Puerto Vallarta Daily News (PVDN) was founded on April 5, 2014, with its publication of ‘It’s good to be number one, even if it’s only in Latin America’, a story about Latin America’s richest man.
Founder, Ian Hayden Parker (AKA Chad), moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Asheville, NC in 2010 without ever visiting Puerto Vallarta, or Mexico for that matter.
Because Ian had never visited Puerto Vallarta prior to relocating, he relied on internet research and local publications to inform him and form his expectations of Puerto Vallarta. There wasn’t much information available outside of the tourist industry information, but I wasn’t coming to be a tourist, I was coming to be a resident.
Puerto Vallarta had one English news source, but it lacked serious content and focused more on lifestyle news rather than serious news that impacts the people of Puerto Vallarta.
After four years in the making, PVDN was finally launched, becoming Puerto Vallarta’s most-read news source in English within the first year of publication, surpassing other well-established local sources.
In 2021, Ian Hayden Parker launched PVDN-TV, a twice-weekly news brief to report on the top stories on VallartaDaily.Com.
Axel Sánchez and Felipe Álvarez are the hosts of PVDN-TV. Axel is a known actor from telenovelas Corazón en condominio and Un escenario para amar. He was the first actor to be featured in two telenovelas simultaneously on television in Mexico. Axel’s musical career started as a contestant in the singing competition La Academia, and today is part of the singing group Leyenda Inmortal.
Felipe Álvarez has had leading roles in musical productions in Mexico such as “Grease”, “Bule Bule el Show”, “Rent” and “Footloose”. In 2019, he was part of the English production of “Rock of Ages” in the Riviera Maya. He recorded the theme song “Unconditional” for the telenovela “Mi Marido tiene más familia.” Most recently, Felipe received attention for his appearance on The Voice, most notably his performance of ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.
Ian Hayden Parker, founder of PVDN, still maintains his digital branding company ¡GOTCHA! Brands, although most of his time now is spent managing his own brands and a few chosen projects from private clients he has served for over a decade in branding.