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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

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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.

From Bad Bunny Notebooks To A Concha Mochila, Here Are Our Top Picks For Back To School

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From Bad Bunny Notebooks To A Concha Mochila, Here Are Our Top Picks For Back To School

No matter if it’s your first day of third grade or the first day of senior year, we can all agree that going back to school is rough.

After a long, restful summer with fun in the sun, all of a sudden you have mami waking you up and shaking you to get dressed and ready at an ungodly hour. You’re worried about what you’re going to wear, the classes you’re going to take and everything that comes with the dark, unknown territory of a new year.

But don’t sweat, we’ve put in the legwork to help make sure you’re prepared for the year ahead. Check out some of our top finds for back to school:

First things first, you need the perfect mochila.

And we got you! This mitú backpack is perfect for going back to school, is water resistant and all the pockets give plenty of room for all your supplies, including a hidden pocket with zipper for your laptop (or stash of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.) Get it here.

Or, if you’re a little more sweet – no prob – this is the backpack for you.

Since sweet is how you like to live your life, represent with this medium-sized backpack. Perfect for school or for just stowing your stuff, this backpack even has a pocket specially designed for your laptop. The material is water-resistant and it’s designed to be ergonomic so don’t be afraid to load it up and get on with your day. Buy here.

And with all that learning you’ll be doing, you’re gonna need a spot to write things down and take notes.

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As a student you’ve got loads to do. So keep it all organized while flying your Latinx Pride. Take notes, create to-do lists, organize your schedule in these fierce af notebooks from Very That. Buy here.

Wanna show how real your thirst for Bad Bunny is? Walmart’s got you!

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The Bad Bunny line of libretas comes in three different designs based on BB album art and featuring the Puerto Rican rapper. Available at Walmart.

Or you wanna embrace your Latinidad?

Then you need these notebooks! You always hustling, on the go, and these let everyone know just how real the Latino Hustle really is. Shop here.

You’re also gonna need a pencil pouch/makeup kit and this is legit the perfect one.

Sometimes you need a delicious sweet treat. Sometimes you need a pencil. This concha pencil case can at least help you with one of those things. Designed to keep all your pencils and pens together, this pouch is perfect to use as a catch-all for anything you’re looking to store. Available here.

Then there’s our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box survival kit.

In our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box there are many treasures to discover but some are especially suited for your back to school prep. The Drawstring Survival Pack, Adventure Fuel Reusable Water Bottle and Educated Latina Pencil Pack are perfect for your return to the jungle that is higher education. Be warned — only 100 of these boxes exist so get yours soon before they sell out.

And I don’t think you’ll find any notepads out there that make more of a statement than these do.

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You can find them here.

And we know you want/need the perfect reusable water bottle.

If you’re thirsty AF and need to be quenched, then look no further than our splashing new Mermaid Guacardo Water Bottle. No other reusable water bottle features this majestic underwater avocado! Get yours today and savor that wetness!

Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the favorite Mexican tourist destinations of the LGBT community. There are hotels, bars, nightclubs, beaches, and even drinks specifically for LGBT travelers, and due to the safety and welcoming environment for these guests, it is the first city in Mexico to receive the Gay Travel Approved distinction by GayTravel.com.

But why PV? What made Vallarta Mexico’s top gay destination?

Let’s start back at the beginning.

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In the south of Puerto Vallarta you will find the “Old Town,” also called “The Romantic Zone,” the tourist area favored by expats and foreigners who want to soak up local traditions. The Old Puerto Vallarta is also considered the gay neighborhood since 1980, when the gay community and retired Canadians and Americans bought land and properties in order to create gay-friendly businesses. Today there’s a wide variety of attractions with this focus, including bars, restaurants, stores, nightclubs, and both budget and boutique hotels.

In this zone is nestled the popular beach Playa de los Muertos, which, although not exclusively gay, for the last 20 years has been known as a gay-friendly beach (also called Blue Chairs, because of the many blue chairs placed by a gay resort which bears the same name), mainly in the high season, from November to March.

Why is this pristine beach the LBGT meeting point? Because the gay-friendly beachfront hotels in the area causes—and guarantees—a concentration of LGBT tourists, bringing a multicultural ambience where members of this community will be respected without discrimination. In the morning they can socialize and enjoy the party atmosphere, and in the afternoon walk holding hands under the dazzling sunset, in a romantic atmosphere free of hostility. Such is the high demand for LGBT-friendly vacation spots that the area has been extended to include the green chairs and as far as the north coast, in the elegant Oceano Sapphire Beach Club, owned by gays.

But it’s about more than just the beach.

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Unlike certain countries, laws against homosexuality never existed in Mexico. There is, however, a strong macho culture and religious influence which disapproves it—nonetheless the locals show respect. Under these circumstances, the growing community has led LGBT organizations to work to promote a change of culture in the pursuit of equality. Their work has gotten results: they have achieved recognition of gay rights, and implemented laws against the provocation and incitement of hate or violence against LGBTs, and also to guarantee equality in employment and public accomodation and services. Even more, in 2013 Puerto Vallarta legalized civil union between LGBT couples, followed by same-sex marriage in 2016.

This city organized its first Gay Pride March, and has hosted the Pink & Proud Women’s Party—the equivalent lesbian celebration—for the last four years, with assistance from the local Canadian and American communities. The multiple events in support of the LGBT community have marked out Puerto Vallarta as the “Mexican San Francisco.”

Now, there’s a giant and flourishing LGBTQ tourism industry that welcomes people from around the world.

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For the last 10 years, the number of LGBT visitors has increased in Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco, and in order to meet demand, the number of LGBT-friendly resorts and touristic attractions has also increased. Now three of every 10 hotels in Puerto Vallarta are LGBT-friendly, and most also offer weddings and other symbolic ceremonies.

Bars, nightclubs and other amenities are already focused on this market, and there are also tours—like the Gay VIP Bars Tour—and even drinks—like the Gay Tequila and the Gay Energy Drink—to make these guests feel extra welcome. As a result, Puerto Vallarta now hosts International LGBT Business Expos, with important conferences and events, including fashions shows, beach parties and music festivals to celebrate this booming market.

Puerto Vallarta remains the gateway to Mexico for many LGBTQ travelers.

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Some other cities have recognized the demand, and are now attempting to attract LGBT tourism to their destinations. Puerto Vallarta is not letting it happen: diverse businesses—no matter the sexual preference—are joining forces to create organizations to promote this targeted brand of tourism. The market gives consumers what they want, and they have identified this growing target and will not let it go.

Beyond the marketing, Puerto Vallarta became a platform to support gay rights, and the LGBT community knows it and feels welcome here. What really keeps the LGBT community hitting Puerto Vallarta is the activism, respect, and freedom they find in this beautiful paradise.

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