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People en Español Festival 2013: Latinos & Higher Education with tributes to Jenni Rivera

September 2nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mega Superstar Gloria Estefan holding People en Español Icon Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mega Superstar Gloria Estefan holding People en Español Icon Lifetime Achievement Award.

                  By Fredwill Hernandez San Antonio, Tx. (Hollywood Today) 9/2/13/– – People en Español kicked off day one of the 2nd annual fiesta/concert dubbed People en Español Festival held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, in San Antonio, Texas, presented by Target. The two day event (Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, 2013 )also sponsored by Coca-Cola, Jeep, MundoFox, Bexar County, HBO Latino, Interjet, CNN, Music Choice, Disney Junior, and San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, among others, had performances by the likes of Adam Irigoyen, and ex-RBD member Maite Perroni, and Bobby Pulido.
(L to R) Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis Marín with Isis Sauceda,  Los Angeles Bureau Chief, People en Español, during Jenni Rivera Tribute

(L to R) Jenni Rivera’s daughter Chiquis Marín with Isis Sauceda, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, People en Español, during Jenni Rivera Tribute

            The free family friendly event had interesting panels like Getting Personal with Maite Perroni, who discussed how she balances both, her acting and singing career, Latinos & Higher Education moderated by Soledad O’brien, who got Congressman Joaquín Castro, to open up and discuss obstacles and progress he feels are being made in Washington regarding immigration and education, and the tribute to the late Regional Mexican Singer known as “La Diva De La Banda,” Jenni Rivera.   Hollywood Today caught up with Pepe Garza, PD of KBUE  (94.3 FM) Los Angeles, who is credited with helping to launch the singing career of Jenni Rivera, by being the first Program Director at a Regional Mexican radio station in the country to play and put her music into rotation, and got his take on how he felt paying tribute to the singer. “I feel blessed and happy to be able to come and share my feelings and thoughts of her, it’s wonderful what People en Español is doing, I don’t credit myself with launching her singing career, but if I in someway contributed something, it was destined. Jenni was destined to be successful, shine and become a star with or with out my help,” said Garza. I feel blessed I was able to contribute something to that great story, life and legacy.”
Jencarlos Canela

Jencarlos Canela

              Part of the tribute was speaking with Jenni’s brother Juan Rivera, and the late Regional Mexican singers daughter Chiquis Marín, who both got emotional when expressing their thoughts and feelings since the singers tragic death Dec. 9, 2012. A plaque was presented on to Marin on behalf of the entire People en Español family, who according to them, “Jenni Rivera, was and will always be part of People en Español family.”  HT also caught up with Isis Sauceda, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, People en Español, and got her take on why the tribute to Rivera was so important. “Jenni Rivera was always part of the magazine, we worked together many times, anything important that she wanted to say to her audience was said through People en Español, this tribute was important because she is still a big and relevant figure in the Latin market and industry even though she is no longer physically with us,” said Sauceda.  “We wanted to honor her music, and her legacy, for she has become a Mexican Icon who will always be remembered.” The fiesta which shifted from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to the Alamodome, for the concert part of the fiesta, had performances by the likes of Jencarlos Canela, Carla Mauri, Maite Perroni, Bobby Pulido, Alejandro Fernandez, and mega-superstar Gloria Estefan, who coincidently was celebrating her 35th wedding anniversary (and her Birthday Sept. 1) performed her classics. Monique Manso, People en Español, Publisher and Armando Correa, Managing Editor, People en Español, also presented Estefan the People en Español’s Icon Lifetime Achievement Award.  The magical and exciting night ended with the Target surprise artist performance by none other than bachata heartthrob Prince Royce.       Photography: Fredwill Hernandez

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosie Hda // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I was at festival trying to get Rafael Amaya’s autograph and pix . I had in a VIP wrist band and their body guards were rude refused for me to take a pix with these famous people. I was one of the 5th in line. It was all fast to talk to actors. They shoved me fast off the stage of autograph session. The attendents refused to give out the ice cream sample,also. I am very disappointed waited hours to take pix with actors for nothing. I will never go to this event again.

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