Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo on Mexican Money


Today the Banco of Mexico known as Banxico placed  new 500 peso bills into circulation which depict celebrated Mexican artists: Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo. The new bills are equiped with special security measures and are the final in a series of  new bills that first began to be released back in September ’06.  The front of the bills will have Rivera’s self portrait and the reverse will have his wife’s, Frida Kahlo’s self portrait.

Among the special features which will serve to distinguish authentic bills are:  three dimensional threading, a section of  the bill will be color changing, micro script, and a watermark.

Mexican defender Carlos Salcido(PSV) Signs with Fulham


In soccer news, club Fulham has just obtained Mr. Carlos Salcido(30-year-old left-back) from PSV Eindhoven with a three year contract.  The exact expense was not disclosed but is supossedly about 1.6 million pounds ($2.5 million). He’s described as a  go-geter , a guy who can play many roles. He joined PSV in 06 and made over 100 appearances & won 2 Dutch titles. Now he takes the next important step in his career best of luck Carlos.

READ MORE ON THIS STORY AT:

http://www.goal.com/en/news/462/netherlands/2010/08/25/2087177/fulham-agree-terms-with-psv-over-carlos-salcido-report

http://www.femexfut.org.mx/portalv2/aspx/WEB_DetalleNoticia.aspx?pnIDNtca=27840

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2010-08-27-2457070423_x.htm

Rafa Marquez’s 1st MLS goal (video)


Check out this sweet goal by Rafa, only three matches in & he’s already got a hot score like that under his belt. The message to Bulls fans & to the MLS is clear:  Mr. Rafael Marquez is here!  P.S. fellow Bull Thierry Henry is still waiting for his 1st  in a league match. The final score for this match played on Sat was  4-1 New York over Toronto. Congrats Rafa way to go!

TwitPic of the day


Get a special behind the scenes look at the Mexican Soccer League with today’s TwitPic of the day uploaded by @yosoy8a (Memo Ochoa goalie for team America of the Mexican League & team Mexico) the caption attached to it reads : Rumbo al estadio!!!! = On our way to the stadium!!! Referring to today’s América vs Querétaro match.

credit: http://twitter.com/yosoy8a

Mexican Bicentennial’s Official Theme Song (free download)


A cool song has been released as the official theme song for the Bicentennial entitled “El Futuro es Milenario” (The Future is Millennial) sung by Aleks Syntek & Jaime Lopez, and it has been made available for free download ! Just go to the following link and it will take you to the official Bicentenario website where you can get the song.  http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1922

LYRICS TRANSLATION

We were born to sing. We were born to dance.

We were born in the land of the beautiful sky….

More centuries of love

More centuries of color

More centuries of one song

will all be welcomed.
A pride that is shared From Mexico to everywhere.

The soul flies and flutters at the grand celebration.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the rhythm of the Bicentennial.

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

The world is right, Mexico is pure love.

It’s a flower that gives itself  to the warmth of a clay oven.

We dance our hearts out, it’s a rhythm to celebrate.

We thoroughly delight in being Mexicans

In the streets it’s a party differences forgotten, all united

Voices sing from deep within our hearts.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the  rhythm of the Bicentennial

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

Mexican Pop Culture Icon to Cross Over


The iconic Mexican classic, a show near and dear to Mexicans, a total household name “El Chavo del Ocho” franchise is set to expand yet again. It all started with a live action comedy show back in 1971 , in 2006 an animated series ” El Chavo Animado” was released. The cartoon was produced by Roberto Gómez Fernández, son of writer/creator of  “El Chavo del Ocho” Roberto Gómez Bolaños. Gómez Fernández decided on the project as an homage to his father’s famous work, also he wished to pioneer one of the first animated series made in Mexico, based on a TV program.

The series consists of 100 episodes, and on August 26 will be entering its 4th season.  It is on the top 3 list for channel 5 on which it airs, competing with top contender Sponge Bob who has one of the best ratings among children’s programs. Now, an English version of animated “El Chavo” is next on the horrizon. 52 dubbed episodes are in the works, set to premier next year. The show’s staff are hard at work with colaborating voice over talents, and writers in figuring out just how to transmit that special, unequivocal “El Chavo” magical brand of entertainment. Due to cultural differences the staff is working on how to modify jokes, and adapt them for their new audience.

