Sententia Vera Wish List: Your Vote of Confidence

Supplier SpotlightGreetings!

Sententia Vera has had an inspiring year as we reorganized and expanded our Cultural Spanish Communication and Book Selling services to Fostering Latino Community Outreach and Engagement. We are humbled and appreciate the support and loyalty of our clients, friends, family & followers. Thank You!

This year we have received many diverse opportunities that there is only one item on our Holiday Wish List, that is, your vote of confidence. Sententia Vera is in the running for the holiday edition of the Supplier Spotlight contest. WooJua! Your vote will put Sententia Vera in front of new audiences, among small businesses and member companies. Please visit The Supplier Spotlight site and cast your vote* for Sententia Vera today.


Teresa Carbajal Ravet, MA

Sententia Vera, Latino Community Outreach & Communication

*There is an option to vote anonymously, voters are not required to sign in with a social media profile to vote. Click on “Keep vote anonymous.” Also, if you vote using a social profile, we do not collect any personal information and the voting tool does not collect personal information of friends and/or followers, such as emails or contact information.

Win a Cultural Holiday Gift!

Credit: Blbliotecarias

Credit: Blbliotecarias


Happy Holidays | Felices Fiestas

From The Culturist

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. We value our relationships and thank you for being our fans. We look forward to continuing our online partnership in the coming year.

Get in the holiday mood listening to the SV Cultural Holiday Tunes while shopping for your gifts of music, books & movies at Sententia Vera’s Bookshop.

Not feeling the holiday mood yet? Enter to WIN the Cultural Holiday Sweepstakes! Now through December 21st.


1st Winner | Cultural Cookbook

2nd Winner | Children’s Book

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One entry per person. The promotion ends on and the winner will be notified by email after the end date. Participants may request a list of winner(s) from the sponsor following the end date.

Only persons residing in The United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter. Not valid with any other offer. All qualified persons who complete entry form will be entered in a random drawing. Participants affiliated with the sponsor are not eligible for participation.

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Holiday Cultural Storytime

Holiday Blog Tour 2013


The Holiday Blog Tour 2013 kicks off today! Chin! As usual, I’m running last minute putting it together, revising, and posting. My usual modus operandi, as I tend to juggle while multi-tasking. This is not to say that I don’t thoroughly enjoy participating in this tour every holiday season since its inception three years ago! Tour founder, Icess Fernandez Rojas, always succeeds in bringing a group of talented bloggers/writers from all walks of life and genres. You will not be disappointed! Take a look at the slate of participants below. Follow the tour, share with friends and followers, and leave a comment or two… you might even win a gift or two, as it has been known to happen.

Happy Holidays | ¡Felices Fiestas!

One of my favorite holiday stories is the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Last Thursday, December 12, Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Catholics and others, celebrated el día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, “La Virgen Morena”, the Brown-Skinned Virgin. Her story continues to offer comfort, serenity, and strength through struggles and hardships, as many can identify with the Aztec villager, Juan Diego, and his self-doubt and embarrassment for not having enough affluence and influence to convince the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. We learn that it isn’t about affluence or influence… it’s about faith. The confidence and trust we have in ourselves to persevere through our struggles and hardships.

I’d like to share here a few words from a favorite children’s book about Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, The Beautiful Lady Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pat Mora, illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.

Juan Diego started down the dirt path. He was a good man and wanted to do as the Lady asked, but he didn’t know the bishop, who was a very important man. When Juan Diego arrived at the palace, many people were waiting to speak to the bishop. Juan Diego stood quietly. He waited, and waited, and waited.

            “I don’t want to disappoint the beautiful Señora,” thought Juan Diego. Finally, it was his turn to say a few words to the bishop. The bishop listened. He thought. But then he said he needed a sign, proof from la hermosa Señora.

            … Juan Diego looked down sadly. “Ay, Señora, I feel embarrassed,” he said. “The bishop asked for a sign from you. Maybe you should ask a rich and important person to talk to the bishop. I am a poor man and have no influence.”

            The kind Lady smiled. “Juanito,” she said, “you are a good man. I want you to go speak to the bishop again and ask him to build my church. Here. On this hill.”

The church was built! The original basilica was completed in 1709, replacing previous churches at the site. And in 1976 a modern basilica of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe opened.

So as the holidays fast approach and the juggling intensifies… give yourself a break, make a pot of Chocolate Abuelita, pour yourself a mug, grab your favorite manto and wrap yourself warmly, then sit in your comfy chair to read your favorite children’s book, as you are never too old for storytime. Breathe deeply, take perspective, and continue on.

What is your favorite holiday children’s book? Share the title and author in the comments section with us for a chance to win another cultural children’s book.

And please continue following the tour, there will be many more stories to enjoy, giving you a few minutes to catch your breath.


Holiday Blog Tour 2013 Slate

Dec. 16 | Teresa Carbajal Ravet |

Dec. 17 |Nathasha Alvarez |

Dec. 18 |Natasha Oliver | Peace and Center

Dec. 19 | Nikki Kallio | More Purple Houses

Dec. 20 | Lupe Mendez | The Poet Mendez

Dec. 21 | Anabel Lucio Morales | My Meandering Thoughts

Dec. 22 | Icess Fernandez Rojas |

Dec. 23 | Regina Tingle |


Random House Childrens Books

Random House Childrens Books


The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Pat Mora

Illustrated by Steve Johnson / Lou Fancher

ISBN 9780375868382

La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

By Pat Mora

Translated by Adriana Dominguez

Illustrated by Steve Johnson / Lou Fancher

ISBN 9780375868405

17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | Call for Entries

Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate in The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, now in its seventeenth consecutive year. The festival showcases contemporary films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

To be submitted for consideration, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2012. All film entries are also eligible to participate in the festival’s non-competitive sections. For all works where the spoken language is not English, English subtitles and/or narration are required.

Festival Awards

  • Jury Awards in the categories: First or Second Dramatic Feature; Documentary Feature; Dramatic Short; and Documentary Short.
  • Audience Awards in the categories: Best First or Second Dramatic Dramatic Feature and Best Documentary Feature.
  • Youth Jury Award for best “Emergencia” film.
  • Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award for best Made in Texas film.

Submission Deadlines

Submissions should be at the Cine Las Americas office by the following dates and times:

  • Deadline: December 13, 2013 at 5:00pm (Non-refundable entry fee US$25)
  • Late Deadline: January 17, 2014 at 5:00pm (Late entry fee US$50)
  • Emergencia Youth Films Deadline: January 17, 2014 at 5:00PM (Youth Films pay no entry fee)

PLEASE NOTE: submission deadlines are not postmark deadlines.

Checklist of Required Materials

  • Completed on-line entry form (Cine Las Americas Entry Form or Withoutabox).
  • Two DVD screeners (NTSC, Region 1 or 0) with English subtitles and/or narration if the original language is not English. Secure online screeners with passwords are also acceptable.
  • Photocopy of student ID or NALIP membership card if applicable (see entry fee guidelines).

Entry Fees

  • Each film submitted by the regular deadline is required to pay a non-refundable fee of US$25.
  • Films submitted after the regular deadline and before the late deadline are required to pay a non-refundable late fee of US$50.
  • Emergencia Youth Film entries pay no fee.
  • Students or NALIP members: US$20 regular deadline and US$40 late deadline.
  • Please read the Entry Guidelines for more information about payment methods.


Send all submission materials to:

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Film Selection Committee

81 San Marcos Street

Austin, Texas 78702

Tel: +1.512.535.0765

Email: entries(@)