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Sister City in Florida gets new online voice La Antigua Guatemala’s Sister City in Florida has an innovative, new website with news, information and citizen commentary. Launched in October, GablesHomePage.com is packed with content about the Coral Gables community. A stately suburb of Miami, Coral Gables has been a Sister City of La Antigua for nearly 20 years. The relationship […]

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El Salvador Launches Coffee Forest Geotourism Initiative

El Salvador has started a project that intends to turn its coffee forests into world-class tourist destinations. “Iniciativa de Geoturismo en los Bosques Tropicales de Café” will enhance the coffee forests’ geographical character, environment, legacy, aesthetics, culture and people. The program is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Multi-sectoral Investment Bank and the Salvadoran Coffee Council, […]

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Requisition-less Water

(l-r) Nutritionist, María Esmeralda Arriaga; Atitlán Rotary President, Fredy Lara; medical chief, Dr. Irene Quiejú; administrator, Victor García

Highland hospital slakes its thirst and reduces its paperwork—a need, discovered by accident, is met General Jack Ripper, the villain in Dr. Strangelove, uttered a single true statement during his long paranoiac rant. To Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, his hapless audience, Ripper rhetorically asked, “Did you know that 70 percent of you is water, Mandrake?” Consequently, the “purity of our […]

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www.Beware

A new e-mail scam is being directed at extranjeros One of my clients, living in La Antigua Guatemala, received the following e-mail, supposedly from the IRS. Sir/Madam, Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien. As a result, you are exempted from United States of America Tax reporting and withholdings on interest paid you on your account and other […]

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A Honey of a Business

by Judith Cohen An expert’s view on how honey and bees are faring in Guatemala Alejandro Nicol is an expert in the honey business. After studying beekeeping for two years at Ohio State University, he now advises the Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA) on the care, feeding, export, import and preservation of bees. I met him at the […]

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Golf Tournament; Antigua Grudge Match

First place team: (l-r) Hugo Cerezo, John Chudy, Diego Cerezo, Nathan Liskey

Last month included the first annual Antigua Invitational Golf Tournament. Played at the spectacular Mayan Golf Club overlooking Lake Amatitlán, the format was “scramble” with four-person teams. The competition was fierce but the lunch gathering afterwards was amiable with prizes for longest drives, closest to the pin, and of course for the lowest scoring team who posted a 65. If […]

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The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is considered to be the first map of Guatemala

Click this Link… http://revuemag.com/go/FirstMapGuatemala/ The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is considered to be the first map of Guatemala. It is also the only firsthand indigenous account of the conquest of Guatemala and one of the few sources to record the military campaigns of Jorge de Alvarado in 1527–1530. The Lienzo was a forgotten relic that had not yet been deciphered when […]

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CD Release: Antigua All Stars

l-r: Klay, Wicho and Choko

A collective music project, featuring the diverse songs, sounds and melodies of La Antigua Guatemala, began recently through a serendipitous meeting of one of La Antigua’s much-loved musicians and an Australian engineer. Antonio Jueves, who recently returned to La Antigua from a year of festivals and tours in Europe, and Corrina Grace, who recently moved to La Antigua to start […]

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Salvadoran Surf Circuit 2009

The first two rounds of the Salvadoran Surf Circuit took place in June and July. The next events will be held at Playa Punta Mango on Sept. 12 and 13 and at the Playa Mizata on Oct. 24 and 25. The 5th National Circuit Competition and the finals for national ranking will be held at the Playa Costa del Sol […]

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Confessions of a Nocturnal Bibliophile

Five blocks south of el Parque Central in La Antigua, located at 4a avenida sur #2, sits a local treasure: the Steve Skelton Memorial Library, operated under the auspices of the local American Legion post. Behind the vivid blue stucco walls and through the black iron gates lies a reader’s dream, set in two overcrowded rooms stacked from floor to ceiling with over 30,000 volumes and the most unusual assortment of books in town.

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Anonymous donor makes big pledge to support Hospitalito Atitlán

Since the devastating mudslides of 2005, a small hospital in Santiago Atitlán has been struggling to serve the community. In the four years since Hospitalito Atitlán opened, it has filled a great need with a 24-hour emergency room, X-ray, lab and clinics. The hospital board has been hard at work to build a new, permanent hospital, which is slowly taking […]

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This year’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction broke price records

This year’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction broke price records — and touched hearts with a humanitarian gesture. The auction, which took place last month, ended with the surprising announcement that the buyers from one of the 33 winning lots were donating the projected profits to Ricardo Espitia, Executive Director of the Salvadoran Coffee Council who had suffered a […]

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Coffee, a perfect way to enhance your business experience

Coffee can be, in many ways, an integral part of a customer’s experience at your restaurant. Burt Lancaster, the famous actor, once said: “I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.” His quote couldn’t be truer, and here’s why. Imagine guests arriving for a highly anticipated meal, which required a lot of preparation and effort. Everything goes […]