Lots of great stuff in store for the thriving franchise, the wide and positive response from the animated series gives way to an upcoming video game, set to be releases sometime in December. Along with an the release is an  El Chavo musical show set to open in December as well. The video game will be a  Nintendo DSi title with 52 mini games or “missions”. For the upcoming season: the show started with episodes based on storylines from the original live action series; the new season promises never before seen episodes and in HD.

New to El Chavo? Get to know this Mexican TV Classic. More Info about el Chavo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chavo

http://www.chavodel8.com/

Follow El Chavo on Twitter : @chavodel8com

To watch episodes of the live action series simply look up “Chavo del Ocho” on YouTube

More on this story

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/espectaculos/99992.html

Must Watch Mexican Blockbusters


2010 is the year of the Mexican Bicentennial, that’s Mexico’s 200 birthday, but also being celebrated this year is the centennial for the Mexican Revolution.  Wars are always ugly &  tragic no doubt about that, but the spirit of those who fight for what’s right, for their most treasured beliefs is always inspiring. In this manner the Mexican Revolution can be seen as a passionate, romantic era full of heroism and adventure. I’d love to recommend a movie that depicts just that.  I’ve really been interested in posting about Mexican cinema especially classic cinema and what better way to introduce those who aren’t familiar with it than this awesome movie. The movie is called “La Cucaracha”. It stars Maria Felix an icon of the “cine de oro” =”golden cinema” era of Mexico. She was commonly known, particularly in her later years, by the honorific La Doña.  There is no comparison really , but I guess you could say she might be something like the Katharine Hepburn of Mexico.

Here’s an excerpt.

La Cucaracha:“Take it off! Strip yourself of all that’s proper. Come at me with whatever you’ve got!” Isabel: “What I have, is too much for you.”

“La Cucaracha” tells the story of  a renegade soldadera with a fearless bravado.  Soldaderas = were female soldiers who went into combat alongside men during the Mexican Revolution. For those who don’t speak  Spanish, but would like to watch, I’ll break down the story.  “La Cucaracha” (Maria Felix) is a rough and tumble soldadera who is passionate about the revolution, however the hardships of war have given her a very cynical attitude and sharp tongue. She is anything but lady like, she believes in : drinking, gun slinging and being marry.  Doña Isabel  is a very religious, modest, widow she is constantly refereed to as a respectable lady. She hates the revolution because “the cause” took her husband’s life.  When the revolutionary Colonel Zeta comes to town “La Cucaracha” expresses her desire to join his men and is laughed at him and told to go home.  She refuses to be mocked or belittled so she decidedly follows their trail.  Doña Isabel follows too in search of her husband.  She arrives at their camp to find:  drunk men and women laughing by campfires and severe casualties, among them her husband. Distraught, disheartened and not knowing what to do with her life she reluctantly opts to follow the troops instead of going back home. She refuses to become a soldadera and just helps the group with things like : nursing and cooking instead. Along the way “La Cucaracha’s” renegade ways win over Colonel Zeta and he begins to try and woo her. At first she sneers at him with a prideful demeanor and  won’t have him, but they end up together. Colonel Zeta tells “La Cucaracha”  that if she is to be his “woman” she needs to settle down, and for love she does.  Trouble irrupts when La Cucaracha suspects that something going on between Colonel Zeta and Isabel. He assures her that he only only has eyes for her and any special attention he pays to Doña Isabel is out of respect for her as a lady & widow. As time goes by the war begins to change Isabela and she eventually likes the idea of casting her modest customs aside and becoming a full fledged soldadera. What happens next? Well, don’t want to give away the ending, so you’ll just have to watch =D

Here’s a link to part 1 of the movie if you want to watch the whole movie all the accompanying videos are numbered and should appear on the side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwtIPHu3Uxs

It’s been a MegaSuper Chido year


Can’t believe I totally spaced!! Yesterday August 14 was the site’s birthday! It’s been one whole year since I started the blog.  I never thought I’d get so many visits or that I’d make it this far =D Writing for the blog has truly been a super chido experience!  Thanks to all those who have taken interest. I hope that whether it be at this blog or wherever, you keep learning about all that is Mexican culture and remember to spread Chido love where ever you go!

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