Friday, July 24, 2009

Hispanic heritage celebration planned for Tampa

CENTRO Tampa and Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. Join Efforts to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

TAMPA, Fla., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CENTRO, the leading Spanish-language weekly publication in the Tampa Bay area, is pleased to announce a partnership with Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. (THHI) to celebrate the official kick-off of Hispanic Heritage Month at CENTRO's annual Festival del SABOR on September 12, 2009 at Centennial Park in historic Ybor City.

The event will mark THHI's 30th anniversary whose main objective is to preserve and promote the Hispanic culture in Tampa Bay. The annual kick-off event features the traditional Miss Tampa Hispanic Heritage pageant. Each participant represents their country of origin and is judged based on three criteria; talent, cultural knowledge, and poise. The pageant will be part of the family oriented activities planned for CENTRO's 4th annual Festival del SABOR.

Festival del SABOR will once again feature the popular Latin recipe contest and cook-off. Amateur cooks are encouraged to participate in order to win prizes for the Entree category. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places. The event's goal is to showcase the SABOR or Flavor of Tampa Bay's Hispanic culture through food, music, and art. This year the event will be bigger than ever featuring a tent expo along side vendors of Ybor Saturday Market for area businesses to showcase and/or sell products. Musical entertainment and bands will be announced at a later time.

According to Orlando Nieves, General Manager of CENTRO Tampa, "Tampa's history is tightly linked to Hispanics. Since the 1860's we've made significant contributions that have helped build a better, stronger community. We are glad to be able to help celebrate this heritage with everyone."

The Tampa Hispanic Heritage official kick-off at CENTRO's Festival del SABOR will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009 in historic Ybor City at Centennial Park. The event is hosted by Ybor City Saturday Market and sponsored by The Tampa Tribune, News Channel 8,, Univision Tampa, Telefutura, 92.5 Maxima FM, La Gazeta, Telemundo Tampa, and 1300 Super Q AM. For more details and sponsorship opportunities please contact Giovanni Gutierrez, Sales and Marketing Manager for CENTRO Tampa, at 813-259-8475 or

CENTRO Grupo de Comunicacion is a Spanish-language print and online media operation of the Florida Communications Group. The Florida Communications Group (FCG), owned by Media General, includes newspapers, broadcast television and online operations in West Central Florida. It incorporates Media General's converged operations in Tampa, including The Tampa Tribune and, the No. 1 newspaper/online combination in the Tampa Bay market; WFLA-TV, (NBC) the market broadcast news leader at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. weeknights. FCG also includes Highlands Today, Hernando Today, 12 weeklies, and several shopper and niche publications. Source: Scarborough 2008 Release 2; Nielsen Media Research, November 2008 Sweeps Period, Adults 25-54 and Household Ratings.

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