Colleen DeGuzman

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Colleen DeGuzman is a staff writer for The Monitor, covering features and general assignments. She can be reached at (956) 683-4424 or cdeguzman@themonitor.com.

Pasión choir uses music to uplift, connect

McALLEN — Holding onto songbooks and dressed in all-black attire, the Pasión choir group of 23 local singers stood at the altar of the...

Local, state officials assess Valley’s 5G needs

McALLEN — A global technological shift is underway, and local leaders are ensuring that the Rio Grande Valley takes vantage of it. Moderated by RGV...

Rio Grande Valley accordionists win 2019 Big Squeeze contest

Rio Grande Valley natives were crowned champions of the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Youth Accordionist competition May 11 at the Bullock State History Museum...

Trading on nostalgia: Superheroes, classic toys among draws at United Collectors Expo

EDINBURG — Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 years old, Oscar Sanchez was unable to hold a pencil up until middle school. Now 21, hundreds...

The Great Outdoors: Local summer programs offer activities in nature

Seeking to prevent the imminent and infamous “I’m bored” complaint, nature parks in the Rio Grande Valley are offering summer programs for children. The Edinburg...

Local tea brunch stirs up fond memories ahead of Mother’s Day

PHARR — Serving orange spice tea to mothers and daughters, Cynthia Markman said on Saturday that she was taken back to the time she...

Alamo to host Watermelon Festival celebrating city’s history

ALAMO — Paying tribute to the watermelon fields that once pervaded the city’s land, the Watermelon Festival this Saturday aims to honor the crop’s...

Dallas-based church group provide housing, empowerment to local colonias

EDINBURG — Last week, over 40 members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas made its third mission trip here this year, leaving behind...

Force awakened: Star Wars Day celebrated with lightsabers, good memories

McALLEN — Adrian Salinas, 36, learned English by watching “Star Wars.” At 3-years-old, his family immigrated to McAllen from Monterrey, where he was born. He...

Alton boy battling cancer takes police oath

ALTON — Arms were extended in prayer from all angles of the Alton City Hall Friday night. While the mayor, Salvador Vela, led the room...