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Title: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 24, 2010, 10:50:40 PM
An array of precious photos of Puerto Rico.

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Post by: Marlene on January 24, 2010, 10:51:58 PM
A few more.
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Post by: Marlene on January 24, 2010, 10:56:59 PM
Mas.
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Post by: NYC Native on January 24, 2010, 10:59:57 PM
Wow - 2009 was the 1st year in many I didn't go... :'(

Verde luz de monte y mar,
isla virgen del coral,
si me ausento de tus playas primorosas,
si me alejo de tus palmas silenciosas,
quiero volver, quiero volver.
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Post by: Marlene on January 24, 2010, 11:11:23 PM
A sentir la tibia arena
A dormir en tus riberas
Isla mia, flor cautiva
Para ti quiero tener
Libre tu suelo
Sola tu estrella
Isla doncella quiero tener

Verde luz de monte y mar
A sentir la tibia arena
A dormir en tus riberas
Isla mia, flor cautiva
Para ti quiero tener
Libre tu suelo
Sola tu estrella
Isla doncella quiero tener
Verde luz de monte y mar
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Post by: Marlene on January 25, 2010, 09:13:25 AM
Architecture
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Post by: Griswold Contessa on January 26, 2010, 01:19:05 PM
Great pictures Marlene a dear friend of mine visits his family in PR a couple times a year and always ask us to join him after seeing these gorgeous pics of yours I may try to go down in the Spring.  Thanks for sharing. :)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2010, 08:44:11 PM
Mas.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2010, 08:50:57 PM
Great pictures Marlene a dear friend of mine visits his family in PR a couple times a year and always ask us to join him after seeing these gorgeous pics of yours I may try to go down in the Spring.  Thanks for sharing. :)

Hi,

I'll share some more photos, music, poetry, art, museums, architecture, history, food and much more.

Best, :smiley6600:
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2010, 08:57:42 PM
Puerto Rican Artist:  Rafael Tufino

http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2008/03/14/2008-03-14_leading_puerto_rican_artist_rafael_tufio.html
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Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2010, 09:06:50 PM
Puerto Rican Artist - Carlos Dzine Rolon

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/art-talk-chicago/2009/06/dzine-artist-spotlight-by-paul-klein.html
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Post by: Marlene on January 26, 2010, 09:20:52 PM
Mas.
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Post by: Griswold Contessa on January 27, 2010, 08:40:26 AM
Marlene I love these paintings especially the child and flag.  Again thanks for sharing. :)
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Post by: eddiestjohns on January 27, 2010, 07:40:59 PM
Marlene,

Any truth to the rumor that you are going to be named the Travel & Tourism Minister of Puerto Rico?  LOL.

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Post by: Marlene on January 27, 2010, 07:45:42 PM
Eddiestjohns:

Darling, it beats the many other rumors.  

Oh, and I'd prefer to be the Goddess instead of the Minister.  ::)

Best,   :smiley6600:
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: bellabella on January 28, 2010, 09:28:04 AM
We are seriously thinking about going to puerto rico. Excuse my ignorance but can you get around without a car? If I don't speak fluent spanish will I have an issue? Where is the best place to stay in terms of great food, shopping, beach and family activities? thanks
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Post by: Marlene on January 28, 2010, 02:04:28 PM
Bella:

If you're traveling with kids stay at an efficiency.  The ESJ Towers is two minutes from the airport and everything is at your fingertips.  http://www.esjtowers.com/

If you want to stay at a resort then try the Caribe Hilton, a little out of the way, but everything is on the "compound".  http://www.hiltoncaribbean.com/index.php?destination=sanjuan

Best,   :smiley6600:

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Post by: PetMau on January 28, 2010, 02:06:31 PM
We are seriously thinking about going to puerto rico. Excuse my ignorance but can you get around without a car? If I don't speak fluent spanish will I have an issue? Where is the best place to stay in terms of great food, shopping, beach and family activities? thanks

I don't know how much the island has changed in the last 13 years, but when I was there in '97, you most definitely need your own wheels, but be prepared to sit in traffic going into San Juan. Outside of San Juan, there weren't too many people who spoke English. Almost anywhere along the northern coast is great. If you stay in San Juan, Condado has great beaches. Isabella (far west from San Juan along the northern coast) has probably some of the most pristine beaches on the island. Other fun places to visit: Boqueron, El Rincon, Ponce, El Yunque (rain forest), Arecibo (space radio telescope), and Guanica (Phosphorescent Bay), just to name a few. Vieques and the other island off the northeast coast are supposedly amazing, but I've never been.
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Post by: Griswold Contessa on January 28, 2010, 02:14:46 PM
 :rockon:


Eddiestjohns:

Darling, it beats the many other rumors.  

Oh, and I'd prefer to be the Goddess instead of the Minister.  ::)

Best,   :smiley6600:
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 29, 2010, 08:19:54 PM
Mas.
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Post by: Marlene on January 29, 2010, 08:21:02 PM
Mas.
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Post by: Marlene on January 30, 2010, 10:20:12 AM
Q VIVA PUERTO RICO!
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Post by: NYC Native on January 30, 2010, 11:31:46 PM
"None of the photographs on this post are the product of PhotoShop manipulation. So what’s the blue luminescence you see around these swimmers and kayakers? That’s the result of the natural properties of Puerto Rico’s Laguna Grande."

(http://www.concierge.com/images/destinations/destinationguide/caribbean_atlantic/puertorico/vieques/vieques/vieques_005p.jpg)


(http://www.elenas-vieques.com/stars/biolady.jpg)


(http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/amazing-attraction/natural-wonder/the-amazing-bioluminescent-bay/)


(http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/bio-bay-3.jpg)  (http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/bio-bay-2.jpg)




http://www.sailtime.com/location?l=puerto_rico&page=base_links (http://www.sailtime.com/location?l=puerto_rico&page=base_links)
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Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2010, 09:45:32 PM
El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is located on the island of Puerto Rico. It is also the name of the second highest mountain peak in the Forest. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.
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Post by: NYC Native on January 31, 2010, 10:27:06 PM
(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/0c/46/48/arecibo-radiotelescope.jpg)

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept09/AreciboNAS.html (http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept09/AreciboNAS.html)
The 1,000-foot reflector dish of the Arecibo radio/radar telescope rests in a mountaintop sinkhole in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, set 450 feet beneath the structure supporting the dome, which houses a system of reflectors used to focus radio waves picked up by the telescope's dish. It is the world's largest single-dish radio telescope and most powerful radar.  

(http://www.signale.de/arecibo/pics/Arecibo_Observatory.jpg)



(http://www.elyunque.com/bills/observe.jpg)  (http://photos.igougo.com/images/p498125-Arecibo-Arecibo_Radio_Telescope.jpg)    (http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Aug05/Arecibo_catwalk.jpg)


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2311983584_d0e99aa083.jpg)   (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3371372399_419e8bb2b4.jpg?v=0)
(http://www.naic.edu/images/random_banners/5.jpg)
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Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2010, 10:40:15 PM
Impresionante!   ::)

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Post by: Marlene on February 01, 2010, 09:40:21 PM
HISTORY OF THE NAVY IN VIEQUES

http://www.vieques-island.com/navy/

VIEQUES ON CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/02/01/vieques.illness/

ISLAND USED FOR DECADES AS MILITARY BOMBING RANGE

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mnn.com/sites/default/files/main_vieques.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/us-health-agency-to-take-fresh-look-at-vieques&h=300&w=530&sz=76&tbnid=GLb2zgv5-3kf-M:&tbnh=75&tbnw=132&prev=/images%3Fq%3DMilitary%2BVieques%2Bpictures&usg=__CNyI_Ua1BlfH9ZPorKU1gehK2PY=&ei=9ZFnS7G-HNCVtgfjkMjWBg&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=4&ct=image&ved=0CA0Q9QEwAw

Best,   :smiley6600:
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Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2010, 10:05:57 AM
Mas.
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Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2010, 11:02:31 PM
Our wonderful Puerto Rican friend and musician Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ND5OcSz6U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG4nzpQQr1Y
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Post by: NYC Native on February 03, 2010, 12:35:37 AM
Don't forget Hidalgo!!!!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x229n9_giovani-hidalgo-soll_music (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x229n9_giovani-hidalgo-soll_music)

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Post by: NYC Native on February 03, 2010, 12:38:26 AM
Mas.
:'(
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Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2010, 10:40:28 AM
Don't forget Paoli Mejias and Giovanni Hidalgo together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcho0zeDfag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58r3YJwn_EU&feature=related

Best,   :smiley6600:

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2010, 10:44:38 AM
Mas.
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Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2010, 10:45:04 AM
Mucho mas.
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Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2010, 10:53:30 AM
Celia Cruz and Willie Colon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9k2dI1btAc

Hector Lavoe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG696YuKfh8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWluU4gxy2o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5lDfla9ghc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB17N9nutPQ


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Post by: Griswold Contessa on February 03, 2010, 11:40:38 AM
I LOVE FRANKIE RUIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThpeBdPELy8&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2010, 08:38:20 PM
"BORIQUA SOY, Y SIEMPRE SERE"
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Post by: Marlene on February 04, 2010, 11:08:18 PM
Mas
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Post by: Marlene on February 04, 2010, 11:08:38 PM
Mas
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Post by: Marlene on February 05, 2010, 11:58:57 PM
A Show of Solidarity in Puerto Rico

http://www.gaycitynews.com/articles/2010/01/21/gay_city_news/news/doc4b58a12e91eda292487415.txt

A Show of Solidarity in Puerto Rico
Five New York City Council members travel to San Juan in wake of brutal anti-gay murder
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 1:22 PM CSTBY PAUL SCHINDLER

   Two months after Jorge Steven López Mercado, a 19-year-old gay activist and college student, was brutally murdered in Puerto Rico, seven Latina and lesbian and gay elected officials from the mainland — including five members of the New York City Council — traveled there to meet with the victim’s family and members of the island’s LGBT community to offer their support.

“We want to bring a high profile to the case and make sure it is treated as hate crime,” said Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, an East Harlem Democrat who organized the New York contingent on the January 19 trip. “The law is there, but it has never been used on sexual orientation.”

“We’re going to lend support to the family,” Speaker Christine Quinn, an out lesbian Chelsea Democrat, explained several days before traveling to Puerto Rico. “To let them know that folks from around the country are standing with them. And to send a message to the LGBT community in Puerto Rico that the rest of the country is watching.”

Quinn said that Mark-Viverito raised the idea of the trip at a fundraising event for López Mercado’s family at Manhattan’s Nuyorican Poets Café on January 12. Mark-Viverito and two Chicago Latina elected officials — State Senator Iris Y. Martinez and Representative Maria Antonia Berrios — had already planned the visit, in part to deliver money raised in support of the murdered man’s family. The East Harlem Council member suggested Quinn join them.

Quinn, in turn, quickly enlisted the participation of the Council’s other three LGBT members — Democrats Rosie Mendez of the East Village, Daniel Dromm of Jackson Heights, and Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside-Astoria. Dromm and Van Bramer just took office this year.

Another key player in putting the trip together was Pedro Julio Serrano, who made history in 1998 as the first out gay legislative candidate in Puerto Rico and now works for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in New York. After López Mercado’s murder, Serrano told Gay City News, “I had met Jorge Steven through mutual friends, and we used to hang out together, go to clubs and that sort of thing.” Serrano has spent significant time in Puerto since the killing, offering his support to López Mercado’s family and pressing officials there to treat the murder as a hate crime.

At the conclusion of the trip, Serrano said, “This will highlight the fact that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Puerto Rico are not alone. We count, with the support of elected officials and communities that stand with us on this fight, not only to end hate violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but to achieve full equality under the law.”

The seven New York and Illinois officials spent the day meeting with members of López Mercado’s family, LGBT activists, and senators and representatives from the Legislative Assembly. Other activists from the LGBT and/or Latino community, including Guillermo Chacón, president of New York’s Latino Commission on AIDS, also made the trip.

According to Van Bramer, the emotional high point of the visit came during a dinner with the murdered man’s family, including his father Jorge López, mother Myriam Mercado, and nine-year-old brother Gabriel López. At one point during the gathering in a busy San Juan restaurant, López Mercado’s mother rose to address the group in Spanish.

“We all lost it,” Van Bramer said. “There was not a dry eye in the group. She was so appreciative that we came all the way there to show support for her son and all children. She made a point to say her son was loved and knew he was loved, and she made the point that all children should be loved, regardless of who they are.”

The Queens Council member said that comments made by Mercado and her husband, whom Van Bramer described as “stoic, more quiet, but very present in the moment,” were very personal and did not address the criminal case against their son’s accused murdererer.

Three days after the murder, police arrested 26-year-old Juan Martínez Matos and said he confessed to killing López Mercado, decapitating him, and mutilating his body. Martínez Matos claimed he’d met the victim while looking for a woman in an area known for prostitution, that López Mercado was dressed as a female, and that he killed him after discovering he was a man. That account suggested the suspect might mount a gay panic defense, but Serrano has questioned the truth of Martínez Matos’ claims, saying that neither he nor any of López Mercado’s other friends knew him to engage in sex work or to cross-dress.

On January 13, Martínez Matos was found fit to stand trial, and a February 2 hearing to establish probable cause has been scheduled. Serrano said that the prosecutor will present evidence that the killing was a hate crime, but that the issue will only be resolved — either by a jury or the judge, at the defendant’s discretion — during the sentencing phase of the case.

The response to the crime by elected officials has spurred a major controversy in Puerto Rico, one that the mainland leaders addressed during their visit. Thomas Rivera Schatz, the New Progressive Party (PNP) president of the Senate, dismissed the murder, saying it was a case of “a criminal that killed another criminal in criminal activity.” PNP Governor Luis Fortuño, meanwhile, has been silent on the matter, and in the past week has called on Puerto Rico to enshrine its legal bar on same-sex marriage into the Commonwealth Constitution.

“The governor is not responding appropriately at all to the murder,” Quinn said prior to the trip. “And the Senate president made outrageous comments about the victim. We would hope to see an apology. And we want to send a message to the governor to do the right thing.”

The mainland officials, however, did not seek meetings with PNP leaders.

“I am not interested in meeting with him,” Mark-Viverito said, when asked if the group had contacted Fortuño. “He needs to step up and say the right thing.” She noted the strong political ties the governor has with fundamentalist religious leaders on the island.

Van Bramer said a meeting the group had with Legislative Assembly senators and representatives from the opposition Popular Democratic Party (PDP) was productive and well-attended, and garnered significant media attention.

“One senator said the other side is trying to push some very scary things,” Van Bramer said, referring to the anti-gay posture of the ruling PNP. The senator told the group, “‘We’re trying to resist. We are working within that framework.”

One of the PDP senators in attendance, Sila María González Calderón, is the daughter of former Governor Sila María González Calderón, who served from 2001 to 2005.

Van Bramer said that at a press conference earlier in the day, the questions from the local media “were pretty respectful.”

In the wake of the officials’ visit to Puerto Rico, Serrano hailed its impact.

“This is an historic trip, in which the solidarity from our brothers and sisters from New York City and Chicago will send a powerful message of love that conquers hate,” he said.
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Post by: Marlene on February 06, 2010, 04:42:17 PM
More.
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Post by: Marlene on February 07, 2010, 07:21:31 PM
Let's go surfing!
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Post by: Marlene on February 07, 2010, 07:22:08 PM
More surfing?
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Post by: Marlene on February 07, 2010, 07:54:01 PM
The Puerto Rican Diaspora: A Search for Cultural Identity and Acceptance

http://joelbermudezmercado.blogspot.com/2010/02/puerto-rican-diaspora-search-for_06.html
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Post by: Marlene on February 07, 2010, 07:57:45 PM
Gitana by Willie Colon

http://www.jukebo.es/willie-colon/videoclip,gitana,l0pv3.html

Lyrics to Gitana

Por si un día me muero
Y tú lees este papel
Que sepas lo mucho que te quiero
Aunque no te vuelva a ver

Gitana, Gitana
Gitana, Gitana
Tu pelo, tu pelo
Tu cara, tu cara

Sé que nunca fuiste mía
Ni lo has sido, ni lo eres
Pero de mi corazón
Un pedazito tú tienes
Tú tienes, tú tienes, tú tienes, tú tienes

Gitana, Gitana
Gitana, Gitana
Tu pelo, tu pelo
Tu cara, tu cara

Porque sabes que te quiero
No trates de alabarme tú
Pues lo mismo que te quiero
Soy capaz hasta de odiarte yo

Y tengo celos del viento porque acaricia tu piel
De la Luna que miras
Del Sol porque te calienta
Yo tengo celos del agua
Y del peinecito que a ti te peina

Y por los celos, los celos, los celos
A mí el corazón me arde, me arde
Y por los celos, los celos, los celos
A mí el corazón me arde, me arde

Las palabras son de aire, y van al aire
Mis lágrimas son agua, y van al mar
Cuando un amor se muere
Sabes chiquita a dónde va
Sabes chiquilla a dónde va

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

La nota es porque es imposible seguir viviendo esta agonía
Quiero que sepas lo que yo siento
Aunque nunca podrás ser mía

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Yo te siento)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Las manos se me sudaban, el pecho me palpitaba
Loco, enamorado
Y tú nunca sabías nada

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Lo siento)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Anoche vi en tus ojos que me querías, y te besé
Saboreando tus labios dulces
Y abrazando la almohada, me desperté

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Te quiero)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Bien sé que tú, yo sé bien que tú, yo sé bien que tú
Ni te has dado cuenta de este muchacho
“Al que madruga Dios lo ayuda”
Y eso espero, pues me paso toda la noche por ti desvelado

