Que Pasa in Cabo?

August 5, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Golf with a good cause.

On Saturday, November 9, the Cabo San Lucas children’s orphanage, named Casa Hogar, will hold it’s first Charity Golf Fore! The Kids! tournament at the Jack Nicklaus’ Palmilla Golf Club. Early bird tickets (until Aug. 31) are only $150, while the regular price is $200 USD.

Included in the package are breakfast, drinks, lunch, prizes and participation in a raffle. Whether you play or not, there are sponsorship opportunities too! To register call 624-191-1897 or email: info@casahogacabo.com All proceeds go to Casa Hogar. Fore!

 

Recycling program works.

A recycling program in Mexico City works, but we could replicate it here, couldn’t we? On the second Sunday of every month, Mexico City residents can barter their recyclables for fresh produce grown by local farmers.

The Mercado de Trueque (exchange or barter market) began in 2012, and its location rotates around the city. Upon entering the market, visitors go first to the sorting area where government employees help sort and weigh materials they have brought. Recyclers receive a printed ticket with points that can be exchanged for puntos verdes (green points) to spend in the market.

Recyclable materials include aluminum, glass bottles, metal cans, paper, cardboard and electronics. For plastics, PET (#1), HDPE (#2) and Tetra Paks are accepted. Many other plastics cannot be recycled. Consumers should look for the numbers 1 or 2 on their plastic containers. Any other numbers are not recyclable. Materials like PET that are easier to recycle are worth more points in the market.

So far this year, in excess of 11,000 lbs. of recyclable materials has been obtained. Any takers?

 

Food contest this month.

On Thursday, August 29 at 4 p.m., a contest of food original from the Los Cabos área will take place at the La Sanluqueña bullring, just outside of Cabo. Cooks interested in participating can register now and up to August 24.

Their food will be sampled by a jury 2 days before the event when the finalists will be announced. Those will participate in the final event at the bullring, where local and foreign visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite and enjoy the food, regional food products, folk dances, a horse show with Mexican charros and live music.

The contest is organized by La Choya, a local cultural project that aims to preserve local traditions and recipes. The top cooks will get their recipes published in a book that will become a city patrimony and will be for sale in hotels and restaurants throughout Los Cabos. To sign up email: Violeta Ocampo, violetaocampo18@hotmail.com

 

Film fest returns.

The 8th Los Cabos International Film Festival will take place November 13 to 17 this year, with several international movies, some of which will be premiered here. Just last week, the organizers held the Open Sessions 2019 in Mexico City, where producers and directors presented their works to the jury, expecting to be included in the several categories during the festival.

Founded in 2012 by Scott Cross, Sean Cross, Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Redo, Alfonso Pasquel, Juan Gallardo Thurlow, Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Rivera Torres, and Pablo Sanchez-Navarro, the festival draws many leading filmmakers from Mexico, Canada, the United States, and includes Gala film screenings, workshops, pitch sessions, and nightly networking parties.

Directors, producers, actors and actresses like Nicole Kidman, Oliver Stone, Monica Bellucci, Dennis Quaid, Marc Valee, Jared Leto, Alexander Skarsgaard, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal have attended.

Hundreds of industry guests, as well as over 20,000 local residents and international visitors, have attended the festival. Stay tuned.

Local hospital saves children.

The 5th United by Heart (Unidos de Corazón) campaign at the Hospital H+ in San Jose conducted heart surgeries on 20 children from low-income families, for free, with the help of cash donations from the Help a Child’s Heart Foundation, the community and volunteer doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses.

In the past three years, the campaign has helped over 60 children with different heart problems, and over 20 adults. For information on how to support the campaign, look up on Facebook at Corazondeninobcs.

Fourlane in the works.

The project to expand the road from La Paz to Pichilingue to four lanes will begin soon, announced the SCT (ministry of communications and transport), and will be finished sometime next year. It’s a tough job, as the road goes really close to the ocean on one side, and the mountain on the other. The nearly five miles of new road will cost about $8 million.

New long weekends revealed.

