Holidays & Festivals

Jennifer to the Rescue

Posted on June 11, 2007. Filed under: Celebrities & Entertainment, Holidays & Festivals |

Jennifer Lopez saved the day. At the 2007 PR Parade in NYC Daddy Yankee was supposed to be on MTV Tr3s float but he was a no show since he fell ill.
MTV scrambled to get someone to replace him and got J Lo to fill his place. Jenny along with Marcy Marc gave the crowd something to cheer about.

Here’s the official scoop from the NY Daily News:

“The reggaeton superstar, whose new album, “El Cartel: The Big Boss,” hit stores Tuesday, was hospitalized in Miami early Friday for an intestinal virus and dehydration, forcing him to miss Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities in New York.


Yankee’s sudden illness, in the midst of an intense promotional campaign for the new CD, forced the cancellation of his appearances at last night’s El Bling Blineo concert at Shea Stadium and today’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade down Fifth Ave., where he was scheduled to ride on the MTV Tr3’s float.


In Yankee’s absence, Jennifer Lopez will step in as the featured attraction on the float sponsored by MTV Tr3, a Latin-flavored music channel.

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Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City

Posted on June 10, 2007. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals |

You saw the floats, the celebs, the dancers and all the beautiful, lovely cultural groups, on TV…. That was nice, I loved it. But what about the behind the scenes; What about the real people, the good citizens of NYC, Puerto Rican or Not, that truly enjoy the parade? Check them out in the video clips below.


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Mami’s Day–Hispanic Love Sent to Latin America

Posted on May 13, 2007. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals, News & Politics |

“Latino immigrants have been lining up 20 deep at Todos Supermarket in Woodbridge to send an extra $50 or $100 home to Central America. Money transfers to the region peak this time of year. Phone companies say calls to Latin America will surge this morning. And its high season for online and catalogue retailers that allow immigrants to ship refrigerators and microwaves directly to homes in Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras.Today is Mothers Day in much of Latin America, and scattered families are displaying their devotion. Forget the potted geranium. Theyre sending their mothers appliances or cold cash with the flowers and greeting cards.” Rene León, the Salvadoran ambassador to the United States, sent a refrigerator his mother requested, ordering it online through La Curacao, a southern California department-store chain. La Curacao operates a Web site allowing customers to buy items on credit and ship them free for Mother’s Day.

“The mother is an institution in most Latin American countries,” said León, who is also sending his 66-year-old mother on a weekend vacation to a resort on the Bay of Jiquilisco and transferring a few hundred dollars into her bank account. “Normally the mother is the head of the house. The father is the provider, but the mother is the head of the family in terms of how to run the household, what to buy at the market and how to take care of kids.”


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Rascist Cinco de Mayo Frat Party

Posted on May 10, 2007. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals, News & Politics |


A Latino student organization at the University of Delaware is demanding that an honor fraternity expel members who attended a Cinco de Mayo party deemed by some people to be offensive.

Party photographs on a student’s Facebook page, showed some students at the unsanctioned, off-campus party dressed as gardeners wearing work shirts with “Pedro” and “Jose” name tags, and a racist slur scrawled across the back.

Source: and

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Latino Music Fest

Posted on May 5, 2007. Filed under: Celebrities & Entertainment, Holidays & Festivals, Music |

Burger King Corporation (BKC) presents what’s hot and what’s new in Latino music through the Tu Ciudad, Tu Música(SM) talent showcase, which will provide aspiring musicians with the opportunity to be named the best local band in 10 U.S. cities. (Event schedule below) It will include stops in Dallas, Phoenix, Fresno, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and McAllen.

In the Tu Ciudad, Tu Música(SM), ten popular local bands will be pre-selected to battle onstage for a chance to win prize packages, such as $2,500 and radio play. A panel of local judges will determine winners of each competition based on each band’s live performance, musical talent and crowd cheers.

“This year, BKC embraces the diversity within Latin cultures by providing a platform for Latino music’s newest stars,” said Alexandra Galindez, Director for Multi-Cultural Marketing.

The Tu Ciudad, Tu Música(SM) tour organizers invite music enthusiasts to attend the free local concerts to support their favorite musicians. Fans can also win one of several prize packages by participating in a national sweepstakes sponsored by Telemundo Network Group. The grand prize is a trip for two to attend the final Tu Ciudad, Tu Música(SM) concert in Miami.

