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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Guatemalan Son Is Becoming A Bodybuilder And He Is Definitely A Thirst Trap

In case you missed it, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger has a Latino son who won the genetic jackpot and has become a steamy bodybuilder himself. The last time we heard of Joseph Baena was when he was just 14 years old and in the headlines as Schwarzenneger’s love child with his Guatemalan housekeeper. Since the discovery, both the Schwarzenneger and Baena families have been torn apart but the father-son duo seems to be bonded in their shared love for bodybuilding. 

The Guatemalan-Austrian 22-year-old is following in his biological father’s footsteps, making a name for himself in the bodybuilding community and pursuing a career in acting. Still, Schwarzenegger’s other children have yet to accept their Latino brother as their own. Meanwhile, the rest of us are accepting every muscly inch of our new Guatemalan hunk, and Baena’s Instagram account is the thirst trap that just keeps on giving.

Baena has won the social media #classicchallenge, which seeks the best Arnold Schwarzenegger look-a-like iconic bodybuilding poses, six times in a row.

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According to the Los Angeles Times breaking 2011 story, it wasn’t until Joseph started getting older that suspicions started to arise. He looked so much like Arnold. Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena worked for the Schwarzenegger family for more than 20 years. While Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, and their children were out of town for a weekend, the two had an affair in the Schwarzenegger’s guest house. Nine months later, Joseph was born. Just a few days before, Schwarzenegger’s wife gave birth to their son, Christopher. That means that Baena and Shriver were pregnant with Schwarzenegger’s sons at the same time in the same house without knowing it.

As Joseph started to reach his toddler years, suspicions arose. It wasn’t until Joseph was seven or eight years old that Schwarzenegger realized Joseph was his son. Still, the secret remained for another six years until the truth bubbled to the surface, resulting in divorces for both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patty Baena.  

Schwarzenegger bought Baena a four-bedroom home in Bakersfield, California and financed Joseph’s business degree at Pepperdine University.

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Some of the best times of my life are because of this school and the people in these pictures,” Baena posted to his social media in April 2019. “I am so incredibly grateful to have the privilege to study at and graduate from such a beautiful and high caliber school. I now have my degree in business administration and with that, I believe this is only the beginning of a new road. Let’s see where it takes us!” Baena’s social media has exploded to over 130,000 followers, and we don’t think many of them are interested in his business pursuits.

Baena has called his father “the best training partner in the world.”

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Baena has no hesitation when it comes to expressing his love for his father on social media. Of course, it’s been nearly a decade since the truth was made public. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times in 2011. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Since then, he’s taken full responsibility for Joseph and seems to have fostered a genuine father-son relationship.

Meanwhile, his mom, Patty, is living her best life and has gone on to graduate culinary school!

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In February 2008, Baena filed for divorce from her husband, Rogelio, after he confronted her about the paternity of Joseph. Rogelio later went on to sue Schwarzenegger for allegedly conspiring to falsify Joseph’s birth certificate, but it was revealed that nobody knew Schwarzenegger was the father at the time. Baena retired from her work with the Schwarzeneggers just a few months before the news broke about the love affair. She was given a severance package that has allowed her to move onto other career pursuits.

I’m so dang proud of my momma! Today she graduated culinary school and I could be happier for her as she continues to live out her dreams as a chef! 💕Next stop…#TopChef #IronChef” he shared his congratulations on social media.

All we know is that Joseph Baena is making a business out of stealing hearts.

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Sure, he’s been gifted prized genetics and the financial privileges of being the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it’s undeniable that Joseph Baena is putting in the work to become a prestigious athlete in his own right. Bet this body was built on chiles rellenos.

