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Robert Redford Gives Perfect Performance As Guest At Baja's Rosarito Beach Hotel


By: Ron Raposa

Source: Tourism Board

ROSARITO BEACHBAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO-During June and July, the two-bedroom penthouse on the 17th floor of the Rosarito Beach Hotel's Pacifico Tower was occupied by a dignified, unassuming man named Mr. Miller, who bore a striking resemblance to legendary Hollywood actor Robert Redford.


At the hotel, Mr. Redford took the name of Mr. Miller to protect him from undue attention while he completed his starring role in director J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," being filmed a mile away at seaside Baja Studios, the locale for Titanic and other blockbuster movies.


A total of 140 suites and rooms at the hotel were occupied by members of the production, including Chandor. But it was Redford, still with handsome features and the famous mop of hair at age 75, who was the recognizable star, the lead in a film about a lone man's struggles against the sea.


It was important that neither his privacy nor his work be disrupted at the hotel, which he had chosen over a nearby mansion as residence during filming, to be closer to colleagues, said hotel owner Hugo Torres.


And it wasn't, thanks to the star's often-donned baseball cap, liberal use of room service and a very discreet hotel staff and management. Only one other diner made a positive ID of Mr. Redford during the several times he ate in the hotel's Azteca restaurant, said waiter Jorge Morales.


"I told the other customer that (Mr. Redford) was making a movie and was very tired," Morales said. "Please don't disturb him."


While Mr. Redford passed largely unnoticed among guests at the hotel, staff knew who he was and were impressed, as much by his disposition as his star power, said Morales, who was Redford's personal waiter, several times serving him Puerto Nuevo-style lobster after a glass of Don Julio tequila.


Mr. Redford was the perfect guest.


"The guy being so famous, how could he be so humble?" asked Mr. Morales of the star of "The Way We Were," "All The Presidents Men," "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," "Jeremiah Johnson" and many others as actor and director.


Mr. Redford posed for a photo with Morales, as he did with other hotel staff. "I was dying to put it on Facebook but hotel management told me not to until he had left," Morales said. (When he left, Mr. Redford gave permission to Baja officials to use details of his stay there.)


The impression that Mr. Redford made on other Rosarito Beach Hotel staff was similar. That included Casa Playa Spa manager Erica Perdomo and masseuse Martha Azua. Mr. Redford, as did his wife, received treatments at the spa and later recognized and greeted facility staff on the beach.


Mr. Morales, 51, who once served actor Al Pacino at a Tijuana country club and encountered Robert DeNiro in a Los Angeles restaurant, said his interactions with Mr. Redford were the most memorable of his celebrity meetings. He's a big fan of the "Horse Whisperer" and "Three Days of the Condor."


Although stars including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, John Wayne plus scores more have visited the hotel, the stay of Mr. Redford was especially memorable, said hotel marketing director Daniel Torres.


It was the longest stay by a major star and also a hopeful sign of an ongoing resurgence of Baja's film industry, Daniel Torres said.


Mr. Redford gave a press conference with Baja media prior to his departure, also attended by director Chandor, Baja Gov. Jose Osuna and state Secretary if Tourism Juan Tintos. While proclaiming himself a very private person, he talked of his enthusiasm for "All Is Lost" and his enjoyment of the area.


He recalled growing up in a largely Mexican neighborhood of Los Angeles and going to a Tijuana bull fight in his mid-teens. He said he had always loved enchiladas and joked that "my favorite food is tequila."


Mr. Redford lamented that some focus on widely reported violence among rival drug cartels in Mexico in the past few years had kept some people from the region.


"It's unfortunate, since there are so many areas of Mexico that are safe to visit," he said. "More people should know."



Olympics 2012 Men's Football Results: Mexico Defeats Japan, 3-1, to Advance to Gold Medal Match

By: Elliot Olshansky

Source: www.sportsworldreport.com

In a historic Olympic men's football tournament - for the first time, no team from Europe advanced to the semifinals - Japan was on its way to some history of its own at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, hoping to join the reigning Women's World Cup champion Japanese women's team as the first nation to send both of its football teams to the Olympic final in the same year.

Mexico, however, had other ideas, stunning the stingy Japanese defense for three goals en route to a 3-1 win at Wembley, advancing to the gold medal match.

