Sunday, November 30, 2008

Puerto Rico Flag

Puerto Rico Flag
Originally uploaded by kikepic.
Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by kikepic.
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Jibaro Si! fiesta in New York City in support of
Claridad, "the newspaper of the Puerto Rican nation"

(Click on image to see larger text.)

For more information on Claridad, go to

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Navidad Criolla

The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
The New York City Chapter, Inc., (NaCOPRW) presents its

Annual Christmas Luncheon & Toy Drive

12:30 p.m., Sunday, December 7

Lots of Door Prizes & Free Gifts!

Joe's Place Restaurant
1841 Westchester Avenue, the Bronx
Tel. (718) 918-2947
(Parking across the street.)

Menu includes: Rotisserie Chicken, Roast Pork (Pernil), Guineos en Escabeche, Rice with Pigeon Peas (Arroz Con Gandules), Pastelillos, Flan o Tembleque. Coffee/Tea.
Special Treat: Coquito

Cost: $35/person
R.S.V.P. & Payment by December 3

Make check payable to: NaCOPRW NYC

Mail to:
Edith Padilla, P.O. Box 268, Patchogue, N.Y. 11772-0268

Payment Must Be Made Prior to Event.

R.S.V.P. & Information:
Edith Padilla, President: (516) 380-8714
Rosalind Reyes-Medina, Secretary: (718) 648-3850 /(917) 432-4043

Toy Must Be Unwrapped!

Navidad Criolla is a new section that Puerto Rico Sun is introducing. Do you have any Christmas celebrations with a Puerto Rican flavor? Pues send your Christmas news my way to be considered for the Puerto Rico Sun blog. E-mail me at to have your event listed. Feliz Navidad.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Por Favor !!!

Por Favor !!!
Originally uploaded by cintron22.
Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by cintron22.
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9 p.m. TONIGHT
El Maestro, Inc.
1029 E. 167 St., Bronx

For more information, (646) 337-6775

(Click on image to see larger text.)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Puerto Rico Sun Communications thanks you for your support of this independent community multimedia project aimed at informing, empowering and building community.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who believes and contributes to this social entrepreneurship project in one way or another.

Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias.

Gracias for your continued support.

For this independent community media project to continue and grow, remember that your financial contribution is also important. Apoya lo nuestro.

PRSUN has been serving la comunidad since 2002. Help PRSUN remain independent.

Con amor,

Clarisel Gonzalez
editor and publisher
Puerto Rico Sun Communications

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dear Readers,

Come check out my photo merchandise gallery on Zazzle and join my fan club! Being a part of my fan club means you can get notifications whenever I add new products to my gallery.

Shopping at my online photo store at Zazzle is a way of supporting the PRSUN Communications social entrepreneurship venture. Support independent community media. Thanks. -- Clarisel

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Community calendar

You are cordially invited to the National Institute for Latino Policy's Forum on "Latinos and the Obama Presidency: A Discussion of the Results of the National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey." This event is being held on the evening of Monday, December 1. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser to support the work of the National Institute for Latino Policy, so the Institute is asking for contributions of $50 per person ($40 of which is tax-deductible), which can be paid at the door. The forum will be at 101 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor, a couple of blocks north of Canal Street in Manhattan. If you cannot attend, the Institute hopes you will consider making a tax-deductible. For more information, go to


Originally uploaded by clarisel
@ Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Jerome's Church, the Bronx

For more photos of the Our Lady of Providence celebration, visit Click on the "Our Lady" photo set, which is dedicated to images of the Virgin Mary.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Neighbor at the Fair

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
My neighbor at the Comite Noviembre Artisans Fair & Exhibit in NYC was a fellow photographer.

From left, Brooklyn-based photographer David Cajigas and his son Michael staff a table showcasing photos of Puerto Rico. You can check out some of Cajigas' work at

Cajigas is also a vocalist.

For more images of Comite Noviembre's Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Exhibit last Saturday, go to

Friday, November 21, 2008

Support the Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Exhibit Tomorrow in NYC

Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month event

I, representing Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Puerto Rico Sun and Bronx Latino blogs, will have a table at this fair. I will also showcase some of my boricua-related photography.

Stop by.

