By czuania
August 30, 2014 02:13 PM

Festival People en Español 2014 begins!

After a long year wait, Festival People en Español is back at Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio. 

We started the day at 9:30am with fitness trainer Mario Gómez who got everybody moving with an energetic zumba class. 

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The event was inaugurated by Isabel Sánchez who sang the National Anthem and tv host Poncho de Anda who introduced Monique Manso, publisher of People en Español, Armando Correa, editor of the magazine and congressman Joaquín Castro.

Manso expressed her gratitude to the people of San Antonio for hosting the event for the third year in a row. “This year we have doubled the number of free activities available compared to last year’s event”, she said.

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She also emphasized this year’s motto “Inspiring the new generations”. “We want to pay special attention to the coming generations, the millennials“, said Manso.

Correa thanked the people of Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Florida and different areas of Texas who came all the way to San Antonio to be at the festival.

The congressman gave a special thanks to People en Español for bringing the latin festivities to San Antonio once again.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes was interviewed by Myrka Dellanos regarding spirituality.

For tips on healthy living, we had Dr. Juan Rivera sharing some of his knowledge.

We then moved on with a healthy mind and a healthy body to celebrate music with live performances by Mane de la Parra, Priscila Ángel and Gabriel Coronel.

Soap opera fans were able to meet with tv stars such as Julián Gil (Hasta el fin del mundo), Edith González (Las Bravo), Sara Maldonado (Camelia la texana) and Gabriel Coronel (Reina de corazones).

Actress Génesis Rodríguez and Puerto Rican director Miguel Ángel Arteta talked about the barriers that latins have to face in Hollywood.

Before rocker Chris Pérez closed the festivities of the day, Maite Perroni, and our fashion and beauty director Úrsula Carranza previewed the fashions that will be trending this fall along with a fashion show focused on how to dress for your body shape.

After the wonderful day events, we had the Chicas Poderosas concert with Zendaya and Becky G at the Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio.