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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