See you at the festival. Apoya lo nuestro.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Puerto Rico's Orfeon San Juan Bautista Performs in NYC

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
The Orfeon San Juan Bautista, a professional 33 mixed-voice choral ensemble from Puerto Rico, performs at Blessed Sacrament Church, NYC. The ensemble's diverse repertoire spans the sacred and secular compositions of the great European choral traditions, as well as Latin American traditional and folkloric music.

The ensemble is taking part in its NYC Concert tour. They will be performing at 4 p.m. November 20 at the Spence School and at 4:30 p.m. November 21 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, both in Manhattan. Both performances are free and open to the public. Take advantage and enjoy quality music for free.

I attended last night's performance at Blessed Sacrament. Que orgullo boricua. I was at peace listening to their beautiful voices.

I especially enjoyed their performance of "Puerto Rico" (author Roberto Cole) and "Piel canela" (author Bobby Capo). Pues claro.

I'm glad I went.

For more of my photos of The Orfeon San Juan Bautista performance at Blessed Sacrament, go to You can click on the "Live Your Culture" photo set.

(See related November 17 entry posted in this blog for more info.)
Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month exhibit

The Association of Hispanic Arts pays tribute to Jorge Soto-Sanchez (1947-1987)

Selected Works
AHA in NYC's El Barrio showcases the works of Jorge Soto-Sanchez

Jorge Soto-Sanchez, a prominent figure of the Nuyorican movement, who suffered an untimely death in 1987, left a body of work which celebrated his Puerto Rican heritage and explored the formal issues of art. He was an artist who was completely at ease with the expressionist tradition in western art and who brilliantly used this aesthetic to create his own mythology of Puerto Rican/Caribbean history. The deconstruction of official Puerto Rican history and it reconstruction in his hands is vibrant and totally urban. Even his reconstructions of European masters such as his Titianesque nudes confront the very urbanity which is the soul of his aesthetic.

The exhibition, which kicked off November 19, features seldom seen works ranging from acrylics on canvas with found objects, to pen and ink portraits on rice paper, to studies of nudes from Gray’s Anatomy on paper.

Exhibit runs through January 10, 2009
Exhibition hours: Tuesdays - Thursdays 4-8 p.m. Saturdays by appointment.

Gallery Talk
1 p.m., November 22, FREE

For more information, go to

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Balcon y bandera

Balcon y bandera
Originally uploaded by Petite Photography.
Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Petite Photography.
Navidad Boricua

A Traditional Puerto Rican Christmas

The Fifth Annual Parranda in NYC's El Barrio

Live music, food and spirits
Maracas & Guiros A MUST!

8 p.m. December 13
Taino Towers Crystal Room
240 E. 123rd St.
$35 by today and $40 after

To reserve your table, contact or call Cristian at (718) 619-6059 or David at (347) 446-9891.

You may also mail your check or money order payable to
Anna Villafane, PhD
842 Tysens Lane
SI, NY 10306

All proceeds go to Escuela Dr. Jose Ramos Lebron Sector de la Playa de Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
On the Reading Corner

Book lovers were treated to a literary feast last Saturday at Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio with the visit of two authors and the presentation of their books: "Sabrosuras Boricuas," a cookbook by Erisbelia Garriga and "Shadow of the Fathers," a novel by journalist Robert Friedman.
The next book presentation at Cemi Underground is "The Diaspora Strikes Back" by author Juan Flores. This event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and admission is free.

This is all part of Cemi Underground's Puerto Rican Heritage Month events.
For more information, visit

(Photos of Erisbelia Garriga and Robert Friedman by Ismael Nunez)

Editor's Note: You can also purchase Robert Friedman's book "Shadow of the Fathers" at the PRSUN aStore:

"The Diaspora Strikes Back" by Juan Flores is also availabe at the PRSUN aStore

Purchases at the PRSUN aStore are a way of contributing to the Puerto Rico Sun project.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trova York in El Barrio


Trova York (Canciones Para Nuestro Tiempo/Songs For Our Times)

Nueva Trova=expressing progressive sentiments.

Please, come and listen to a repertoire of quality songs of nueva canción/new song movement made popular by international renowned singers such as Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Roy Brown, Violeta Parra and Victor Jara among many others.

