Showing posts from 2005

El Yunque

El Yunque Originally uploaded by yasmapaz . Photo by yasmapaz BLOGGERS: Happy New Year! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. Thanks for making the BLOGS exhibit a success. Looking forward to more of your work in the new year. Peace and love, Clarisel

Puerto Rico shoreline negscan

Puerto Rico shoreline negscan Originally uploaded by asawaa . Old San Juan shoreline

Picture 284

Picture 284 Originally uploaded by GinoPR . Fiestas de las mascara de Hatillo. Puerto Rico. (Dia de los Santos Inocentes)
Politics -- Featured story New York Daily News - Politics - Novello for Senate?

La Fortaleza - Old San Juan, PR

La Fortaleza - Old San Juan, PR Originally uploaded by jenjenjen .

Rincon Musical

Rincon Musical Originally uploaded by clarisel .
Community news PUERTO RICAN ARTIST DIOGENES BALLESTER RECEIVES INDIVIUDUAL ARTIST AWARD FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS New York, New York, December, 2005 —As the sponsoring organization, the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) is pleased to announce that Diogenes Ballester was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for the creation of an Oral History/Digital Book addressing a Puerto Rican family's expression of African/Catholic/Taino religious beliefs in the epic process of creating a home. Last year, Diogenes used the theme of oral history, the conveyance of information, and the tradition of the book for an installation entitled “Keeper of History, Holder of Dreams”. This installation art project was presented at El Centro Gallery at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and at MediaNoche Gallery located in East Harlem, New York. The installation at El Centro Gallery was a ritual art conception that
Politics -- Featured story: | 12/27/2005 | Island leader dismisses political report
Featured commentary: A return to respecting individual beliefs will makes us better people at Christmas time

Puerto Rico Limpio

Puerto Rico Limpio Originally uploaded by igualmente . Luquillo, P.R.
Featured story News Latin Beat Latinos hold many Christmas traditions

Los Reyes at Mami's

Los Reyes at Mami's Originally uploaded by clarisel . Puerto Rico Sun wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy Three Kings Day too!! Felicidades.

Puerto Rico - cafe scene

Puerto Rico - cafe scene Originally uploaded by asawaa . Asawaa says: "I saw this scene while I was visiting Puerto Rico back in 2002. As you can see it is a very beautiful place..."
Feaured site: Images from the Transit Strike, Dec. 21-22, 2005 are now available at
PRSUN TV TO AIR IN THE BRONX Check out PRSUN TV, a new monthly cultural arts/news show aimed at informing, empowering and community. This bilingual (mostly English) half-hour show, produced by independent producer/journalist Clarisel Gonzalez, will start airing tomorrow on Bronxnet. Lineup: TOPIC: BLOGS and the Boricua/Latino presence Show puts a special focus on Latino photobloggers who recently featured their work at a BLOGS exhibition at MediaNoche in Spanish Harlem. Photographers featured in the exhibit are members of the Puerto Rico Sun, NYC Exposition and East Harlem blogs. Judith Escalona, director of PRDream/MediaNoche, speaks to PRSUN TV on the BLOGS exhibit at the MediaNoche multimedia gallery. "Blogs represent a rupture in the way photographs are traditionally exhibited and sold, allowing the presentation of over 1,000 works in MediaNoche's space and converting viewers into bloggers who can interact with the printless photographs on display," Escalona s

El Morro

El Morro Originally uploaded by yasmapaz .

La Parranda del Zon

La Parranda del Zon Originally uploaded by clarisel . Zon de Barrio bring a parranda during the closing party of the BLOGS exhibit at MediaNoche. The Puerto Rico Sun cultural news/photoblog was among those featured at the exhibit, which ran from Oct. 14 to Dec. 17 in NYC. Thanks to those who supported the exhibit.

A Big Cock

A Big Cock Originally uploaded by yoshimi26 .

King of the Lizards.

King of the Lizards. Originally uploaded by BamaWester .


Parranda Originally uploaded by clarisel .
Featured story IPA NY Voices That Must Be Heard Latino youth unprotected on the Internet
Community Event Thursday, December 15th, 2005 Time: 8PM-10PM Cost: Free Admission Posted by YERBABUENA, INC.: Jibaro Xmas Jam @ La Fonda Boricua with Conjunto Anoranzas del Batey La Fonda Boricua presents a weekly Jibaro Xmas Jam Sessions in celebration of the Holydays...come enjoy some of the best Puerto Rican food and music in town, this week with the sounds of Conjunto Anoranzas del Batey. La Fonda Boricua: 169 East 106th St. (bet Lexington & Third Aves) - (212) 410-7292 By Subway: #6 Lexington Avenue Line to 103rd St station, walk three blocks north to 106th Street. then one block east toward Third Avenue. By Car: Triboro Bridge - Take FDR south, exit at 106th Street. George Washington Bridge - Take Harlem River Drive to FDR south, exit at 106th Street. Cross-Bronx Expressway - Take 87 south, exit at 138th Street Bridge. Drive south to 106th Street For more info, go here: For the co


IMG_3754 Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo .


IMG_2132.JPG Originally uploaded by .
Looking for a holiday gift Featured site: Monopoly Puerto Rico Edition INTRODUCING MONOPOLY® PUERTO RICO EDITION The Perfect Holiday Gift! Advance to GO! The Monopoly brand introduces the Puerto Rico edition showcasing an exceptional tour of the island’s beautiful landmarks and exciting businesses. Buy, sell and trade the island’s hot spots in a quest to own Puerto Rico. Limited quantities available, order soon in order to receive for Xmas. To purchase or learn more, visit

maybe a dance for rain

maybe a dance for rain Originally uploaded by lapamela .
Christmas events: Los Pleneros de la 21 are proud to announce: La fiesta navideña del 2005 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2005 FROM 3 PM – 11 PM @ Taíno Tower’s, Crsytal Room 123rd Street and Second Avenue Fourth Floor El Barrio, NY 10035 Come join LP21 as they rejoice in the Holiday Spirit in an evening complete with the best of Puerto Rican traditional music in their annual year-end event. You may sing and dance the night away as LP21 bring to a night of Traditional aguinaldos and Boleros by El Trío New York and Guillermo Colón, Classic Salsa provided by Angel “Papo” Vázquez and La Rinquincaya Pirata with special guest singer: Herman Olivera, and of course ... Bomba and Plena by Los Pleneros de la 21 featuring new track performances from their most recent cd release, “Para Todos Ustedes” ! The night will be complete with a savory menu of traditional food, delicious beverages and creative arts and crafts that will be available for purchase $15.00 Entrance Char

lets go fly a kite

lets go fly a kite Originally uploaded by lapamela .
Community Events medianoche 161 East 106th Street, First Floor (between Lexington and Third Avenues) Just blocks away from Museum Mile For info: 212.828.0401 ::: Thursday, December 15, 7PM "LATINA CONFESSIONS" directed by Louis E. Perego Moreno A work-in-progress screening What does it mean to be Latina in the U.S. today? When two competing cultures engage in a tug of war, which side wins? How does the "Madonna/Whore Complex" impact Latina sexuality? In frank and confessional monologues, Latinas defy stereotypes as they share intimate secrets on sex, family and religion. Admission: FREE +++++++++++++++ ::: Friday, December 16, 6PM – 9PM CLOSING RECEPTION BLOGS An exhibition of photoblogs: NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, East Harlem... "Blogs" represents a rupture in the way photographs are traditionally exhibited and sold, allowing the presentation of over 1,000 works in MediaNoche’s space and converting viewers into b


Announcement Hello gente. I am pleased to report that a new bilingual (mostly English) cultural arts/news show I am producing called PRSUN TV will soon start airing on Bronxnet's Channel 69 in the Bronx. PRSUN TV is also aimed at empowering and informing boricuas. It is about community. The first show is expected to air this month. Details to come.


Vegigante Originally uploaded by jps_pr .

Tunnel with Lights - Dorado, Puerto Rico

Tunnel with Lights - Dorado, Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by qUiMeRa .
Featured story: Gotham Gazette - Recent Stories New York City Schools Narrow Racial Gap

Playa Flamenco Hand

Playa Flamenco Hand Originally uploaded by croweturtle .
Health Press Release NCLR PRESIDENT JANET MURGUÍA, U.S. REP. HILDA SOLIS, ACTRESS LUPE ONTIVEROS, AND NATIONAL EXPERTS CONVENED FOR LATINAS AND HIV/AIDS SUMMIT Long Beach, CA – The National Council of La Raza/California State University, Long Beach (NCLR/CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training and the Latino Coalition Against AIDS convened the first Latinas and HIV/AIDS Summit on December 1, 2005 - World AIDS Day - to raise awareness of the dramatic increases in Latina HIV infection rates. The event was held at the California State University, Long Beach Student Union Ballroom, and guests included dignitaries such as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, U.S. Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA), and acclaimed actress Lupe Ontiveros (Desperate Housewives). Hispanics are the fastest-growing group of those infected with HIV. As with many other health issues affecting the Latino community, HIV/AIDS has a disproportionate impact when compared to non-
Community News Featured story: Community Development Television (Gotham Gazette. November, 2005) Story on public access television -- The opportunity for community development on public access television may change if pending federal legislation is passed –- because there may no longer be any public access television as we know it.


cartwheel! Originally uploaded by luckd .

