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I’m Puerto Rican And I Will Always Fantasize About J.Lo And Marc Anthony’s Lovely Wedding

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There is a new royal couple in England. Another royal couple announced that they’re having a baby, at the wedding, which is apparently a royal snafu because everyone is so proper and conscious of each other’s space in every other part of the world.

While we send blessings to the new couple, there is only one royal wedding I can ever remember following was that of Puerto Rican royalty Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. I remember the gasps and the bendiciones and the tias lighting candles for them. Who can forget the chisme?

Her name is Princess Eugenie and she married Jack Brooksbank.

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Did you know that Brooksbank works as a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila? Now you do. More than 800 people showed up but you probably only really know that Cara Develigne showed up because she made a top hat look guapísima.

There is one recorded Latina mother who cares at all about the royal family.

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We scoured the internet for commentary by Latinos on the royal family. Daniel makes a good point and counterpoint. Should we even be speaking Spanish? 😅

It made me think about the time we all lit candles to bless the royal Puerto Rican union between Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

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So, let us tell you the love story of Boricua royalty and their lineage. The two met while Anthony was performing “The Capeman” on Broadway in 1998. That same year, Lopez divorced her first husband, Ojani Noa.

The two dated briefly back in the day, but nothing came of it.

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P.S. this is not their wedding attire, but a shot on set from a film they both were working on in 2006. Trust that these are not their wedding photos.

In 2002, Lopez got engaged to Ben Affleck.

CREDIT: “Ben Affleck Jennifer Lopez Reuniting” Digital Image. Hollywood Life. 17 October 2018.

My Boricua mother and non-Boricua father were freaking out that their celebrity mirrors were about to tie the knot. Como sabemos, they “postponed” the wedding just hours before they were to walk down the aisle and eventually split.

Basically, within seconds of the split, these two old friends started secretly dating.

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If you were Puerto Rican, it was no secret. Everyone and their mother was talking about, “Has visto? They were holding hands,” y “Solo meses despues de Ben, támbien.” Everyone was spilling the same old tea.

Nobody knew that they got married until we noticed their incredible wedding rings.

CREDIT: “Jennifer Lopez Mark Fiancé Marc Anthony Features A Blue Diamond Ring” Digital Image. Image Mag. 17 October 2018.

It’s kind of hard to miss a 7.5 carat blue diamond ring on an international pop star. The story goes that they invited just their close family within days of the wedding to a “party” at J.Lo’s Beverly Hills home.

You’re looking at the only royal photo that ever, ever leaked.

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I’m sure that after the public havoc of Affleck and Lopez’ postponed wedding, she wanted something private. Rumors starting going around a few days before and papparazi were reporting a white tent being delivered to Lopez’ house.

People everywhere were swearing these two wouldn’t last three months. They were married for 7 years.

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The tabloids at the time were running bits from allegedly acclaimed family therapists who could professionally diagnose J.Lo as a love addict and say with no judgement whatsoever, “The rebounding – please!” Girl, bye.

Four years into the marriage, Lopez got pregnant with twins!

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Of course they had twins. They’re royalty. The twins are one boy and one girl, because they were literal perfection with names like Maximilian and Emme to match.

The love was definitely there in their marriage.

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In an interview with Latina magazine in 2010, just a year and a half before they separated, Lopez said, “Everything is great about my marriage. First and foremost, we love each other, truly love each other in a way that’s very deep and meaningful, not in a superficial sort of way. There’s a deep respect, admiration and love for each other.

We honestly believe that we make each other better people…We force each other to be better, and I think in a relationship, that’s how it should be. You shouldn’t be with somebody if he makes you feel less than who you are.”

I mean, look at these two on the Puerto Rican Day Parade float in NYC.

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Tell me that is not the look of true love? The two have now been divorced as long as they were married and we Boricuas cannot let go of the love.

“I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing.”

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That said, J.Lo has since admitted to W that she knew early on that the marriage was a wrong fit. “I hung in there for seven years,” in her own words.

But since then, they’ve shared on-stage kisses…

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At the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards, the two debuted their single “Olvídame y Pega la Vuelta,” and ended it with a big, fat, juicy kiss. The song is so reminiscent of their love and every time I belt it out in the car, I go home and light another candle for their romance.

Ok, but it was just a ‘friendly’ kiss, made obvious by Marc Anthony posting a million pictures of him kissing mostly male friends on Instagram.

They campaigned together in Miami to raise money for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the 2016 race.

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Royalty supporting royalty. Whatever you feel about the imperfections of Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate, she is a glowing star compared to President Trump.

Thank you for trying, Boricua King and Queen.

They’ve partnered to raise money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

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They crowdfunded and performed for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief fund. Y’know, the one that didn’t exist until they created it.

The truth is, the most royal love they share is in their bloodline.

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When Latina interviewed both Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony just before they split, J-Lo said, “I believe in destiny and I believe that things are going to be what they’re gonna be and for whatever reason, we were meant to share this time together.”

The destiny es en los hijos.

They have coparented like a first class unit, in and out of marriage.

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Their love for their kids will always keep them in each other’s lives. Plus, we all know that J.Lo is with A-Rod now, and it seems like he is welcomed into the family.

The only reason I ship A-Rod and J.Lo is because he so obviously worships her like La Reina she is. You might be worthy.

For Boricuas, however, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will forever be our honorary King and Queen.

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The fact that royal blood will never tear them apart makes them the only people we can count on to care for Puerto Rico, ayuda Puerto Rico and be Puerto Rico.


