Latin America

Elena of Avalor: The Top 7 Things You Should Know

 

Photo by Disney Junior

Photo by Disney Junior

  1. The voice cast for the Disney princess animated show “Elena of Avalor,” will mostly have voice and guest actors that are of Latin/Hispanic descent and from Latin America. It stars Aimee Carrero, from the Dominican Republic, whose previously had roles in “The American”, “Baby Daddy”, and “Hannah Montana.” The other voice actors are either from Latin America or of Dominican, Mexican, Cuban, Spanish and Puerto Rican descent. They include Jorge Diaz, Ana Ortiz, Danny Trejo, Lou Diamond Philips, Hector Elizondo, Jaime Camil and Anthony Mendez.
  2.  The music is as diverse as the cast. Latin pop, salsa, banda, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, mariachi music, and Chilean hip-hop will be the soundtrack for the show. According to Billboard.com, Latin-Grammy winning, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno is responsible for the show’s theme song. Carrero also sings a song for the show, called “My Time,” which can be found on Youtube.
  3. The fictional kingdom of Avalor features Mexican, Caribbean and Spanish colonial architecture. The nearby kingdom, Cordoba, is inspired by Argentine designs.
  4. The culture draws from Chilean and pre-Columbian lore. The wizard-in-training, Mateo plays the tamborita while using Mayan glyphs to cast spells. Elean fights Noblins, shapeshifting ghost creatures, which are similar to those found in Chilean peuchen mythology.
  5. Her furry pets are a combination of animals found in Latin America. Jaquins, are representative of jaguars and macaws, indigenous animals found in Latin America.
  6. Elena’s ball gowns is a culmination of Incan and Peruvian fashion and is designed by former “Project Runway All Stars,” contestant, and Brazilian-born designer Layana Aguilar. Aguilar has dressed the likes of Dascha Polanco and Beyonce from her eponymous collection.
  7. The show will debut on Disney Junior and Disney Channel on July 22nd. Following its debut in the U.S., it will be available in 163 other countries.

Latin America… the New China?

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On Feb. 23, 2015, Stratfor, a geopolitical firm, released its annual Decade Forecast (2015-2025), which analyzes the future of industries and markets around the world. One prediction is that within the next decade China’s economy will rapidly slowdown because of internal conflicts within the country, and economic reforms that will focus on “return on capital.” Four of the sixteen countries anticipated to fill the gap in garment/footwear manufacturing and mobile phone assembly jobs are in Latin America: Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico (specifically Campeche, Veracruz, Yucatan & Chiapas). Part of the economic shift from China to these countries is because of entrepreneurs of small businesses choosing to invest in these new developing countries.

(Photo courtesy of Stratfor)

Chayanne’s roots lead him to his motherland

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Chayanne surprised his fans with the release of his third single ‘Madre Tierra’.

The premiere releases from ‘En Todo Estaré’, ‘ Humanos a Marte ‘ and ‘ Tu respiración material ‘ were well received by Chayanne’s fans as well as media outlets.

With ‘Madre Tierra’, Chayanne reintroduced his fans to “Las Cosas Buenas”. His lyrics release a melody of the importance on counting on their strength of their cultural roots to get through the hard times as well as enjoying the good ones. Recorded in Mérida, Yucatán, under the direction of Daniel Gruener, their collaboration of both cultural destination and animated creativity magnetized Chayanne’s biggest fans to leave them in a nostralgic realm of joy and inner peace.

This Puerto Rican artist has prepared himself for an amazing promotional tour to kick off in beautiful Mexico. This tour will take him over seas to Spain, Latin America and last but not least, landing in the United States.

Chayanne’s seductive dance moves combined with his sultry vocals have surely become the platform for his longevity.

Chayanne has revealed to keep fit he exercises.

“I get up early and go to the gym an hour run and lift weights or combine the two things Another thing I do is P90X (program end exercise) and other days I do insanity. All of these are excellent exercises that prepare me to feel good.”

Wow! Good plug for this company. You guys want to keep is sexy like Chayanne.. You need to pick up P90X

LATIN ECONOMIES NEED TO CULTIVATE INNOVATION

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The economic letdown for Latin America, after a decade of feasting, is more apparent now that the two big assets of the region, Venezuelan oil and Brazilian soybeans have fallen off. The core reasons for this are the ideas that the only way to compete is growing items rather than making them.

The acroymn STEM, which covers science, technology, engineering and math are areas that lack the allure of a doctor or lawyer, yet are the answers to the future. After all Latin Americans are well immursed here in the United States, yet that has not fostered a visionary person to take their home countries in a new direction.

Asia, in particular Korea, showed what exporting local innovation could do for an ailing economy. In Brazil, the Embraer plant is a high-tech industry. It is basically creating from its minds the technology that will bring Latin America back into the ballgame.

Brazil, in particular reflects the feeling of a hemisphere when they desire to break away from counting on the mother hen, the United States. The Start-ups are the beginning. They are fueled by the minds of the 20 somethings that will start to develop the products that may lead the industries they currently are far behind in into the black.

So, the future is now, if the need can be grasped. The success of economies are based on technology created from the mind as opposed to products dug from the ground.

Abandoning Your Comfort Zone Will Make You A Better Traveler

Grand Canyon (Image via BoomsBeat.com

Grand Canyon (Image via BoomsBeat.com

When you think of your comfort zone, what comes to mind? For me, it’s that familiar place I’ve become accustomed to. It’s that place I’m constantly aiming to abandon, the place where most things become so redundant, they start to seem mundane.

