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Mambodelphia Dance Company at Feria 2015

George Dennis’s Mambodelphia Dance Company incorporates the Mambo style into routines that keeps the Salsa On1 feeling while embracing the Salsa On2. Dennis had been dancing for more than 10 years and teaching for more than 7 years, and he brings his experience to the dance company. His company mixes fun, exciting routines that always leaves the audience wanting more.

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Feria 2015 thanks its sponsors for their generous support of the 31st Annual Neighborhood Festival

Philadelphia, PA –September 3, 2015— The 31st Annual Feria del Barrio 2015 welcomes the community, and its many sponsors including Telemundo, Xfinity, Creative Philadelphia, PECO, Allied Construction, MEGA, PNC Bank, Southwest Airlines, Health Partners Plans, Keystone First, and Al Dia Newspaper on coming Sunday September 13th, 2015 to what promises to be a full, educational, and fun event for the entire family.

Thanks to our sponsors and the firm conviction of the organizing committee, Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, GALAEI, HACE and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, Feria has developed a track record of over three decades years of promoting Education, Economic Development and celebrating Latino heritage, arts and culture. As proof of its success and indisputable economic power, Feria del Barrio has been ranked as one of the largest Hispanic Festivals in the area, offering a variety of entertainment options for the entire family at no cost, while providing opportunities to educate the community on services and issues that impact them, stimulating economic development, and preserving traditions and promoting cultural and artistic exchanges among Philadelphia residents. This year Feria will feature the latest salsa attraction, directly from Puerto Rico, Pirulo y La Tribu.

A complete list of performers is below:

MC’s: María del Pilar, Ramón Zayas and Carolina Cardona

  • 12:05-­12:10 Welcome–‐Feria begins Bienvenida
  • 12:15-­12:35 Taller’s Children and Youth Dance Ensemble
  •  12:35—1:50 Mural Dedication
  • 1:00—1:30 José Nieves con Irving Robles y su Cuatro Son
  •  1:35-2:00 Los Bomberos de la Calle
  •  2:00-2:15 Raising of Puerto Rican Flag-State Representative Angel Cruz
  •  2:15-­2:35 Mambodelphia
  •  2:35-­2:55 HACE and Congreso, Xfinity-Telemundo, Award Presentation to Bill Salas
  •  3:05-3:40 Chico Swagg
  • 3:50-­4:30 La Banda Loca
  •  4:30—5:30 Pirulo y la Tribu
  • 5:30 Feria ends. Farewell.

FERIA del BARRIO 2015 welcomes inquiries from media organizations, journalists and bloggers.

–Please direct your inquiries to Yvette Nuñez at or Carmen Febo at (215) 426-3311

In your email, please include the name of the publication/broadcaster/website/blog you are working for and the specific nature of your inquiry.

About FERIA del BARRIO–Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a FREE family event featuring some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. Dozens of community agencies, corporate sponsors and vendors line the city’s historical Centro de Oro for access to the nation’s fastest growing market. Feria del Barrio is done in collaboration with Taller Puertorriqueño (lead agency), Congreso del Latinos Unidos, HACE, and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

The Presenters from Telemundo 62

The  Feria del Barrio committee  is honored to have  Telemundo 62’s  Ramón Zayas and Carolina Cardona as hosts of the 2015 festival.

Ramón Zayas
Ramón Zayas Presentador de Noticias Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI

Ramón Zayas trabaja como Presentador de Noticias para Noticiero Telemundo62, el cual se transmite de lunes a viernes a las 5:30 PM, 6 PM y 11 PM por Telemundo Philadelphia62 / WWSI, la estación local que sirve la comunidad de habla hispana en el área metropolitana de Philadelphia, el valle de Lehigh, el sur de Nueva Jersey y el estado de Delaware.

Como parte del equipo de Noticiero Telemundo62, Zayas reporta las noticias de último minuto y de más importancia para los televidentes de habla hispana. Zayas se unió a Telemundo62 en el 2013.

