Can’t hear you, Speak up : The power to Vote


Being prepared to vote, to stand up for your: rights, thoughts, opinions, for those who have no voice. That is what it’s all about. Considering the current state of affairs &  all hot topic issues at stake, this round of elections is nothing short of imperative!  Hispanics, young voters, EVERYONE who can, should participate!  Some would argue that they don’t vote because their choice never wins. Even if your choice doesn’t come out on top, a vote means: allowing your presence to be felt, &  numbers most certainly do count. Special attention is dedicated to statistics when it comes to voting. Voting is you saying : “Present!” “I am part of this country too  & will not be overlooked , under or falsely represented”  We can not sit idly by during the decision-making process then become outraged if unjust or reprehensible laws are passed by inadequate leaders.

Get familiar with the issues being discussed & decided on for the Nov elections.  Listen to what others have to say, &  get a feel for what those getting ready to hit the polls are thinking by visiting the Yahoo ask America forum http://askamerica.yahoo.com/

Be an informed voter. Find out: Who’s running & for what, What propositions are being voted on.  It’s super easy to do a bit of research by checking out sites like: http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/

ISSUES AT STAKE:  Have you heard talk about changing  the constitution to make it so that even if you were born in the USA you will no longer be considered an American? Read about here : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/politics/07fourteenth.html

IF YOU HAVEN’T REGISTERED YET check out: : http://www.rockthevote.com/ or http://www.votolatino.org/


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Galan of the day (Mexican Eye candy)


Sebastián Zurita

(born November 22, 1986 in Mexico CityDistrito Federal) is a Mexican actor. The eldest son of actors Humberto Zurita and Christian Bach, Sebastián Zurita Bach made his acting debut as a child, appearing in Cañaveral de Pasiones (1996) as young Pablo Montero. After several years, the then twenty-one year old actor made his television return in En Nombre del Amor (2008) as Emiliano Saenz. A year later, Zurita joined the cast of the 2009 remake of the telenovela Corazón Salvaje inspired by the original 1956 novel by Caridad Bravo Adams. He also starred in the 2009 filmÁngel Caído, along with his father and younger brother Emiliano Zurita.[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebasti%C3%A1n_Zurita

WORK:

En Nombre del Amor (In the Name of Love) – Novela

Angel Caido (Fallen Angel)- Film

Mujeres Asesinas-  Series

Cañaveral de Pasiones -Novela

Corazon Salvaje (Savage Heart) –  Novela

Thanks to agressive way in which YT takes down vids I had a hard time finding a good SZ vid.  Found this “En Nombre del Amor Promo” with… I they’re Romanian subs =P

WEBSITES:

http://sebastianzurita.blogspot.com/

http://zurita-bach.com/

Sebastian in period drama “Corazon Salvaje”

[photo credits: all rights & credits go to respective owners]

Hispanic heritage month reads


Here’s a short list of books I thought worth recommending, because what better way to celebrate your culture than by learning and exploring. No?  Here’s wishing you much discovery and enjoyment =D

2010 being the Centenial of the Mexican Revolution, how can I possibly forget to mention ” Los De Abajo”  (by Mariano Azuela ,1915 ) = “The Ones At  The Bottom/The Underdogs”

A very prominent book in Mexican literature. You can find an English version of this book, but if you read Spanish, truly recommend that you read it in it’s originally context.

Mariano Azuela, Mexican author and physician, best known for his fictional stories of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He wrote novels, works for theatre and literary criticism. During his days in the Mexican Revolution, Azuela wrote about the war and its impact on Mexico. He served under president Francisco I. Madero as chief of political affairs in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco – his home town. After Madero’s death, he joined the military forces of Julián Medina, a follower of Pancho Villa, where he served as a field doctor. He later was forced for a time to emigrate to El Paso, Texas. There he wrote Los de abajo, a first-hand description of combat during the Mexican revolution, based on his experiences in the field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Azuela

“The revolution benefits the poor, the ignorant, all those who have been slaves all their lives, all the unhappy people who do not even suspect they are poor because the rich who stand above them, the rich who rule them, change their sweat and blood and tears into gold…” (excerpt from “The Underdogs).

Los De Abajo Synopsis- http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/835-the-underdogs-los-de-abajo-a-novel-of-the-mexican-revolution-by-mariano-azuela

Aztec, Inca, and Maya (Eyewitness Book Series) –  Learn about native indigenous cultures to Mexico & Latin America.  Discover facts about what their religion, traditions, civilizations, what their  daily way of life was like.  Filled with “eyewitness” pictures and illustrations.

The Course Of Mexican History Seventh Edition- ( by Michael C. Meyer, the late William L. Sherman, Susan M. Deeds) This book offers a completely up-to-date, lively, and engaging survey from the pre-Colombian times to the present. Such a text is considered to be an indispensable tool for students of : Mexican History, Politics, Economics, and Culture.

My Sweet Mexico: Reciepies for authentic pastries, sweet bread, beverages,  candy and frozen treats (by Fany Gerson)

Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life (by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T) This book is a 14 yrs + text. It is part of a group of works in which biographies are told through poetry. The book also contains reproductions of Mrs. Kahlo’s work.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (by Kathleen Kull) – This children’s book  takes a  look at Cesar Chavez’s life and how he grew up to become a leader for justice.  Learn about Cesar’s: chilhood, his family, and how he pushed for the ever  important  migrant farmworkers’ cause.