READ: Let’s Take A Moment And Admire J.Lo’s Rise To Super Stardom From Her Humble Days As A Fly Girl

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11 Music Festivals In Latin America You Need To Go To At Least Once

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11 Music Festivals In Latin America You Need To Go To At Least Once

Music festivals aren’t just about the music these days. They are cultural events that bring people together through music, art, and creativity.  Not all festivals are created equal, there are some that just go above and beyond to provide the most incredible experiences for those in attendance. Here are 11 Latin American festivals that are miles ahead of their counterparts

Rock in Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Although this world-famous festival moves around a bit from year to year, it comes home to Rio almost every other year. Rock in Rio is the largest festival in the world, having entertained over 9.5 million people. The festival runs anywhere from 4 days to 10 days every year. Anyone who is anyone has performed at this festival since its inception in 1985. 

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Artist like Queen, Guns n’ Roses, Justine Timberlake, Shakira, Metallica, and Beyoncé are just a few of the huge artists who have graced the stage of this festival. This festival brings in the biggest names in music, covering everything from hard rock to pop to EDM.   

Force Fest – Teotihuacan, Mexico

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This rock fest is located just outside Mexico City. The 2-day festival draws some of the biggest names in metal such as Slayer, Rob Zombie and Lamb of God.

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Force Fest is the first festival in Mexico to mimic a European festival with campsites available to festival goers. Force Fest is a family-friendly event and festival goers are encouraged to bring their children, who, under 18, are free.

Estereo Picnic Festival – Bogota, Colombia

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The Estereo Picnic Festival has quickly become the biggest alternative music festival in Colombia. This festival isn’t just amazing because of the music, it is a one of a kind festival that celebrates human innovation, creativity, and art. 

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The festival allows local entrepreneurs to show showcase their inventions, has endless amounts of food to satisfy every taste bud and places to dance and relax at this giant party. The Estereo Picnic is supposed to be reminiscent of everything we loved about family picnics in our youth.

Wish Outdoor Festival – Monterrey, Mexico

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Sponsored by Bud Light, this electric dance music festival is every bit as exciting as it sounds. This is one of largest EDM festivals in Mexico and they line-up some of the best artists in the business.

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Even though this is only a one-day festival, they pull out all the stops, which includes some crazy fireworks and extra-long sets.

Storyland Festival- Santa Marta, Colombia

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Imagine dancing all night long at a giant party on the beach with access to two stages with the very best DJ’s in today’s EDM scene and you have The Storyland Festival. 

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This festival comes with a huge pre-game with events such as free conferences to promote not only the festival itself but to endorse the entire electronic music genre. There is even a chance for amateur DJ’s just coming onto the EDM scene to win the opportunity to play the festival.

Envision Festival – Uvita, Costa Rica

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Often compared to Burning Man, this festival is more than just music, it is a spiritual retreat complete with yoga, art, mind and body spiritual healing. Set on the Pacific coast in the jungles of Costa Rica, this festival does not disappoint. 

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While on the expensive side, it offers a completely inclusive experiences ranging from tent camping to staying a treehouse, take part in yoga and movement classes and dancing on the beach amongst flaming torches. If you are looking to escape the winter blues and hit the beach with spiritually like-minded people looking to find inner peace and have a great time, this is your festival.

Electric Daisy Carnival – Mexico City, Mexico

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“All Are Welcome Here” is the mantra of this EDM music festival. Music is just one of the amazing aspects of this carnival. Complete with thrill rides, performers (think circus types) and structural and installation artwork this carnival is a giant adult playground.

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Electric Daisy Carnival is focused on creating a fun community-based experience where you are the center of the festival and everyone is family.

Cosquin Rock – Cordoba, Argentina

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This traveling rock festival originates in Argentina and travels to Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Columbia. Celebrate rock music with both local and international rock bands. This festival is an economical choice for those looking to attend a rock festival.

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Complete with lots of food trucks, comedy shows, and vendors, this has everything you could want at a festival. You can create special travel packages that include travel and accommodations.

Viña Del Mar International Song Festival – Viña Del Mar, Chile

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This is a great rock festival that has pulled talent in from every vector of music. Legends like Sting, Elton John, and Carlos Santana are just a few of the famous names to grace this festival.

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This is the festival to watch new talent arise from among the ranks of those who join the singing competition. One of the most famous alumni of this festival is Shakira, who placed third at this festival’s competition.

Vive Latino – Mexico City, Mexico

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This is the 20th anniversary of this annual festival famous for featuring well known Latin American artist as well as up and coming artist from all over Latin America. The festival also mixes in famous non-Spanish speaking artists. This year Korn, The 1975, Santana and Snow Patrol will take part in the festival. 

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The music isn’t the only draw to this festival. This festival is a cultural event that really follows the Latin American music scene, has screenings of music documentaries, comedy shows and lots of family-friendly activities such as designing your own T-Shirts and air guitar contests.

Lollapalooza – Santiago, Chile

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Lollapalooza is one of the longest-running concert tours in the world, featuring the hottest artists in alternative, rock and rap music. The first Lollapalooza tour was held in 1991 and toured the United States and Canada.

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It ended in 1998 but was revived in 2003. When the revival of the tour came, Chile was the first of the international destinations and has been a staple to this festival since 2010. The goal isn’t just to showcase great music but to lower the carbon footprint of everyone who participates in this 3-day festival.