On May 5 we celebrate “Cinco
de Mayo”, but do we know why we celebrate it? Cinco de Mayo
commemorates the battle that took place in Puebla, Mexico against
the French on May 5, 1862. On this day, 4,500 Mexican soldiers and
citizens began a revolutionary sequence of events that would change
that nation and the world. The men fought with farm tools against
a French army 65,000 strong. The victory of the Mexican soldiers
stopped the invasion of Mexico by the French. The battle has become
a symbol of unity for all Latinos today.
The celebration was held on the 4th
of May during the longer Tuesday free-hour. The groups and individuals
organizing the celebration were ALAS, LSU, A.S. ENLACE, Commissioner
of A.S Edith Rivera, ICC Secretary Noemi Domingues, and LSU member
Diego Rodrigues. The festivities commenced with Mariachi Latino
reciting the National anthem of Mexico. Then shortly, the organizers
introduce the Folclorico of SMC; which will be attending classes
in Mexico City so let’s wish them luck. The dancers Elizabeth
Potter, Nami Ogata, Ami Ducre and Jessica Nedjat-Haiem danced to
“La Madrugada” originally from Jalisco, Mexico.
The Mariachi Latino then performed
several traditional Mexican songs that every single Mexican American
students have grown up listening to. The mariachi Juan Cervantes,
Audel Cervantes, Reynaldo Rivera, Macario Lomeli, and Mario Tobar.
Alma from ALAS introduce herself,
the club and the programs the club offers. Enrique Escobar from
Latino Student Union (LSU) introduces himself and the club, the
programs LSU have and the scholarship they offer.
After the introduction, we were delighted
with traditional Aztec fire dancer from Mexico City. The dancer’s
ages very from 3-40 years old; Martin Tellez, Vicente Tellez, Lupe
Tellez, Lupe Xiuhcoatl Tellez, Rebeca Huitzilihuitl Tellez , O’celotl
During the break for the dancer; Jorge
Monterosa a member of the LSU, who recited a poem; the poem was
an expression of who he was and who he sees himself in the world.
After Jorge another fellow colleague and member of LSU performed
with Mariachi Latino a song by Gilberto Parra “Por un Amor”.
After the break, the Aztec fire dancers
perform a last dance. The dance was very incredible, the dancer
were dancing over fire; they put their foot over a pot of fire and
dance over it.
Then the whole event ended with several
SMC students dancing to the music by mariachi Latino and Dj Gogo.
I interviewed several students after the celebration and they said:
“It was a great turn out! Everybody showed up and had a good
time and enjoy thee event.” A.S. Commissioner, Edith Rivera.
“Great turn out! I just want to thank you all the clubs that
ICC Secretary, Noemi Domingues
“The organizers did a great
job!” Dina Cervantes
“Todo fue bien dinertido, Las
docoraciones y comidas was good!”
(“Every thing was great and lot’s of fun. The decorations
and the food were good!”)
Sonia Arriola ~ President of ENLACE
“When everyone gets down
on stage, when you get all the clubs together (ENLACE, LSU, ALAS,
etc.) they turn it all out.
-Chason Smith ~ President of A.S.
Well as for me I think that everything was incredible and that it
showed a great amount of pride in every single person that helped
with the program. To all of you, who dedicated your time and efforts,
thank you and I’ll be seeing you at the next one. For more
information on the check below.
3347 Garnet Street
Los Angeles, California 90023
Reps: Rafael y Jose Cervantes
(323) 268-1408 / (323) 261-7858
Cell: (323) 219-8190 / (213) 505-6238
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Traditional Aztec Fire dancers from Mexico City
Martin S. Tellez, Director