Showing posts from September, 2008

PR Gubernatorial Debate Tomorrow Night

Politics WAPA TV in Puerto Rico is televising live the first debate among the four candidates running for governor of Puerto Rico. The debate in Spanish will be at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Stateside subscribers of WAPA America will also get to see the debate live from Puerto Rico. To check out the debate online and for more information, go to . Meanwhile, for those interested in Puerto Rico politics, make sure to vote in PRSUN's unofficial poll for Puerto Rico governor right here at .

At the end of the day

At the end of the day Originally uploaded by haymaco . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by haymaco. Mysterious and beautiful 'end of day.'

Tertulias Afternoon in El Barrio

Community calendar Tertulias with poet Sandra Maria Esteves tomorrow (Click on image to see larger text.)


Mangoes Originally uploaded by Mr.Frankie . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mr. Frankie .

'Nuestras Abuelas' Exhibit in Massachusetts

Our art The Nuestras Abuelas Project was launched in December 2007 in La Prensa of Western Massachusetts, a monthly bilingual newspaper founded by boricua Natalia Muñoz. Each month La Prensa runs a full page with pictures and text of a grandmother from Latin America. During September-October, the entire collection of photographs, creative text and personal objects will be presented together in exhibits at the Westfield and Holyoke Libraries. The Nuestras Abuelas exhibition at UMASS, curated by Noemí E. Valentín, Waleska Santiago and Muñoz, is a celebration of the legacy of our grandmothers’ struggles, responsibility, work, and love through the eyes of their granddaughters. Focusing on the Latina and Puerto Rican women’s experience, the exhibit gives a glimpse of the world and times in which they lived, which today serve to inspire and motivate us. Opening reception for the exhibit Tomorrow, 5-7 p.m. Free Central Gallery UMASS, Amherst Music by Lorena Garay The Nuestras Abuelas

PRSUN Featured @ Briz

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Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano. Image depicts a protest at UPR .

'¡Alabanza! Corretjer' in El Barrio

Community calendar Saludos, For those who are interested in purchasing tickets for the ¡Alabanza! Corretjer event. Tickets are now available @ Camaradas El Barrio 2241 First Avenue/115th Street El Barrio, Manhattan 212-348-2703 Or you can e-mail me and I will make the necessary arrangements to get them to you. Gracias, Sery Colón Agüeybaná Productions (Click on image to see larger text.)

CIRCA Puerto Rico 09

Opportunity The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean San Juan, Puerto Rico (Fourth Edition) CIRCA PR 09, fourth edition of the premier international art fair in the Caribbean and Central America, will be held from April 17 - April 20, 2009 at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. To download application form, go to For additional information, please write to us at: Deadline for all applications Circa Puerto Rico 09: November 10

Sports Spotlight: Boxing's Melissa 'Huracan' Hernandez

Bronxite Melissa Hernandez is known in the boxing world as “Huracan,” Spanish for hurricane. This boricua boxer made history earlier this month in Las Vegas, winning her third world title belt, the vacant Women's International Boxing Association's super featherweight crown. She defeated Elsa Nuñez, scoring a unanimous 10-round decision. This is the latest addition to her titles. Hernandez is also the winner of the International Female Boxing Association’s Super Bantamweight title and the Global Boxing Union’s Female Lightweight Title. Described as fiery, highly entertaining, and confident, Hernandez says she loves the challenge of the sport. "I am pound for pound one of the best female boxers in the world and I don’t want to just talk about it," she says. "I want to show it. In New York City, I am without a doubt the best female boxer, and I want to prove that I am the best wherever I go." She now holds a title in three different divisions, which is a r

@ Old San Juan

Today's featured footage from the PRSUN Video group by switthoft .


PUERTO RICO EL YUNQUE RAINFOREST Originally uploaded by j glenn montano 3 . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by j glenn montano 3 .

Palomas al vuelo

Palomas al vuelo Originally uploaded by carlos aviles . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Carlos Aviles. Dreamlike .

OPEN to feature PRSUN

Bronxnet @ Rincon Criollo Originally uploaded by clarisel Tune in to OPEN this Friday 10 a.m. Channel 67, Bronxnet, a community media outlet in the Bronx Host Rhina Valentin interviews me on the Puerto Rico Sun and Bronx Latino projects I run. -- Clarisel

'Buscando Nuestras Raices' Photo Exhibit

Community calendar 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 18 Opening Reception - Buscando Nuestras Raices With Comité Noviembre in Puerto Rico . A photo exhibition by Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero and Luis Cordero Free Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio For more information, .

Alarm clock

Alarm clock Originally uploaded by arturodonate . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by arturodonate who says, "This little guy will make sure to wake you up every morning like it was his job!" I miss the wake up call .

