Celebrating Hispanic, Latin American Heritage month around Philadelphia (2023)

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- TaRhonda Thomas and Alicia Vitarelli host FYI Philly's celebration of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage month around Philly.

Sor Ynez offers elevated Mexican fare and elusive mezcal service

In an industrial part of Kensington, where the neighborhood is going through a renaissance, the '1800 North American' building is like a community for creators -- anchored by a Nextfab maker's space.

You'll also find a bike shop, architectural salvage, and more.

But the foodie draw in the building is a restaurant doing Mexican fare, fresh and forward.

At Sor Ynez, Executive Chef Alexis Tellez uses classic techniques and influences from his family in Mexico.

He was raised there but grew up here in New Hope, where his mother was also an executive chef.

In addition to traditional Mexican dishes crafted with the chef's farm-to-table approach, the full bar offers a traditional mezcal service.

Mezcal is a spirit similar in taste and origin to tequila.

Sor Ynez's service comes with slices of citrus, and three salts - each with different levels of salinity to complement the smoky taste of the mezcal.

They say this traditional presentation is somewhat hard to find on the local dining scene and is fully authentic at this spot.

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Sor Ynez | Facebook | Instagram

1800 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


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Blue Corn brings the best of Mexico to the Italian Market

Walk into Blue Corn and there is soccer on the TV and authentic Mexican favorites on the menu, like tacos, burritos, sopecitos and huaraches.

The place is run by four siblings. The family worked in restaurants in their home state of Puebla, Mexico. All of the recipes come from an uncle and brother who are chefs, and represent not just Puebla cuisine but also dishes from Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, Mexico City and Yucatan.

Manager Agustin Sandoval Hernandez says there is no signature dish on the menu but there is a signature ingredient.

There's blue corn Caesar salad, blue corn tacos, blue corn tortillas, blue corn chips with salsa and cheesecake pinole for dessert.

Pinole is a mixture of roasted ground maize that comes from the blue corn, which is grown in Mexico, using ancient Aztec cultural practices.

The family is from the small town of San Mateo Ozolco where the pinole is made.

By using the product here, they're supporting the farmers back in their hometown.

Every September, they deck out the place in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and add Mexico's national dish to the menu.

It's called Chiles en Nogada, and it's a giant poblano pepper stuffed with ground pork, beef, fruits and spices, smothered in a walnut sauce and garnished with ruby red pomegranate.

The red, white and green colors of the dish match Mexico's flag, and legend has it the recipe was invented by nuns in Puebla in 1821 to celebrate Mexico's independence over Spain.

At Blue Corn, the dish is made only from mid-August through September.

There are lots of other dishes you can enjoy year-round, and there's a whole menu page dedicated to margaritas. If you want a cocktail with a spicy kick, try the margarita macho, made with Chile relleno-infused tequila, homemade sour mix and cilantro then garnished with a Serrano pepper.

"Some people drink like 4 or 5," Hernandez says.

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Blue Corn Mexican Restaurant & Bar | Website |Facebook |Instagram

940 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147


La Michoacana serves authentic recipes from Mexico

La Michoacana is a family-owned and operated taqueria that's been a staple in Norristown for nearly 25 years.

The recipes come from the family's grandmother in Michoacán, which is the state in Mexico the restaurant is named after.

Before the restaurant opened in 1998, she came to Norristown from Mexico to personally drop off her recipes.

"We still follow the instructions for years and the people love it," says server David Páez.

What started as a six-table taqueria now seats up to 80 guests and has more than 90 items on the menu, including many popular margaritas and desserts.

The dining room walls are filled with artwork that reminds them of home.

They see many regular customers, including David, who used to be a regular himself before the family offered him a job as a server.

"I'm the only one out of the family, but I'm kind of family because I've been here for the last 16 years," says David.

La Michoacana | Instagram

301 E. Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401

(610) 292-1971

Centro Musical has been the 'heartbeat of the Barrio' for 65 years

Centro Musical is a place where lovers of Latin music can find everything from old-school salsa to the hottest reggaeton hits, sold on CDs, albums and cassette tapes.