Ay mama...
Tócamelo

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Solo, solo para ti, solo para ti yo soy, solo para ti seré
Espero con la esperanza que algún día me puedas ver

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Las palabras van al aire
Las lágrimas al mar
Pero el amor cuando muere, dime nena a dónde va
Dime Gitanita

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Sé que nunca fuiste mía
Ni lo has sido, ni lo eres
Pero de mi corazón
Un pedazito tú tienes, mi Gitanita

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 07, 2010, 08:44:43 PM
Marc Anthony - Preciosa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEdfvyS1WnU&NR=1

Lyrics in both spanish and english

Yo se lo que son los encantos
de mi borinquen hermosa
por eso la quiero yo tanto
por siempre la llamare Preciosa
yo se de sus hembras trigue?as
se del olor de sus rosas
por eso a mi tierra riquena
por siempre la llamare Preciosa

Isla del caribe
Isla del caribe
Borinquen

Preciosa te llaman las olas
del mar que te baja
Preciosa por ser un encanto
por ser un Eden
Y tienes la noble hidalgua
de la Madre Espana
y el fiero canto del indio bravo
lo tienes tambien

Coro:

Preciosa te llaman los bardos
que cantan tu historia
No importa el tirano te trate
con negra maldad

Preciosa seras sin bandera
sin lauros, ni gloria
Preciosa, Preciosa

te llaman los hijos de la libertad
Preciosa te llevo dentro
muy dentro di mi corazon
y mientras mas pasa el tiempo
en ti se vuelca mi amor

porque ahora es que comprendo
porque ahora es que comprendo
que aunque pase lo que pase
yo sere puertoriqueno
yo sere puertoriqueno
por donde quiera que ande, ooohhh
por que lo llevo en la sangre
por herencia de mis padres
y con orgullo repito
yo te quiero Puerto Rico
yo te quiero Puerto Rico

y por eso es que me nace hoy
dedicarle este canto
a ese noble jibarito Raphael
y a mi isla del encanto
yo te quiero Puerto Rico
yo te quiero Puerto Rico


I know what's enchanting
about my beautiful Borinquen
That's why I love her so much
And I'll always call her Precious

I know about her dark-skinned women
I know about the smell of her roses
That's why to my rich country
I'll always call her Precious

Island of the Caribbean
Island of the Caribbean
Borinquen

The waves of the ocean that bathe you,
calls you Precious
Precious for being enchanting,
for being an Eden
And you have the nobility
of the mother, Spain
And the fiery song of the ferocious indian
You have this too

Chorus:
The bards that sing your history
call you Precious
It doesn't matter that the tyrant
treats you with black hatred
You would still be Precious
without a flag, laurels or glory
Precious, precious
you're called by liberty's children

Precious, I carry you inside
very deep in my heart
and the more the time goes by
my love for you grows and grows

Because it's now that I understand
Because it's now that I understand
that regardless of what happens
I will always be Puerto Rican
I will always be Puerto Rican
Because wherever I walk, oooohhhh
Because I carry it in my blood
Because of my parent's heritage
And with pride I repeat
I love you Puerto Rico
I love you Puerto Rico

And that's why it's born in me today
To dedicate this song
To that noble jibarito** Rafael
And to my island of enchantments
I love you Puerto Rico
I love you Puerto Rico, oooohhhh
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 09, 2010, 09:12:27 AM
Navy Must Be Held Accountable For Vieques:

http://networkedblogs.com/p27338575

Puerto Rico is once again being shortchanged by the federal government. The U.S. Navy must provide compensation for risking the health of the people of Vieques.

For 60 years, the Navy used Vieques to test military weapons and dabble with heavy metals. This contaminated the flora and fauna of the island municipality and damaged the health of thousands of its residents. The level of cancer incidence in Vieques is 30 percent higher than the cancer rate on the main island, according to Puerto Rico’s health department. Yet the Navy has failed to take full responsibility for the havoc it caused in Vieques, even though multiple independent studies show the effects of its decades of shelling.

The people of Vieques, who like all Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, filed suit against the Navy and federal government. But the government’s reaction was to claim sovereign immunity to evade the class action lawsuit.

This flies in the face of the outcome to similar situations. The federal government did not claim immunity when two wealthy Virginia communities file and won a million dollar lawsuit in 2007 against the Navy for the noise pollution caused by jets flying over the area.

The claim of sovereign immunity also appears to pre-empt the outcome of another federal move. Several months ago, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registration (ATDSR) reversed a prior conclusion that contamination at the Navy’s training ground in Vieques posed no health risks to residents. The ATDSR has re-initiated an investigation into the health hazards there.

Parts of Vieques are designated as a federal toxic cleanup site. But this does not address the question of medical care for the disproportionate rate of illnesses Viequenses are suffering. Instead, the message that the Navy and federal government are sending is that they will continue to ignore or avoid accountability for the damage to the health of Viequenses. This is unacceptable.

The ATDSR must accelerate its study of Vieques. But public pressure must once again mount, as it successfully did to close the Naval base in Vieques, to ensure that Viequenses are not left at the wayside.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 09, 2010, 09:25:59 AM
Ralph Leavitt with Yerba Buena and more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jybeyTR_Kg&feature=player_embedded#

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oApL9he63YI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0xI5JdVREw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBYcrcNuv4E&feature=related
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Post by: NYC Native on February 09, 2010, 09:43:58 PM
N.A.SA.  

Yes, there's a bunch of Jibaritos at NASA and not just cleaning the floors and toilets (well, my uncle does but he has great benefits...)  :2funny:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1f/Joseph_Acaba_v2.jpg/480px-Joseph_Acaba_v2.jpg)

(http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/images/content/issue_22/content/ASK_Winter_17269M_lorez_img_21.jpg)
Orlando Figueroa began his NASA career twenty-seven years ago at Goddard Space Flight Center, not knowing he would eventually become the Center’s Director of Applied Engineering and Technology — and Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Ed Weiler, who nominated him for the award, describes Figueroa's unusual ability to "cut through the tape and get the job done." "Figueroa has a fierce determination to do a job well and isn't afraid to speak his mind," said Weiler . "Those qualities explain why he is Employee of the Year and made him the ideal Mars Program Director ."  
http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/issues/22/22_profile_figueroa.php (http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/issues/22/22_profile_figueroa.php)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Puerto_Ricans_in_the_United_States_Space_Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Puerto_Ricans_in_the_United_States_Space_Program)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 09, 2010, 09:47:47 PM
Mucho mas!!
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Post by: Marlene on February 09, 2010, 09:48:36 PM
Mas, mas!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 09, 2010, 09:50:04 PM
N.A.SA.  

Yes, there's a bunch of Jibaritos at NASA and not just cleaning the floors and toilets (well, my uncle does but he has great benefits...)  :2funny:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1f/Joseph_Acaba_v2.jpg/480px-Joseph_Acaba_v2.jpg)

(http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/images/content/issue_22/content/ASK_Winter_17269M_lorez_img_21.jpg)
Orlando Figueroa began his NASA career twenty-seven years ago at Goddard Space Flight Center, not knowing he would eventually become the Center’s Director of Applied Engineering and Technology — and Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Ed Weiler, who nominated him for the award, describes Figueroa's unusual ability to "cut through the tape and get the job done." "Figueroa has a fierce determination to do a job well and isn't afraid to speak his mind," said Weiler . "Those qualities explain why he is Employee of the Year and made him the ideal Mars Program Director ."  
http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/issues/22/22_profile_figueroa.php (http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/issues/22/22_profile_figueroa.php)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Puerto_Ricans_in_the_United_States_Space_Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Puerto_Ricans_in_the_United_States_Space_Program)

Darling,

Which cute jibarito is your uncle?

Best,   :smiley6600:
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on February 09, 2010, 10:21:58 PM
This one...hehehe(http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2593873/2/istockphoto_2593873_cleaning_the_toilet_taking_precautions.jpg)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on February 09, 2010, 11:12:41 PM
BE CAREFUL GUYS...WOMEN ARE DOING SOME STUFF...
Olga D. González-Sanabria

(http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/images/content/202975main_Bios_Gonzalez_226.jpg)

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/gonzalez_bio.html (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/gonzalez_bio.html)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 10, 2010, 06:06:28 PM
My cousin Gloria Tristani!
Best,  Marlene Flores aka Marlene Tristani O'Neill

http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/previous/tristani/biography.html

Biography of Gloria Tristani

Gloria Tristani, a life-long Democrat, served as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Commissioner Tristani was nominated by President Clinton on September 15, 1997, confirmed by the Senate on October 28, 1997 and sworn in as Commissioner on November 3, 1997.
Commissioner Tristani is committed to ensuring that all Americans are able to share in the benefits of the telecommunications revolution. One of her primary goals is to preserve and enhance universal service in order to ensure that telecommunications services remain affordable and accessible. She is committed to accelerating broadband deployment to rural and other hard-to-serve areas, and to the goals of the “E-Rate” program which provides discounted Internet access to schools and libraries. Commissioner Tristani has been actively involved in other consumer issues, including slamming and cramming, children’s exposure to TV violence and to broadcast indecency, and competition in the cable industry. She serves as Chair of the FCC’s V-Chip Task Force.

In 1994, Tristani was the first woman elected to the New Mexico State Corporation Commission (SCC) and served as SCC Chairman in 1996. While at the SCC, Commissioner Tristani advanced the interests of consumers, particularly in the areas of telecommunications and health insurance. She played an active role in implementing the 1996 Telecommunications Act at the state level. In the health insurance area, she spearheaded the enactment of HMO and managed care rules and the New Mexico Mothers and Newly Born Children Rule. As a result of her SCC work, the Governor named Commissioner Tristani one of New Mexico’s outstanding women of 1996.

The granddaughter of the late U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez, who represented the people of New Mexico in the United States Congress from 1931 to 1962, Commissioner Tristani comes from a family committed to public service. She is proud of her Latino heritage – a combination of New Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Spanish as her first language. She was awarded the NALEO Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2000, and in 1998 and 1996 was named one of the nation’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

Commissioner Tristani received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is a member of the New Mexico and Colorado bars. A resident of New Mexico since 1982, Commissioner Tristani moved to Washington, D.C. at the time of her appointment to the FCC. She still considers New Mexico home. She is married to the Honorable Gerard W. Thomson and has two children, Vanesa and Jorge.

Another

             
                                                November 7, 1997
   
      GLORIA TRISTANI SWORN IN AS FCC COMMISSIONER
                  BY VICE PRESIDENT GORE
   
        In a public swearing-in ceremony today, FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani was
   formally sworn in as a member of the Federal Communications Commission by Vice
   President Al Gore.  Commissioner Tristani, a Democrat, is the granddaughter of the late
   U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez.  She is the first FCC Commissioner of Puerto Rican
   descent. 
   
        Tristani, a committed public servant, was the first woman elected to the New
   Mexico State Corporation Commission (SCC), in 1994.  She was actively involved in the
   enactment of legislation that allows the SCC to ensure that telephone companies comply
   with the law and enforces SCC orders and actions that promote the public interest.   She
   was an active participant on the National Association of Regulatory Utility
   Commissioners' Communications Committee responsible for assisting in implementing
   the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Prior to serving on the SCC, she was an attorney
   in private practice in Albuquerque.
   
        Commissioner Tristani received her law degree from the University of New
   Mexico School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia
   University.  She is a member of the New Mexico and Colorado Bars and has received a
   number of awards for her outstanding achievements, including being named one of the
   Nation's 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine in 1996.
   
        Commissioner Tristani is married to the Honorable Gerard W. Thomson, a
   district judge, and has two children, Vanesa and Jorge. 



Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 10, 2010, 06:53:38 PM
TODO TIENE SU FINAL! - HECTOR LAVOE & WILLIE COLON

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWluU4gxy2o
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 10, 2010, 07:12:27 PM
1. Who is that swimming in the water in PR?  One lucky man.

2. Is that the beautiful rain forest in the background?  Yes, it is.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 10, 2010, 07:28:13 PM
Viejo San Juan!
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Post by: Marlene on February 11, 2010, 11:21:14 PM
I'm leaving tonight!   ::)
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Post by: Marlene on February 14, 2010, 12:40:42 AM
Paoli Mejias playing las Congas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlNlDfh0hWs
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Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2010, 08:19:21 PM
More photos of Puerto Rico!
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Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2010, 09:02:10 PM
Rincon, Puerto Rico

http://secretgardenartgallerypr.blogspot.com/
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Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2010, 09:09:33 PM
Victor Manuelle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knmcyD7PsqE
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Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2010, 09:17:38 PM
Fonda Boriqua in New York

http://www.fondaboricua.com/NN_utube.php
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2010, 09:54:30 PM
Native,

Are we the only Puerto Ricans on this listserve?  I hate singing, talking and responding to myself.   :D

Help me out here!

Best,   :smiley6600:
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2010, 03:23:39 PM
Check this out!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2010, 10:20:16 PM
Mucho mas.
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Post by: Marlene on February 17, 2010, 07:38:43 AM
Puerto Rican Folkoric Dance:

http://www.prfdance.org/photo.album.htm
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Post by: Marlene on February 18, 2010, 11:57:56 PM
http://www.yasminhernandez.com/

b. 1975, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn born, Puerto Rican painter and installation artist Yasmin Hernandez reveals and celebrates the (s)heroes of hidden histories. Her work is rooted in the legacies and struggles of marginalized communities. Daring to comment on topics that few others touch upon, she received an Artist/ Activist of the Year award in 2006 from the NYC-based organization, Art for Change. She is also a recipient of the Ramón Feliciano Social Justice Prize from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College CUNY and a Mujeres Destacadas/ Outstanding Latinas Award by New York-based Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario/ La Prensa.

Yasmin’s latest project, Bieké: Tierra de Valientes explores the people’s struggle against 60+ years of US military maneuvers in Vieques, the island municipality of Puerto Rico. The work debuted at Vieques’ Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol in 2009, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the death of David Sanes Rodriguez, a civilian guard who was killed when US Navy bombs missed their target, and the 30th anniversary of the death of Angel Rodriguez Cristobal, an anti-Navy activist who was murdered by guards while imprisoned. Both these tragedies led to the increased popular struggle that succeeded in ending the maneuvers in 2003. The project has received support from the Puffin Foundation, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Another recent series is ARCHIVOS SUBVERSIVOS, exploring government surveillance on suspected “subversives,” and the political repression targeting the Puerto Rican independence movement. The series utilizes manila file folders to build mixed-media portraits of targeted individuals. Another popular series, Soul Rebels, features portraits of poets and musicians whose work challenges injustice. The series debuted as part of the 2005 installment of El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files as a site-specific installation created on 8 panels of the Heckscher Theater doors in El Museo del Barrio’s lobby. The highlight of the Soul Rebels unveiling reception was the surprise appearance of featured Soul Rebel, master Latin Jazz pianist/ composer and 9-time Grammy award winner, Mr. Eddie Palmieri. In 2006 Yasmin was invited to present a special second installment of Soul Rebels, when the (S) Files traveled to El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. She was again invited to Puerto Rico to exhibit her work at La Casa Escuté in Carolina during the Second Annual Symposium on African Cultural and Spiritual Traditions in the summer of 2007.

Yasmin attended the LaGuardia High School of the Arts in Manhattan and earned a BFA in Painting from Cornell University. Her painting series, Realidades de Quisqueya, created with a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts, has been on permanent exhibit at the Cornell Latino Studies Program Offices since 1997. In 2008 she completed a mural celebrating revolutionary leaders of women and queer communities for the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender people at Oberlin College in Ohio and a five-panel painting series documenting 40 years of student activism for the Intercultural Resource Center at Columbia University. Her recent solo exhibit Facing Freedom hosted a selection of her political portraits of the past decade at the Lorenzo Homar Gallery of Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc. in Philadelphia.

A firm believer that art is an empowering vehicle, Yasmin has developed community education initiatives on themes of art and liberation. She continues to lecture on college campuses and has worked as an artist educator with the Studio Museum in Harlem and as an education consultant with El Museo del Barrio



Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Chuckster on February 19, 2010, 10:49:56 PM
This is nice:

Puerto Rico 1952-85 in Posters (http://www.puertoricanposters.com/)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 20, 2010, 11:57:05 PM
Old San Juan!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 20, 2010, 11:59:24 PM
More Photos!!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 21, 2010, 05:05:01 PM
Paoli Mejias, one great Puerto Rican Musician!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu5ZZePqsN4
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 21, 2010, 10:44:33 PM
Mas!
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Post by: Marlene on February 21, 2010, 10:45:22 PM
Mas!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 22, 2010, 09:52:20 PM
Mi Puerto Rico!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 22, 2010, 09:55:36 PM
Danny Rivera and Eydie Gorme "Para Decir Adios"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k3XhhoOMuo&feature=related
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 22, 2010, 10:05:48 PM
Enjoy this romantic music of Tito Rodriguez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIdDggHyGe0 - Tiemblas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jV-WCcoZx8 - Inolvidable

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8zOauIn6aQ - En La Oscuridad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3b75gfzMWI - Vieja Luna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0dJjyH7vPI - Que Sera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Dl9rUa6-0 - Cara De Payaso




Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2010, 02:16:13 AM
THE BEAUTIFUL RAIN FOREST (EL YUNQUE).

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2010, 02:17:29 AM
El Yunque!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2010, 02:18:57 AM
El Yunque!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2010, 10:49:18 PM
Muy bonito!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2010, 10:49:58 PM
Mas bonito!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 24, 2010, 10:15:59 PM
Impresionante!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 26, 2010, 12:40:21 AM
"Beth is right. It's what's in your heart."  Jerry Vazquez

http://www.maroon-news.com/i-the-minority-report-i-si-un-poco-1.1174026

The Minority Report: Si, Un Poco
By Beth Rotenberg

Class of 2010

Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010

I am Puerto Rican – well, I am half Puerto Rican. My mom is 100 percent Puerto Rican … from New York; she’s Nuyorican. Her parents are from the island; they only speak Spanish. My mom speaks Spanish with a liberal sprinkling of English and me? I speak English.

