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September, 18, 2008 - 09:06 AM / ET

2008 Siempre Mujer Siempre Inspiran Honorees Revealed in October/November Issue
-- Magazine Honors Myrka Dellanos, Mayte Prida, Laura Posada, María Elena Salinas, Ingrid Betancourt, Maria D. Roberts and Marisol González, with a Personal Introduction by Adamari López --
br> -- Siempre Inspiran Awards Reception to be Held in NYC on September 23rd with Co-host Candela Ferro --

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- For the third year in a row, Siempre Mujer magazine honors "Always Inspiring" Hispanic women in its signature Siempre Inspiran October/November feature. The 2008 honorees -- Myrka Dellanos, Mayte Prida, Laura Posada, María Elena Salinas, Ingrid Betancourt, Maria D. Roberts and Marisol González -- were chosen for their hands-on commitment to important causes in the Hispanic community.

The magazine will celebrate this year's honorees at a VIP Hudson Hotel Siempre Inspiran Awards Reception on September 23, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Johanna Torres and Al Rojo Vivo's Candela Ferro, one of last year's honorees. The event will be sponsored by Mary Kay and Yoplait and will feature a silent auction to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, which works to eliminate cancers affecting women and ending the epidemic of violence against women.

Among other special guests will be last year's cover star and Siempre Inspiran honoree Adamari López. López penned the introduction to this year's magazine feature discussing how being diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago caused her to commit her life to fighting the disease. She shares: "That experience, as difficult and challenging as it was, changed me into a woman filled with positive energy toward everyone around me. I even dare say that that predicament made me a new woman."

This year's honorees are:

-- Cover Star Myrka Dellanos - This news personality has increasingly turned her energy to humanitarian causes, including establishing Missions Reaching Out Compassionately (MROC) last year to help less fortunate women and children in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Already, MROC is building a community center in Barranquilla, Colombia, and a recreation center in Choluteca, Honduras, where kids can play safely after school.

-- Broadcast Star and Author Mayte Prida - Prida turned her 2001 breast cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to help others by starting the Mayte Prida Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping women and their families while undergoing the uncertainties of cancer. Prida has become one of the most prominent Hispanic advocates for women and health issues in the country today.

-- Attorney, actress and former model Laura Posada - After her first son with husband New York Yankee Catcher Jorge Posada was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis 10 days after his birth, the couple established The Jorge Posada Foundation to help find a cure for the disease and support families with children affected by the condition. She admits, "Before this experience, I was much more selfish because life had been easy for me. After he was born, I realized how much you can love and care for another person."

-- TV Journalist María Elena Salinas - As co-anchor of Noticiero Univision, Salinas realized early that she had a responsibility to help educate and inform people. That's why she has been spokesperson for the National Association of Latina Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) for the past 15 years. In this role, she motivates Hispanics to become U.S. citizens, register to vote and participate in the democratic process.

-- Colombian Politician and Activist Ingrid Betancourt - This former Colombian Presidential Candidate dedicated her campaign to eradicating corruption and drug trafficking in her native country. She was recently released from six years as a hostage of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and has vowed to continue her fight. She says: "It's no longer a time to spill blood. It's time to drop our weapons and pick up roses instead."

-- Social Worker María D. Roberts - After years working as a social worker nationally and internationally, Roberts and her husband founded Rise Up International, an organization that seeks to empower at-risk kids in Nicaragua and across the world.

-- Filmmaker Marisol González - Her documentary Behind the Wall vividly chronicles how children on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana are trapped in a vicious cycle of drug dependency, abuse and prostitution. Gonzalez hopes her film will create awareness for the plight of these kids and serve as a
call-to-action for help.

The October/November issue of Siempre Mujer will be on newsstands September 25th. Also, this year, V-me, the Spanish-language network available in over six million Hispanic households, will air a one-hour Siempre Inspiran broadcast special on its show Viva Voz con Jorge Gestoso during the first week of October.

PHOTOS AND BROLL FOOTAGE ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. PLEASE CONTACT: MARIELA AZCUY, 212.551.6955, mariela.azcuy@meredith.com

About Siempre Mujer
Launched in September 2005, Siempre Mujer is a Spanish-language lifestyle and service publication for women living in the United States. Published by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), Siempre Mujer reflects the lifestyles, aspirations and dreams of Hispanic women who keep their traditions alive and embrace new American values. Siempre Mujer and companion blog Charlablog.com help the Hispanic woman navigate this new culture by covering the worlds of: Home décor; fashion and beauty; food and entertaining; family and parenting; culture and entertainment; relationships and self-development; health and fitness; and finance. The bi-monthly national magazine has a rate base of 450,000. Visit www.siempremujer.com for more.

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