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Chris Perez Set To Headline Selena Tribute Cruise In September 2020

The chisme that has been swirling about a Selena Quintanilla Tribute Cruise is looking more credible. Chris Perez has confirmed that he’d be the headlining entertainment. The cruise is promoting itself as “Como La Flor Cruise Dreaming of You 25 Years” to honor the Tejana sensation.

While the organizer of the cruise has declined to share their name or the host agency for the trip, Chris Perez’s name adds much-needed street cred to the event. It kind of seems too good to be true, but here’s what we know.

The three-day cruise is tailored to Selena fans.

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The event is boasting all sorts of Selena themed events from trivia to “Selenaoke.” You can let your freak-for-Selena flag fly freely here. These are your people.

All signs are pointing toward the host agency being Carnival Cruise Lines.

Untitled. Digital Image. Selena Tribute Cruise. 24 May 2019.

The images of the boat on the event’s website show a Carnival cruise ship. Officials from Carnival told Caller-Times that the cruise is scheduled through their company.

After a “fun day at sea,” you’ll arrive in Ensenada, México.

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The organizer copied and pasted Carnival’s description of Enseñada’s port of call:

“Thanks to its stunning coastline, Ensenada will give you plenty of postcard-worthy moments…, and it couldn’t be easier to get there. Escape to Mexico’s original seaside getaway with Carnival cruises to Ensenada. Once a favorite hideaway for high-rolling Hollywood stars, Ensenada is now one of Mexico’s most popular ports of call. You can sightsee, shop or kayak at Punta Banda… but the true pleasures of this festive city are culinary. That’s why a cruise to Ensenada, Mexico should top every foodie’s wish list. Have your fill of fresh oysters and sip a rich Baja merlot. Soak up the richness of the local culture as you enjoy the journey.”

Selena’s father’s company, Q-Productions, said the cruise “has nothing to do with us.”

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Given the ongoing lawsuit between Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Chris Perez, it’s hard to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Q Productions has consistently sued any independent event featuring Selena’s name.

As far as we know, the event is real and can’t happen soon enough for Chris Perez.

@comolaflorcruise / Instagram

Perez is still in a legal battle with Selena’s father to create a television series of his memoir, “Dear Selena, With Love.” He’s going for it, though!

There are a dozen other bands set to perform live over the weekend.

Untitled. Digital Image. Selena Tribute Cruise. 24 May 2019.

According to its website, SelenaTributeCruise.com, this is the lineup:

  • The Chris Perez Project
  • The Como La Flor Band: A Tribute to Selena
  • Raymond Ray Ray Garcia
  • Monica Tribute to Selena
  • J.R. Gomez
  • Veronique Medrano
  • Yvonne y Fuego
  • Jessie Marie
  • Ernestine Romero y Techno Cumbia 
  • Almost Selena
  • Tina Mares
  • Selenamos
  • Nikki Lopez

The site also promises the most amount of cumbia and dancing you can muster.

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The site also boasts Latin dance lessons “from the Latin All-Star Dance Instructors. You will be getting your CUMBIA on in no time!”

There will be a huge Selena party off-ship at Papas & Beer.

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According to the website, Selena Tribute bands will be playing from all over the world at Papas & Beer’s main stage. The event will be from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and is “FREE for all of our Cruisers.”

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy all the perks of a Carnival ship.

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Like all these slides with ocean views. 🙂 There will be pool parties, a full-service casino, and a celebrity DJ playing cumbia every single night.

Rates begin at $950 per person and only require $100 as a down payment.

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It includes all meals, shows and onboard event produced by Selena Tribute Cruise. You can spend as little as $950 to secure an interior room, or ball out at $3000 per person for suite ocean views.

The ship leaves Long Beach on September 25th, but you have until May 2020 to reserve a spot.

@selenaqofficial / Instagram

Whose going? Save us a seat!

READ: 20 Pics Of Selena Quintanilla Inspired Graduation Caps

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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