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Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

The Latino population in our area is rich in diversity and culture. There are many local high-profile Hispanic trends and restaurants. Here are five things which you may not know about. The Mexican Consulate Works Closely With the Mexican Cultural Center: Located on the second floor of the Bourse Building at 111 South Independence Mall […]

 

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

The Latino community was out in full force for Comcast Cares Day at Congreso’s headquarters at 215 West Somerset St. in eastern North Philadelphia. The partnership between Comcast and Congreso had volunteers show up as early as 8 a.m. undeterred by the brisk, windy conditions. “I promise and have it on good authority that it’s […]

 

Kensington: Accommodating the Growing Number of Hispanic Catholics in Philadelphia

Kensington: Accommodating the Growing Number of Hispanic Catholics in Philadelphia

As of 2010, the United States is second behind Mexico in its expanding Hispanic population of 50.5 million. This growth is apparent in the Philadelphia, where its Hispanic population has more than doubled from 1990 to 2010, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. Not only is the new population Hispanic, about 68 percent of Latinos […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Father Bruce Lewandowski (above), Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the past three years Father Bruce Lewandowski has overseen the Office for Hispanic Catholics as the Vicar for Cultural Ministries at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His primary goal is to make sure the estimated 200,000 Hispanic Catholics of Philadelphia know that the church […]

 

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

Spending a day in “El Bloque de Oro” will have you thinking you’re in a tropical Caribbean island. Fake palm trees sit on every corner down North Fifth Street while store signs are read in Spanish. It is very possible to spend the entire day in this neighborhood and function perfectly only speaking Spanish while […]

 

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Although Taller Puertorriqueño is divided into two buildings one block apart, the organization is united in its mission to develop and promote Latino art and culture in the community. Since 1974, Taller has been at the heart of the art scene in El Bloque de Oro providing the community with art and art-based educational programs for […]

 

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

No one ever said life at an inner-city school would be easy, but Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has managed to overcome many obstacles to provide its students with an education that they can build on. Kensington High School CAPA, as it is often called, boasts a 62.2 percent graduation rate […]

 

Al Dia: Latina Counselor Helps Kenginston CAPA Students

Al Dia: Latina Counselor Helps Kenginston CAPA Students

As Keila Vargas puts it, she has two babies back at home and countless others at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (KCAPA). Vargas, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, is the guidance counselor at KCAPA. While serving the student body as a whole, Vargas feels a special connection with the […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]

 

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

“Welcome to the center of gold” as the mural reads, or in this case the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section, located at the intersection of 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Fairhill has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it is just one of many Latino hotspots located throughout the […]

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