Plaza las Americas

Plaza las Americas Originally uploaded by croweturtle .
Featured story: The Observer | International | Hollywood dances to a new Latin beat Several U.S. production companies are battling to the first to make a film about reggaethon.
Featured story: Northpinellas: Loggerhead turtle's flight delayed again Bosco keeps trying to head to his new home at the Puerto Rico Zoo, but he keeps getting bumped from his flights: too big, too heavy.
My Sweet Minister By Samaris Ayala My minister sweet minister. He touched many lives, yet he is humble. When I call he speaks with much sympathy. His name is Reverend Alfredo Cotto - Thorner I remember the Thanksgiving dinners at the church for the poor. I remember you inviting my fiancé and I to dinner. I remember you visiting me in the hospital. I remember you never talking about hell in the pulpit. I remember giving me a 350 dollar scholarship from the church. I remember when I went away, you asked the congregation to mail me cards. I remember you praying for my family, even when my poppy was mean. I remember you starting a substance abuse half-way house. I remember you giving me permission to have a boyfriend. I remember you helping my mom, when she was confused. I remember sending me postcards when you were on vacation. I remember letting me teach Sunday school to the children. I remember giving me Christmas gifts. I remember how you allowed me to get close to your wife, Mrs. C


IMG_1907 Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo .

Rainforest flower.

Rainforest flower. Originally uploaded by BamaWester .
News Brief: New York Post Online Edition: news Hill's $50M 'P.R." Move
Featured article: :: Welcome to Manila Bulletin Online :: Our very own Vivian Lake, who has served as book editor of the Puerto Rico Sun, is featured on The Manila Bulletin Online for what else: her work as a litblogger. Check it out. Congratulations Viv!!
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Puerto Rico's Coffee

Puerto Rico's Coffee Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo . Hacienda Buena Vista, Ponce, PR

Hacienda Buena Vista

Hacienda Buena Vista Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo .
Opinion CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site Ex-Puerto Rican Gov. Sila M. Calderon offers valuable lesson in New Jersey
Obituary Joseph Monserrat, 84, Leader in Efforts to Unify Latinos, Dies - New York Times


PR013 Originally uploaded by beckerpecker . Beckerpecker wrote: "I left Puerto Rico running away from certain people...just kidding! This is "La Rogativa". This sepia effect adds to what I want to accomplish."
On the Environment: Caribbean National Forest Wilderness Bill Passes Senate, Heads to White House For Final Approval


Tostones Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .
Featured story HOTELS magazine Puerto Rico Convention Center Opens for Business

arroz con gandules

arroz con gandules Originally uploaded by luckd .
Featured story: village voice > news > La Victoria de Freddy by Jarrett Murphy The ethnic dimensions of Ferrer's "defeat"


PR184 Originally uploaded by beckerpecker . The Marina at La Guancha

Lifeguard Post

Lifeguard Post Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo . Cerro Gordo Beach in Vega Baja, PR
Featured story: New York City - Bronx news Mayor's courtship of Latino voters proves significant

The New Yorker: Fiction

Here's an article I just read that I thought I'd share: The New Yorker: Fiction "THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE" by Paul Theroux


PR109 Originally uploaded by beckerpecker .
Featured story: All the reggaeton rage

Plaza del Quinto Centenario

Plaza del Quinto Centenario Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .

Las escaleras

Las escaleras Originally uploaded by jps_pr .
Featured story: AP Wire | 11/06/2005 | ILLINOIS STYLE: Latino groceries are now big business in Waukegan
Featured story: A Moribund Independence Movement Stirs Anew - New York Times

Dawn in Naguabo

Dawn in Naguabo Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo .

New York City - Politics and Boricuas

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Featured story The Mayor Tries to Trump His Opponent's Puerto Rican Card - New York Times

hijos de san juan

hijos de san juan Originally uploaded by Runs With Scissors .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SOURCE: NCLR) Nov 3, 2005 NEW RESEARCH FINDS THAT A FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OVERALL HEALTH OF LATINOS Long Beach, CA – A report released today by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training finds that Latinos are at a disproportionately high risk for depression and other conditions associated with mental illness, and are also much less likely to seek treatment or receive quality culturally- and linguistically-competent care. The report, Critical Disparities in Latino Mental Health: Transforming Research into Action, also provides education and treatment recommendations that would improve Latino mental health. "Latinos are often reluctant to discuss mental health, but it affects our community disproportionately. When we talk about improving the health of Hispanics and of all Americans, we must address mental hea
EDUCATION CORNER The Sallie Mae Fund National Bus Tour Stops in NYC Area to Address Need to Educate Latinos on College Financial Aid Options Paying for College Tour Empowers the Growing Latino Community to Achieve Their Dreams Through Higher Education WHAT: The Sallie Mae Fund Paying for College Tour will be in Metro NYC to help local Latinos close the financial aid information gap that has been restricting college attendance. The mobile tour bus will be parked in sixteen area locations, where Latino students and their families can access information on scholarships, grants, loans and federal aid in both Spanish and English, through the vehicle's computer resource center, as well as attend an interactive workshop on financial aid to be presented by college graduates. One scholarship will be given out at each workshop to a youth in attendance! WHY: (additional local and national statistics available) In the state of New York, only 16-percent of Latinos over the age of 25 ho


Spot Originally uploaded by dulcelife .


