Showing posts from October, 2008

PRSUN Poll: Readers say they prefer Fortuño

Puerto Rico Sun readers who took part in PRSUN's poll on who they want as the next governor of Puerto Rico say they prefer change over the status quo. Forty-four percent said they want current Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño of the New Progressive Party (pro-statehood) to become the island's next governor. Meanwhile, the current Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila of the Popular Democratic Party (status quo/pro-commonwealth) came in second with 28 percent of the votes. Rogelio Figueroa of the Puertorriqueños por Puerto Rico Party received 16 percent and Edwin Irizarry Mora of the Puerto Rican Independence Party received 8 percent of the votes. Four percent chose the "other" option. A total of 25 readers took part in the PRSUN poll, which closed today. Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll and remember to vote in Tuesday's election.

PRSUN Poll: Readers say they prefer Obama

Seventy percent of Puerto Rico Sun readers who took part in the snap poll here at , said they want Democrat Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States. Twenty percent said they want Republican John McCain to be the next president. Ten percent said they want someone else to be president, choosing the "other" option. A total of 60 readers voted in the PRSUN poll, which closed today. Thanks to everyone who voted. Now, remember to vote in the real election on Tuesday.
Pensamientos Dia de los muertos The murals in the Lower East Side are altars for the dead -- coconut brujita

Featured Video: 'Under the Vieques Pier'

Today's featured video from the PRSUN Video group is by Ricky "Rigglord" Flores.
Featured site: The Festival Del Cuatro organization is celebrating The 3rd Annual Festival Del Cuatro in California on Saturday, November 15. A Tribute to Puerto Rican Women Come to the Third Annual Festival Del Cuatro in California on Saturday, November 15, at Garrison Theater on the beautiful campus of Scripps College in Claremont, California. This year, the festival will honor Puerto Rican women and all women who struggle in supporting a cause. Thus the festival will feature three of the best cuatro players in the world, all who happen to be women: Emma Colón Zayas , Maribel Delgado , and Nelian Colón . They will perform traditional Puerto Rican music on Puerto Rico’s national instrument, the cuatro. Tickets are available. For more information, visit the site.

The Island's second oldest lighthouse "El Faro"

The Island's second oldest lighthouse "El Faro" Originally uploaded by Mr.Frankie . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mr. Frankie .
Film Organizer says the Filiberto Ojeda Rios Film Festival 2008 is an initiative of the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign to showcase films that speak to our experience as a colonized people fighting for independence and self-determination. The film festival is named after assassinated Machetero leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios. Here's the lineup: 7 p.m., Friday November 7 @ Hunter College, Thomas Hunter Hall, first floor, Room 105, Manhattan ¡Palante Siempre Palante! From Chicago streets to the barrios of New York City and other urban centers, the Young Lords emerged to demand decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Through on-camera interviews with former members, archival footage, photographs and music, the documentary surveys Puerto Rican history, the Young Lords' political vision and actions, and the organization's legacy. 7 p.m., Friday Nov

Paradise Rio Piedras

Paradise Rio Piedras Originally uploaded by Petite Photography . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Petite Photography .

Obama on Puerto Rico

Obama Commits to Puerto Rican Voters: Growth of Stateside Puerto Ricans Determining Factor in Presidential Race? Miami, FL -- In letters to Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, as leading presidential candidates, the nonpartisan National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR), has requested a dialogue on issues for stateside Puerto Ricans and those on the island-nation. Obama’s recent response was welcomed by the NCPRR, while McCain’s reply is still pending. The answer from Obama to the NCPRR’s letter denotes the importance of the Puerto Rican vote in the upcoming presidential elections. According to the latest US Census figures, the stateside Puerto Rican population has achieved unprecedented growth. For the first time in history, stateside Puerto Ricans outnumber those in Puerto Rico, by roughly 4.2 million over the 3.7 million population on the island. The unprecedented growth of the Puerto Rican population, especially in the battleground state of Florida, presents unique v
Community calendar "Brown Hips, Red Lips & Hot Skins," a poetry performance of New Work by Maria Aponte - musical accompaniment by Chacho Ramirez and Dwight Brewster . 7-9 p.m. TONIGHT Admission $7 Cemi Underground Book Store, 1799 Lexington Avenue (near 112th Street), NYC's El Barrio For more information, .
Our Economy Puerto Rico bank to cut US branches, jobs Popular Inc, the parent of Banco Popular, said on Wednesday it plans to eliminate more than one-fourth of its 139 US branches and cut its US workforce by 600 to cope with the nation's economic downturn. Puerto Rico's largest bank also posted a third-quarter loss of $668.5 million, or $2.42 per share. For the complete Reuters report, go to

