Mexico 1985 Earthquake remembered


Today Mexico remembers the 1985 earthquake. It’s been 25 years already.  On Sep 19, 1985 at about: 7:19 a.m. a 8.1 magnitude quake struck causing devastation. Though disputed, the sum of 10,000 in fatal human casualties is estimated. The epicenter was located off the Pacific Coast & being that Mexico City sits on an old lake bed incredible damage resulted there.  It is said to have been 3-4 billion dollar worth of damage,  412 buildings collapsed, and those that were significantly damaged sum up to 3,124 infrastructures.  To make matters worse one of the areas that  affected most severly happened to be one with a concentration of hospitals. Today of course the quake is a ” Trending Topic” on Twitter Mexico, again and again the same sentiment is expressed: ” In time of crisis Mexico can band together &  stand in brotherhood. Charging onward with a fighting spirit! Mexico can not be kept down!”

Here are a few exerps from Wikipidea with details on the event.

“According to government figures, approximately 250,000 people lost their homes directly due to the earthquake. Unofficial sources put that figure much higher.[14] Some sources state that more than 50,000 families lost their homes, and INEGI reports that 700,000 people in the Federal District and the suburbs in the State of Mexico lost their homes.[6]

“More than 4,000 people were rescued alive. 9,600 injured people received treatment, including 1,879 who needed hospitalization. Despite the loss of 5,000 hospital beds, there was never a shortage of facilities for the injured. Some of the reason for this was that those with postponable care were discharged, but mostly because the public and private facilities unified de-facto during the crisis.[13] There were also people rescued as late as ten days after the initial event.[17]

The “Torre de Hospitalización” was built in 1970 with the main building being twelve stories tall. It had two wings, one facing north and the other south, with an inpatient capacity of 536 beds. At the top was a helipad. It was also surrounded by a number of other buildings belonging to the hospital complex such as a blood bank, teaching facilities, offices as well as the original convent. At the time of the earthquake, the hospital was 80% full, and it was shift change time for nurses, doctors and residents. Within minutes, the steel-frame structure collapsed, crushing and trapping many people inside.[18]

“On the other hand, the disaster created an opportunity for political opponents, especially at the grassroots level.”- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985_Mexico_City_earthquake

Read More about the quake:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/19/newsid_4252000/4252078.stm

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/earthquake-shakes-mexico-city

http://www.glynn.k12.ga.us/BHS/Juniorprojects/Hopkins01/miguelo23724/

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/events/1985_09_19.php

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Mexico at 200: The Young Generation Young Composers & Tomorrow’s Icons


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From Q2music Alondra de la Parra @alondradlp hosts 2 centuries of Mexican symphonic music. 8pm to midnight on Q2, or stream now !         http://www.wqxr.org/articles/q2-music/2010/may/28/mexico-200-younger-generation/

Night of the Bicentennial Celebrations Mexico (Videos)


The “Colossus” being raised. The “Colossus” is a statute representing every Mexican.

In case you missed the awesome Bicentennial party, you can get the inside scoop and find pics & vids of the extraordinary celebration at http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/

Mex Bicentennial Flickr channel

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53924008@N06

Mex Independence Day Videos


Found two awesome movies and a great program to share with you guys on Mexico’s independence.  The first movie is  “Cries of Death & Liberty”. It’s actually a  short series that was  released in commemoration of the Bicentennial. Posted the trailer & part 1. Click on the vid and it will take you to YouTube where there rest of the vids are =D

The second movie is entitled “The Lit Torch” also a series based on the Independence struggle this section is entitled “The taking of Alhondiga of Granaditas”.  What’s  is the Alhondiga of Granaditas &  what’s its importance? You can discover the story and get some background at the following link before watching the movie:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alh%C3%B3ndiga_de_Granaditas

As for the show, it has a very interesting premise!  The show has a time machine concept, they bring back historical figures and interview them. I’ve posted an edition with interviews with heroes of the Mexican Independence movement.

I’ve only posted the first part to each of the interviews, but if you click on the respective video it will take you to YouTube where you can find the rest. All vids are titled with the hero’s  name & all parts are numbered.

What’s up today Mexico?


Ok we’re only 2 days away from Sept 16, Independence day for Mexico & the grand celebration that will mark  the 200th anniversary of the  launch of the Independence movement.  Also, remember that the annual “El Grito” ceremony is held at midnight on the 15th.

