Monday, October 31, 2005

Oct 31, 2005

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 vulnerable population, often lacking health insurance and more likely to be in the lowest paying and most dangerous jobs."

Key findings include:
Population Growth:

• Georgia had the third-fastest-growing Latino population of any other state in 2004, and now has the 11th-largest Hispanic population in the U.S.
• Three-fifths (61.9%) of Latinos in Georgia are 29 years old or younger.
• Five Georgia counties - Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Clayton - are home to more than 50% of the state's Latino population.


• One in 14 students enrolled in Georgia's public schools in 2005 (7.8%) is Hispanic.
• Three in five of these students (61%) were classified as Limited English Proficient as of 2001, and about half (49.6%) graduated from high school in 2004.

Economic Status:

• Almost four in five Latinos in Georgia are working or looking for work compared to two-thirds of all state residents, yet a higher share of Hispanics, compared to others, lives below the poverty line.
• Hispanic buying power in the state of Georgia grew faster than any other segment of the state's economy - up 710% to almost $11 billion in the past 14 years.
• In 2002, Hispanics applied for and received 9,333 of the small business loans granted to firms in Georgia.

Health Status:

• More than two in five (43%) nonelderly Hispanics in Georgia did not have health insurance, despite their participation in the labor force.
• Only 5% of all doctors and only 2% of all nurses in Georgia are Latino.
• Unintentional injuries, such as workforce and motor vehicle accidents, are the leading cause of death for Georgia's Hispanics, whereas they are only the third-leading cause of death for Hispanics nationwide.

"Because the health of each of us is inextricably linked to the health of all of us, it is important that our portrait of Georgia include the growing number of Latinos calling the state their home," said Dr. Gary D. Nelson, President of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc. "A commitment to better health and health care for all Georgians recognizes the disparities and embraces the diversity depicted in this report."
This analysis is the first piece of a larger report also funded by the support of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., on the health status of Hispanics in the state that will provide recommendations to policy-makers, health providers, and the leaders of social service organizations on how to overcome current gaps in state services.
"Hispanics need and want what many other Georgians may take for granted - a quality education and access to health care. Given that Latinos are an increasingly critical part of the region's economy, we urge state officials in Georgia to work with community leaders to ensure that all residents of the state are able to access and receive basic services," Murguia concluded.
The full report, Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, can be accessed on the Internet at


The Georgia Latino/Hispanic Health Agenda and Leadership Project is funded by a grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc. (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States - works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of more than 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit

All Content © 2005 NCLR. All Rights Reserved
By Clarisel Gonzalez, BLOGS Curator
-- 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 summer, I relocated to New York City, and I didn't realize that with this move, I would organize a photo exhibit and get to meet many of my online contacts for the first time. I recall Victor Iglesias ("Eros Leafar"), a photographer from Puerto Rico, posted a message saying that he wanted to organize an exposition so photographers can meet and showcase their photography in New York City. We were thinking something small. Just a one- or two-day thing max.
Victor asked for my help and I thought it was a good idea. I began contacting different groups seeking a donated space for our gallery -- and I posted a message in the "Corrientes" forum of a site called: And, Judith Escalona called, telling me she wanted to meet with me "to talk."
While I was thinking of a small gathering and an exhibit of traditional prints, I quickly learned that Judith had another idea: BLOGS. Judith wanted us to showcase our photos using the technology we use everyday to share our work. "It's live," she said, adding that she wanted the exhibit to be a three- to six-week gallery at MediaNoche showcasing photoblogs and how they are transforming the way photographs are shared, displayed and exhibited. MediaNoche is a gallery which offers residencies and exhibition space to artists working in new media in Spanish Harlem.
It made sense to me right at that first meeting. I immediately shared the good news with the photographers online and even they were not clear on how the exhibit would look like without prints. None of us really did!
But the exhibit began to form, largely online. When Richard A. Caraballo ("Minusbaby"), an artist based in East Harlem realized this exhibit was going to be held in his beloved Barrio, he immediately jumped on board to help make this happen. We decided to feature three separate photo groups.
The NYC Exposition, a multicultural/international group, was formed exclusively for the BLOGS exhibit and this group's aim is to showcase photography as art. The NYC Exposition consists of everything from macro to urban/street photography to landscapes and black and white images. Photographers represent different parts of the world, ranging from Puerto Rico and the United States to Latin America and Europe. In addition, I started up the NYC Exposition blog aimed at featuring the photographers who share everything from why they love photography to their photo style to the equipment they use.
Today, the NYC Exposition group has more than 165 members, featuring more than 1,070 images online.
Meanwhile, the two other photo groups featuring at the exhibit are: Puerto Rico Sun, a group dedicated to images of Puerto Rico and stateside boricua communities; and East Harlem, a group dedicated to images of the people and neighborhoods of El Barrio, two groups showcasing communities that the PRDream/MediaNoche project also serves.
The Puerto Rico Sun has more than 65 members and is showcasing 875 photos. The East Harlem group has 15 members, exhibiting nearly 160 photos.
Many of the photobloggers are observers. Many are storytellers. Many just want to capture a moment in time.
Some prefer to create images that are less photographic and more like other art forms such as a painting. Some want to share images reflecting the social conditions of their countries.
And, some say they just want to use their imaginations and create a reality through their art.
"I love photography, because I have the opportunity to create art and influence people's opinion and emotions," wrote "GinoPR" of Puerto Rico in the NYC Exposition blog.
"Enigma" of Taiwan wrote in his blurb: "I also think the idea of a photographic exposition that does not involve physical prints fascinates me (although I wonder sometimes how on earth you will get all of the colors and tones right, as you can't see the prints...but then realize that it really doesn't matter, the virtual prints will just be different, just as people who view photographs on two different monitors often see two different photographs)."
"Monster" of England wrote: "I love photography; I have always enjoyed composing pictures and the digital age has made it so much more accessible and flexible."
Today, I am happy to report that the exhibit has truly been an inspiration for many of us. "Hellophotokitty" of Canada recently wrote in the discussion area of the NYC Exposition group about her experience attending the exhibit: "NYC opened up my eyes again - inspired me and my photography - and you flickr buddies - I love and miss you all!!!"
The exhibit runs until Nov. 26 at the MediaNoche gallery. If you haven't stopped by yet, there is still plenty of time. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2005

