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The Youngest Mariachi In The World: San Antonio’s Mateo Lopez8By Sonny Melendrez-year-old Mateo Lopez was just a toddler when he started showing an interest in music, twirling his feet tothe beat coming out of the car radio.By age 4, Mateo was already a world record holder, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngestmariachi in the world.His family then traveled with himto Milan, Italy, to receive his Guinness honor, appearing and performing on the international TV program, Le Show De Records.Mateo’s talent was further recognized when he appeared on NBC’s Little Big Shots, where he wowed the judges and earned a Golden Buzzer, securing a spot in the finals.Mateo also had the opportunity to perform in Mexico on México Tiene Talento, the country’s version of America’s Got Talent.You may have been watching when he belted out the national anthem at historic Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox last September, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.I caught up with Mateo, by chance, in the performance room of Mi Tierra Café’s Mariachi Bar, as he rehearsed a beautiful Spanish ballad, accompanied by legendary musicians, Left Henry Gomez and David Gonzales Right, (pictured above).Our conversation led to an appearance on my radio show & podcast.Comprehensive Eye Care forthe Entire Family• Diabetic Eye Exams• Glaucoma Diagnosis/ Treatment • Pediatric Myopia Control• Emergency Eye Exams• Dry Eye Treatment• Glasses & ContactsSpring Break Special40% offprescription sunglassesExpires 3-31-23Dr. Chandler R Mann II 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 114 San Antonio, TX 78258(830) 205-2420www.stoneoakvisionsource.comDespite the big stages and high stakes, Mateo said never gets nervous. Instead, he told me that he prepares himself by warming up his voice before each performance, quickly repeating the phrase, “mi-meh-mah-mo-mu.”When I asked if there was something he dreams about doing in the future, his answer caught me by surprise.“I want to become the best singer that I can be and I want to be a pizza maker!”Spoken like a true 8-year-old.Amid all the attention and amazing travels, this young man keeps his feet on the ground, thanks to his loving and supportive parents, Janelle and Adalberto Lopez.Mateo Lopez is a gifted prodigy and a wonderful ambassador for San Antonio, as he travels the globe sharing his gift of mariachi music.You can listen to my interview with this delightful young man by visiting: Melendrezis an award-winningmotivational speaker,Hall of Fame radio/TV host and author,based in San Antonio.For more of his enthusiastic brand of inspiration and speaking information, visit and listen to his podcast.Order Online - We Deliver!San Antonio - Stone Oak700 E. Sonterra Blvd San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 495-2253NothingBundtCakes.comI Spy With My Little Eye... ContestLBy Alissa Reinhardook carefully, search each and every page, up and down, left and right, front to back, and then backto front.Don’t give up! If you can find the hiddenpot of gold you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50!Just email the page number and location where you spotted the pot of gold to is March 10, 2023.We hope you’ll have fun with our version of a mini-scavenger hunt within our pages. Good Luck!March 5Congratulations to our Feb.I Spy winner Carol Murray

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