In Loíza, the Afro-Boricua Population Won’t Let a Hurricane Wipe Out Their Traditions

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO …. #StillStanding … Boricua Spirit!!

Repeating Islands

loizHere is an article by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (Remezcla) on the annual Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol. You must not miss his excellent photos of the events.

Much like the rest of the island, Loíza – a northeastern coastal town in Puerto Rico – is still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane María and the (now widely reported) mismanaged and inept response by government officials. Still, despite the challenges that remain 10 months later, on July 20, in a demonstration of resilience and fortitude, grounded in culture and tradition that is uniquely Puerto Rican, the community came together to celebrate the annual Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol.

The weeklong celebration, one of the most vibrant and culturally significant on the island, attracted a crowd as diverse and colorful as the costumes and traditional garb worn by bomba dancers, young and old, who performed for smiling and enthusiastic crowds. Thousands gathered…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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