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."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Oct 26, 2005

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 to a better life for his community that fueled his political career. At just 30, he ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1947. Although he lost that campaign, the traits synonymous with his life and career emerged - his tenacity, doggedness, legendary work ethic, and extraordinary ability to organize people and communities - and propelled him, just two years later, to become the first Mexican American in the 20th Century to serve on the Los Angeles City Council.

Thirteen years later, he made history again, becoming the first Mexican American member of Congress from California since 1879. As only one of a handful of Hispanic members of Congress at the time, Roybal became a champion not only for the Hispanic community but also for the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. It is nearly impossible to overstate Congressman Roybal's record of service on behalf of Hispanics and the impact he had during his congressional career.

In 1967, he authored the first bilingual education bill. In 1968, he passed legislation to create a Cabinet-level office for Hispanic concerns. Also that year, he sponsored legislation to establish National Hispanic Heritage Week, which later became National Hispanic Heritage Month. In 1973, he introduced legislation to provide bilingual assistance to those in the court system, a major step toward improving the administration of justice for Latino defendants. He was a leading proponent of the language assistance provisions of the Voting Rights Act enacted in 1975. He helped make sure Hispanics were counted in the Census, and in other official government statistics. He was a founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in 1976 and the founder of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in 1981. And as CHC Chair in the early 1980s, he led the fight against the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration bill, a fight which ultimately shaped immigration reform for a generation.

During his 30 years in Congress, he rose to a level of power equaled by few of his colleagues. He was one of the thirteen "cardinals," Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs, who essentially controlled America's purse strings. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he worked to enact age discrimination laws and strengthen fair housing statutes. He helped save programs such as Meals on Wheels and programs serving veterans when extensive budget cuts were being made in the 1980s.

Among his most extraordinary qualities was his willingness and ability to stand up for what he believed in, even if it meant standing alone. He was unimpressed by "popularity," unafraid of criticism, unyielding to threats, and unbowed by what appeared to be insurmountable obstacles. Had he not championed these causes, often at expense to his own career, the world would be a very different, and less hospitable, place for Hispanic Americans.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his wife Lucille, his daughter Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and his beloved children and grandchildren. We will miss him dearly and we will never forget.

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Kayaking in Lajas

Kayaking in Lajas
Originally uploaded by dulcelife.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


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

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Samaris Ayala shares poetry in photos with the Puerto Rico Sun.

Old and meaningful images of family.

Sally Luna

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Samaris Ayala's poetry in photos.

Old and treasured family photos. A moment in time.

Saturday, October 22, 2005





An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and
East Harlem
October 14 - November 26, 2005

ARTISTS' TALK: Saturday, October 22, 3PM

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)
New York City

For information: 212.828.0401 or


Judith Escalona

161 East 106th Street
Empowering community through technology

Observation Deck

Observation Deck
Originally uploaded by dulcelife.

