From the moment I got the news by National Puerto Rican Parade Day board member Louis Maldonado, nostalgic memories from my upbringing in Puerto Rico and a sense of proudness took over my feelings. I was to be the Rising Star Social Media Honoree at the National Puerto Rican Parade Day in New York City the weekend of June 12-14, 2015.
It ‘s been four and half intense years evolving with webcitygirls// learning, networking, traveling, working 24/7 consistently knocking on doors offering my services helping brands reach their audience wherever they are online. In honor of the Parade, it was a must to wear my infamous signature pink look which I had retired, hence wearing it truly made a difference. In all honesty, I love to wear the pink wig and enjoy the engagement it generates with people, celebrities and brands. I also loved riding in a Ford Mustang convertible with Rising Star Music Honoree Raquel Sofia, an amazing talented young lady y Boricua!!!
From the bottom of my heart I would like to THANK a group of people that made this experience unforgettable and most meaningful: Marilyn Santiago, a unique, outstanding professional and dazzling Puerto Rican female entrepreneur working in the entertainment industry guiding and helping creative talent become visible to the world.
Marilyn working it behind the scenes with la REINA of the Parade Roselyn Sanchez:
Wonderful designer from Chile Marco Antonio Farias who created a beautiful dress for me to show-off at the gala and although the dress did not make it on time because of an address mistake, I am determined to share his talent with the world as I stated in a previous post.
Maria Caso, “una bola de fuego” explosive, talented certified life coach (she is my coach) who connected me with Showroom Seven in NYC and got them to dress me for the parade in a beautiful Patricia Bonaldi dress that made me shine during the parade. My beautiful jewelry by designer Erickson Beamon and handmade stunning Patricia Bonaldi purse completed my look with a royal touch!
Last but not least huge thank you to dear friend Venezuelan designer Viviana Gabeiras who runs a tight shop in Miami with more than 30 employees creating 4 to 5 collections every year that sell nationally and internationally through her brand mypetitpois.com. Viviana makes me look like a million bucks every time I have an event, speaking engagement or shoot interviews with celebrities. The dress I wore for the gala was one of her pieces and I felt beautiful.
Shout out to new and old friends some being honored who filled my heart with joy this past weekend celebrating their recognition and mine: Roselyn Sanchez, Ivonne Coll, Cuco Peña, Dora Diaz, Andres Jimenez, Michelle Jimenez, Adriana Jimenez, Wilson Guzmán and Steven Russell.
A special mention to an important cause being recognized this year by the parade, el Caño Martín Peña and one of their objectives is educating the public about the necessity and urgency of dredging the canal and about the benefits it will offer to the communities, the city and the country.
Me despido llena de orgullo con la Banda de Conciertos Puerto Rico el cual interpreta esta obra musical compuesta por Angel “Cucco” Peña especialmente para la celebración del Desfile Puertorriqueño en Nueva York.