2017 Don Diego de Vargas y La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™ announced at the Baile de Mayo

As Santa Fe prepares to commemorate the 305th Fiesta de Santa Fe, the 2017 Don Diego de Vargas and La Reina de la Fiesta de Santa Fe™ were named and each received their respective regalia on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the annual Baile de Mayo at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

David Monserrat Jaramillo y Estrada will portray the role of El Capitán General y Gobernador Don Diego de Vargas and Hope Andrea Quintana is the 2017 La Reina de la Fiesta de Santa Fe™.

David Monserrat Jaramillo y Estrada, 26, is a 2008 graduate of Santa Fe High School. He is the son of David Tomas Jaramillo and Virginia Olivia Jaramillo, and has one sister, Carmelita Trinidad Jaramillo. He proudly works for the City of Santa Fe in fleet management. David is also attending school part time pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Education. In his spare time, he performs magic for various community events. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2811 proudly sponsors David.

Hope Andrea Quintana, 26, is the daughter of Robert and Pamela Quintana, she is the youngest of three children. She is a 2008 graduate of St. Michael’s High School and a graduate of New Mexico State University. In 2013 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with minors in Nuclear Energy, Biochemistry, and Mathematics and was awarded Outstanding Graduate in the College of Engineering. She earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2015 and is currently a Research and Development Engineer for Plutonium Science programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hope volunteers as a catechist for confirmation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Cristo Rey and is the head cheer coach at Los Alamos High School. In addition to helping the youth she volunteers in her parish community as Chair of the Pastoral Council at Cristo Rey. Hope has enjoyed dancing with the local dance group “Bailé Español” for the last 21 years. She is proud and humbled to be sponsored by Cristo Rey Catholic Church.

David Monserrat Jaramillo y Estrada and Hope Andrea Quintana presented their speeches and answered questions Thursday before the Fiesta Council and were judged on appearance, poise, personality, sincerity, facility in Spanish and English, and knowledge of the history of the annual Fiesta. Two other male candidates competed for the role of Don Diego de Vargas and two other woman competed for the role of La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™.

The Fiesta de Santa Fe commemorates General de Vargas’ peaceful re-entry into the City of Santa Fe on Sept. 14, 1692 following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In 1712, eight years after de Vargas’ death, the Santa Fe City Council issued a proclamation to establish an annual commemoration, which is considered the country’s longest running community event of a European kind.

The 2017 Santa Fe Fiesta is scheduled for the week of Sept. 1 – 10, 2017 on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. The 2017 Don Diego de Vargas y La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™ will be knighted and crowned, respectively, at 3 p.m., on Sunday, June 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, by the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe, The Most Rev. John C. Wester, followed by the annually procession to Rosario Chapel for the annual Novena de La Conquistadora.

 

2017 Application for Don Diego de Vargas / La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™

Download 2017 SF Fiesta Candidate Application

Candidate Requirements for General Don Diego de Vargas

  1. Must be interested in portraying the role of General Don Diego de Vargas for ONE YEAR (1 year) from the date of his selection as General de Vargas until his successor has been selected as General de Vargas.
  2. Candidate must be of Spanish descent and have a Spanish surname.
  3. Candidate must be at least 21 years of age or older.
  4. Candidate must have been born in the State of New Mexico and must be a Santa Fe County resident for a minimum of five (5) years.
  5. Candidate must be able to communicate effectively in both Spanish and English and be willing to do so at Pre-Fiesta and Fiesta events.
  6. Candidate, should he be selected to portray General de Vargas, will be required to sign a contract consenting to his full cooperation and understanding of his duties as outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council Guidelines, which will be given to each candidate.
  7. Candidate must pay for and submit with his application to the Santa Fe Fiesta Council a background/fingerprint check with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, 4491 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, 505 / 827 9233.
  8. Candidate must be willing to be judged on Appearance, Poise, Personality, Sincerity, Spanish and English speech and knowledge of the history of the Santa Fe Fiesta (in English & Spanish).
  9. Selected Candidate will be able to select his own Cuadrilla (16 Men)
  10. Candidate application must be accompanied by the sponsorship fee in order for the application to be considered complete.

 

Candidate Requirements for La Renia de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™

  1. Must be interested in portraying the role of La Reina de La Fiesta for ONE YEAR (1 year) from the date of her selection as La Reina de La Fiesta until her successor has been selected and duly crowned as La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe.
  2. Candidate must be of Spanish descent and have a Spanish surname.
  3. Candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 30 years old.
  4. Candidate must have been born in the State of New Mexico and must be a Santa Fe County resident for a minimum of five (5) years.
  5. Candidate must be able to communicate effectively in both Spanish and English and be willing to do so at Pre-Fiesta and Fiesta events.
  6. Candidate, should she be selected as La Reina de la Fiesta de Santa Fe, will be required to sign a contract consenting to her full cooperation and understanding of her duties as outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council Guidelines, which will be given to each candidate.
  7. Candidate shall NEVER have been married, nor shall she do so throughout her entire reign as La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe.
  8. Candidate shall NOT have any children, nor shall she become pregnant throughout her entire reign as La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe.
  9. Candidate must pay for and submit with application, to the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, a background/fingerprint check with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
  10. Candidate must be willing to be judged on Appearance, Poise, Personality, Sincerity, Spanish and English speech and knowledge of the history of the Santa Fe Fiesta (in English & Spanish).
  11. Selected Candidate will be able to select her own Royal Court (up to 4 Princesas).
  12. Candidate application must be accompanied by the sponsorship fee in order for the application to be considered complete.