'Latino Settlement in the New Century'

Hispanics Account for Half of U.S. Population Growth Since 2000, New Report Finds WASHINGTON - Hispanics accounted for just over half of the overall population growth in the United States since 2000 - a significant new demographic milestone for the nation's largest minority group, a new Pew Hispanic Center report released today finds. The report, "Latino Settlement in the New Century," includes a series of web-based interactive maps that illustrate the size and spread of Hispanic population growth since 1980, including easy access to detailed state and county-level data. It also presents a list of the counties with the largest Hispanic populations, as well as a list of those counties with the fastest-growing Hispanic populations. In the 1990s the Hispanic population also expanded rapidly, but its growth accounted for less than 40% of the nation's total population increase in that decade. From 2000 to 2007, Latinos accounted for 50.5% of the total U.S. population
On the Reading Corner Book Presentation & Signing: The Birth of A Rican by Manuel Hernandez Carmona 6:30 p.m. tomorrow Free Cemi Underground, NYC's El Barrio For more information,

NEW: PRSUN'S aStore highlights boricuas

PRSUN's aStore @ Amazon showcases Puerto Rican talent in music, books, film and more. This store will focus primarily on Puerto Rican artists and writers. Here's the link: This is another way of supporting the Puerto Rico Sun community media project. Thanks.

A magic corner

A magic corner Originally uploaded by Mauricio Ximènez . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mauricio Ximenez.

Puerto Rican food and rum tasting tour in Old San Juan

Tourism SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - For the first time in the tourism industry of Puerto Rico , it is now possible to experience Puerto Rican food and rum tasting during a narrative and entertaining tour. Legends of Puerto Rico, Inc.’s, a San Juan based supplier of guided tours, latest offerings is SAN JUAN NIGHTS - Puerto Rico is the Rum Capital of the World. In addition to casual conversation among the tour participants, your tour guide will provide narration about Puerto Rico 's historical and cultural background. As the evening progresses, your guide will lead you through a rum-tasting, and explain how to taste and differentiate between 12 types of rum produced on the island. The food is served "family” style with rum cocktails. Enjoy your evening under the Caribbean stars at colonial patios inside the restaurants visited by the locals. A free shot of Puerto Rico ’s national drink and souvenir included. Reservations are a
On the Reading Corner IN OUR LINGO: Luce López-Baralt and Antonio Martorell on Angel Collado Schwarz 6:30 -8:30 p.m. tonight El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue & 104th Street, Manhattan Celebrating the publication of the third volume of Voces de la Cultura by Angel Collado Schwarz (Fundacion La Voz del Centro, 2007), the distinguished Puerto Rican author will speak with Luce López-Baralt, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Universidad de Puerto Rico and artist Antonio Martorell. The conversation will highlight historical events presented in the book. Free. For advance registration e-mail The discussion will be held in El Museo's Teatro Heckscher. Images from top to bottom: Book Cover: Voces de la Cultura by author Angel Collado Schwarz
Puerto Rico to launch new English-language daily SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former employees of the now defunct The San Juan Star have formed a cooperative to publish a new English-language daily. Director Rafael Matos says the Puerto Rico Daily Sun will be available starting Wednesday by subscription and at newsstands across the island. For more, go to Editor's Note: I notice they are planning to use a name very similar to our Puerto Rico Sun. I'm not crazy about that. We had our name first. Our Puerto Rico Sun has been in existence since 2002. It is nice to learn that there is a movement to have a general English newspaper on the island again even though I wonder how successful it will be in today's market. Generally, newspapers are going downhill. Let's see y suerte .
Community calendar Foundations of Puerto Rican New York: Conversations with Louis Nunez , past president, the National Puerto Rican Coalition Yolanda Sanchez , former director, PRACA Sonia Palacio-Grottola , past president, National Association of Hispanic and Puerto Rican Social Workers 5-7 p.m., Thursday, November 6 Centro Library and Archives Legacy Series Centro Library and Archives 3rd Floor East, Wexler Library Hunter College, CUNY 695 Park Avenue, Manhattan For more information, (212) 772-4197 source: Centro
IMG_2378 Originally uploaded by clarisel Opportunity Danza Fiesta holds auditions for new dancers 4-7 p.m., Saturday, November 8 Reyes Karate School 1175 Gerard Avenue, Bronx Danza Fiesta Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño Under the direction of renowned dancer/choreographer Gilda Rivera Pantojas, Danza Fiesta – Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño has entranced audiences with its rich array of Puerto Rican traditional dances, and intriguing contemporary dances. Its repertoire ranges from Puerto Rican Bomba, Plena, and Seis music, to other Latin American traditional dances. The company currently is composed by 20 dancers who are accompanied by a 10 member band, and three singers. MALE/FEMALE AUDITION INFORMATION: Auditions will be held by Danza Fiesta’s seasoned dancer/choreographer Cristal Reyes with over 10 years experience with the company. All dancers should wear comfortable clothing, and if available females should bring a wide skirt. Headshots and Resumes not necessary but bring

