>> i'm walter perez. >> and i'm jeannette reyes tonight/saturday on visions 2017. >> we are latino, we love baseball! >> the philadelphia phillies have added latino flare to their lineup. >> mexico. >> the beautiful game is bringing nations together for philadelphia's unity cup. >> listen to me. >> and jose garces is making an impact with local immigrants. >> that is my flag. >> plus, learn how the latino community is standing together to help puerto rico recover. we are united. >> welcome to visions 20-17, our celebration of latino culture. >> we are at taller puertorriqueno, in the barrio on north 5th street. >> it's a beautiful new space filled with arts and cultural programming devoted to latinos. >> and everyone throughout the latino community is standing together with thoughts and prayers for puerto rico. >> the devastation is so difficult to see after two hurricanes.o, the hispanic community here in philadelphia has pulled together to do everything they can to help.
>> it's horrible what's happening right there, 100 percent catastrophe. >> hurricane maria has crippled the island of puerto >> they haven't had a hurricane or tornado of this magnitude in 90 years. >> power outages, flooding and food shortages have made the situation dangerous. >> the devastation that's in puerto rico it's unexplainable and uh the people are anxious because they wanto >> with more than 90 percent of the cellular sites out of service, communication has families wondering >> the s and hless tis whole situation can make you feel. i think is what is hitting me the most. >> a group led by concilio, stive angel cruz, councilwoman maria quinones sanchez and more than 25 local non-profits have come together to raise money for puerto rico. >> we created a committee known as unidos pa pr. >> because the full extent of the damage is still being determined they are raising money so they can act swiftly when the time comes. >> and then eventually identify what's going to be most needed in puerto rico and be proactive about it.
>> everyone's uniting for the same cause if there's one thing that i learned growing up in a puerto rican household is that we're very resilient. >> the puerto rican day parade had a more somber atmosphere and took on the role of fundraiser. >> people can come out and of course give honor and pride to their culture, but more importantly show support and solidarity to those who are impacted in puerto rico. >> 6abc proudly donated 2500 dollars to the fund one of many contributions in a time of great need. >> when crisis happens our culture, our nature is to be there for one another. >> i know that we will be able to bounce back. >> that's my flag, that's my people. if i don't stand up for them, who will. >> the link to spt theunidos pa' fu 6abc >> of course, our thoughts are also in mexico as they recover from a deadly earthquake. >> these natural disasters will make life very difficult in those areas for years to come. >> another important issue for the latino community is immigration. >> with changing laws adding tension and uncertainty for local families.
>> they're going to churches, they're going to schools, they're going to hospitals. if they know where you are they're going to come pick you up. >> it's a cause that's given olivia vazquez purpose. >> everybody in our community right now is ready more than ever to keep fighting and we have to remember to stay united. >> olivia came to the united states from mexico in 2004, with her mom, when she was 10 years old. >> she decided to make the hard decision to come here and leave everything she knew behind and to come to a country where she didn't speak the language, where she didn't have any family. >> olivia falls under deferred action for childhood arrivals, or daca, an executive order passed by president obama which allows children brought into the united states illegally the temporary right to stay and receive workauthorif deportation. >> you had to have been less than 16 years of age when you
applied, you had to have finished high school, and you couldn't have any criminal record. >> on sept 5th, president trump made the announcement to end the daca program and called upon congress to pass a replacement leaving olivia and the 5,000 young adult recipients in philadelphia with a lot of questions. >> about losing their jobs, losing um their ability to be able to drive, or being deported. >> maria sotomayor-giacomutci and the philadelphia immigration and citizenship coalition are doing their best to answer those questions. >> we work to educate and train our community members um what's going on with immigration and also how they can defend their rights being here. >> maria was also a daca recipient and came to the u-s from ecuador in 2002 she is familiar with the struggles undocumented philadelphians face. >> we were actually denied access to a public school um and the woman who was helping my mom told her that she had going to call immigration on us. so that made us really scared so we had to move around a lot. >> many undocumented immigrants flee to the united
states because there are no other options in their home country. >> because of economics, crime, and even, the ecology. >> which was the case for both maria and olivia. >> as long as there's necessity people will risk their lives knowing that there's a risk of losing them, out of love for their families. >> congress has 6 months before the current daca policy expires in march, and there has already been some movement on the issue in washington. >> let's hope they find a fair resolution. >> we know immigrants play a big role in the restaurant industry here in philadelphia. >> that inspired iron chefarcese garces foundation. >> ilia garcia, from ouration u, shows us how the foundation has becoming a leading resource for immigrants. >> letter c, what does the server do? >> on the second level of the bok building. >> the order. >> students are eager to learn english. >> good, clear the dishes anotherrestaurant. language, especially as an adult. >> where are the majority of students coming from? mexico, guatemala, honduras, venezuela. the classes are part of the
