Showing posts with label Clarisel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clarisel. Show all posts

Saturday, June 08, 2019

It's PR Parade Time in NYC

The 62nd Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on New York City's Fifth Avenue, tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. 

2019 honorees include:

  • Ricky Martin - Grand Marshal
  • José Feliciano - Lifetime Achievement
  • La India (GRAMMY® Award-winning singer) - Godmother
  • Chi Chi Rodríguez (Golf Legend) - Lifetime Achievement
  • Bobby Sanabria (Jazz star) - Godfather
  • Alberto Carrión (Singer/songwriter) - Lifetime Achievement
  • Ana María Martínez (world-renowned soprano) - Orgullo Award
  • Dagmar Rivera (Television hostess) - Lifetime Achivement
  • Dalila Zapata Hernández (Model with Down Syndrome) - Rising Star

America's largest cultural celebration with over 1.5 million spectators, this year will also feature 10,000 marchers and many additional attending personalities.

Here are some scenes from the Mayor's Puerto Rican Day Parade reception at Gracie Mansion, June 6:

NY Police Officers take time off from fighting crime to entertain an audience with a little salsa. The Jara Band.

Hiphop Jibarito and a Bronx princess 

Mayor Bill  honors singer Olga Tanon with a proclamation declaring June 6, Olga Tanon Day. 

 Guests @ the reception

Singer Olga Tanon 

Dalila Zapata Hernandez, model with Down Syndrome, who is honored as this year's Rising Star, and her mom


Cooling off time 

(photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Monday, July 24, 2017

PRSUN 15th Anniversary Celebration a Success

PRSUN celebrated its 15th anniversary on Saturday, July 22, at the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. More than 50 people attended the three-hour outdoor reception. .

Here is a collection of photos from the hot summer day.

Thank you to all who attended. 

Congratulations to the 10 Puerto Rico Sun award winners who exemplify PRSUN's mission of informing, empowering and building community in their own way:

Apryl Cadabra Entertainment Agency, INC.

Elijah Cruz/Things by Eli

Milagros Gonzalez/PRSUN Adviser

Zoraida Graciani/Zoraida's Coquito

Aixa Rodriguez/Teacher and Activist

Sol/PRSUN Mascot

Tanya Perez/Business Owner at Sweet Qzine
and at TMN Skincare and Wellness

Tanya Torres/Artist

Dhylles Victoria/The Sip & Chat Movement

The team of the Willis Avenue Community Garden

Congratulations to all.

Love you all.

To view more photos, visit my photo page.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

PR Parade Season in NYC

A mix of photos capturing Puerto Rican Parade season in NYC from portraits to the welcoming celebrations of Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hostos Community College and La Marqueta in East Harlem. Just click on A Mix of photos for more.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bronx Street Named in Honor of Casa Amadeo's Mike Amadeo

A street in the Bronx was recently named in honor of Mike Amadeo, the legendary owner of the Casa Amadeo music shop and composer. Prospect Avenue is now also known as Miguel Angel (Mike) Amadeo Way. Here are some scenes of the May 10 celebration, attended by local elected officials, musicians, community leaders and Amadeo's family members. After the street naming, there was a 80th birthday bash for Amadeo at Casita Maria in Hunts Point. He is 80 years young.

To view more photos from the Amadeo street naming celebration:

Monday, June 11, 2012

@ the PR Parade

Here is a slideshow of photos I took at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, one of the largest cultural celebrations in the city:


Friday, April 27, 2012

'Rebirth of a Queen'

"Congratulations on being an honoree! We look forward to celebrating your fierceness and powerful way of being in the world; reading the kind and wonderful words that your nominator sent us has filled us with hope that our community will continue to persevere because of womyn like you!" -- Carmen Mojica, program director, Casa Atabex Ache - The House of Womyn's Power, the Bronx

Tomorrow I will proudly be among the honorees at this event that celebrates women who are empowering communities and overcoming obstacles in their personal and professional life. It is appropriately titled the "Rebirth of a Queen."

The event is Casa Atabex Ache's 7th Annual Womyn Warriors Awards Ceremony & Celebration, and it will be from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Casabe Houses, 150 East 121 Street, East Harlem. 

If you want to attend, contact Monique De La Oz at for tickets, which are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the photos from this event:

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Please vote PRSUN for chance to win $10K

Update: Thank you to everyone who voted for PRSUN. Your suppport was not enough to win this one, but PRSUN is moving forward. Continuing to inform, empower and build community.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happy blogosversary PRSUN

PRSUN today celebrates its blogosversary. While PRSUN was born in the summer of 2002 as an e-magazine, I started blogging right here at in the summer of 2004.

Here I am at the 116th street festival in East Harlem last month with two interesting characters I met. It has been a pleasure documenting stories and events related to the Puerto Rican community. Thank you for your ongoing support of this multimedia project.

PRSUN is currently in transition, but I wanted to take a moment to celebrate this PRSUN blogosversary with my readers, visitors, advertisers and sponsors.

Informing, empowering and building community continues to be PRSUN's business and social mission.

Happy blogosversary PRSUN. I do love this independent media and art business.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thanks comunidad

IMG_7539Image by clarisel via Flickr

Tonight I will be honored with a 2009 Comite Noviembre "Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad" award at a reception at El Museo del Barrio in NYC's East Harlem. Comite Noviembre is dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican heritage and culture and organizes several cultural and community events in November for Puerto Rican Heritage Month in New York City. Tonight is the kick-off event of the wonderful lineup of activities coming up in the city, which includes the annual Puerto Rican artisans fair.

I am honored to receive this "Lo Mejor" award with a wonderful lineup of fellow boricua movers and shakers. Several of them belong to the Puerto Rico Sun online community and are supportive of our mission.

The other recipients are Nydia Edgecombe, Director, Alumni Relations, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Ibrahim González, host of WBAI -99.5, Melinda González, folk lyric historian and Bombera for Bomba Yo!, Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Pastor & Founder, Stratford Community Services, Elisha M. Miranda, Co-Founder, Chica Luna & CEO, Sister Outsider Entertainment Gilda Rivera Pantojas, Director, Danza Fiesta, Rafael Rivera-Viruet, President, Terramax Entertainment, Trinity A. Rivera, volunteer, National Puerto Rican Day Parade and, Rosa A. Rosario Valentin, community and cultural activist.

They do represent some of the best in the community for their leadership and commitment. Earlier this year, for example, I, as part of PRSUN Radio, had the pleasure of interviewing Gilda for her work promoting culture, dance and theater. Gilda's passion for Danza Fiesta is infectious. To listen to that interview, go to

For me, it is an honor that I was nominated by community members for this acknowledgment. Thanks to those who took the time to write letters. Thanks to those who regularly visit and read my blogs and belong to our social networks. Thanks to those who always go a step further to support our business and social mission of informing, empowering and building community. Thanks for every tweet and blog post. Thanks to those who financially contribute to this project by clicking on ads, advertising or just tipping (that is key to take this online community media project to the next level). This award is important because part of my mission here at Puerto Rico Sun Communications is to build community, and this award represents that.

Remember that Puerto Rico Sun Communications is a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship.

Thank you for your support. Moving forward always.


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UPDATE: To view photos from the "Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad" event, go to Click on "Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad."

(photo by Milagros Gonzalez)