Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month As A Family @FordEspanol @PBS #LatinosPBS #LatinosFord

*This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Ford.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My husband, his paternal Cuban grandparents, my son, and my husband’s uncle at my son’s Baptism.

    Family is very important in the Latino culture.  We pride ourselves on always being there for one another and passing down our customs and heritage from one generation to the next.  In our home, our sons are blessed to be mixed with Spaniard, Cuban, and Puerto Rican.  My husband and I think it is important for both of them to know about their roots so we work very hard to instill these cultural values in them throughout the whole year but especially during Hispanic Heritage Month.

    All of our grandparents migrated to the United States with the hopes of creating better opportunities for their children and for future generations.  My grandparents actually moved to Venezuela from Spain and lived there for many years working and saving money to come to America.  They struggled with very little money and two children but managed to persevere due to the promise of a new life in the United States of America.

My son and both his maternal and paternal great-grandmothers on his first birthday.

    My husband’s maternal grandparents came here from Puerto Rico as teenagers and were basically left to fend for themselves.  They learned early on what it meant to have a lot of responsibility.  His paternal grandparents left Cuba to escape Castro’s regime and came to this country with just the clothes on their back and one duffel bag each.  They left everything behind in Cuba in the hopes of finding a better life.

    Spending time together as a family is extremely important to us.  It allows us to love and appreciate one another and to pass down, through oral traditions, the stories of our families.  Ford Motor Company is a proud member of the Hispanic community and is honored to be involved in the Latino Americans series on PBS.  This three-part, six-hour series is aimed at preserving the history and experiences of Latinos and their contributions in North America over the last 500 years.

    The series resonates with our family because it documents how Hispanics overcame obstacles in order to achieve better lives for their families through immigration and renovation.  Latino Americans will feature interviews with Puerto Rican star of West Side Story, Rita Moreno who is a living legend in the Latino community.  Additionally, Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chavez, who also became the highest ranking woman in the Reagan White House, will be sharing her stories of heritage and triumph in the face of adversity along with Cuban singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan.

LATINO AMERICANS will air on PBS on September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (EST).

LATINO AMERICANS will premiere in Spanish on Vme TV with a new chapter every Friday at 10 pm EST, beginning September 20 through October 25. For local listings, please visit www.vmetv.com.

To learn more about Ford and their support of the Hispanic community like Ford en Español on Facebook or follow Ford en Español on Twitter @fordespanol.

Let’s Discuss:  How do you preserve cultural traditions in your family?

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  1. GrandmaBonnie A says

    This is so awesome that Ford is such a great supporter. I will have to be looking out for the series. It sounds very educational.

  2. Daisy Tremorev says

    I can’t wait to see this series. It’s such a great idea! Sometimes I don’t think that people realize the sacrifices that our families make in order to help each generation to have better and better lives.

  3. What a rich culture. I will definitely check out the series. Thanks for sharing a little about your heritage! What a great effort for Ford!

  4. That is wonderful! Since my son is half Mexican, I think it’s important for me to celebrate this month so he can know his heritage. That is great to know that Ford honors this month as well! 🙂

  5. What an interesting culture expression, I loved reading all about it.

  6. The Latino culture is one that is based on family from what I’ve seen. They are pretty close. I have a few latino friends and it’s all about family. We only celebrate on holidays and even then we’re still not that close. You have a beautiful family.

  7. Yay! I don’t know if spanish and latinos are the same but I guess your culture looks interesting! My great grand father is latino too!

  8. Latino culture does seem to be based on family and I think that is wonderful. How great that Ford is honoring this month and helping preserve the rich traditions and heritage.

  9. Woah great! It’s awesome to have mix heritage and culture. I didn’t know about this well 🙂

  10. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says

    I grew up in So Cal and had many Hispanic friends. I loved how close the families were!

  11. Thank you so much for writing this it’s always so interesting to read about the different cultures in the world – I love how family orientated yours seems.

  12. My hubby is Italian, and his grandfather came through Ellis Island. I think it is neat to have a link to a cultural background, so I have tried to introduce the foods and culture of Italy to my kids.