Japan opened the scoring in the 12th minute with the third goal of the tournament for Yuki Otsu. Otsu roofed the ball into the top right corner of the net, leaving Mexican goaltender Jose Corona helpless to stop it.

The Mexicans answered 20 minutes later with a goal by Marco Fabian. Giovani dos Santos delivered excellent service on a corner kick, and a header by Jorge Enriquez put the ball in great position for his Chivas de Guadalajara teammate Fabian, who headed the ball past a helpless Shuichi Gonda for the goal, the first tally scored against the Japanese in these Olympic Games.

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Ensenada gymnast making Olympic history for Mexico

By: Mark Zeigler

Source: www.utsandiego.com

LONDON — Daniel Corral is a Mexican gymnast from a small gym in the dusty Baja California town of Ensenada, which immediately elicits the question: What in the name of the pommel horse is he doing in London for the Olympics?

“To be honest,” Corral says, “I still ask this question every day.”

He is the first Mexican male gymnast to qualify for an Olympics in two decades and could become the first Latin American athlete, male or female, to win a gymnastics medal when he goes in the parallel bars individual apparatus final Tuesday at O2 Arena.

Corral is not among the favorites, but only eight men qualified for the final and crazy things happen when you mix human beings with the crucible of competition with two long wooden bars set 17 inches apart and 6½ feet off the ground. And it’s not like Corral hasn’t beaten major odds already. He’s from Mexico. He’s a gymnast.

“In Mexico, gymnastics was gone for 20 years,” says Corral, 22. “Right now, my coach and I are the only team. We’re the (national) team. Sometimes it’s been us against all of Mexico, against the federation, against plenty of people. But the only thing that matters is what my coach and I think.

“This is the result of it, and I’m happy about it.”

Corral became a gymnast because his older sister was, training with Steve Butcher at the Mission Valley YMCA. He was a rambunctious kid and his mother figured it was better to drain his bottomless reservoirs of energy on the vault runway than, as he puts it, “doing some things at our house that moms are not very happy with.”

Eventually, Mexican coach Oscar Aguirre moved from the YMCA to the Ensenada gym and they have been together ever since, forging a new legacy in a sport that had vanished like chalk dust after Luis Lopez finished 57th in the individual all-around at the 1992 Olympics. Corral was 2.




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“There are many reasons people move to Mexico, but I’m sure that ninety percent of them move here as part of a retirement plan. Most of the gringos I’ve seen here in our first week are older than us. But I just discovered that there is another group of people moving to Mexico, and they are mostly men in their 20’s and 30’s – online poker players!

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Finding a Place to Stay

If you're looking to relocate to Tijuana, there are numerous ways to go about finding a place to stay. A quick online search reveals dozens of agencies and hundreds of classified ads, so there is no shortage of options; however, Wheeler opted to go a different route. Instead of going through a third party, Wheeler decided to take a trip across the border and find a place the old-fashioned way, by walking around.

"To be honest, the easiest way to find a place is to pick an area you want to live, and then just drive/walk around and look for "for rent" signs, or walk into local condos and talk to the managers," Wheeler said. "A lot of people have used agencies or services such as Baja123, but you are likely to either pay slightly more each month or pay them a finders fee up front. To some it is well worth it. For me, I liked the surprise of what I might find on my own."

“Online Poker Banned In U.S.” was a wakeup call for everyone in the industry and thousands of professional and semi pro players left the country looking for a safe and secure place to live and work. Overnight places like Rosarito Beach in Baja and San Jose in Costa Rica became ground zero for the Poker Expat movement as players discovered that living abroad was in fact an excellent choice that gave them a relaxing lifestyle and a higher standard of living.



Mexico Inaugurates Wine Museum, Wine Route Highway Upgrades

By: Mexidata

Source: www.mexidata.info

Presidency of the Republic

During the inauguration of the Baja California Vine and Wine Museum, Mexican President Felipe Calderón remarked that the museum will also operate as a convention center that will trigger further economic and cultural activity in the Ensenada-Valle de Guadalupe region. He hoped that both national and foreign tourists would visit it and discover the region's wine-making tradition, a deep source of pride for Mexico.

The new museum, built with $5.3 million in state and federal funds, is at the 81-kilometer marker of the road linking Tecate and Ensenada.