As a card-carrying member of many different ethnic, cultural and religious tribes I often find my identity a bit muddled. What exactly makes me Jewish? I am not religious and I don’t speak Hebrew. I suppose I’m Jewish by way of a long clumsy last name or because of the way my hair reacts to humid weather.

What then makes me Puerto Rican, when I can fall into the categories of Caucasian or Hispanic descent? In understanding my identity, my Hispanic roots can get confused primarily because I don’t speak Spanish fluently.

I’m not sure if this truly is a Minority Report because I think there are a lot of students on campus who can identify with this middle culture. We’re caught somewhere between the proud fluency of our grandparents and the utility of language of our mothers
and fathers.

Senior Manny Torres’s father was born and raised in Lares, Puerto Rico and his mother, like so many Puerto Ricans, was born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents. I asked Manny if he felt that speaking the language was an essential part of Hispanic culture and he wholeheartedly agreed. Sophomore Jen Ortega, daughter of first generation American parents from Cuba, also agrees and laments, “My sister and I are the only ones in my family who can’t speak Spanish fluently (or at all for that matter) … I’ve never had a conversation with my maternal grandparents.”

Driven by the same desire, mildly ashamed to admit my mother’s last name (Santiago), I have always felt as though something was missing, as though I needed validation of hispanic-ness through the language. And so, when I came to Colgate I vowed to study Spanish.
My freshmen year I studied with Profesora Barrera, who to this day stops to chat with me. Patient and passionate, profesora really got me excited about the language; if not for her introduction I might not have continued on.

I have taken seven Spanish courses here, and after studying the language for four years I’ve found that there really is more to language than simple conjugation
and comprehension.

Although I know Spanish (spoken slowly, of course) I may never be accepted as a native speaker. But that no longer preoccupies me. And to be honest, after studying throughout my college career, I do not feel any more or less a “part” of the
Hispanic community.

I have acquired a skill, not a culture. Culture lies between the words and was something that I knew well before I came to college. “Aye que linda,” my aunt would say as she braided my hair while I ate my rice and gandules. Hansel y Gretel on my grandmother’s lap on the beach at Isla Verde. I hadn’t missed a word of this.

There is no shame in not being able to speak like a native. Those who love the culture and the people who live it will never be tongue-tied. The good news for those of us who are two, three or more generations away from the mother ship/tongue is that you are NOT what you speak. Instead, the litmus test is family. Who do you love, not how do you say it.

It is nice, though, to be able to share my passion for poetry with my grandfather who gasps and pauses when I tell him I’ve read Machado, Neruda, Paz and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. And it’s fun to grin at a joke that may have previously flown by. There is room to grow – the smiling exhale of my grandfather as I stumble “sueñas con los angelitos” every Sunday before he hangs up a million miles away.

 

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Post by: Marlene on February 26, 2010, 07:41:54 PM
Promo para el 1er festival de Jazz JazzOrden 2010, un festival dedicado al talento de los músicos de jazz en Puerto Rico y a beneficio de una noble causa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxQ0cVtaWA
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 28, 2010, 04:14:19 PM
Mas photos de mi tierra Borinqueña!

Puerto Rico yo nunca dejare de amarte!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyGWow6CIA0
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 28, 2010, 04:51:38 PM
yo naci en puerto rico ? hector lavoe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5-Cx6RsWZo
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 28, 2010, 09:41:12 PM
Vieques:  An Island off the coast of Puerto Rico

The U.S. Navy consistently cites seriously flawed data collected by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to avoid its responsibility for contaminating the island of Vieques. Rep. Alan Grayson challenges ATSDR findings and links the toxins to Vieques' health crisis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv4pvbENHb0

Vieques:  The Fallout

NBC News:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv1KMNaR8Bw&feature=related

Puerto Ricans complain of US 'deadly legacy' 06 Jun 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC2FSJZgim4&NR=1&feature=fvwp



Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 01, 2010, 11:57:34 AM
The Puerto Rico Birth Certificate Controversy

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1101040629095/archive/1103118032542.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 01, 2010, 12:03:34 PM
Remembering March 1st, 1954, the struggle to free Puerto Rico and the protest of the US cancer/ radiation experiments on Pedro Albizu Campos, countless others in Puerto Rico, in Japan and in the states. Much respect to Lolita Lebron, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores, Andres Figueroa Cordero.

Artwork: Sin Miedo-Lolita Lebron by Yasmin Hernandez
http://www.yasminhernandez.com/sinmiedo

Painting depicting the arrests of the Puerto Rican Nationalists who staged a protest against US colonialism in Congress on March 1, 1954.
http://www.yasminhernandez.com/independence


Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 05, 2010, 10:11:05 PM
Indigenous Puerto Rico

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/3/5/843414/-Indigenous-Puerto-Rico-
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 07, 2010, 09:16:07 PM
NiLP FYI: White House Task Force Hearing in Puerto Rico

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1101040629095/archive/1103145569923.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 08, 2010, 06:28:26 PM
Taína Asili

http://www.tainaasili.com/biography/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 09, 2010, 01:14:49 AM
Una foto Preciosa!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 09, 2010, 01:20:32 AM
Fotos!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: dssjh on March 09, 2010, 03:47:36 PM
i hadn't stopped into this thread before and am happy i did now. these are beautiful images! :)
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Post by: MarcusW on March 09, 2010, 04:38:13 PM
Always been one of my dream vacation places. My partner visited with a church outreach group in 1989, and he still hasn't stopped talking about it. Soon!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: dssjh on March 09, 2010, 04:40:17 PM
my former across-the-hall neighbor and his partner (a native) moved down there a year or so back. they're thrilled with that decision.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 09, 2010, 06:35:06 PM
I'm so happy that you have replied to my posts.  It gets lonely responding to myself.  LOL

I'll soon start posting some beautiful poetry.

Best,   :smiley6600:



Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2010, 04:41:27 PM
Mi querida Isla, Puerto Rico!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2010, 04:43:02 PM
Mi Patria querida, Puerto Rico!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2010, 04:43:41 PM
Boninquen!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2010, 04:44:21 PM
Isla del Caribe!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: dssjh on March 11, 2010, 07:42:29 PM
sigh.

i am not even a beach person, and that has me yearning.  :)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2010, 09:52:19 PM
dssjh:

Doll, you don't know what you are missing!  Here is a nice yacht for you!   ::)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 13, 2010, 09:32:24 PM
Look what we're missing as we discuss the Special Election!!!!!   ::)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 13, 2010, 09:33:12 PM
More on what we're missing as we discuss the Special Election!!!!!   ::)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 16, 2010, 12:03:11 AM
Agua y arquitectura!!!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 16, 2010, 12:11:13 AM
Arte y arquitectura!!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on April 05, 2010, 08:28:41 PM
Andrew Zimmern pigs out to Puerto Rico  :rockon:
(http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/wp-post-images/bizarre-foods-1a.jpg)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cYo425QGg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cYo425QGg)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfAgaoke-tk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfAgaoke-tk)




Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on April 05, 2010, 08:35:58 PM
Grab a glass of wine dears and just Chill!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyB8LotgMpI&feature=PlayList&p=D780AE670D582C48&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=19 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyB8LotgMpI&feature=PlayList&p=D780AE670D582C48&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=19)
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Post by: NYC Native on April 14, 2010, 11:30:12 PM
I posted something about Pau (Pablo) on another thread - I felt he merited to be part of this thread as well.

I am also sadden by the fact that my son Luis JR (1st marrage) decided to no longer persue his classical Music career.  upset as I may be - I love him and I will respect his decision to move into the whatever sciences -(sorry-just venting).

Anyway...here is Pablo Casals - Arguably worlds best Cellist (mom was 'Rican' born which means USA baby) playing his Cello. For one reason or another Pablos was always known to the worls as Europen, Spaniard, Catalan - but he chose PR to marry on his later years & be his love and place to live - he passed there on his mother's land...   RIP Pau

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBp_R_RcbEw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBp_R_RcbEw)






Pablo plays for Kennedy

“I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true.”
(http://www.thewire.co.uk/images/artists/schneider_alexander/alexanderschneider_concertathewhitehouse.jpg)
“Music will save the world”

“The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”


“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own good”

The only weapons I have are the conductor's baton and the cello: they are not lethal, but I have no other. With them I protest against anything I consider ignominious for mankind".


(http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/72226822.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=45B0EB3381F7834D3E09DA6EA902A2E1D600A31598A0FCB72FE9B97FD7895500)

Antigua's Stamps
3rd down from right!!
(http://stamp-search.com/images/ant0004sh-stars-20th.jpg)



(http://dipc.ehu.es/digitalak/argazkiak/veladamusical.jpg)EINSTEIN ON PABLO CASALS  

"He is a very great musician but what I most admire in him is his firm stance, not only against the oppressors of his people, but also against all the opportunists who are ever ready to make a pact with the devil. I see clearly that the world is threatened not so much by the wrongdoers themselves, but more by those who condone evil and allow it to be done"

(http://cs.nga.gov.au/IMAGES/MED/49391.JPG)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8c/Pablocasals.jpg/300px-Pablocasals.jpg)
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Post by: Marlene on May 23, 2010, 12:55:03 AM
Hello,

I had the pleasure of enjoying The Conga Kings, Candido Camero, Giovanni Hidalgo and the rumba group perform at NYU last Saturday.  

God Bless Candido at 89!

Here is a link to Candido and Conga Kings performing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYp0zDSkfac

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZjhc_BmgvE&feature=related

Here is a link to a former Conga King, Carlos "Patato" Valdez:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJrQl3m3QQ&feature=related


Best,
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on May 23, 2010, 01:07:57 AM
@ Marlene - Very Nice
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Post by: NYC Native on May 23, 2010, 01:19:49 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/50/Antoniopaolino2.jpg)

Antonio Paoli


Known as
"The King of Tenors" and "The Tenor of Kings"


Born Antonio Emilio Paoli y Marcano
April 14, 1871(1871-04-14)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died August 24, 1946 (aged 75)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation Opera tenor
1. Awarded The Cross of St. Mauricio medal by the Czar of Russia Nicholas II
2. Decorated by Carlos I of Braganza
3. Named as a "Singer of the Royal Court" by William II of Germany
4. The first operatic artist to record an entire opera when he participated in a performance of Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo in Italy in 1907
Years active 1899–1917
 

If You are ever in Ponce PR go to Casa Paoli... (his birth house) - It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2009
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 23, 2010, 09:59:52 PM
Protesta de Música Autóctona Tradicional de 24 HORAS
Type: Music/Arts - Opening
Start Time: Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 3:00pm
End Time: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 3:00pm
Location: Capitolio de PR

DescriptionLa huelga de la UPR ha trascendido los muros de los recintos para ocupar otros espacios en la sociedad puertorriqueña. Demostrando nuestra insatisfacción e inconformidad con el atropello a la clase trabajadora del GOBIERNO de PUERTO RICO.

“Somos músicos, padres y madres de familia, profesionales. Puerto Rico está pasando por mucha necesidad y no está para que le estén quitando. Hacemos de tripas corazones y no es para nos estén quitando”, indicó Manuel Pérez Kenderish.

Es por eso que emulamos a Manuel Pérez este próximo jueves, 27 de mayo de 2010 en PROTESTA de 24 HORAS de la Música Autóctona Tradicional Puertorriqueña de la Bomba, la Música Típica Campesina y la Plena en el Capitolio de Puerto Rico. Comenzando a las 3pm del jueves 27 de mayo hasta las 3pm el viernes 28 de mayo de 2010 para expresar la inconformidad contra las acciones del gobierno en eliminar nuestra educación, nuestras bellas artes, nuestros trabajos, nuestra democracia, nuestra cultura, nuestro Puerto Rico.

"Estamos en esta marcha para defender… Nuestra Cultura Puertorriqueña”.

Saludos, le escribo para dejarle saber que estamos organizando una protesta de 24 horas de Música Autóctona Tradicional de bomba, música típica y plena, a las 3pm desde el jueves 27 hasta las 3pm el viernes 28 de mayo de 2010 , en el Capitolio de Puerto Rico.

Protesta de Música Autóctona Tradicional de 24 Horas en el Capitolio:

1. La protesta musical de 24 horas será desde las 3pm el jueves, 27 de mayo de 2010 hasta las 3pm el viernes, 28 de mayo de 2010.

2. La protesta de 24 horas, Comenzará a las 3pm el género de la BOMBA hasta las 11pm, el encargado del género de la Bomba es Manuel Pérez Kenderish. ( 8 horas de BOMBA)

3. La protesta de 24 horas, Continúa a las 11pm con el género de la MUSICA TIPICA CAMPESINA y la DANZA hasta las 7am, el encargado de estos géneros es Christian Nieves. (8 horas de MUSICA TIPICA)

4. La protesta de 24 horas, Continúa a las 7am con el género de la PLENA hasta las 3pm, el encargado este género es Héctor “Tito” Matos. (8 horas de PLENA)

NECESITAMOS:
1. El apoyo y participación de todos los exponentes de la Música Autóctona Tradicional, niñ@s, jóvenes, adultos, grupos, cantantes, músicos, bailadores, folcloristas, artesan@s y puertorriqueñ@s.
2. Vayan vestidos de blanco o como deseen,si quieren lleven velas para encenderlas en la noche y la madrugada para hacer una vigilia.
3. Que el Gobernador Luis Fortuño NO firme la enmienda P. S 0388 de Roberto de Arango, y Johnny Méndez, y el listado de senadores y representantes que aprobaron la medida.
4. Que se mantenga y se CUMPLA con la Ley 223 de la Música Autóctona Tradicional Puertorriqueña.
5. Que NO salgan impunes los que malversaron los FONDOS de la LEY 223.
6. Que NO eliminen las plazas de maestros de Bellas Artes, Música y Teatro de nuestras Escuelas Públicas.
7. Que NO eliminen nuestras Escuelas de Artes y Música, y nuestro Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.
8. Que BASTA YA de los DESPIDOS.
9. Reclamo del derecho a EDUCACION PUBLICA.
10. SOLIDARIDAD, MILITANCIA, UNION y LUCHA
11. RIEGA LA VOZ A TOD@S
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: toddg on May 25, 2010, 06:56:31 PM
There will be a lecture on Puerto Rican cooking at the Broadway branch of the Queens Public Library on June 12th, 2010:

http://www.queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?page_id=126&section_id=12&sub_section_id=44&branch_id=Br

06/12/10
2:00PM   
Delicious Leftovers: Be Creative in the Kitchen with Erisbelia Garriga, Author of "Sabrosuras Boricuas"

Please join Puerto Rican born author Erisbelia Garriga for a presentation of her cookbook on Puerto Rican cuisine, "Sabrosuras Boricuas." She will bring prepared samples described in her book for tasting.* Copies of her book will be autographed and be available for sale. *Food is limited. First come, first served. Participants in this workshop are welcome to sample the food.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 25, 2010, 11:10:09 PM
Puerto Rico students strike to save public higher education

http://www.workers.org/2010/world/puerto_rico_students_0513/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-WromLu5WE

Best,
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 25, 2010, 11:47:35 PM
Our Music:

National Anthem of Puerto Rico

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yquNtQgVcI&feature=related

Hector Lavoe Canto a Borinquen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TM-O0E41z8&feature=related

JAVIER SOLIS "EN MI VIEJO SAN JUAN"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMtPQIUrLIg&feature=related

BORINQUEN PRECIOSA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5kLyK8ssDQ
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 26, 2010, 12:02:51 AM
THE LAST TAINO 'QUEEN'

Loiza Aldea: Legend of Yuiza. Taino Cacique of Puerto Rico

The Legends of Loiza are many but perhaps the most popular one is about the only female Taino Cacique ( chief) named Yuiza ( Yuisa, Loaiza, Luisa, Loiza). Of all the Taino Chiefs of the Caribbean there were only two who were women, only one in Boriken ( Puerto Rico).

When the Spanish Conquistadores invaded Puerto Rico and enslaved the Taino Indians the indians resisted. They never adapted to slavery, most of the Taino men were killed. Many of the women lived on as wives of the spanish sailors.

Legend has it (that to protect her people) Yuiza became the lover of mulatto conquistador Pedro Mejias and because of this she was killed by other Taino Caciques ( who felt she was a traitor to have been with a spaniard). She actually was a hero and greatly admired by her own tribal people, even today. This may be the legend that gives meaning to the mix in Loiza of black Africans and Taino Indian, or it may, in fact be a historical truth. In actual fact, there are no historical documents to prove this, her marriage with Mejias.

History records show that the colonial government of Puerto Rico, by a crown decree from Spain in the 1600's, was instructed to place runaway slaves from the British colonies in what is today Loiza Aldea. This area was chosen by the Crown because it was the weakest flank of defense of the island, and they hoped that the freed slaves would help defend the island against British invaders. It is said that the majority of these Africans were from Nigeria.

Somewhat inexplicable would be the great quantity of fishermen among the people of Loiza Aldea. Fishing by escaped slaves was considered an aberration because slaves were traditionally taught a fear of the sea as a way to keep them enslaved. Historians argue that the Africans of Loiza developed their fishing skills through direct contact with the Tainos of Puerto Rico. The presence of Amerindian mtDNA in Loiza, supports this hypothesis. Loiza is populated by the largest community of African descendents on the island of Puerto Rico

In later years Inigo Lopez de Cervantes y Loayza, a prestigious Spaniard, had great extensions of land in this region. His second last name could have been used to name this territory.