As for Sept 13, today is the day on which heroes of the Mexican-American war are commemorated. Young soldiers dubbed “Niños Héroes” ( Child Heroes). Six young cadets and the story of how they sacrificed their lives at Chapultepec Castle are highlighted and extolled.  President Felipe Calderon headed the annual commemorative ceremony this morning in honor of those who died a  patriotic death.

Learn who the “Niños Heroes” were & about the battle at Chapultepec castle.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%C3%B1os_H%C3%A9roes

Niños Héroes” Webpage on Bicentennial website :

http://www.13septiembre.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=48

Mexican Galan of the Day: David Zepeda


The word “galan” refers to : a leading man, hero, A gallant & handsome man.

NAME: David Zepeda (Actor/Model)

Birthdate: September 19 1974

Birth Place :  Nogales, Sonora, México.

Education:Earned a degree in  Civil Law at Sonora University  (UNISON), Hermosillo- México. As  for acting, he received training at Centro de Formación Actoral de TV Azteca.

Fanclub/Official Webpage :http://www.zepedafansclub.com/ Twitter: @dzepedafansclub

Achievements & Credits:

Second Place in Manhunt International 2000 (an international male pageant.)

Novelas

Knows for his villainous roles : His characters are deliciously hypocritical, sensually slimy, you love to hate him yet can’t get enough of this sexy bad boy.

  • Production: Soy tu dueña – Role: “Alonso Peñalvert”
  • Production: Sortilegio – Role: ” Bruno Albeniz”
  • Production: Acorralada –  Role: “Maximiliano Irazabal”
  • Production : Amores cruzados -Role :  “Diego”
  • Production: Los Sánchez , Role :”Omar”

Movies & Theather

“DESNUDOS” (2004)

“4 EQUIS”

“Descalzos En El Parque”  (Barefoot in the Park)

Hosting

Riesgo Total  on TV Azteca

“Mente y Movimiento” on TV Azteca

Hobbies

His an Avid Tennis player since youth and still competes in tournaments

DAVID VIDS =D

“Soy Tu Dueña” = “You belong to me”, promo

On the set of “Soy Tu Dueña”

Commercial : David inviting  fans to be part of “Sortilegio on Stage” the novela  Tour

“Sortilegio On Stage”  excerpt,  poor David gets slapped!  =S

David wins best Antagonistic Actor  award from Premios TeleNovelas

Fan made video for David’s character the sly and evil “Bruno” from the novela “Sortilegio” = A spell


PHOTO CREDITS: my.opera.com

forum.acasatv.ro

elorbe.com

gacetadulceparaiso.blogspot.com

esmas.com

Mexican Fashion Insider


Today’s must have fashion accessory is….. The colorful “pulseras de hilo (pool-seh-rahs-deh- ee-loh)/”pulseras tejidas(pool-seh-rahs-deh- teh-hee-dahs)= thread bracelets/ woven bracelets. In  Mexican culture the tradition of working with textiles and the practice of weaving has been very important, & to this day hand crafts are very popular.  Currently kids pick  up making bracelets as hobbies, some students &  housewives  make it their part-time job selling them at street markets, down town plazas & to neighbors or fellow classmates at school. Some bracelet vendors are even going high-tech and sell them online, and you can even find ritzy fashion boutiques & jewelry shops selling them with gold beads and diamond stones in them.

(Singers/actors Dulce Maria & Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera)

For the real deal killer bracelets however , your best source will always be authentic artisans. These woven bracelets have such an artistic &  organic feel to them, as do the vender themselves at times. I remember on a trip to Mexico as a kid, that downtown some University students with a pretty eclectic flair to them were selling them. When we would go shopping my brother kept joking “Mom, I want a bracelet from the hippies, buy me a hippie bracelet!”  lol xD  This accessory can often be seen worn by kids who are into rock music & the kids who have a fondness for all things  folkloric and traditional love to wear them as well, but you can really see all kinds of kids wearing them.  “Cutsie girls” (preppies) wear them, “pretty boys”, fashion buffs,  metrosexual guys, sporty guys /girls, even celebs wear them. No matter what your style is, everyone can agree that it’s cool to be proud of your roots and sport your pride.

(Cast of novela “Atrevete a Soñar = Dare to Dream)

(Andres Guardado from Team Mexico)

(Mexican Rock Band Maná)

(Singer Alejandro Fernández)