Calderón noted that the museum required the combined efforts of the federal government, CONACYT, the state government, and Casa Cetto, with a total investment of 76 million pesos.

The president said that in order to support the industry, the Program to Support the Wine Industry (Proviti) was implemented this year, which will have a 50 million peso fund. The program will provide wine makers with access to support or financing of between 250,000 and 500,000 pesos to invest in production, investment and training projects, studies and consultancy.

The president's visit coincided with Fiestas de la Vendimia, Baja California's annual harvest celebration that [is now taking place and] includes concerts, dinners and wine tastings at the different wineries.



Border week: Exhibit of Tijuana artist Benjamin Serrano

By: Sandra Dibble

Source: www.utsandiego.com

Long before the current generation of Tijuana artists began commanding international attention, there was Benjamin Serrano.

An exhibit of 55 pieces by the late Tijuana artist (1938-1988) opens on Friday at 7 p.m. the El Cubo Gallery of Tijuana's Cultural Center (Cecut). It includes sculptures and paintings never before on display in the city.

Serrano, who for a time studied in Paris, "is the first artist on the border that puts Tijuana in the international sphere," said curator olgaMargarita Davila.

The exhibit is scheduled through November. There is no admission charge to attend the inauguration. Normal entrance fees to El Cubo are $3.50.

Other notable events in the Baja California region from Monday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 12th incude the following:

Thursday: The pioneering Tijuana punk rock band Mercado Negro performs at the old City Hall on Avenida Constitución and Second Street starting at 6 p.m. Free.

Thursday: Ensenada Street Art Festival celebrating young artists and groups that focus on unconventional art, including mimes, acrobats, performance artists, and painting on concrete. Includes performances by rock bands. Starts at 5 p.m. outside the Centro Estatal de las Artes. Free.

Friday: Festival featuring Baja California wines, local musical groups and food at Bodegas de Santo Tomás in Ensenada at Miramar 666, Zona Centro. Starting at 2 p.m. Free. (The event is part of the Fiestas de la Vendimia, a series of events celebrating the annual grape harvest. Through Aug. 19.)


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Source: www.sanoviv.com/medical-services/


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Affordable Dental Work in Mexico

By: Dental Tourism

Source: worldental.org

One of the best locations in Mexico where you can get cheap dental work at very high standards, is Mazatlan.

Not only will you find here dental work at cheap prices but also extremely beautiful landscapes with immense beaches and luxurious hotels, restaurants, etc.

Combining a medical trip with a pleasant vacation is the best thing you can do, especially if you need expensive dental treatments that you cannot pay for at home (such as dental braces, veneers, dental implants, root canal treatments and so on). In Mexico, you will pay only a fraction of the price charged in the US for these treatments.

The standards of hygiene, technology and dental work offered in Mexico can be easily compared with the standards offered in private clinics across Canada or the US.

For those who are skeptical about taking such affordable dental or medical trip, experts advise they should research online especially on forums, where they can read the opinions of real patients who have already used the services of a respective dental clinic in Mexico.

Some of the main advantages that speak in favor of choosing Mexico for affordable dental treatments:

- You will find only highly experienced dentists working at these dental clinics – many of these dentists earned their degrees in the US or other reputable European medical Universities. The dentists further make use of the same technologies and high standard materials as dentists in the US.



Mexico's Economy: Coming to Terms with China

By: Sean Goforth

Source: mexicotoday.org

Has China’s economic rise come at the expense of Mexico? To many casual observers and experts alike, the answer is yes. The International Economy, a trade journal, once concluded, “China is eating Mexico’s lunch.” “China competes with Mexico and buys from Brazil,” noted The New York Times on June 17. 

China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001 marked the onset of a decade-long slowdown in Mexico, where economic growth averaged 1.8 percent annually. Foreign investment flocked to China, setting up factories where hourly wages were among the lowest in the world. Other factors supported China’s export-led growth model, including low fuel prices that allowed for profitable trans-Pacific shipment of manufactures. Seven years after NAFTA granted Mexico privileged access to the US market, Mexico’s position appeared undercut by China’s incorporation into the global economy. 

