Today we’d like to introduce you to Camilo Florido.
Hi Camilo, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Alvaro Camilo Florido Perdomo.
I am the eldest of three siblings, and a proud Cachaco (a name used to identify those from Bogota, Colombia). My father is a retired Colombian Army Colonel and a pioneer in aviation. My mother served not only as the matriarch and rock of our military family but also as a trained engineer. Both parents helped provide me with a different perspective growing up in a lifestyle that valued hard work and education.
Because of my father’s duty stations, I was blessed to have lived in five different departments (states) in Colombia, as well as living internationally in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA; San Antonio, Texas, USA; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I graduated as a lawyer in 2011, specializing in Human Rights and International Law. I continued my education in Washington D.C. studying Defense Strategy and Policy.
After completing my education, I worked as an advisor and consultant in the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia 2012 – 2013, the Ministry of National Defense 2013 – 2017, and the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá 2017. When I graduated from Law School, I founded Prosperity for the World (ProWorld) to promote Human Rights. ProWorld was my way to give back to communities affected by narcotraffic.
My goal was to help give an alternative cash crop to the coca plant as well as provide education. Also the foundation we create the Center of Studies for the Development of America (CESDA) to help Latin American countries improve their security and economy. This is the website www.fundacionProworld.com.
My family and I also love to participate in sports. I have a passion for playing and watching soccer and my brother was able to play college soccer in the USA. With my family, I opened a bar, Locos por el Fútbol in Bogotá (2004-2008).
My current hobbies include reading, swimming, and my passion for music, especially vallenato. I enjoy playing guitar and accordion, as well as exploring different genres of live music. I am also a skydiver and tennis player. Both keep me on my toes and put life into perspective.
I also started my own show called Flow with Florido I invite you to see it on YouTube on my channel Camilo Florido.
I now call the Lowcountry of South Carolina home and feel blessed with the opportunities that the United States of America has afforded me. In 2019, I became part of the wonderful family business in which I was able to explore the many facets of our Lowcountry community with a bilingual magazine, La Isla www.LaIslaMagazine.com, and serve as Director of Media for LatinXToday, this www.LatinXToday.com which seeks to strengthen communication in the Latinx communities.
The Lowcountry has given me opportunities and love. Today I am engaged to an amazing elementary school teacher and I have two stepchildren.
As our world seems to grow smaller, I see hope in our American continent. I am still active in politics and in the Spring of 2022, I ran for Senator of Colombia. Although I was not successful in winning the seat, I feel like the experience was invaluable.
I will continue to fight for democracy and the rights of all people. www.camiloflorido.com
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has never been easy, but I think what has always helped me is keeping a positive attitude and always working to fulfill my dreams.
Also, the key is to adapt to changes but always look for a way to work for what makes you happy.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Lawyer Specializes in International law and Human rights.
I have learned from journalists and today my main job is to run the news and communicate important information to the community.
I am proud and grateful for being who I am, a Colombian, an immigrant in the United States who dreams of continuing to contribute to forging a better society.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Playing with my siblings and friends on the military base.
Learning to play the accordion and played with the rock band that I use to Orta when I was in high school.
- Website: www.camiloflorido.com
- Instagram: @kmiloflorido
- Facebook: Camilo Florido
- Twitter: @camiloflorido
- Youtube: Camilo Florido
- Other: www.Laislamagazine.com
Eric Esquivel of La Isla Magazine www.Fundacionproworld.com