IMG_1892 Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo .

Torre de Observación

Torre de Observación Originally uploaded by jps_pr . Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Municipio de San Juan, Puerto Rico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Source: NCLR) Oct 31, 2005 NCLR REPORT COMPILES NEW DATA ON THE BURGEONING LATINO COMMUNITY IN GEORGIA Atlanta, GA – Responding to concerns over the lack of data on Georgia's fastest-growing community, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today released Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, a demographic analysis of Georgia's Latino community, which grew almost 300% from 1990 to 2000. The report, produced by NCLR's Georgia Latino/Hispanic Health Agenda and Leadership Project with the support of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., examines the economic, education, and health status of Latinos in the state. "This report clearly shows that Latinos are a growing and important share of the workers and taxpayers of Georgia and that the entire state's economy depends on their well-being," stated Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO. Unfortunately they are also a v
REFLECTIONS ON BLOGS By Clarisel Gonzalez, BLOGS Curator NEW YORK CITY -- It all started in Puerto Rico. That enchanted island inspired me to shoot photos and more photos. It also inspired me to want to share those images with the world. That's what started the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news e-magazine back in 2002, which later (in 2004) became the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news/photoblog because it was easier and quicker for me to maintain. I remember I first joined a photo sharing and storage site called "Flickr" in 2004 with the idea of posting my photos from there to the Puerto Rico Sun blog. But I discovered a whole new world full of photography and interactive communication on Flickr. I immediately started the Puerto Rico Sun photoblogging group and began joining other groups based on my many interests. I also started meeting people from all over the world online who shared a common love for photography and became part of a live and vibrant online community. Last summ
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Three Kings ( Tres Reyes Magos )

Three Kings ( Tres Reyes Magos ) Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . The Yuca Festival in Isabela


IMG_6040 Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo . Barceloneta, P.R.

Yunta de Bueyes

Yunta de Bueyes Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . Boricua491000 says: "When I was growing up I used to see this scene a lot, today is like non existent."

Aguadilla View

Aguadilla View Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .
NCLR RELEASE Oct 26, 2005 STATEMENT OF JANET MURGUIA, NCLR PRESIDENT AND CEO, ON THE PASSING OF CONGRESSMAN EDWARD ROYBAL Washington, DC – It is a profoundly sad day for civil rights advocates as we mourn the passing of two civil rights pioneers. Both Rosa Parks and Congressman Edward Roybal embodied the notion that a single courageous person can change the course of history. Congressman Roybal began his career working to improve the health status of Hispanics, a concern and passion he sustained throughout his career. He served with distinction in World War II. Mirroring the experience of luminaries such as Dr. Hector P. Garcia who founded the American GI Forum in Texas, Roybal was deeply frustrated by what he saw when returned home from the war. Despite the heroism displayed by Mexican American soldiers, the community was still being subjected to widespread discrimination and that, for all too many, the American Dream was still out of reach. It was this concern and commitment t
Featured editorial: Rosa Parks Today - October 26, 2005 - The New York Sun - NY Newspaper
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Kayaking in Lajas

Kayaking in Lajas Originally uploaded by dulcelife .


Cangrejos Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . "This is another example of the crafts created by our artisans." -- boricua491000


Raíces Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .


sally_caberellos Originally uploaded by clarisel . Samaris Ayala shares poetry in photos with the Puerto Rico Sun. Old and meaningful images of family.

Sally Luna

Sally_Moon Originally uploaded by clarisel . Samaris Ayala's poetry in photos. Old and treasured family photos. A moment in time.
REMINDER TODAY IS THE ARTISTS' TALK! MediaNoche presents BLOGS: An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and East Harlem October 14 - November 26, 2005 ARTISTS' TALK: Saturday, October 22, 3PM MediaNoche 161 East 106th Street, First Floor (between Lexington and Third Avenues) New York City For information: 212.828.0401 or MEDIANOCHE's BLOG EXHIBITION made news in Chile! ======================================= Judith Escalona Director PRDREAM.COM 161 East 106th Street (212)828-0401 Empowering community through technology ========================================

Observation Deck

Observation Deck Originally uploaded by dulcelife .

Crashboat Beach

Crashboat Beach Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .