Awarded: Google’s Local Guides Guiding Stars 2021 · Community Builder

Google Maps has more than 150 million users representing every country around the world. Among those, 50 were chosen under 5 categories for their inspirational contributions and for guiding the way for others. As published by Google: “2021 has been a year of resilience and reconnection. While the world continues to change, the unwavering passion…

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Winner: Dominican Republic’s Epifanio Lantigua 2021 National Tourism Journalism Award

My article called “Mapping culture, a contribution to the tourism” won the Dominican Republic’s Epifanio Lantigua 2021 National Tourism Journalism Award in the Arts and Culture Category. This piece is based on my work as a cultural activist and exposes the argument of how our publications have a real and unknown impact until we dare…

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Outstanding Entrepreneur Recognition for the Cultural Impact by EMDES Foundation

EMDES FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization that promotes social, technological, and business entrepreneurship, and development. While they have the year filled with activities, mostly focused on the youth, one of their most iconic events is Emdes Week. In the 2021 edition, they gave the “Outstanding Entrepreneur” recognition to individuals in several areas, and I was…

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Mapping Culture & Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Google Maps

Mapping culture is placing representative elements of our cultural heritage on platforms that allow georeferencing. It is an easy, simple, and efficient way to become a promoter of your patrimony and contribute to increasing its value, popularity, and its touristic potential. In the post called “Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with Google Maps,” , published by @izzyp223 on Google’s platform…

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Winner: Pasaporte Abierto International Travel Journalism Award 2021 · Originality

My piece “Turista en casa: (re)descubriendo Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional” was awarded with the Pasaporte Abierto International Award 2021, under the Category: Originality. This article is part of a series that can be summarized as follows: We often forget the treasures we have just around the corner and as they say: you only love what…

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