Foundation: In 1692 Loiza was appointed as an urban section because it had approximately 100 houses and 1,146 inhabitants. In the year 1719 the Spanish government recognized its importance by declaring it an official town. Its founder was Gaspar de Arredondo. It wasn't declared a municipality until August 16, 1970.

The Catholic congregation of Loiza is the oldest established congregation in Puerto Rico. The church has been rebuilt, but is still significantly old.

" . . The legend is that the name Loiza was that of a Taino woman, Chief Loiza or Yuisa, who governed a territory called Jaymanio in the margins of the Cayrabon river now named the Rio Grande de Loiza."

. . . let us stick to the legend of this stately Taino Chief, Yuiza. In 1972 an artist from Loiza had a vision in which Loaiza came to her. She ( Lolita Cuevas) painted her vision in the dark at 2 am. Loaiza spoke to her and asked her to paint her but said she would not return. This drawing now hangs in City Hall in Loiza.

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 26, 2010, 10:19:29 PM
Jerry Medina y su grupo tema: Goza Conmigo

JERRY MEDINA y su grupo en el piano Eric Figueroa, congas Paoli Mejías, drums Tony Escapa, bongos Javier Oquendo, batas y coros José Ramírez, bajo Ramón

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HpBViUYKTg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBgSc3-6a5I&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ6r9ljVO6M&feature=related
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 27, 2010, 08:59:41 PM
Fotos!!
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Post by: Marlene on May 27, 2010, 09:00:26 PM
Mas!!
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Post by: Marlene on May 27, 2010, 09:01:06 PM
Mas!!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 27, 2010, 09:01:52 PM
Mas!!
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Post by: Marlene on May 28, 2010, 12:14:58 AM
Issac Delgado Live at the Berklee Performance Center

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBArcSw5BDg
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 28, 2010, 10:46:54 PM
Bailes de Salon (Danza)

Danza, a musical form created in Puerto Rico, is one of our "Bailes de Salon" which flourished in the second part of the 19th century in the salons of elite, agricultural landowners (hacendados) with cultural ties to Spain, and was later adopted by all, merchants and peasants alike.

Notes: This is a very sentimental photo taken during the very early days of PRFDance's birth (1997). Enjoy photos of the performing company we grew up to be, thanks to many Maestros from Boriken who trained us well (see Director's Bio, last entry on wall):


Plena

Plena, born in the working class barrios of Ponce about 100 years ago, was known as "el periodico cantado" (the sung newspaper) because it contained stories about the everyday life of the people.

Notes: PRFDance was founded in 1997, and is today the premier Puerto Rican performing company in the State of Texas, thanks to many Maestros from Boriken who trained us well (see Director's Bio, last entry on wall). Enjoy more photos of the performing company we have grown up to become:

http://www.prfdance.org/celebrando2007.show.htm
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 28, 2010, 10:53:37 PM
Taino - Boriken's Primera Raiz

We, the Taino are still here! Many know that the first "Puerto Rican" born on our beautiful island was a baby of a Taina mother and Spaniard father.

Did you know that by 1514, 40% of officially recognized wives of the
Spaniards were Taina? That Taino communities survived the Conquest by escaping high into the central mountains? In 1800, thousands of full-blooded Tainos who still lived in the mountains disappeared from record when the Indian category was dropped from the census. Because of this history, it's not surprising to learn that 61% of all Puerto Ricans carry Amerindian Mitochondrial DNA from their maternal lines (NSF Research, J.C. Martinez Cruzado).

Taino traditions are a permanent part of Puerto Rico's heritage thanks to Taina mothers who survived and handed traditions down from mother to child: vocabulary, music, customs, culture, beliefs and the nature of our people.

We thank Cacike Caciba Opil of the Concilio Taino Guatu-Ma-cu A Boriken (conciliotainopr.org) for the ongoing teachings of our native traditions.

Voices of America - Written report (enjoy photos):
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/american-life/people/Decimated-Tribe-Seeks-Recognition-Through-2010-Census-89927137.html

"Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree, the next generation grows!" -- Tekina-eirú
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 28, 2010, 10:57:02 PM
Bomba, a musical expression created in Puerto Rico, featuring authentic barril drums and improvised dance.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 29, 2010, 02:44:51 PM
Eugenio Maria de Hostos

Educator - Writer – Patriot

By Aurora Flores,
great grand-niece of Hostos

Remarks written & delivered at the 30th
Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of
Hostos Community College: March 25, 2006

“Ideals that take days to conceive, mature over centuries of struggles.” wrote Eugenio Maria de Hostos in the late 1800s. One of the most distinguished and illustrious men in Puerto Rico’s history, Hostos was known worldwide as educator, humanist, abolitionist, feminist, philosopher, writer, politician and above all an early advocate of self-government for Puerto Rico. A Renaissance man of the Caribbean with a clear, liberal, international and pragmatic mindset, he educated an entire continent and was called “Citizen of America.” He advocated for a Federation of the Antilles embracing Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic and devoted his life to seeking the political independence of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

His many essays, articles and books reflect his philosophy on social justice, political science, virtues and moralities for social reform and advocacy. He was an important advocate for the abolition of slavery, the rights of Chinese laborers in Peru and the higher education of women in law and science in Chile playing an important role in reforming the educational system for women throughout Latin America. He established the first teacher’s colleges and advanced methods for teaching throughout the Caribbean, in particular the Dominican Republic. He was known throughout Latin America as a publicist of civic reforms, a rationalist in ethics who believed that “to be civilized and to be moral is the same thing.” And as a writer of graceful and didactic prose.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos y Bonilla was born on January 11, 1839 in the village of Rio Cañas near Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He was the first of the Ostos family originating from Spain and settling in Cuba to be born in Puerto Rico. First educated in San Juan, he was sent to Spain at 13 to study at the Institute of Higher Education in Bilbao earning a law degree at the University of Madrid. As a student in Madrid, he became interested in politics. While studying law, he wrote newspaper and magazine articles on the need for autonomy for the Spanish West Indies.

He distinguished himself as an essayist and orator in the movement to abolish the slave trade with Africa and to liberalize colonial rule. Already he had conceived the hope that Spain’s territories in the Antilles might be confederated as an independent republic.

He joined the Spanish Republicans because their leadership promised autonomy for Cuba and P.R. To express that hope, he wrote the first of more than 50 books, the allegorical novella La Peregrinación de Bayoán in 1863, describing the voyage to Spain by the Arawak leaders of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic advocating independence and self governing autonomy for these island nations. But three years later in 1869, when the republicans triumphed over the monarchy, Hostos’ hope for peaceful change were dashed when the new Spanish constitution left colonialism firmly in place. He refused the post of Governor of Barcelona when he realized he was betrayed and headed for New York.

Once in N.Y., Hostos joined the Puerto Rican Section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party organized by Cuban poet and patriot Jose Marti and established himself as editor of a La Revolución, the journal of the Cuban revolutionary movement. He was joined here and his ideas were embraced by Ramon Betances, leader of the 1868 Grito de Lares uprising along with Segundo Ruiz Belvis. Here Hostos advanced his formula for an independent Antillean Confederation with a base in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

However he was also disappointed that in Cuba and P.R. there were many who wanted their independence from Spain but who did not agree with the revolutionary ideals. Instead, they preferred to be annexed by, be a part of, the U.S. Three years later, he embarked on a tour of South America to promote the ideals of a united Antellano Federation, recruit support and raise funds for this liberation movement. He traveled within the U.S. France, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and P.R. And although he had come from a family of privilege, wherever he traveled, he lived humbly among the people and the leaders that he was cultivating.

In Peru, he helped to develop the country’s educational system and spoke out against the harsh treatment and exploitation of the Chinese immigrants.

In Chile, he championed the cause of women’s education, particularly in law and medicine.

Hostos arrived in Chile in December of 1871. As professor at the University of Chile he gave a speech titled “The Scientific Education of Women” proposing that the government permit women into their colleges.

He immediately began a controversial campaign of lectures and essays defending the women’s right to education observing and comparing the plight of women as: “Es una planta que vegeta, sin una conciencia que conoce su existencia,” “She is like a plant that vegetates without any consciousness of her existence.” Hostos turned it around on the men claiming that, “If women are charged with the upbringing of our children, how can they teach those children and develop their intellectual and mental capacities if she does not know how to direct her own life.’”

Hostos went on to condemn the educational system in Chile with respect to women by pointing out the following:

They have taught her to read so that she can read “novellas.” Sometimes she reads novels of religion, sometimes she seeks refuge in the religion of the novel; she has been taught to write so that she may write the novel of her love in the stereotypes from the most stupid teachers of love who happen to be at hand; she has been taught to pray so that her lips may mechanically evoke what her conscious mind fails to understand; she has been taught to work so that she may do the same work mechanically every day; she has been taught to sing in order to enhance her attractiveness; she has been taught to play the piano all her life, to accompany the dancing of those who are fit only to dance; she has been taught to mistreat a foreign tongue so that she can forget or abuse her own; she has been taught to draw so that she can embroider to perfection or occupy her periods of boredom with the ideal of a man whom she cannot find around her…

Woman has been reduced to the level of a two-legged animal that procreates its kind, that feeds its offspring from its breasts, that sacrifices to the life of the species its own individual existence.”

He went on to reason with the male educators saying: The only thing needed for education is intellectual capacity and the exercise of reason: Reason has no gender, no sex, “La razon no tiene sexo.” It is the same faculty in men as in women operating and functioning precisely in the same manner. “Y es la misma facultad con sus mismas operaciones y funciones en el hombre y en la mujer.” If a man can recognize truth through the use of reason, so can a woman. In short, if a man is capable of higher learning, so is a woman.

Soon after, Chile allowed women to enter its college educational system.

In Argentina, he campaigned for the construction of the first trans-Andean railroad that, when built, was named in his honor. In Brazil, as correspondent for the Buenos Aires journal La Nación, he wrote a series of articles on the country’s natural history. After a brief return to New York in 1874, Hostos continued his travels, first to the Dominican Republic where he founded the first college for teachers implementing advanced teaching techniques before going to Venezuela where in 1877 he married the Cuban-born Belinda de Ayala. Their maid of honor was the renowned P.R. poet Lola Rodriguez de Tio.

Hostos’ career as an educator began in 1879 when he established himself in the Dominican Republic as founder and director of that country’s first teacher’s college. First son Eugenio Carlos was born during this year. For the following nine years Hostos worked intensively to reform the educational system in D. R. often undertaking on his own the writing of the textbooks to be used. By 1881, his first daughter Luisa Amelia was born followed by the birth of his second son, Bayoan Lautaro in 1882. In 1887 Adolfo José was born as the first graduates of the Dominican Teacher’s College are inducted as alumnus of the Instituto de Señoritas led by Salome Ureña de Henriquez. The following year, Hostos creates the Night School for the Working class: La Escuela Nocturna para la clase obrera. He writes his classic book, Moral Social.

In 1888, at the request of President Balmaceda of Chile, Hostos moved to Santiago along with his wife, his children, Eugenio Carlos, Luisa Amelia, Bayoan and Adolfo who were born in D.R. He traveled to Chile via Panama and Curazao. In Chile, Hostos became the Chair in Constitutional Law at the University and undertook another nationwide project in pedagogical reform. His pilot school became one of the leading educational centers in Latin America. While in Chile, his son Filipo Luis Duarte was born in 1890.

Hostos returned to Cuba in 1895 to take part in the renewed struggle for independence. In 1898, he returned to New York and founded the Liga de Patriotas where he was named president. He then traveled with a delegation of Puerto Rican leaders including Julio J. Henna, Manuel Zeno Gandia and Rafael del Valle to Washington, D.C. to argue with President McKinley for the independence of Puerto Rico. Again, Hostos’ hopes were dashed as the United States government decided to retain Puerto Rico as a territory.

He returns to P.R. just long enough to establish “el Instituto Municipal” in Mayaguez.

Shortly thereafter, the Dominican government called him to reorganize the public education system of the island.

Hostos returned to the Dominican Republic in 1900 to serve as director of the Central College and General Inspector of public education. He continued to play a major role in reorganizing the educational and railroad systems until his death on August 11, 1903 at his home in Las Marias, Santo Domingo where he remains buried in the Panteon Nacional until, as he requested, Puerto Rico is independent.

He wrote his own epitaph that says: “I wish that they will say that in that island Puerto Rico a man was born who loved truth, desired justice and worked for the good of mankind.”

In 1938, the 8th international Conference of America celebrated in Lima, Peru posthumously paid tribute to Hostos and declared him ”Citizen of the Americas and Teacher of the Youth.” Puerto Rico declared his birthday an official holiday. There is a monument honoring Hostos in Spain. In P.R. there are two monuments dedicated to Hostos, one in his native city of Mayaguez, created by renowned sculptor Tomas Batista and another in San Juan created by Jose Buscaglia Guillermety. In NY there is the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community college of the City University of NY.

Hostos’ voluminous body of writings includes critical studies of Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet; An Historical Description of Puerto Rico; Lessons in Constitutional Law; Reform of Legal Education; Science of Pedagogy; Administrative Decentralization; Project for a General Law of Public Education; The Scientific Education of Women; Sociology and Social Ethics.

Heroe of Liberty: Reason has no gender. It is the same faculty in women as in men.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 02, 2010, 09:07:00 PM
Aurora Flores:
Currently the founder & bandleader of Zon del Barrio: Music from the Streets of Latin N.Y. an intergenerational band featuring two female singers & one male, our own built-in arranger & composer w/ a diverse repertoire of music that reflects the diversity of who we are: Zon del Barrio is a play on the worlds "son" found in Cuba, P.R. & D. R. and barrio "zones" where people of color work, struggle & play just as hard...¡A GoSalza!

http://www.zondelbarrio.com/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 03, 2010, 10:42:57 AM
Birding El Yunque

http://10000birds.com/birding-el-yunque.htm
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 03, 2010, 10:49:30 AM
Turtles vs. Tourism in Puerto Rico

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/turtles-vs-tourism-in-puerto-rico/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 03, 2010, 02:39:41 PM
Salsa Dancing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsa_(dance)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 03, 2010, 08:41:13 PM
CAGUAS BOTANICAL & CULTURAL GARDEN

http://web.cs.wpi.edu/~rek/Projects/Gar_Proposal.pdf
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Post by: Marlene on June 03, 2010, 08:43:17 PM
Paso Fino

Puerto Rico Cuna del Paso Fino
Deporte auotóctono de nuestra Isla.

http://www.prfrogui.com/fortune/pasofino.htm

Paso fino es la manera de andar de los caballos de raza purtorriqueña. Al proyectarse hacia adelante, mueven la mano y pata del mismo lado, definiéndose este movimiento como lateral. El movimiento aunque es muy rápido, es muy suave. Levantan las patas apenas unas pulgadas con el movimientos de muñequeo con los menudillos, balanceando su cuerpo de tal manera que su lomo no se mueve al caminar.

El caballo de paso fino no imprime ningún movimiento al jinete. El jinete ha de sotenerse sin mover hombros, sus piernas o pies. El caballo debe imprimir una huella, en que las pisadas no se pisen una con otras. Debe haber una distancia igual y regular entre huellas.
En todo momento las patas delanteras deben llevar el rítmo y regularidad con las patas traseras. Debe mantener su paso al girar de un lado que de otro con la mayor suavidad posible. Su rabo lo llevará hacia afuera y no debe sacudirlo.
 
