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People Staff
November 05, 2007 AT 06:00 PM EST

Singer Yolandita Monge, actress Ana Ortiz and other stars will be honored with the Puerto Rican Pride acknowledgement at the 21st anniversary of Comité Noviembre – a Puerto Rican heritage organization – on Nov. 16 in New York.

Monge, 52, who’s been in the music business for nearly 40 years, said of the honor: “My profession as an artist has given me the opportunity for my voice to reach places all over the world and touch hearts. Today I’m honored to [receive] this acknowledgement, and I accept it humbly. I’ve always been proud to be Puerto Rican, I’ve kept my country in my heart since I was a little girl, and it will stay there.”

Ortiz, 36, plays Hilda Suárez on the popular TV series Ugly Betty (ABC), and has also had smaller roles on shows like ER and Boston Legal.

According to a press release from the event’s organizers, Comité Noviembre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about Puerto Rican culture and acknowledge the social, political and artistic contributions made by the Puerto Rican community in the United States.

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