garces foundation, a non profit organization that provides access to free healthcare and educational services to immigrants in the philadelphia area. >> the need to educate them is huge. >> the organization was founded in 2012 by iron chef jose garces and his former wife dr. beatriz garces. >> they are in the dark and they really need people to support them. >> the garces' mission is to provide platforms to improve quality of life, including english as a second language classes. >> starting with vocabulary, i'll say it you listen and repeat. hostess. hostess. >> to help teach the language they use familiar words, since many come from the restaurant community. >> booth. >> booth. >> and you know firsthand how they go from getting here and knowing nothing and how they progress. >> by coming here students practice interacting with other people their confidence grows. >> and with confidence comes success. >> by giving them the opportunity to learn english and communication effectively then they have the ability to climb up the ladder, make more money and do better for themselves. >> the group also offers support during an uncertain political time for america's immigrants. >> this is the land of
opportunity and if people get access to the resources to get them healthy and educated the possibilities are endless. >> it's great to see the support the garces foundation is providing in the community. >> when visions 20-17 comes right back. >> we head to the ballpark where the phillies have brought some latino flare to the locker room. >> and meet a world champion bringing the game he loves back to the neighborhood where he started.
>> welcome back to visions 20-17, our celebration of hispanic heritage month. >> we are at taller puertorriqueño, the largest arts and culture organization devoted to latino's in pennsylvania. >> another organization making an impact on philadelphia's hispanic community is the phillies. >> a roster filled with latino's is leaving an impression on and off the field. >> i came up from venezuela. >> i'm from dominican republic. >> it's just one nation when
you are latino. >> the phillies roster includes more than a dozen latinos. >> most of the time we are playing latino music in the clubhouse. >> the music is a small part of the energy this hispanic infusion has added to the organization. >> these guys are the main focus of our club. the fans have responded tremendously. >> a growing latino movement on the field means more hispanics in the stands. >> as the team gets more latinos the latino community feel more connected with the team. >> they call me whitey so now the crowd everybody start calling me whitey so they make me feel good. >> those good feelings have spread with latino players reaching out to local organizations trying to inspire young kids from similar backgrounds. >> it was unbelievable for me to help the young guys and remember when i come here in 2010. >> hector neris met with kids from woodrow wilson high school in camden his most important message for the students? >> the language the guys who not speak english and he come here it's hard for them to be here like that. >> hector shared the story of not being able to understand his coach when he first signed. >> i cried after that and i said hey you have to speak
english. >> andres blanco takes every opportunity to encourage the next generation. >> share that little achievement that i been having with the younger guys if it's in the school whatever it takes. we try to bring the players to the kids the players, they are not he superstars the kids, they are the superstars. >> for juan samuel, a former phillies 2nd baseman and current 3rd base coach, the growing hispanic trend is something he's happy to see. >> when i started here it wasn't many it show that these guys care. >> it's a community that is growing in the locker room, at the stadium and around the philadelphia region. >> i know the latino community how passionate and how engaged they are. >> i love being latino, helping latinos, being surrounded by latinos you know and we all want to support each other. >> the phillies have a young nucleus and that latino core is a big part of their future. >> of course, soccer is also a passion in the hispanic culture. >> this is the second year of the unity cup here in philadelphia. >> it's a chance for people of all countries to come together
over the beautiful game. >> uno, dos, tres, mexico. >> the unity cup is an international soccer tournament bringing together all the immigrant groups in the city of philadelphia. >> mayor jim kenney started the tournament last year as a way to bring philadelphia's neighborhoods together. >> there's 48 countries represented. >> it's a world cup style tournament, with a group stage, knockout round and championship match. >> something like this the city can get behind and root for these teams it's amazing. >> look at the coach go. >> i have 19 years in usa before unity cup i know a lot of people from guatemala, mexico but now i know people from everywhere. >> jorge entra! >> team honduras coach abner melgar wants to win, but the ultimate goal is much bigger than the game. >> the important thing is that team after the game is going to be our friend. >> the fact that philly comesere of all different backgrounds all over the world i think it's a great thing. >> in mexico soccer is the national pastime. >> it's one of the most
