LATIN ACE AWARDS, INC.
The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York
— known throughout Latin America and Spain as ACE, short for
Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York — is a
unique cultural and press organization founded on December
12, 1967 by a large group of New York-based Hispanic
journalists and correspondents. Its annual awards ceremony,
Latin ACE Awards, is perhaps the most widely publicized
Latin event of its kind in the United States, with extensive
press, radio and television coverage.
Founding members were the late Miguel Ángel Gallástegui,
from Associated Press, its first provisional president;
Nemesio Acevedo, Fernando Campos, José C. Cayón, Johnny
Chévere, Manuel del Valle, Pedro Galiana, Efraín Hídalgo,
Ramón Plazza, Santiago Pollarsky and Arístides Sotolongo —
all of them active in Spanish-language newspapers,
magazines, press agencies, radio and television of the
United States, Latin America and Spain.
Besides strengthening the unity of Latin American
journalists specialized in the performing arts, and
promoting in the international press all the important
events involving Hispanic artists in the United States, for
many years ACE has been a major cultural force within the
Hispanic community. As part of its cultural commitments, ACE
sponsors lectures, round-table discussions and training
workshops on a periodical basis, with the participation of
its active members. Furthermore, some of ACE’s officers
serve as board members and provide assistance to
arts-related and community organizations.
The expertise of senior members of ACE, after years of
engagement as critics, correspondents and chroniclers of the
increasing role of Hispanics in the arts, entertainment and
media in the United States, has enabled ACE to provide
expert advisory opinion letters, or consultation letters
from a “peer organization,” which are submitted to the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, now under the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, fulfilling the
institution’s strong commitment to support the granting of
U.S. visas to outstanding and internationally recognized
Throughout the years, ACE’s goals and achievements have been
recognized by the Governor of the State of New York and
several Mayors of the City of New York, who have issued to
ACE numerous Official Proclamations.
On May 6, 2006, the Governor of the State of New York issued
an Official Citation commending ACE “for its work on behalf
of Hispanic artists and entertainment journalists,”
encouraging the Association “to continue to forge a strong
legacy for future generations.”
Several organizations with similar objectives from
Spanish-speaking countries and various cities in the United
States have sustained strong links with ACE which have led
to the participation of its members in important events in
the United States and foreign countries, including music
festivals, conventions, conferences, major awards ceremonies
and trade shows.
The Latin ACE Awards ceremony, held each year in New York
without interruption since 1969, is one of the most coveted
honors in Latin entertainment, as this prestigious award
celebrates the excellence of Hispanic artists in films,
television and on the stage, while promoting awareness of
the vibrant Latin entertainment scene that for many decades
has characterized New York.
The first Latin ACE Awards ceremony, after the winners were
announced at the Club Sans Souci in New York’s Uptown
Manhattan, on May 25, 1969, officially took place shortly
thereafter at the world-famous Madison Square Garden during
an extended interlude of the rodeo show of Mexican motion
picture star Tony Aguilar.
The following year, on March 14, 1970, the first official
Board of Directors of ACE was elected for a one-year period
with Emilio García as president; Efraín Hidalgo, vice
president; Fernando Campos, secretary; Ramón Plazza, vice
secretary; José Carbó Menéndez, treasurer; and José C. Cayón,
A chronicle of ACE throughout four decades of uninterrupted
achievements is contained in the recent Galos Publishing’s
book “ACE: Entidad con Historia” (ACE: Association with
History), commissioned by the Diversity Foundation, which
also includes in its 334 pages appraisals of top Hispanic
artists who have received personally the Latin ACE Awards,
such as Pedro Almodóvar, Angélica María, Vikki Carr, Plácido
Domingo, Don Francisco, Carla Estrada, Erik Estrada, Lupita
Ferrer, Lucho Gatica, Charytín Goyco, Olga Guillot, Julio
Iglesias, Evita Muñoz, Raphael, Carmen Salinas, Cristina
Saralegui, Tongolele, and many others.
Also honored by ACE in the past were such well-remembered
personalities as Lola Beltrán, Mario Moreno “Cantinflas,”
Bobby Capó, Mapy Cortés, Celia Cruz, Tito Guízar, Katy
Jurado, Rocío Jurado, Libertad Lamarque, Marga López, Tito
Puente and Myrta Silva.
Besides Fernando Campos, its current president, and the
above-mentioned Miguel Angel Gallástegui and Emilio García,
ACE also has had as presidents Ramón Plazza, Iván Gutiérrez,
Manolo García-Oliva and Juan I. Veira.
Mr. Plazza and Mr. García-Oliva were subsequently awarded
the permanent title of Presidents of Honor by ACE’s Board of
Directors, a title also held by Mr. Campos, in recognition
of their outstanding performance during the periods they
have led the organization.
ACE can boast remarkable prestige at an international level.
And its annual awards ceremony is perhaps the most widely
publicized Latin event of its kind in the United States,
with extensive press, radio and television coverage.
Fernando Campos, a naturalized American citizen who was
editor-in-chief for 23 years of the landmark entertainment
magazine Canales, is the current president of ACE. Mr.
Campos has been a subject of biographical record since 1996
in The Marquis Who’s Who in America, and currently maintains
columns in New York’s weekly newspapers El Especial and
Other members of the Latin ACE Executive Board of Directors
are Manolo García-Oliva and Ramón Plazza, honor presidents;
Welquis López, vice president; Luz Marina Mejía, secretary;
Albert L. White, treasurer; Frank Castro, press secretary;
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, director of public relations; David
González, director of communications; and Johnny Huertas,
The Professional Ethics Commission is led by Arnaldo
Rodríguez, president; and its voting members are: Antonio
Bones, Roberto Gerónimo, Ramón Aníbal Ramos and Diana Zulka
. In addition, the Comission of ACE Special Events is led
by commissioner Amparo Gordillo ,
The influential Board of Commissioners that works with the
president of ACE to determine the nominees and winners of
the Latin ACE Awards is composed of the following
commissioners: Fabián Ross and Carlos Navedo (Cinema);
Hernando Merchand and Lenin Medina (Concerts); Lissette
Montolío and Deysi Mena (Radio); Wilson Aguilar and Mariann
Mendoza (Records); Adela de Luppi and Nilda Tapia
(Theater); Charito Cisneros and Laura Orvieto (Television);
Zunilda Fondeur and José Inoa-Báez (Cable TV); and Lupita
Carvajal and Stefan Segadlo (Variety).
As president of ACE, Fernando Campos is committed to
strengthening the organization’s international ties, and
also continuing its tradition of presenting every year the
most prestigious awards ceremony honoring the achievements
of Latin artists in the United States.