Sery Colón
Agüeybaná Productions

For more information on this and other Puerto Rican Heritage Month events, go to

(Click on image to see larger text.)
Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month event


7 p.m. TONIGHT
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Sponsored by: SEA in association with El Museo del Barrio
Admission: $5

The most recent film by Jacobo Morales follows a professor and student leader whose political beliefs landed him in prison for 15 years in the '80s, when people affiliated with Puerto Rico's independence movement were repressed and persecuted. This poignant tale of one man's will and determination to unveil the culprits who framed him and murdered his wife deftly interweaves intrigue, suspense and action while exploring the fine line that divides peace and violence, justice and injustice.

Ángel, will also be presented as part of BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest 2008 at the Hartford Public Library, CT, on Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m. For more information,

For more Puerto Rican heritage month events, visit

Editor's Note: November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month. Boricua, there is no excuse not to attend at least one Puerto Rican heritage event this month. Apoya lo nuestro.

La Mega's Polito Vega Honored in the Bronx

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Spanish radio personality Polito Vega of La Mega is honored at a Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration in the Bronx.

For more of my photos of the Bronx Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration at the new Tropicana Theater & Nightclub on Home Street, the Bronx, go to
Click on the "Live Your Culture" photo set.

See related November 14 entry posted in this blog.

Monday, November 17, 2008

'Our Lady'

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan

For more photos, go to Visit the "Our Lady" photo set

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Orfeón San Juan Bautista 2008 New York City Concert Tour

One of Puerto Rico’s premier a cappella chamber choral ensembles
Daniel A. Tapia-Santiago • Guarionex Morales-Matos
Musical Directors

The repertoire will include beautiful music by Victoria, Monteverdi, Gasparini, Pearsall, Bruckner and Mendelssohn, as well as vibrant popular music selections, featuring the world premieres of works by two generations of distinguished contemporary Puerto Rican composers:

Ernesto Cordero’s (b. 1946) Milonga sin palabras
Francis Rodríguez’s (b. 1982) El canto de la lluvia.

Wednesday, November 19
7:30 p.m.
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 West 71st Street
between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan
Tel. (212) 877-3111

Thursday, November 20
4:00 p.m.
The Spence School
22 East 91st Street, Manhattan
(212) 289-5940 ext. 266

Friday, November 21
4:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Patrick
Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets
New York City
(212) 753-2261

Admission for all concerts is free and open to the general public.

Sponsored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and its Support for the Arts Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jangueo and Teatro in the South Bronx

BETSY: Is she Irish or Puerto Rican?
Latino-Appalachian musical back by popular demand

Bronx-based Latino ensemble Pregones Theater is proud of the return engagement of BETSY, its latest creative
collaboration with the Appalachian artists of Roadside Theater in Kentucky. BETSY narrates the story of a Bronx Puerto Rican jazz singer who stirs up the little known history of her Scotch-Irish ancestry. Alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin
compositions delivered by three powerful vocalists and a five-member Latin-Appalachian band, BETSY is a sure-fire, toe-tapping, finger-snapping delight for theater and music lovers alike. One-week only engagement, November 20th
through November 23rd, at the new Pregones Theater. BETSY is presented in English with simultaneous Spanish language
supertitles. For ticket information, call 718-585-1202, or go online to

BETSY is the irresistible story of a young woman and the fascinating ghosts of her past: an orphaned teenager tricked into leaving Ireland to become an indentured servant in 18th century North America, her seducer, and their descendants; a grown
woman finding her bearings in the rhythms of a Puerto Rican neighborhood in the 21st century, a time traveling woman whose soul rests in her Caribbean and Scotch- Irish origins.

Meanwhile, Pregones also invites you to its new Jangueo Nights. The next Jangueo will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 21, and there will be a Sangria challenge.

Peruvian and Nicaraguan Sangrias go head to head in Pregones' very own ultimate Sangria Challenge. Help Pregones choose the best Sangria during its new Jangueo Night, the perfect social adventure and after-work hangout for young people 21+. Drinks, eats, and top-notch theater set the right tone for a great night out on the town. On Jangueo Night, there will be a special admission price of $15 with online code: jangueo08. Sangria Bar open before and after show. Proof of age required. For future advance notices and invites, write to

source: Pregones

(Betsy photo by Erika Rojas)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Last Six

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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

MediaNoche's Ed Vega Tribute Blogging Live

Tune in to MediaNoche at blogtv. MediaNoche is broadcasting its marathon reading of Ed Vega's book.