As a proud supporter of Hispanic musical talent, BKC encourages Latin music’s emerging stars. For the past six years, BKC has sponsored promotional musical platforms to highlight the diverse artistic abilities of Hispanic entertainers among them “We Sing En Español…And English Too,” a historical and educational journey tracing Latin music roots that targeted middle and high school students.

For information on how to audition for your city’s Tu Ciudad, Tu Música(SM) talent showcase competition, visit:

Event Schedule

Harlingen, Texas – April 21
Mesquite, Texas – April 28
Los Angeles, California – April 29
Phoenix, Arizona – May 5
Fresno, California – May 5
Pasadena, Texas – May 20
Elizabeth, New Jersey – May 26
San Francisco, California – May 27
Chicago, Illinois – June 16
Miami, Florida – June 23


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Statement of Hillary Clinton on Cinco de Mayo

Posted on May 5, 2007. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals, News & Politics, North America |

May 4, 2007

Washington, DC – Hillary Clinton joins millions of Americans in commemorating Cinco de Mayo and the contributions that Mexican Americans have made to our country. This day marks the anniversary of the historic victory of the Mexican people over the French army during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

“This weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and pay tribute to the rich history and courage of the Mexican people. The story of General Ignacio Zaragoza’s triumph in the face of tremendous adversity reminds us of the bravery and sacrifice that continues to inspire millions of people today. I am particularly proud that New York is home to a significant community of hard working families that trace their roots back to the heroic state of Puebla.

“This day of pride and celebration for Mexican Americans has been embraced by Americans of all backgrounds as a tribute to our deep historical, cultural and economic ties to Mexico. It is an opportunity to recognize the many ways in which Mexican Americans enrich the country with their culture. As we celebrate all across the United States today, let us not forget that Cinco de Mayo is a day to appreciate and to celebrate the diversity that makes America a stronger nation.”

Contact: Press Office, (703) 875-1271

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Cinco de Mayo

Posted on May 5, 2007. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals |

Here’s the 411 on Cinco de Mayo according to

Cinco de Mayo (“The Fifth of May” in Spanish) is a national, but not federal, holiday in Mexico which is also widely celebrated in the United States. It commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th (“Dieciseis de septiembre” in Spanish).


“Cinco de Mayo” is celebrated vigorously in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, where the battle was fought, however there are observances throughout Mexico of varying degrees. For the most part the celebrations combine food, drink, music and dancing.

United States

In the United States Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origins, particularly along the southern border states where there is a large Hispanic population. Although it is no more an officially recognized holiday than St. Patrick’s Day or May Day in the United States, many cities with large Hispanic populations honor the day as a symbolic representation of Hispanic pride and as a representation of a culture that blends both Mexican and American roots. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, as well as prominent figures of Mexican descent in the United States, such as Cesar Chavez. The National Cinco de Mayo Festival is held every year in Washington, DC, hosted by the Maru Montero Dance Company.

The reference to the Battle of Puebla is seen as a symbolic cultural link to those who had to overcome insurmountable odds while facing adversity. In neighborhoods such as East Los Angeles, the Mission District of San Francisco, East San Jose and elsewhere throughout the Southwest, Cinco de Mayo is most accurately characterized as a day of celebration to honor a culture that fuses Mexican heritage and American life experience. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight the Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include ballet folklórico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles near Olvera Street.

Commercial interests in the United States have capitalized on the celebration advertising Mexican products and services with an emphasis on foods, beverages, and music. While this commercialism has led some Hispanics to regard Cinco de Mayo as essentially a commercial contrivance rather than an authentically Mexican event, the date is perhaps best recognized in North America as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican descent, much like St. Patrick’s Day or Oktoberfest being used to celebrate those of Irish and German descent, respectively.

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Caribbean Love Drink Launches in Time for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 8, 2007. Filed under: Food & Nutrition, Holidays & Festivals |

Caribbean “Love Drink” Launches in Time for Valentine’s Day

Today, Don Ramon Mamajuana announced the launch of it’s Mamajuana liqueur drink mix in the U.S starting February 27th. This will be the first time that such a product from the Dominican Republic is available for the U.S. market starting.