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Post by: Marlene on June 06, 2010, 09:26:30 PM
Isabela, Puerto Rico

Isabela es un municipio que se encuentra en la región norte de Puerto Rico. Fundado el 21 de mayo de 1819. Tiene como atractivo muchas de las mas bellas playas de la isla.
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Post by: Marlene on June 11, 2010, 10:05:34 AM
University of Puerto Rico In Crisis

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1101040629095/archive/1103472859008.html
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Post by: Marlene on June 11, 2010, 10:19:16 AM
Preciosa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o74m1qggLHo
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Post by: Marlene on June 11, 2010, 10:46:20 AM
Tito Puente 1985

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IujYSED3VhE
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Post by: Marlene on June 11, 2010, 05:09:12 PM
Viva Baseball

The exhibit:
http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/viva/

The press release:
http://baseballhall.org/news/press-releases/hall-fame-launches-new-!viva-baseball-online-exhibit

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Post by: Marlene on June 13, 2010, 10:02:51 AM
Puerto Rican Day Parade Today

http://gothamist.com/2010/06/13/puerto_rican_day_parade_today.php
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Post by: Marlene on June 23, 2010, 08:42:22 AM
Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JejoZBXV0nM
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Post by: Marlene on July 08, 2010, 10:06:27 PM
More Photos!!
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Post by: Marlene on July 08, 2010, 10:06:58 PM
More Photos!
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Post by: Marlene on July 08, 2010, 10:18:21 PM
Mas!!
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Post by: Marlene on July 09, 2010, 10:32:11 PM
Pete "el Conde" Rodriguez - La Esencia del Guaguanco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7He30j07Tpo
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Post by: Marlene on July 12, 2010, 08:14:34 PM
2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Central_American_and_Caribbean_Games
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Post by: Marlene on July 12, 2010, 08:23:20 PM
Hector Lavoe - Piraña

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9IrPojCzpE
 

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Post by: Marlene on July 12, 2010, 08:32:37 PM
Mi Tierra - Thalia, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Aventura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImOC0-RlnTw&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on July 12, 2010, 08:41:54 PM
Puerto Rico ** La Isla Del Encanto ** Paradise, Beauty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvOLT7fjQ3Q&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on July 12, 2010, 08:56:37 PM
La Playa de Boqueron en Cabo Rojo
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Post by: Marlene on July 13, 2010, 06:12:21 PM
Puerto Rican Percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree

http://worldmusiccentral.org/article.php/Giovanni_Hidalgo_Honorary_Doctorate
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Post by: Marlene on July 13, 2010, 06:34:53 PM
Sheila E.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6LAyskAyNU

http://www.sheilae.com/bio.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwmqtD2hcRo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnmvJJDJWQc&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on July 13, 2010, 09:35:18 PM
Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Santo Domingo

http://www.latinbasket.com/Dominican-Republic/basketball.asp?NewsID=195952
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Post by: Marlene on July 15, 2010, 06:47:56 PM
Mayagüez 2010 - XXI Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Sabado

http://www.mayaguez2010.com/
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Post by: Marlene on July 16, 2010, 12:29:16 AM
Sailing in Boqueron, Cabo Rojo
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Post by: Marlene on July 17, 2010, 02:11:50 AM
Paoli Mejias - Musician

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.paolimejias.com/images/07AugFusionPM.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.paolimejias.com/Press07Fusion.htm&h=377&w=272&sz=32&tbnid=OnTSNhjrXtCveM:&tbnh=264&tbnw=191&prev=/images%3Fq%3DImages%2Bof%2BPuerto%2BRican%2BMusicians&usg=__cez0mvwRIatHMNvLE8W3DAFmQkw=&sa=X&ei=RklBTMyGCYP78Aa_3IjEDw&ved=0CBYQ9QEwAQ
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Post by: Marlene on July 17, 2010, 02:15:38 AM
Miguel Zenon - Musician

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2008/10/08/alg_zenon.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2008/10/08/2008-10-08_genius_miguel_zenn_to_bring_jazz_to_puer.html&usg=__7eH25T1B7VEQW7Qusu-h1PmfZTc=&h=351&w=450&sz=45&hl=en&start=25&sig2=186vcvK5tPsvNKBR_qd4Sg&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=NPZJQjWx0IGZhM:&tbnh=99&tbnw=127&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPuerto%2BRican%2BMusicians%26start%3D20%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=AkpBTOHSJcP68Aapm9mfDw
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Post by: Marlene on July 18, 2010, 10:47:25 PM
Blue cobblestone streets in Old San Juan

You’ll notice that even the cobblestones have color in Old San Juan. Rather than being cut from stone or cast as bricks these cobblestones were an ingenious use of slag from Spain’s iron foundries. Slag is the waste when iron is refined and was usually piled in huge slagheaps at foundries. But cast into blocks the slag made terrific long lasting cobblestones. The stones were brought to the island as ballast in ships in the 16th century and their blue tint gives the streets a colorful look.
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Post by: Marlene on July 18, 2010, 10:49:48 PM
Blue cobblestone streets in Old San Juan!
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Post by: Marlene on July 20, 2010, 01:09:57 AM
Ruben Blades y Willie Colon-Pedro Navaja

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wV91-MrqI
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Post by: Marlene on July 21, 2010, 11:09:39 PM
CONGABORIKUA

Diego Centeno y Paoli Mejias crearon hace 3 años una pagina de videos y El proposito de CONGABORIKUA es tener un espacio para los percusionistas Puertorriqueños donde puedan compartir sus ideas y hacer contacto con
otros musicos del mundo. Es un lazo de amistad entre todos con un proposito en comun que nos une,EL TAMBOR hoy le presentamos a Nicolas Lebron.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVSK37L9ZrM
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Post by: Marlene on July 28, 2010, 02:56:26 PM
Update. Weather is beautiful, Boqueron is favorite beach, Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe are in full swing in Mayaguez, Salsa Dancing competition in San Juan, Rain Forest awaits, everyone playing dominoes, great food, mangos, pina and coco, mountains are gorgeous, and that is why they call it La Isla del Encanto.

A mini mansion is a steal.

Best
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Post by: MarcusW on July 28, 2010, 05:06:12 PM
I saw today that the city of San Juan is planning to ban cars from the Isletta district of the city (the oldest part), similar to what's been done in many European center cities as a part of a massive preservation/renewal project.

http://www.planetizen.com/node/45271 (http://www.planetizen.com/node/45271)
The oldest city in the Americas bans cars from its colonial streets and outlines a plan to make San Juan more livable. The city of San Juan has unveiled a plan to make its oldest district, Isleta, livable and walkable. Isleta is a small island connected to mainland Puerto Rico by a series of bridges and a ferry. These are not enough to suit the needs of its citizens. Banning automobiles from Old San Juan and adding a light rail system are the first and most important steps, followed by the revitalization of old neighborhoods, an emphasis on public spaces and walkability and new mixed-use developments. The plan affects Isleta, which is composed of Puerta de Tierra and the more well-known and touristy Old San Juan, and the Convention Center District.
(http://www.planetizen.com/files/davsot1.1.gif)
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Post by: Marlene on August 07, 2010, 11:12:37 AM
Here are some photos of my wonderful family trip to Puerto Rico!  Enjoy,

Best,
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Post by: Marlene on August 07, 2010, 11:13:21 AM
A few more of the trip.  Many to come!!
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Post by: Marlene on August 07, 2010, 12:27:19 PM
This is where I spent most of my time.  Boqueron, Puerto Rico
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Post by: Marlene on August 07, 2010, 07:56:34 PM
More photos of my trip to Puerto Rico and my yacht en la marina!
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Post by: Marlene on August 07, 2010, 07:57:44 PM
Another Photo en Guayama!
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Post by: Marlene on August 13, 2010, 10:03:08 PM
Missing Puerto Rico so much this evening!!
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Post by: Marlene on August 15, 2010, 09:26:17 AM
The Best Puerto Rican Food Outside Puerto Rico

http://www.examiner.com/latino-food-in-new-york/the-best-puerto-rican-food-outside-of-puerto-rico
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Post by: Marlene on August 15, 2010, 05:12:39 PM
While driving in Puerto Rico I listened to the best music.  Here are some of the words of different songs.  Some are very romantic.  For those that like latin music you will certainly appreciate the words and recognize the song.  Y nos fuimos:

Yo naci en Puerto Rico pero en Nueva Yor me crie. Oye Puertorro del alma. Puerto Rico yo nunca dejare de amarte. Pero mi corazon se quedo frente al Viejo San Juan. Yo no me quedo me voy para Borinquen.

El hijo de obatala ya se contento. Ese ese soy yo. Ray Barreto y como toca.

Hoy te doy la libertad a volar donde quieras. Necesitas vivir, para aprender a querer. Que yo se que muy pronto me extranaras. Que te vaya bien.

Eres tu mi amor, eres mi ilusion, la razon de mi existencia. Como podre arancarte de mi si he de vivir pensando solo en ti.

Llevame si quieres hasta el fondo del dolor. Ya no soporto la terible soledad. Yo sin su amor no soy nada. Has esta noche perpetua.  Como podre arrancarte de mi si he de vivir pensando solo en ti.

Olvida las apariencies utiliza la conciencia. Siembra humildad.

Mi isla querida cuanto lloro por ti. Ya me voy con alegria de que mis hijos cantaron Borinquen pero con tristeza por no poder cargarte en mis brazos y llevarte conmigo. Mi Borinquen por siempre estas en mi corazon y por siempre te llamare Preciosa.

Best,
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Post by: NYC Native on August 15, 2010, 10:43:34 PM
Most Boricuas came from a town called Ponce probably one of the poorest town in Puerto Rico until about the 80's (I was born in the Bronx but raised in Bayamon).  Interesting that Ponce has the most prestigious museum in all of the Caribbean.  I have been there several times and it seems out of place since we were not raised to understand high-art in NYC poor schools for that matter.  I'm embarrassed to say that I couldn't believe what I saw...I couldn't believe that Puerto Rico would have ownership of some of the memorable paintings in the world.  I had been there many times before but My friends that came with me about 4 years ago (6 of them, only 2 were of PR descent) were puzzled and one of the guys (the Jew in the group  :2funny:) made a joke about it and said...if I wanted a museum like this I would have stayed in NY...  He was expecting some Taino, kunta, African native art so he was in fact confused (hehehe)
(http://taspr.com/img/jpg/02hu011.jpg)
(http://www.victoriansociety.org/images/flaming%20june.bmp)
(http://www.offbeattravel.com/ponce-4.jpg)
(http://www.nationalchamberorch.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Ponce-Art-Museum.jpg)

The Barons of the Serralles family makers of
(http://fromadifferentangle.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/donq.jpg)
But Musically and most importantly (artistically / opera speaking)....

Antonio Paoli...(http://www.prpop.org/biografias/a_bios/images/antonio_paoli_hs.jpg)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnFXJOg9Xxg&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnFXJOg9Xxg&feature=related)
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Post by: Marlene on August 16, 2010, 09:25:56 AM
NYC Native:

So happy you are part of the conversation again.  I've been talking to myself lately.

Mommy's favorite painting is of that lovely lady dressed in orange and simply resting on her fabulous chair.  She was able to see the exhibition in Ponce and came home and all I remember is her wanting to buy a hug fabulous chair and the beautiful dress too!  LOL

Hugs,

Marlene
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Post by: NYC Native on August 16, 2010, 10:01:59 PM
Marlene,  Flaming June by Fredric Leighton is even more stunning and special when you stand and stare...I think it was in exhibition in Europe between 2008 and 2009...not sure , but it should be back in in Ponce by now.  I
was busy keeping a few key workers on a few smaller private jobs while preparing for a busy season...There is much to be said about the old saying, It is calmest before the Storm   
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Post by: Marlene on August 19, 2010, 07:54:13 AM
There is nothing like living in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Congaborikua Cribs El Penthouse de Diego Centeno by Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU5KYk8sAfU
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Post by: Marlene on August 19, 2010, 08:02:09 AM
Una Descarga en el Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

Cumplaeaños de Diego Centeno descarga de percusion # 1 solo de timbal David Rosado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dey537bdFCg&feature=player_embedded#!
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Post by: Marlene on August 21, 2010, 10:57:59 PM
Puerto Rico Wins Jr. Softball World Series

http://www.jrsoftballworldseries.com/
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Post by: Marlene on August 24, 2010, 08:38:02 AM
IN MEMORIAM TO "GRACIELA" PEREZ GUTIERREZ
by Willie Colón on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 8:07am

Were it not for pioneers like Graciela many of us in the business would not have a career.

Life in the USA back in the 1940s was not as hospitable and tolerant. It took guts and tenacity besides talent to practice your craft back in Jim Crow's America.

But there were a few back then that knew what they wanted and decided to go for it. The work of Mario Bauzá, Machito, Noro Morales and later Tito Puente presented irrefutable evidence that Latinos weren't a bunch of savages but a people cable of making some sophisticated music.

When these old school warriors rolled out them big bands they weren't fooling around. They presented a disciplined musical force to contend with. Jazz greats like Dizzie Gillespie immediately got the message. These legendary greats spoke for us in the universal language. We couldn't have had a better spokesperson than Graciela. With her great voice her sexy looks and her poise she said for us "He don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" They made being Latino something people would covet. All that rhythm and talent and Class!

It is no small thing they gave us. In a time when most Latinos had little more than a hope and a dream in their pocket these folks got us together at the dances, they made happy, they made us proud, they connected us. The music, the language, the culture were a keystone to our survival as Latinos in this city and the rest of the country.

If we have all that we have today we must recognize how important the work that they did was to lay the bedrock of life in this city for Latinos. But their work didn't only enhance the Latino cause. They made strides in civil rights for all Americans. They contributed to making New York the musical Mecca that it is.

I wasn't able to make last night's memorial at Saint Peter's Church (The Jazz Church) so I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU GRACIELA. Those of you Latinos who today stand tall remember that you do so upon the shoulders of greats like Graciela Perez Gutierrez.

RECORDANDO "GRACIELA" PÉREZ GUTIÉRREZ

Si no fuera por  pioneros como Graciela muchos de nosotros en este negocio no tendríamos una carrera.

La vida en los EE. UU en los años 1940s no era tan hospitalaria y tolerante. Se necesitaba agallas y tenacidad además del talento para practicar tu arte atrás en la América racista  de Jim Crow.

Pero había unos pocos que sabían lo que querían y decidieron luchar por eso. El trabajo de Mario Bauzá, Machito, Noro Morales y Tito Puente posterior presentó pruebas irrefutables que Latinos no eran un manojo de salvajes, pero una gente capaz de crear y ejecutar  una música muy sofisticada.

Cuando estos viejos guerreros  arrancaban con esos bandones no perdían el tiempo. Ellos presentaron una fuerza musical disciplinada a la contienda. Grandes del Jazz como Dizzie Gillespie inmediatamente entendieron  el mensaje. Estos legendarios hablaron para nosotros en la lengua universal. No podíamos haber tenido a una mejor portavoz que Graciela. ¿Con su  voz sus miradas atractivas y su estilo ella dijo "NO te gustaría ser como yo?" Hizo ser Latina algo que la gente codiciara fervientemente. ¡Ritmo y talento y Clase!

No es ninguna pequeña cosa que nos dieron. En un tiempo cuando la mayor parte de Latinos tenía poco más que una esperanza y un sueño en el  bolsillo esta gente nos reunió en los bailes, nos hicieron sentir feliz,  nos llenaban de  orgullo. La música, el idioma, la cultura fueron clave para nuestra supervivencia como Latinos en esta ciudad y el resto del país.

Si tenemos todo lo que tenemos hoy, debemos reconocer la importancia del trabajo que ellos hicieron para  poner el lecho de roca de nuestras vidas en esta ciudad y el mundo como Latinos. Pero su trabajo sólo no realzó la causa de Latino. Ellos hicieron le dieron pasao a la lucha por derechos civiles para todos los americanos. Ellos contribuyeron en hacer de Nueva York la Meca musical que es.

No pude llegar al conmemorativo anoche La Iglesia de San Pedro (la Iglesia de Jazz)  por eso quiero tomar esta oportunidad para decir GRACIAS GRACIELA.  Aquellos de ustedes Latinos quiénes hoy están en alto recuerdan que es porque ha sido sobre los hombros de grandes como Graciela Pérez Gutiérrez.

 
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Post by: Marlene on August 24, 2010, 11:19:34 AM
Las Tetas de Cayey - The Tights of Cayey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayey,_Puerto_Rico

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Post by: Marlene on August 24, 2010, 05:17:32 PM
At Graciela's Birthday and Memorial!
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Post by: Marlene on August 24, 2010, 09:29:15 PM
Puerto Rican Women Face Rising Tide of Violence

http://www.womensenews.org/print/8264
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Post by: Marlene on August 25, 2010, 09:28:37 AM
Las Tetas de Cayey - The Tights of Cayey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayey,_Puerto_Rico



Las Tetas de Cayey - The Tits of Cayey
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Post by: Marlene on August 26, 2010, 10:39:50 AM
El Viejo San Juan
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Post by: Marlene on August 26, 2010, 10:40:40 AM
Mas de el Viejo San Juan
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Post by: Marlene on August 26, 2010, 09:05:48 PM
More of Old San Juan
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Post by: NYC Native on August 28, 2010, 12:51:46 AM
This is NOT how I or my family make sofrito but it is a sofrito/RECAITO like or taste style thingy...hehehe

What this guy is making is a type of recao or recaito.  Sofrito does NOT go into a blender...tHIS A recao or what we Jibaros call...recaito.  It is made with culantro or recao and most NY'ricans will use cilantro since it is most available and way more inexpensive.   Traditional recao will not have bell peppers since they lack "sabor robusto".  What you would want to use are ajis dulce instead (if you can get them")  If you cannot get ajis dulce you can use what it is known here as Jamaican sweet peppers the add some yellow onions and some will add cilantro (NOT traditional)...Recao (Culantro) is king when it comes to flavor.  You know what...I will make a recaito in a video one day I have nothing to do (don't hold your breath).  Sofrito is chapped up in little pieces and some of it like the garlic and recao (culantro) will go on a Pilon and plum tomatoes with the ajis get all chopped up in small cubes.  I also use cubitos de pollos which are those square chicken soup cubes so i dont have to freeze it and dont make too much...just sufficient for a dozen or so meals.  Once you get it right , trust me you will know why PR's use it is most meals they make.

The funny thing is that all the work with this thing means nothing unless you cook it up right (sofreir...get it? sofrito, sofreir - Get it... huh???)  :D  The manteca (pork fat) makes it bloom...of if you want to keep it kosher or animal free you can just use olive oil with achiote (annato).  Of course, you most use achiote either way but they do make achiote fats but i preffer to make my own since the you can control the color intensity.  Then you have to remember things like bay leaf, cumin and  alcaparrado.  Have you ever eaten in a small restaurant in Vieques, Bayamon, Cabo Rojo, Camuy, La Parguera or small towns or even small hotels AKA paradores?  This are the places you will eat a traditional meal with a 300 - 400 year old recipe and you will say...WOW - how come the tostones or the pork or the snapper doesnt taste the same. Why doesnt the arroz con guandules taste as good as the ones I ate in that place in Guanica?  IT's THE G-DAMN SOFRITO PEOPLE!!!!   
Whatever...I think this videos is "cute" and you will learn how to make a "not traditional recaito" or "nuevo latino" style recaito  :2funny: instead of a sofrito  ::)

....and....what was I saying??? 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlpoVuiccPk&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlpoVuiccPk&feature=related)
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Post by: Marlene on August 28, 2010, 03:10:33 PM
Love the sofrito man!!  LOL  He's lovely!!
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Post by: MarcusW on August 31, 2010, 12:32:08 PM
Alright, Marlene - you've tempted us to look at a vacation long weekend in October to San Juan...I know it's the tail end of hurricane season, which doesn't concern me too much, but I see it's also the rainy season...would we just get rained out?
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Post by: Marlene on September 01, 2010, 09:38:56 PM
Updated: Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos on a U.S. Postage Stamp

http://vivirlatino.com/2010/08/30/puerto-rican-poet-julia-de-burgos-on-a-u-s-postage-stamp.php?ref=nf
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Post by: Marlene on September 01, 2010, 09:42:24 PM
Alright, Marlene - you've tempted us to look at a vacation long weekend in October to San Juan...I know it's the tail end of hurricane season, which doesn't concern me too much, but I see it's also the rainy season...would we just get rained out?

