Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - There's always so much going on in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. So we've put together a brief overview of some of this week's headlines from local Spanish language newspapers, breaking Mexico news stories, and a couple of upcoming local events you won't want to miss.
Los Mangos Library Needs Your Support
Biblioteca Los Mangos, which will (hopefully) celebrate 17 years in Vallarta this November, needs your help. For the last seven years the library has sustained without the help of city funding, but now the economic situation is extremely difficult. Most of the library's sponsors are withdrawing, some immediately and others at the end of the year. Biblioteca Los Mangos is not "just a library." It is a true cultural and community center. It is a place where children and adults alike are able to go to read, study, use computers, play chess, learn English, watch movies, paint, among a multitude of other free activities. The library also offers an extensive list of courses including ballet, piano, and painting, at very reasonable prices, and presents numerous artistic events including musical concerts featuring everything from classical music to modern dance. The library belongs to this community. It depends solely on donations to keep it up and running. Times are tough. Actually, they are beyond tough. Los Mangos is now in a desperate position to bring in much needed funds. Please consider helping Vallarta's Public Library keep its doors open by making a donation today. For more information, call (322) 224-9966 / 293-1957 or email bibliotecalosmangos(at)gmail.com.
Obama Promises to Investigate Espionage
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to Enrique Peña Nieto that he would thoroughly investigate the espionage conducted by his administration against the Mexican president during his candidacy. The promise was made during a phone call between the two heads of state prior to meeting at the G20 Summit. President Peña Nieto said that he would require his U.S. counterpart to explain who, how, and for what purpose, he was spied upon when he was running for President. Presidency sources reported that it was a short, cordial call, and Peña Nieto believes he'll have the research results soon. President Peña Nieto had contemplated returning to Mexico on Saturday, however, he's now decided to return after the close of the leaders' meeting on Friday. Reportedly, his early departure is due to the need to finalize details of his tax reform, which he plans to submit to Congress on Sunday.
Gwyneth Paltrow Extols Riviera Nayarit
In an interview in September's issue of Glamour magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow said that her favorite place to vacation is in the Riviera Nayarit. "It is a family hotel with all the flavor of Mexico, and not many people from the United States come here. It is the latest treasure I've found. I love anything that has a Latin flavor, it's hard to explain ... maybe it's that the people are more open and friendly, have more fire, more heart..." the Oscar-winning actress said about her stay at Imanta Resort in Punta de Mita. In 1998, Paltrow won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role in the film Shakespeare in Love. More recently, she's been featured on the popular television series, Glee, and in blockbuster movies such as The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Hollywood Pays Tribute to Gabriel Figueroa
The greatness of Mexican cinematographer and photography director Gabriel Figueroa is such that it has managed to exceed boundaries, so much so that the Hollywood Film Academy has decided to pay tribute to him on September 17. The ceremony will be held at the Academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal and writer-director Gregory Nava, are among the celebrities expected to attend. The celebration will highlight Figueroa's most outstanding film achievements, such as an Oscar nomination for his work in black and white on John Huston's The Night of the Iguana in 1964. Among his most representative Mexican cinematic works are María Candelaria, Enamorada, La Perla, and Víctimas del Pecado. The Mexican cinematographer is also known for his work on popular U.S. movies such as The Forgotten (1950) and The Exterminating Angel (1962), both by Luis Buñuel, and Don Siegel's 1970 film, Two Mules for Sister Sara, starring Clint Eastwood.
Upcoming Events in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay
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