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EXTRA TV Host Mario Lopez on Mexico
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September 21, 2011

ALMA Award Winner Rick Najera and Host of ExtraTV, Mario Lopez at ALMA Awards 2011

I canít help but get a little star struck sometimes when we go to events, seeing that my husband works in entertainment. Take for instance, when we ran into the charming and very sweet host of Extra TVís Mario Lopez.

He performed in Rick Najeraís award-winning stage comedy, Latinologues, early on when the show was first starting. In fact, something they share in common is that they are both from San Diego. On Saturday, September 10, it was great for them to catch up at the 2011 ALMA Awards.

Being that he was right in front of me, I took my 2-second window of opportunity (on behalf of The MEXICO Report and Mexico Today) to ask him about Mexico because I knew from following him on Twitter (@MarioLopezExtra), that he had recently returned from Cancun, Mexico.

How did you like Mexico? "I loved it!"

You were in Cancun, right? "Yes, it was really beautiful."

Iím so glad to know you loved it. "I did! I had a great time in Cancun!"

Lopez called the Cancun airport the best place to have your flight delayed, and he talked about how much he enjoyed swimming in the "unbelievably" warm ocean.

Mario Lopez was a presenter at this yearís ALMA Awards, hosted by actress Eva Longoria and comedian George Lopez. The NCLR ALMA Awards show is a one-of-a-kind tribute, dedicated to honoring the spirit and accomplishments of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television and film.

This yearís show featured celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Maria Canals-Barrera, Cote de Pablo, David Henrie, Eva La Rue, Mario Lopez, Oscar NuŮez, Michael PeŮa, Aubrey Plaza, and Naya Rivera, as well as a live performances by Pitbull, Demi Lovato and Gloria Estefan.

The one-hour prime time ALMA Awards special aired on NBC last Friday, September 16th. (Mexican Independence Day!) Special thanks to Mario Lopez. It is always great to see his commitment to the Latino community and to know that he had a great time in Mexico when he visited Cancun.

Susie Albin-Najera is a freelance travel writer covering positive themes related to Mexico including travel, community and culture.