A little too early to plan anything.  Just contacted my dad who indicates that half of Puerto Rico is without power since Earl's tail passed off shore.  So I can't say much about October traveling.  You can wait until the week before your plan on traveling to book the flight.  I always do.  Email me off line at marleneflores25@yahoo.com and I'll help you with as much as possible.

Best,
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Post by: Marlene on September 02, 2010, 03:21:11 AM
Coquito!!

Rum, cream of coconut, eggs, condensed milk, vanilla, spices and rum.
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Post by: Marlene on September 03, 2010, 03:12:32 PM
Mi Isla!!
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Post by: Marlene on September 03, 2010, 11:28:15 PM
Hurricane Earl
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Post by: Marlene on September 03, 2010, 11:30:29 PM
Calm after the Hurricane!
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Post by: Marlene on September 03, 2010, 11:33:30 PM
Old San Juan After El Hurricane!
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Post by: Marlene on September 03, 2010, 11:47:50 PM
Loiza Aldea, Camino A Pinones
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Post by: Marlene on September 08, 2010, 11:27:36 PM
Tito Rodriguez

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tito_Rodr%C3%ADguez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0dJjyH7vPI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8zOauIn6aQ&p=5E3CFB75C3FE9486&playnext=1&index=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaEqfvQN1ew&p=5E3CFB75C3FE9486&playnext=1&index=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIdDggHyGe0&p=5E3CFB75C3FE9486&index=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d316FGFAgyE&p=5E3CFB75C3FE9486&index=7
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 12, 2010, 10:41:06 PM
Paoli Mejias Quintet y Jenielys Villafañe prodigiosa niña de 4 años bailadora de bomba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5Tj78FhLlw&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 13, 2010, 11:27:27 PM
Chicago's Puerto Rican Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSZZAKNdb2M
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 16, 2010, 12:28:25 AM
Giovanni Hidalgo and Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCkx4dMcxJs&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 16, 2010, 09:55:42 AM
PAOLI RETURNS TO THE MUSIC CONSERVATORY
OF PR AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FOR THE
2010 - 2011 ACADEMIC YEAR


http://myemail.constantcontact.com/News--Paoli-plays-Ponce---Returns-as-Artist-in-Residence---Music-Conservatory-of-PR.html?soid=1102657700689&aid=B9k4hYk2Qrw
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 17, 2010, 07:07:23 PM
El Museo Del Barrio

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/17/arts/design/17nueva.html?_r=2
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 19, 2010, 05:18:04 PM
Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaKMy-dhbKM&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 04, 2010, 10:20:49 AM
Photos!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 04, 2010, 10:21:16 AM
Photos!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 05, 2010, 11:58:21 PM
RAFAEL HERNANDEZ - Lamento Borincano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N53VBYOXNCs
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 06, 2010, 06:07:34 PM
Paoli Mejias jazz quintet en Ponce tema-Diaspora

Piano Yan Carlos Artime, Bajo Alex Apolo Ayala, Drums Raul Maldonado, Sax Jonathan Suazo, Congas Paoli Mejias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpRfbV37r7g&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 06, 2010, 06:15:32 PM
Puerto Rico police, others arrested in drug busts

In the biggest crackdown on police corruption in the FBI's 102-year history, 133 individuals were arrested--including 89 police officers--in Puerto Rico today for allegedly aiding drug dealers.  FBI agents escort Puerto Rico police officers after they were arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//101006/481/urn_publicid_ap_org77aab005550e4a80843d49c2fd15ed56/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101006/wl_nm/us_puertorico_arrests_2
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 10, 2010, 07:52:44 PM
El Taíno Vive

http://especiales.elnuevodia.com/tainovive/tainovive.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 10, 2010, 09:22:34 PM
Puerto Rico 1924

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Puerto-Rico-1924/97968897553
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 10, 2010, 11:59:23 PM
Fania All Stars 1978 Juan Pachanga Canta Ruben Blades
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXOVuCe38AY

Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing Part 7: Descarga Fania
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MieBqbV49eA

Fania All Stars - Hector Lavoe - Mi Gente - Zaire, Africa 1974
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBuueYkmYVI&feature=fvsr

Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing Part 9: Estrellas Fania
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJEGbiDH9aQ

Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing Part 4: Ponte Duro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIp1ZA7uZdY&feature=related


Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 12, 2010, 07:22:27 PM
Tato Torres - Jibaro Soy!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jybeyTR_Kg&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 14, 2010, 08:24:59 PM
The Jewish Chronicle - Puerto Rican Muslim leads multicultural music and poetry night

http://www.thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/9915020/article-Puerto-Rican-Muslim-leads-multicultural-music-and-poetry-night-?instance=home_news_style_right
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 16, 2010, 10:15:44 PM
PAOLI MEJIAS JAZZ QUINTET TOCANDO LAS CONGAS CON MI NUEVO ARTE JAZZAMBIA MODEL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqBobGKhdk&feature=related

Paoli Mejias quintet festival de jazzorden tema lo cierto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKwTAMEBY-k&feature=related

PAOLI MEJIAS Y YAN CARLOS ARTIME DUO DE PIANO Y BONGO EN KENYON HALL SEATTLE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu5ZZePqsN4&feature=related

ESCUCHA MI NUEVO CD JAZZAMBIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBEjJYuF48&feature=related

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 19, 2010, 09:29:38 AM
Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Through the Lens of Travel

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marie-elena-martinez/reflecting-on-hispanic-he_b_763231.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 08, 2010, 07:02:17 PM
Photos
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 08, 2010, 07:02:47 PM
Mas Photos
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 09, 2010, 10:02:44 AM
YEYO - "SOY BORICUA"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-5AaSZW_8U&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 10, 2010, 10:44:57 PM
El Yunque - The Rain Forest
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 12, 2010, 03:54:05 PM
Paoli Mejias Percussion master class University of New Mexico Javier Oquendo, Charlie Sierra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOoiN8mSes&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on November 17, 2010, 10:33:52 PM
Not as good or accurate as I would like it but fun to see and hear nevertheless...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gocqgcm_Agc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gocqgcm_Agc&feature=related)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 30, 2010, 05:44:19 PM
May he rest in peace!

http://www.prdream.com/wordpress/?p=2684

http://www.centropr.org/FrankBonilla.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 30, 2010, 05:49:15 PM
YERBABUENA NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE NUYORICAN POETS CAFE!!

http://www.nyc-arts.org/events/11348/yerbabuena-new-year-s-eve
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 01, 2011, 05:34:30 PM
Old San Juan is the setting for Hunter S Thompson's The Rum Diary, now a film starring Johnny Depp

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jan/01/puerto-rico-hunter-thompson?INTCMP=SRCH
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 01, 2011, 11:08:10 PM
El Gran Combo - A Mi Me Gusta Mi Pueblo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrZrf0N42NU&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 02, 2011, 07:24:39 PM
Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico - Dia de los Reyes in Puerto Rico

http://www.studioporto.com/diadelostresreyesmagos/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 03, 2011, 07:27:53 PM
Puerto Rico ** La Isla Del Encanto ** Paradise, Beauty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvOLT7fjQ3Q&feature=player_embedded

Puerto Rico en los años 40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0_TvFgI-Qw&feature=related
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 04, 2011, 10:37:20 AM
34th Annual Three Kings Day Parade At El Museo |

http://harlemworldblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/34th-annual-three-kings-day-parade-at-el-museo/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 06, 2011, 08:59:12 PM
Three Kings Day Parade Winds Through East Harlem

http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/131741/three-kings-day-parade-winds-through-east-harlem
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 12, 2011, 04:21:04 PM
Danny Rivera  Enjoy!!

Villancico Yaucano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaFH31mhTf0&feature=player_embedded

LA FERIA DEL CAFE EN POLO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWQF7965iJQ

Marc Anthony and Danny Rivera - Madrigal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q9EB6nbQC4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl3REvj2xf4&feature=related



Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 16, 2011, 07:46:29 PM
Paoli Mejias conga solo Adam Cruz drums solo con Danilo Perez en el Panama jazz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqam0RAp10U&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 16, 2011, 09:56:14 PM
Paoli mejias descargando en con Alain Perez y Adam Cruz en los timbales con los timbaleros de Panama 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIX5HtnOCxY&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 18, 2011, 07:20:15 PM
Meet Puerto Rico.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyRKBD5mjvQ&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 19, 2011, 10:34:45 AM
Paoli Mejias master class en Panama jazz fest 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_EsJoGpEa0&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 20, 2011, 07:35:43 PM
Zon del Barrio @ SOB's kicking off Puerto Rican Heritage Month

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7YoinxiIc&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 21, 2011, 12:58:56 AM
Best Overall Destination: Puerto Rico

http://www.bonniercorp.com/ctl/news/caribbean-travel--life-readers-name-the-2011-best-of-the-caribbean-1000086414.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 25, 2011, 10:04:42 AM
Los Pleneros de la 21

http://www.losplenerosdela21.org/

http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=Los%20Pleneros%20de%20la%2021&init=quick&tas=0.8880545748567539#

http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Los+Pleneros+De+La+21:Don+Pedro:1500841:m33052809
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on January 26, 2011, 11:13:14 PM
This one you'll like Marlene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-5AaSZW_8U (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-5AaSZW_8U)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on January 26, 2011, 11:47:46 PM
IN 40 YEARS FROM NOW THIS WILL STILL BE ONE OF THE MOST PRISTINE AND SPECIAL ISLANDS.  IT IS PART OF THE PUERTO RICO ISLANDS,  WHILE ITS CLOSER TO DR IT HAS BEEN PART OF PR AND ONLY ALLOW UP TO 100 VISITORS AT ANY GIVEN TIME.  I WENT THERE ALMOST 11 YEARS AGO WITH A FEW FRIENDS AND HAD SOME REALLY GREAT SCUBA.  My friends, a bunch of strokes, and I had the best time that day.  SO many jokes, so many stories...we laugh soooo much.  Especially the beer can incident... :2funny:

(http://amadeus.uprm.edu/~gunther/DSCN0012.jpg)



(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/103/268173598_69771eb168.jpg?v=0)

(http://images.bradspictures.com/bpictures/b/beaches_of_mona_island-27210.jpg)


(http://www.fromzel.org/img/photo-gallery/Mona/mona3.jpg)

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2011, 01:05:20 AM
Cueva La Esmeralda en Arecibo, Puerto Rico

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid692245612001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAGcjNSFk~,aE1H1xGur636juXhOULPV67_1Pql1qi3&bctid=770423740001
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2011, 08:51:03 AM
The World Wide SALSA Explosion!

http://www.veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4b9f0e7822f4f
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2011, 09:05:16 AM
Mi Vida Loca - THE AMERICAN DREAM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlaJ4ajjcYY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJPr-EEBs6Y
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 12:01:19 AM
Old Photo and their music

Oscar De Leon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdj3n13St_o
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 12:04:33 AM
Old Photo and their music

Tommy Olivencia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5pUrVpNHw4
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 12:10:38 AM
Old Photo and their music

Cheo Feliciano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew23VNJxSQc

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 12:22:39 AM
Gonzalez and Gonzalez

The last night at New York's Gonzalez and Gonzalez after a 22 year run. What a shame but what a blast. 2,000 strong inside w/a line that was snaking down B'way. Thank you Sounni for all the good times and Jordan for all the recordings. Jan. 31, 2011 ended with 7 hours of live SALSA w/ that guacamole!

Zon del Barrio: 212.876.1936

A Steady Freddy TV Ready Production

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v08ASU3wHC4&feature=autofb

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 12:28:22 AM
Zon del Barrio con Yomo Toro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh-I2gjldvI&feature=related
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2011, 09:26:59 PM
Zone Del Barrio

On the last night of a NY salsa institution, Zon del Barrio paid tribute to Celia Cruz in the voice of Maryann Santiago followed by a toast to Ismael Rivera in ZDB's original single: Homenaje al Sonero Mayor as sung by Sammy Rosa. Now available over itunes and on rotation over Music Choice feat. Yomo Toro on cuatro. Here we feature Willie Ash on tres. We were still having some sound problems setting up but w/ all the people there to say good bye to Gonzalez & Gonzalez we cut him a lot of slack. Thank you Sounni, we'll miss you Jordan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I8mdovsfdc&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2011, 12:08:47 AM
Willie Colon

Famous Puerto Rican trombonist/composer/musician, comments on the You Tube Video (see below): "Ya me puedo morir tranquilo."  Translation:  "I CAN DIE IN PEACE NOW. 40 years later, this kicks ass.  The kid plays better than half of the people out there, including me!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK2hfaIszUc&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2011, 04:38:45 PM
10 Islands to See Before You Die: Photos

http://www.budgettravel.com/slideshow/10-islands-to-see-before-you-die-photos,6855/?pic=13
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 05, 2011, 11:05:01 PM
Puerto Rican farmers warn of coming food shortages

http://repeatingislands.com/2011/02/05/puerto-rican-farmers-warn-of-coming-food-shortages/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 08, 2011, 08:22:46 PM
Ponce
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 08, 2011, 08:24:37 PM
WoW !!!!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 08, 2011, 09:25:26 PM
"I believe they were the 65th infantry in the korean war. History says they were the best fighting force the army ever had! Sadly you don't hear much about that...."
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 11, 2011, 09:23:26 AM
La Fania Cheo Feliciano-Anacaona

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W92e8owFyk&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 15, 2011, 04:09:32 PM
Arturo en el Barco

http://www.elmuseo.org/en/event/composers-now-arturo-en-el-barco-and-%C3%A1ltavoz
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2011, 10:56:19 PM
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez Denounces Civil Rights Violations in Puerto Rico

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJhmoV01xQI&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 17, 2011, 07:47:23 PM
Defiant Student Protesters Force Withdrawal of Puerto Rican Police From Restive Campus

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/17/defiant_student_protesters_force_withdrawal_of
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 21, 2011, 11:56:09 PM
Ponce, Guayama Y Bayamon

http://www.elyunque.com/videosponce.htm
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2011, 12:52:55 AM
Puerto Rico paradise and a quest to find the most perfect beach in the world

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1356524/Archers-star-Amy-Shindler-s-tiny-Caribbean-island-holiday-Vieques.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 23, 2011, 01:06:32 AM
Taino Indian Symbols of Puerto Rico - Simbolos Tainos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUjNw1cdAgI&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 09, 2011, 09:37:03 AM
MIRTHA SILVA DE PUERTO RICO : ESOS NO SON DE AQUI

Mirtha Silva, a super dynamic Puerto Rican woman singer,
percussionist, bandleader and host of her own variety show in P.R., she
was a force to be reckoned with. Here she is on the beach with Rafael
Cortijo backing her up just before starting his own Cortijo y Su Combo
...cir. 1954. You go girl....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQj2mhJfXUQ&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 11, 2011, 02:06:21 PM
Close to Ocean Park where grandma lives

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/travel/06headsup-sanjuan.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 14, 2011, 03:50:40 PM
Mambo Kings - Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc3FSNLcNrk&feature=player_embedded#at=65
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on March 15, 2011, 08:42:08 PM
Puerto Rico paradise and a quest to find the most perfect beach in the world

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1356524/Archers-star-Amy-Shindler-s-tiny-Caribbean-island-holiday-Vieques.html


What a nice article...Thank You Marlene.


On another note, I wanted to say to that person that is always giving that thumbs down...It's getting a bit old.  You don't have to like Marlene or anyone here...heck, I don't like myself most of the time. Can You PLEASE STOP!  I know that you are not a bad person...You either don't like her...or you don't like Puerto Rico.  It's your right to Not like Either.  I think I speak for many others here as well...there is nothing offensive or immoral in anything that Marlene is posting here. 
 

If You really don't like her, just do what I would do...challenge her to a rumble...LOL.  Just kidding!  Don't do that, I heard she is strapped.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 22, 2011, 09:31:33 AM
Tito Puente Last Life Performance Oye Como Va

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZQh4IL7unM

Tito Puente Mambo Birdland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUo8m3J1wM
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 26, 2011, 05:51:23 PM
Vintage Salsa Posters

http://www.salsamagazine.com/index.php?page=12
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 28, 2011, 05:44:33 PM
A Taste of The 'Real' Puerto Rico

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-paradores-20110327,1,1647443.story
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 29, 2011, 02:33:05 PM
The Voice of The Taino People

http://www.uctp.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 29, 2011, 06:02:29 PM
Don Coqui Restaurant Located in New Rochelle

Food was delicious. 

http://www.doncoqui.com/index.php?id=8
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 22, 2011, 07:00:47 PM
San Cristobal y Calles en El Viego San Juan
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 22, 2011, 07:01:21 PM
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico y El Morro

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 23, 2011, 07:21:20 PM
A Green Banner for Puerto Rican Day

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/a-green-banner-for-puerto-rican-day/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 25, 2011, 10:08:20 PM
"America, you have been formally introduced to some of the finest Puerto Rico has to offer....Nice!!!!!!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ7v2Un4FHI&feature=player_embedded

Marc Anthony, with Sheila E on drums and Jennifer Lopez dancing to Aguanile.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO - Pirates Of the Caribbean 4
Post by: NYC Native on May 26, 2011, 07:37:16 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
shotting on Location in El Castillo San Cristobal, Puerto Rico

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfoQZOltKA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfoQZOltKA)
Pirates was partially shot in Puerto Rico...This was shot on location going up the ramp of San Cristobal in Old San Juan.  San Cristobal Fortres / Castle is The Largest Fortress built in the Americas by Spain.   Most people think it was El Morro because it just looks so majestic as you approach it when you are driving up that hill and make that quick left on top.  San Cristobal kind of sneaks up on you to your right.  You don't realize how huge it is is until you see it from the sea or helicopter.

