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Voices from the Valley: Mexican Consulate, San Elizario host Inaugural Celebration

A beautiful night under the star filled sky. San Elizario Historic Placita was packed with happy families, music, plenty of vendors and games.

The Mexican Consulate reached out to the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society to see if they could partner up and bring something special to the community for Cinco de Mayo weekend. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army was victorious over the invading French troops.

The holiday is not really celebrated in Mexico but has become a commercialized holiday in the United States.

But when you have the Mexican Consulate in the decision making process you can be sure the festivities will be more beauty and culture rather than gimmick and stereotypes, that’s exactly what Saturday night was in San Elizario.

Mexican Consul, Marcos Bucio

A beautiful reception, followed by the many musical acts such as Campo Mi Tierra Mariachi, Groupo Cabalgata, Juan Gabriel tribute and Erasmo Catarino González Delgado (winner of Season 4 ‘La Academia’) kept the energy high. One special woman stole the show, Rosy Arango known as ‘La Rosa Mexicana’ was a special guest.

She is an international singing sensation who flew in for the special night. Her voice literally stopped me in my tracks, I was in complete awe (video below). Her last song was the traditional “¡Viva México!” which included an extra Viva San Elizario!

Consul Marcos Bucio and the Mexican Consulate brought all the beauty of Mexico, thank you to all those involved, it was a grand success.

courtesy Rosy Arango Oficial FB page

Al Borrego from San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society said that they were excited when the Mexican Consulate approached them to host something very special. Most importantly, they wanted to make sure to keep this event free to the public, Borrego told me. This is the first year of what will now be, an annual tradition.

The entire festival is something everyone can enjoy. Plenty of food vendors, many who came in from El Paso to participate. There were carnival games and rides, even pony rides for $5. The best part of this weekend’s celebration is that admission is free.

The celebration continues all day Sunday May 6, 2018. 11am – midnight.

 

 

 

Video+Story: UTEP Partnership Offers Dose of Cancer Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 31,500 newly diagnosed cases of cancers caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, infections each year in the United States. But adults have a shot at preventing HPV-related cancers if they get vaccinated against the infection during childhood or adolescence.

That is why Karen Del Rio Guzman, a health promotion senior at The University of Texas at El Paso, plans to vaccinate her two-year-old daughter against HPV when the time is right. The American Cancer Society recommends that the cancer preventive vaccine be given to girls and boys starting at age 11 or 12 up to adults age 26.

“Ideally people should get the vaccine before they become sexually active and exposed to HPV,” said Del Rio Guzman, a research assistant in UTEP’s Department of Public Health Sciences. “As parents, it is important to educate our children to protect today’s young people from future HPV-related cancers.”

In an effort to help parents make an informed decision about vaccinating their children, UTEP’s Department of Social Work has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and the Mexican Consulate in El Paso’s “Ventanilla de Salud” health care program to launch the EdTech-HPV education and technology project.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. The CDC found that 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. While most HPV infections clear up, some lead to cervical cancer and other cancers.

“I was aware of the HPV vaccine because of my classes, however, I never understood the challenges people in the community face to receive it,” Del Rio Guzman said. “For many it is difficult to get transportation to health clinics, and bringing the service to the community is more convenient. Others are not informed about the vaccine, however while seeking other services they learn about it at the health fairs.”

HPV Education 101

EdTech-HPV is a multiple site, community-based project operating in Mexican Consulates in New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago and El Paso that aims to increase HPV vaccination rates among children of Mexican immigrants through education and text messaging.

The project will look at barriers to HPV vaccination in underserved populations, such as lack of transportation, cost or inadequate information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

Funded by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the five-year project is led by Abraham Aragones, M.D., a physician and public health researcher at MSK’s Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service. Eva Moya, Ph.D., UTEP social work interim chair and associate professor, is the site principal investigator in El Paso.

“This is an interprofessional community-driven project that allows for a lot of education to be done in the community,” Moya said.

Starting in March, EdTech-HPV project coordinators Martha Villaseñor, a Ventanilla de Salud community health worker specialist, and UTEP social work alumna Marina Ramirez, began to recruit parents of HPV vaccine-eligible children between the ages of 11 and 17 to participate in the project at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.

