Wednesday, February 28, 2024

José Campeche: A Brushstroke of Identity in Colonial Puerto Rico


José Campeche y Jordán, born in 1751, emerges not only as the first known Puerto Rican visual artist but also as a beacon of artistic talent and cultural representation in the midst of colonial society. His life, intertwined with the social and political tapestry of 18th-century Puerto Rico, left an indelible mark through his vibrant portraits and religious imagery, capturing the essence of a complex era.

Campeche's story begins in San Juan, where he was born to Tomás Campeche, a freed slave, and María Jordán, a Canarian native. This mixed heritage placed him in a liminal space within the rigid social hierarchy, yet it fueled his artistic pursuits. His father, a skilled gilder and restorer of religious statues, nurtured his early interest in art. Additionally, the presence of Luis Paret y Alcázar, a banished Spanish court painter, became a pivotal influence, providing Campeche with invaluable guidance in technique and style.

Though primarily self-taught, Campeche quickly blossomed into a renowned portraitist. His subjects ranged from governors and wealthy families to members of the clergy and even mixed-race individuals, often overlooked in colonial society. In capturing their likenesses, he went beyond mere physical representation. His brushstrokes imbued each portrait with a sense of personality, dignity, and even defiance.

Capturing the Crème de la Crème

Prominent figures like Governors Miguel de Ustáriz and Ramón de Castro adorned his canvases, their stern expressions and opulent attire reflecting their power and status. The "Portrait of Doña Petronila Dandereau" stands as a testament to his skill in depicting female subjects. Her confident gaze and intricate lace dress speak volumes about her social standing and personal strength.

However, Campeche's legacy lies not just in his portrayal of the elite but also in his depiction of ordinary people. Works like "Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape" offer a rare glimpse into the lives of mixed-race families, often hidden from official portraits. Their relaxed postures and vibrant attire create a sense of intimacy and challenge dominant narratives of power and race.

Faith and Art

Religious paintings also held a significant place in Campeche's repertoire. Works like "The Vision of Saint Francis" and "The Ex-voto of the Holy Family" showcase his mastery of biblical narratives and evoke a sense of devotion and spirituality. While adhering to the conventions of religious art, he incorporated subtle elements of local flora and landscapes, subtly weaving Puerto Rican identity into his sacred works.

A Legacy Beyond Canvases

Campeche's impact transcended mere aesthetics. His art served as a powerful tool for cultural representation. He defied expectations by depicting people of color with dignity and complexity, challenging the prevailing racial and social hierarchies of the time. His portraits captured the spirit of a burgeoning Puerto Rican identity, showcasing not just the island's elite but also its diverse populace.

Despite the scarcity of information about his personal life, Campeche's artistic legacy continues to resonate. His paintings hang in esteemed institutions like the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, serving as a bridge between Puerto Rico's colonial past and its contemporary identity. In a world where representation matters, Campeche's story remains an inspiration, reminding us of the power of art to challenge norms, capture individuality, and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival


2024 Florida Puerto Rican Parade

Downtown Orlando April 27th 20204
Dedicated to the town of Juncos

The Florida Puerto Rican Parade, Festival and related activities were established to promote the Puerto Rican community culture, heritage, values and its contributions to the State of Florida.

It is our goal to promote the achievements made by Puerto Ricans in Business, Health, Music, Science, Sports, Arts and Government. Puerto Ricans from throughout Florida cities and surrounding states are encouraged to attend. Friends and families of participants and spectators are invited to join in this annual celebration which has become a milestone event for families from across the region and Puerto Rico to get together.

The 2024 the parade and festival will be held on April 27, 2024 in downtown Orlando and is preceded by a week of multiple activities. dedicated to the Municipality of Juncos “La Ciudad del Valenciano” and the theme of the parade is “Civic Engagement and Responsibilities” that include; registering to vote, voting in elections, volunteering in community organizations, serving in statutory boards and committees, participating in government politics, and holding public office. It also includes; obeying the laws, serving on juries or as witnesses in court.

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On April 25th, 2024 we celebrate our annual Gala/Scholarships Awards Dinner! This year we honor and dedicate the parade to the Municipality of Juncos “La Ciudad del Valenciano”.

Join us and savor a delicious traditional Boricua dinner while enjoying top-notch entertainment provided by special guests in addition to the city being honored and the Scholarship recipients.