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This Latina Mom Moved Her Family From A Garage to An Apartment And The Tears Are Streaming

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This Latina Mom Moved Her Family From A Garage to An Apartment And The Tears Are Streaming

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As many of us map out, work toward, and realize our dreams in this new year, a Latina mom literally gave her children a new lease on life when she showed them the new apartment they would be living in. Up until then, the family of three lived in a garage. On Jan. 1, 2020, Ana Manzo gave her children a tour of their new, empty apartment, not knowing her daughter Meydi was recording the entire reaction. Meydi’s brother walked around excitedly, smiled when he saw the bedroom and immediately started sobbing. Now, Latino Twitter is taking it upon themselves to relate to the lows and highs and ensure the Manzo family will struggle just a little bit less.

Meydi decided to film the momentous moment that their family had been saving for over the last 7 years.

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“After more then 7 years living in a small garage that was the only thing my mom could afford, we finally got a small apartment, this was my little brothers reaction,” Meydi Manzo captioned the viral video that now has over 4 million views. It seems like both Meydi and her mom expected to see a happy reaction from her brother, but didn’t expect the tears. When her brother walks into what looks like a one-bedroom apartment, a big grin swallows up his face. Then, he starts to cry, taking a sleeve to his face to dry his tears as Mama Ana gives him a big hug and asks why he’s crying. Anyone who has been there already knows why he’s crying. “It’s okay to cry papi 💕,” offers one Twitter user. 

Another offers her experience, tweeting, “This is so beautiful to see! It’s an incredible feeling.
When I was younger I lived in a small room with 3 of my other siblings and my parents. It makes you humble… but keep grinding for that better life!!” 

After the video went viral, Meydi took the opportunity to offer a lesson in gratitude.

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“Hi we didn’t expect this to blow up the way that it did, but thank you so much to everyone for your kind words,” she tweeted, adding that her brother has read all the comments and “is beyond happy that this blew up.” For the Manzo family, this moment is all about gratitude. “Those seven years in the garage have taught us to be thankful and to appreciate everything and anything we have,” she said in a follow-up tweet. “The simplest things, we may not have much but we have each others’ love no matter how much me and my brother fight lol,” Meydi added. 

If you’re not crying yet, just wait.

Meydi has a message for those of you who are in similar situations.

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“For those of you in similar situations, it gets better, and god is good,” Meydi tweeted. She says that her mom “is overwhelmed with feelings” because Meydi has been reading everyone’s comments to her and vows to continue to read every message of support and pass it on to her mother. “She promised us she would keep us moving forward no matter what and she has done nothing but keep that promise true,” Meydi said. “Hug your parents and remind them how thankful you are for everything they do for you and everything they have given you no matter how little it is,” Meydi offers in her final message of hope and gratitude. “Sending love and blessings to you all, thank you once again.”

So many people asked Meydi for ways they could help that she started a GoFundMe that has raised over $3k for the Manzo family.

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“A lot of people were asking how they could help and I couldn’t think of another way,” Meydi said in the GoFundMe, adding, “my mom is a little tight on money and I hate asking others for stuff like money, but I think this would lift a weight off her chest with the upcoming bills.” In less than 24 hours, Twitter has raised at least two month’s rent for the Manzo family, with folks donating from all over the world.

So many folks felt the tears that Meydi’s brother shed because they had been there too and were in a place to donate. “I grew up not having a lot and I know what It feels like. I cried when I saw your little brother cry. I hope this help a lot, one donor who gave $100 said in a GoFundMe comment. 

May Mama Ana Manzo’s besitos give you all the bendiciones you need to reach your goals this new year.

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California Man Is Using His Culture To Create Hilarious And Super Relevant Mexican Greet Cards

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California Man Is Using His Culture To Create Hilarious And Super Relevant Mexican Greet Cards

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Jesus Ruvalcaba was an artist looking for more creative freedom in his life. Even after getting a job as an art director at eBay and Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley, the then 36-year-old felt complacent. It was a stop at a grocery store when he went to buy his mother a birthday card that a light bulb flashed in his head. 

“I looked at all these cards but couldn’t find something that resonated with my Latino culture,” Ruvalcaba said. “I felt that an entire population group was being ignored.”

