Feature Friday: LATISM’s “Copa de Oro” Crew

Guest post by Juan Alanis (@JuanofWords)

Not officially in the running for the Copa de Oro, this hybrid of an equipo would undoubtedly bring home the gold this year, were they allowed to formally play on behalf of the LATISM nation.  We’d all be there on the bleachers cheering them on, wearing our signature orange color, and chanting whatever grito, porras or saying we’d want, or were more comfortable with.  Just imagine that.  And see, that’s the beauty of this equipo, in one single group of individuals they represent the best of all of our communities.  They’re not divided by ethnicity, country or patriotism… instead, they’re united, as we are, by the common denominator that they are all Latinos In Social Media.  ¡Vamos!  ¡WEPA!  ¡AJUUA! Let’s cheer our Copa de Oro MVP’s into victory!!

Milton H. Camilo (@MiltonHCamilo)
Worth every penny of his multimillion dollar contract, even if it is in make-believe LATISM pesos, this aspiring entrepreneur, social media geek, activist, and writer epitomizes what it means to be at the top of one’s game.  When he’s not engaged in thought-provoking conversation, comedic exchanges, his college courses, or running his own blog A Young Entrepreneur/Hispanic Activist, Milton likes to just sit back and read a book… okay, many books.  He’s a blogger who cares about many things and is not afraid to say it, and that’s what’s earned him a spot on our MVP list.  His star is poised to shine even brighter, as Milton is also developing his own successful brand in NYC and continuing to work on his most passionate project: empowering the Latino community.

Jenny Pellicer (@JennyPellicer)
La Rebel.  Esta multilingual, multicultural, star of our Copa de Oro crew is all about diversity and appreciation of one’s own culture.  Herself she describes as a Mexican-Norwegian-American woman, or, sometimes Jenny (Norwegian/American), Amalia (Mexican) and Therese (French).  If you’re wondering, her father is Mexican, her mother Norwegian-American, and Jenny grew up in Norway, studied international law and human rights law in the United Kingdom, lived and worked in Mexico, and was taught English, Spanish, Norwegian, and French from a very young age.  That’s right, our rebelde speaks four different languages!  Wow, impressive is right!  Today, the avid blogger of The Jenny Blog lives in Los Angeles, California, and spends much of her time online with the LATISM Familia, which she confesses she’s come to adopt as her official home in social media. Here’s Jenny’s Blog

Jaime Puente (@brownboyrocks)
Con frijoles and a lot of coraje, this Mexican-American leader, political activist, and blogger from Houston is building a name for himself on Twitter as one of the most socially engaged tuiteros online.  His singular bio, “thinking about borders, and the way we use them to enforce our prejudice,” expresses in less than 140 characters what our “Rising Star” is all about.  An English major and a future University of Texas Masters Degree graduate, in Mexican American studies no less, Jaime is currently working with one of Houston’s newest city council hopefuls for a just-created majority Latino district.  On his Con Frijoles blog, he eloquently shares what he’s more passionate about.  Por eso les pido que apoyen a este “Rising Star” de nuestro equipo.  

Surropa (@surropa)
These guys are just too cool.  If we’d have to pick a “Super Star” in the bunch, Surropa would definitely be it.  They’ve got style, they’ve got swag, and it isn’t by coincidence.  If you’ve not already visited their online store, browsed through their very “Latino Cool” merchandise, and purchased, or at least designed your own t-shirt, you’re definitely missing out.  Here’s their official, and way more modest, self description:  After spending over 15 years working and living in Latin America with brands such as Reebok and the NBA, Surropa.com was created to be the ultimate online shopping destination for Latin brands and artists to showcase their points of view through t-shirts and other related products and accessories.  Surropa is not just about selling cool gear, it’s also about empowering a new generation of Latinos to take pride in their heritage and culture through artistic expression.

Angel Magaña (@cheleguanaco)
Our multi-faceted “jokester” in the bunch, Angel is all heart, humor and a lot of technology.  Born in el Pulgarcito de America (El Salvador), Angel has spent most of his life in Los Angeles, where he continues to reside.   A techie and open source fan at heart, he has worked in the CRM industry since 1996 and recently co-authored a book on SugarCRM implementation strategies.   In addition to his CRM connections, he is also an avid blogger, sports fan, music, history and outdoor enthusiast.  Angel maintains a SugarCRM-heavy blog, while also contributing pieces on Latin music, soccer and other topics to the LA focused news blog LAist.com.  He rounds out his writing with a bunch of gibberish tweets at @cheleguanaco, humorous insights about South L.A. at his Only In South Los blog and pieces with a more personal touch (in Spanish) at his Soy El Chele blog.  If he is not at his computer, he is likely out running, hiking, riding his bike or playing soccer.

Are there any other tweeps you believe should be in this list? Is it YOU? Tell us about it in the comments below and we’ll feature them/you in an upcoming Feature Friday!!

About The Author:
Juan Alanis (@juanofwords) is a South Texas based writer living in Houston who owns and operates the blog www.JuanofWords.com.  You can read his brand new column at the Houston Chronicle’s La Voz de Houston:  Juan of Words – A blog by a Latino for Latinos…y Más. Also, don’t miss Juan’s hilarious misadventures, personal vlogs and random thoughts on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Juanofwords

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