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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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

Here Are Just Some Of The Ways My Abuela Taught Me How To Remove The Negative Energy From My Life

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Here Are Just Some Of The Ways My Abuela Taught Me How To Remove The Negative Energy From My Life

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If you were lucky enough to have a loving, doting abuela who looked after you while your parents worked overtime, you may have faint memories of her doing strange things around the house. She may have placed a cup of water behind the door, propped a broom upside down in a corner, or shooed everyone out the house so she could clean. No ordinary cleaning, it could be that on those Sunday mornings full of loud music and earthy aromas, your abuela was cleansing the house of negative energy. Feelings of unending exhaustion, illness, frustration, stress, or worry are signs that your home could use a limpieza too.

When I was a child, I would accompany my gold-toothed grandmother to Newark Avenue on Saturday afternoons. She would put curtains on layaway at Woolworth’s, and stop by the meat market and the fish market. Some Saturdays, our last stop before heading home was at la botanica. More than a magic shop, this was a place to procure spiritual elements from statues of Catholic saints to potions guaranteeing love and money. My grandmother would move nimbly about the shop selecting Indian Spirit money spray, incense, frankincense, and myrrh. Pretty biblical, right? I recall watching Sunday morning cartoons as she cleaned the apartment from back to front, windows open, a ritual concluding with her swinging her tiny cast iron cauldron, resin smoldering inside, while wearing an iconic bata. You know the one!

If you asked Abuela, she wouldn’t say this was Santería or Brujería of any sort.

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Latinidad is abstract in the way it allows a constellation of diaspora to take cultural practices from here and there, creating our own interpretations according to our needs and resources.

While energy-cleansing rituals can be extremely complicated; like the one where you buy a coconut, bathe it in Florida Water, and gently kick it around your entire home while smudging sage then kicking the coconut of your house, picking it up with your left hand, walking far away from your house and throwing the coconut over your head, making sure it splits, otherwise you will need to start the ritual again with a new coconut.

If you’re short on coconuts and time, but would like to try simple ways of cleansing your home of negative energy, here are a few simple suggestions inspired by Abuela.

It all begins by cleaning your home.

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De-clutter, organize, and arrange items neatly. The science behind cleaning shows your space is a reflection of your mind. Marie Kondo your situation to clear away bad energy, calling forth peace of mind and calming spirit. A real-deal abuela would advise you to clean your floors with La Bomba, a spiritual floor cleaner. Mop from the back of your home to the front door, and throw away the mop head. You probably won’t find La Bomba in Target. Check online botanica retailers, and look for all-purpose La Bomba solutions that can be used to clean your car and other spaces where you may have experienced a bout of bad luck.

Channel the elements: earth, air, fire, and water in your energy cleansing enterprise, like Earth.

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Boasting benefits like curing insomnia, boosting your mood, and neutralizing ions, smudging sage has been widely attributed to Native American tradition. Sage sticks, and smudge kits are widely available, but if you are into drying your own sage, consider adding dried roses, lavender, palo santo, and rosemary. If nothing else, it looks pretty and your home will smell lovely.

Air

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Open the window. It’s as simple as that. Release stale air to remove negative energy, and in the spirit of my own abuela, take down your curtains, give them a wash while you put up beautiful new curtains. Maybe you don’t believe in negative energy, but you can’t deny the uplifting effect of getting some fresh air.

Fire

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Burn bay leaves. Also known as laurel, the practice of burning bay leaves dates back to Ancient Greece. Write down all the things you want to release directly on the leaves, burn the leaves in a fireproof bowl, and safely discard the ashes.

Lighting candles is a large part of the cleansing process for abuelas too. Light candles of your favorite saint, or cruise your botanica for some highly specific candles promising to banish the evil eye—if that’s your thing.

Water

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Like my abuela, place a glass of water behind a door, or place a glass of water under your bed, which is said to absorb negative energy.

Bathing, a literal cleansing, can also serve to clear bad energy. Abuela would advise you to bathe in your favorite flowers, perfume, milk, and honey, an ancient tradition found around the world. Light a candle, turn the lights down and ask for the things you want to receive as you luxuriate in your bath. 

Last, but not least—Florida Water! Wipe some across your forehead when you have a headache. Add it to your La Bomba floor cleaner. Pour some in your bath. Use it to wipe down your altars, doorways, and wash your hands with it after meeting with people who harbor negative energy. Or, quite simply, dab it on mosquito bites.

Finding peace in your home is imperative to your wellbeing. 

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Experimenting with energy cleansing practices can take you down a winding cultural, and traditional path that can prove to be effective in your life. It can also bring a sense of closeness with an abuela who is no longer with you. Even if energy cleansing is not your thing, actively taking steps toward peace of mind is great thing, and I’m sure your abuela would love nothing more than to see you at peace. 

