Thursday, June 13, 2013

What is Cinco de Mayo?
@ Palomares Adobe Sunday!!

 Cinco de Mayo:  Made in California Play performance

The Historical Society of Pomona Valley and the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA present a special encore performance of our highly popular play, with special guests Global Motion World Dance Company, Flor de Mayo Folklorico, a mini Cinco de Mayo exhibition, a theatrical production, a presentation by author and professor Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, and MC Comedian Ernie G.

Pomona, CA – June 16, 2013 
El Cinco de Mayo:  Made in California performance

Adobe de Palomares

491 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona CA, 91767
Sunday, June 16, 2013 5:00PM - 8:00PM
5:00PM-6:00PM Cinco de Mayo
Teatro Presentation
6:00PM-8:00PM Children’s workshops on Californio history
Special Californio history exhibit
Free and open to the public.

The Cinco de Mayo, as it is known in California, is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is scarcely noticed.  El Cinco de Mayo is an American Civil War commemoration, created by Latinos living in California as a public statement about where Latinos stood on the key issues of the Civil War:

  • Latinos supported freedom, and opposed slavery.
  • Latinos supported racial equality, and opposed white supremacy.
  • Latinos supported democracy, and opposed elitist forms of government. 

Why do we in the United States celebrate the victory of an obscure battle that took place in Mexico 150 years ago? Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico because it was created and first celebrated by Latinos living in California. Learning that the Mexican army in Puebla had defeated invading French troops on May 5, 1862, Latinos in California were overjoyed that freedom and democracy had won a victory over forces of slavery and oligarchy. Latinos all over the state rejoiced and celebrated with fireworks, patriotic songs, and impromptu speeches.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista’s book El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition details the real history behind this American Civil War holiday and how it originated. Dr. Hayes-Bautista has stated, “Cinco de Mayo is important to California because it was invented here.” He goes on to say, “It provides a collective identity for all Latinos, whether they were born here in California or immigrated from Mexico, Central America, or South America. It binds them together in an identity.”

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and completed his MA and PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research focuses on the dynamics and processes of the health of the Latino population using both quantitative data sets and qualitative observations. The Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture combines these research interests with teaching of medical students, residents, and practicing providers to manage the care of a Latino patient base effectively, efficiently, and economically. His publications have appeared in Family Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Medical Care, and Salud Pública de México

Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, young Latino entertainers in the country today. His comedy has been seen by millions of TV viewers on shows, such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” & Sí TV’s “Funny is Funny!” He is one of the original stars of Galavisión’s hit comedy show “Qué Locos!” hosted by George Lopez, - appearing six times, along with two appearances on “The Best of Qué Locos!” He has appeared on HBO Latino’s “Habla Again,” MUN2’s “Loco Comedy Jam,” as well as Sí TV’s “Latino Laugh Festival!” and their hip new show, “Inside Joke!” Currently, you can catch him on MTV Tr3s’ “Los Super Icons” and you might also remember him as the “Angry Angelino” from the Channel 13 News in Los Angeles!

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with his B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, Ernie has developed his own unique form of Comedy he calls “Latino Edutainment Educating and Entertaining with a Latino Flavor!” and has performed for many of the country’s top organizations and corporations, including Disney, Pepsi-Co, General Mills, U.S. Armed Forces, National Council de la Raza, Latin American Educational Foundation and the Hispanic College Fund. He was honored by the City of Los Angeles with the 1st-ever Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” Award for “...representing the Latino community with the same humor and distinction as the legendary Mario Moreno Cantínflasand who, like Cantínflas, utilizes his power to help those most in need.

Ernie performs his rip-roaring, high-energy comedy as Host and Producer of “Ernie G’s Comedy Fiesta!”- a National Comedy Tour featuring the country’s top Latino comedians performing in venues, colleges and universities throughout the nation. He was the Key Note Speaker at UCLA’s 32nd Annual RAZA Graduation, and continues to spread his message of Empowerment & Transformation through Laughter as the National Spokesperson for the Hispanic College Fund and Inspirational Comedian nationwide! For more information, or to order his first Comedy CD entitled, “Mama’s Boy!” please visit:      

Adobe de Palomares, Historical Society of Pomona Valley

What is the Palomares Adobe's historical significance?

Adobe de Palomares was the 13 room home of Don Ygnacio Palomares and his wife, Dona Concepcion Lopez de Palomares. The Palomares and Vejar families owned the Rancho San Jose, which covered eastern Los Angeles county, some 150 years ago. The land now covers many cities of the Pomona Valley of Southern California, including Pomona, LaVerne, San Dimas, Diamond Bar, Azusa, Covina, Walnut, Glendora, and Claremont

A Gold Rush Home: The home was started as the new home of a successful Mexican rancher. Its construction phase was from 1850 to 1854. This was the period of the great California gold rush, that was accompanied by California statehood . The house represents the meeting of two cultures: Mexican-era adobe construction combined with American influenced technology, seen in the use of milled roofing and flooring.

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