@ Fiesta de Flores

IMG_0381 Originally uploaded by clarisel . La Bruja performs at La Fiesta de Flores yesterday at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. For more photos of my day at the Fiesta de Flores, go to

Obama, McCain and Boricuas

National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights Challenges Presidential Candidates to Address Critical Issues Affecting Puerto Ricans The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR), a civil rights organization that addresses issues of racial equality, environmental justice and economic parity, has written to presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama seeking a dialogue with the Puerto Rican community on the candidates’ positions and ideas for Puerto Ricans in the United States. The letter reads in part, “(t)he Puerto Rican community,…has struggled to unite and set a course that will define our people in terms of respect, dignity and prosperity. Despite the evidence of our condition, Puerto Ricans continue to lack equal voting rights, adequate economic opportunities or equal protection of the law.” In the letter, the NCPRR asks candidates their strategies to advance the living standards and civil rights of Puerto Ricans both in the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Atardecer en el Morro II

Atardecer en el Morro II Originally uploaded by Petite Photography . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Petite Photography. Beautiful Old San Juan sunset shot .
The Reading Life

Flor exotica @ night

Flor exotica @ night Originally uploaded by verodomica . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by verodomica. Have a great weekend.
In the Mailbox Don’t miss this opportunity to see three excellent Puerto Rican films. Mr. Morales will be attending. I will also be there to congratulate and thank him. - Miriam Colón Valle This Friday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. Film: ANGEL Saturday, September 13th at 3 p.m. Film: LO QUE LE PASO A SANTIAGO Sunday, September 14th at 4:30 p.m. Film: LINDA SARA Walter Read Theater 65 Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, NYC Admission $11 and $8 For ticket information, Or call 212-875-5600
Featured story 3 cleared of cruelty in Puerto Rico pet massacre A Puerto Rican judge on Wednesday found a contractor and two of his workers not guilty of animal cruelty in a highly publicized massacre of dogs and cats seized from a housing project and hurled off a bridge last year. Following weeks of testimony, Superior Court Judge Miguel Fabre ruled prosecutors did not show sufficient evidence to make a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, telling the court that investigators had no witnesses linking the trio to the pets' deaths in October. For the complete report, go to Editor's note: How shameful. I can't believe these workers were cleared in this case. Generally, Puerto Rico must do a better job at caring for its animals and send a message to citizens that animal abuse, neglect or abandonment will not be tolerated and that there will be consequences. This poor treatment of island animal

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Giveaway

For PRSUN Readers In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct 15), PRSUN is joining forces with Hachette Book Group USA. Hachette has rounded up a collection of its best books that celebrate Hispanic Americans to offer exclusively online to their favorite bloggers and websites to host a free Hispanic Heritage Book Giveaway. PRSUN is one of those blogs. PRSUN will select 1-5 winners from the US and Canada only. Each winner will receive one copy of ALL 8 books! PRSUN will select the winners and Hachette will mail the books at no cost to you. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. E-mail me your mailing address to Please remember to send me your full mailing address (no PO Boxes), so Hachette can mail your books if you win. Good luck.

Exibiendo sus cuernos

Exibiendo sus cuernos Originally uploaded by Mr.Frankie . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mr. Frankie.
Community Calendar Upcoming events at Centro in NYC September 18 Playing America's Game A roundtable discussion of Latinos in baseball focused on historical and contemporary issues about race, place, and identity for Afro-Latinos with Prof. Adrian Burgos, University of Illinois and Bernardo Ruiz from Quiet Pictures and winner of the 2008 NCLR ALMA Award(R) for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary on Roberto Clemente 6:30-8 p.m. Faculty Dining Room- Hunter College West Building 8th Floor September 25 Welcoming Event: In pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies New Centro Director Edwin Meléndez opens a community dialogue about the current challenges and opportunities in Puerto Rican Studies and shares his vision on Centro's role in the process. 6 p.m. Lang Theater- Hunter College North Building 4th Floor Free For more information about Centro,

@ the Bx PR Parade Fest

IMG_0329 Originally uploaded by clarisel . In Sepia -- Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club dancers perform at the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade Festival yesterday. For more shots at the festival, go to (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Patillas, Puerto Rico / El niño y el mar

Patillas, Puerto Rico / El niño y el mar Originally uploaded by Oquendo . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Oquendo.
IMG_8371 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Browny for Puerto Rico governor

Across the bay

Across the bay Originally uploaded by arturodonate . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by arturodonate. Absolutely beautiful and blue.

