The Latino Connection Magazine
As you might know, Pennsylvania’s Latino population is the fastest‐growing ethnic group in the commonwealth. According to the Census 2010 data, the Latino population grew by 82.6 percent between 2000 and 2010, a historic increase of 325,572. The Latino population now accounts for 5.7 percent of the state’s total population.
The buying power of Hispanics exceeded $1 trillion in 2010, and the population includes a significant number of high-income households. With an estimated buying power of $616 billion, Latinos of Mexican heritage represent the single most influential segment of the Hispanic market. By 2015, Packaged Facts forecasts the buying power of the Latino population as a whole will reach $1.3 trillion.
On August 20, 2015, Reading, Pennsylvania at the Santander Arena (formerly Sovereign Center) will be one of the host cities for the “Loco De Amor” Tour for Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez better known as “JUANES”. Juanes is a well-known Columbian Latino singing sensation with such past hits as “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra”. In addition to his own hits, Juanes has been featured in the 2013 Grammy, where he paid a tribute to mega star Sir Elton John in a bilingual rendition of “Your Song”. He has won over 20 Latin Grammys and numerous other awards. Juanes, a known activist has established the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of anti-personnel mines. In 2005, he was named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Read More
Pura asks… what is twitter? When I first heard the word I thought what is the world coming to, it is tweeting. So you say what is tweeting, Twitter, and what does that mean to me? In 2014, the White House was having a town hall meeting. Ready to see a webcast, I read the last line that said the town hall was being held through TWITTER! How could you have an intelligent conversation in 140 characters or less? What would actually be accomplished? I consulted my friend and twitter savant, Emily Noble to provide me with guidance. Read More
In less than 18 months, Jorge Gauto went from being identified as a pilot to an amputee to a pilot who happens to be an amputee. If we lived in a comic book world he would have to don on a superhero costume because that’s pretty amazing in anyone’s book. Gauto, who is 27 years old, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is the youngest of three children raised by both parents: Mario, a retired military officer and Belkys, a business owner. He attended military school at age 14 and joined a military aviation school at the age of 16. As a child, Gauto was heavily involved in many forms of sports activities including: soccer, basketball, tennis, handball, and swimming. In addition, he was also on a fencing team during his military training. His military career allowed him to become a pilot for the Uruguayan Air Force. Read More