By Jorge Calvillo (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Sep 04, 2013 05:29 AM EDT

(Photo: Reuters)

Mexican actress Salma Hayek, who turned 47 last Monday, will receive the Medallion for Excellence this coming October, according to entertainment website Es Más.

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The star of "Grown Ups 2" will receive the award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and that, according to the website, will happen on October 2 as part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.

The celebrations taking place on this month are in honor of Hispanic and Spanish residents of the United States. The article shares that the Mexican actress' philanthropy and great professional achievements helped her to be chosen by the CHCI to receive the Medallion for Excellence.

Salma Hayek has a foundation by her name and she has also worked with other institutions like the United Nations Children's Fund, and has developed campaigns against AIDS, cancer, violence against women, human rights, immigrants and children's defense.

Website Sexenio shares that the Mexican actress jumped to fame thanks to her role in telenovela "Teresa" in 1989 in which she was seen as one of the greatest reveals in show business, to be recognized globally for her acting in the film "Frida" in 2002 in which she plays Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

In 2007, she got a Golden Globe award thanks to the production of TV show "Ugly Betty", according to Vanguardia, the actress was nominated in the Goya awards of the Academy of Arts and Letters of Spain in 2011 for "La Chispa de la Vida". She also obtained international recognition for the play "The Prophet" to which Salma Hayek lends her voice.

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