De Cayey a Ponce....

De Cayey a Ponce.... Originally uploaded by verodomica . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by verodomica .


Community calendar A public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens October 25 – November 16 Viewable from dusk until midnight, Thursdays through Sundays Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 6- 8 p.m. Artist's talk: Saturday, November 8, 4:30 p.m. Tribute to Edgardo Vega Yunque : Saturday, November 15, 3 - 7 p.m. MediaNoche, Manhattan's Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Voiceover , a site specific public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens. A constant flow of text moving across the storefront windows of MediaNoche engages the public to explore aspects of memory, language and displacement. Viewable at night from the street, nearby buildings and passing trains on the overpass, Voiceover is a non-linear textual piece projected onto the windows of the gallery, located at the Northeast corner of Park Avenue and 102nd Street, NYC's East Harlem. A lyrical, textual composition, Voiceover is based on Collazo-Llorens' research of the archives and oral histor
On the Reading Corner Comedian Bill Santiago presents his hilarious new book Pardon My Spanglish ¡Porque Because! Event will be taped for American Latino TV . 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 22 EAST HARLEM CAFÉ 153 E. 104th St. (Lexington Ave.), NYC's El Barrio La Casa Azul Bookstore will have copies of Pardon my Spanglish available for sale, with a book signing to follow the event. RSVP recommended Editor's Note: Or, you can order it right here:
Community calendar The Venusz Ensemble brings Danza to the Bronx Friday, November 7 Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture Música de Cámara, Inc., Eva de la O, executive and artistic director & Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture present, direct from Puerto Rico,The Venusz Ensemble in a gala concert featuring a full program of La Danza Puertorriqueña. Under the direction of violinist Elena Sherbanesco, The Venusz Ensemble is made up of world class and internationally acclaimed women musicians, all members of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a paseo by dancers in 19th century period dress. 7:30 p.m., Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse Repertory Theater Admission: $15 ($7 for students, seniors and groups of ten or more) For more information,
Featured blog Photographer George Collazo of now has a new interactive photography blog aimed at showcasing photos of Puerto Rico. Go visit.

Puerto Rican Woodpecker

Puerto Rican Woodpecker Originally uploaded by ronaldflores . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Ronald Flores .

Flight of the Greedy Pigeons

Flight of the Greedy Pigeons Originally uploaded by Silvered Capture . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Silvered Capture .

'Aires de Loiza' in the Bronx

IMG_0931 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Thru Nov 8 / Art Exhibition / Longwood art Gallery @ Hostos Community College, Bronx Aires de Loiza, Culture & Nature For more information on the exhibit, For more photos taken at the exhibit, go to

playground by the sea

playground by the sea Originally uploaded by Petite Photography . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Petite Photography .

