TALK Mi Escuelita

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12 Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Mi Escuelita provides academic tutoring to children of poverty-level families in San Pedro Las Huertas. The goal is to reduce the number of children who fail the school year and have to repeat it. This represents considerable cost and time for parents, as a result many of them are not able to continue their education. […]

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Natural Expressions of the Holidays, Guatemala

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They say the most treasured gifts come from nature and from the heart. Celebrating its 50th holiday season in La Antigua Guatemala, Casa de los Gigantes surrounds visitors with both. All of the handcrafted housewares, accessories, furniture and decorations in this enormous store—once a 17th century Spanish colonial home—are crafted with natural materials and whisper the stories of the hands […]

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DEMONSTRATION Cocktail Masterclass, La Antigua Guatemala

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Friday, Dec. 11, 6pm. A “Cocktail Masterclass” will be held in which the renowned International Bartender Jose Hernandez, winner of the World Class Competition, the Finest Call Cup among others, will be giving demonstrations of different cocktails that challenge traditional recipes with mixtures of different types of liquor combining them with exotic Guatemalan ingredients such as coffee, chocolate, jalapeño peppers, […]

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San Martín Bakery Opens New Location in La Antigua Guatemala

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From one small shop that opened in 1974, San Martín Bakery has just opened in La Antigua Guatemala—its 39th location. With a dream to be the best, the bakery had a modest presence at first, but, loving their work, its bakers always kept striving for perfection.                 This desire, still part of the […]

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The Art of Edgar Chipix, Exhibition in La Antigua, Guatemala

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Dreams and Visions – Sueños y Visiones. profile by Kerstin Sabene  photos: Alex Jones. It was a magnificent morning in July when I first met Edgar Nehemías Chipix Coc. We were hiking up to his “point of inspiration” in Santiago Zamora, a quiet Mayan-Kaqchikel village situated within the municipality of Sacatepéquez about 15 kilometers west of La Antigua Guatemala. It […]

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Fashion Show “Gifts of Giving”

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28 Sat., 12:30-6:30pm Fashion Show Gifts of Giving, come, join us for some early Christmas shopping, models show off designer fashions (Kakaw Designs, Jewelry by Klaska & Hilda, Jade Maya, Stela 9, Raul Briseños, Joyería del Ángel, Rosangela (Veglio), Algodones Mayas, Paula Vasquez Designs and Vessel). Your purchases benefit Niños de Guatemala, Friendship Bridge, Fotokids, Open Windows, Animal Aware, Faith […]

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Agua Para Todos — Water for Everyone

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La Antigua Guatemala. An Antigua restaurant’s initiative is gaining several positive comments on social media. Luna de Miel is giving Ecofiltro purified water to any person who passes in front of the restaurant. We invite all restaurants to do the same, and be part of the positive change that Antigua needs. It will help the environment by using less plastic […]

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LIVE MUSIC American folk music by The Kossoy Sisters

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21 Sat., 5pm MUSIC American folk music at its best performed by The Kossoy Sisters. Their first album Bowling Green (1956) included “I’ll Fly Away.” The Coen brothers used this track in the 2000 film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Another cut from the same album, “Single Girl, Married Girl” is on the soundtrack of Obvious Child, a film released […]

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BOOK ALERT Historias Culinarias de La Antigua Guatemala

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“All the books I’ve created have been something special and an important part of my life. Historias Culinarias de La Antigua Guatemala is my 20th book, and I believe that we absolutely accomplished our goal, to capture the heart and soul of everyday chefs and establishments in La Antigua Guatemala.”    —Ricky López Bruni Editor Ricky López Bruni Fotógrafos Ricky […]

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La Antigua Guatemala — A Step Back in Time

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Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. Old drawings and photographs of La Antigua Guatemala have always fascinated me. They take me back in time to when Antigua truly seemed almost abandoned. We know very few people stayed after the official move of the capital to Guatemala City in 1773. While we have some historical records from the 1800s and few drawings by […]

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Antigua International School Inaugurates New Campus

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Last Saturday (Nov. 7, 2015) hundreds of parents, children, teachers, administrators, and guests celebrated the opening of the new campus of AIS (Antigua International School). First there was an interactive tour of the campus with classroom demonstrations and participatory opportunities including a quick marimba lesson for anyone interested. After that there were a few short speeches, some entertainment provided by […]

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Susana Asensio, The New Mayor of La Antigua Guatemala

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by Julie López. If architect Susana Asensio embodies anything, it’s perseverance. Her bid for mayor’s office in the Sept. 6 elections was her fourth attempt to reach La Antigua Guatemala’s mayor’s office, a post she will hold from Jan. 14, 2016 through January 2020. This time around, she ran with a “comité cívico” (a local civic committee) that gathered community […]

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XXXVI Aniversario de la Declaratoria del Patrimonio Cultural, La Antigua Guatemala

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Calendario de eventos. Estamos Celebrando el XXXVI Aniversario de la Declaratoria del Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, otorgado por la UNESCO en 1979. Y desde ya estás invitado a participar en las Actividades que Organiza desde 2010 los Voluntarios de la Comisión Sociocultural de La Antigua Guatemala a todo público en general y sin ningún costo. Agenda la fecha para […]

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House Sitting

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How to get a house sitting gig in Antigua or anywhere by Akaisha and Billy Kaderli Those of us who live in La Antigua Guatemala know its splendid offerings: photo opportunities everywhere, Mayan culture, great weather, international restaurants, music, amicable residents and natural beauty. Still, on occasion one might want to go to the beach or travel to visit family […]

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Discovering Passion in Guatemala

  by Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa Passion! A word that evokes many differing images with diverse expressions of the experience. April is the month in Guatemala where passion ignites its richness with a cacophony of events, emotions and experiences that are here for you to discover. When we live from our passion we experience a richer life. It […]

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Why does La Antigua celebrate St. James’ Day?

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The tradition dates to 1543 when the conquistadors named the community Santiago de Guatemala (St. James of Guatemala) after the apostle who was the conquerors’ patron saint and is the patron saint of Spain today. His feast day is July 25. Celebrations in what is now La Antigua Guatemala have been exciting over the centuries, but the fiesta has come […]

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Handel’s Messiah

The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will be held on Nov. 30 at the National Theatre in Guatemala City and on Dec. 1 at Casa Santo Domingo in La Antigua. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s performance will benefit Comité de Becas Mary Sue, which provides scholarships to needy children in the Chichicastenango area. Performing […]

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