Interested parents will receive information about HPV, the vaccine’s benefits, and referrals to local services like the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health, Texas Tech and Project Vida that offer the HPV vaccination to children for free or at a low cost.

Villaseñor said that although many parents are uncomfortable talking about topics related to sexual behavior, most are grateful for the information.

“This is taboo,” Villaseñor explained before giving a presentation on HPV at the consulate. “Some people get uncomfortable when you talk about the body’s private parts and they look up at the ceiling or turn around. But others are very interested and they come to us and ask questions and want more information because people are afraid of the risks. They say, ‘How am I going to expose my daughter or my son if I can do something about it?’”

A Shot at Prevention

The HPV vaccination is a series of shots – two for ages 11 to 14 and three for 15 to 26-year-olds – administered over six to 12 months. According to the CDC, receiving the full vaccination series could prevent 90 percent of HPV-related cancers.

After the first dose, parents will receive text messages reminding them of follow-up shots. Once the series is complete, parents will forward a picture of the shot record to researchers, who will compare vaccination rates at the different sites.

Although El Paso has a 66 percent HPV vaccination rate – the highest in Texas and higher than every state except Rhode Island – males in Texas and the rest of the U.S. were less likely than females to be up to date on HPV vaccines.

“I think we’re going to find that most of the young ladies have already been vaccinated against HPV because most of them are vaccinated in the 5th grade in Mexico,” said Marina Ramirez, who earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from UTEP. “But boys run a high risk because they also need to be vaccinated. A lot of people used to think this is a women’s problem. So this is helping to shift the focus and say, ‘This is everybody’s problem.’”

HPV is a vaccine preventable infection than can be largely eliminated in the U.S., but only if vaccine completion rates are improved, said Aragones, the project’s leader.

One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives is to increase HPV vaccine completion rates to 80 percent for females ages 13 to 15 by 2020.

“If we reach our goal of vaccinating 80 percent of children, we could prevent over 30,000 cases of cancer in the future,” Aragones said. “The HPV vaccine’s purpose is to prevent cancer. If in 10 years a woman dies from cervical cancer, that should not have happened. It’s in our hands to prevent HPV-related cancers.”

Aragones will speak about his HPV-related research at the El Paso Immunization Coalition (EPIC) 2018 Conference in El Paso on April 27, and at the Sexual, Reproductive Health and HPV Workshop for Community Health Workers in the Health Sciences and Nursing Building on April 28.

To learn more about EdTech-HPV, click above to watch a video about the project. It features information from experts, health advocates and personal stories from people in the community, including Karen Del Rio Guzman.

Author:  Laura L. Acosta – UTEP Communications

Burnet Student Artist wins National Mexican Consulate Contest

An EPISD student artist is flying high after earning a top spot in the 2017 Concurso de Dibujo Infantil: “La Mariposa Monarca y su ciclo de vida en Norteamérica.”

Noelly Cobos, a fifth-grade student at Burnet Elementary, was one of only 12 winners chosen from hundreds of entries from all across the world for the drawing contest hosted every year by the Mexican Consulate. Her artwork will be on display at the Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City’s largest children’s museum, starting May and is featured in the 2018 IME calendar, which is distributed worldwide.

“I was really shocked because I didn’t know I had been picked,” Noelly said. “My mom was really happy. She was tearing up because she was proud.”

Two representatives from the consulate came to Burnet earlier this month to present her with an iPad, books, a copy of the calendar with her artwork, as well as an art print by Mexican-American artist Nicole A.S. Pellegrino.

The theme focused on the life cycle and migration of the Monarch butterfly — the only butterfly species that migrates during the winters. Monarchs can travel up to 3,000 miles from the United States to the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Noelly put her own twist on the theme, opting to incorporate her style and love of manga — a Japanese style of art that is akin to comic books — to create her drawing.

“I really like drawing people, so I wanted to incorporate a person in my drawing,” she said. “I drew a butterfly on her face and made a cocoon dress with butterflies coming out.”

Art teacher Heidi Gutierrez was over the moon when she found out Noelly has been chosen. This is the second year her classes participate in the contest, but the first time any of her students have won.

