Mexican Talent in the Performing Arts


Videos: Pianist Salvador Rodriguez  Aldrete from Nayarit.  Professional musician of 30 years. As a  professor of music he is currently heading the “Elemental Music” & “Oratory Principals”  workshops  at the Catholic University of Puerto Vallarta.

This ballet version of the Jarabe Tapatio was a performance that took place as part of the concert celebrating  Mr. Rodriguez’s  30 yr career featuring ballerina Ruth Marcela Perez Contreras.

http://www.pianistasalvatore.com/Enlaces.html

Mexican Food : The treat known as Amaranto


Amaranto is a traditional Mexican candy also know as “Alegría” (happiness, joy, cheer).  A treat who’s ingredients &  manufacturing process have a long standing  history. The candy’s main ingredient is the intensely nutritious grain knows as amaranth, it is so nutritious than it surpass both rice & wheat. Amaranth was a staple food of the Aztecs.  Alegría candy bars contain : nuts, pepitas(pumpkin seeds), rasins, & the amaranth grain  which are “glued” together with pilloncillo(a type of unrefined sugar that usually comes in cones, known to some as “Mexican brown sugar”)

MORE INFO :

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

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

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

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

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

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