San Jose, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 29, 2004– Mary J. Andrade, Editor of La Oferta and El Vistazo bilingual newspapers published in San Jose, California was selected by the Mexican Tourism Board as one of this year’s winners of the Silver Quill Award (Pluma de Plata), for her five article series entitled “Por los Caminos de Zacatecas”, published on June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 5, 2003 in La Oferta and El Vistazo.
The Mexican Tourism Board announced this year’s winners of the Silver Quill Award (Pluma de Plata) and Silver Lens Award (Lente de Plata), “in recognition of those individuals whose articles, photographs, websites and documentaries best capture the essence of Mexico’s tourist appeal.”
Andrade is one of nine journalists from the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal selected to receive the Silver Quill Award. The judges’ decision was based on the “content, accuracy, style and how compelling the writers portrayed Mexico’s tourist attractions, service and infrastructure.” A panel of judges comprised of Mexican tourism officials were in charge of evaluating a total of 216 submissions from 11 countries in seven languages.
Mary Andrade, together with the other eight international journalists and four winners of Lente de Plata will receive a trophy at an awards ceremony held in Acapulco, Guerrero during the celebration of the XIX Tourism Tianguis on April 21, 2004 from Mexico Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo and the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox. “We wish to express our sincerest appreciation to all participants in the Pluma and Lente de Plata contest this year,” said Francisco Ortiz, CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board. “The number and the quality of entries demonstrate the importance of international journalists in the promotion of Mexico abroad. We thank them for their outstanding dedication to Mexico.”
As Editor of La Oferta and El Vistazo newspapers, Mary J. Andrade has written extensively about tourist destinations in the different states of the Mexican Republic and her articles have also been published in several newspapers that are members of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), among them La Opinion. Since 1987, she has been dedicated to researching Day of the Dead, a pre-Hispanic tradition that has crossed the border and is celebrated throughout the United States as a way to honor the memory of our loved ones. Her work is available through her websites of http://www.dayofthedead.com and http://www.diademuertos.com.
She has published five books of the series, “Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico.” In 2000, she received her first Silver Quill award from the President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, for her first book of this series dedicated to the State of Michoacan. Mary Andrade has also published a book for children entitled The Vigil of the Little Angels and last year she published Magical Christmas in Oaxaca. Her photographs have been shown in more than 150 exhibits in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Spain, France and Egypt.
Created in 1976 by Mexico’s Tourism Secretariat, the Silver Quill and Silver Lens awards recognize the importance of the international press who promote tourism to Mexico from abroad.
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