In some industries, such as clothing assembly, China certainly hurt Mexico. However, the impact has been more limited than widely supposed.  China and Mexico manufacture different classes of products, cheap baubles in the case of the former and heavy industrial goods in the case of the latter. Hence, as the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank put it in 2004: “There is little correlation between China’s gains and Mexico’s losses.”

The notion that Mexico simply lost out to a more productive China is even less persuasive as one moves toward present-day. From 2005-2010, the percentage of US imports from Mexico increased, from about 10 to 12 percent, as did China’s share, 14 to 17.5 percent. China’s gains accrued alongside Mexico’s gains, not at the expense of Mexico. (Over the same period, the percentage of US imports from Canada, Japan, Germany and Britain decreased.)

Instead, in this more recent period Mexico may have lost out by not having China as an investor. According to the UN Economic Commission on Latin America, China invested $1.1 billion in Mexican industry from 2003-2008, a sliver given the $25 billion it invested across Latin America in 2008 alone. In a list of China’s largest foreign investments in Latin America prior to 2009, Mexico is notably absent. 

Now, as the global economy shifts gears away from the commodity boom brought on by Asia’s rise, several trends behoove Mexico. China has absorbed most of its vast labor pool, driving up wages. Wages in southeastern China are increasing at 15 percent a year, and for the country as a whole worker pay is expected to double by 2015. Inflation is a worry as food prices and apartment rents shadow wage increases. As a result, the US Chamber of Commerce estimates that hourly wages in China are nearly on par with Mexico’s. 



Harnessing the power of the ocean

By: Selene Aparicion

Source: www.renewableenergymexico.com

In the eternal search for alternative sources of energy, scientists throughout the world have turned their attention to the planet’s most abundant natural resource: the ocean. Wave and tidal power technologies, as renewable energy sources, represent large areas of untapped energy potential. This is no surprise. After all, the ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water.

The sea offers a vast source of power and the energy contained in waves has the potential to produce up to 80,000 TWh of electricity per year—sufficient to meet our global energy demand five times over. When it comes to generating energy from the ocean, two types of energy forms exist: tidal power and wave power.

Tidal power, as the name clearly states, is generated from oceanic tides where the rise and fall of the sea level can be utilized to produce electricity. Tidal power is usually exploited through the construction of dams across tidal basins where a channel allows the tide to flow into the basin and the elevated water is transformed into electricity through conventional hydro power technologies such as turbines.

Wave power, on the other hand, utilizes the kinetic energy present in the movement of the ocean’s waves and this energy is then used to power a turbine. Renewable energy analysts believe there is enough energy in the ocean waves to provide up to 2 terawatts of instantaneous electricity (1 terawatt = 1 trillion watts), which is twice the electric generating capacity currently available throughout the world.

At present, Mexico is known for its beaches with clear blue water and white sand; however, now the country has the possibility to gain a different type of reputation for its sea-side spots. After a two year period from when the idea was first suggested, last month the CFE confirmed its plans to construct a wave power station in Rosarito, Baja California with an investment cost of 71.6 million MXP. The power station will have a generation capacity of 3 MW and will be constructed in a five-month period by Mareomotrices de Energías Renovables (Marersa), Integragas Telcorz and Grupo Nuhe. Construction began on June 2nd and the project is due for completion on December 10th of the current year.


5 Tips For A Stress Free Family Vacation

Authored By: Robert WhiteChurch

Robert travels and photographs. When he is not doing either of those, you can find him playing tennis in the Northwest.

The best vacations are filled with stress-free fun and relaxation. With all of the planning, saving and anticipation, the reality is vacations can leave planners more anxious than they would be during a typical work week, which defeats the purpose of the getaway.

If you are looking for a blissful family vacation, the first thing you need to remember is that happy kids make happy parents. There are plenty of games and apps available designed to keep kids happy on the road. Another sure way to have a stress free family vacation is to stay under budget. Nothing causes stress like overpaying for things and not having the funds to explore as you wish. According to EmpowHer.com, “Making a family vacation less expensive takes a little work, a lot of planning and an open mind.”

With a few pointers, you can have an enjoyable, stress free family vacation that everyone will be talking about for years to come.

