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Celebrities Ask People to Vote So That Mojácar Shines This Christmas With Ferrero Rocher

A few weeks ago, the well-known brand of chocolates Ferrero Rocher launched the ninth edition of its ‘Together We Shine More’ campaign, the contest for which the prize is the Christmas illuminations for one of the prettiest towns in Spain.  For the first time, this edition has an Almerían town among the candidates, Mojácar.

Since Jesús Vázquez announced the inclusion of Mojácar municipality there have been many personalities, institutions, businesspeople and local residents who have wanted to show their support for the locality and ask people to vote so that this Christmas it shines like never before.

One of the ambassadors of the province, David Bisbal, was one of the first well-known faces to ask that Mojácar be illuminated by Ferrero Rocher. He did so shortly after finding out it was a candidate and a few days ago in the moments before his concert in Almería to mark his 20 years on the stage. There he was with the Mayor of Mojácar, Rosa María Cano, and in another small video on the Power Horse he once again asked for the vote for the Mojácar candidacy.

But it’s not only Almería’s most international singer who has joined this initiative. Other well-known faces like the communicator Carlos Herrera, current director of Herrera on COPE, journalist Isabel Jiménez and her colleague David Cantero, news presenters, have also sent a message of support for the Almería Levante region locality. Sheila Torres, creator of es.decirdiario, has also joined this campaign of support through her social media so that Mojácar shines like never before this year.

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From the world of music, as well as the aforementioned Bisbal, other artists such as the Singer Fran Ocaña, the musician-composer Jorge Pardo, Josemi Carmona, from the group Ketama, and the artist Miguel Campello have also joined in with this campaign of support, accompanying each message with the art that characterises each one.

Other well-known faces like the Almerían chef Juan Manuel, winner of Masterchef, or the actress Luisa Martín have also asked for Mojácar to be the town that Ferrero Rocher fills with lights this year. 

The trade unionist Cándido Méndez, the Almerían fashion designer Sergi Real and the kitesurfing junior world champion, Mojácan Osaïa Reding, are other familiar faces who are backing Mojácar.

El former football player and model Jaime Astraín and the Almerían actor Jaime Ribas, who is currently in the well-known series ‘La que se Avecina’, have also wanted to send their support.

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But not only celebrities have joined this campaign. Mojácar has the institutional support of the entire province. Javier A. García, María del Mar Vázquez, Gabriel Amat and other institutional representatives have sent their messages of support, as have hundreds of businesspeople, both from Mojácar and from the neighbouring towns, including the provincial capital.

In short, a campaign that has brought together the whole province in search of a common dream, that Mojácar shines like never before this Christmas and becomes the prettiest town in Spain to visit at this such well-loved time.

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Mojácar Extends the Period of the Christmas Illuminations

Mojácar’s attractive Christmas decorations thanks to being the winner of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine brighter” contest, added to the offers from traders and the hospitality sector, have made the municipality one of the must-sees this Christmas.

Every night Mojacar receives a large number of visitors, who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere that runs through the whole of the locality’s old town.

Given the raised expectations, Mojácar Council wants to let everyone who wants to gaze at these spectacular illuminations know that they will remain on, for the time being, and as a minimum, until the end of January, not ruling out the possibility of extending this period further and as already announced by the Mayor, Rosa María Cano.

With this decision, Mojácar Council wants to give thanks for the support fired up throughout the province in the campaign to become the competition winners and hence give the opportunity to all those who wish to enjoy the illuminations, without having to rush and without the need to stay within the limited calendar of the traditional dates of Christmas.

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This way Mojácar will shine brighter for longer and remain open for many more dates to be able to come to the municipality.

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Firefighters Donate Three Fire Engines to the Centre for the Hospitalised Children

The Levante Almeriense Firefighters’ Association has been to the paediatrics department to visit the hospitalised children and to make a donation of three fire engines for them to use during their hospital stay on these such important days.

These trucks are automatic and able to be steered by the parents of the hospitalised children or by the children themselves if they are a bit older. They also have a built-in Bluetooth music selection system, sirens, and are equipped with lights for emergencies.

The fire engines have been decorated by the firefighters themselves with all the emblems, shields and anagrams to make them replicas as similar as possible to the ones that they use. They have also devised a special system for fixing a hook so that there is the possibility of hanging IV bags or medications and they can be used by everyone without any hindrance.

They were received at the Huércal-Overa Inmaculada Hospital by the Health Delegate, Juan de la Cruz, the Inmaculada Hospital Manager, José Miguel Medina, and the paediatrics service Management Team and health personnel, who thanked them for their generosity towards the hospitalised children and their parents, an appointment they don’t fail to keep both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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For their part, the members of the Levante Almeriense Firefighters Consortium feel very pleased at having been able to repeat this visit that they never miss at Christmas, except those required due to lock down, and for having managed to bring happiness and smiles to the patients and their parents, making them forget the hospital routine, even if it is only for one morning; one of the aims that, for years, they have fulfilled at this time of year.

A touching gesture by the Levante Almeriense Firefighters team, which together with other initiatives, such as collaboration with different NGOs, sports events, etc., expresses their closeness to and their wish to be in contact with the public.

Added to the important work that the firefighters carry out in our society, they go a step further in their commitment to solidarity and assistance, with this type of initiative.

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The Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons is Celebrated in Mojácar

As has become a regular in Mojácar’s Christmas celebrations, the locality’s two most important religious communities came together for the Festival of Nine Lessons, a meeting of Catholic and Anglican faithful gathered around the reading of Genesis, in both languages, as well as an exchange of traditional Christmas carols from both cultures.

The celebration was officiated by the Mojácar Santa María Catholic Church Parish Priest, Victor Manuel Fernández, and the Costa de Almería Anglican minister, Alwyn Carter.

As is customary, the gathering was held in the Mojácar Santa María Parish Church, and was attended by Spanish and British faithful, Catholics and Anglicans, who jointly and emotionally celebrated this time of Advent, a prelude to the most important days of the year for the faithful of both communities.

The readings by the faithful begin with the Old Testament. By the hand of the prophet Isiah the birth of Jesus is announced and through the apostles Luke, Matthew and John, the impact of his birth on the world is related. The lessons, in Spanish and English, are interspersed with Christmas carols, also typical of both cultures.

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The Anglican tradition of holding the Nine Lessons Festival during Advent dates back to 1880, when the Archbishop of Canterbury designed the service for the eve of Christmas in Cornwall in the UK. It’s a service of nine short lessons from the Bible in which the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is usually outlined.

The ceremony ended with the performance by the British and Spanish faithful of the well-known carol “Adeste fideles” (O Come, All Ye Faithful), sung in the original Latin.

Decorated for Christmas, the Santa María Parish Church, has an addition to its original charm as a place of meditation, highlighting the Parish Nativity scene, which is always set up by the Mojácar parishioners.

The Nativity, of great beauty, is the work of the Murcian creator Jesús Griñán from the locality Puente Tocinos, where there are the best Nativity scene makers in Murcia, and which has a grand modelling tradition.

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Although the central figures of the Nativity scene have been in the parish for a long time, new passages from the life of Jesus have been acquired over time from the same sculptor, so that today it is a display of great artistic and cultural value with movable figures that recreate the different trades of the time.

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