Last night was magical. There I was, sitting among a group of beloved and supportive amigas blogueras at the LATISM11 Gala Award event in Chicago, waiting for my nomination category to be called. Was I nervous? Yes, of course.
But beyond nervous, I was especially touched by the loud cheers generated from the crowd, when the announcer first read my name as one of the three nominees for Top Latin@ Blogger Award. Imagine, a room filled with fellow Latina/o bloggers, social media friends, entrepreneurs, community activists, company executives and many more, all celebrating the accomplishments of Latinos in Social Media…Need I say more?
Then, as the announcer got ready to announce the winner, I became even more nervous. I heard her say: ”And the Top Latin@ Blogger LATISM Award goes to Angélica Pérez...” Ay Dios mio…!
Multiply the earlier crowd cheers by 50. No, actually, by 100. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but that’s how my heart experienced it. Love was absolutely in the air. A moment beyond surreal. I was so deeply touched by the amount of support I received from my social media community, especially from my fellow Latina bloggers. I felt nostalgic, happy and proud. Unbelievable that I would be honored this way, especially in light of the fact that Brian Solis was among the three nominees.
I took a slow and humble walk to the stage to receive the award. The closer I got the podium, the more my emotions took hold of me. I finally arrived at the podium, blinded by powerful lights shinning on me. I couldn’t see anyone in particular, but I could feel everyone’s presence. Teary-eyed, I said:
“I’ve never won an award before, except for what my kids give me…” (My throat got tight…I couldn’t speak.)
“As a little girl, I had to be strong...” I said. “I want every Latina woman to know that she’s strong, that she has great potential and can accomplish what she wants…This is why I created New Latina…”
Dolores Huerta and Angélica Pérez
When I came down from the stage, Dolores Huerta came up to me to greet me (!). She was excited about the mission behind New Latina, and asked me to visit her website to learn more about the work she’s been doing on women’s issues. Definitely going to follow up, Dolores! :)
The year 2012 promises to be an exciting year for New Latina! Stay tuned for new and big surprises coming this Spring!
I want to thank Ana Roca Castro, co-founder of LATISM and Elliane Ramos, and the entire LATISM11 crew, for putting together an event filled with all the elements of success: community, pride, knowledge, celebration and impact. I especially want to thank BlogHer for sponsoring New Latina at LATISM11. Love those ladies!
Congratulations to each and every winner!!! Here is the list. Please visit, follow and support these amazing people:
1. Best Parenting Blogger: Jeannette Kaplun of Todo Bebe
2. Best Lifestyle Blogger: Monique Frausto of Curves and Chaos
3. Best Latin@ Tech Blogger: Alberto Saldamando of El Mundo Tech
4. Best Latin@ Business Blogger: Murray Mann of Latinos at Work
5. Best Latin@ Bilingual Blogger: Silvia Martinez of Mama Latina Tips
6. Best Latin@ Health Blogger: Laurita Tellado of Holding Out for a Hero
7. Best Latin@ Education Blogger: Monica of Mommy Maestra
8. Best Latin@ Political Blogger: Viviana Hurtado of The Wise Latina Club
9. Best Latin@ Sports Blogger: Julio Pabon of Latino Sports
10. Best Latin@ Activist Blogger: Elisa Batista of Mother Talkers
11. Best Latin@ Inspirational Blogger: Blanca Stella of Mi Caminar
12. Best Latin@ Food Blogger: Maura Hernandez of The Other Side of the Tortilla
13. Best Latin@ Micro-Blogger: Ramón De León at @Ramon_DeLeon
14. Best Latin@ Vlogger: Dan Pérez South Florida Filmmaker / Dan Perez Films
15. Top Latin@ Blogger: Angelica Perez of New Latina
17. Best Marketing/PR Firm using Social Media to reach Latino(a)s: Golin Harris of GolinHarris.com
18. Best Hispanic Agency using social media to reach Latino(a)s: Lopez Negrete
19. Best Company using Social Media to target Latino(a)s: Sears Holding – Kmart Latina Smart
20. Best Health Advocate reaching Latino(a)s through Social Media: March of dimes
21. Best Education Advocate helping Latino(a)s through Social Media: White House – Winning the Future (@HispanicEd)
22. Best Non-For-Profit Organization using Social Media to reach Latino(a)s: National Hispana Leadership Institute – NHLI (@NHLI)
23. Best Artist using Social Media to reach Latino(a)s: Fernando Valera
24. Best Politician using Social Media to reach Latino(a)s: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigoza (@villaraigosa)
25. Best Multicultural Social Media Campaign: Kmart: Latina Smart (@LatinaSmart)
26. Best Multicultural Mobile Campaign: Text4Baby (@Mytext4baby) Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)