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Children enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Oxnard College. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Friday, May 10, 2019

By Chris Frost


Oxnard--- The community was treated to a huge party, May 4 and 5, courtesy of Lazer Broadcasting, as the radio station held its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on the Oxnard College Campus. 


Attendees enjoyed great live music, danced, enjoyed delicious food and got the chance to win prizes.


Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French troops at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.


Brenda Madera works for Lazer Broadcasting and said she had been involved with the Cinco de Mayo celebration for eight years.


"We have a little bit of everything," she said. "It started at Oxnard College Park, and then we moved to the college because it's a little bit bigger and we need more space."


She loves seeing the crowds enjoying the day and celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the radio station.


Peter DiBiasio from the E.I. School of Professional Makeup said the school is the first makeup school in the world and is located in the heart of Hollywood.


"Radio Lazer invited me to take part in this event," he said. "I was happy to say yes."


He said the school is fun but is also serious job training.


"This is a vocational option for students who might not have known it existed," he said. "If you want to get into film and T.V. in the makeup departments and learn regular makeup, special effects makeup, beauty, salon and corrective, theater and performance makeup, this is the place to come."


DiBiasio said the school is part of part of the Campus Hollywood family.


"There is a music school, and the musician's institute is called MI, the drama academy is called TOA, and my makeup school is called E.I.," he said. 


The school gives each student the skills to be creative, he said, but is an accredited institution that follows a strict curriculum.  


The school boasts an academy award winning former student, Greg Cannom, who did the makeup for movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Vice.


Julie Lautjua, along with her son Moises, and daughters Abigail, Elika and Yerlyn were having a great time visiting all the booths.


"I am enjoying the culture," Moises said. 


Mom said that food is on the agenda, but not until they get home.


"He likes rice, beans, and salad," Julie said about Moises favorite food."


Jessica Fuentes, branch manager for the Port Hueneme location of Ventura County Credit Union, said her office is always out in the community educating its members.


"We want to be here for the Latino community and provide services for them," she said. "A lot of them who are coming up to us are cashing their checks at stores and don't realize they can have a free account with us."


Fuentes said credit unions are not for profit and services at Ventura County Credit Union are free.


"We have seminars and have low-interest rates," she said. "They can become, eventually, financially fit." 


Supervisor Alicia Carrillo loves working with Fuentes, but as the "little boss" she was in charge of going on the food run.


"We have some tacos here," she said. 


Gold Coast Health Plan Outreach Representative Bryan Quijada was answering questions and giving out lots of useful information.


"If you sign up for Medi-Cal, we are your insurance provider in Ventura County," he said. "We're providing information about all the services we provide, and if anyone has a chronic disease, we go ahead and assist them."


People who approach the healthcare company ask about benefits, he said, and Gold Coast is always happy to help members with any issues they have with their plan.


Alberto Guerrero is a sales representative with Metro PCS, which just joined forces with T-Mobile and the two companies have the same network.


"We do have our pricing, but the two networks are the same," he said. "We enjoy coming out to Cinco de Mayo, enjoying the food and seeing new people."


Radio Lazer Intern Galilee Ramirez said she enjoys the work and loves interacting with the public.


"Cinco de Mayo is part of my culture, and I feel like this is a good opportunity to enjoy," she said. "I love being here with all these other amazing interns and co-workers, and I get to enjoy these moments. The interaction with the kids is great and also the adults playing the games. I see a little bit of the kid in them."