Crashboat Beach

Crashboat Beach
Originally uploaded by boricua491000.

Fun and Dance in Old San Juan!

Fun and Dance in Old San Juan!
Originally uploaded by clarisel.


Originally uploaded by DeLares.

Sugar Cane Crane

Sugar Cane Crane
Originally uploaded by david6of7.

Friday, October 21, 2005

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Contact: John Garcia, PRLDEF
(212) 739-7513

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
A Cause Worth Celebrating: PRLDEF Hosts Gala to Promote Equality and Justice

Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons Leads Effort to
Honor Contributions to Latino Community, Raise $1 Million for Legal Education

New York-- The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) will host its 21st Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, to honor individuals who are Broadening the Reach of Justice through Latino-rights advocacy and education. The black-tie gala is at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 E. 42nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues.
Richard D. Parsons, Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO, is the dinner chairman. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million in support of PRLDEF and the organizations mission of promoting equality and justice. Proceeds raised will fund legal aid programs and scholarships for minority students.
This event brings together the business, academic and civic communities to support the cause of equality and justice, said PRLDEF President and General Counsel Cesar A. Perales.
Parsons was named CEO of Time Warner Inc. in 2002 and became chairman in 2003. He is chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and serves on the boards of Citigroup, Estee Lauder, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, Howard University and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.
Along with featuring Parsons, the gala will honor the individual contributions of Linda A. Willett, vice president and deputy general counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and William Malpica, a lawyer with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP.
Each of these individuals lead by example, says William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel & Brewer and gala committee chairman. By championing diversity programs and minority internships, they open the doors of opportunity for future generations of Latino lawyers.
Willett will be recognized with the Corporate Leadership Award for promoting legal diversity, especially within her corporation. Willett began a corporate legal internship program at Bristol-Myers Squibb and currently supervises the companys diversity council. She holds board positions on the Minority Corporate Council, the Legal Momentum and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. She also serves on the advisory board of The Partnership for Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University, and is the former secretary of the PRLDEF Board of Directors.
As a rising star within the New York legal community, Malpica will receive the PRLDEF Lucero Award. Malpica established a workshop at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw to help young students succeed in law school. He has organized programs to attract minority high school students to the legal profession, and is active in his law firms diversity program.
The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, PRLDEF creates opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. The 21st Annual Gala is made possible by the generous support of sponsors such as Time Warner Inc.; the Bickel & Brewer Foundation; Bertelsmann, Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Cravath Swain & Moore, LLP; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Hogan & Hartson; Loeb & Loeb; Sedgwick, Detert, NBC4, New York, Moran & Arnold, LLP; and Univision Communications.

Originally uploaded by minusbaby.

The artists' talk for the BLOGS exhibit is tomorrow at 3 p.m. at MediaNoche in Spanish Harlem.

Speakers include *Your Guide, DeLares, Hellophotokitty, Raquez, Minusbaby and yours truly.

Tips Are Appreciated

Tips Are Appreciated
Originally uploaded by igualmente.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

By Samaris Ayala

Please don't be blue
I love you
I love you
I love you
Your cool My diagnose
is stray dog
I hear
those words
and I run
somewhere under
the sun

NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at

Lorna (Quimera)

Lorna (Quimera)
Originally uploaded by DeLares.
DeLares says:
"Lorna una bella india .......en frente de un Monet......en el Museum of Modern Art....."

"Lorna is a beautiful 'india' front of a the Museum of Modern Art..."

Lorna is in town from Puerto Rico. Her work is also featured in the BLOGS exhibit.

Friday, October 14, 2005

El Morro

El Morro
Originally uploaded by John Anthony.

palm tree

palm tree
Originally uploaded by lukescheminger.

Picture 083

Picture 083
Originally uploaded by GinoPR.


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Boricua Summit is to provide a forum by which Puerto Ricans residing in New Jersey can examine our present role in the New Jersey community and create a proactive agenda to improve our economic, educational, social/cultural, and political well-being.


8:30-9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast / Registration

Community Resources Fair

9:30-10:15 AM

Opening Plenary Session

Welcoming Remarks

National Anthems

Morning Speaker-

Assemblyman W. Caraballo

10:30-12:00 Noon

Morning Workshop Sessions

12:15-1:15 PM


Invited Keynote Speaker –

Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vila

Roll Call of NJ Puerto Rican Elected Officials

1:30-3:00 PM

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

3:00-6:00 PM

Invited NJ Gubernatorial Candidates

Plenary Session - Presentation of workshop recommendations

Closing Remarks


Morning session; 10:30-12:00 Noon

A) “You have the Power! Part 1”

This citizen empowerment training will present regular citizens with limited time and money strategies on how to gain real political power they can use to leverage change in their home towns.