It's a place for those who want to play too, with all kinds of Caribbean percussion instruments-from shekere, bongos and congas to the Puerto Rican guiro and the Dominican guira.

The shop also stocks guitars-everything from kid size to the cuatro puertorriqueño, considered Puerto Rico's national instrument.

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The shop opened 65 years ago. When the original owner wanted to retire in 2014, he sold to longtime friend Reinaldo Melendez, who also owns a music store in New York City.

Despite its name, Centro Musical is much more than just a music store.

There's a vast selection of Puerto Rican souvenirs, delivering a dose of nostalgia for local residents who grew up on the island. The dominoes, we're told, always sell out.

Singer Rosa Benitez and musician Johnny Cruz say they've been coming to Centro Musical for decades. On a near daily basis, they put on impromptu concerts that draw in the neighborhood to listen.

Cruz says the store is "the heart of the barrio."

Centro Musical | Facebook

464 W. Lehigh Ave (5th & Lehigh), Philadelphia, Pa. 19133


'La Guagua 47' film explores local Hispanic and Latin American culture

Septa, Al Dia News and Ritmo Lab collaborated to create a new film celebrating the spirit of Hispanic culture in Philadelphia.

Alba Martinez was the creative force behind the song featured in the film called La Guagua 47, based on the Septa 47 bus route.

The route runs from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia and Alba wrote the song based on her experiences discovering the Hispanic community in Philadelphia when she arrived here in 1985.

More than 30 years later, the film depicts a journey of someone who discovers culture with different stops along the bus route.

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La Guagua 47 | Facebook | Instagram

FYI Philly's best margaritas

We rounded up some of the city's finest margaritas, from South Philly to Northern Liberties and more.

Our journey stops at five local spots known for their cocktails and we have more than 15 drinks on our menu featuring agave spirits.

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Cantina Dos Segundos | Facebook | Instagram

931 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

La Llorana Cantina Mexicana | Facebook | Instagram

1551 West Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Las Bugambilias | Facebook | Instagram

15 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Los Sarapes | Facebook | Instagram

1101 Horsham Road, Ambler PA 19002

La Calaca Feliz | Facebook | Instagram

2321 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

People's Light Theatre stages first bilingual production, ''MUSHROOM''

People's Light Theatre in Malvern is staging 'MUSHROOM', the theatre's first-ever bilingual production.

The play is set in Kennett Square, known as the mushroom capital of the world.

It shines a light on the town's mushroom industry workers, many of whom are from Mexico and Central America.

Playwright Eisa Davis spent nine years researching and interviewing people in Kennett Square to develop her story.

"It's a story with unexpected romances and a mysterious workplace dispute. There's also this looming presence of immigration authorities," says Davis.

English and Spanish supertitles are displayed throughout the show, as the narrative moves between both languages.

"Mushrooms are fascinating," says Davis. "There's this mycelial, underground fungal network that allows us as humans to survive."

It's a metaphor representing the unseen world of Kennett Square's mushroom workers.

'MUSHROOM' runs through October 16.

People's Light | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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What is Hispanic Heritage Month and why is it important to celebrate it? ›

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

How do you honor Hispanic Heritage Month at work? ›

How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work? There are many ways to celebrate HHM at work. You can feature culturally inspired music, food, film and art, discuss Hispanic and Latino DE&I, host a discussion with Hispanic and Latino leaders or recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino employees.

How do you honor Hispanic Heritage Month at school? ›

Read on for some of our favorite Hispanic Heritage Month activities.
  1. Read books by Hispanic authors. ...
  2. Show a video about Spanish dialects. ...
  3. Take a spin around the classroom globe. ...
  4. Try a free language-learning app. ...
  5. Take a virtual tour of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's home.
13 Sept 2022

What are 5 facts about Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

6 Hispanic Heritage Month Facts Students Should Learn About
  • Creation of Hispanic Heritage Week.
  • Expansion to Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • September 15th is Independence Day for 5 Countries.
  • Shared Celebration for Hispanic and Latino/a People.
  • 1 in 5 People Identify as Hispanic.
  • New Theme Every Year.
23 Sept 2022

Why is Hispanic heritage so important? ›

Hispanic Heritage Month has been around since 1968 – though it was only Hispanic Heritage Week at that time. It's meant to not only honor the Hispanic Heritage and all Hispanic Americans who have helped build America but to also shine a light on how far there is to go.