Antes de unirse a Telemundo62, Zayas trabajó como presentador principal del programa matutino nacional Un Nuevo Día, el cual se transmite de lunes a viernes por la cadena Telemundo. Zayas también trabajó como presentador y reportero de noticias para el programa Noticiero Telemundo Nueva York Fin de Semana transmitido por Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU de 2002 a 2011. Además, Zayas ha trabajado como presentador y reportero de noticias para el programa Al Despertar transmitido por Univision 41 / WXTV

Zayas ha recibido un premio Emmy por sus informes sobre una serie de investigaciones de la proliferación de las pandillas en San Antonio (“Pandillas en San Antonio). Zayas obtuvo su licenciatura en Periodismo de San Francisco State University.

Para leer más sobre Ramón Zayas, síguelo por Twitter @ZAYAST62.

Carolina Cardona Reportera de Noticias Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI
Carolina Cardona
Reportera de Noticias
Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI

Carolina Cardona trabaja como Reportera de Noticias para Noticiero Telemundo62, el cual se transmite de lunes a viernes a las 5:30 PM, 6 PM y 11 PM por Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI, la estación local que sirve la comunidad de habla hispana en el área metropolitana de Philadelphia, el valle de Lehigh, el sur de Nueva Jersey y el estado de Delaware.

Como parte del equipo de Noticiero Telemundo62, Cardona reporta las noticias de último minuto y de más importancia para los televidentes de habla hispana. Cárdona se unió a Telemundo62 en el 2015.

Antes de unirse a Telemundo62, Cardona trabajó como Reportera para Telemundo Phoenix / KTAZ de 2014 a 2015.  Cardona se ha desempeñado como periodista en Miami y Phoenix, y ha trabajado en la cadena de Univision. Adicionalmente, Cardona ha trabajado como productora para Radio Caracol.

Cardona obtuvo su licenciatura en Periodismo de Florida International University.

Cardona aboga por la organización Melody’s, fundada por una niña que sufre de diabetis tipo 1.

Para leer más sobre Carolina Cardona, por favor  síguela por Twitter @carocardona13.




The 2015 Feria Special Honoree: Bill Salas

In 1982, Guillermo “Bill” Salas, Jr. Co-founded the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises better known today as simply HACE. At the time a Community Development Corporation was viewed as a new tool for the revitalization of neighborhoods to improve the lives of low income people. HACE became a voice for greater social and economic improvement of the growing Latino Community in Philadelphia.

From 1982 to 1985 the voluntary Board of Directors managed the day to day operations including getting its first project underway – known today as the HACE Mall. In 1985, Bill left his employment and took on the position of President of HACE. He grew the organization from a fledgling CDC with no budget or support staff into a multimillion dollar enterprise leveraging public and private investment for the development of affordable rental and homeownership housing, providing housing counseling services, creating jobs in the community and supporting small businesses. In many ways HACE has changed the social and economic environment of its targeted community as a direct result of the various programs and projects spearheaded by the organization to create jobs, affordable housing, contracting opportunities for minority contractors, and the provision of services to help families improve their quality of life.

Since his retirement in  2013, Bill has been spending a lot more time with family (4 grand kids), traveling and pursuing his passion of the outdoors. He stays involved with working with small business people but mostly doing Real Estate Transactions with his son and daughter in law, Guillermo and Danielle, owners of a Re/Max Platinum- The Salas Team.


Pirulo y La Tribu the Main Act

With live music, kids corner, arts & crafts, great foods, prizes, and featuring salsa star, directly from Puerto Rico, Pirulo y La Tribu. With additional participation by La Banda Loca, Chiko Swagg and Mambodelphia.

Música en vivo, actividades para los niños, kioskos de comida, información y la participación, directamente de Puerto Rico, Pirulo y La Tribu además de la participación de La Banda Loca, Chiko Swagg y Mambodelphia.

Special Honorees

Johnny & Aida Cruz

Juan (Johnny) Cruz Jr. was born August 11, 1951 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. His love of music started at the young age of 6, when playing in the countryside, he became aware of the surrounding sounds, the birds and rooster singing during the day and the coqui singing at night. He would try to mimic the sounds he heard with rubber bands, strings, branches and pots. During family festivities, like “parrandas”, musicians would arrive to give their gift of music to his family. Johnny would sit close to the musicians and contemplate the sweet sound of the cuatro and guitar. Johnny taught himself to play cuatro and guitar by seeing and listening to the musicians. He could now mimic the sound of the birds with the cuatro.

After graduating high school he came to the Bronx, New York in 1969 pursuing the American dream. He developed his musical skills, performing as a soloist and in Trios in the New York Barrios Night Clubs. Moving to Philadelphia in 1973 he completed his education as a TV & radio technician.

Aida Cruz was born September 4, 1959 and raised in north Philadelphia.  Born to Puerto Rican parents she was taught to speak only Spanish at home. Her mother taught her how to read and write Spanish by reading the Spanish bible. Summer trips to Puerto Rico helped Aida learn her cultural roots from her Grandmother in Ceiba and family in Corozal. She learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 with the help of a neighbor, Maria Díaz. In order to connect deeper into her cultural roots she attended Taller Puertorriqueño’s children workshops, Concilio’s development of the Puerto Rican Parade committee, performing parrandas on Puerto Rican Panorama, and St. Christopher’s Hospital.  Very involved with her Church of St. Boniface, she was president “Hijas de Maria” (daughters of Mary) group.  Wanting to play and sing praises to God, Spanish style, she became a member of the Churches Spanish choir. Aida graduated from Mastbaum high school and attended Temple University.  She has been working for the School District of Philadelphia for 28 years as a Bilingual Classroom Assistant.

Johnny met Aida in the St. Boniface’s church Spanish choir.  Aida sang and played the guitar and through the love of music he joined the choir and played the cuatro. Johnny also learned how to play piano with various musicians as coaches. During this time Johnny had developed various musical groups such as La Combinación Latina, Sabor Latino, Sonido Seis, Sultanes del Merengue, Los Muchachitos, Elemento 2000 that performed in the Night Clubs of the Philadelphia barrio, New Jersey and Delaware, as well as at  weddings, birthdays, block parties and schools and colleges.

Johnny and Aida started promoting Puerto Rico’s folkloric music with their group Raíces Boricuas to bring cultural awareness of Puerto Rico’s music to children, many times in partnership with Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and Taller Puertorriqueño.  Johnny and Aida have also developed a weekly Descarga (Jam) Session on Sunday’s from 2:00 pm to 5:00pm at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

Currently performing in partnership with Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, the Johnny Cruz Latin Band Ensemble brings you the sound of Afro Cuban and Tropical rhythms.  They have performed in various venues such as Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, International House, Feria del Barrio, NALAC and many more. Johnny and Aida’s love for music will continue to evolve to a new generation.

Johnny and Aida married on January 6, 1979 (3 Kings Day). They have three children, Benjamin, Sandra and Christina.

Yo Soy Oro

As part of this year’s 30thannualFeria del Barrio, the creative team of AMerican MEdia Output will introduce a re-branding campaign
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for the N. 5th Street commercial district, El Centro de Oro, leading with the slogan Yo Soy Oro (I Am Gold). The Yo Soy Oro campaign will appear in advertisements on big belly trash receptacles along the El Centro de Oro,  online and  in the HACE Business and Visitor’s Center through October 18.

During the 2014 Feria del Barrio,  AMerican MEdia Output brand ambassadors will use participation marketing to engage the public, handing out branded swag and taking photos with the commercial corridor as their backdrop.  Join in the fun and use #YoSoyOro for all your Feria tweets, status updates and photos.

*Learn more about the project  here.

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