(http://www.vagabondquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Puerto-Rico-Old-San-Juan-Castillo-San-Cristobal.jpg)


(http://images.travelpod.com/users/vegasv/1.1292684654.castillo-san-cristobal.jpg)

(http://www.kookerkids.com/features/family_vacations/puerto_rico/images/Castillo_de_San_Cristobal.jpg)

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/photos.zeepuertorico.com/SAN%20JUAN-Castillo%20San%20Crist%C3%B3bal%5EIMG_4876-BIG.jpg)

(http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image/1/17/San_cristobal_cannon_s.jpg)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: NYC Native on May 26, 2011, 07:42:51 AM
Don Coqui Restaurant Located in New Rochelle

Food was delicious.  

http://www.doncoqui.com/index.php?id=8

Been there a few times.  HUGE portions...delicious.  They have a great "stadium kitchen"  where they teach to cook as well.



Here's Daisy Martinez with Tito on a shoot in Don Coqui
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdW1W3cPW_k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdW1W3cPW_k)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 26, 2011, 08:35:54 AM
If the "stadium kitchen" is on the first floor I believe I saw it.  Quite inviting papa!!

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on May 30, 2011, 10:32:05 PM
Puerto Rico's ... 65th Infantry Regiment U.S. Army

http://www.valerosos.com/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 01, 2011, 02:26:22 PM
Buscan Proteger Mariposa Boricua

http://www.noticel.com/noticia/105417/buscan-proteger-mariposa-boricua.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on June 01, 2011, 05:35:14 PM
Offensive ENBORÍCUATE Ads

http://www.change.org/petitions/boycott-coors-light-for-its-offensive-enborcuate-ads
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Post by: Marlene on June 01, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico - finalist of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LyYrJFcJT8&feature=player_embedded#at=20
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Post by: Marlene on June 06, 2011, 11:49:47 PM
Paoli Mejias visiting Haiti and bringing his music and hope to those that need it the most

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsXImFK6VP8&feature=player_embedded#at=312
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Post by: Marlene on June 08, 2011, 03:56:35 PM
Saving Puerto Rican Parrots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3sOrM4oFSY&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on June 08, 2011, 09:02:29 PM
The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!

http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2011/06/08/2011-06-08_the_puerto_ricans_are_coming.html
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Post by: Marlene on June 08, 2011, 09:12:20 PM
Yasmin Hernandez - Soldaderas Mural in East Harlem

http://rebelarte.livejournal.com/4259.html
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Post by: Marlene on June 09, 2011, 09:52:33 PM
More Puerto Ricans Identify Themselves As Indians

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/04/more-puerto-ricans-identify-themselves-as-indian-according-to-latest-census/
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Post by: NYC Native on June 10, 2011, 10:22:20 PM
I just identify myself as a "Spicy American"

(http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/31096655.jpg)

(http://flagspot.net/images/p/pr@oly52.jpg)


AMAZING...EVEN THE SPELLING WAS...PRODUCTO DE LOS TIEMPOS!!! :'(
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Post by: Marlene on June 10, 2011, 11:00:07 PM
Jose Alberto "El Canario"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsKairbQEHQ
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Post by: Marlene on July 03, 2011, 11:35:19 PM
Zon del Barrio with Larry Harlow at Lincoln Center (Saturday, July 2, 2011)

Salsa dancers enjoying musical performance by the Salsa orchestra "Zon del Barrio" with Larry Harlow at "Midsummer Night Swing" at Lincoln Center (New York) (Saturday, July 2, 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF7e55Jte9Q&feature=player_embedded
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Post by: Marlene on July 19, 2011, 10:27:32 PM
I'll be there soon, Borinquen!!
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Post by: Marlene on July 19, 2011, 10:28:10 PM
I'll be there soon, Borinquen!
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Post by: Marlene on July 21, 2011, 09:11:06 PM
Some beautiful architecture!
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Post by: NYC Native on August 07, 2011, 11:52:43 PM
Well, I just got back from PR...So much construction going on.  Old San Juan is, as always, Amazing.  There was a wedding of a couple from Iowa right by Parque de Palomas.  There is a gigantic Urban Park development right by the piers as well.  I took Mami and some of the wife's family members.  Had a great time but the white cloth restaurants inside the Hotels have gotten really expensive (even more then before!) The Condado Plaza Is Now CONRAD Condado has the most amazing interior design of any of the newly renovated Hotels. I stayed at San Juan Marriot Courtyard (half price, my cousin is sales director.. 8)  )

My Tia is having a 50Th Wedding Anniversary in January, so I will be back then - (by myself... :rockon:...LOL)  They still live in the hills where I grew Up.  
 

Here's a few of photos I took with my phone Sorry if I posted too many... :-\

Ponce Art Museum and Serralles Castle
(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/PonceArtMuseumPR.jpg?t=1312772512)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/LukasXinMuseodeArte-Ponce.jpg?t=1312772594)

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(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1437.jpg?t=1312772809)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1457.jpg?t=1312775025)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1473.jpg)

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Arecibo Observatory (Worlds largest Single Dish Radio Telescope) & Camuy Caverns
(about 20 stories under ground...OY VEY..HUMID!

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1406.jpg?t=1312772928)For reference, the hanging Dome is 8 stories in diameter!

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1403.jpg?t=1312773097)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1400.jpg?t=1312773055)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1391-1.jpg?t=1312773151)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1376.jpg?t=1312773199)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1384.jpg?t=1312773242)(http://s495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/?action-view&current=IMAG1371.jpg)

Condado, Old San Juan & Imediate Vicinity

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1570.jpg?t=1312773460)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/InsideSanCristobalCastle.jpg?t=1312773524)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/PoiPondCaribeHilton.jpg?t=1312773574)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1522.jpg?t=1312773663)

(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1365.jpg?t=1312773808)(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1528.jpg?t=1312773873)
(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/IMAG1513.jpg?t=1312774026)
And of course, View from my room before sunrise and a lechoncito from a local Bakery in Isla Verde!  :2funny:

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(http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr316/nycgotham/Puerto%20Rico%20August%202011/ViewfromourroomMarriotCourtyardSanJuan.jpg?t=1312774484)
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Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on August 11, 2011, 11:26:26 AM
So happy you enjoyed the family on the island!!

I just returned and will share a few!!

Best,
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Post by: Marlene on August 11, 2011, 08:43:28 PM
Just started reading Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago

Conquistadora is many vivid things all at once, and for the reader, they happen in your body, imagination and soul. It’s a swashbuckling adventure, visceral and ardent; it’s a historical novel so seamlessly told that you don’t realize your heart’s pounding even as your brain’s amassing a wealth of fascinating new knowledge. This is a book that is like that one small island you’ve been longing for since the great adventure and pirate stories of childhood. But the island is real, and this novel tells a real story--an important piece of history--that has never been told before. It’s a story about Puerto Rico, Esmeralda Santiago’s birthplace, and it shows us the island in a way that we’ve never seen before.

Here also is a portrait of characters I came to know and to care about, far from the usual New World stock cast of rapacious and greedy Spanish plantation owners chasing after slave and Creole girls. I was especially intrigued from the start by Ana, whom we first meet as a teenager in a convent in Seville in 1826, bent over the yellowing pages of some journals. (I have an established proclivity for historical novels that begin in convents!) Ana’s story, as every feisty convent girl’s life story should, begins and ends with rebellion: those journals belong to an ancestor of hers who journeyed to Puerto Rico with Ponce de Leon, and when Ana travels there just after her eighteenth birthday, she is a señorita de buena familia rebelling against expectations--of her class, her gender, and the time period. By 1865, she’s rich: a wealthy plantation owner on the island. She’s lost none of her fire. But when the slaves on whom her sugarcane business was built catch the winds of change when Lincoln is elected in the US, she may lose it all. In the decades in between, Ana loves and loses, and finds her true home and her destiny. Puerto Rico, like many tropical “paradises,” turns out to be not the fantasy she’d dreamed on, but a harsh land with harsh realities--a place that rewards only the toughest. The surprising Ana is an irresistible heroine despite the history she carries. She is a woman of her time, for good or ill. A woman who by the end of this sweeping story, comes to define her life not just by all that she has conquered but also all that she has lost. Most importantly, she lives in the reader’s imagination.

Conquistadora is a novel that surpassed my every expectation. It brings a hitherto unknown swath of history alive through great storytelling and narrative verve.

Esmeralda Santiago has written a brilliant and blazingly alive novel, as engrossing and just plain fun as any I have read in a long while.

Francisco Goldman
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Post by: Marlene on August 11, 2011, 11:57:15 PM
Esmeralda Santiago

http://www.esmeraldasantiago.com/biography
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Post by: Marlene on September 20, 2011, 08:16:30 PM
Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam / Images of Puerto Rico

http://coapr.org/profiles/blogs/re-viewing-documentary-the-photographic-life-of-louise-rosskampub
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 30, 2011, 09:06:14 AM
Beautiful music by Paoli Mejias

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG4vJHowzGA&feature=share
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on October 13, 2011, 06:06:27 PM
The Rum Diary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boj9PLFSfrE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1APboS0mpM&feature=related
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Post by: Marlene on November 15, 2011, 05:13:37 PM
Bomba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dWPJQfZrv84#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on November 15, 2011, 05:16:14 PM
Bomba Music

http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/genre/content.genre/bomba_696/en_US
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 05, 2011, 09:13:07 PM
World's Top Christmas Destinations

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/efel45eefj/san-juan-puerto-rico
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Post by: Marlene on December 08, 2011, 06:29:35 PM
Palladium - '' Where Mambo was King '' documentary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NqROZERU7Qc#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 10, 2011, 06:35:19 PM
The Wanderers in Puerto Rico

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Urb-anA-I_o#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 11, 2011, 12:45:04 PM
The Exiles of Puerto Rico

http://www.forbes.com/sites/giovannirodriguez/2011/12/10/the-exiles-of-puerto-rico/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on December 11, 2011, 01:24:15 PM
Beautiful Music By Paoli Mejias

http://paolimejias.tumblr.com/post/13501989571/bueno-ya-que-veo-que-tengo-muchos-amigos-que-estan
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Post by: Marlene on December 15, 2011, 06:17:03 PM
Yasmin Hernandez Art

http://www.yasminhernandez.com/
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Post by: Marlene on December 20, 2011, 03:13:55 PM
Canto a Borinquen-HECTOR LAVOE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Nvjp50GWoBQ#!
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 02, 2012, 08:55:27 PM
Más allá del Béisbol: La Vida de Roberto Clemente

http://robertoclemente.si.edu/spanish/virtual_story_home_07.htm
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 05, 2012, 03:29:04 PM
Listo Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico para el Día de Reyes

http://www.periodicolaperla.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3504%3Aacorde-con-la-tradicion-listo-juana-diaz-para-otro-agasajo-a-los-reyes-magos&catid=81%3Alocales&Itemid=198
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Post by: Marlene on January 06, 2012, 04:09:11 PM
Happy Three Kings Day!!

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Post by: Marlene on January 09, 2012, 03:19:19 PM
Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud ~ Old San Juan


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Post by: Marlene on January 11, 2012, 08:38:41 PM
Plena Libre rinde tributo a doña Rafaela Balladares

http://www.elnuevodia.com/plenalibrerindetributoadonarafaela-1163373.html
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 11, 2012, 08:39:39 PM
Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=flKo1m5YfCs
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Post by: Marlene on January 18, 2012, 03:48:36 PM
Photo
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Post by: Marlene on January 23, 2012, 03:40:08 PM
The First Latino U.S. Marine Fighter Pilot Félix Rigau Carrera

http://palantelatino.com/2012/01/23/the-first-latino-u-s-marine-fighter-pilot-felix-rigau-carrera/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on January 27, 2012, 07:43:40 PM
Live Music: Larry Harlow’s “La Raza Latina: A Salsa Suite,” at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

http://irom.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/live-music-larry-harlows-la-raza-latina-a-salsa-suite-at-the-adrienne-arsht-center-for-the-performing-arts/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmkWt7PWcB4
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Post by: Marlene on January 29, 2012, 04:57:15 PM
PUERTO RICO 1924

1924 Baseball Game between the San Juan BBC and Porto Rico Stars in New York
— with Yumet Anthony Reyes, Leslie Segarra, Sammy Elchefsabroso Diaz and Noel Tuly Diaz.

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Post by: Marlene on January 31, 2012, 07:03:14 PM
PHOTOS
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Post by: Marlene on February 02, 2012, 06:28:10 PM
Rafael Cordero, The Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico

http://palantelatino.com/2012/02/02/rafael-cordero-the-father-of-public-education-in-puerto-rico/
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Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2012, 07:45:12 PM
YO SOY AFRO-BORICUA

By ARCHIVO HISTORICO Y FOTOGRAFICO DE PUERTO RICO
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 03, 2012, 07:54:12 PM
Art by Samuel Garcia

Ponce Massacre took place in 1937. A dark moment in P.R.'s history. A similar incident occurred in Kent State University in 1970 when National Guardsmen fired on unarmed student protesters. oils, 48" x 30", sold.
— with Samuel Garcia.

Biografia

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Samuel Garcia had already taken sketchpad in hand by the time he moved to New York City in the 50’s.

Although his parents owned a ‘finca’ on which they earned a moderate profit from sugar cane and coffee production, it was exhausting work and agriculture was on the decline on the island. Borinquen was warm and beautiful but New York appeared wide open with prosperity for those families willing to work for it. For now Borinquen would become a fond memory in a young boy’s memory.

The reality of the move to the United States did not set in, Sam remembers, until he awoke in his grandparent’s apartment the morning after the flight. From the window facing the street he could hear voices speaking in a strange foreign language. As he gazed out to investigate, he saw a wonderland of three-foot-deep white stuff he had only heard of but had never seen. Welcome to the New World.

For Sam, aged 9, and his younger brother Raul, aged 7, adjusting to the new culture was as easy as picking up a stickball bat, and their upper Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, always seemed to provide a good game on every block. In school Sam discovered that a little illustration thrown in with his homework always earned him some extra credit. Drawing always seemed to come natural.

He pursued his artistic interest by attending the High School of Art and Design and George Washington High School where he met his future wife, Carmen. The couple had many things in common. She was born in Anasco a neighboring town of Mayaguez. Her aunt and Sam’s father had once dated and their families had known each other back home…small world! While the sounds of “doo-wop” music and street corner harmony echoed from every street corner, the young couple dated making their teenage years more memorable.
Young romance was interrupted, however, by military service. The armed forces offered the artist an opportunity to see the world. While in the Army he pursued his artistic endeavors with several illustration projects including designing a playground for military and German civilian use. Tour of duty in Europe proved to be a great learning experience. It was a wonderful chance to mingle with other cultures and new people. France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Austria were all a university. Sketch books and photo albums helped to record the adventure. The interaction of people always caught the artist’s eye and it would reflect in his work in later years.

Upon returning home the artist was reunited with Carmen and they tied the knot. The birth of their two daughters, Sandra and Kristine soon followed. Sam continued his art education at the School for Visual Arts and he has been painting ever since.

Garcia’s technique vividly explores images ranging from urban street scenes, landscapes, and portraits, to fantasy illustrations from classic novels. His art is full of color, movement and meticulous detail. The scenes are so realistic the spectator can place himself inside the paintings. He uses photographs, sketches, live models and his memory in an effort to be as realistic as possible. At closer look the figures reveal themselves to be friends and family members of the artist.

The memories of his childhood in the mountains of Barrio Leguisamo in Mayaguez and the beaches of Barrio Islote in Arecibo have begun to surface and manifest themselves in his most recent canvases. Sam is grateful to have gained knowledge from two great cultures. He’s been inspired by both. Although he has lived in New York City most of his life, it seems his heart has never left the island of enchantment.

Sam and Carmen are now living in Arecibo, Puerto Rico .

Nacido en Mayagüez, Samuel García Román ya habia tomado su libreta de dibujos entre manos cuando en el año 1953, a la edad de ocho años, junto con sus padres y hermano, se trasladaron a Nueva York en busca de prosperidad. El joven ya tenía grabado en su mente aquellas pintorescas imágenes de los campos del barrio Leguísamo de Mayagüez donde vivió sus primeros años, como también, de las playas del barrio Islote de Arecibo donde visitaba frecuentemente a sus abuelos maternos. En la Isla, sus padres tenían una finca de la cuál ellos ganaban suficiente para vivir, pero la cosecha de caña y café era un trabajo exhaustivo y la agricultura estaba en estado de declinación. Para el artista, todavía existen inolvidables recuerdos de aquella época. Son estos sentimientos del ayer que han servido de inspiración para varias de sus obras.

La realidad de la mudanza a los Estados Unidos no parecía verdad, Samuel recuerda, hasta que el despertó en el apartamento de sus abuelos la mañana después de su viaje. Desde la ventana mirando hacia la calle el pudo escuchar voces hablando en un idioma diferente. Cuando miró hacia afuera para investigar, el vió un paisaje maravilloso blanco que el nunca habia visto antes...nieve. ¡Bienvenido al Nuevo Mundo!