The theme of the parade is “Civic Engagement and Responsibilities” Civic leaders will be recognized and students will be awarded scholarships. Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated evening!

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Time: 6 pm Reception

7 pm Awards Dinner and Scholarships Presentations

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

The Florida Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. (FLPRP), is a 501 © (3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2016 to promote the Puerto Rican community culture, values, heritage, and contributions to the State of Florida. The Scholarships Fund Program Committee was created to identify and provide financial support to students entering or already in a college institution. It is the goal of FLPRP to offer scholarships to qualified students each year based on financial need, scholastic merit, leadership, achievements, and other factors.

Parade Route

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80 Cedar St, Hartford, CT 06106
(787) 938-6367

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Taking a Community to Puerto Rico


From El Batey Puerto Rican Center
Buffalo, NY 14207

We have an army of individual donors! People who want to contribute out of the kindness of their heart. This means so much to us because it is a personal donation and a loving gesture!

And your contributions make such a huge difference, they fill in the gaps that are so incredibly necessary to reach our goal! I won't list all of them because -the way my brain works will forget someone.

But you know who you are, and we see and appreciate your donation. Every time we get a call, a text a ping on our donations platforms we jump for joy! To us, it means that you see us, and you value us and most importantly want to see the kids make it to Puerto Rico!

Please Consider making a Donation HERE

Desde nuestro corazon a el de ustedes!
Nuestra comunidad dentro y fuera de Bufalo se ha botado!

Friday, February 23, 2024

The Many Benefits of Growing Your Own Food in Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico, with its vibrant culture and fertile lands, holds immense potential for growing delicious and nutritious produce. Yet, over 85% of the island's food is imported, making it susceptible to price fluctuations and supply chain disruptions. This reality motivates many Puerto Ricans to explore a different path: growing their own food.

Taking charge of your food through a home garden offers a multitude of benefits that go beyond simply saving money at the grocery store.

1. Freshness and Flavor: Homegrown produce tastes unmatched. Reaping fruits (and vegetables!) directly from your garden guarantees peak freshness and flavor, as compared to produce that travels long distances and sits on shelves for days. You'll savor the true essence of Puerto Rican cuisine with locally adapted varieties bursting with nutrients and sun-kissed goodness.

2. Healthier You, Healthier Planet: By minimizing reliance on industrial agriculture, you reduce your carbon footprint and exposure to harmful chemicals. Growing organically empowers you to control what goes into your food, promoting overall health and well-being. Imagine enjoying a salad laced with homegrown lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers, knowing exactly how they were nurtured.

3. Resilient Island, Secure Food System: In the face of natural disasters like hurricanes, a strong local food system becomes crucial. Growing your own food fosters self-reliance and strengthens the community's ability to bounce back from challenges. Imagine your garden flourishing even after a storm, providing much-needed nourishment to your family and neighbors.

4. Rediscovering Traditional Roots: Puerto Rico boasts a rich agricultural heritage. Growing native and historically significant crops like "yautía" (malanga), "aji dulce" (sweet pepper), and "guayaba" (guava) allows you to reconnect with your ancestral foodways and preserve valuable biodiversity. Picture yourself nurturing these traditional crops, carrying forward a legacy of cultural connection.

5. Fun and Rewarding Hobby: Gardening is a delightful activity, connecting you with nature and providing a sense of accomplishment. Witnessing the seeds you sow transform into vibrant plants and then delicious food fosters a deep appreciation for the cycle of life. Imagine the joy of sharing a plate of homegrown vegetables with loved ones, knowing you brought them to life.

Ready to Cultivate Your Own Eden?

Starting your home garden journey in Puerto Rico is easier than you might think. Here are some resources to get you going:

  • Desde mi Huerto: This seed bank offers high-quality, organic, and regionally adapted seeds, empowering you to grow with success.
  • Para la Naturaleza: This non-profit organization promotes sustainable agriculture and offers workshops and resources on various gardening techniques.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): The USDA provides invaluable resources on starting and maintaining gardens, including climate-specific advice for Puerto Rico.
  • Comunidad Agrícola Ecológica de Puerto Rico (CAEP): This community of farmers and food systems advocates offers practical guidance and networking opportunities.