That night planted the seeds of what would eventually become Paper Tacos, a greeting card business focusing on Mexican culture and traditions. From get well soon messages that read “sana sana colita de rana” ((heal, heal little frog) to birthday cards that read “sapo verde,” Ruvalcaba had tapped into a demographic that wasn’t typically represented in the greeting card business. 

“I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt like this,” he said. “This was more than just about a greeting card but seeing my culture being seen.” 

Ruvalcaba, the son of two Mexican immigrants, got most of his inspiration growing up in the Central Valley fields of California. He worked alongside his parents in the isolated artichoke fields where he learned to draw. 

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Ruvalcaba knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age and says growing up he would usually be found carrying around a sketchbook full of drawings. He didn’t grow up with much as his parents were Mexican immigrants who worked tirelessly as fieldworkers in the central California valley in cities like Castroville and later in Salinas. 

“My parents didn’t really know a lick of English so my drawings did a lot of the talking for me,” he says. “We didn’t have much growing up but they would buy me art supplies and always encouraged me to keep drawing.”

Those drawings would pave the way for a career in animation as Ruvalcaba became the first in his family to graduate college obtained a degree in graphic design at California State University Monterey Bay and eventually his Master’s degree. Shortly after, he would find himself in Silicon Valley working for companies like eBay and Hewlett-Packard as an art director. 

Ruvalcaba knew he could still do more with his talents. After attending a Dia de los Muertos art event in 2016, he met another artist selling Spanish prints with Mexican slogans. He was then reminded of that night at the market when he couldn’t find a Spanish greeting card for his mom. 

“It hit me right there and then that if I could come up with greeting cards that have Mexican sayings like “sana sana colita de rana,” I could tap into a market that was never really acknowledged prior.” Ruvalcaba said. 

After receiving encouragement from his girlfriend, Ruvalcaba put his illustration skills and graphic design experience to work as he produced his first set of 15 cards for 300 dollars. In Fall 2017, Paper Tacos became a reality. 

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About a year after the idea of Paper Tacos first came up, Ruvalcaba attended the same art festival from the year prior and sold his first greeting card for $5 apiece. The response to the cards was immediate and customers told Ruvalcaba about what it meant to see their culture on a product like this.

“It felt like my idea was validated in a way and seeing everyone respond so positively to Paper Tacos was just the cherry on top,” said Ruvalcaba. “From there it only got even bigger.”

In the following months of 2017, Paper Tacos made its launch and by the end of 2017, he had made $2,000 within just three months of launching his site. In 2018, he had made over $12,000 in sales and today has over 20K followers on Instagram alone. When he started the business, there were only 15 card designs which have now grown to over 100. He’s also branded outside of California and is currently selling his greeting cards at 25 stores throughout the country.

For Ruvalcaba, Paper Tacos hasn’t been just any business move or a little extra income revenue. It’s a tribute to his Mexican background and a reflection of his culture that he feels is being celebrated every time one of his cards is given. 

Credit: Jesus Ruvalcaba / Paper Tacos

When asked about where his inspiration for his greeting cards come from, Ruvalcaba says his parents. Those long days working along with them in the artichoke fields and holidays where all they had was each other. 

“Every card is a reflection of me growing up in a Mexican household and other people have connected with that,” said Ruvalcaba. “When I brainstorm ideas I just look back to my childhood.”

That connection is something special he says. While Ruvalcaba still has a full-time job as a designer in Santa Clara, if things keep going the way they are, Paper Tacos will become his main focus. 

Through Instagram, Ruvalcaba has begun working with more freelancers to keep growing Paper Tacos and get more artists opportunities. His business plan is to expand to other Latino backgrounds to work and reach out to Salvadoran and Nicaraguan artists so that they too can see representation.  

“This business has shown me how powerful this product can be and every time someone tells me the impact that these cards have had on a family member or a friend, it sticks with me,” Ruvalcaba says. “It’s a special thing to know a simple greeting card can do this.”

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