Don Diego de Vargas Candidate

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Don Diego de Vargas Candidate No. 1

Daniel Rey Diaz de Rodriguez

Daniel is a native Santa Fean and was born on August 9, 1989 to Francisco and Sylvia Diaz. He attended Santa Fe High school and graduated in 2007. Daniel currently works for Santa Fe County as a code enforcement officer. He enjoys working for the public, but has also worked in other professions including construction. He is the brother to Yolanda, Crystal, and Francisco. Daniel is engaged to a native Santa Fean, Jamie-Rae Salas and they are blessed with two beautiful children, Jordyn Rae and Daniel Rey Junior.

Daniel participated in the 2015 Fiesta de Santa Fe as a member of the Cuadrilla. He is a member of Los Caballeros de Vargas and of the Union Protectiva, whom are his sponsors. It was during his participation in last year’s fiesta which inspired him to run for the role of Don Diego De Vargas.

 

Question: What is the most important thing about SF Fiesta to you?

Throughout the many events in celebrating the Fiestas de Santa Fe, the significance of Fiesta to me was renewing my “Faith.” It was during the Novena Masses, that I identified the importance of the Santa Fe Fiesta. I found peace with my community in sharing our faith and commitment in honoring Our Lady. Nuestra Senora La Conquistadora

La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe Candidates

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La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™ Candidate No. 1

Atlantis Dayana Felicity Duran

Atlantis Duran is the daughter of Diana M. Duran and Andrew R. Carrillo. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM and graduated from the Santa Fe Community College in 2009 with high honors receiving her Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies. She worked in private law firms for eight years before joining the State of New Mexico, where she currently works for the Office of the State Engineer/ISC as the paralegal to the General Counsel.

She credits her faith in God and unconditional support from her family that helped her to overcome the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer at the age of seventeen. Since then she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, which she underwent emergency brain surgery. She is currently battling advance renal kidney cancer. She praises her late grandmother Viola R. Duran and her aunt Roberta Duran Perea for always encouraging her and never letting her illness stop her from achieving her goals.   She is hoping by running for La Reina de Santa Fe she will help to encourage other younger girls facing difficult challenges in their life to have faith in God and themselves. Atlantis is sponsored by Los Caballeros de Vargas.

 

Question: Based on your knowledge, what is the most significant aspect of Fiesta de Santa Fe?

I believe the most significant aspect of the Fiesta de Santa Fe is the beautiful story behind it. Don Diego de Vargas prayed to La Conquistador that if he was able to peacefully reoccupy, Santa Fe, that he would honor her every year.

For over 300 years the city of Santa Fe has kept his promise. Each year we celebrate the power of that prayer and the faith he had in La Conquistador. It is a time for celebration, to remember and honor our beautiful lady. Let his story remind us to have faith not only in our self but to also have faith in the power of prayers.

Over the years, the true meaning of the Fiesta de Santa Fe, might have been forgotten or overlooked but when I see the beautiful statue of La Conquistador, I am reminded of the courage, love and faith that Governor Vargas had that fateful day when he gazed upon our lady and humbly prayed to her for guidance and protection.

La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™ Candidate No. 2

Angélica María Padilla y Martínez

Angélica is sponsored by State Employees Credit Union, age 25, daughter of Phillip Padilla and Mary Martinez-Padilla. She is a graduate of St. Michael's High School class of 2009. Angélica obtained a double major in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of New Mexico in 2014. She was a volunteer English teacher in the southern region of Chile for a semester in 2015.

Currently she is teaching Spanish GED classes while obtaining a teaching license. Starting this Fall semester, she will return to UNM to get a Master’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in Southwestern Hispanic Literature.

 

Question: As you know the Santa Fe Fiesta has many events, what is your favorite event at Fiesta and why?

Mi evento favorito de la Fiesta de Santa Fe es la procesión con Nuestra Señora La Conquistadora desde La Catedral hasta La Capilla de Rosario, porque es una de las razones principales por la que celebramos La Fiesta- para cumplir con la promesa que hizo Don Diego de Vargas. I believe this is a sacred procession for Our Lady, as well, because she gets the opportunity to journey amongst her beloved Santa Feans through our city streets while listening to our songs and prayers. She also gets to return to the location she protected outside of Santa Fe during the resettlement.

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La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe™ Candidate No. 3

Brittany Ana Maria Sandoval y Romero

Brittany Ana Maria Sandoval y Romero, 25, is the daughter of Miguel and Anna Jorene Sandoval. She is a 2008 graduate of St. Michael’s High School and a 2014 graduate of New Mexico State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Dance. Brittany is currently a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Nina Otero Community School and a fitness instructor at locally owned, Uplifted Fitness. She is proudly sponsored by La Sociedad Folklórica.

Question: What are you doing to preserve Santa Fe Fiesta?

I am currently a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Nina Otero Community School and I am preserving La Fiesta de Santa Fe by teaching the young children in my classroom about our beautiful city’s culture and traditions. I am also an aunt of 8 and I encourage my nieces and nephews to attend the annual Novena Masses in honor of our Blessed Mother, Nuestra Senora, La Conquistadora; I also remind them of the most important aspects of La Fiesta de Santa Fe, continuing to have vespers, masses, sermons and processions in honor of the promise that Don Diego DeVargas made 324 years ago. As a child, I participated in many events including attending Novena Masses, and participating in the Exhibición de Modas y Merienda, as well as the Defile de la Gente with La Sociedad Folklórica and my grandmother. Now that I am a young woman, I still continue to attend the annual Novena masses and my candidacy for portraying the role of La Reina de La Fiesta de Santa Fe will allow me to be a greater part of preserving our city’s culture, faith, and traditions.