With a few changes to the school calendar for 2019-2020, three more long weekends will be added in September, April and May of the next school period, announced the ministry of tourism.

These long weekends represent an increase in domestic tourism that will generate an estimated $750 million in tourist revenue. The dates are September 13 to 16, April 30 to Cinco de Mayo and May 15 to 18. Let’s party!

Dolphin center gets certified.

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and the world's largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, is announcing today that Cabo Dolphins in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, earned the Humane Certified™ seal of approval through its American Humane Conservation program, demonstrating the good welfare and treatment given to the dolphins in their care.

"We commend Cabo Dolphins for their certification achievement, a marker of the excellent care they provide," said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., American Humane president and CEO. "Through dolphin interaction and marine mammal knowledge, they can inspire visitors to protect the animals they see."

American Humane currently helps to ensure the welfare and humane treatment of animals at facilities in 12 countries in North and Central America, Europe, and Asia.

Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol to reopen.

The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is reopening in November after it closed last month for renovations. The club’s Desert Course, however, has remained open.

Jack Nicklaus is overseeing the project. During a recent site visit, Nicklaus concluded that the course routing required adjustment to maximize the site’s real estate potential and create a financially viable project.

A slightly longer replacement for the 7th hole will feature a raised green encompassed by deep bunkers. Golfers can hit the ball at different angles from alternate sets of trees.

A new par 4 ninth hole is being built in a corridor adjacent to the existing ninth hole to accommodate a new entryway to Cabo del Sol. The new hole is similar to the original and will offer real estate views across the fairway to the sea.

A new luxury residential community called the Cove Club is under development at the west end of the Ocean Course. A new beach club is located at the site of the former par-3 17th hole. In its place, Nicklaus has built a new par 3 that drops from a set of elevated tees to a well-protected green surrounded by the sea. The club and community, like the Ocean Course, are slated to launch in November.

The current 16th hole, a par 4 that drops 100 feet down the side of a mountain, will be remade as the 18th hole. The infinity-edge green will hug a cliff. 

Six oceanfront estates attached to the Cove Club and a new branded five-star resort development are planned for the former par 4 18th hole on the Ocean Course, which was situated near the shoreline from tee to green.

The Ocean Course will close again at a future date for additional changes. Upon completion, the Ocean Course will function as a private club, with exclusive access available to guests of the new on-site hotels. The Desert Course, which will also undergo future design changes, will remain a public-access resort venue. For more information, visit https://www.cabodelsol.com/

New Hyatt comes to Cabo.

The new Park Hyatt Los Cabos at the east end of the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course will be located above the seaside sixth hole. The 162-room hotel will have 35 branded private residences. It is slated for completion in 2021. The resort’s beach club will be constructed on the current seventh hole.

New flight announced.

As part of its 2019/2020 winter schedule, WestJet announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Cabo San Lucas!

Starting November 5 this year, WestJet will operate nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) with weekly service that gets guests to the beach by the afternoon of the same day.

Who was here last week?

Many celebrities. Let’s start with Elisabeth Singleton Moss (born July 24, 1982), an American actor known for her work in several television dramas, earning such accolades as two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, which led Vulture to name her the "Queen of Peak TV".

Moss was here earlier this year and fell in love with Los Cabos (who doesn’t) so she is allegedly back this summer looking to acquire a piece of land or a home. Welcome, Elisabeth!

Also on vacation was Olivia Culpo, an American fashion influencer, media personality, and former beauty pageant title holder. After winning the Miss Rhode Island USA competition, she went on to be crowned Miss USA, and then Miss Universe in 2012. She was seen with beau Christian McCaffrey, a Carolina Panthers pro.

Next was pop-singer Selena Gomez, who sizzled on the beach in a revealing red one-piece, having a total "Baywatch" moment during her cousin Priscilla DeLeon's bachelorette party.

Last but not least, pop band Maroon 5’s leader Adam Levine and his wife, Victoria´s Secret’ model Behati Prinsloo, were seen suntanning in town during their wedding anniversary. Levine and Prinsloo married here in July 2014.