1. Make a Budget and Stick to It

Do your research and know what things cost. Enjoying the spoils of vacation gets expensive quickly, so preparing a budget will protect you from hindering your short-term financial health and allow you to schedule fun from start to finish. Know your spending limit and be sure to include everything from gas and food to admission tickets, etc. You may want to consider giving the older children their own money to spend for anything they may want.

2. Protect Yourself and Your Family

While everyone likes the idea of letting go and kicking back on vacation, the reality is there are legitimate concerns associated with planning and experiencing a vacation. Safety and health take precedence over having a good time, so pack necessary first-aid supplies and medicines in case of an accident. Whether it's for a flight, hotel room or amusement park, most vacations involve credit card transactions somewhere along the way, opening the door to identity theft. Having this and other sensitive information stolen can ruin a vacation, but there are ways prepare and protect yourself from these thieves. A quick search for identity theft protection returned LifeLock, which features 24/7 personal service and advanced internet surveillance. This kind of protection will afford you peace of mind as you enjoy your trip.

3. Plan Ahead for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with children can be a breeze as long as you plan ahead to keep their attention during car rides, airport lay overs and nights in the hotel room. Load your smartphone, laptop or tablet with books to read, games to play, movies to watch and captivating new apps. Modern technology can keep kids entertained for hours at a time, which can lead to stress-free travel for mom and dad.

4. Expect the Unexpected

If you go into the vacation realizing that unexpected things will arise that may or may not work to your advantage, you will be in a better mindset to go with the flow and let the stress roll off. Try to take unexpected situations in stride and move on to the next fun thing on your vacation agenda.

5. Confirm All Reservations

It is a good idea to call the hotel and rental car agency directly to confirm your reservations a few days before you plan to travel. This simple reassurance will allow you to feel at ease during your vacation from start to finish. It is also smart to print your boarding passes at home so that you can avoid standing in line at the airport, which can save hours on a busy travel day.

If you are truly looking for a stress-free family vacation, planning ahead and doing some research are the keys to success. Save spontaneous, unplanned adventures for times when the kids are at grandmas. With a little structure, the only worry you'll have is having to go home!

Rental Market Still Tightening: Moody’s

By: Miguelsmexico

Source: www.mexintl.com/blog/beaches

With vacancies declining and rental prices rising, the climate in the housing industry is clearly warming up to rental properties. According to Moody’s Analytics, “weak income gains, favorable demographics, and the foreclosure crises” are all causing people to choose renting over buying, and demand for rent will remain solid over the next two years.

Between 2000 and 2008, real per capita income grew at an annualized rate of 2 percent compared to 0.8 percent in 2010 and 2011, according to the report. In addition, many households simply don’t have enough for a down payment, and until households gain more in terms of finances or confidence in the economy, fears of homeownership won’t be put aside.

A survey released by Integra Realty Resources reported 31 percent of respondents said a lack of a down payment was the main reason holding them back from making a purchase, 24 percent said it was the fear of making a bad investment, and 21 percent said the uncertainty of the economy was the main reason.

Another reason the rental market is booming is because of the emergence of a younger age group heading households. The younger age group are the least likely to own a home and more likely to rent, according to Moody’s.

While the overall rental rate is 35 percent, the renter rate for those between the ages of 25-29 is nearly 65 percent, and for those under 24 years old, it is 77 percent, according to the Census Bureau.

And, growth for those between the ages of 20-29 is not likely to slow down, either. The report stated that this group has been growing at an average pace of 0.9 percent from 2007-2011 and grew only 0.3 percent between 1990 and 2006.



There's Life And Then There's Living

By: Barbara Sloane

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com


I was dangling from a steel cable suspended high above the jungle canopy in Puerto Vallarta. As soon as I'd say the word, my guide would unhook me from the brake that kept me tethered and I'd fly 200 feet above the dense green Mexican rain forest on a 2,000-foot-long zip line. And -- comforting thought -- after this I would only have 11 more zip lines to go before I could once more board the 4x4 off-road truck that brought me here and return to my hotel to collapse (faint?) in bed.

I who, unfazed, tell anyone who'll listen that I'm "hardwired for cowardice," had absurdly signed on for Vallarta Adventures whose tag is "One of the greatest adventures on earth," and, fingers-crossed, I hoped to live to confirm this claim.

