Cristina Saralegui can’t wait to spread the knowledge during hear appearance at Festival People en Español, Labor Day Weekend in San Antonio. Not only will she be presenting an informative panel on Latinos and education at the Henry B González Convention Center, as part of the Festival’s free daytime activities; she’ll also get to enjoy the performance of her good friend Gloria Estefan at the Alamodome, as part of the Festival’s concert series.
Cristina sat down with People en Español to talk Festival, her love of Latin music and her excitement to visit San Antonio once again.
At this year’s Festival People en Español you’ll be hosting a panel on Latinos and education. Why is this topic important to you?
Because education opens doors. It’s very important that we work on making sure the young generations understand this is the key to success. We need to keep encouraging our children to get an education. If I can make one or two people understand this and make a change in the right direction during Festival, my work will be worth it.
What stars are you excited to see at this year’s Festival?
My friend Gloria Estefan. She is a hardworking woman, someone who never gives up no matter how hard the task or the goal is. I would love to see her perform, it’s been a while since the last time I saw her live.
Besides Gloria’s music, what else do you enjoy listening to?
I love Celia Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Andrea Bocelli… I love Brazilian music like Bebel Gilberto, Celso Fonseca and Ronaldo Bastos, as well as Antonio Carlos Jobin classics, Tony Bennet and Frank Sinatra.
Festival People en Español will take place in San Antonio, a city you know very well. What do you think makes it stand out?
Above all, every time I visit San Antonio I enjoy the human qualities of its people. I always receive a lot of affection from them.
After all these years of achievements in television and radio, what’s next for you?
I’m very intrigued by the possibility of creating a show entirely for the internet. I think that is the future and in many cases already the present.