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Hispanic culture at focus of People en Español Festival

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A two-day music and culture festival kicked off in San Antonio Saturday hosted by the magazine, People en Español.

While it was an opportunity to celebrate everything Hispanic, many at the festival said the line between cultures is quickly blurring.

Paige Torres and her mother don't speak Spanish.

"I may not be able to speak their language and everything, but I kind of do with how we dance to it," Ninth-grader Paige said.

But they proudly consider themselves one of thousands of Hispanics attending the weekend's People en Español Festival.

"My family is all about the music, all about the Hispanic Culture,” Stephanie McBride from Fort Worth said. “It is just something you feel in your blood. You can't help it. You hear the music, you want to dance."

For years, the two-day festival took place in New York, in the city’s Central Park. This year organizers made the move to San Antonio.

People en Español is celebrating its 16th year in print. Its editor-in-chief, Armando Correa, says his staff covers a range of issue from fashion to the presidential race.

"Every time that you think about Hispanics, you think about immigration. It's more than immigration,” Correa said. “When you talk about the span of my readers, they care about everything in this country, about taxes, about living, about Medicare, about everything and I think this is important."

The spectrum ranges from politics to style. People en Español's fashion editor Kirka Rocha says many Latin and South American designers have influenced runways across the U.S.

"Oscar de la Renta, Narcisa Rodriguez, those are names that have become icons in the world. Where do they come from? From our countries,” Rocha said. “Our world is filled with glamour, and we are just getting the message out."

McBride and her daughter say that message can be delivered without words.

"It doesn't matter that you don't speak the same language verbally,” she said. “Because you speak the same language in your heart and in your blood."

While the festival is open to the public during the day, the evening is full of paid shows at the Alamo Dome. Some of the headliners include Daddy Yankee and Luis Miguel.

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