“I was so excited I almost cried,” she said. “One of my objectives it to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to show them what they do matters.”

Gutierrez built a lesson around the contest, teaching the students about the Monarch butterfly to get their creative juices flowing. She picked five student drawings from her classes to submit to the consulate.

“The more I talk about it, the more creative they get,” she said. “I chose the students based on their creativity and completeness because some kids have good intentions, but they don’t complete their work. I want to show them they have to finish a project and set those expectations.”

Noelly took several weeks to complete her drawing, which features detailed pencil and watercolor work.

She hopes to continue building her drawing skills and growing as an artist.

“I like the artwork, but I have improved a lot, so I see parts of it I would change now,” she said. “You need to practice every single day and look at other people’s art and get inspiration.”

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy / EPISD

Central Business Association, Mexican Consulate, City Team Up for Downtown Posada

Thanks to the El Paso Central Business Association (CBA) alongside the Consulado General de Mexico and the City of El Paso, the ​37th Annual Posada returns to Downtown El Paso​.

A traditional Mexican celebration, a posada is a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary seeking “shelter” so that Mary can deliver the Christ child. Traditionally the shelter is denied and a procession where children are given candy to help in the search for shelter. There are special songs (villancicos), food, and traditions that accompany this reenactment.

Organizers share that there will be piñatas for the children, champurrado (a hot chocolate drink), atole, pan dulce and buñuelos as well as singers, dancers and actors.

Via a news release, organizers added, “an additional reason for celebrating this Posada for all the citizens of El Paso is to feature our friendly relationship with our sister city Cd. Juarez, Mexico…and it’s open to all regardless of their religion or ethnicity.”

WHAT: Border Posada
WHERE: Saturday, December 16, 2017
WHEN: Starting at 4:00pm at the Paso Del Norte International Bridge located at 1001 N. Santon
Celebration to be followed at San Jacinto Plaza located at 114 W. Mills Ave.

 

Mexican Consulate, EP Museum of Art Team Up for Day of the Dead Celebration

The Consulate General of Mexico and the El Paso Art Museum invite residents to the traditional Day of the Dead celebration in which family and friends gather to honor and remember their deceased loved ones.

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national celebration and it takes place on November 2nd. This Day of the Dead celebration will take place at the El Paso Museum of Art (One Arts Festival Plaza) on Thursday, November 2nd starting at 6:00 PM. Admission is free.

As part of the celebration, there will be an altar dedicated to the people who died during Mexico’s Earthquakes.

The piece includes contemporary influences in the plastic arts by Luis Colomo, who created a space to honor the people who died from the earthquakes in Mexico, without leaving aside the traditions of “El Altar de Muertos”.

The artist, El Paso-native Luis Colomo,  graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with concentration in painting and graphic design. Colomo has had numerous exhibitions and public venues including Chalk The Block, where he has created nine chalk murals since 2008.

As part of the activities of this Mexican celebration, there will be a presentation of the “Las Catrinas” quartet recital, which will be followed by a tasting of the traditional pan de muertos and hot cocoa.

Mexican Consulate Recognizes EPCC Students

El Paso Community College (EPCC) students named Siemens Technical Scholars earlier this year were honored by the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.

Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, Marcos Bucio welcomed students Bryant Muñiz, Lizet Navarro and Adrian Morales to his office for a ceremony where the students shared their educational experience and pride in their Mexican heritage.

“El Paso Community College’s programs of excellence are important to Mexico,” Bucio said. “The Siemens Technical Scholar Awards show the academic quality that the college has and we are proud to work together.”

EPCC received five of the 51 scholarships awarded nationwide by Siemens. Muñiz, Navarro and Morales are current students majoring in Medical Imaging Technology-Radiology. Other scholarship recipients, Javier Casillas and Angelica Muñoz, are recent graduates.

“Without a doubt, I think being in this EPCC program, we are the most prepared students here in the Southwest,” Bryant Muñiz said. “The program prepares us for our registry, so we go into clinics feeling confident knowing exactly what we’re doing.”

The Siemens Technical Scholars Program recognizes exemplary community college STEM programs, like EPCC, that deliver exceptional training for technical STEM jobs in areas ranging from power plant technology to healthcare and awarded scholarships to students.

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