B) “Keys to Personal Financial Success”

An introduction to Personal Financial planning, presenting key issues and strategies for managing your money and preparing for your future.

C) “Key Leadership Skills for Collegiate Level ”

Discussion of the key skills for enhancement during the collegiate years, and how linking goals of present and future leaders will ensure a legacy of rising Latino leadership figures.

D) “Your Health and Your Future”

This workshop will provide an overview of the heath status of Latinos in NJ and the USA, with a focus on Puerto Ricans.

E) “What you don’t know about Medicare and the Changes in 2006”

A review of the implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improve-ment, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and its effects on the community.

Afternoon session; 1:30-3:00 PM

F) “You Have the Power! Part 2“

Promote full electoral participation through voter education, mobilization and advocacy; and the development of Puerto Rican candidates.

G) “What you don’t know about the SBA -Small Business Administration”

Address strategies to grow your small business through better understanding of the SBA and its services.

H) “Embracing Conflict as a Leader”

For college students to explore: a) pride in ourselves & community, b) the misinformation learned about ourselves & our culture, and c) our roles in supporting each other as Leaders and supporting Latino leaders. Present steps toward building coalitions and dealing effectively with conflict.

I) “Mental Health and our Community” This workshop will provide an overview of mental health and mental illness as experienced and recognized by the Latino community, with a focus on Puerto Ricans

Registration Fee: Suggested
Donation – Adults $10
Students $5

Payment/checks should be made payable to FOCUS

For more information:

Phone: 973-824-6030

Fax: 973-824-6130

Or Email:

(Note: Any forms of payment/checks should

be made out to FOCUS)

puerto rican pride

puerto rican pride
Originally uploaded by gypsyrican.


NYC expo postcard
Originally uploaded by Hugo Provoste.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Featured commentary:
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blue shutters

blue shutters
Originally uploaded by luckd.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Broken Glass
By Samaris Ayala

My mom was silent
in my childhood
Not her fault I was confused
in high school
I still got my diploma
Never talked about her
The moment I whispered
it in the university
They said
You have to do
something else
Because we are
too high class
to talk about
broken glass
and I became sad

NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at


Originally uploaded by boricua491000.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sweet Companions
By Samaris Ayala

My sweetest companions have been clowns and
A park has a statue as a companion. The children
elderly and animals
All love the statue

My solitude is a companion to peace
Music is a companion to its listener
It creates a road to imagination

Illusions of solitude appear in my dreams
Often my loneliness is an opportunity
It is a comfort rather than a perturbance
Darkness is the color of my emotions
Consequently I live my life through shadows

An outline is present, its definition is conceived

NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at

Friday, October 07, 2005

standing above

standing above
Originally uploaded by luckd.
Community Happening

Note: I am curator of the BLOGS exhibit. The Puerto Rico Sun photo group and this blog will be featured. Clarisel



An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and
East Harlem.

October 14 - November 26, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Viewing: Tuesday - Saturday, 3PM - 7PM

Artists' talk: Saturday, October 22, 3PM

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)
New York City

For info: PRdream/MediaNoche, 212.828.0401,
  • MediaNoche

  • BLOGS, the new fall exhibition at MediaNoche explores how photoblogs are changing the photographic landscape and opening up new possibilities for visual communication and exchange. Learn how photographers worldwide are sharing their work and building online communities using photoblogs. See how the nature of exhibiting photographs is being transformed.

    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 bloggers who can interact with the printless photographs on display.

    Judith Escalona

    161 East 106th Street
    Empowering community through technology

    contra ella y yo

    contra ella y yo
    Originally uploaded by qUiMeRa.

    Thursday, October 06, 2005

    Community News

    Press Release

    Banco Popular Celebrates 112th Anniversary and Hispanic Heritage With Los Emigrantes Art Exhibit and Five DreamMaker Awards
    Los Emigrantes to City Hall, An Exhibit with Works by Antonio Cortes