I’ve noticed that while my comfort zone refers to what I’m most used to, it’s easy for the “comfortable” part to seep into my travel plans. The idea of sticking to what I know is limiting and a clear sign that I’m too afraid to leave what I’m used to, so every now and then, I make it a point to challenge myself.

Last year, when I thought of traveling to Europe, I almost selected a place closer to home. Why? I wanted to stick to what I know. The thought of traveling overseas was, for a moment, overwhelming – until I realized that expanding my horizons would lead to growth, as it does in other parts of my life.

It is for this reason that instead of booking a trip to the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico (countries I’ve been to before), I opted for London. What I discovered is that I work well under pressure. I am not afraid to take the reigns, to plan a portion of my getaway, and wing the rest. Furthermore, I discovered that I can adapt to my surroundings, and I make friends easily. I am, after all, a people person. Still, these are major things I wouldn’t have discovered had I not taken the risk, abandoned my comfort zone, and planned the vacation of my dreams – instead of the one that seemed easiest to plan.

Where do you dream of traveling to? What’s stopping you – besides yourself? Share below or via Twitter @LatinTRENDS2010.

The Power of Travel

New York City

New York City


It may be easy to focus on the destination, but as is the case with most things in life, the destination is only a portion of the journey. See, the real destination, is not visible. Travel forces us to take a closer look within ourselves, to challenge our comfort zones, and if we’re brave enough, and courages enough, it helps us dismantle the limitations that keep us from growing and reaching our full potential.

Traveling to countries like Chile, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and more helps us learn about different cultures. We learn about the country, its independence, its historically recognized locations, but more importantly, we learn about the people there. We are able to see the ways in which our society can improve and to notice the ways in which we can improve. Travel has the ability to put things into perspective and to show us what truly matters.

Travel, not for the sake of traveling, but to discover a part of yourself you’re not familiar with. Travel to see how others live and to hear their stories. Travel to surpass the emotional challenges that keep you grounded. Travel to grow.

Five Fall Travel Essentials

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Even if you’re planning a fall vacation somewhere tropical, like Chile, Ecuador, or Venezuela, truth is, you can’t go wrong with a few fall must-haves. This way you’ll be comfortable and warm on the plane!

1. Fashionable scarves: whether infinity scarves or the traditional kind can be soothing throughout a long flight. Macy’s has an array of scarves starting at just $28.

2. Trench coats are always in! Don’t be afraid to add a little color and showcase your personality.

3. Leggings are kind of magical. They’re comfortable enough to wear casually, but also easy to dress up.

4. Combat boots add a little oomph to any outfit and comfort to your inevitable travel strolls.

5. Let go of fruity summer fragrances (if you’re tired of them), and build memories with a sophisticated, musky fall fragrance.

What are some of your fall travel must-haves?

Five Pet Peeves That Shouldn’t Deter You From Traveling

Bolivia (Image by Phil Whitehouse, via Wikipedia)

Bolivia (Image by Phil Whitehouse, via Wikipedia)


If you love to travel, nothing and no one will get in the way of that. But if you’ve only recently uncovered the wanderlust(er) in you, then it’s easy to get distracted. As opposed to getting annoyed by the little imperfections, prepare for them, and make a decision to not let them deter you from an adventure.

1. Sitting next to someone who’s fidgety on the plane. Either this or the person wears strong perfume or cologne.

2. Extensive questioning by customs – to the point where you start to feel uncomfortable.

3. Travelers who are always in a rush.

4. A check-out time that interferes with you itinerary.

5. Lost/mistaken reservations.

What are some of your travel pet peeves, and how do you cope with them?

Three Times You Might Not Think To Travel But Should

Volcano in Fortuna, Costa rica (Image via NYAH Mag)

Volcano in Fortuna, Costa rica (Image via NYAH Mag)


Most of the time, we think of travel as a getaway, to refresh and unwind from a mundane routine. Yet, traveling is a way to cope with other things as well. There are three times you might’ve not thought to travel, but still, these are three times it’s a good idea to do so.

Travel to cope with heartbreak. Whether it’s something like the loss of a loved one, or the termination of a relationship, traveling can help you process the events and get back to yourself.

Travel when you’re feeling lost. If you’re unsure of what step to take next, or facing a personal dilemma, going away can help you reconsider and readjust your priorities. Travel does, after all, entice introspection.

Travel to celebrate! Whether you’re celebrating a graduation or a promotion, don’t be afraid to treat yourself. Like the famous quote suggests, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

When do you usually travel?

Three Romantic Things To Do On Your Next Vacation

Whether you’re traveling to say Venezuela or any other part of Latin America, chances are you’re traveling with your significant other. If you are, there are a few things you can do together to make your getaway an immensely romantic one.

Go for a walk on the beach. It may seem simple, almost easy to miss, but a walk on the beach can be a calming and memorable activity. Moreover, if you do it in the morning when the beach is empty, or at night when everyone’s back in their hotel room, it’s a romantic memory to share.

Costa de Oro, Ecuador (Image Via Pathfinder International)

Costa de Oro, Ecuador (Image Via Pathfinder International)

Carve your names on a tree. Engraving your names together can bring you even closer. Just imagine: years later you can revisit the location to see your names…still together.

Isla Saona, Dominican Republic (Image via Dominican Republic Real Estate)

Isla Saona, Dominican Republic (Image via Dominican Republic Real Estate)

Create a map of your vacation with small but meaningful memories. Think of it like a scrapbook! Work on it on your way back home.