Cinco de Mayo

The great FIVE to celebrate the CINCO!

As the celebration of Cinco de Mayo approaches, we would like you to consider two things — besides

tequila and guacamole that is — we get it, we love them too!


1. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

2. Cinco de Mayo, while recognized as an important day in Mexico, is only highly celebrated in the

State of Puebla.

So, what IS Cinco de Mayo, otherwise known as “La Batalla de Puebla”?

It is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s victory over the powerful French army on May 5th 1862

in Puebla. It was an unlikely victory given the size and power of the occupying French forces versus a

significantly smaller and less powerful local army.

But, as we all know by now, the heart and passion of a “few” often triumphs over the size and might of

the “many”.

In other words, Querer es Poder!

For this 5th day of the 5th month, Latinarrific would like to honor 5 Latina women who exemplify the

essence of La Batalla de Puebla, by overcoming the odds, and having an unlikely victory, fighting for

their dreams:

1. Frida Kahlo The emblematic Mexican painter of all national and indigenous traditions. While

Frida suffered a lifelong repertoire of health problems, she never gave up being true to herself.

She depicted the true essence of the feminine energy and force, and her works of art carry this

spirit on to this day and beyond.

“Pies, para que los quiero si tengo alas para volar?”


2. Sonia Sotomayor Nuyorican Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Hard to believe

that the first Latina and only third female to serve on the Supreme Court began her life in the

projects of the Bronx. Her achievements reflect the extreme power of mindset that Latinarrific

women practice. She advises, “I was going to college and I was going to become an attorney,

and I knew that when I was ten. Ten. That was no jest.”

3. Celia Cruz Cuban Queen of Salsa, despite her humble beginnings in Habana, she went on to

become the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. In the face of her parents’ initial

opposition to a singing career, and the heavy punishment of being prohibited from ever

returning to Cuba, she carried Cuba in her with every “Azucar!

4. Dolores Huerta Mexican-American labor and civil rights activist and co-founder of the National

Farmworkers Association worked hand in hand with Cesar Chavez among others, during a time

when Mexican-American were treated as second class citizens. She exemplifies the force of all

things Latinarrific, and we are forever thankful for “la causa”.

5. Rigoberta Menchu Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize winner dedicated her life to the rights of

Guatemala’s indigenous people. Coming from a poor indigenous family of K’iche’ descent

herself, she experienced the discrimination and suffering of a foreigner in her own country.

“Me llamo Rigoberta Menchu, y asi me nacio la conciencia


And, lastly, while not a woman, but nonetheless “Latinarrific-o”, lawyer and politician of Zapotec

descent, President Benito Juarez, who resisted the French occupation of Mexico, overthrew the Second

Mexican Empire and restored the Republic with liberal laws to modernize his country.

“Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz”

–President Benito Juarez



1. When did you overcome the odds and experience an unlikely victory?

2. What was your emotional experience: before, during, after?

3. How did you celebrate your personal victory?

Share your stories with Latinarrific!


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