Readers Wanted for YUNQUÉ Tribute

On the Reading Corner “THE LAMENTABLE JOURNEY OF OMAHA BIGELOW INTO THE IMPENETRABLE LOISAIDA JUNGLE” BY ED VEGA YUNQUÉ A TRIBUTE TO THE AUTHOR NON-STOP READING OF THE NOVEL 3-7 p.m., Saturday, November 15 Free MediaNoche 1355 Park Avenue, Corner Store (at East 102nd Street), East Harlem (212) 828-0401 Bring your copy. If you are interested in reading, contact Judith Escalona at or call. MediaNoche is a project of . You can order a copy right here:
Community calendar Closing reception for Miguel Trelles' painting exhibition TRAMITE: Hsiao @ the Gabarron Foundation for the Arts ( ), 149 East 38th Street (between Lexington & 3rd Ave.), Manhattan 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 About the exhibit: The Gabarron Foundation is pleased to present “TRAMITE: HSIAO” by Miguel Trelles. The exhibition, which has been on display since September, will run through October 20 at 149 East 38th Street, Manhattan. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment Monday - Friday at (212) 573-6968. Trámite Hsiao is a creative reinterpretation of Chinese scholar-official painter’s Li Kung-Lin’s (1041-1106) enlightening painting hand scroll: the “Hsiao-Ching” (Xiaojing tu) or The Classic of Filial Piety. In it Li adapted to his age the admonitions extolling filial piety found in a Confucian text (350 – 200 B.C.). Li’s adaptation highlights social interactions in11th Century China. The 18 compositions of TRAMITE:
In the Mailbox Recently highlighted in the New York Times, Dionis Ortiz is an artist whose work speaks to the people, cultures and color behind the migration experience. Through paintings, collage, and mixed-media prints, Ortiz delves into passage, movement, journey and exodus, and reveals the beauty in the bustling streets of his Harlem community. The son of Dominican immigrants, Ortiz's works often reflect the unification of his dual identity as an American and an individual of Latin descent. This idea of double consciousness is symbolized in the conjoining of the old and new worlds, usually seen in a merging of landscapes that disappear and reappear to form one "home". Currently, Ortiz's artwork can be seen in the artHARLEM exhibit EVOLUTION: The Changing Face of Harlem, through November 6th; in the Oualie Arts exhibit Confluence: Artists Across the Hudson Divide through November 1st; and at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration exhibit at Riverbank State
Community calendar The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights' national board meeting is this Saturday, October 11, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx. The meeting is open to the public.

Tego Calderon to Perform at BomPlenazo

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents special guest star TEGO Calderon “El Abayarde” in concert with Los Parranderos de Loíza and La Sista Yerbabuena 7 p.m., Friday, October 10 Main Theater Hostos Community College/CUNY 450 Grand Concourse at 149 St. Tickets and Info: 718-518-4455 Tickets also available online at: source: Hostos UPDATE FROM HOSTOS: Due to scheduling conflicts, Tego Calderon will not be appearing @ the BomPlenazo. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

BomPlenazo in the Bronx

IMG_0888 Originally uploaded by clarisel . BomPlenazo is a celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican culture at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. This year's BomPlenazo runs until October 12, and it is dedicated to the Puerto Rican town of Loiza. Support lo nuestro. For the lineup of events, go to (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez) For more photos, go to my photo site at .

Tito Kayak @ Hostos

IMG_0874 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Environmental activist Alberto de Jesus aka Tito Kayak from Puerto Rico speaks at a seminar at Hostos Community College. Here he shows off a shirt of his Amigos del Mar group. Tuesday's one-day seminar was on the effects of development and globalization on traditional cultures focusing on the recent history of Loíza, the coastal community of Piñones, and the island of Vieques. Tito Kayak is known for his acts of civil disobedience. Tito Kayak told the packed classroom that being a revolutionary is about standing up against injustice no matter where you are. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez) To see more photos from the seminar, go to

