That was Vanessa Villegas’ reaction after finding out what Ellen had in store for her family on “The Ellen Show.” Ellen invited the Villegas family to the show after a video featuring Vanessa’s daughter, Ellie, went viral. In the video, you see Ellie receiving a teddy bear for her birthday. Ellie is told to press a button on the teddy bear, which plays a voice recording of her father, David, a soldier who was in the middle of Army basic training in South Carolina. Ellie’s reaction is priceless.
After playing the video on the big screen, Ellen invited Vanessa and Ellie onto the stage, which was the first surprise — they had no idea they were going to appear on the show. Ellen then presented Vanessa and her daughter with a second surprise: David Villegas, Ellie’s father, appeared on the screen via satellite. In complete shock, Vanessa was brought to tears. Ellie couldn’t stop smiling. Ellen brought out a third surprise: a check for $25,000. The surprise brought both Vanessa and David to tears. They couldn’t thank Ellen enough. Just when the Villegas family thought the surprises were over, Ellen brought out a birthday gift for Ellie, a set of her favorite dolls, complete with accessories. At the end of that segment on the show, Vanessa was able to leave with the joy of seeing her husband and receiving a $25,000 check to help her family financially. Ellen comes through, again.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards was filled with tributes to Kobe Bryant after his tragic and shocking death in a helicopter crash with his daughter in Calabasas. Artists included tributes to the basketball legend in their performances last night but one performance made everyone think about the father and daughter who died.
Camila Cabello sang her new single “First Man” about the love between and father and daughter and things became very emotional.
Cabello’s song “Frist Man” is a song dedicated to the love between a daughter and father. A special love that cannot be explained to those who have not experienced it. It is a bond filled with trust, safety, protection, and appreciation.
Cabello sang the song to her father, who was sitting in the front row, and he could not contain his emotions.
Latino fathers aren’t known for their public display of emotions. It isn’t because they don’t feel the emotions but it is just a common thing for Latino dads to stay stoic and strong. Seeing Cabello’s father crying while his daughter sings to him is a touching moment.
Her performance was bringing social media users to tears.
You can see the emotions in Cabello’s eyes as she sang her sweet song dedicated to the love and sacrifices of her dad. It is a special reminder that our parents have done so much to get us to where we are.
The song had a special meaning since it was the same day that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant died in a helicopter crash.
On the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, before the Grammys, news broke that Kobe Bryant died when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas. The entertainment world was shocked when TMZ reported the crash. Bryant, who was 41, played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years. His daughter was following in his footsteps and was part of the basketball community. In their rush to report the story, TMZ reported Bryant’s death before the family could be notified.
A mixture of the days’ events and the connection between fathers and daughters led to an emotional reaction from fans.
There was a lot of build-up to the performance. Many speculated, based on the kind of hype the performance was getting, that Cabello might be singing a special song to Shawn Mendes. Mendes and Cabello fans are not-so-secretly hoping for the pair to become a couple.
Even parents felt the love in the song.
Who couldn’t text their parents or children after seeing this performance? The love between a child and their parent is something special. It is an unconditional love that comes with heartbreak when the child moves away. It is a bittersweet relationship filled with so many ups and downs but it is beautiful in its longevity.
The performance really hit home for some viewers who recently lost their own parents.
The loss of a parent is a hard moment in anyone’s life. They are the person who knows you best and has known you your entire life. Losing that kind of connection is tough and painful but a part of life.
So, take some time and call your parents today. They want to hear from you.
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.