The Way I See It

Hispanic Heritage focuses on traditions



We are kicking off this week with our Hispanic Heritage Month series.

Going from a week-long commemorative event in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was expanded in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan designated four weeks, September 15 through October 15.

Our theme this year is “Traditions”.

This week, our Living Editor Lisa Luna has featured the traditions of Quinceañeras and the Diez Y Seis celebration. Coming up will be Hispanic culture in weddings and anniversary celebrations, authentic recipes and some historical features, too.

I just attended my first Quinceañera celebration, which is featured this week. Jillian Olivarri is the darling 15-year-old daughter of Gilbert and Janie Olivarri. Janie was a student intern at the Express back in the 90s. She was just a few years older than her daughter is now, but every bit as darling.

Our whole county is rich with Hispanic heritage and folks who have given and carried on wonderful traditions.

Please enjoy our coverage over the next few weeks and be sure to enjoy the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Market Days on October 18 and 19.

The way I see it, partaking in these events has enhanced our lives and understanding of the Hispanic culture that is so prevalent in our area. Our knowledge and enjoyment has been strengthened as well.

That’s the way I see it, let me know your view – email me at, or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

SUE BROWN is the Editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at 830-281-2341 or

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