Cinco de Mayo Celebrates: Selena Gomez
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has been said that “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.”
Today, there are Mexican descendants that have made impressive imprints in American culture and we are happy to honor their achievements on a day that we are no doubt very proud of, so grab your margaritas and yell out loud “Que Viva Mexico.”
Selena Gomez is one of America’s youths favorite. You may know her from Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” or perhaps you have heard one of her smash hits like “Naturally” or a “Year without rain.” What you may not know is that her father is Mexican American, while her mother is of Italian descent. She is named after the Tex-Mex Queen Selena Quintanilla which has been someone she has looked up to.
The fireplace was my stage, I was named after Selena Quinatanilla the famous Tejano singer and so I was educated on her, says Gomez. I’d be in a diaper and I’d make a boosteh and I would be on the stage and perform for no one but to myself, she said. Gomez also claims to have rubbed Selena’s monument in Corpus Christie for good luck and here she is today a pop star!!