My name is Kenia Hernandez Cueto, I played the role of Maria on Villa Alegre for five years. I was one of the oldest child actors on the show therefore, had a better understanding of the positive impact the show had on our society. The creator and producer, Rene Cardenas (may he rest in peace) was a pioneer who was beyond his years in regards to education, diversity, music and technology. Unfortunately, when he died, so did Villa Alegre. Even as a child, I felt his urgency to want to educate children. My dream has always been to revive the show because there has NEVER been anything like it. Sesame Street is a wonderful educational program however, lacks the depth that Villa Alegre had. The reason why Villa Alegre is no where to be found is because I believe, Dr. Cardenas solely owned the rights to the show. His family has not touched it since his passing. The plethora of shows are locked up in a vault never to see the light of day. All I can say is that Villa Alegre taught me the meaning of diversity and love for education. It was the reason for completing a Masters in Education. I found my calling as a child due to the show and my very first mentor, Dr. Rene Cardenas. Who knows, maybe before my passing, I can find some of the shows that meant so much to us all and share them with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Funny to say but, Villa Alegre will always be a part of me. Adios Amigos.
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