UTPA students celebrate Mexico's Independence
Posted: 09/16/2003
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Students at The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated Diez y Seis de Septiembre by participating in a tamale-eating contest as part of the many activities on campus to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day. The Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta was held on the Chapel Lawn and featured free food, live music by Leyenda and a grito contest . The fiesta was sponsored by the University Program Board and the Student Union. Pictured left to right eating the tamales are UTPA students Rey Mendez, Mike Cerda and Danny Rios. Rios, a freshman, won the tamale-eating contest after eating five tamales. He was also the winner of $50 in Bronc Bucks that he can use to make purchases at the UTPA Cafeteria, C-Store, and the Student Union Food Court. Diez y Seis de Septiembre observes the night of September 15, 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued his famous grito calling for Mexico's independence from Spain. On September 16, 1810, the call for independence rang out for the first time in the town of Dolores, Mexico.