popular sports all over the country it just brings people together. >> the chance to play for their national flag in philadelphia has given team mexico a way to celebrate their culture and experience the game they love through the eyes of other nations. >> it's nice to see how every different country lives soccer. >> i knew that it was going to be something special if you want to bring people together you do sports soccer's international it's growing in philadelphia there's a lot of soccer fans in the city. >> the unity cup championship match is november 11th at lincoln financial field. >> there will be a huge festival and parade of nations that day as well. >> proof of how sports bring people together. >> they provide an equal opportunity for anyone from any background. >> and our next story confirms that hard work trumps all. >> ilia garcia introduces us to kamikaze rivera. >> people need a place to belong / and a place to motivate you. >> jd "kamikaze" rivera owns the warrior gym in south philly located in the basement of the bok building. >> the professional boxer spends his time training today's youth in the ring. >> what i do is ask them to be
responsible, on time, help around the gym. >> it's that's gang attitude, street attitude. i always try to tell them listen, there's nothing in that. >> he says boxing gives them a better attitude. >> it humbles them, it gives them a better outlook. >> jd should know. he was once in their shoes. >> i was a gang leader in california, also in puerto rico. all i knew what to do was fight. >> he moved to philadelphia with just 300 dollars in his pocket, when he stumbled upon a trainer named jimmy washington junior. >> his father was jimmy arthur, one of the best trainers in philadelphia took me under his wing and taught me everything. >> at 30 years old, jd went pro. and out of 12 matches - he's won 10 proving he belongs. >> nice right hand by rivera! >> now, he's seen on the silver screen, and in commercials. >> life isn't easy, life is a fight, and that's what makes us who we are. >> inspiring people with his message. >> if you can do this you can do anything. >> i couldn't resist becoming jd's student for the day. >> look me in the eye.b, under,!
>> to see if i could roll with the punches. what's the best part of your job? >> to watch my students turn from regular normal people into warriors. >> jd has a fight in boston coming up october 7th. >> we wish him the best of luck. >> now from the boxing ring to the handball court. >> wally amaro is an international superstar in single-wall handball. >> what you doing? >> practice? >> i probably consider myself top 10 in the world in singles. >> wally amaro has traveled the world competing for team puerto rico in handball tournaments. >> i've bene to ireland, i've bene to italy, i've been to colombia. >> but his career started in north philadelphia. >> i grew up in a bad neighborhood my uncle actually used to play. unfortunately, lost him to gun violence in the street and i just kept playing, i kept the passion in his memory. >> the game became his outlet. >> to get me away from that kind of problems that were happening at home was of course occupy my time playing hand ball. >> now, success has given him a platform to pay it forward in the neighborhood where he grew up. >> these kids can experience the same things that i have
because those doors have been opened. >> he created the pennsylvania handball association, a group that has been instrumental in growing the game around philadelphia. >> we had a lot of community engagement that's one of the main goals was to actually work on trying to create facilities to cater to these kids. >> they've created programs through the police athletic league, the salvation army and in wally's first elementary school, cramp elementary. >> so now you have 30 kids who play handball in an elementary school that gives them an incentive to go to school that day. >> wally credits his success with staying occupied by the sport and that's become his cause for the kids who get involved. >> it's not just handball, it's discipline, leadership, patience, camaraderie, you know you create friendships through handball there's people from all walks of life that play the sport. >> what's score? >> his presence has become an inspiration for the next generation in philadelphia's handball hotbed. >> one of the goals are to take these kids out of the city and get them to these international events so they can experience stuff outside their neighborhood. >> you can find information
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>> welcome back to visions 20-17 and our celebration of hispanic heritage month. >> we are at taller puertorriqueño. >> this building is just a year old and it's absolutely beautiful along 'el centro de oro' also known as the golden block. >> not far from here on phillip street a local artist has provided another resource for the community. >> i'm staying away from the traditional way of being an artist. i'm using art in a very practical way. >> tucked in the pocket of norris square, is a community oasis. >> i think it's amazing to show people what's possible in their neighborhood. >> it's called the open kitchen sculpture garden created by colombian artist pedro ospina. >> the main idea is to create a space for people to gather and eat. >> the project began two and a