Para Samuel, de nueve años, y su hermano menor Raúl, de siete años, ajustarse a la nueva cultura fue tan fácil como coger un bate de béisbol. Su nuevo vecindario de Washington Heights, en el alto Manhattan, siempre ofrecía un buen juego de "stickball" en cada cuadra. En la escuela Samuel descubrió que una pequeña ilustración incluida con su tarea siempre le ganaba mas puntuación. Dibujar siempre le parecía ser tan natural.

Fue en la cuidad de Nueva York donde Samuel se crió y recibióinstrucción.
Persiguió su educación en artes plasticas en las escuelas "High School of Art and Design" y "George Washington High School" donde conoció su futura esposa, Carmen.
Ella nació en Añasco. Ellos tenían muchas cosas en común. Sus familias se conocian. Una tía de Carmen y el padre de Samuel habian sido novios...¡que peque–o mundo! Durante esa época, las melodías de la mísica "rock 'n' roll" sonaban de esquina a esquina en la ciudad. Los jovenes fueron novios haciendo estos años mas memorables.

El romance se interrumpió debido al servico militar en el año 1963. Sin embargo, las fuerzas armadas le ofreciéron al artista la oportunidad de ver el mundo. Durante su estadía en el ejército, estuvo destacado en Alemania donde tuvo la oportunidad de obrar en proyectos de ilustración. Uno de estos proyectos incluyó el diseño de un parque de recreación para el uso de militares y civiles. Su visita a Europa resultó ser una gran oportunidad para conocer y aprender de otras culturas. Francia, España, Suiza, Alemania, Holanda y Austria eran todas universidades. Las libretas de dibujos y colección de fotos le ayudaron a recordar las aventuras. La interacción de la gente capto el ojo del artista y esto se refleja en sus obras. Al licenciarse del ejército, el artista se unió en matrimonio con la joven que conoció desde su niñez. De este matrimonio nacen sus hijas Sandra y Kristine. Su educación en el campo de arte continuóen "School of Visual Arts," en la ciudad de Nueva York, y ha estado pintando desde entonces.

La técnica de Samuel explora vivamente imágenes que recorren desde paisajes de las calles de Nueva York hasta los campos de Puerto Rico, e ilustraciones de fantasías de novela clásicas. Su arte está lleno de color, movimiento y detalles minuciosos. Las escenas son tan reales que el espectador fácilmente puede trasladarse dentro de la escena que el cuadro proyecta. Utiliza fotografias, dibujos, modelos y su memoria en un esfuerzo de representar un paisaje lo más real posible. Al observar sus obras atentamente, las figuras revelan ser amigos y parientes del artista.

Samuel está agradecido de haber recibido la educación de dos grandes culturas. Aunque el ha vivido en la ciudad de Nueva York casi toda su vida, parece que su corazón nunca ha dejado la Isla del encanto. En el 2002 el artista realizo su sueño de regresar a borinquén. Ahora vive en Arecibo donde persigue su carrera artistica.

Partial List of Collectors: Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, PR; Coogan’s Restaurant, NYC; Columbia University, NYC; New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC; Observatorio de Arecibo, PR; U.S. Treasury Dept., NYC; Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY; New York Neurological Institute, NYC; Bronx Terminal Market, Bronx, NY; Dr. Jon Rich, Phd; Capital National Bank, Brooklyn, NY, Chief of Dept of Corrections, PR

Select Awards & Medals: Grumbacher Gold & Silver Medals for Excellence in Painting; Hispanic Heritage Award - N.Y.P.D., Excellence & Service; Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, PR; Certificate of Excellence, SOHO Art Competition; Certificate of Excellence, NYC International Art Competition; Certificate of Excellence, Scarsdale Art Society; Artfolio International Competition New York; Arts Interaction Gallery 12 – numerous awards & medals

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 04, 2012, 04:26:57 PM
Julia De Burgos
(1917-1953)

Ay ay ay de la grifa negra
________________________________________

Ay ay ay, que soy grifa y pura negra;
grifería en mi pelo, cafrería en mis labios;
y mi chata nariz mozambiquea.

Negra de intacto tinte, lloro y río
la vibración de ser estatua negra;
de ser trozo de noche,
en que mis blancos dientes relampaguean;
y ser negro bejuco
que a lo negro se enreda
y comba el negro nido
en que el cuervo se acuesta.
Negro trozo de negro en que me esculpo,
ay ay ay, que mi estatua es toda negra.

Dícenme que mi abuelo fue el esclavo
por quien el amo dio treinta monedas.
Ay ay ay, que el esclavo fue mi abuelo
es mi pena, es mi pena.
Si hubiera sido el amo,
sería mi vergüenza;
que en los hombres, igual que en las naciones,
si el ser el siervo es no tener derechos,
el ser el amo es no tener conciencia.

Ay ay ay, los pecados del rey blanco
lávelos en perdón la reina negra.
Ay ay ay, que la raza se me fuga
y hacia la raza blanca zumba y vuela
hundirse en su agua clara;
tal vez si la blanca se ensombrará en la negra.

Ay ay ay, que mi negra raza huye
y con la blanca corre a ser trigueña;
¡a ser la del futuro,
fraternidad de América!



Ay, Ay, Ay de la Grifa Negra
___________________________________________________

Ay, ay, ay, that am kinky-haired and pure black
kinks in my hair, Kafir in my lips;
and my flat nose Mozambiques.

Black of pure tint, I cry and laugh
the vibration of being a black statue;
a chunk of night, in which my white
teeth are lightning;
and to be a black vine
which entwines in the black
and curves the black nest
in which the raven lies.
Black chunk of black in which I sculpt myself,
ay, ay, ay, my statue is all black.

They tell me that my grandfather was the slave
for whom the master paid thirty coins.
Ay, ay, ay, that the slave was my grandfather
is my sadness, is my sadness.
If he had been the master
it would be my shame:
that in men, as in nations,
if being the slave is having no rights
being the master is having no conscience.

Ay, ay, ay wash the sins of the white King
in forgiveness black Queen.
Ay, ay, ay, the race escapes me
and buzzes and flies toward the white race,
to sink in its clear water;
or perhaps the white will be shadowed in the black.

Ay, ay, ay my black race flees
and with the white runs to become bronzed;
to be one for the future,
fraternity of America!

Source:
http://www.arlindo-correia.com/120205.html#Ay,_Ay,_Ay


A much-loved icon in Puerto Rican/Hispanic literature, Julia de Burgos' life and work continues to inspire readers 50 years after her death. De Burgos' impoverished upbringing and deep sensitivity to social injustice formed the basis of her lyrical and revolutionary poetry.

De Burgos overcame numerous obstacles during her lifetime, not the least of which was the prevailing standard of behavior for women. Hers was a clear and audible voice that transcended the norm for women. According to Publishers Weekly, "Writing in the 1930s through the 1950s, de Burgos was ahead of her time in grasping connections between history, the body, politics, love, self-negation and feminism that would later prove to be the foundations for writers like [Adrienne] Rich and [Sylvia] Plath."

De Burgos joined a literary protest against European colonialism and its denigration of African culture, and was an ardent supporter of Puerto Rican independence. De Burgos died in a Harlem hospital in 1953. Almost immediately after her death, de Burgos was honored by esteemed Hispanic writers and political figures, and her final collection of original poems, El mar y tu y otros peomas, was published in 1954.

Text source: Notable Hispanic American Women, Gale, 1998; Biography Resource Center, Gale, 1999. Photo source: Curbstone Press.
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Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 06, 2012, 05:38:04 PM
Orgullo Boricua

Super Bowl Champion Victor Cruz with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 06, 2012, 05:43:39 PM
LET'S SALSA

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 12, 2012, 05:57:26 PM
Puerto Rican Migration Continues at Record Pace

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/01/puerto-rican-migration-continues-at-record-pace.php

Puerto Rico residents continued their exodus from the island over the past year during tough economic times, with the local population shrinking by 19,099 residents, or 0.51 percent, the biggest percentage loss by far of any U.S. jurisdiction, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population loss was due to migration to the U.S., with a net 35,469 residents lost to out-migration, while island births outpaced deaths by 16,370 during the 15-month period covered by the new Census data, which runs April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

The drop-more than double the average annual population loss reflected in the 2010 Census for the previous decade- is part of the first new U.S. population estimate released by the bureau since the 2010 Census, which showed the island's population had declined by 82,821 people, or 2.2 percent, over the past decade.

The population dive is bad news for Puerto Rico for several reasons. The island will receive less federal funding in many programs, and it means less demand for housing, cars and a wide range of services, which will only add to the challenge of trying to lift Puerto Rico's economy from its prolonged economic downturn.

The wide-scale migration, moreover, will add to the aging of the island's population, and many observers worry Puerto Rico is losing among its brightest and best-trained professionals, who are leaving to seek better opportunities stateside.

"A decrease in population is the hallmark of a sick society, where people do not have enough faith in the future to increase family size or to commit to live for the long term," said Sergio Marxuach, policy director at the Center for the New Economy. "It is also negative for economic growth, since there will be fewer people working, earning money, investing, saving and consuming."

Back in October, an Ipsos poll commissioned by WAPA-TV found 45 percent of islanders have considered leaving Puerto Rico in search of a better quality of life, with the majority of those setting their sights on the States. One-quarter (25 percent) of those who have considered a move from the island have taken concrete steps to do so, the poll found.

Projected over the entire population, the poll results indicate some 1.5 million people would consider leaving the island, while 419,000 of those have at least started a plan to move.

Marxuach noted that the latest data is based on a sample, which has a significantly larger margin of error than the decennial Census.

However, he said the finding that the island continues to lose population at a significant rate is a worrisome trend.

A few years ago, Puerto Rico had more population than 24 states but is now estimated to have more population than 21. At one time, statehood would have meant six representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives; at current population levels, Puerto Rico would get five.

Puerto Rico's population was pegged at 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census, down from the 3,808,610 registered in the 2000 Census. It marked the first time the local population had declined between census counts.

The 2010 Census also showed there were 4.7 million Puerto Ricans living in the States, which was the first time more Puerto Ricans lived stateside than on the island. Only one state, Michigan, registered a drop in population in the 2010 Census, dipping 0.6 percent.

While the 19,099 drop over the 15-month period ending July 2011 is more than double the average annual population loss reflected in the 2010 Census, most observers believe migration really began to pick up in 2006 with the onset of Puerto Rico's prolonged economic recession. Besides Puerto Rico, three other states lost population during that period: Rhode Island, which lost 1,300 residents, or 0.12 percent of its population; Michigan, which lost 7,400 residents or 0.08%; and Maine, which lost 200 or 0.01 percent.

The new Census estimates show the lowest U.S. growth rate since the mid-1940s, with the nation's population increasing by 2.8 million, or 0.92 percent, over the 15-month period. Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed by California (438,000), Florida (256,000), Georgia (128,000) and North Carolina (121,000), according to the Census. Combined, these five states accounted for slightly more than half the nation's total population growth.

"The nation's overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since before the baby boom," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "Our nation is constantly changing, and these estimates provide us with our first measure of how much each state has grown or declined in total population since Census Day 2010."
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2012, 08:10:58 PM
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls breaks down color barriers, one runway at a time

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/16/living/joan-smalls-fashion-week/index.html

(CNN) -- Joan Smalls was 19 years old when she left her family's home in the countryside of northern Puerto Rico to pursue dreams of walking the runway.

In just four busy years, she has risen from department store catalog model to the ranks of fashion's most-sought-after models, walking for the likes of Jason Wu, Donna Karan and Tory Burch at New York's 2012 Fall Fashion Week.

Along the way, she has broken barriers by becoming the first Latina face of Estee Lauder's global marketing campaigns in 2011. She has done runway shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris and graced the pages of British, French, Spanish and U.S. versions of Vogue several times over.

"Joan is a modern beauty with elegance, style and confidence," said Aerin Lauder, former senior vice president, and current style and image director, of Estee Lauder. "She is the perfect addition to Estee Lauder's global faces."

Not bad for someone who used to wear combat boots to casting calls so she could make the trek from Queens to Manhattan.

"I had to take a bus to then take the subway to then go in the city, so I wanted to be as comfortable as possible," she said. "I think that had a lot to do with it, and especially at the beginning, having to go to 10, 15 castings a day, you want to be as comfortable as possible."

She began wearing heels full-time when she switched agencies in 2009 and began working with IMG's Kyle Hager. Within a year, she landed her breakthrough gig in high fashion as the exclusive model for Ricardo Tischi's Givenchy 2010 Couture Show in January 2010.

"When you want something so bad and when something great happens, I think it's instinct that you say, this is gonna be the moment that's gonna change everything. Everybody is gonna see me a different way," she said. "I thank Kyle every day because he made such a big difference in my career and in my life."

She's come a long way before her 23rd birthday, and there's more on the horizon: She's the face of the spring/summer 2012 campaigns for Chanel, Lacoste and Calvin Klein Jeans, and work keeps coming in. Amid the glitz and glamour, she counts among her greatest achievements helping change perceptions of beauty in fashion and modeling.

"I just want to continue to break barriers and to show the industry and the world that beauty is diverse, and you don't have to be a certain stereotype to be beautiful," she said. "When you look at the world, the world isn't just one palette. It's a beautiful rainbow, and why not have someone to represent that rainbow?"
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2012, 08:16:54 PM
I will Speak for You, 1997, Colored Pencils on Paper by Julio Cesar Roman

Created by an 18 years old student of Bulkeley High School, Hartford, Connecticut.
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on February 16, 2012, 08:19:05 PM
Translocas: Migration, Homosexuality, and Transvestism in Recent Puerto Rican Performance

http://hemi.nyu.edu/hemi/en/e-misferica-81/lafountain
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on March 12, 2012, 07:46:21 PM
First Puerto Rican To Play In The Negro Leagues: Emilio “Millito” Navarro

http://palantelatino.com/2012/03/12/first-puerto-rican-to-play-in-the-negro-leagues-emilio-millito-navarro/
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on April 18, 2012, 10:11:13 PM
A South Bronx Latin Music Tale

http://www.herencialatina.com/South_Bronx_Latin/Latin_Music_Bronx.htm
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on August 08, 2012, 10:39:36 PM
Close Encounters of the Romantic Kind

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/garden/a-spaceship-of-a-home-in-puerto-rico.html?_r=2&hp
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 02, 2012, 09:39:55 PM
LAMENTO BORINCANO
 
-by Rafael Hernández
 
Interpretation: Marc Anthony - http://www.youtube.com/?watch?v=3xarctVa26s
 
Get crazy happy
 With its cargo
 For the city, Oh,
 For the city.
 
It has been in his thoughts
 A full world
 Happiness, Oh,
 Of happiness.
 
You plan to remedy the situation
 In the home that is all his enthusiasm, if.
 
And cheerful jibarito va
 Think so, saying
 While singing as well by the way
 If I buy the load, my dear Dios
 A suit to my old lady going to buy.
 
And also happy his mare va
 To sense, the sense
 That sing
 It is an anthem of joy.
 And that surprised the daylight
 And they come to the market in the city.
 
He spends entire morning
 Without that nobody wants to
 Buy your load,
 Buy your load.
 Everything, everything is deserted,
 And the town is dead
 Of necessity, need.
 
This lament is heard everywhere,
 Of my wretched Borinquen, Yes;
 And sad, the, va jibarito
 think so, saying so
 Crying as well by the way;
 It is to Borinquen!
 My Dear God!
 It is to his children!
 And my home!
 
Borinquen, the land of eden
 Which to sing, the great Gautier
 He called the Pearl of the seas.
 Now that your you die
 With your sorrows
 Let me sing you I also.
 Me too.

-RAFAEL HERNÁNDEZ (Translated by Bing)
Title: Re: PUERTO RICO
Post by: Marlene on September 02, 2012, 09:52:34 PM
LAMENTO BORINCANO
 
-por Rafael Hernández
 
Interpretación: Marc Anthony - http://www.youtube.com/?watch?v=3xarctVa26s
 
Sale loco de contento
 Con su cargamento
 Para la ciudad, ay,
 Para la ciudad.
 
Lleva en su pensamiento
 Todo un mundo lleno
 De felicidad, ay,
 De felicidad.
 
Piensa remediar la situación
 Del hogar que es toda su ilusión, si.
 
Y alegre el jibarito vá
 Pensando así, diciendo así,
 Cantando así por el camino
 Si yo vendo la carga, mi Dios Querido
 Un traje a mi viejita voy a comprar.
 
Y alegre también su yegua vá
 Al presentir, al presentir
 Que aquel cantar
 Es todo un himno de alegría.
 Y en eso le sorprende la luz del dia
 Y llegan al mercado de la ciudad.
 
Pasa la mañana entera
 Sin que nadie quiera
 Su carga comprar,
 Su carga comprar.
 Todo, todo está desierto,
 Y el pueblo está muerto
 De necesidad, de necesidad.
 
Se oye este lamento por doquier,
 De mi desdichada Borinquen, si;
 Y triste, el, jibarito vá
 pensando así, diciendo así
 Llorando así por el camino;
 Â¡Que será de Borinquen
 Mi Dios querido!
 Â¡Que será de his hijos
 Y de mi hogar!
 
Borinquen, la tierra del edén
 La que al cantar, el gran Gautier
 Llamó la perla de los mares.
 Ahora que tu te mueres
 Con tus pesares
 Déjame que te cante yo tambien.
 Yo también.

Title: Re: PUERTO RICO - SALSA DANCERS ...ALWAYS SHINE IN NTHE DANCE FLOORS!
Post by: NYC Native on October 19, 2012, 12:17:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGnY-gxMP7Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGnY-gxMP7Q)


SON UNOS MONTRUOS!!
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