SOURCE: Penn's Landing Corporation

June 24, 2008 18:33 ET

29th Annual Hispanic Fiesta Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, Brings a Weekend of Hispanic Heritage to Penn's Landing

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - The 29th annual Hispanic Fiesta, hosted by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio), will include a variety of authentic music, dancing, entertainment and cuisine as part of the PECO Multicultural Series. Celebrate the Hispanic culture on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 2008, from Noon until 8 p.m. This FREE event is made possible by Independence Blue Cross, the presenting sponsor of the 2008 Summer season at Penn's Landing.

This year, the Hispanic Fiesta will feature the music of mariachi, salsa, bachata, merengue, samba, boleros, and a little Latin R&B. In addition, the Fiesta will showcase artisan crafts and authentic foods from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia, and other parts of Latin America.

Legendary Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, author, musician, and poet Roy Brown will be performing a "Nueva Troba" concert dedicated on the Centennial of Puerto Rico's national poet, Juan Antonio Corretjer, followed by salsa favorites such as Orquesta Canela and Ray Sepulveda on Saturday, July 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Ocho Y Mas, made up of internationally recognized Latin musicians/producers Bobby Allende, Angel Fernandez, Ricky Gonzalez and Marc Quiñones, will headline Sunday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Other artists featured at this year's Fiesta will coincide with this year's Festival theme, "A Tribute to the Region's Latino Music Scene," and include Brothers Band, Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express, Alberto Y El Hijo de Lola and more.

This free event, presented by PECO and the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations (Concilio), is one of the many cultural events of the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Festival. This Festival, now in its 46th year, works to publicize the importance of the Latino culture and the contribution of the Hispanic community to the Philadelphia region.

*Admission is free for all PECO Multicultural Series events. PECO presents a series of free Multicultural festivals throughout the summer season at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. KYW Newsradio 1060 is a proud media partner

Supporting the region's diversity has been a longstanding goal for PECO, which has sponsored the multicultural festivals at Penn's Landing for the past twelve years. "All of us at PECO are thrilled to return again to the waterfront to support the multicultural festivals," said Denis O'Brien, PECO president and CEO. "Penn's Landing is a Philadelphia summertime tradition and the PECO Multicultural Series is a fun way for us to celebrate the wide range of diversity represented in our service territory."

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events and KYW Newsradio is a proud media partner for this series.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 480,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,500 people in the region. PECO delivered 78.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 39.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2007. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

Penn's Landing Corporation is the non-profit organization responsible for funding and producing public programming on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's Delaware Waterfront Park. Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 Summer Season at Penn's Landing. All events produced by Penn's Landing Corporation are FREE to the public and on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier riverfront entertainment destination.

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without presenting sponsor Independence Blue Cross and the continued support of PECO, Bank of America, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Pennsylvania Lottery, Live Nation, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

For more information on event locations and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit The Penn's Landing Corporation website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.