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Yalitza Aparicio Returned Home To Promote A Local Festival And Donate Laptops To Oaxacan Students, Reminding Us She Doesn’t Forget Where She’s From

With more and more people taking DNA tests, it’s no surprise that the Latinx community is celebrating their roots by honoring where they came from. What is also more surprising is that with these new indigenous discoveries, people are also giving back to the people and the land of their ancestors whether they are fourth and first generation.

One of those people is a very familiar face.

Yalitza Aparicio returned to her homeland of Oaxaca in a beautiful new campaign.

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We have seen Aparicio working on various new advertisements, which some have raised eyebrows, but this one that celebrates her home and her people is one that we truly support.

The campaign is to promote Guelaguetza 2019, a festival in Oaxaca happening on July 22 and 29.

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The festival celebrates all things Oaxacan. It’s also traditionally known as “Fiestas de Los Lunes del Cerro” and takes place on the last two Mondays of July.

The festival looks to be amazing!

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According to the website, the event is already selling out. Guelaguetza is basically an event that highlights the culture and tradition of the Oaxaca people. Click here for more information.

The only question is, will Yalizta be there?

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She may already be in Oaxaca. She wrote in a recent Instagram, “And how could I not to fall in love with this land that saw me being born, land of dreams, where in every corner, in every moment, you find colors that fill your soul.”

She’s such a poet!

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While we continue to check her IMDB site to see if she’s starring in any new roles, the actress is still roaming the world. We know this because we stock her Instagram, and are constantly wanting to be transported to each and every place she goes.

Of course, it’s safe to assume that this one be the last time Yalitza will be showing love for Oaxaca.

The ‘Roma’ actress recently showed her support to her community last week when she visited her hometown of Colegio de Bachilleres de Oaxaca in Tlaxiaco to donate laptops to Mixteco students. 

According to Excelsior, Yalitza, who was previously a teacher before her role in Roma, donated nine laptops to the school’s students.

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At 78-Years-Old, This Oaxacan Woman Learned To Read And Write And Even Authored An Award-Winning New Book

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At 78-Years-Old, This Oaxacan Woman Learned To Read And Write And Even Authored An Award-Winning New Book

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It’s never too late to follow your dreams. It may sound cliche but one Indigenous woman from the Mexican state of Oaxaca is showing just how true that sentiment really is.

Although growing up knowing how to speak her native language of Náhuatl, she was never able to read or write it – let alone Spanish. Now after years of studying and being too embarrassed to attend classes, this 78-year-old woman can say that she achieved her dream and is now an award-winning author.

Despite being illiterate for years, Justina Rojas has finally finished primary school.

Justina Rojas Flores, a resident of the Oaxacan community of San Miguel Espejo, learned to read and write at 76. She remembers that at first she was embarrassed to attend her classes, but with the support of her teachers sh was motivated to learn the alphabet and words and communication.

In fact, she became so motivated that she’s recently authored a handmade book that earned her a national award. She recently told El Sol de Puebla, that “I was already cracking under pressure because I was cheating a lot, but the teachers told me ‘yes you can, Justina’, so I continued taking classes and it was thanks to them that I learned. After two years, I wrote La Mazorca, which is dedicated to the community of San Miguel Espejo.”

In her Indigenous language of Náhuatl, Rojas shared the history of La Mazorca, which emphasizes the value of appreciating all things – especially that which the land gives us.

“I beg you, if you see me lying on the ground, pick me up, don’t step on me. Just as you take care of me, I will take care of you,” is part of the story in the book that was awarded in 2019 by the State Institute for Adult Education (IEEA), an achievement with which Rojas feels accomplished, and with which motivates other people to enter the competition.

Rojas is proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Now, at 78-years-old, Rojas is able to celebrate her achievements. Though she admits that many in her community continue to doubt her real motivation. It’s common to hear people ask ‘Why do I learn if I’m old?’, ‘What use is it going to do?’, and ‘I’m on my way out so it doesn’t matter.’

But many of the people who ask these questions are the same people who don’t have the same opportunities, since they can’t read or write. According to figures from the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval) in Rojas’ community, there are around 2,267 inhabitants, and the majority are living in poverty, a factor that significantly influences educational access. Many, from a very young age, leave school to work to support their families and take jobs working in the fields or construction.

Finally, Rojas wants everyone to know that they should not limit themselves and to embrace knowledge regardless of age. “If you don’t know how to read and write, or if you know someone like that, I invite you to go where they teach, so that those who know more can share their knowledge with us.”

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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