Remember, even a small balcony or patch of unused land can be transformed into a productive garden. Start with easy-to-grow crops like herbs, leafy greens, and cherry tomatoes. Explore native varieties suitable for the island's climate and soil conditions. As you gain experience, gradually expand your repertoire and experiment with different techniques.

Growing your own food in Puerto Rico is not just about filling your plate; it's about cultivating a more sustainable, resilient, and flavorful future for yourself and your community. So, grab your gardening gloves, embrace the adventure, and witness the magic unfold in your own little piece of paradise.

Bonus Tip: Join local community gardens or farmer's markets. Connect with other passionate growers, share experiences, and learn from each other's successes and challenges. Together, you can cultivate a vibrant network that nourishes not just your tables, but also your island spirit.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

2024 Ram 1500 Review: Still Riding High, But is it Enough?


The 2024 Ram 1500 remains a strong contender in the full-size truck segment, but with major updates coming down the pike for 2025, is it still worth your consideration? Let's delve into its strengths, weaknesses, and what the future holds.


Interior Excellence: The Ram 1500 boasts one of the most luxurious and comfortable interiors in its class. High-quality materials, thoughtful design, and ample space make it feel more like a premium SUV than a work truck, especially in higher trims.

Smooth Ride and Handling: Thanks to its coil-spring suspension and refined steering, the Ram 1500 delivers a surprisingly smooth and controlled ride, even when unladen. It easily outshines most competitors in terms of comfort and handling.

Powerful and Efficient Engines: While the lack of the diesel option might sting for some, the remaining V6 and V8 engines offer a good balance of power and efficiency. The mild-hybrid eTorque system provides a welcome boost to fuel economy, especially in city driving.

Tech-Filled Features: The Uconnect infotainment system is user-friendly and packed with features. Available options like a large touchscreen, digital gauge cluster, and head-up display further enhance the tech experience.


Max Towing Capacity: Compared to its rivals, the Ram 1500 falls short in terms of maximum towing capacity. While still capable for most everyday needs, heavy-duty haulers might find themselves looking elsewhere.

Price Point: Higher trim levels with all the bells and whistles can quickly climb into luxury car territory. While the interior justifies the price for some, budget-conscious buyers might find better value elsewhere.

No Major Updates for 2024: With a significant redesign expected for 2025, the 2024 model feels like a holdover year. If you're looking for the latest technology and features, waiting a year might be the wiser choice.

The Verdict

The 2024 Ram 1500 is a refined and comfortable truck with a luxurious interior and capable powertrains. However, its towing capacity lags behind competitors, and the lack of major updates for 2024 makes it feel like a transitional model. If you prioritize comfort, a smooth ride, and a tech-laden cabin, the Ram 1500 remains a good choice. But for those seeking the latest features, maximum towing capacity, or the best value, waiting for the 2025 redesign might be the better move.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Puerto Rican Cultural Center


SAVE THE DATE, 7th Earth Day - Taino Dance for Ataabey

Come Wearing Flowers!
Puerto Rican Cultural Center AREYTO!!
We're honoring Ataabey (Mother Earth) with Taino dance & songs!
7th Earth Day - Taino Areyto Dance for Ataabey!
Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 2-5pm
FREE EVENT - in our Batey!


Join Yukayeke Yara Cu and Guaytiao as we dance AREYTO and sing songs in Taino dedicated to Ataabey (Mother Earth) -- under the Pecan Trees of our Batey! Interactive activities will share ways the whole family can build a relationship with Nature -- everyday! Don't forget your maraca! There will be Areyto - Taino ceremonial dance and song - all afternoon! More details and guest presenters announced this Spring!

This joyful gathering will take place outdoors in the Batey of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin 78702. Our entrance is in back facing the lawn, steps away from free parking.

YUKAYEKE YARA CU (Tribe of the Sacred Place) is a Taino tribe of blood descendants and Guaytiao proudly serving Central Texas. YARA TAINO & GUAYTIAO is the Indigenous community of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Since 2008, our Cultural Center defends and shares Taino Heritage everyday.

Live in Central Texas? Contact us to become involved!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

National Puerto Rican Agenda


Bridging Change-Makers together to Unite, Educate and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people

Our Story

The National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA) was created as a nonpartisan alliance of stateside organizations, elected officials, community leaders, and citizen volunteers. Born out of a collective desire to strengthen our capacity and elevate our impact in addressing Puerto Rico’s extended economic crisis and promoting Puerto Rican political and civic participation in Puerto Rico and the United States, NPRA brings together a rich tapestry of advocacy efforts at the national, state, and local levels.

