By Mariela Rosario | 12/01/2010 - 15:30
Chayanne's younger brother, Emanoel Figueroa, has officially announced his plans to run for mayor of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico—the hometown of the entire Figueroa family.
The pop singer's brother says that Chayenne has been very supportive. "He supports me completely, in every aspect from politics to moral," the youngest Figueroa told Esmas.com. "The most important thing is knowing that your family supports you in decisions like this. I have a genuine desire to help," concluded Emanoel.
By Fox News Latino | 11/23/2010 - 10:00
Baghdad war zones. Brazilian slums. Even cookie-cutter American suburbs. They’ve all been recreated in Puerto Rico, which increasingly is becoming a backdrop in American and European cinema. Rarely does the island play itself on the silver screen. But in recent years, the territory has provided dramatic land- and seascapes for productions starring some of Hollywood's biggest names, including George Clooney and Johnny Depp.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/30/2010 - 11:00
Benicio del Toro has been named the face of the 2011 Campari calendar. The Italian liquor company announced their pick yesterday. Del Toro, 43, is the first man to grace the Campari calendar, which has been deemed "The Red Affair."
By Nicola Paracchini | 08/11/2010 - 10:00
La Isla del Encanto has way more to offer than just white sand beaches in touristy San Juan. Here are some more off-the-beaten-track gems in and around the Island (and a special discount offer just for Latina readers!).
By Janel Martinez | 08/02/2010 - 16:00
Lolita Lebron, the Puerto Rican independence activist best known for her role in an attack on the U.S. Capitol, died of complications from respiratory disease in a hospital in San Juan this Sunday. She was 90.
“Lolita was the mother of the independence movement," Maria Lourdes Santiago, a member of the U.S. commonwealth’s Senate from the Puerto Rican Independence Party told the Associated Press. "This is an insurmountable loss."
By Mariela Rosario | 06/14/2010 - 13:00
Marc Anthony was officially named the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Puerto Rican day parade in New York, after a domestic abuse scandal derailed telenovela star Osvaldo Rios-Alonso, who had been initially selected for the honor.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/03/2010 - 17:00
The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to authorize a referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico. For over 112 years, Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth property of the United States; Puerto Ricans living on the island are unable to vote in presidential elections and their representative to the Congress has no official say in political matters. Since the island is not a state, its residents do not pay income taxes, but they can be drafted to fight in wars.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2010 - 16:41
A law enacted in Dec. of 2009 by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño has effectively left one third of the Puerto Rican population living in the United States without valid birth certificates. In an attempt to gain control of the identity theft rampant in the commonwealth, Fortuño signed a law into effect making all birth certificates processed prior to Dec. 2009 invalid for use in any federal agency.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 10:16
The governor of Puerto Rico announced this week that he was activating the National Guard in the small island commonwealth. The measure was intended to be a temporary move to help curb rising crime rates while new police forces are recruited and trained.
"Nobody, especially me, can be happy with the number of killings last year. We have to do much more to stop this," Gov. Luis Fortuño declared during his State of the Commonwealth speech.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2009 - 13:37
The team investigating the devastating explosions that hit the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.’s Bayamon refinery and fuel storage complex near the capital city of San Juan has declared the incident an accident. Jeff Wanko, head of the investigation team sent by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, told a press conference that the fire was caused by the failure of the fuel monitoring system. The night of the fire, oil in one of the 40 tanks at the refinery overflowed, allowing the fire to spread quickly throughout the facility.