MediaNoche- Broadcast your self LIVE




Event is until 7 p.m. TONIGHT

1355 Park Avenue, Corner Store
(at East 102nd Street), NYC's East Harlem

You can order a copy of Ed Vega's book online right here:

See related October 11 entry posted in this blog.

UPDATE: This show is going beyond 7 p.m. TONIGHT. Readers will continue marathon until they finish the book, MediaNoche reports.

New friend

New friend
Originally uploaded by Björn Söderqvist.
Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Björn Söderqvist who says, "At El Morro, we met a sunbathing cat who was more than willing to be petted."

The Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. (LITF/NY), the not-for-profit organization that produces the annual TeatroStageFest, seeks volunteers to collaborate in the following projects: database management, web maintenance,
audience profile study, and graphic design.

For more information:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Our Lady of Providence

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Our Lady of Providence
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday at the main altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

For more information,

The Bronx Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Month at the new Tropicana

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión will celebrate Puerto Rican Heritage Month honoring Puerto Rican leaders. This year honorees are: Eddie Rodriguez, president DC 37, Local 1549; Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, president, Hispanic Federation; Polito Vega, radio personality, Amor 93.1 & La Mega 97.1; Natalie Toro, Broadway actress/singer currently playing Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld Theater and previously Eponine in Les Miserables. Carrion will posthumously honor David Melendez, Sr., founder, Starlight Dance Studios.

The celebration will be also a sneak peak at the borough’s newest night spot, the Tropicana Theater & Nightclub, located at 1061 Home Street. The venue pays homage to the famous Tropicana Club history with a carefully recreated art deco interior where guests can once again "dance under the stars.”

Admission is complimentary, but RSVP required: (718) 590-3522.

source: Bronx BP's office
6-8 p.m., Monday, November 17
The Tropicana Theater & Nightclub
1061 Home Street, Bronx

source: Bronx BP's office
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Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month event: Boricua en la Luna

This conceptual framework has led the selected visual artists to elaborate their own visual affirmation/negation/open ended response/reaction to Corretjer's literary masterpiece. Among the artists selected for the exhibition are: Samuel Amadeo, Joseph A Burgos Jr, Nelson Cabán, Luis Carle, Pablo Colon, Rene Juan de la Cruz, Silvio de la Cruz, María Domínguez, Mia Hernandez, Ali Iziarry, Carlos Molina, Alfonso Muñoz , Ronaldy Navarro Caudales, Reyez, Rodriguez Calero, Francisco Rosado, Miguel Angel Ruiz, Erick Sánchez, Phylis Sanfiorenzo, Mario Sostre, Rafael Tufiño, and Elizabethe Velasquez.

Boricua en la Luna - Group Show
Opening Reception, 7-10 p.m. TONIGHT
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, studio 309, Manhattan

Society of the Educational Arts, Inc (SEA) and Manuel A. Morán, in collaboration with Rums of Puerto Rico and in association with the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, invite you to the opening reception of Boricua en la Luna. The exhibition will run until November 30.

For this and other Puerto Rico Fest/Borimix events going on for Puerto Rican Heritage Month in New York City, check out this site

Thursday, November 13, 2008

'In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies'

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Edwin Meléndez, the new director of Centro (the Center for Puerto Rican Studies @ Hunter) speaks on the issue of Puerto Rican studies at colleges and universities @ a Puerto Rican migration panel last night at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

Here's the link to the PDF report on "In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies" at:

For more information on Centro, go to

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)
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HOJA PRIETO by Adrian "Viajero" Roman is an exhibition that will feature the iconic relevance of the tobacco industry on the Caribbean island. When it comes to natural resources there is no doubt that one of its most influential has been Tobacco. It has broken social barriers and brought economic, religious and political views to a common connection.
The opening reception of "HOJA PRIETO" will feature special guests including hand rolled cigars by ELENAS CIGARS and an amazing music performance by the Boricua Roots Band: YERBABUENA.

6 p.m. TONIGHT to 12 a.m. Friday
2241 First Avenue, NYC's El Barrio

source: Adrian "Viajero" Roman

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

PRSUN Poll: No to Statehood for Puerto Rico

The majority of voters who took part in a PRSUN snap poll said they do not want Puerto Rico to become a state. Eighty-seven percent said they do not want Puerto Rico to become the 51st state while 12 percent said they do want statehood.

