Showing posts from August, 2008


Puerto Rico Sun is now raising money to help support the ASPCA through . PRSUN's goal is to raise $500. Help fight animal cruelty. As the ASPCA states, "We are their voice." Click on the widget posted right here featuring a photo of Sol, the mascot of Puerto Rico Sun. It will take you to my fundraising site at . The link to PRSUN's site at change: . aims to transform social activism by serving as the central platform that connects likeminded people, whatever their interests, and enables them to exchange information, share ideas, and collectively act to address the issues they care about.

Survival in Contemporary PR

Community calendar Cultural Survival, Political Resistance and Sustainable Development in Contemporary Puerto Rico …is a bilingual (English-Spanish) one-day seminar on the effects of development and globalization on traditional cultures in Puerto Rico focusing on the recent history of the coastal communities of Loíza and Piñones and the island of Vieques . The participants represent a cross section of leaders in the struggle for cultural and environmental survival: educators, cultural activists and advocates of alternative strategies for development. The seminar serves as an introduction to BomPlenazo 2008, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture’s biennial celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican culture. This year, the festival will focus on the bomba and plena music and dance traditions as they are practiced in the communities of Loíza and Piñones, two of the principal centers of Afro-Puerto Rican culture. Founded by runaway slaves and freedmen in the 19th century, Loíza and its n
The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico's main English daily, closed down. Here's a link to an E&P story:

Pueblo Caps

IMG_0108 Originally uploaded by clarisel . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, Puerto Rican town hats (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

A New Dream

IMG_0184 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Barack Obama makes history, becoming the first African American to run as the Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States. Obama's acceptance speech falls on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream," one of my favorite speeches of all time. Here's an excerpt from Obama's acceptance speech tonight, which had hints of inspiration from MLK: It is that promise that's always set this country apart, that through hard work and sacrifice each of us can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams, as well. That's why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive. We meet at one of those def

La Fiesta PR @ Central Park

IMG_0116 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Today's featured shot of the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is of a boricua on his way to La Fiesta Folklorica PR in Central Park. For more of my photos from La Fiesta, visit my photo site at

'Shadow of the Fathers'

The Reading Corner Join Journalist Robert Friedman this Sunday for a reading and discussion of his novel "Shadow of the Fathers" at a bookstore in NYC's Lower East Side. Friedman's novel is set in Puerto Rico and is based on a true story that happened in PR. Friedman lived in Puerto Rico for over 20 years, and has been reporting on Puerto Rico for the San Juan Star for over two decades. Here is a blurb about the book: In the 1930s an American doctor sent by the Rockefeller Institute to do research in Puerto Rico wrote a letter claiming he had purposely killed eight of his patients. Dr. Cornelius Rhoads said he was doing his part to exterminate the island's 'degenerate' population. He later said the letter was just 'a joke,' but doubts remain. San Juan Star Washington correspondent Robert Friedman uses this factual incident as an inspiration for his fictional account of the aftermath of the event. "Shadow of the Fathers," a suspe
Opportunity If you are an artist, business or corporation interested in Comité Noviembre's Third Annual Puerto Rican Artisans Exhibition and Fair in New York City in November for Puerto Rican Heritage Month, go to for more information. PRSUN plans to be there.

Alegría bomba e'

Community Calendar Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, NYC presents Alegría bomba e' Carmen Ayala Exhibit at Centro Opening reception, 6 p.m., September 4 On view to Friday, October 17 Free For more information, .
Quote from last night's Democratic National Convention: Your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do. -- Michelle Obama
Featured video Things that make you say hmmm..... Daddy Yankee backs Senator John McCain for president of the United States. But does that really matter?
Featured report Migración y Patrones de Asentamiento en Puerto Rico: 1985-2005 by Carlos Vargas-Ramos (in Spanish)

Colorful Dance

img_3722s Originally uploaded by Ola Lola . Today's featured colorful shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Ola Lola.

Siluetas en el atardecer

Siluetas en el atardecer Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Jorge Rodriguez.

Marina Boqueron

Marina Boqueron Originally uploaded by distantmoon . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by distantmoon.

BomPlenazo '08 in the Bronx

Save the date For more information, To get a glimpse of BomPlenazo, check out the following video featuring scenes of the last Bomplenazo in 2006.

