The 17 Best Alba Villanueva Moments That Are Abuela AF

In our culture, abuelas are the true rulers of the house, the family and our traditions.

And there’s no doubt that Alba Villanueva from “Jane the Virgin” is our favorite abuela on television. Throughout this series, abuela Alba drops some real wisdom (or abuela complaints) we can all relate to. Here are her best moments.

1. Alba teaching young Jane that her virginity is like a flower.

Alba Villanueva

This **iconic** moment is the opening scene of “Jane the Virgin” and the defining moment for adult Jane’s celibacy and relationships. That is, until she gets accidentally artificially inseminated and begins to question everything.

2. She’s the family’s moral support (and compass).


While Alba Villanueva can be religious and devout to a fault (whose abuela isn’t?), she also shares the wisdom from her own life experiences. Like this time when she confessed to Jane that she told her mom to have an abortion, but Jane had become the “best part of [her] life”.

3. She has a lot of opinions.


And we love her for it. She will support Jane and Xiomara until the moment they’re over someone and then she’ll word vomit all the ways they might have been wrong for them.

4. And all the wisdom that keeps families afloat.


When Michael died and Jane was widowed so young, Alba shared her experience of being a young widow. Meanwhile, the world watching got chills for the generational strength of the Villanueva family.

5. Alba also has her moments of spontaneity.


Like this time she suddenly decided to join Jane and Xiomara’s road trip, and then was immediately backseat driving.

6. Like the time she spontaneously ran out of a marriage proposal.


Alba had been widowed for 30 years before she got back in the dating scene, and she was waiting for marriage to have sex again. That thought sent her running!

7. While this is the only episode she’s that abuela…


I mean, we can all relate to someone yelling at you, which inevitably leads you to swerve, them to panic, and you to want to scream. You know what I’m talking about.

8. We’ve felt that feeling of frustration mixed with adoration and respect many, many times.


Pobrecita, Alba. We love you so much, but the anxiety to get places not on Latino time is real.

9. This was Alba’s online dating profile post-breakup:


LOL. Y’know, we’re tossing kudos her way for even undertaking the task of creating an online dating profile, and laughing at how rigid it is.

10. But she’s not too rigid to go to a sex shop with her granddaughter.


After confessing to Jane that she turned down the marriage proposal because she was afraid of being intimate again after 30 years on her own, Jane took action. And Alba’s face was priceless.

11. Better yet was her face-to-face with a latex suit.


Spoiler: Jane ends up buying her grandma some lube and a vibrator and slips it into her purse. When Alba dropped her purse in front of some children who asked her if that was a “vibrating hot dog”, she almost died of embarrassment.

12. But not before she took her new sex toy for a test run.


Moving past how bizarre it would be to buy this for your abuela, how cool is Alba that she’s able to overcome a lifetime of religious oppression and masturbate for the first time in 30 years?! You, go, Alba!

13. She never stops being the abuela you can go to in a pinch though.

CREDIT: @heygladys / Twitter

If you’re like me, and your abuelas are long gone, let Jane the Virgin raise you. I’m taking advice from this fictional TV character all the time, because she reminds me so much of my own abuelita. She is all our abuelas.

Caption: “Favorite abuela advice to this day @HereIsGina ?”

14. Alba has suffered immensely for her undocumented status.

CREDIT: CW / Jane the Virgin / @EITAK / Twitter

It was a weight on Xiomara growing up to never have an encounter with the police or her mother could be deported. When she was pushed down the stairs and almost died, she couldn’t even think about pressing charges for attempted murder because of her status and we wept with her.

15. Spoiler: Alba gets her green card!!

CREDIT: CW / Jane The Virgin / @DUH_LANIE / Twitter

While the 2016 Presidential campaign was scapegoating immigrants and undocumented workers in the U.S., Jane the Virgin was humanizing them. How could Alba deserve anything less after a lifetime of giving back to her community?

16. Let’s also never forget the time she went #TeamJafael.


Honestly, JTV, please leave #Jafael alone. Alba has always thought they were meant to be by God because his sperm accidentally ended up launching this whole, untraditional and beautiful family. I’m #TeamJafael for the abs.

17. Overall, there’s no question that Alba Villanueva is the backbone and hero of the family.


Alba Villanueva is the matriarch, and the guiding light for everything the Villanueva women do, and it’s all founded on their undying love and respect for her. #Same

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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All too often we hear stories involving social media that don’t paint the best picture of the digital platforms. From trolls coming for people or fights and arguments going public to sexual harassment and doxxing, social media has so often been used as a tool to do harm.

Thankfully, though, that’s not always the case.

Now we get to tell the story of how one viral video has helped rescue a 90-year-old abuelita and her disabled 17-year-old great-grandson from dire straights.

A 90-year-old abuela and her great-grandson will soon have a new home thanks to support from social media.

Last week, a video was posted to social media about the dangerous and unsanitary conditions a 90-year-old woman and her great-grandson were living in. The woman, from Veracruz, Mexico, lived with her great-grandson, Pedro Miguel, in a shack with tarps for walls and rusted-out tin roof.

The shack was furnished with not much more than a bed, which got wet every time it rained. López’s children have died, her grandchildren have abandoned her, and Pedro is basically the only family she has.

Since the video went viral, DIF Family Services agency met with López and her grandson to assess their health and announced both would get the medications they need. Meanwhile, Leonor López, has been housed in a shelter for the elderly and Pedro was placed in a state-run home where each will remain until authorities can find a home for her and Pedro.

The great-grandmother and her great-grandson are all the other has.

Credit: Isabel Zamudio / Getty Images

Leonora has cared for Pedro ever since he was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. The 17-year-old does not speak and suffers from epileptic seizures.

Before being placed in supportive housing, each day Leonor would leave her house with a rope tied to the arm of her great-grandson as they went out to collect whatever they could to earn money. Some days they’d collect aluminum cans or cardboard to sell and some days they’d visit verdulerías or even private homes to dig through the garbage to find something to eat.

Every two months Leonora would receive her disability pension of $2,500 pesos (or about $125 USD), which she had to use to buy medicines for Pedro. She also told Milenio that she owes money from the last time Pedro got severely ill.

“When he gets sick I take him to the hospital or to the Red Cross, but they charge me a lot, because he has seizures. This time he got sick I took him but they charged me $6,400 [pesos or ($320 USD)] for three days of care.”

However, since being taken into assisted care, Pedro has also been enrolled to receive his own disability pension, which will definitely help address his medical costs.

Sadly, there misfortunes haven’t ended there.

In what is truly a disappointing story, often times when Leonor and Pedro have gone out to try and earn what money they can, they’re home is robbed of what little they have. According to their neighbor Rogelio, the community hasn’t come to their support – instead they steal from the family.

“I don’t see someone coming to help her, on the contrary, what little she has there they steal from her, even though she is alone in her house they steal what little she can gather; people take advantage,” Rogelio told Milenio.

Thankfully, the viral video has helped spur change for the family and they’ll soon have a proper home and the government benefits they’re both entitled to.

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen


Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen


It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.

Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.

And the answers threw us for a time loop!

Check them out below!

“Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.”- melissa_phillips71

“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta

“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_

“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011

“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy

“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche

“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a

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