    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Banco Popular North America (BPNA), one of the country's leading community banks, today celebrates its 112th Anniversary and National Hispanic Heritage Month with the unveiling of "Un verano en Nueva York - Serie Los Emigrantes", an art exhibit featuring the works of renowned Puerto Rican artist Antonio Cortes, and by Making Dreams Happen for five local organizations selected to receive this year's DreamMaker Award from the Banco Popular Foundation, dedicated to support community empowerment initiatives.
    "I cannot think of a better way to honor Banco Popular's 112th year of history and community legacy than to recognize the invaluable contributions community-based organizations make every day toward the betterment of our region. I salute the five Central Florida 2005 DreamMaker Award recipient organizations for their relentless commitment to education, economic and cultural development of our communities throughout the region," expressed Mercedes F. McCall, Central Florida-Region Executive for Banco Popular North America.
    During the anniversary reception, Honorable Buddy Dryer, Mayor of the City of Orlando, joined McCall to congratulate representatives from the award-winning organizations including: Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Central Florida Police Athletic League, Orlando Science Center, Hope & Help of Central Florida and The Russell Home.
    "I am pleased to join Banco Popular during its 112th anniversary celebration, a significant milestone in today's changing financial world. Banco Popular's commitment to providing much needed access to capital through its top Small Business Administration lending program, has not only helped thousands of area entrepreneurs achieve financial independence, but has also made an invaluable contribution to the economic well being of our City," expressed Mayor Buddy Dryer, City of Orlando. "As we celebrate this year's Hispanic Heritage Month, I stand proud with Banco Popular to acknowledge and applaud the contributions of the Hispanic community to the cultural, civic and economic mosaic of the City of Orlando. We are proud to welcome at City Hall this year's Banco Popular exhibit Los Emigrantes by famed Puerto Rican artist Antonio Cortes."
    In line with Banco Popular's longstanding commitment to the arts, the Bank celebrates the fourth installment of its annual traveling art program with the unveiling of "Un verano en Nueva York - Serie Los Emigrantes". The exhibit, which will be on display at City Hall during the month of October, is a celebration of the lives, struggles and experiences of Puerto Ricans and Hispanics who relocate to the United States in search of their "American Dream". Banco Popular along with the City of Orlando, Galos Corporation, American Airlines, PanAmerican Express, A. Cueto Gallery, Telemundo Orlando and the Orlando Sentinel, are the sponsors of this unique showcase of Antonio Cortes' work.

    About Los Emigrantes and Antonio Cortes:
    In Los Emigrantes, Antonio Cortes captures the experiences lived by Puerto Rican immigrants in New York during the 1980s and 1990s. Cortes lived and studied in New York City for more than 10 years where he developed his craft and style. Born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, he holds an M.A. in Studio Art and has furthered his studies in Columbia University. He has exhibited all over the world with resounding success.

    About Banco Popular:
    Banco Popular North America is a subsidiary of Popular, Inc., with more than $44 billion in assets and is ranked among the country's 30 largest bank holding companies. BPNA operates 137 branches in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Florida. Popular, Inc. was named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2005 by FORTUNE Magazine and ranks among the top 10 Small Business Administration lenders in the country. Banco Popular was founded 112 years ago in Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

    Source: Banco Popular North America
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    Tres Reyes Magos

    Tres Reyes Magos
    Originally uploaded by boricua491000.
    "Wood carving representing Los Tres Reyes Magos. This is another creation of our local artisans." -- boricua491000 says.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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    House Boat II

    House Boat II
    Originally uploaded by dulcelife.

    By Dulcelife
    Lajas is a small town located in Puerto Rico's southwest. The town was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jacome Pagan.

    Lajas is famous for its main tourist attraction, Phosphorescent Bay, a place where luminescent dinoflagellates of different colors appear when the water moves. The origin of the colored lights is the object of many legends.

    Atardeceres de Rincon ( Wallpaper )

    Sunday, October 02, 2005

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    Museum in My Heart
    By Samaris Ayala

    A museum, thats what my apartment from childhood
    It is not unlike my dreams portray.
    Among the crimson red sofa and wooden bed sets,
    was the comfort of presence.
    A presence of history.
    My childhood no longer has evidence.
    Places of my life seem to have a coherence of study.
    Books and needlepoint remain embedded in the small
    Temptation to destroy and begin have suffered over
    the years
    Always hoping for a new beginning
    For this reason there is no burial for my brother
    His home is an altar
    I create altars where Ive lived
    Yet it seems to have a birth of livelihood
    On my own I manage in most risky places
    People places and things, yet I concentrate on my
    I always had a space for a desk and a few books
    In the museum the books were salvaged for years
    Then they are lost
    Yet they are in my imagination
    We study to forgive
    Those around me have forgiven
    Therefore, I too forgive
    The museum is in my heart

    NYC-based writer Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. Ayala says
    "Museum in My Heart" is "about leaving my home of forty

    Ayala may be reached at

    Caida del Coco

    Caida del Coco
    Originally uploaded by luckd.