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Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla

There are several things we know Cinco de Mayo is not. For example, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, Mexico wouldn’t gain its independence until six years later.

When Benito Juarez became president, the country was heavily indebted to European countries after opposing forces in the civil war borrowed money to finance their battles. With no way to repay the loans, Mexico defaulted. England, Spain, and France sent military forces in an attempt to force payment. While England and Spain negotiated with Mexico, Napoleon opted to attempt to take the country for himself.

General Ignacio Zaragoza, the commander of the Mexican forces, was born in what is now known as Texas. He served as Secretary of War under President Benito Juarez and resigned in order to lead the Mexican army against the French forces.

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Director Rafa Lara brings us a new film detailing the Battle of Puebla.

From Lionsgate, Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Meanwhile, two young Mexican lovers manage to find love amidst the chaos of war. Cinco de Mayo chronicles the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride.

The film opens in Los Angeles on May 3rd.

About Eileen Rivera

Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.

The mother of two adult daughters, Eileen has worked in the Juvenile Justice system for twenty-eight years. She acts as a liaison between the Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Court.

Writing was something she shared with family. Stories and songs for her children and Christmas tales for the extended family. She now shares her writing with a larger family, the Being Latino family.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. I seldom leave responses, however i did a few searching and wound up here Cinco
    de Mayo: La Batalla. And I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be only me or does it look as if like some of the responses look as if they are left by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing at additional places, I’d like to follow anything fresh you have to post.
    Would you make a list of every one of all your public pages like your twitter feed,
    Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  2. JeanPierre says:

    @Mauricio A. Roman. Do you really expect a Puerto Rican to know about Mexican History. LOL

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