Nothing Adventured, Nothing Gained

I was visiting this magical town with a group of happy, devil-may-care, let's throw caution to the wind, fellow travelers who somehow coerced me into going along with this madcap plan. Shortly after signing the form that released the company from any responsibility in case of injury or death (!), I found myself speeding across the bay in a small boat, arriving at a jungle outpost, then hiking along a dusty path to my next ride, a small brown mule who ambled up and down steep paths until we reached the aforementioned off-road contraption.

Donning helmets, we then careened along dirt roads with gargantuan boulders and cavernous holes until we reached our final destination hidden in a virgin tropical forest in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Looming before us, the zip line platform that we were expected to ascend, assisted by young, muscular, bemused guides who feigned patience as each of us took our turn on the platform and stood gaping at the ominous view below.

Wheeee, I'm Flying, Sort Of


Suffice it to say, throughout this adventure I never came to truly love those 12 zip lines. Although my guide explained how to hold onto the line above me, I couldn't master the light touch it required. This meant that mid-way, say 1,000 feet along on the line, I several times inadvertently stopped myself and had to be rescued, a guide coming out from the landing to pull me onto the next platform. After the second rescue, I gave up being humiliated and just let it happen. Lest you think that all we did was zip line, nooooo. This was only a part of our adventure. This 6.5-hour escapade also included rappelling down a sheer cliff, through a waterfall, right into a natural river pool (getting thoroughly drenched in the bargain) and traversing swinging rope bridges.

My trepidation aside, I've got to admit that this was one of the highlights of my Puerto Vallarta visit. After all, 90% of the adventure was up in the treetops, offering a unique perspective on an area of unspoiled, rich ecological beauty. Due to a fantastic and very competent staff of good-looking young men, after my first zip I always felt safe; excitement and butterflies were there, sure, but not fear. By the time I returned back to my hotel and replayed the day in my mind, a rather nice feeling overwhelmed me -- that of being fully alive and empowered!





By: Rosarito Town Crier

Source: Rosarito Town Crier

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Mariachi Divas are a unique, multi-cultural, all female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles and have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descents. Cindy Shea states, "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds". In 2009, Mariachi Divas won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their 2008 release, Canciones De Amor. This marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee, or of course, a winner.

The Divas are proud to announce the national distribution of all seven of their CDs through Shea Records and East Side Records. Their CD, 10 Aniversario, released in June 2009 was nominated for a Grammy Award which was a wonderful way to commemorate the group's tenth year as Mariachi Divas. In June 2010 the Divas released their 6th CD, "Viva La Diva", and most recent in June 2011 the Divas celebrated the release of "Orale" where once again the Divas have been nominated for a Grammy under category Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year.

The Divas had the honor of performing at the inaugurations of Los Angeles mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then, the Divas have performed for several prestigious city and state events, including a February 2008 performance in Sacramento for a luncheon with Governor Schwarzenegger and the President of Mexico. Also in February 2008, the Divas were invited by Senator Hillary Clinton to her Los Angeles presidential campaign rally, where they performed live on C-SPAN. In November 2008, the Divas performed for the President of South Korea. One of the group's most memorable experiences was the honor of surprising international music star, Luis Miguel with the traditional Mexican birthday song, "Las Mañanitas" on his birthday in 2007.

The Divas have taken roles as actors in three independent films which include an Art Film with Lila Downs, Dead Man's Shoe and also, La Dentista, in which music from their CD was used in the movie's soundtrack. In 2008, Mariachi Divas were featured performers in an art film with Lila Downs, called Ren, directed by world-renowned artist, Matthew Barney. The Divas rendition of the Ricky Martin hit, "La Bomba" was used in a film released in 2008 called, Julia. Mariachi Divas also have two of their Christmas songs featured on Hallmark Cards with Music- "Mi Burrito Sabanero" and "Año Viejo".

Since September 2003, as the official mariachis of Disney in Anaheim, the Divas continue to perform 7 days a week for audiences of all ages, while strolling throughout the streets of Disney's California Adventure.   


Mariachi Divas' musicians are currently endorsed by LP Percussion, Zeta Music, IntellitouchTuners, Soundback Acoustic Monitors, CodaBow International, Marcinkiewicz, Bella Strings and LPD Music.


The Mariachi Divas will be appearing at The 3rd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklórico Festival, October 3 through October 7th, 2012.