(I-Newswire) – Miami, Florida- ( I-Newswire ) Jan 30, 2007 –
Dominican herbal liqueur mix manufacturer; Don Ramon Mamajuana, Corp. has announced the official United States pre-launch of its Dominican love drink: Don Ramon Mamajuana(tm) , beginning February 14th, 2007. Considered a natural Aphrodisiac, this special blend of 20 roots, herbs, and spices native to the Dominican Republic has been used for centuries as a powerful vitality drink. Tourists and natives of the islands have enjoyed this secret drink for years. Typically, the only way one can get a hold of an authentic bottle of Mamajuana is by traveling to the Dominican Republic. For the first time, it will now be available in the US.This herbal aphrodisiac beverage first came into existence hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus arrived on the island of Hispaniola. It was initially discovered by Taino Indians who inhabited the island of the Caribbean region and utilized it for its vitality and health advantages. Today, Mamajuana is considered by Dominican Republic natives as a National drink. It is referred to as; “The Baby Maker” and “The Male Member Enhancer’s Drink”*. Many of the natural ingredients found in Mamajuana are widely used today in western herbal supplements such as Chamomile, Star Anis, Anamú, Brazilwood, Cat’s Claw (Uña de Gato) among many others. Unlike many other traditional Mamajuana found on the islands, Don Ramon Mamajuana is specially prepared to comply with USDA and FDA regulations set for safety and cleanliness of product. Each bottle is tamper-proof sealed and includes mixing and preparation directions.The official product launch will start this February 27th to commemorate Dominican Republic’s Independence day. “We are thrilled that finally American consumers will now have the opportunity to benefit from the ability to enjoy this traditional and long-awaited product,” said Ray Payano, 26 year old Co-founder and V.P. of the company. “Mamajuana is an exciting do-it-yourself beverage, that can be custom prepared by the consumer according to their taste preference” said Steve Zabielinsky, Co-founder and President.Arriving just in time for Valentines Day, Don Ramon Mamajuana is the first product of its kind offering consumers a perfect passion liqueur mixer that will help set the mood for intimate moments and much more.

Source: http://i-newswire. com/pr88398. html

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on September 6, 2006. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals |

Wow! Where has time flown? It seems like yesterday that I was trading in my school books for flip-flops. Now I’m buying books for this Fall semester. It’s September! And besides a chill in the air and a prediction of falling leaves, there’s plenty to celebrate. Among the many holidays, we Latinos have a whole month of celebrating our Caribbean-style dinners, our invention of the modern novel, and our fantastic sensuality in the Argentine tango. Amidst the festivities, here’s a few reasons to love being Latina/o.

#1: “It’s just our nature and our culture to embrace everybody around us and to incorporate everybody else’s lifestyles into ours. And I think those are some vlaues that I was raised on as a Mexican American.” ~~Eva Longoria

#2: “I see the new Latin artist as a pioneer opening up doors for others to follow. And when they don’t open, we crowbar our way in.” ~~John Lequizamo

#3: “How do I maintain my Mexican roots? How do you cut it out? Being Mexican—it’s part of who you are. It’s not something I question or work at. It just is.” ~~Salma Hayek.

#4: “I’m Latin! I have a built-in advantage.” ~~Erik Estrada, on dancing.

#5: “Being Latin parents makes us extremely expressive with our affections.” ~~Gloria Estefan

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Happy Father’s Day

Posted on June 18, 2006. Filed under: Holidays & Festivals |

Happy Daddy’s Day everyone!!! Now most of you know that today is a celebration of all the Papis out there, all the men who have been father figures in your life – whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or “Big Brothers.”

As any other Father’s Day, get ready for the burnt toast and breakfast in bed, family gatherings, crayon scribbled “I Love You”s and, of course, that lovely new tie!

Hallmark was not the creator of Father’s Day. It actually was born when Sonora Dodd decided to commemorate her father William Smart for raising her and her siblings as a single parent. Since her father’s birthday was in June, she celebrated her father’s selflessness that month. A few decades later, President Richard Nixon made the Father’s Day a permanent national holiday.

“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” — Bill Cosby

“I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.” — Mario Cuomo

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