will participate the following week in the tournament at the National Olympiad based in Chihuahua.

This tournament is part of the festivities for the 100 years of Puerto Vallarta as a municipality, and beach volleyball, Razo said, is linked to the history of the city, because the first tournament held in Mexico was in Puerto Vallarta in 1989.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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The Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service in April 21, 2018. The ship was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. It has a schedule of debuting in Alaska in June 2018, and is designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska's environmental regulations.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new cruise shipNorwegian Bliss has docked at the Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal. This vessel became the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal during its inaugural journey from Germany a few weeks ago and is expected to debut in June 2018 with an itinerary for Alaska and the Caribbean.

The Norwegian Bliss was built by Meyer Werft (one of the major German shipyards based in Papenburg) and its hull artwork was designed by Wyland (the world’s leading marine life artist). It has 20 decks, 2,038 staterooms and capacity for 4,000 passengers. It features an innovative Observation Lounge, studio staterooms for solo travelers, spa suites, 2-bedroom family villas, entertainment, aqua park, ocean loops, spa, thermal suite and other stunning common areas. More than 80% of the rooms have sea view, while 40% of them have their own balconies.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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On the occasion of the centennial celebrations, the Expo Centenario is now underway in Puerto Vallarta, an event where you'll be able to enjoy food tasting, floklore dances, artisanal showings, among others. The expo will run through June 3rd next to the Puerto de Luna Hotel, where Francisco Medina Ascencio and Fluvial Vallarta avenues meet.

It's expected that a large amount of local and tourist visitors will attend the expo, to celebrate the one hundred years of Puerto Vallarta as a municipality of the state of Jalisco. Ramón González Lomelí, PV's Mucicipal Tourism Director, announced there's a series of activities planned for the double anniversay celebrations, 100 years as a municipality and 50 as a city.

The festivities are taking place according to plan, so in addition to the long list of cultural events that have been going on over the past few months, there will be one that will allow the public to celebrate with a traditional fair. This event will also work as a preamble to Mayo Fest, which will star on Saturday, May 26th and will include a series of free shows on a stage constructed by the Malecón Lighthouse.

Conzález Lomelí commented that there are over 13 countries confirmed to participate, plus the presence of several artisans from Puerto Vallarta and the region. These cultural samplings will be in their own booths, properly installed and branded, to allow for visitors -both local, national and international- to enjoy without any hassle.

Read more about arts & culture in Puerto Vallarta.

Source: Vallarta Opina (Spanish)

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Today, Friday May 18th, at 7:00pm the LGBT Civil Association of Commerce and Tourism will hold a conferece called “Los Derechos Humanos de la Diversidad Sexual y el procedimiento de queja de ante la CEDHJ”  at the Blue Chairs Resort.

The LGBT Civil Association of Commerce and Tourism represents the interests of Puerto Vallarta LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses and independent professionals to promote economic growth. Get to know the benefits of being part of our association.

 

 

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The sixth gay pride festival in Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta Pride, will take place from May 20 to 27, 2018 

Vallarta Pride 2018 begins activities this May 20 with the International Vigil in Memory of Victims of AIDS, which will depart from the Naval Museum at 8:30pm and end at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, with a commemorative event.

On Monday, May 21 there will be events such as the Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, which will start at 6pm in The Boutique Community Center. That day at 7pm will start the Multimedia Presentation of History and Wisdom of LGBT in Puerto Vallarta by Teresa Delfín, at Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel. Also, the American singer Steve Grand, will perform his show at 7:30pm, in ACT II Entertainment.

The calendar of events continue on May 22 with the musical Nunsense A-Men!, which will be held at ACT II Entertainment at 7pm. On Wednesday May 23, there will be a LGBT Art Walk, where locals and tourists will visit the most innovative galleries of the city. There will be two times for tours: 6pm and 8pm; On this day there also will take place Des Artistes Dinner at Café des Artistes, with live music by Michel Giglia, from 6pm; and the Queens of the Game at Casino Life, where you will experience a Las Vegas-style night at Casino Life starting at 7pm; also The Pink Dinner, a 4-course dinner with cocktails and wine at The Top Sky Bar, starting at 8pm.

The main celebration of Vallarta Pride 2018, the Pride Parade, will unite thousands of people who will observe and participate in the celebration on Thursday, May 24. The parade will be attended by the Grand Marshal of 2018, international singer Lorena Herrera; and the local Ambassador Hector Betancourt. The Pride Parade will begin at 7pm in front of the Sheraton Buganvilias, go through the Malecón and will end in Olas Altas, where the Block Party will be celebrated starting at 6pm on Lázaro Cárdenas Street (between Vallarta and Constitución).

On May 25 the Drag Derby will take place, starting at 5pm at the corner of Pulpito and Olas Altas streets; the Meet & Greet pre-concert with Lorena Herrera at Mangos Beach Club at 8:30pm; and a Lorena Herrera free concert, at 10pm at Teatro Vallarta. Free tickets for the concert will be available in order of arrival, starting at 8pm.

Read the entire schedule here.

Source: Vallarta Pride

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