By Cindy Macias / Staff Writer

Noche de loteria bonds the Latin community

Pan dulce, fresh churros, Abuelita, a Mexican-style hot chocolate and the sound of Mexican pop rock band Maná playing in the background filled the atmosphere in P110 on Thursday, April 23 as the Spanish Club prepared to start its annual Noche de Loteria.

Loteria is a Mexican game of chance much like bingo, but instead uses images on a deck of cards rather than numbers on Ping-Pong balls. Traditionally, loteria is played using pinto beans as markers on the individual players card.

Games were 50 cents per card per round and were being purchased from accounting major Melissa Navas-Antillon, 21. The night consisted of over 15 rounds with various ways of winning every game; four corners, line, blackout, four in the center and borders.

“I love it, it’s really fun. These separate hangouts,” Liz Moreno, 28, a psychology major said on the idea of having loteria nights at LBCC.

When someone won a round, the winner received a ticket they could place in a jar in front of desired item. If preferred, raffle tickets were purchased at $5 for seven tickets from Alejandra Reyna, 30, a business administration major.

Items being raffled were gift baskets, tickets, gift cards, other items including a 2015 Loteria calendar and a small floral Betsey Johnson purse. Gift baskets included school supplies, Tupperware, beauty products, baking ingredients or crafting supplies. Theater tickets and tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific were part of the raffle as well as gift cards to Yogurtland, Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Chipotle, and the Rock Bottom restaurant.

Denise Espinoza, 22, a culinary arts major, won a gift basket that contained the baking ingredients which in her opinion, was the perfect item for her because she is part of a baking program for her culinary arts major.

Erica Quintero, sister of club advisor Dr. Cynthia Quintero, gave up a raffle prize to someone because she had already won two other raffles before the third one.

Toward the end of the night, Quintero offered a couple of games on the house with a chance to instantly win a gift card to Starbucks.

The Spanish Club is a diverse group with about 13 active members from Latin countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.

Juan-David Pazmiño, 22, an accounting major, said, “I enjoy the fact that I can socialize with other ambitious Latin Americans, speaking our own dialects of Spanish and taking part in socialize activities. I was looking for leadership opportunities to meet other Hispanics, so the Spanish Club was it.”

Club President Angelina Castillo, 27, a Spanish major, has been president for two semesters and a member of the club for four.

“My main goal is to get more members to grow and inspire, to learn more about their roots and culture. We actually have a voice, it’s up to us. I’ve grown a lot by actually being involved.”

Club meetings are Thursdays in the Valhalla Room on the second floor of the LAC E Building College Center from noon to 1 p.m. If interested in joining the club, students must attend a meeting or show interest by being part of their newsletter by emailing the club to spanishclub.lbcc@gmail.com.

People keep updated on their events and activities by adding them on Facebook facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008296212339&fref=ts or following them on Instagram @Spanish_Club_LBCC.

For more information, people may send the Spanish Club an email.