2015 Queen Ashley Noelle's Message


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San Diego Community, Family, and Friends,

     I am grateful to be your 2015 Festa do Espirito Santo Queen and honored to have been chosen by my Tito Pedro and Tita Therese Garces. These Portuguese traditions and our culture have made me who I am today and I have made great long lasting friendships along the way. With those friendships my Aunt and Uncle have chosen two very special side-maids, Amanda Cardosa and Elvita DaCosta. Both friends I have grown up with in my childhood and I couldn't think of anyone else to share this special event with.

     I thank my parents John and Evelyn Barandiaran for this rich life of love, culture and many traditions. I also thank my Grandparents Juvaldo and Dolores Madruga and even Great Grandmother, Mary Balelo who gave my sister Alyssa, who will be your Jr. Queen, such great memories in our early childhood.

     I recently returned from a 6 -month trip to Peru where I studied Spanish, nutrition and child development. My Grandparents Javier and Magdalena were born there and I was blessed to spend time with family while sharing in their culture as well. I was exposed to so many new experiences that made me grow. I am fortunate to have family always by my side on both my Peruvian and Portuguese side. For that I am thankful.

     I am excited about this upcoming Festa year and am looking forward to fulfilling my duties as your Queen. I feel privileged and blessed to be a part of something so special to our community.


Ashley Noelle Barandiaran

2015 UPSES Festa Queen