Category: Culture

Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

Hispanically Speaking News | Published at 10:34 am EST, March 1, 2014 The Puerto Rican town of Mayaguez is organizing this weekend its first culinary festival in which some 80 gastronomic experts will take part, including some of the best-known chefs and restaurants on the island. The 2014 Mayaguez Culinary Fest, to be held as a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will take place in the western coastal city Saturday at the seaside recreational complex known as Paseo del Litoral Israel “Shorty” Castro. The event will feature live music, a fashion show, two stages for entertainment and awards...

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New York’s International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival set to kick off Nov. 13

By Zayda Rivera / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS In it’s third year, the festival will showcase 46 films including shorts, documentaries, animation and sci-fi. The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, now in its third year, pays homage to the culture during the island’s heritage month in November. But it’s not strictly a cinematic celebration for Boricuas. “The key to this festival is that we require at least one person either in front or behind the camera be Puerto Rican,” says festival founder Veronica Caicedo. With 46 films ranging from shorts to documentaries to animation and sci-fi, the IPRHFF...

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Rosie Perez Movie (Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu lo Sepas)

Rosa Maria “Rosie” Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, director and community activist. Perez was born in Brooklyn, New York, in the neighborhood of Bushwick, to Puerto Rican parents: Rosie was born to Lydia Perez; her father is Ismael Serrano,a merchant marine seaman. She was transferred to a group foster home at age 8. Because of problems in her life, Perez ended up having a speech impediment. She eventually moved in with an aunt. She attended Grover Cleveland High School, which is located in Ridgewood, in the New York City borough of Queens, and...

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Musica Jibara de Puerto Rico

Jíbaro is a term commonly used in Puerto Rico to refer to mountain-dwelling peasants, but in modern times it has gained a broader and, specifically, a nobler, cultural meaning. In Puerto Rico, the Jíbaro culture has its origins in the Native Taino culture and the term Jíbaro usually refers to “La Gente de la Montañas” (the people of the interior mountainous regions of Puerto Rico) and emerged in the 16th century with the blending of the Pre-Columbian Native Taino and Spanish European cultures in the central mountains of the island of Puerto...

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