Maribel Puentes is a multitalented, strong community leader, in addition to being a gifted singer of tropical music,cumbias, rancheras and even corridos.
is originally from Km 43 Guadalupe Victoria, Mexicali.
moved to the US when she
was ten years old.
Since then she
has not given up the Good Fight.
At a very young age she
confronted a migrant worker's life challenges, but she
never gave up.
She began as a community worker for the Migrant Program and Oregon Human Development.
Since then for nearly twenty years Maribel
has contributed to social and community causes.
has participated in a variety of community events and organizations, such as health fairs, organizations for cancer prevention and intervention, health and prenatal care programs, and more.
Maribel now works for California Rural Legal Assistance as the community worker for the Health Consumer Center at CRLA's El Centro office.
has another huge passion: music.
was fourteen she
first award at the University of Oregon
through the migrant program.
From then on she
has performed at a variety of events and venues, like "la Movida" a local club in Oregon.
has also taken part in different singing contests and has performed on national Spanish television networks, like TV Azteca, as well as radio shows like "el Show de Don Cheto" . The music idols that inspire her are the Mexican classics: La Sonora Santanera, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Sonia Lopez, Lola Beltran and the singers from the golden age of Mexican Cinema.
is not only a community worker.
is also a community icon.