MIAMI, FL – March 6, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize and DiMe Media announced the finalists of the 3rd Annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards, the most prestigious national honor highlighting the achievements of top Latino and multicultural content creators.

The 2017 Tecla Awards feature several new categories including The Jewel Award for Social Good and the Super Creators, as well as categories for influencers from Health and Wellness to Beauty and Digital Journalism.

For the full list of 2017 Hispanicize Tecla Award Finalists click HERE. The finalists were announced on March 3 via Facebook LIVE

The actual winners of the 3rd Annual Tecla Awards will be determined by The Hispanicize Tecla Awards Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and other experts in the digital media industry. Winners will be revealed the night of April 6th, 2017 during the Hispanicize Tecla Awards ceremony, which will be streamed live from Miami for viewers worldwide and marks the closing event for Hispanicize 2017.

“Latino and multicultural digital creators continue building highly engaged communities of followers that turn to them for everyday advice, humor, tips and even what to cook. The Hispanicize Tecla Awards recognize that dedication to delivering quality content in culturally relevant ways and in bilingual formats,” said Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Chief Development Officer of Hispanicize Media Group and 2017 Tecla Awards Chair.

This year the Teclas received more than 1,500 nominations, nearly four times more than for the inaugural 2015 competition, and represents a fantastic line-up of talented Latino and multicultural content creators.

‘Earlier this month we announced that this year’s Hispanicize Tecla Awards show is moving to the historic Olympia Theatre, South Florida’s most iconic performing arts center. The awards show will feature top musical acts and celebrity co-hosts and award presenters; it’s going to be a truly game-changing year,” added Katherine Johnson-Gunn, Hispanicize Media Group Senior Vice President & Partner and Tecla Awards Executive Producer.

About The Tecla Awards
Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards honors excellence in U.S. Latino online video, blogging, social media and those who create it. The 2017 Tecla Awards will once again highlight the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators in more than 20 categories. From top storytellers on Instagram to YouTube and Snapchat, the Teclas’ nominees set the bar higher each year for the exploding Latino and multicultural social media creators industry.

All nominations submitted during the public nominations phase were considered and reviewed by Hispanicize Media Group partners and the Hispanicize National Advisory Board who together determined the finalists for each category. The actual winners of the 3rd Annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards will be determined by The Teclas Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and other experts in the digital media industry. Winners will be revealed the night of April 6th, 2017 during the Tecla Awards ceremony, which will be streamed live from Miami for viewers worldwide.

Hispanicize 2017 Tecla Award Finalists

General Social Media Creator Awards:

Best Spanish-Language Creator
— Rory Lassanske
— Yanira Giselle
— Carlos Yustis
— Claudia Ahrens
— Shirley Yissele Gallo

Best Latino Celebrity on Social Media
— Carlos Ponce
— Gaby Espino
— Ricky Martin
— Anjelah Johnson
— Gina Rodriguez
— Giselle Blondet

Breakout Creator of the Year
— Amanda La Gringa
— Camila Andrea
— Juana Gallo LaComadre Pansha
— Sherly Taravez
— Sue Evelyn Gil

Best Content Creator in Latin America
— Mariand Castrejon Castañeda “Yuya”
— Ricardo Daniel Ortiz
— Caeli
— Gabriel Montiel
— Salam Aleikom La Musu
— Watt Sopa

The Jewel Award – Best Creator Doing Social Good
— Laurita Tellado
— Melanie Mendez-Gonzalez
— Denisse Montalvan
— Dania Peguero

Best Digital Journalist
— Gaby Natale
— Alicia Civita
— Adrian Carasquillo
— Dariel Fernandez
— Eliecer Marte
— Alberto Sardinas

General Platform Awards:

Best LIVE Video Creator
— Lizza Monet Morales
— Stephanie Li
— Lynn Ponder
— Jorge Narvaez
— Roberto Carlos

Best Twitter Creator
— Claudia Krusch
— Ingrid Hoffman
— Mario Selma
— Elayna Fernandez
— Cameka Smith