Our vision is a world where island-based and state-side Puerto Ricans are engaged and empowered to pursue public policies that provide an equitable and sustainable future where our communities can heal, grow, and thrive. We believe that providing a forum that brings together diverse stakeholders and bridges collaborative initiatives, we can accomplish a common goal – improving the lives of Puerto Ricans everywhere.

To get there, we must organize our public policy advocacy efforts, in the diaspora and on the island, in support of legislation and policies that remove the barriers of economic, educational, and healthcare inequities.


Our Mission

The mission of the National Puerto Rican Agenda is to unite, educate, and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico. We seek to work with the government, candidates, political parties, organizations, and, most importantly, the public to make the mission of this organization a reality.

Alongside our mission to unite, educate, and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico, the National Puerto Rican Agenda has taken up an ambitious agenda on central issues concerning Puerto Ricans in the United States and Puerto Rico.

On July 24, 2016, at the First Constituent Assembly in Camden, New Jersey, over 200 people gathered to solidify the direction and work of the newly formed NPRA. Together, the attendants established a position on a number of central issues affecting Puerto Ricans. The agenda was revised and approved at the July 14, 2018 Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2024 Biennial National Convention - March 15 & 16, 2024

March 15 and 16, 2024

Taller Puertorriqueño
2600 N 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Jimmy Torres Velez

More Information Visit our Website


Monday, February 19, 2024

Puerto Rican Women's Basketball Qualifies for Paris 2024

 Puerto Rico Womens Basketball Team

The Puerto Rican women's basketball team has achieved a historic feat, securing their spot in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This monumental moment has sent waves of excitement across the island, igniting a passion that transcends the sport itself. But what makes this qualification so special, and why do Puerto Ricans get so enthralled by their Olympic teams?

A Thrilling Journey to Paris

The road to Paris wasn't easy. Facing stiff competition at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in China, the team faced an initial setback against France. However, their unyielding spirit shone through as they bounced back with a nail-biting victory against New Zealand, securing their Olympic berth. This triumph wasn't just about winning; it was about overcoming challenges and exceeding expectations on a global stage.

Beyond the Basketball Court

For Puerto Ricans, sports and national pride are deeply intertwined. The island's history has been marked by struggle and resilience, and excelling on the international stage becomes a powerful symbol of overcoming adversity. The women's basketball team's success represents not just athletic prowess, but the determination and talent of an entire people.

More Than Just Games

Puerto Rico's small size fosters a strong sense of community, where individuals celebrate collective achievements. Seeing their team compete against giants like the United States and emerge victorious fills islanders with immense pride. It's a moment of unity, where differences fade away, and everyone cheers for the "Borinquena" spirit.

A Spark for Inspiration

The team's success serves as a beacon of inspiration for young girls and aspiring athletes across the island. It demonstrates that dedication, teamwork, and perseverance can lead to achieving seemingly impossible dreams. This positive impact transcends the basketball court, empowering future generations to strive for excellence in all aspects of life.

Looking Ahead to Paris

The Olympic journey has just begun. While the competition in Paris will be fierce, the Puerto Rican women's basketball team has already proven their grit and determination. Their success is not just a source of national pride, but a testament to the indomitable spirit that defines Puerto Rico. As they prepare for the big stage, the entire island will be cheering them on, hoping they can bring home another historic victory.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Embracing Native Plants in Puerto Rican Gardens

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Puerto Rico, with its lush landscapes and tropical climate, provides an ideal canvas for gardening enthusiasts. Embracing the rich biodiversity of the island, gardening with native plants not only enhances the natural beauty but also contributes to the preservation of the local ecosystem. In this article, we will explore the enchanting world of gardening in Puerto Rico, emphasizing the significance of using native plants to create sustainable and thriving gardens.

The Rich Biodiversity of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a biodiversity hotspot, home to a vast array of plant species that have evolved to thrive in the island's unique climate and soil conditions. From the majestic Ceiba tree to the vibrant Bougainvillea, the flora of Puerto Rico is as diverse as its culture. Gardeners in Puerto Rico have the opportunity to harness this diversity by incorporating native plants into their landscapes.

Benefits of Gardening with Native Plants:

  1. Adaptability to Climate: Native plants have evolved over time to adapt to Puerto Rico's specific climate and soil conditions. By choosing native species, gardeners can enjoy plants that are naturally resilient, requiring less maintenance and water. This adaptability not only makes gardening easier but also promotes sustainability.
  2. Supporting Local Ecosystems: Native plants play a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems by providing habitats and food sources for native wildlife. Birds, butterflies, and insects depend on specific native plants for their survival. By cultivating these plants, gardeners contribute to the overall health of Puerto Rico's ecosystem, fostering a harmonious balance between flora and fauna.
  3. Preserving Endangered Species: Many native plant species in Puerto Rico are endangered due to habitat loss and other environmental threats. Gardening with native plants can become a form of conservation, helping to preserve these species and protect the island's unique botanical heritage.
  4. Reducing Environmental Impact: Non-native plants often require more water, fertilizers, and pesticides to thrive in unfamiliar environments. By choosing native plants, gardeners can reduce their ecological footprint, promoting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to gardening.

Popular Native Plants for Puerto Rican Gardens

  1. Tabonuco (Dacryodes excelsa): A towering evergreen tree native to Puerto Rico's rainforests, the Tabonuco is known for its striking height and dense canopy. While it may be challenging to cultivate in small gardens, its presence in larger landscapes can recreate the majesty of the island's natural forests.
  2. Icaco (Chrysobalanus icaco): This small, fruit-bearing tree is well-suited for home gardens. With glossy green leaves and clusters of edible purple berries, the Icaco adds both aesthetic appeal and a touch of local flavor to the garden.
  3. Flamboyán (Delonix regia): Known for its fiery red flowers, the Flamboyán is a favorite among Puerto Rican gardeners. This deciduous tree provides vibrant colors and ample shade during its flowering season, creating a stunning focal point in any garden.


Gardening in Puerto Rico is a celebration of the island's unique biodiversity. By embracing native plants, gardeners not only create visually stunning landscapes but also contribute to the conservation of the local ecosystem. As Puerto Rico continues to face environmental challenges, the role of native plant gardening becomes increasingly vital in preserving the island's natural beauty for future generations. So, let your garden bloom with the colors of Puerto Rico, cultivating paradise one native plant at a time.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Preparing Puerto Rican Style Lechón


Lechon: Whole Roasted Pig

In the heart of Puerto Rican culinary traditions, one dish stands out as a symbol of celebration and festivity - Lechón. This succulent and flavorful roasted pig has been a centerpiece at festive gatherings, family reunions, and special occasions for generations. In this article, we'll delve into the art of preparing Puerto Rican style Lechón, exploring the steps from selection to serving, and why it has become a beloved cultural delicacy.

Selection and Preparation

The journey of creating the perfect Puerto Rican Lechón begins with selecting the right pig. Typically, a young and small pig, known as a "cochinillo," is chosen for its tenderness and optimal size. Once selected, the pig is meticulously cleaned, and the skin is scored to ensure a crispy and crackling texture during the roasting process.

Marination plays a crucial role in infusing the meat with rich flavors. Puerto Rican Lechón is traditionally marinated using a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, including garlic, oregano, cumin, and adobo seasoning. The marinade, often referred to as "mojo," is generously applied to the pig, ensuring every nook and cranny is infused with the vibrant flavors that define Puerto Rican cuisine. The marination process is crucial for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat thoroughly.


Roasting the Lechón is an art that requires patience and skill. The traditional method involves a specialized outdoor pit, commonly known as a "Caja China" or China box. The pig is placed inside the box, and the lid is closed, creating an oven-like environment. The Lechón is then slow-roasted over charcoal, allowing the skin to crisp up while the meat inside becomes tender and juicy.

During the roasting process, the pig is periodically basted with a mixture of its own juices and the marinade, enhancing the flavors and ensuring a moist and flavorful outcome. The slow-roasting technique can take several hours, depending on the size of the pig, and is often accompanied by the gathering of family and friends, turning the preparation of Lechón into a communal celebration.


Once the Lechón is perfectly roasted, it is time to savor the fruits of labor. The pig is carefully carved, revealing the succulent meat with its crispy and flavorful skin. Puerto Rican Lechón is traditionally served with a side of arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and other local delicacies. The combination of the crispy skin, tender meat, and aromatic rice creates a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds.

