We Are Noble Bandidas

L.A. Latinas proudly proclaim their singularity

Published on LatinoLA: December 21, 2008

We Are Noble Bandidas

Editor's Note:

Good friend Yadhira De Leon, Sr. Manager, Public Relations at the Autry, has gifted LatinoLA with a few complimentary one-day tickets and some buy-one-get-one-free passes to Bold Caballeros y Nobel Bandidas at the Autry Center. In the spirit of the season, LatinoLA wants to give you the opportunity to win them. Here's how. Send an email to info@latinola.com with "Contest" on the subject line and let me know what makes you a Bold Cabellero or a Noble Bandida. Simple as that. I'll determine, to the best of my ability, the winners. We will, of course, publish all submissions. So all you bold caballeros and noble bandidas, let's see what you got! Deadline is 12.24.08. Here are entries received so far!

- Abelardo

Cathy Olvera writes:

"I believe I am a Noble Bandida because (as a teacher) I do my best to empower my parents, regardless of their own educational background. As an educator, I believe all parents want to help their children at home and my job is to equip them with strategies they understand themselves and will be able to use at home."

Rebecca Romero writes:

"I ride - it's my transportation. I teach ballet for a living and most importantly, raised my two children as a single mom and they are wonderful, conscientious human beings who like to raise hell when necessary. My son (bold caballero) has been raising his daughter as a single parent for the last 12 years with a lot of help (especially financial) from my daughter (noble bandida) and me as elder-guidance thus, noble vieja bandida!!"

Sylvia Toste-Rogers writes:

"I am a 56 female Puerto Rican, who still runs marathons and I try to keep a healthy outlook not only for myself but for my friends. If anyone asks me a questions pertaining to diets, exercise I try to advise them to take it one day at a time and to eat smaller portions throughout the day. I am an inspiration to a lot of my female friends and family since I have been running for almost 30 years now and will be participating in my first triathlon this coming March.

I am strong, beautiful and intelligent."

Natalia Orta writes:

"Noble Bandida am I! Raised the two kids on my own here in LA after bringing them here at 4 and 6 straight from el DF. Felt like a Stranger in a Strange Land (or better yet, like La India Maria -- Ni de Aqui ni de Alla). Si, and we figured it all out. They have come out of it relatively unscathed -- both good kids, hard workers, going to school. I have been blessed with a good job and cute little house a la Mexicana. I am feeling rather noble as I am about to host my ex-cu??ada for a two week stay at la casa Orta ÔÇô check that out! La mujer is coming here straight from Guanajuato ÔÇô has never been out of the country and I bet she would love the exhibit! We plan to "do LA", just wander about this ciudad tan padre donde vivo and go from culture to culture and LIVE IT!"

Image: "La Adelita" (detail) by George Yepes

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