Only a handful of readers voted in the PRSUN poll.

Doing stunts is Manny Siverio's business

Boricua Manny Siverio is a man known for his many talents. He is a stunt man and stunt coordinator, working in the film industry since the early 1980s. He has over 300 film and TV credits.
He’s a mambo dancer, a writer and a martial artist too.
But he says, “The most important thing for me is that I’m a happily married man and father.”
His wife Addie Diaz is a dance choreographer and a dancer.
As a writer, Siverio’s articles have been published at and he has contributed to various martial arts magazines, including Black Belt Magazine and Karate Illustrated.
Here’s what Siverio had to say about his career in the stunt world:

Q: You’re a professional stuntman. How did you get into that area of work?
A: I’ve always been physically active ever since childhood. I practiced doing fight scenes and filming it with my super 8 camera when I was 12-13 years old. I still have several of these “fight scenes,” which I had quickly slapped together when I was a kid. When I later moved to NY, I was trying to use my martial art background to get work. I finally got my first non-union job as a guy getting killed by this “creature” in this B-Movie, but I think I got my first union gig because they were looking for Hispanics that could box.

Q: Were you ever a stunt double for any well-known Latino actors?
A: I’ve doubled for various people over the years ranging from John Leguizamo to Manny Perez and Michael DeLorenzo to name a few.

Q: Do you ever decide what stunt to do or not to do?
A: The way a stunt is done or executed is decided or put together by a stunt coordinator. I usually coordinate so you can basically say that I decide how a gag is going to happen or going to be executed. Have I turned down a gag that has been offered to me in the past? At this point in my career, I can honestly say that I’ve been able to tackle everything that has been thrown my way. But there are things that I really don’t have any interest in doing any more such as car hits and high falls. I’ve been there and done that. Not to say that I won’t do them if I had to, but it wouldn’t be one of the things that I would list on my stuntman’s top ten list. I rather let the younger people in the business do it. I have more fun putting it together, helping decide where the cameras go and putting the action together so that it best works for the story line in the movie.

Q: You’ve had your share of accidents, broken bones? Have you had any serious injuries?
A: Over the years I’ve injured myself in an assorted number of ways. For example, I’ve had a sprained ankle, bruised ribs, fractured toe, dislocated knuckle, concussion, hernia, broken nose, and stitches.

Q: Does your family ever get scared of what you do? Do they ever question why you picked this kind of work?
A: During my early years, my extended family (mother, father, brother, sister) never really knew what I was doing until after I had worked on a job. Things have changed somewhat over the years since I got married and started raising a family. My wife is extremely happy that I’ve moved into coordinating more than actually working in front of the camera. I still occasionally get an opportunity to play in front of the camera and have gotten somewhat injured. On one occasion I picked up several stitches after going through glass on an episode of Third Watch. And while doing the opening fire burn scene in American Gangster, I got some minor “hot spots” where some skin kind of peeled off on the bridge of my nose and the back edge of my ears. Needless to say, my wife wasn’t exactly too thrilled by these results. But she more or less trusts me to know what I’m doing.

For more information about Manny Siverio’s work, visit his website at -- Ismael Nuñez

(photo courtesy of

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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A Latino Musical Christmas Celebration in the Bronx
Saturday, November 15 - 8 p.m.


This must-see concert features the unique jibaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico and offers the historical reunion of three celebrated masters of the genre, Yomo Toro, José Miguel Class “El Gallito de Manatí” and Odilio Gonzalez, performing together on the same stage for the first time in decades.

For more information and ticket prices,

The Musician

The Musician
Originally uploaded by Moliniano.
Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano.

@ Universidad de Puerto Rico

Monday, November 10, 2008


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

No Te Rindas/Don't Give Up

Sunday, November 09, 2008

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Event Co-Chairs David Galarza, Juan Ramos, Carlos "Charlie" Ramos, Jr., *Martha Laureano*
and The National Congress For Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR)

Invite you
to a Social Meet-and-Greet
entre familia

For An Evening of Music, Poetry and a Historical Reflection of the
NCPRR's 27 Years of Community Activism and its Role Today

Featuring NuyoRican Poet Mariposa and Julisa Vale
And other performers

Wednesday, November 19
Latin Quarter's Nightclub
511 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.