BomPlenazo '06

From the PRSUN TV archives This is an edited version of a PRSUN TV show that originally aired on Bronxnet, featuring BomPlenazo '06 in the Bronx. That show was nominated for a BETA (Bronx Excellence in Television Access award, Bronxnet's awards) in the best foreign culture category.
Community The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, NYC Chapter, is honoring key community leaders tonight at its 35th anniversary gala dinner dance and college awards presentation at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx. This year's honorees are: Woman of the Year: Dr. Aida Rosa , Retired Principal Man of the Year: Richard Arroyo Izquierdo , Founder/President So. Bronx Charter School for Intl. Cultures and Arts Lifetime Achievement: journalist Denisse Oller Educational Achievement: Luis E. Torres , Principal, PS 55X Woman In Entertainment: Choco Orta Community Service: Luis W. Osorio Women In Education: Amy Andino , Founder and Principal of Academy of Public Relations Roxanne Cardona , Principal P.S. 48, Bronx Jacqueline Gonzalez , Exec. Officer for Instruction , ICILSO Linda Amill Irizarry , Superintendent Dist. 8, Bronx Carmen Jimenez , Retired Principal Mary M. Padilla , Principal P. S. 5, Bronx Yolanda Torres , Superintendent Dist. 7, Bronx Yvonne Torres , Retired Superint

'On The Path'

On the Reading Corner Tonight at NYC's Cemi Underground For more information or
Opportunity for Poets PUNTO! Exclamations from Generations of Latina/o Poets Calling ¡You! the spoken word artist, the poeta, the crazy performance poet, the storyteller of metaphors, the subtle experimental poet, all of yous, from the casa to the raza cosmica and everywhere in between the transglobal barrio, yes tú, are invited to submit your original poems, slam poems, performance poems, spoken word pieces to ¡PUNTO!: Exclamations from Generations of Latina/o Poets, edited by critically acclaimed, award winning poets, Jaime “Shaggy” Flores & Robert Farid Karimi. We seek original work by Latina/o, Chicana/o, Nuyorican writers, performance poets, and spoken word performers for a new intergenerational anthology of Latina& Latino spoken word, performance poetry. For more information, Editor's Note: PRSUN is a member of this social network.
FYI WAPA TV in Puerto Rico is reporting that Puerto Rico's Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila is facing more federal charges. Go to .


:-) Originally uploaded by #(J) . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by #(J). Interesting colors.

La Fiesta

IMG_2359 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Fiesta Folklórica Puertorriqueña welcomes Frankie Morales La Fiesta Folklórica Puertorriqueña, an institution dedicated to preserving the musical traditions and cultural identity of a community that has been a part of the colorful New York mosaic for many decades, celebrates its 44th anniversary at Remsey Field, in Central Park on Sunday, August 24th. Every year, "Fiesta" presents talented Puerto Rican artists in an open-air concert, free to the public. Today it continues to share its proud, thriving culture, with all its fellow citizens of Hispanic and non-Hispanic backgrounds. This year’s “Fiesta” is dedicated to and will honor Mr. Jimmy Horacio, and Mr. Rafael Morales, for their considerable contributions to the Puerto Rican and Latino community. This year’s program will begin with a religious opening ceremony, typical to Catholic Sunday Masses held all over Puerto Rico, followed by the popular Spanish language telev


dominó Originally uploaded by Shulamith . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun pool is by Shulamith.

Puerto Rico - Preciosa

Today's featured video is by Boricua1966 on YouTube.


aguacate Originally uploaded by Shulamith . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Shulamith. "Avocado is a fruit." -- Shulamith writes as the caption for this photo.

Puerto Rico Waterfall

Today's featured footage of the PRSUN Video group is by R Hennessy.

El Yunque

El Yunque Originally uploaded by Rigglord . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Ricky "Rigglord" Flores.

Maunabo, Puerto Rico

Maunabo, Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by Oquendo . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun group is by Oquendo.

El Gran Combo, La India & Rakim y Ken-Y Perform Tonight at Coney Island

The 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursday nights 7:30 p.m. Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn. FREE For more information, (718) 222-0600 or visit Thanks to PRCulture Meetup for the information.
Featured story Recession drives educated Puerto Ricans to South Florida CAGUAS -- As a salesman for a health club in a suburb outside Puerto Rico's capital, Frank Oquendo saw up close how his earnings and the gym's membership base tanked along with Puerto Rico's economy. Earlier this year, Oquendo's bosses cut his pay by 25 percent as a third of the Caguas club's members canceled their contracts because they were leaving Puerto Rico. After two years of soaring inflation and desperation, Oquendo finally packed up and joined his former clients, moving his family to Miami in July. He joined thousands of middle-class professionals who have fled Puerto Rico in the past two years, becoming what some people are calling "FloRicans.'' For the full report, go to Editor's Note: I hope these Puerto Ricans who are giving up the island are doing their research before packing and up and moving to Florida in s
Featured story Puerto Rican statehood party seeks English ballots SAN JUAN -- A political party that favors making Puerto Rico the 51st U.S. state said Tuesday it will demand an English translation of a November ballot. A Spanish-only ballot discriminates against 14 percent of 4 million islanders whose first language is English, said Edwin Mundo, an official with the New Progressive Party. For the AP report, go to

