Much like many years at La Vida Latina, 2019 has been a year of amazing accomplishments, interesting interviews, and phenomenal portraits of people past and present.
We focused a lot this year on women. From young singing sensations about to make it big, to trailblazers serving in the military, we spent a lot of time with the superior sex.
We caught up to 12-year-old Raquel Garcia as she was getting ready to head to California to record an original song with Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Morris.
Having blown away audiences at parties, benefits and fundraisers, Garcia is prime to take the next big step in her musical career.
“I’m going to be recording at a studio in California and I’m going to be doing my own song,” the young singer told us. “The person helping me is one of the top three promoters in the United States.”
Making an impact on a global scale, have been women serving in the United States military - a focal point of ours this year.
This year saw Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager become the first woman to lead a United States Army infantry division. That achievement came on the collective backs of thousands of women who had served their country both on and behind the front lines since the Revolutionary War.
In what some have called, The Year of the Woman, one of the most popular and transcendent Latina artists of modern times was celebrated throughout the country with a symphonic salute. The Colorado Symphony performed the works of the legendary Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla at a special two-day event at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver this year.
Accompanying the Colorado Symphony in its homage to the “Queen of Tejano Music” was soloist Isabel Sánchez, who has been recording for Q-Zone Records, the label founded and owned by Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla.
“I’m super honored to be a part of it and sing some of the songs that she, unfortunately, wasn’t able to sing on stage,” Sánchez said en route to her Colorado performance. “Being a part of the record label of the Quintanilla family and having done my fourth album with them, it really is truly and honor for me to do it. I’m really exited for the fans to come and enjoy the music and remember her life.”
Though not on the same scale of grandeur, La Vida Latina celebrated another deserved woman this year through La Voz’s Mother’s Day Makeover contest.
This year’s winner, Diana Silva, won us over with her candor and unconditional love for her family.
“It was wonderful, I had never had a makeover before, it was really nice and the ladies were wonderful,” Silva said of her Mother’s Day Makeover from Hair and Now Salon in Aurora. “They trimmed my hair a little bit and they colored it, gave me some streaks and did my makeup and my nails. I was pretty happy.”
Year of La Chicana, an exhibit celebrating Colorado’s Chicanas at the History Center Colorado, in collaboration with artist Arlette Lucero and the El Chicano Movimiento Advisotry Committee was highlighted at the September 2019 kick off. Many more related events are scheduled in 2020. Read La Voz for upcoming events.
As with any year La Vida Latina kept busy keeping people informed about the many marvelous things to do in Colorado including museum adventures, train rides, camping, visiting ghost towns and checking out nature’s canvas.
“Mountain towns are the best,” said world-traveler-turned-local-traveler Mike Riggs. “I have seen the big cities, I have stayed in the finest hotels and I can promise you that nothing is better than pitching your own tent and sleeping in nature in our mountains.”
As with most years, 2019 came and went rather quickly. We are excited to see what new frontiers lie ahead as we turn to a new year and a new decade.