Carranza Gutiérrez and Lerma Bazan represent Mexico as the 2014 Abrazo Children
Gisella Rosa Carranza
“Gigi,” as she is affectionately known, is nine years old and the daughter of Juan Braulio Carranza González and Patricia Gutierrez de Carranza. A third grader and honor roll student at United Day School, Gigi is an active member in the Early Act Club and Choir. She enjoys weekends playing with her dog, Lulu, and spending time with her parents and big brother Braulio at their family ranch in Zapata, TX. Her passion is dance, specifically Ballet and Flamenco, having taken classes since age three under the instruction of Cristina Greco of El Estudio. Gigi is a doll collector enthusiast, collecting dolls from all over the world and traveling to doll shows. Next on her to do list is to tour the Barbie Museum on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Gigi is delighted and honored to represent Mexico, as she is a direct descendant of Don Venustiano Carranza, former President of Mexico and founding father of the current Mexican Constitution.
What she’s wearing
The dress of the China Poblana, as known in Mexico, represents the vibrant colors of the culture through the use of symbols that are included on the dress. The complete dress is hand beaded and designed in Mexico. One of the many characteristics that make this dress unique is that it must have a charro hat or “sombrero charro” and a hand-sewn shawl, commonly known as “rebozo” in Mexico. Gigi’s dress was elaborately designed with different cultural elements. The Virgin of Guadalupe is seen on the skirt as she represents the mother of Mexico and also the protector of all the indigenous people back in 1810 during the Independence War between Mexico and Spain.
The flowers symbolize the gallantry of the Mexican men who commonly used flowers during the 1800’s as courtship. The colors of the flowers also have meaning: red for love, pink for passion, yellow for friendship, and purple for beauty. Also, the red roses are a symbol of faith in the Mexican culture as a gift every time Saint Juan Diego would go up to the Tepeyac hill where the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared before him.
On the lower hem of the skirt, the beautiful Monarca butterfly was incorporated in the design of the dress. These butterflies travel in migration from Canada through the United States, finally reaching Michoacan where they settle during the warmer season.
The dress was made with thousands of Swarovski crystals, sequins, and paillettes.
Eduardo Andres Lerma Bazan
Eduardo Andres Lerma Bazan, 9, is a fourth grade student at United Day School. He is the son of Julio Francisco Lerma Torres and Triana Bazan de Lerma. As the youngest sibling, he is a caring individual with a pleasant personality and big heart who always has a smile and hand to lend to his older brothers Paco and Pablo. An active young man, Andres enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to attending the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo every year with his family. He also plays on the Patriot’s basketball and football teams and he also has a passion for golf, which he has been playing since the age of 4. Andres is a member of the United Day School’s Robotics & Early Act Clubs. In his free time he can be found at the ranch with family and friends or at home playing his favorite video game, Minecraft. Like his Grandfather Rodolfo, Andres has a penchant for collecting. Among his most treasured possessions are his collections of Lego’s and sports memorabilia, especially items from his favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs.
What he’s wearing
The charro suit or “traje charro” is a symbol of Mexican masculinity to represent power, status, and elegance. The charro suit was created in the XVI century having a combined influence of indigenous Mexicans-Aztecs and Spanish gallantry. The charro suit is tailored of very expensive fabrics. Andres’ jacket is made of bone color Spanish suede, and cuff designs made of black suede. The pants are wool-cashmere with 102 pure silver buttons that adorn the side of the pants. The black cashmere shirt also has suede designs that represent Spanish nobility. The tie in form of a bow is made of raw silk imported from Spain and pure silver thread was used throughout the entire suit. The charro hat is a model named San Luis Moderado, and because of the curve the hat has, may be worn in formal occasions. Andres’ hand made belt buckle is of 99.9 pure silver, as well as his hand-made Lucchese boots, which were made especially for Andres.
The charro suit was first introduced in Mexico and worn by Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg during the Mexican monarchy, or better known as Emperor Maximiliano I of Mexico.
Gonzalez and Puig represent the United States as 2014 Abrazo Children
What she’s wearing
In portraying this year’s Abrazo Child, Isabella is showcasing the state flower of Texas in a red, white and blue gown. A white panel with silver stars encrusted with Swarovski crystals and a beaded field of blue bonnets announces her home state. Adorning her sleeves and hemline is a white Alencon lace encrusted with more beaded blue bonnets. Bluebonnets have been loved since man first traveled the vast prairies of Texas. The gown features intricately beaded red rose velvet fabric representing the rose of Texas signifying the historic background of Texas’ Independence. Isabella is proudly wearing her red, white and blue gown signifying purity, innocence, valor, hardiness, vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Frank Riley Puig
What he’s wearing
Frank Riley Puig is wearing a costume inspired by the bravery of Col. Thomas Wise Riley, his great grandfather. The military style medals and the actual brass buttons are from his great grandfather’s actual uniform. Prominently featured on the right side of the jacket is the Joint Chief of Staff badge and Grandpa Tom’s name plate. On the left side of the costume hangs the Bronze Star medal along with the Air and WWII medals. The epilates are adorned with the Pentagon pins and two silver buttons. Pancho’s pants are ivory satin adorned with red and gold beaded trim. His black leather riding boots reflect the military style of the revolution era. His felt tricorn hat, also embellished with military insignia, complete his costume. Pancho is proud to be wearing Grandpa Tom’s military insignia representing his courage and valor that has allowed freedom of the United States today.