READ: This Woman Found Brujería In Her Wall During A Home Renovation And How Is She Still Standing There?!

The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

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The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

Last week marked the end of an era for many diehard “Jane the Virgin” fans. For the past five years and for the exactly 100 episodes, we’ve laughed, cried, and spent a lot of time getting to know the Villanueva family. Through the original CW show, we also became enthralled in the drama telenevolas many of us Latinx kids grew up watching with our families. JTV might have not been the most realistic portrayal of our personal lives or even real life for that matter, but at the root of it, the show focused on the importance of love, friendships, and family; it taught us lessons we’ll never forget.

 But most importantly, JTV’s Jane Villanueva made sure many of us saw ourselves represented through our television screen for the past five years. 

Ultimately, Jane Villanueva was us. She made us feel seen, heard, and she helped us navigate life as Latina women worthy of love and worthy of achieving the impossible.

The last and final chapter of Jane the Virgin, which aired earlier this week on the CW, was the fairytale ending we were all waiting for since. For seasons, devoted fans followed Jane Villanueva’s journey when she stepped off that bus and was artificially inseminated with Rafael Solano’s baby. Since then, characters have been killed, characters have been kidnapped, characters have died and then come back to life, Jane has written a book and then another, we’ve encountered and defeated many villains, and well, you know how novelas go. 

But on the last episode, there were no surprises. No deaths. No bad luck. Just pure bliss.

The cast of Jane the Virgin also shared heartfelt tributes to a show that’s also forever changed their lives. 

Justin Baldoni, aka Rafael Solano, posted so many sweet behind the scenes photos of him alongside the cast. 

The day after her 35th birthday and on the day of the series finale, Gina Rodriguez shared a heartfelt tribute to the show that brought us Jane Villanueva.

“We started shooting the first season of Jane in July 2014. A few days into shooting I turned 30 on set. Yesterday I turned 35. And today is the very last episodes, 99 and 100 airing of Jane The Virgin. Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a shit ton of memories. To my warriors who have supported me from day one, Thank you. I am able to live out my dream career because of you and I will never stop making art to bring Joy and Laughter into your home/train ride/plane ride or classroom! Art is my savior. Art is what makes me feel like I can fly,” she wrote in her caption.

If you’re like me, and have been #TeamJafael since the beginning, Justin Baldoni’s tribute will make you cry.

“For the past five years you have welcomed us into your homes, apartments, dorm rooms…but more than that—so much more than that—you have welcomed us into your hearts,” Baldoni wrote. “This show has been magic because you all are magic. And there are not enough words in all the languages of the world to adequately express how deeply grateful I am. So I will just say thank you.”

Yael Grobglas, who portrayed Petra in JTV, posted footage of the final table read of the series finale.

In the video, Gina and Justin can be seen reciting their last lines of JTV ever, unable to hold back tears. We dare you NOT to cry. 

Grobglas also shared a photo with her alongside the other fierce women characters on the show. ” I’m so happy we got to end on our own terms unlike most shows and wrap things up at our own time but I’m still incredibly overwhelmed by this chapter ending. So people are asking me how I feel.. I don’t know,” she wrote.

Our favorite fictional mama, Xiomara, shared a video of her watching the series finale. We’ll miss you, Xo! 

Jaime Camil, the best fictional father and telenovela star that there ever was, also shared a heartfelt message to JTV fans on the night of the finale.

“100 episodes, 5 years, unlimited amount of feelings, indescribable friendships, overwhelming support, gratitude, joy, love and of course, the greatest fans. Thank you for giving us the privilege to entertain you. Your kind words mean everything,” Camil wrote in an Instagram caption. We’ll miss you forever, Rogelio de la Vega. 

Despite it being the final season of “Jane the Virgin,” it’s important to not forget that we’ll now be getting a spinoff! In case you forgot, Jane the Novela–which will be narrated by Gina Rodriguez–will follow the format of a American Horror Story definition of an anthology. This means it will be telling one complete story each episode like a traditional telenovela. 

Jennie Snyder Urman told PopSugar that if the show makes it to the second season, provided that it even gets picked up to be a series in the first place, we might get lucky and see other Jane the Virgin characters appear as well.

So this isn’t a goodbye, it’s hopefully a see you later for JTV fans.

“Don’t forget to enjoy the ride because every chapter comes to a close,” Gina Rodriguez says in Chapter 99, part of the two-part series finale. “So I have enjoyed the ride, things like this, they are winning the lottery. I will always thank Jane, the character.” 

We’ll never forget the 100 chapters Jane the Virgin brought us. *cries*