Philadelphia Fest Celebrates 25 Years

Feria del Barrio serves as one of Philadelphia 's largest celebrations of Latino music and culture -- the only one celebrated in the heart of the Latino community. Feria del Barrio is a free outdoor festival for the entire family, Latinos and non-Latinos alike, featuring children's activities, arts, crafts, food and some of Latin America's most renowned musical artists. Come ready to eat your favorite Latino dish, dance to your favorite salsa, bachata or merengue tune, buy your favorite piece of Latino art, hand-crafted jewelry, or book by your favorite Latino authors; get the information you need from local social service agencies, get free medical testing and more. And don't leave the little ones behind because there will be lots of fun, engaging activities for them too in the carnival-like Kid's Corner, including a moon bounce and face painting! Salsa stars Hector Tricoche and Objetivo Fama winner Marlon Fernandez will perform as well as Marino y su Comando

Visit Me at Zazzle

Featured shop A way of supporting the Puerto Rico Sun project is by shopping at PRSUN online stores. Shop features items with my photography. Thanks. See you at Zazzle. Clarisel,*

Bronx PR Festival is this Sunday

IMG_7992 Originally uploaded by clarisel . This Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade young queen Ariana poses with her dad Noel after the parade in May. She is part Chinese and part Puerto Rican. This reportedly is the first time in the parade's history in the Bronx that there is a reigning Chinese/Puerto Rican queen. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez) Featured story Bronx boricuas will finally have their festival this Sunday, months after the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade. Here's a link to a Bronx News report titled "Party on My Puerto Rican Friends" that provides more info. on this Sunday's free festival: (See related August 27 entry posted at Bronx Latino at .)
RIP Puerto Rican novelist Edgardo Vega Yunqué dead at 72 Puerto Rican writer Edgardo Vega Yunqué, who founded the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center in the lower East Side, has died, his literary agent said. He was 72. The author of 17 novels, who was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and lived alone in Brooklyn, died at Lutheran Hospital on Aug. 25, the agent, Tom Colchie, said. For the news report, go to
Featured video In case you missed, here's a YouTube video of Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño from Puerto Rico speaking about the environment at the Republican National Convention earlier this week. Fortuño is running for governor of Puerto Rico under the New Progressive Party (pro-statehood) ticket. He is a Republican and supports the candidacy of Senator John McCain for president and of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president of the United States.
Film Fundraiser in El Barrio for 'Who is Albizu' Documentary Here's an excerpt of the synopsis of this documentary: Albizu is a two-hour documentary poised to revitalize the legacy of Puerto Rico’s most prominent freedom fighter. The film’s unique approach not only captures the personal story of a charismatic leader at the center of a major socio-political conflict; it takes a contemporary look at Pedro Albizu Campo’s invaluable contribution to Puerto Rican identity, culture, and the continued struggle for independence throughout Latin America. For more information and to watch the trailer, go to .
Community Service Here's an invitation from Hostos. School groups, community-based organizations, clubs, cultural organizations, senior citizens centers You are cordially invited to attend BomPlenazo 2008 in the Bronx The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture's Biennial celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican Culture October 7-12 Bring your class, group, club or cultural organization to any one of the festival events and we will assign a special CULTURAL GUIDE to greet, brief and accompany you to the event. The guide will give you background information on the artists, the music and dance programs they perform and the social and cultural contexts from which the traditions have come. The guides are Hostos students who did course work with many of the festival performers and artisans in Loiza during the summer of 2008. They will be on hand to prepare audiences for performances, answer questions and interpret presentations. This program will provide educators with a tool
TV Rubén Sánchez en directo CaribeVisión Televisión Networks anunció oficialmente la llegada a la cadena del periodista Rubén Sánchez y el lanzamiento de su nuevo programa televisivo ‘Rubén Sánchez Directo’ que iniciará su transmisión el lunes 8 de septiembre en horario estelar de las 7 p.m en Puerto Rico Canal 24, 11 p.m. en Nueva York Canal 34, y en Miami, Florida a las 12 a.m. por el Canal 48. ‘Rubén Sánchez Directo’ será el primer programa producido totalmente en Puerto Rico por LatinUno y CaribeVisión transmitido desde Puerto Rico hacia Nueva York y Miami. Para información, . Foto de Rubén Sánchez, cortesía de CaribeVisión In English: CaribeVision Television Networks officially announced the launching of a new Spanish TV program by journalist Ruben Sanchez titled "Ruben Sanchez Directo," which kicks off Monday, September 8. The show, produced in Puerto Rico, will air at 7 p.m. on Channel 24 in Puerto Rico, 11 p.m. on Channel 34 in New Yor

La Mina

Today's featured footage from the PRSUN Video group is from RicanGeek.

Personajes de Pueblo: Caimito

Personajes de Pueblo: Caimito Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano. This is part of Moliniano's ongoing "Personajes de Pueblo" series. Check Moliniano's photo site at flickr for more.
Featured story Many of Puerto Rico's stray, abused pets live in peril CAROLINA, Puerto Rico - When Puerto Rico Rep. Javier Rivera Aquino introduced a bill this summer that would have made pet owners accountable for their animals, many had high hopes that the proposed legislation would help put an end to the island's animal-welfare crisis. Although the bill sailed through the House, it was criticized as too costly, and the Senate backed down. For the full report from the Orlando Sentinel, go to,0,7922057.story