Victor Manuelle Shares Favorite Memories Of His Father in 'Growing Up Latino' Episode

This week on Billboard’s Growing Up Latino series, Victor Manuelle tells us about his life in Puerto Rico, his first trip to the United States and best memories with his late father.

First, Manuelle explains that he is extremely affectionate, and wants you to feel loved. So when he meets someone, he handshakes, kisses and hugs them all at once.

His best memory en la casa, while growing up in Puerto Rico, is that every Sunday at his house, there was an imptomptu party. "My best memory in the house is my dad putting the volume [on] maximum. He was listening to Hector Lavoe, Fania All-Star and Cheo Feliciano," the singer says.

According to the singer, the phrase that best describes Puerto Ricans is "Ay Bendito,” which means "Oh, my God," while his favorite street foods are alcapurrias, mofongo, and piononos. "Alcapurrias are made of mashed plantains. We make them with crab, pork or corn beef," he says.

The chancleta of Manuelle’s mom also featured heavily in his upbringing. Every time the singer got up to some mischief, the sanda flew towards him with incredible accuracy. "I remember, I left the room running, my mom left the room running, I was crossing over to the kitchen and she hit me on my ear," he remembers.

Watch the full episode above to learn more.


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