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

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R.I.P. Roberto Cantoral


A sad time for not only the entertainment world but for all romantic music lovers everywhere. “It’s a great loss for the Mexican Artistic community.” stated fellow singer/composer  Armando Manzanero.  Legendary talent,  iconic figure, singer/composer Roberto Cantoral father of actress Itati Cantoral who passed away in Toluca August 7th 2010 was mourned yesterday August 8th, his illustrious career celebrated, and final goodbyes were said at the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes= Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. His closest friends, colleagues, and prominent figures of the entertainment industry were present to pay their respects. His career began when his brother and he formed the duo “Los Hermanos Cantoral” in 1950. He  later went on to be part of the trio “Los Tres Caballeros”.  During his time with the group he made a great impact when it came to the Mexican Ballad, among the places where the group toured were : Japan, USA, & Argentina . He turned soloist in 1960, after a 15 year career as a performer, he then  turned composer.

One of his most famous works “Reloj no marques las horas” = Clock don’t mark the hours

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Held the position of :  Executive Council of  the Mexican Society of  Writers and Composers since 1982.  Special guest on global, hit entertainment shows such as:  the Arthur Garfield show (USA)  the Alice Bontorno show (Italy), Gran Parada (Spain). His personal appearances surpassed the amount of 1,500 in 120 countries during his year career his 15 year career as a singer.  Named “Mr. Amigo”  & an “Honorary Citizen” in Texas. The only non government official to have spoken at   Congreso de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual = International Congress of Intellectual Property.

FAMOUS ARTISTS THAT HAVE INTERPRETED HIS SONGS:

Placido Domingo

David Bisbal

Luis Miguel

Marco Antonio Muñiz

Sara Montiel

Emmanuel

Frank Pourcel

Jose Feliciano

Maisa Matarazzo

Neil Sedaka

To name a few.

picture cedits:

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