Cool Aztec Names


I’d been dying to do a post like this, thought it’d be super fun to share with the readers! I had already done a post on the meanings of  last names in Spanish, so I went in search of names in Mexican indigenous languages next.   I searched the web, and I found this cool list of Aztec/Mayan names. Sorry if there are any discrepancies, feel free to add your two cents on the subject if you’d like. You can do so by visiting the comments section.  I’m learning along the way too =)  Ok, so  a million thanks to my source all credit goes to them.  I only excerpted some names & tanslated their meaning. You can find the complete list by following the link  =D

Source : http://mx.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070317122716AAbQUdd

TLEXOCHITL= Fire flower

METZTLI / MEXTLI= Moon

CUAUHTÉMOC = descending eagle

TONALLI= Day, energy, warmth

TOPILTZIN= our dear little boy, our prince

TLAZOHTZIN= he who is loved

IZTACOYOTL= white coyote

TEOXIHUITL = Turquoise divinity, beautiful one

EHÉCATL = Wind

ATLANXOCHITL= The most beautiful flower of the sea.

CEYAOTL = Warrior

CITLALTONAC = Dazzling star

CITLALTZIN = little star

QUIAHUITL = rain

TLEYOTL = heart of fire

YAOCIHUATL= woman warrior

There are so many gorgeous and inspiring names, but if I had to pick just one… I guess I’d like to be named: QUIAHUITL( rain) because I adore the rain, it’s so romantic. Plus I’m from So Cal where we don’t get that much rain, so it’s all the more precious to me . Then again, CITLALTZIN (little star) is such a cute and pretty name too. But with a name like TEOXIHUITL (Turquoise divinity, beautiful one) wow who wouldn’t feel like a godess?!  Lol So super hard to choose, all the names rock!

Happy 100th UNAM


An institution with a rich & deep history, a educational & cultural mainstay that is well worth getting to know is turning 100, Mexico’s famed UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

FACTS ABOUT UNAM

*Established Sep of 1910 two months before the beginning of the Mexican Revolutionary War

*Based primarily in Mexico City

*Has Nobel prize recipients among it’s alumni: Alfonso Garcia Robles(for Peace), Octavio Paz (Literature), Mario Molina (Chemistry)

*Main campus is a world heratige site.

*Served as a sanctuary for exiled republican Spaniards, and  refugees of Latin American dictatorships.

“Murals in the main campus were painted by some of the most recognized artists in Mexican history, such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.”

“Generally considered to have the largest enrollment among universities in the Americas.”

UNAM’s soccer team Los Pumas participates in the first division of the Mexican Soccer League.

” The club became two-time consecutive champions of the Apertura, and the Clausura in 2004. Their home ground is the Estadio Olímpico Universitario stadium.”

“UNAM students and professors are regarded throughout Mexico as very politically-aware and sometimes intensely politically active”

The list of those who have attended the prestigious university includes: heads of state, humanitarians, writers, physicians, sports stars and diplomats.

The school currently has : a radio station, its own TV channel, and a philharmonic

Source: quoted lines are info from Wikipedia

UNAM ALUMNI (just to name a few):

Miguel Alemán Valdés (president of Mexico)

Rodolfo Neri Vela (the first Mexican in space),

Hugo Sánchez Márquez (one of Mexico’s most acknowledged football players)

Carlos Slim Helú (businessman and engineer and the richest person in the world)[39]

Jorge Calles-Escandón, M.D. (endocrinologist, a specialist in thyroid biopsy, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, insulin pumps at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, USA)

Alfonso Caso(archeologist)

UNAM Philharmonic plays at Uxmal ruins. Sorry if the vid’s a little off it’s a home video someone posted. The music’s awesome though, so I just had to post it.

Official UNAM soccer team mascot Goyo the Puma!

UNAM soccer cheer: “Goya, goya, cachún, cachún, ra, ra, cachún, cachún ra, ra, goya UNIVERSIDAD!”

MORE SITE WITH INFO ON UNAM

http://www.unam.mx/index/en (Official site)

UNAM TV: http://www.tvunam.unam.mx/

UNAM Pumas (soccer team site) http://clubpumasunam.com/index.php/portal/inicio/

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

http://latercera.com/noticia/educacion/2010/09/657-293117-9-la-unam-cumple-100-anos-como-principal-universidad-de-latinoamerica.shtml

http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/unam.html

http://www.unam.mx/index/en

Mexican Music: Music Video of the day


Haven’t posted an MV in a while. It’s definitely time for some music. =D

Song: El Aventurero(The Adventurer) By: Pedro Fernandez . The song talks about a flirtatious playboy who likes to capture hearts where ever he goes.  Wow there’s nothing as sexy as a gentleman in a charro outfit. Seriously testosterone overload totally drool worthy.  No? Ladies?

Here’s an few lyrics excerpted from the song:

“Be on your toes darlings for your adventurer is here my honeys!”

“I am “the adventurer” the world to me matters very little , when I like a lady… I like her no matter what.”

“I like ’em tall, I like ’em short. I like ’em skinny, I like ’em chubby, the single ladies the widows & like ’em divorced too.

“I am the adventurer and to all my “mothers in law” I propose: Do take care of your daughters if you bring ’em along or I won’t be held responsible!”

“I have a troubadour & bohemian’s soul,  I am honorable and a good friend, the most honest kidder.”

Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage month.  I’d like to share some awesome sites and a cool article with you guys.  Found this great article from The Smithsonian in their Hispanic Heritage section. The article celebrates the Mexican sportsman’s spirit.

“The Little League World Series’ Only Perfect Game”
“The surprising story of the 1957 Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico.”

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Little-League-World-Series-Only-Perfect-Game.html#ixzz1074se0w1

(related to article)Photos of the actual game : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?articleID=90018867&c=y

VIDEO of the 1957 baseball game: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/videos/The-Perfect-Game-Heard-Round-the-World.html

Other COOL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH SITES:

http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

http://www.biography.com/hispanic-heritage/featured-bios.jsp

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/15/presidential-proclamation-national-hispanic-heritage-month

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/history.htm