'Borinquen' in the Bronx

IMG_9609 Originally uploaded by clarisel . A scene from a free performance of the bilingual play "Borinquen Vive en el Barrio/Borinquen Lives in the Barrio" at St. Mary's Park, the Bronx. You still have an opportunity to see "Borinquen" at St. Mary's for free. There will be two more free performances at 8 p.m. this Thursday and Sunday. For anyone interested in boricua culture and the relationship of Puerto Ricans on the island and Puerto Ricans in New York, this is a play worth seeing. For more photos of last night's performance at St. Mary's, visit my site at For more information about the play, see the July 18 entry in this blog and/or visit (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Health Quarter of Latinos Get No Health Information from Medical Professionals, New Survey Finds WASHINGTON - More than one in four Hispanic adults in the United States lack a usual health care provider and a similar proportion report obtaining no health care information from medical professionals in the past year, according to a report released today by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the same time, the report finds that more than eight in 10 receive health information from alternative sources, such as television and radio. This includes most of those who get no information from doctors or other medical professionals. "Nearly as many Hispanics get health information from television as from doctors and medical professionals," said Susan Minushkin, Pew Hispanic Center deputy director and one of the report's authors. "What's more, Hispanics who don't have a usual health care provider are more likely to get health info

Vieques, PR, 2008

Vieques, PR, 2008 Originally uploaded by Lora Owens . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Lora Owens. Beautiful portrait of this Vieques horse.
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Featured story Puerto Rico Will Create Task Force to Improve Wetlands The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Puerto Rico Land Authority have reached a settlement that requires the creation of a task force to identify, monitor and protect wetlands in Puerto Rico in order to resolve a 2007 EPA complaint over Clean Water Act violations. According to the settlement, the Puerto Rico Land Authority will pay a $25,000 penalty and set up a $100,000 interest-bearing account, which will be used to establish a wetlands management program. For the complete report, go to
Community Calendar The Latino American Poetic Short Film Festival is coming up at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC. (Click on image to see larger text.)

Sunset Love

Sunset Love Originally uploaded by Jetpics . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Jetpics.

From the PRSUN TV archives

Music "A Closer Look @ Reggaeton," Hunter College, NYC, 2006 This is a shorter version of a PRSUN TV show that originally aired on Bronxnet, Bronx, NY
Photo Op The New Jersey Saints are this year’s champs of The Stickball Championship of East Harlem, which took place July 27 in NYC’s East Harlem. They defeated the Sugar hill team. (photo by Ismael Nunez)
Community Calendar 7 p.m. Tonight August 8, at El Boogie Down Comedy Show - Hosted by Arnold Acevedo Cemi Underground, NYC's East Harlem Admission: $8 For more information, .

Obama!!! Obama!!!...Obama???

Obama!!! Obama!!!...Obama??? Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano who lives in Puerto Rico. Commentary Obama!!! Obama!!!...Obama??? -Obama!!!! Obama!!!... ¿¿¿Obama??? -Perate un momento...¿¿¿Tenemos voto presidencial??? -No - Y entonces pa que car@$!o estamos aqui perdiendo el tiempo. -¿No sé?...¡Ah! Pero el habló en español. - Es cierto. -Obama!!! Obama!!! Obama!!!! -- Moliniano

'Los Jibaros Progresistas'

Theater August 7 through 31 The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater brings back its acclaimed production of Ramón Méndez-Quiñones 19th century Folk Opera about a family of peasants preparing for a trip to a city fair. All free performances. For performance locations and schedule, call (212) 354-1293. Tomorrow's performance is at the Point in the South Bronx. For more information and a description of this comedy, go to
Theater Borinquen Vive en El Barrio (Borinquen Lives in El Barrio) A Bilingual Play Written by Tere Martinez Directed by Angel Morales Sunday, August 10 @ 8 p.m. East Side Amphitheater East River Park FDR at Grand Street, Manhattan Tuesday, August 12; Thursday, August 14; Sunday, August 17 @ 8 p.m. St. Mary's Park, St. Ann's Avenue at East 146th Street, Bronx FREE For more information, see the July 18 entry in this blog and/or visit .

