You Are Invited to the Celebration of Peace and Zihuatanejo Sailfest –February 4-9, 2014

The community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico invites students, educators, civic groups, business representatives, tourists and families from around the world to come to the 4th Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Re-Certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” during the Zihuatanejo SailFest, February 4-9, 2014, sponsored by the” Por Los Niños” Charity.

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During a time when some people have a negative image of Mexico, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero has partnered with the United Nations to develop a program to create a “Culture of Peace,” especially among its children and youth.

This year, the theme for the celebration is “Education for Peace.”  Since September 2013, students in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo have been participating in various workshops and activities to teach respect for diversity, pride and self-development, conservation of the environment and other aspects of peace, culminating in the February event.

Activities will include music, art and entertainment by the children of Zihuatanejo.  Sponsored by the “Por Los Niños“Charity, the event helps to raise funds to build schools and to provide student scholarships.

Let the children of Zihuatanejo tell you why we work for this cause:

Special Guest: Liberato “Levi” C. Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society, a non-governmental agency (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations, will visit Guerrero, Mexico for the first time to officiate at the event. Mr. Bautista serves as the Organization’s Main Representative to the United Nations, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, in Geneva, Switzerland and in Vienna, Austria.

Levi BautistaLiberato “Levi” C. Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society will officiate at the event.

In 2010, the Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan met with representatives from the government, business, tourists, residents, and educators in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to define and establish a sustainable peacebuilding process.  The DRD Peace Center and the community also worked with The World Peace Prayer Society  to erect a Peace Monument in Olof Palme Park, an annual Celebration of Peace Celebration, and certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero is the first community in Latin America to participate this peace-building certification program.

“I am delighted to invite others in the international community to join me in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico to witness this community’s collaboration of government, business, residents, educators, civic organizations, civil society groups, and visitors to demonstrate a unified commitment to peace” says Bautista.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico is an international resort community on the Pacific Coast, located 2.5 hours by air from Houston, Texas.  Flights arrive to the Zihuatanejo International Airport (Code: ZIH).  Everyone is welcome!

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Zihuatanejo Sailfest Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 4:  Grand Kick-Off Party, 6:00 p.m. at at Casa Arcadia Restaurant at Plaza Del Artista in Zihuatanejo. Live Auction at 7:00 p.m.  Come get a T-shirt, sign up for events, make friends, and benefit the kids.  Live music.

Wednesday, February 5: Morning – Pursuit Race.  Boaters will have a fun race in and out of the Zihuatanejo Bay.  Crew spots available.  Benefit Concert, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at El Pueblito Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. Hear outstanding local and international musicians.

Thursday, February 6: Chili Cook-Off and Street Fair, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 Plaza Del Artistas in front of Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Come judge the chili and buy local crafts.  Silent Auction, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Live music follows.

Friday, February 7: Sail Parade, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sail around Zihuatanejo Bay, then to Ixtapa and back.  Donate and sign up at Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo to sail aboard one of the boats.

Saturday, February 8: Kids’ Beach Party and Games Day, 10:00 a.m.  at Playa La Madera.  Fun for 100 kids and all with games, beach volleyball, sand castles, tug-of-war and more!

Sunday, February 9:  Wrap-up Beach Party, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Awards and Raffle Drawings.  Selection of food by local restaurants, great raffle prizes and fun for all.   Food tickets are $100 pesos donation.


Other Tours & Activities:  Educational Tour to schools and universities plus lunch with the students; Tour of Homes & Condos and more.  Tours and Activities by Amstar DMC Mexico, Contact: Fernanda Soto at: or call: 011+52+ (755) 553-2025.

Sunday, February 9:  Celebration of Peace & Re-Certification Ceremony, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo.  Come and see the United Nations parade of flags by our children.  Performances by children. Music, entertainment, peace and joy!

Click to download: Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo -2014 Schedule of Events-Final

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Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa – SOLD OUT

Hotel Emporio IxtapaEmporio – Rates for PEACE CEREMONY 2014.  Hotel Emporio Virtual Tour

Park Royal IxtapaPark Royal – Rates for PEACE CEREMONY 2014

Villas Mexicana in ZihuatanejoVilla Mexicana – Rates for PEACE CEREMONY 2014 and hotel presentation:

Villas Miramar in ZihuatanejoVillas Miramar – Rates for PEACE CEREMONY 2014 and hotel presentation:

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Related Articles:

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