$25 Gets you free admission and a one year membership;
$15 for non-members

Must be 21 or older to attend.
RSVP today and/or for more information, please contact
Juan Ramos at

For more information on the NCPRR, visit

Saturday, November 08, 2008

REMINDER: PRSUN for the ASPCA is the world's leading social action media network focused on covering the most important social and environmental issues around the globe and empowering people to make a difference.
Puerto Rico Sun Communications, a social entrepreneurship, has adopted animal rights as a cause. Help PRSUN do good to support the work of the ASPCA via You can make a donation of as little as $10 or just go and sign the pledge at

(photo of Melody by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Block by Block

Block by Block
Originally uploaded by Jetpics.
Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Jetpics.

Paseo de la Princesa en el viejo San Juan, PR

Thursday, November 06, 2008


PRSUN Radio is the newest project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, an independent multimedia social entrepreneurship. PRSUN Radio focuses on themes related to Puerto Ricans and the Puerto Rican diaspora.

If you have radio talk show ideas, feel free to e-mail me at or

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

On the Hispanic Vote and Obama

Pew Hispanic Center Releases a Report on the Hispanic Vote in the Presidential Election

Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election, 66% versus 32%, according to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The report finds that 8% of the electorate was Latino, unchanged from 2004.

Nationwide, the Latino vote was significantly more Democratic this year than in 2004, when President Bush captured an estimated 40% of the Hispanic vote, a modern high for a Republican presidential candidate.

Obama carried the Latino vote by sizeable margins in all states with large Latino populations. His biggest breakthrough came in Florida, where he won 57% of the Latino vote. President Bush carried 56% of the Latino vote in Florida in 2004.

Obama's margins were much larger in other states with big Latino populations. He carried 78% in New Jersey, 76% of the Latino vote in Nevada, 74% in California, and 73% in Colorado.

This report contains an analysis of exit poll results for the Latino vote nationally and in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and Texas.

The report is available on the center's website at

source: Pew Hispanic Center
Featured Puerto Rican Heritage Month event

Presentations and discussion in the Bronx on the topic of Puerto Rican Studies.
(Click on image to see larger text.)

Felicidades to Obama and Fortuño

Puerto Rico Sun congratulates Barack Obama, the president-elect of the United States.

As a boricua, it is amazing and inspiring to see that the first African-American has been elected to serve this country. I am happy I was able to witness this historical moment.

Yes we can!

Congratulations to Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño, the governor-elect of Puerto Rico too. Fortuño of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party defeated incumbent Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party.

Both Obama and Fortuño ran with a message for change.

Hopefully, they both will bring real positive change. I am optimistic.

We will be watching you. -- Clarisel Gonzalez

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Electon Night Watch Fiesta in El Barrio

TONIGHT 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday
No cover
FB Lounge in NYC's El Barrio

WATCH the Election Night reports and results of the races in the United States and Puerto Rico. Celebrate in community the race for United States president and for governor of Puerto Rico.

Podras escuchar los reportajes y disfrutar de una gran cena recibiendo los resultados de tan importante evento. 4 TV sets with the results of US & Puerto Rico.

The FB Lounge Bar & Restaurant is located right across the street from the original Fonda Boricua restaurant at
172 East 106th St. between Lexington & Third avenues.
(212) 410-7292

Monday, November 03, 2008

Remember to Vote OK

Originally uploaded by clarisel.
I'm Browny. Just a friendly reminder to vote for president of the United States.

For those in Puerto Rico, remember to vote for governor there.

It's real important.

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

For more photos, go to the Election '08 set at


Exclusive Public Opinion Survey
It’s the economy, “¿estúpido”?

"It’s the economy, stupid," was a phrase in American politics widely used during the 1992 presidential campaign. Apparently it has been adopted by the residents of Puerto Rico. The economy seems to have become the major concern for Puerto Ricans for the current year. An October 2008 telephone poll of residents of the island showed that 61% of respondents, 6 out of every ten consider the economy the biggest problem facing Puerto Rico today. Crime and Drugs was ranked the second issue in importance, picked by 16% of those polled.
To read the complete Puerto Rico Herald report, go to

Saturday, November 01, 2008


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

By the way, also check out Moliniano's photoblog at, showcasing his people from the pueblo series.