Crab in Puerto Rico

Featured video by eedanjo from the PRSUN Video group at flickr. I thought it would be nice to highlight the crab today.
Gente, see the cool people who have joined the new Puerto Rico Sun social network so far.

'We have pueblos'

Pensamientos We have pueblos the lower east side is the capital East harlem South bronx the south side The hill We have pueblos like puerto rico -- Samaris Ayala Samaris Ayala of NYC's Lower East Side contributes her pensamientos to Puerto Rico Sun.
ON TV Nueva York on CUNY TV Nueva York is a series about Latino culture and public affairs in New York. The 30-minute show explores the rich textures of Latino society in the city, focusing on politics, art, culture, and the traditions of Spanish-speaking populations across the metropolitan area. Each episode features leaders from the tri-state area's public and cultural spheres sharing their thoughts and accomplishments with viewers. Interviews are hosted by Mexican novelist and critic Carmen Boullosa and Chilean journalist and writer Patricio Lerzundi. Episodio 33: Escuela Internacional de Brooklyn, Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino, Juanes, Antonio Skármeta, Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, del Caribe y Latinos de CUNY-GC, Miriam Colón of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Nueva York airs the first and second Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 10 p.m. It is repeated on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m. Airing weekly this fall. CUNY TV is on c

Unique archaeological discovery in Luquillo

Featured story Have you ever been to the beach at Luquillo? You know Balneario de Luquillo - La Monserrate, ya that one. Well did you ever imagine that you were swimming over a possible sunken ship? No, what about the the partial remains of a human being? If you're like me you are like no way, not at Luquillo, I've been there hundreds of times. Well, yes way. Called in to investigate a report of human remains, Wednesday police divers may have made an archaeological discovery in Luquillo: bones and possible artifacts from a colonial-era ship. The divers found a cannon, pieces of a ship, human bones, a sword and a medal engraved with the name Isabel II, said Sgt. Angel Rivera Rodriguez, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's police department. Divers were dispatched to Playa Monserrate after a fisherman reported finding what he thought were human remains, Rivera said. The artifacts turned up in six different spots across the sea floor, said Laura del Olmo, director of archaeolog

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico / Gigante Dormido

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico / Gigante Dormido Originally uploaded by Oquendo . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Oquendo.

Another cute one!

Another cute one! Originally uploaded by Life Interrupted . Today's featured photo from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Life Interrupted. It was shot at the Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

@ Rincon Criollo

IMG_9436 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Pregones Theater performs "Migrants!" at Rincon Criollo in the South Bronx as part of its summer tour. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Activism Movement against the federal prosecution of Puerto Rican political prisoners. Video features a recent rally in Brooklyn, NY, protesting the use of a federal grand jury in a current case. See video for details. For more information on the PR Freedom Project movement, go to or sources: PR Freedom Project and
Featured story TKO of Comcast Sets Stage for a Better Internet Today the FCC delivered a technical knock-out to Comcast. In a landmark decision, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein approved an “enforcement order” that would require Comcast to stop interfering with the use of popular peer-to-peer applications by people on its network. Today’s FCC move is precedent-setting. It sends a powerful message to phone and cable companies that blocking access to the Internet will not be tolerated. To read the complete blog entry, go to
In the Mailbox The board of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights will meet tomorrow in Boston. All board meetings are open to the public. Here's an excerpt of an e-mail to PRSUN from Victor Vasquez: We will be addressing strategic issues at our meeting such as the development of a Business Plan to put the organization on more solid financial and organizational foundation. Also, we determined at our Philadelphia meeting in June that this phase of reorganizing the NCPRR would culminate with a National Puerto Rican Convention to be held next year, possibly in Miami, Fl. In addition, we will discuss a draft of a letter that we plan to send to both presidential candidates: John McCain and Barack Obama requesting a meeting between each one of them and a grouping of Puerto Rican national leaders from around the country so that they can specifically address what each will do, if elected, about the needs of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. We do this because there has been virtual

First Dawn

First Dawn Originally uploaded by Rigglord . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Ricky "Rigglord" Flores. First dawn for me at Old San Juan. -- Ricky Flores