  13. Melinda Kuffler Dunne says

    What a wonderful picture of you child with the great grandmas! I don’t have any grandparents left. I love that the Hispanic culture values family. It wish there were more families that valued each other.

  14. What a great picture of you all! I have two grandparents left, but I am West coast and they are East 🙁 It’s hard to keep up.

  15. In the Philippines family is important too, and we do our best to be with each other. My mom even built our house right next to our grandfather’s house. It feels great that a lot of people share these values

  16. Melanie Roberts says

    Great pictures of you guys… love when families keep their heritage alive.. Thanks for sharing and I will soo try to watch it. ALl my family is in Germany, so that makes it hard to stay in touch, BUT we do celebrate certain holidays and keep traditions alive…

  17. I agree 100%! And it’s great that you are so close with one another. A lot of families don’t have that due to various reasons. It’s pretty awesome, so cherish it always!

  18. What a fabulous photo nice to see generations together. My grandparents are not with us anymore, I wish they were. WE make an effort for our family to have lunch together once a month.

  19. Thanks for sharing the great post and awareness of Latino culture 🙂

  20. I love the closeness in these families! Us Brits are so reserved, it drives me nuts.

  21. Noor Unnahar says

    I have q very wide culture behind and beyond me so I can totally relate with you 🙂

  22. Families should be like this! <3 What a sweet experience.

  23. nancyscorner says

    We must educate our children about our heritage if it wasn’t for my mom I wouldn’t of known how to cook arroz con gandules and pernil. My daughter is always in the kitchen with me learning the cooking aspect of our Spanish heritage she loves it.

  24. Family is important in every culture.
    I love what Ford is doing.

  25. My family has a very close and strong bond too even tho we are spread out on different continents. I also agree on how important it is to learn something about your background!

  26. Healy Harpster says

    This reminds me of Filipino as we, too, valued our family and always there to help one another. Family really matters to us.

  27. Daisy Tremorev says

    I’m looking forward to watching this!

  28. its great when you can get photos of generations together. I might record this to see if I like it. Thanks!

  29. Amanda McMahon says

    Generations together is always a great thing 🙂

  30. Dawn Spatulas On Parade says

    I love that you are sharing your heritage with us and your kids. History is important to us all. It helps us know where we come from and where we be long.

  31. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us 🙂 I love family photos. I have so many of my grandparents and great grandparent and my kids get so annoyed that I take pictures all of the time.

  32. Karen Hewitt says

    Thanks for sharing, heritage is so important and I love your views and perspective

  33. JadeLouise Designs says

    Heritage is so important in our family. We have a very blended family with a lot of different cultures. For us we do our best to blend them. We pick our favorites of each culture and blend them for each celebration. For instance, Thanksgiving. My Sister-in-law is from Ecuador and when her family always celebrated with a special rice. When she joined our family she brought that recipe with her and now we always enjoy her rice with our turkey. Well blended. But food isn’t the only way to we blend. We do our best to blend family traditions, ways of doing things, etc the same way.

  34. I can’t wait to check out this show. I love seeing the personal pics of you and your family!

  35. those are lovely pics and its always good to learn about others heritage

  36. Tiffany Hathorn says

    Great pictures. It’s really nice that you guys celebrate your rich heritage. 🙂

  37. Sounds wonderful. I’d love to watch this and love the way they are focusing on Latino Americans and their heritage.

  38. Happy Hispanic Heritage month to you!!

  39. Corinne Schmitt says

    Sounds like a great series! What a wonderful way to celebrate Latin culture and heritage. Thanks for sharing the great pics of your family.

  40. I read about this show and I would really love to watch it. I am alway envious of families that are close. My family has always lived all over the world and we didn’t get together often.

  41. Sounds like a great show! I didn’t know it was Hispanic Heritage month

  42. C'mon Get Crafty says

    I love to learn about different cultures and facets of history – sounds like a program to tune into! Beautiful family. 🙂

  43. Shasta Spivey says

    To be honest, we really don’t. My family isn’t very close. I wish we were….

  44. When I was 4 and my great grand mom was alive, i felt great when her, my gandmom and my mom were all in the same room together. Family is always important

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