The communal aspect of serving Lechón adds to its significance in Puerto Rican culture. It brings people together, fostering a sense of community and celebration. The joy of sharing a meal that has been prepared with love and dedication is an integral part of the Lechón experience.


Puerto Rican style Lechón is more than just a dish; it is a cultural emblem that embodies the spirit of celebration and togetherness. From the careful selection and preparation to the slow-roasting process and communal serving, every step contributes to the creation of a culinary masterpiece. So, the next time you find yourself in Puerto Rico or looking to celebrate a special occasion, consider the art of preparing Lechón Puerto Rican style – a feast for the senses and a tribute to the rich culinary heritage of the island.

BC Classics Bene Casa Caja Asadora Large Pit Barbecue Portable Pig Roaster - available from Amazon

China Box

Or from La Caja China - China Box

When visiting Puerto Rico, be sure to experience Guavate and la Ruta del Lechón

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Protecting Your Skin from the Puerto Rican Sun | Tips for a Healthy Glow

 Puerto Rican Sun

Puerto Rico's tropical climate and abundant sunshine make it a paradise for beachgoers and outdoor enthusiasts. While basking in the sun can be a delightful experience, it's essential to take precautions to safeguard your skin from the potential adverse effects of prolonged sun exposure. The Puerto Rican sun can be intense, and without proper protection, it can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. In this article, we will explore effective ways to reduce the effects of the Puerto Rican sun on your skin, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the island without compromising your skin's health.

Sunscreen as Your Shield

One of the most crucial steps in protecting your skin from the Puerto Rican sun is using sunscreen. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Consider choosing a water-resistant formula to ensure lasting protection, as Puerto Rico's inviting beaches might tempt you to take a dip.

Cover Up with Clothing

When spending extended periods outdoors, cover up with lightweight, long-sleeved clothing to provide an additional layer of protection. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can also shield your face, neck, and eyes from the direct sunlight. Not only does this protect your skin, but it also helps to maintain a comfortable body temperature in the island's warm climate.

Seek Shade During Peak Hours

The sun's intensity is highest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's advisable to seek shade during these peak hours to reduce direct exposure. Enjoy a leisurely lunch under a beach umbrella or take a siesta in the shade to give your skin a break. This simple step can significantly lower the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.

Stay Hydrated

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Proper hydration is key to maintaining healthy skin, especially in a hot and sunny environment like Puerto Rico. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay moisturized from the inside out, minimizing the risk of dehydration and the associated effects on your skin. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle to ensure you have easy access to hydration throughout the day.

Aftercare for Soothing Relief

If you do happen to get a bit too much sun, proper aftercare is crucial. Aloe vera gel can provide soothing relief for sunburned skin, reducing redness and promoting healing. Keep your skin moisturized with a gentle, fragrance-free lotion to prevent peeling and further irritation.

Regular Skin Checkups

Being proactive about your skin health includes regular checkups with a dermatologist. Schedule periodic skin screenings to detect any early signs of skin issues. Early detection and treatment are crucial in preventing more serious conditions, especially considering the increased sun exposure in a place like Puerto Rico.


While enjoying the Puerto Rican sun is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a visit to the island, it's essential to prioritize your skin health. By incorporating these protective measures into your routine, you can savor the beauty of Puerto Rico without compromising the well-being of your skin. Remember, a healthy glow is best achieved when you balance outdoor enjoyment with responsible sun care practices.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

What Are the Advantages of a Glass Shower Door for Your Puerto Rico Home?


If you’re considering upgrading your bathroom, you may be thinking about installing glass shower doors. They can truly enhance your space, but are they worth the effort? 

Puerto Rico glass shower doors will help improve your bathroom space, and they have numerous advantages too. Take a look at how they can help you turn the most used room in your home into an elegant retreat. 

Creates the Look of a Larger Space

When your bathroom feels cramped, you can open up the space with ease by installing glass shower doors. In Puerto Rico homes, they add a touch of class and luxury, lighting up the room with a brighter feel. 

Easy to Maintain

Shower curtains always trap mildew and mold, though your glass shower doors are easy to clean. Using a squeegee after you shower additionally helps cut down on your cleaning time. 

Greater Durability

Glass shower doors resist scratching and chipping, making them the durable choice for your Puerto Rico home. If you use shower curtains, you have to replace them as they wear out. When you redecorate, your shower curtain may no longer match your style, but your glass shower enclosure will go with any décor. 