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10 NGO’s Dealt a Winning Hand at Vegas in Antigua

Vegas in Antigua, Funderaiser (photo by Gene Budinger & Elizabeth Hart)

Written by Jennifer Holden The inaugural Vegas in Antigua fund-raiser was a sure bet for 10 non-governmental organizations that provide an array of services throughout Guatemala. Held last month at the Casa Convento Conception in La Antigua Guatemala, the event combined games of chance and intrigue for an exciting afternoon of fun and fancy. From one-of-a-kind original artwork, hotel stays, to […]

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La Antigua is No. 1 Destination Among UK Travelers

Antigua Top City (freddy murphy/www.freddymurphy.com)

La Antigua Guatemala has been named the top city overall in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2009, based on the votes of some 3,000 travelers. Wanderlust is a leading magazine for adventure travelers in the United Kingdom. Placing second was Kyoto, Japan, followed by Boston, USA. The previous first-place destination, Luang Prabang, Laos, was knocked down into seventh position, ending its […]

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Coffee: The Joy of the Harvest

In El Salvador, every year starts with fireworks, traditional meals and family gatherings. But also with the hope and joy of coffee harvesting, which is still going on, especially in the highlands. Coffee trees become bright and red, and between shade trees, sunlight gleams over the hopeful faces of producers and pickers. They’ve already begun this phenomenal task: to select […]

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Orchids: The colors of my land

by Bernd Martin Colors enhance our emotions and often warm our hearts with their beauty. Coming in an array of wonderful colors, orchids embrace the whole spectrum of the rainbow. An orchid is a special gift to ourselves and to others. Guatemala, the land of eternal spring, has approximately 1,000 species of orchids. Nearly everybody in Guatemala cultivates orchids in […]

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Planting with Love

Revue editor Terry Biskovich (partially hidden by sapling) admires her mother’s memorial tree as others attending the planting look on.

Nineteen new tree and flower gardens were planted in 2008 along the Alameda Santa Lucía in La Antigua Guatemala, among them memorials for Bill and Liz Paddock, Bobbi and Hank Duflon, Mary Sue Morris, and Edie Kovick, mother of REVUE editor and co-publisher Terry Kovick Biskovich. Recently a Guatemalan couple from Silver Spring, MD donated a tree garden “in memory” […]

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Salvadoran barista championship dominated by women

For two days 16 baristas demonstrated their skills and quality of their espresso-based beverages before an audience of 175 people and a select group of international and national judges. Participants had to prepare 12 drinks in 15 minutes—four espresso, four cappuccino and four signature drinks—and were evaluated by seven judges. Flor de Maria Góchez, from Viva Espresso, won first place […]

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The Carrera de Charolas

Carrera de las Charolas (Leonel Mijangos/enantigua.com)

Celebrating La Fonda de la Calle Real’s 33rd anniversary with the 7th annual race event — Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. In Spain, during the Festival of San Fermín, stampeding bulls and would-be matadors run wild in the streets of Pamplona, and in Buñol, the Festival La Tomatina is a tomato throwing free-for-all. In La Antigua Guatemala, the Carrera de […]

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The best Salvadoran coffees land in North American coffee shops

After being milled, packed and shipped with the utmost care, the best of the best is available at the top specialty coffee roasters and coffee shops around the world, particularly in North America. Sold in a record-breaking auction in June, 36 lots of the most sought-after coffee from El Salvador are there for all coffee lovers to enjoy. Some of […]

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Party with a Purpose

Scene from gala fundraiser dinner with keynote speaker President Colom (Derek Steele)

by Jack and Joy Houston Panchoy 50 celebrated the conclusion of its first phase in September with a glitz-and-glitter gala at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. The project, launched in February, completed formation and analyses of 10 volunteer committees working toward an integral, 50-year development plan for the Panchoy Valley. In the next phase the committees will set goals and objectives. […]

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Celebrating Corn in Suchitoto

Suchitoto Corn Festival

Maybe you haven´t thought much about corn lately. True, it has been in the news recently as a potential source of bio-fuel. And, yes, we read the name of its overly sweet derivative—high-fructose corn syrup—on nearly every package of processed food we buy. But, on average, we travelers to El Salvador probably have not thought much about corn, let alone […]

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Salvadoran palate ranks second in world coffee championship

Salvador’s Jorge Escobar, official cupper at the Salvadoran Coffee Council and El Salvador School of Coffee trainer, demonstrated his accurate palate to win second place at the fifth World Cup Tasters Championship during The Wonderful Coffee 2008 Fair and Conference in Copenhagen. Held in late June, the event was organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe.

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New Hospitality Academy

Established just two years ago, the Academia de Hostelería has quickly played an important role in the development of tourism as a key industry for sustainable development in El Salvador. The academy offers a variety of courses in all facets of the hotel and restaurant business, tailored to those who want a thorough education about all aspects of the industry […]

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