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Starting today Thursday, April 5th, La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, is celebrating the 2018 Jaguar Cup. The Club is located in San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

This Cup is part of the Circuito de Polo del Pacífico, endorsed by the Mexican Polo Federation, bringing together two world-class venues on the coasts of Nayarit and Jalisco on two different dates: Costa Careyes Polo Club and La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club. The 19th Agua Alta Cup took place during Holy Week (March 24-31) in Careyes, Jalisco; the 4th Jaguar Cup will take place during Easter Week (April 5-8) in San Pancho, Nayarit. The 1st Pacific Polo Circuit is an initiative of Alberto Ardissone, creator of the Agua Alta Cup, together with Thomas Elliot, Rafa Sproulz, Giorgio Brignone, Martín Arriague, and Froylán Caballero; the latter is the director of the Mexico Polo Tour.

The teams seeking the Jaguar Cup are comprised of players from Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Francisco Nayarit, Monterrey), Argentina, Portugal and Guatemala. The trophy is a jaguar sculpture created by Huichol artists from San Pancho. Thomas Elliot, Equestrian Director for La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, informed there will be six teams participating in the Agua Alta Cup and four in the Jaguar Cup, with a handicap of 5 to 7 goals. The teams participating in La Patrona include: Esteta Polo, Costeñito, Agua Alta and La Patrona, with four players each who will be using at least 80 horses for the duration of the tournament.

The matches will be played behind closed doors on Thursday, April 5th. On Friday they will enjoy sightseeing within the Riviera Nayarit during the day, followed by a cocktail for the teams’ formal presentation. The polo semifinals will take place on Saturday as will the Spring Polo Picnic with live music and paella, as will the After Polo presented by Tequila San Matías Cristal. That evening the players will enjoy the best of San Pancho’s gastronomy. The traditional Sunday Polo Brunch will take place on Sunday, April 8th, with live music, as will the Subsidiary Final, the Jaguar Cup Grand Finale, and the Awards Ceremony for the participating teams.

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Source: Live Punta Mita

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According to an article published by the news site Business Insider, Mexico (and specifically Vallarta) ranked number one in places where Americans want vacation homes.

In an article titled 30 places Google Says Americans want to buy vacation homes, from Canada to Argentina, published by the Business Insider, Mexico ranked number one, with an affordable average home sale price of $40,275 USD. Additionally, Puerto Vallarta was highlighted as the most sought-after location for vacation home in the country, with the most Google searches at 10,230.

Other popular second home destinations are Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Belize. You can read the complete article here.

According to the business news source, approximately 14% of realtorsrespondents in the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of International Activity in US Residential Real Estate said they had aUS client seeking to buy a property abroad and 87 % of those clients sought to use that property as a vacation home.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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According to José Guadalupe García's report for news site AZ Noticias, Puerto Vallarta is held a 100% occupancy rate for the Semana Santa and Easter 2018 season.

In an interview with AZnoticias.mx, Ludwig Estrada Virgen, Regional Director for Jalisco's Secretary of Tourism, mentiones that just as in previous years, the tourist influx for the destination has been surpassed with 25 thousand hotel rooms counting as registered. Ludwig also said the increase in visitors can be attributed to people visiting family members and friends in our port, people coming over to their beach houses for the holiday and taking advantage of timeshares.

The Regional Director also noted that the occupancy was registered from this past Wednesday (March 28th) until Saturday, March 31st, with most tourists expected to start leaving on Easter Sunday. He also pointed out that the economic benefits for these past two weeks will reach $500,000,000 (five hundred million) pesos, overtaking the $422,000,000 for the same period in 2017.

'There's enough for everyone, and we're really a tourist destination where everyone is welcome,' reiterated Ludwig. Finally, he added that March will close with an 85% occupancy rate, also higher than last year's 82% for March.

Check out our Accomodations guide for details on options available in Vallarta.

Source: AZ Noticias (Spanish)

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Vallarta Pride 2018's organizing comittee is glad to announce that Mexican transgender actress, comedian, television host, and producer Alejandra bogue is joining Vallarta Pride as a special guest. Alejandra has been one of the most beloved guests because she's supported the event since its beginning in 2014. Don't miss her this year in the Drag Derby on Friday, May 25th (starting at 4pm), which she will be hosting and during the Pride Parade on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm.

Bogue's career began in the early 1980s as a dancer in various nightclubs in Mexico City and Acapulco. In the early 1990s she made her debut in the Teatro Universitario performing the play Baal by German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht, directed by Jose Luis Cruz. In 1993 she won an award from the Mexican Association of Theatre Critics (AMCT). Bogue continued to perform on stage throughout the 1990s. She worked with Mexican stars including Patricia Reyes Spindola, Adriana Roel, and Darío T. Pie. She then returned to the nightclub with Las Hermanas Vampiro. Bogue met the Mexican television host, actor, and journalist Horacio Villalobos in 2001 through the transgender singer and actor Daniel Vives.

In 2008, Bogue produced and starred in the lead role of the Telehit sitcom ¡Que show con Alejandra Bogue! on which she acts, sings, and dances. The TV show is a mosaic of sketches with a series of characters. This show also featureed versions of famous videos, interpreted by Bogue herself. She did impersonations of figures like Madonna, Annie Lennox, and Nina Hagen among many others. Another aspect of the show was that it served as a forum for various social movements in the country by allowing artistic expression, and providing alternative films and videos. It also supported a diversity of major artists of the cultural scene including: Fashion designers, writers, and dancers from the National Dance Company, to name a few.

In 2010, Bogue was chosen to be part of the Mexican stage version of the film Todo sobre mi madre by Pedro Almodóvar in the role of the transsexual character of Agrado, played in the film by the Spanish transgender actress Antonia San Juan. For the role, many transsexual actresses auditioned, but Francisco Franco, director of the stage play, finally chose Bogue.[6] The stage play was a box office success in the Teatro de los Insurgentes in Mexico City. Besides Bogue, it featured performances by Lisa OwenMargarita Gralia and Ana Claudia Talancon.

Source: Vallarta Pride (Spanish) & Wikipedia

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As always in Mexican towns, the plaza is the heart of the city, and Plaza de Armas in downtown Puerto Vallarta has taken on a new face, thanks to the image renewal work carried out by the municipal government of Puerto Vallarta and local Garden Club, on the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of the city.

The work was completed before the start of Semana Santa, and you can already see the improvement with the placement of ornamental plants and other suitable species for this space. Beyond the plants, the benches and kiosk were rehabilitated to give greater prominence to this space.

In a recent town hall session, the plenary session approved an initiative for this civil association, which has contributed to the beautification of other areas of the city, to donate the remodeling materials, gardening (ornamental plants and earth) and workers, as well as as consultant through landscape specialist André Lategan, vice president of the organization, at no cost to the municipality.

In as much the City council will contribute employees of the department of Parks and Gardens, and thanks to Vallarta Garden Club, a plaque will be placed in the Plaza de Armas. The contribution of this civil organization can be seen for some years in spaces in the Romantic Zone, downtown, Rio Cuale, Mexico Avenue, among others, “for the joy of living in Puerto Vallarta,” as expressed by its members.

You can visit our Downtown Vallarta section to learn more about it!

Source: Vallarta Daily

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