Did you know facts about Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

In 1988, Senator Paul Simon (D-Illinois), submitted a similar bill that successfully passed Congress. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law on August 17, 1988. President George H.W. Bush was the first president to declare the 31-day period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Why is Heritage Month Important? ›

Why are heritage months important? Heritage month celebrations are important in providing the space to teach and learn about cultural history, and also to examine the way in which these cultures are viewed within American discourse.

What advice personal or professional would you give to others of Hispanic heritage? ›

The best advice I can give to others of Hispanic/Latinx heritage is to embrace their culture. The world is progressing and starting to appreciate the beauty of diversity because so many of us are starting to be ourselves. It's a beautiful thing and we need to continue to do this to be the change we want to see.

How can students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

One simple yet profound way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is by teaching your students a little about Hispanic history, art, and culture every day. In a blog post, Spanish Mama suggests doing bite-sized lessons on Hispanic heritage throughout the month as a daily warm-up activity.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to our community? ›

This month-long observation coincides with the anniversaries of independence of several Central and South American nations. It's a time for people to reflect upon the vibrant historical, cultural, social and societal influence of Hispanic and Latinx people within the U.S. and throughout the world.

What is the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022? ›

Hispanic Heritage Month Theme for 2022 Is 'Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation'

What are 10 interesting facts about Latin America? ›

Fun Facts About Latin America You Probably Didn't Know
  • They Speak More than 370 Languages Throughout Latin America. ...
  • South America Has the Shortest Coastline and the World's Largest Salt Flats. ...
  • Latin America is Very Urbanized. ...
  • It Rains Fishes in Yoro. ...
  • Combined, There are 17 Different Ways to Say 'Popcorn'
7 Apr 2022

Can you be Hispanic and not Latino? ›

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

Why is Hispanic Heritage Month important for kids? ›

Hispanic Heritage Month provides every child the opportunity to explore the diversity within the Hispanic population and the significance of past and present Hispanic influences on our society.

What are some good questions about Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

Four Questions About National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • What is National Hispanic Heritage Month? Hispanic Heritage Month first began in 1968 as a week-long celebration. ...
  • What happens during Hispanic Heritage Month? ...
  • Why is Hispanic Heritage Month so important? ...
  • How can students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
12 Oct 2018

What is the most important thing in Hispanic culture? ›

Latino families show warmth through hugs and this extends beyond just family members but to anyone who is invited to their home or their social circle. Family is the most crucial above all else and Latinos put family ahead of just about everything else.

What values are important in Hispanic culture? ›

Hispanics come from a collectivistic culture where group activities are dominant, responsibility is shared, and accountability is collective. Because of the emphasis on collectivity, harmony and cooperation in the group tend to be emphasized more than individual function and responsibility (Gudykunst, 1998).

What does your heritage mean to you? ›

Heritage encompasses many things. It's about our ethnic roots, of course, but it also includes cultural teachings and personal experiences. It's about who you are and where you have come from to get to where you are today. For me, my heritage has shaped my values, my personality, my goals, and much more.

What colors represent Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

It appears that there are no limits to the colors associated with hispanic heritage month. There are intensely bright colors of yellow, orange and red and also muted colors of brown, gray, blue with some greens, blues and black also represented.

What's the difference between Latino and Hispanic? ›

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

Why is it called Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

Hispanic Heritage Month initially began as a weeklong celebration in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson who, at the time said, "The people of Hispanic descent are the heirs of missionaries, captains, soldiers, and farmers who were motivated by a young spirit of adventure, and a desire to settle freely in a free land."

