MIAMI, FL – January 12, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Organizers of the annual Hispanicize event today announced the launch of the ‘Jewel Award’ for Social Good. The new award will be presented during the 2017 Tecla Awards and is inspired by lifestyle blogger and Ovarian Cancer champion Jewel Figueras of Jewel’s Fab Life who passed away this week after a four-year battle against the disease.

The annual Jewel Award for Social Good will be a special part of the Hispanicize Tecla Awards, the nation’s highest honor for multicultural content creators that will take place on Thursday, April 6, the culmination of Hispanicize 2017 Week, April 3-6 ( The Jewel Award will recognize digital creators who like Figueras passionately serve causes through their platforms to help others and to raise awareness about important issues.

“Jewel was one of the most loved members of our multicultural social media community and this award is our way of continuing to honor her courage and commitment for serving others and the fight against ovarian and other cancers,” said Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Chief Development Officer of Hispanicize Media Group and Chair of the 2017 Tecla Awards. “As Jewel’s efforts helped everyone battling this disease, her award will continuously highlight the work of creators on behalf of their passion projects and heartfelt initiatives that support our communities,’ added Clavijo-Kish, a teenage cancer survivor herself.

Jewel announced her personal battle with Ovarian Cancer directly on her blog and helped raise funds to fight the illness and fund research all using her social media influence and reach. Additionally she shared tips alerting women about the warning signs of ovarian and other reproductive-system related cancers in an effort to help women of color obtain care and diagnosis at earlier stages.

Jewel passed on Monday, January 9 but not before learning that she would be remembered with one of Hispanicize’s most special honors. “Jewel smiled when she heard about her award last week and we are grateful that she was happy to know she will always be a part of Hispanicize,” said Manny Ruiz, CEO and founder of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns the event.

About The Tecla Awards
Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the annual Tecla Awards honor excellence in U.S. Latino online video, blogging, social media and those who create it.

The 2017 Tecla Awards will once again highlight the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators in more than 20 categories. From top storytellers on Instagram to YouTube and Snapchat, the Teclas nominees set the bar higher each year for the exploding social media creators industry.

The nomination period for the 3rd Annual Tecla Awards is open through January 30th and can be accessed at

All nominations for the 3rd Annual Tecla Awards, which now includes the Jewel Award for Social Good, will be considered and reviewed by Hispanicize Media Group partners and the Hispanicize National Advisory Board who together will determine the five finalists for each category. The actual winners of the 3rd Annual Tecla Awards will be determined by The Teclas Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and other experts in the digital media industry. Winners will be revealed the night of April 6th, 2017 during the Tecla Awards ceremony, which will be streamed live from Miami for viewers worldwide.

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).