Despierta Boricua Collects Coats for Kids

In the Mailbox As the temperatures begin to drop, countless children find themselves shivering because they do not have access to sufficient clothing for the seasons. Coats, sweaters, and other items that many of us take for granted as we organize our wardrobe, are magical items that exist in the dreams of these children. Perhaps we can come together and make these dreams a reality as no one should be forced to imagine a world where their basic needs are met…they should simply exist in it. For the next two months, Despierta Boricua, Inc. will be collecting coats and other items of winter clothing for children between the ages of 0-4. The clothing may be mailed or personally brought to the following address: 400 Grant Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 The point of contact for this project is Maria Torres who can be reached at Please be sure to contact her prior to the deliverance of any clothing so that nothing is lost. -- Mission F.U.E.G.O. FORMING UNITY th
Community calendar Danza Fiesta at El Museo de Barrio, NYC 3-5 p.m. Sunday, October 12 Acclaimed Puerto Rican folkloric group Danza Fiesta blends African, European, and indigenous roots. Dances include a celebration of old-time street vendors’ calls, and a tribute to the colorful vejigante masks and giant cabezudo puppets traditional to Puerto Rican carnivals. Admission: Free. The performance will be held in El Museo's Teatro Heckscher. This is part of the Hispanic Heritage month series. For more information, .

PRLDEF is now LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Community The Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund announced today that after 37 years it will change its name to LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The new brand reflects the evolving nature of the Latino community in the United States, the makeup of the organization’s clients, and the cases it undertakes. “This is a result of a natural progression of our growth and our success over these past 37 years,” said David Arroyo, LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Chairman of the Board. “We have been protecting the civil rights of all Latinos for many years and our new name is a more accurate reflection of the national scope and pan-Latino nature of the work we do. Our name may change, but our commitment to the Latino community -- including the Puerto Rican community -- remains just as strong as ever." To read more, go to .

Cascadas de El Yunque

Cascadas de El Yunque Originally uploaded by Hector Melendez . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Hector Melendez .


BoricuaMelody Originally uploaded by clarisel . Remembering my Melody today. Check out my site at flickr ( for my animal portraits because as Ghandi said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." REMINDER: PRSUN has adopted animal rights as a cause and is currently raising money for the ASPCA through Go to for more information. Help PRSUN do good.

'La Gran Familia'

The 4th Annual Harlem Open Studio Tour Originally uploaded by DeLares (Eliud Martinez) . Photography exhibit by Eliud Martinez Part of the 4th annual Harlem Open Studio Tour Noon to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow MediaNoche gallery in NYC's El Barrio 1355 Park Ave., corner of 102nd St. Free Here's an invite from Martinez: You are ALL invited...please come one and all! "Many of these are the faces of my own family. Also represented here are friends, acquaintances and people I have encountered in my travels. What they share in common is a Creole cultural identity born out of slavery and colonialism that both synthesize and transcend race." The primary artist on exhibit...Diogenes Ballester’s “Slave Registry” exhibit at the MediaNoche gallery will be able to see a projection of the Slave Registry of the Village of Ponce, a 19th Century text cataloguing African men, women and children as property to be sold on the auction block. The registry lists some of the ancesto

Ponce Pueble

Ponce Pueble Originally uploaded by Silvered Capture . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Silvered Capture.
Community calendar Juan Antonio Corretjer Montes Centennial For Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of Education, Queens Puerto Rican Heritage Committee, the Institute for Puerto Rican Hispanic Elderly and NYC Councilmember Hiram Monserrate invite you to Juan Antonio Corretjer’s Centennial Concert , honoring his poetry and his struggle for Puerto Rican independence 6-10 p.m., November 1 La Guardia Performing Arts Theater 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens Featured Artists Maria Isabel Rodriguez (Chabela) Trova Singer Rafael Martinez (piano) and Juan Carlos Montalvo (guitar) Invited : Grupo Asi Somos – grupo musical de vanguardia Free but tickets are required. For more information: Dr. Aurea E. Rodriguez, (718) 309-4841, Alice Cardona, (718) 779-2504,
Community calendar The Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College in NYC invites you to a conversation with Alberto De Jesús Mercado aka Tito Kayak Topic: How we can reduce our impact on the Earth and act responsibly in this era of climate change 11 a.m., Saturday, October 11 Chanin Language Center, B126 entrance (Hunter West, subway level), Manhattan Free While in New York City, environmental activist Tito Kayak of Puerto Rico will also visit students in Washington Heights and serve as part of a seminar at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.