Showing posts from November, 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 .
Community calendar 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 .
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

Por Favor !!!

Por Favor !!! Originally uploaded by cintron22 . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by cintron22 .
Community calendar HOMENAJE CULTURAL -POETICO A PRISIONERA 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.)


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
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
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 .


IMG_1669 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.

My Neighbor at the Fair

IMG_1626 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 .

Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

Barranquitas, Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by Fernando Cuevas . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Fernando Cuevas .

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.

Puerto Rico's Orfeon San Juan Bautista Performs in NYC

IMG_1600 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 T
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, t

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 Pu

Trova York in El Barrio

Music 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 Film Ángel 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

La Mega's Polito Vega Honored in the Bronx

IMG_1573 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.

'Our Lady'

IMG_1500 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 .
Community calendar 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

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 orphane

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 .

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 “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 YOU CAN WATCH IT ON BLOGTV OR STOP BY Event is until 7 p.m. TONIGHT Free MediaNoche 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."
Opportunity 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:

Our Lady of Providence

Community calendar 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 T
Community calendar 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 Clement

'In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies'

IMG_1466 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)
Community calendar 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 Camaradas 2241 First Avenue, NYC's El Barrio source: Adrian "Viajero" Roman

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 la
Community calendar PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA A Latino Musical Christmas Celebration in the Bronx Saturday, November 15 - 8 p.m. With YOMO TORO, JOSE MIGUEL CLASS “EL GALLITO DE MANATI”, and ODILIO GONZALEZ. Also Featuring ESTERCITA FIGUEROA, WILLIAM GUZMAN, ESTAMPAS DE BORINQUEN, TRIO NEW YORK, EDDIE ALICEA Y SU TRIO DE EPOCA, and CARLOS CARRION “EL GORRION DE AMERICA.” 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


PAS_1800 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
Community calendar 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. Admission $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 .


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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


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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
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

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

Remember to Vote OK

IMG_1329 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
Politics 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


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.