Why is it important to celebrate our cultural heritage? ›

“It is important to celebrate our heritage because it is a time to share our cultures and for all of us to learn about our own culture and heritage.” “It is important to celebrate our heritage because it breathes life and meaning into our identities and our knowledge of who we are.

Why is it important to celebrate one's heritage? ›

It gives you a chance to understand traditions that are specific to your ancestors. You can gain a historical perspective of your family and culture, including details about your heritage that are unique. Some of the information gathered will be based on environmental factors and others on genetic factors.

Why is it important to celebrate culture and heritage? ›

By celebrating it, you empower people to be proud of their identity. Another Heritage Day is upon us when everyone gears up in their cultural attire to celebrate their origins and traditions on September 24.

How do you show respect in Hispanic culture? ›

Show heightened respect to those that are noticeably older than yourself. Give way to them in public, and allow them to be served first or take your seat if all are full. Do not toss someone an object to pass it to them. Hand it to them directly and respectfully.

How can you honor Hispanic Latinx heritage and be respectful at the same time? ›

focus on celebrating and paying a tribute to Latinx people and the many contributions that they have provided to our world. Read their literature, read their biographies, recognize their achievements and learn about their contributions.

What qualifies as Hispanic descent? ›

OMB defines "Hispanic or Latino" as a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

What are traditional Hispanic values? ›

Hispanic families instill in their children the importance of honor, good manners, and respect for authority and the elderly. Preserving the Spanish language within the family is a common practice in most Hispanic homes. Spanish speakers tend toward formality in their treatment of one another.

What is a symbol for Hispanic? ›

There are several symbols that form part in Hispanic culture, and some of the symbols that represents Hispanic heritage are the Bull, El Oso y el Madrono, the Red Carnation, the Spanish Imperial Eagle, and the coat of arms on the Spanish Flag. Each represents an important in Hispanic culture.

What are two popular foods from the Hispanic heritage? ›

Some of the most popular dishes served during Hispanic Heritage Month are traditional favorites like tacos, enchiladas, tamales, arroz con pollo and flan. While the possibilities are endless for what you can enjoy while celebrating, these are the traditional dishes many people choose to make.

What is the most important Hispanic influence in our community? ›

Among the most important Hispanic cultural influence is the world of entertainment. Salsa, merengue, Latin rap, Latin songs and today, Reggaeton, consolidate a stable market not only for the Spanish natives but for the Americans as well.

What are best practices for treating Hispanics? ›

Best Practices

Take the time to develop a cultural formulation, which includes a consideration for acculturation, community and family connection, immigration status/ history, education. Supporting collaborative care with Latinos is important for retention and success of care.

How do we celebrate Heritage month? ›

Instead, here's how to pay homage to heritage and history months and create a more inclusive work culture.
  1. Listen, learn, and do the work. ...
  2. Be real on social media. ...
  3. Highlight your employees. ...
  4. Foster conversations. ...
  5. Donate to honorable organizations. ...
  6. Celebrate and make change. ...
  7. Be inclusive all year round.

What is a fact about Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988.

What are two questions you have about Hispanic Heritage Month? ›

Four Questions About National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • What is National Hispanic Heritage Month? Hispanic Heritage Month first began in 1968 as a week-long celebration. ...
  • What happens during Hispanic Heritage Month? ...
  • Why is Hispanic Heritage Month so important? ...
  • How can students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
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What is Mexico's real name? ›

The formal name of the country is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, often translated as “United Mexican States” or “United States of Mexico.”

What is Mexico's favorite color? ›

Red. Red is one of the most common colors seen in Mexican art and culture. One third of the Mexican flag is red, symbolizing blood shed by historical heroes.

What religion are most Mexican? ›

The Catholic branch of Christianity is the dominant religion in Mexico, representing 78% of the total population as of 2020.

What is the difference between Latino and Hispanic? ›

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

Who is an important Hispanic person? ›

We cannot mention Cesar Chavez, without also naming Dolores Huerta as one of the most influential Hispanic Americans. Born in New Mexico in 1930, Dolores would go on to become a leading civil rights activist. She met Cesar Chavez in California while working for the CSO, and the two bonded.


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