half years ago when he cleaned out a row of 7 vacant lots to create a working piece of art. >> i spent most of the time cleaning it the first year. >> it was all full of construction material, it was full of carpets and there was a lot of rubble. >> and as the saying goes, one man's trash, is another man's treasure. >> you're going to see a giant uh two ton cement head. which is really a dumpster. >> the totem poles are all made out of just newspaper. and glue. you find heads like that made out of stone in mexico. >> the inspiration comes from pedro's many trips to south american countries like brazil and his homeland of colombia. >> i've been able to to work down there and see how people are so creative to get by on very little. >> which is why the kitchen runs using only natural resources. >> we don't have any electricity we don't have any water so i have to collect water. >> i'm trying to show people how you could create beautiful things with very little money. >> and pedro hopes to shed more light on this quaint latino community. >> it's very important for people from other
neighborhoods who come here to see the richness that the latino neighborhood has. >> the open kitchen sculpture garden is throwing a halloween party on october 21st. >> for relaxation of a different kind we have two spots for you. >> one, a nail salon, where hugs and coffee are always free. >> the other, an authentic puerto rican bakery. >> in the harrowgate section of philadelphia, el coqui panaderia is the go-to spot for an authentic taste of puerto rico! co-owner yazmin auli is a self-taught chef with recipes right from her homeland. >> i see my mom, my grandma, so i learned. >> not only is the food authentic, so is the service. >> we employ within the community. all our employees are latin. >> you can get one of their popular turnovers any time. >> pastelillos, the queso the carne the pollo, the beef patties and the chicken patties. >> it's homemade it's not frozen it's made all to order. >> but they are best known for their traditional puerto rican
pastries cakes and breads made on the premises. >> this is our signature bread for el coqi, the pan sobao, it's the sweet bread. >> and el coqui has become a gathering place in the hispanic community. >> my favorite to get is the pork with rice and the surullitos, it's cheese with cornmeal. their taste is exactly like puerto rico. >> i'm from hatboro it's takes me an hour to get here. it's worth it. >> stepping into mi cumbia organica nail is like a visit to south america. colombian born karina restrepo mitchell and her husband hustine opened the rittenhouse salon 9 years ago. >> at mi cumbia spa, we s and waxing. manicures, it has a big influence from back home, my grandmother when she used to crack a coconut take a little bit of sand and rub it all over my skin to moisturize my skin. >> this philly salon is known for their beauty services and the free gourmet coffee that comes with the treatment. >> it' a my hometown it called devocion. it's most the fresh coffee you can have here because it's picked, roast and delivered within 10 days.
>> hustine also started an online wholesale business called cane, importing small batch artisinal handmade sugars from the mountains of colombia. >> colombian sugar it's 100 percent unrefined heirloom non gmo sugar. >> now, authentic colombian coffee and manicures go 'hand and hand' at mi cumbia. >> you are here to spend quality time for yourself. we really want the best for each person coffee represents us here and in the world internationally. what we love we like to share with everybody. definitely. >> karina was named the outstanding immigrant entrepreneur by the city of philadelphia last year. >> and you can see why. >> stick around there's more visions ahead. >> next, we visit a ballet company with cuban roots!
>> at 6abc's recent hispanic heritage dinner diego castellanos was honored. >> diego, of course, is the host and producer of puerto rico panorama, a job he started in 1970! >> interesting fact, his show was initially given a 13-week run. >> and that's turned into nearly 50 years on the air. >> congratulations diego! >> diego is coming up on a
half-century of work and so is a local ballet company. >> and as ilia garcia tells us, just like diego, this is a true immigrant success story. >> the pennsylvania academy of ballet has called narberth home for 43 years. >> "1,2,3" >> both my mom and dad touched people's lives. >> we were not thinking of in terms of having a company, we wanted to teach. >> but this story starts in havana, cuba where john fell in love with his wife margarita, who was the prima ballerina for the cuban national ballet. >> so i lived there for four years during the revolution, missile crisis. the couple got married and grew through the company's ranks before fleeing cuba's castro regime with their 3 year old son in 1964. >> they considered her a traitor to the country. >> soon after, the couple became instructors at the pennsylvania ballet for 5 years before starting their own studio. >> it's been a long time we've been doing this. >> when the couple retired in 20-13, they left the school to their daughter melinda. >> i love this school i love
what it represents on so many levels. >> when margarita passed away in may, melinda vowed to live up to her mother's legacy. >> it went just beyond teaching ballet for her. >> i like being a part of that and i like continuing a legacy that um my parents started and trusted me to continue. >> the academy is preparing for their annual nutcracker performance coming in november. >> for more information on the ballet or any of the stories you've seen here tonight you can visit 6abc.com slash visions. >> there's also a link there for the hispanic heritage luncheon presented by al dia news which honors pillars in the latino community. >> that event is october 11th. >> we want to thank taller puertorriqueño for hosting us. >> such an amazing space and they are a big part of the relief efforts raising money for the recovery in puerto rico. >> keep the island in your thoughts as well as the country of mexico. >> we thank you all for watching visions our celebration of hispanic heritage! >> good night everyone!
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