Better Bathroom Safety

Shower curtains are notorious for letting water and soap splash out of the shower and onto the floor. This can cause a slippery situation for you and your loved ones. Glass showers prevent this problem and save you the step of having to clean up wet floors every time. 

More Beauty for Your Home

With clean lines and that glossy shine, glass showers look more luxurious. They add that extra opulence to your Puerto Rico home that will turn it into the same kind of retreat you’ll find in high-end resorts and spas. 

Great for the Environment

Most shower curtains are made from non-recyclable materials. Shower enclosures made from glass can be recycled years down the road then they have finally reached their lifespan. When they are sealed properly, they also reduce water waste, making them an eco-friendly choice. 

Customizable Options that Increase Home Value

Your Puerto Rico home deserves a style that is all your own. You can have glass shower doors customized to fit your space and your aesthetic. From frosted glass to frameless shower enclosures, you will find plenty of options. No matter how you design it, it will add more value to your home. Even if you’re not planning on selling it right now, you’re making an investment that builds equity in your property.

When people are shopping for homes, the bathrooms and the kitchen are the biggest concerns. If you have a glass shower enclosure, it lets in more light to show off your gorgeous tiles and creates a more inviting space that will have buyers fighting to buy your home. You certainly won’t get that with shower curtains. 

Upgrade Your Puerto Rico Home with Glass Shower Doors

There are plenty of advantages to upgrading your bathroom with a glass shower enclosure. Choose a reputable installer to ensure your investment into your home is done correctly and brings your visions to life.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Carnaval Ponceño


Carnaval Ponceño

Celebrating Culture and Color: Carnaval de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Every year, the vibrant city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, comes alive with an explosion of color, music, and energy during the much-anticipated Carnaval de Ponce. This lively celebration, deeply rooted in the island's rich cultural heritage, attracts locals and visitors alike to partake in the festive atmosphere that engulfs the streets.

Carnaval de Ponce, also known as the Ponce Carnival, is a dazzling extravaganza that typically takes place in late February or early March, marking the culmination of the pre-Lenten festivities. The origins of this annual celebration can be traced back to the 19th century, and over the years, it has evolved into a spectacular showcase of Puerto Rican identity, folklore, and artistic expression.

Vibrant Costumes and Masks

One of the hallmarks of Carnaval de Ponce is the array of vibrant costumes and masks worn by participants. Locals spend months crafting elaborate outfits that showcase the island's history, traditions, and cultural symbols. The costumes range from traditional Taino-inspired ensembles to more contemporary designs that reflect the island's diverse influences. As participants parade through the streets, the kaleidoscope of colors and intricate details of their attire create a visual feast for onlookers.

The heart of the celebration lies in the rhythmic beats of the music that permeate the air. Traditional Puerto Rican music, such as salsa, merengue, and bomba, fills the streets, compelling both young and old to dance to the infectious tunes. Live bands and DJs add to the vibrant ambiance, turning the entire city into a massive dance floor where locals and tourists join together in the joyous celebration of life.

Cultural Events and Competitions

Beyond the lively processions and musical performances, Carnaval de Ponce also features various cultural events and competitions. Art exhibitions, dance showcases, and culinary contests highlight the multifaceted nature of Puerto Rican culture. These activities provide a platform for artists, performers, and chefs to showcase their talents while fostering a sense of community pride.

Food plays a significant role in the festivities, with street vendors offering a tantalizing array of traditional Puerto Rican dishes. From mofongo to pastelón, the aroma of delicious culinary creations wafts through the air, enticing revelers to indulge in the island's rich gastronomic heritage.

Carnaval de Ponce is more than just a festive event; it is a celebration of Puerto Rico's resilience, identity, and community spirit. As participants and spectators come together to revel in the kaleidoscope of colors, pulsating music, and rich cultural expressions, Carnaval de Ponce becomes a living testament to the island's vibrant heritage, uniting people in a joyous celebration that transcends time and space.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Rita Moreno: A Trailblazer in Entertainment


Rita Moreno, a living legend in the entertainment industry, has left an indelible mark on Hollywood through her remarkable career spanning over seven decades. Born on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Moreno's journey to becoming an iconic figure in the world of film, television, and theater is a testament to her talent, resilience, and groundbreaking achievements.