Best Facebook Creator
— Savoire Faire by Enriqueta Lemoine
— Yasmany Del Real
— Daily Baez
— Evelyn Lorezana
— OMG it’s Eddie G

Best YouTube Creator
— Carolina Ortiz
— BeautyyBird
— Sandra Cires
— Anna Sarelly
— Yolanda Soto-Lopez
— Kloquis

Best Instagram Creator
— Laura Sanchez
— Ashley Amanda Segura
— Jacqui Saldana and
— Reno Rojas
— Yisney Terrero
— Christian Garcia

Best Snapchat Storyteller
— Jose Resendez
— Carlos Gil
— Raphael Ocampo
— Mimi Sanchez
— Alexandra Olavarria

Best Blogger
— Lorraine Ladish
— Monique Frausto
— Lillie Morales
— Silvia Martinez
— Eliana Tardio
— Denise Cortes

General Category Awards:

Top Beauty Creator
— All things Ada
— Brenda Alvarado
— Karol Zambrano
— Sunkiss Alba
— Yanira Giselle

Top Fashion Creator
— Flor De Maria
— Daniela Ramirez
— GlamDapper
— Liliana Vazquez
— Valerie Frangie

Top Food Creator
— EL Guuzi
— Vianney Rodriguez
— Alejandra Ramos http
— Laura Mueller
— Veronica Cervera
— Bren Herrera

Top Technology or Gaming Creator-Sponsored by Cnet Español
— Mark Nieves
— Alberto C Saldamando
— Analie Cruz
— Ariel Coro
— Lala Castro

Top Family & Parenting Creator
— Dania Santana
— Aaron and Danielly de Azevedo
— Jeannette Kaplun
— Bratayley
— Bricia Lopez
— Elayna Fernandez

Top Comedy Creator
— Jay Mendoza
— Salice Rose
— OMG It’s Eddie G
— Andrea Espada Rincon
— Gabriel Montiel
— Karina Luna

Best Creator for a Digital Network
— Maya Murillo of Pero Like
— Curly Velasquez of Pero Like
— Johana Hausman of FLAMA
— Jenny Lorenzo of MiTu
— La Chula – Styled by Ale for Univision Creators Network

Top Lifestyle & Entertainment Creator
— Yvonne Guidry
— Raquel Cordova
— Krystal bee
— Astrid Rivera
— Teresa Garza
— Ingrid Fajardo

Top Health & Wellness Creator
— Gus Gutierrez
— Laura Termini
— Candy Calderon
— Monica Olivas
— Ingrid Macher

Best Latin Music Artist or Group Creating Social Content
— Boyce Avenue
— Periko y Jessi Leon
— La Santa Cecilia
— Nicky Jam
— JenCarlos Canela

Creator of the Year ( SuperCreators)
— Rudy Mancuso
— LeJuan James
— Lele Pons
— David Lopez
— Juanpa Zurita
— Pedro Herrera III

Tecla Award Sponsors

Sponsorships for the Tecla Awards are available by contacting .

Overall, Hispanicize 2017 Week this year will feature more than 200+ speakers in 100+ sessions, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also includes the 2nd annual DiMe Summit, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards gala and the 3rd annual Tecla Awards. See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2017 here:

Among the most prominent items on the national advisory board’s agenda are judging the national Latino Influencer Awards for excellence in digital content creation, marketing and cultural influence, the Positive Impact Awards, the evolution of the Hispanicize Music Festival, the creation of the first Hispanic Journalist Showcase for Spanish-speaking journalists and the Hispanicize Film Showcase.

Sponsorship information is still available by contacting or calling 203.364.4779.

Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, Walmart, State Farm, NASCAR, Best Western, Go Rving, KOA, Israel Board of Tourism, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AARP, CNN, CNN Español, Cooper Tires, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Princess House, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Ole Henriksen, Lansinoh, República, C-Com Group, Synergy Workspaces,, APC Collective, BodenPR,, Visit Philly, saludMóvil, The Calvert Foundation and Dvdendo.

Additional media partners include: PRWeek, Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Media Moves, iBlog Magazine, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).