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New Juan Valdez, doesn’t look real. June 30, 2006

Posted by dtenjo in Coffee, Colombia, Entertainment, Publicity.

With great surprise a couple of months ago I read on a Colombian News paper that JUAN VALDEZ was retiring… Whatttt???? I said to myself…. was this going to be the end of the Colombian icon, the one for which all Colombians feel so proud? THe most widely recognized publicity icon in North America????

Well, in reality the guy is just a character that is represented by an actor, Carlos Sanchez, who has done it for over 35 years, since JUAN VALDEZ was “born” in like the 60’s or 70’s. As it turns out, Carlos Sanchez, or the one we’ve known as Juan, finally deciuded to retire.


So, the National Federation of coffee growers of Colombia decided to run some casting to hire a new actor that would represent JuanValez , and Colombian coffee around the world. Not surprisingly, there were thousands of applications received, and today finally one was chosen.


Unfortunately to me this one doesn’t look real, he looks different from the picture in the logo, and very different from the good old Juan (or Carlos) anyhow, it looks as if Juan had been sick and lost a whole bunch of weight, or something like that..

I wonder now if they are going to “slightly” modify the Logo too? Is conchita (the mule) also going to retire, and a new also skinnier one will replace her????
So, that was my blog of the day. I know there are a lot of things going on around the world to be worrying about how a stupid publicity character looks…. But hey, this is a lighter note, and informative… I bet many of who will read this didn’t know the real name of the actor that represented Juan Valdez…. —Or the new one, who by the way is also called Carlos… His last name is Castañeda, though…


America’s Cheesiness June 21, 2006

Posted by dtenjo in Entertainment, TV Shows.
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As I am watching a granma rapping in that new NBC show America’s Talent, or whatever it is called, I couldn’t help but come and write something about it…. WHAT A TERRIBLE SHOW…. how desperate has our north American society has become… now they are even showing this because they run out of ideas to do more reality shows… This show is terribly Cheesy, it is a degraded and circus version of America idol, we have the three judges who have no idea what to say after each performance… But of course there is the British guy that is there only because of his accent, and because they want him to be the mean one like Simon…. (Are we starting to relate British accent with mean here in North America?) Obviously in the cheesiest show of the decade, there has to be David Hasselhoff… seriously, the guy has a big sign in his forehead that says 80’s… not that I have anything against the 80’s, but Hasselhoff really looks funny here…. I think right now the guy would look funny anywhere he appears on TV, plus, he was hip hopping to the granma that was singing…… Anyway, this was the worst show I’ve seen in a while, it was one of those shows that you dislike so much that you leave the channel on there just to be able to criticize it more… what a bad show…obviously the creators of it lacked some talent in choosing the theme for this new show… I hope they don’t make a Canadian version of it…. That would be a little hard, as I don’t think there is anyone as iconic as David Hasselhoff here…

Oh, I just found out Simon Cowell is the producer, no wonder now.

Shakira and Juanes singing together in Spain June 19, 2006

Posted by dtenjo in Entertainment, Juanes, pop culture, Shakira.


Those lucky spaniards…. Shakira and Junes on stage together is something never seen before. It is great to see Colombia’s two superstars there, as I always wondered if they were ever going to sing together.

You know, these are two of the people the I admire the most in the world. As a Colombian it is hard to be recognized outside of the country, having to oevercome all sorts of adversities, including stereotypes. It is only through hard work and dedication that these two artists have been able to conquer the world. Something that I admire, and very much look to imitate. They are showing the world that in COlombia we still have people who work hard, who are honest, who want peace in their country and in thew whole world….

Very few artists of today have done what Shakira has. She is recognized all over the world, and the same thing with Juanes, conquering Europe, and Asia. Apperently he is the biggest star in Japan right now…. I wonder why Juanes hasn’t got so much recognition in Canada. Is it because he doesn’t sing in English? Is this a proof that afterall Canadians are not as open minded as they say they are? In any way both of them have been able to put Colombia in the map, and be admired as proud Colombians. It is interesting how the Colombian soccer team did not qualify to the world cup, but Colombia’s representation in the tournament comes from Juanes and Shakira…. Juanes had a presentation during the ceremony to draw the first-round groups, and Shakira will sing prior to the final game…


I found a video of their sharing the stage… HERE