Puerto Rican Heritage

Moreno's Puerto Rican heritage has been a source of pride and influence throughout her life. She moved to New York City with her mother at the age of five, where she was exposed to the rich cultural diversity of the city. Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, Moreno embraced her roots while navigating the challenges of assimilation. Her Puerto Rican heritage became an integral part of her identity, shaping her perspective and influencing her artistic expression.

Early Career Accomplishments

Rita Moreno's journey in the entertainment industry began at a young age. She started her career as a dancer, landing her first Broadway role at the age of thirteen. Moreno's breakthrough came with her performance as Anita in the 1961 film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's musical, "West Side Story." Her portrayal of Anita earned her critical acclaim, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Latina woman to win an Oscar.

Following her success in "West Side Story," Moreno faced the challenge of avoiding typecasting. She diversified her roles, showcasing her versatility as an actress. Her talent transcended racial and ethnic boundaries, and she became a trailblazer for Latinx representation in the entertainment industry. In the 1970s, Moreno became one of the few Latina actresses to break into television with a regular role on the children's television series "The Electric Company."

EGOT Awards

Rita Moreno's exceptional talent and dedication to her craft culminated in her achieving the coveted EGOT status – an accomplishment that sets her apart as one of the few individuals to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Moreno won her Emmy Award in 1977 for her work on "The Muppet Show," showcasing her comedic skills and versatility. Her Grammy Award came in 1972 for her contribution to the cast album of "The Electric Company," solidifying her presence in the music industry.

The Oscar, as mentioned earlier, was awarded for her groundbreaking performance in "West Side Story." In 1975, Rita Moreno earned the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in the Broadway production of "The Ritz." This impressive feat of winning all four major entertainment awards not only highlights her talent but also underscores her lasting impact on multiple facets of the entertainment world.

Beyond her EGOT accomplishments, Moreno continued to contribute significantly to the entertainment industry. In recent years, she gained renewed attention for her role in the critically acclaimed television series "One Day at a Time," where she portrayed a strong, opinionated Cuban-American grandmother. Her performance added depth to the show and resonated with audiences for its portrayal of Latinx experiences.


Rita Moreno's journey from a young dancer to an EGOT-winning Hollywood icon is a testament to her resilience, talent, and commitment to breaking barriers. As a trailblazer for Latinx representation in entertainment, Moreno has opened doors for future generations of artists. Her Puerto Rican heritage has been a driving force in her career, shaping her identity and influencing her contributions to the diverse landscape of the entertainment industry. With a legacy that spans decades, Rita Moreno remains an inspiration and a symbol of excellence in the world of film, television, and theater.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Hartford Puerto Rican Parade


The Hartford Puerto Rican Parade features nearly 3,000 marching participants and is the largest parade in the City of Hartford and the Hartford region. Among the participants, you will see our honorees and delegates, local school groups, school bands, cultural groups from different countries showcasing their pride, Hartford Police Officers and Hartford Firefighters, the CT National Guard, music groups, entertainers, faith groups, Paso Fino Horses, clowns, media groups (radio, TV, print), sponsors, and elected officials.

On Sunday October 8, 2023, The Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade, which begins at 1:00 PM, will lead to street closures in the City. There will be “No Parking” enforcement on the Parade Route and towing will be conducted if need be.
The Parade Route begins on Van Dyke Avenue, moves onto Charter Oak Avenue, to Main Street, to Gold Street, to Jewell Street and concludes at Bushnell Park.

The Festival del Coqui will be taking place in Bushnell Park, from 230 PM to 900 PM, on Sunday as well. This will result in increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the vicinity of Bushnell Park during the afternoon and evening.

Additional road closures may occur due to circumstances beyond the Police Department’s control. Motorists traveling in the area of this event will experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible. Please plan on leaving early to arrive on time to enjoy the day in the City.

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Registration for 2023 PR Parade Participant

We are proud to announce that the Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place in Hartford (Parade Route: Charter Oak Avenue to Main Street, North on Main Street to Gold Street, West on Gold Street to Jewell to Asylum, into Bushnell Park) on Sunday, September 10th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. sharp. We invite you to apply to participate in this year’s Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade. Your application, agreement and fee are due no later than Thursday, August 10, 2023. Registration Form Here

Parade Route

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80 Cedar St, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 904-7860

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