Lying on the northeastern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or ‘the promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.
In 1983, the citadel was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in conjunction with the San Juan National Historic Site.
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The sentry boxes or “garitas” were used by the Spanish soldiers or guards to protect the city walls night and day. Some of these were located quite near to others but others were more distant and solitary.
At night the guards would occasionally shout a call to other guards in their boxes so as to check on their whereabouts and to keep from falling asleep.
Alejandro Fernández organizó un flash mob de mariachi en Madrid
El cantante está promoviendo la cultura del mariachi y la charrería a través de redes sociales.
Alejandro Fernández, a very well know singer from Mexico, organized a mariachi flash mob at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.
He is trying to promote the “mariachi and charro” culture around the world through social media.
Esta intervención pública es parte de una iniciativa marcada con el hashtag #LaMusicaRompeFronteras, que aparentemente es una campaña para promocionar el 23º Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería que se llevará a cabo del 26 de agosto al 4 de septiembre en Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Alejandro Fernández dará un concierto en el evento.
Disfruta este suceso único, de Jalisco para el Mundo, que se llevó acabo en La Plaza Mayor de Madrid, España.
En la realización de este evento, participaron 11 integrantes del Mariachi Real de México, 23 Músicos de la Film Symphony Orchestra, la sección de metales y el director musical de Alejandro Fernandez, Nando Hernández quien hizo los arreglos y adaptaciones de las dos piezas que se interpretaron.
Vive el Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y Charrería en su 23º Aniversario, del 26 de Agosto al 04 de Septiembre en Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho holds up a copy of his novel The Alchemist, which has sold more than 100 million copies, while attending a news conference in Aviles, northern Spain, May 29, 2008. Coelho will attend a homage and an exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the book. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN)
~~May 20, 2016~~
WORDS OF WISDOM
It’s the beginning of another day.
Life and time go on without ever stopping for anyone.
It’s good to slow down and revise our inner thoughts.
We can be refreshed by this.
Words are soothing, inspiring and motivating.
Take a bit of your time today and watch this inspiring video.
Paulo Coelho de Souza (Portuguese, born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold over 200 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.
The Alchemist, easily known as his most successful book, is a story about a young shepherd who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.
The book has inspired a devoted following around the world, with Will Smith, Madonna, and others having declared it to be their favorite novel, and Bill Clinton having been seen with a copy of the book. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey interviewed pop star Pharrell Williams, who stated that The Alchemist had changed his life.
Paulo Coelho de Souza (more commonly known as Paulo Coelho), was born on August 24, 1947. He is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and the recipient of numerous international awards, among them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. “The Alchemist,” his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages.
The author has sold over 200 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author. This slide show presents some of the author’s most wonderful and meaningful quotes with beautiful background music by Marc Enfoy.
Goya Foods, Inc. is a producer of a brand of foods sold in the United States and many Hispanic countries including Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The company headquarters is in Jersey City, New Jersey. It is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.
Goya was founded in 1936 by Prudencio Unanue Ortiz (1886–1976) from Valle de Mena, Spain who emigrated to Puerto Rico, and met and married Carolina Casal (1890–1984) also a Spanish immigrant, emigrated to New York City, United States.
Prudencio believed that his name was too difficult to pronounce for American customers, so he purchased the name of a Moroccan sardine company named “Goya“. The company was initially set up in the Financial District of Manhattan, importing Spanish foods like olives and olive oil.
Don Quijote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quijote is considered one of the most influential works of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection that cites Don Quixote as authors’ choice for the “best literary work ever written“.
The story follows the adventures of an hidalgo named Mr. Alonso Quixada who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quijote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood.
David Bisbal Ferré (born in Almería, Spain on June 5, 1979) is a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish pop singer, songwriter, actor. He gained his initial fame as a runner up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo.
He has since released five studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums.
He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist.
As of 2012, David Bisbal has sold more than 5 million records in Spain and America, getting 42 Platinum albums, 17 gold and 2 diamond.
‘Corazón Latino‘ and ‘Bulería‘ treasure each one IFPI Platinum Award, official certification for selling over 1 million copies across Europe.
David Bisbal was born on June 5, 1979 in Almería (Spain), son of José Bisbal, a professional boxer and part of a trio of flamenco music, and Maria Ferré. He is the youngest of three siblings, a brother named José María and a sister named María del Mar. He loved to perform in public. As a child, Bisbal showed a talent for performing, but was always very shy about doing so.
María Laura Corradini Falomir, popularly known as Chenoa (born June 25, 1975 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, but raised in Majorca, Spain) is an Argentine-Spanish female music artist who became successful after appearing on the TV contest Operación Triunfo. Her music style could be described as pop. Most of her music is in Spanish, although a few tracks on some albums were recorded in English.
Although her albums are not readily available in the U.S. record shelves as they are in Spain and Latin America, they can be found on the Internet. She has sold more than 1,000,000 records since 2002.
Chenoa was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina on June 25, 1975, although her family moved to Majorca, Spain, when she was eight. She grew up in a musical family; both parents were musicians who used to sing in hotels at live music shows. At the age of 16, Chenoa began to sing professionally, taking part in her parents’ show. When her mother fell ill, Chenoa had to stand in for her. Her fathers family is of Italian descent and her maternal grandmother is Lebanese.
Syrian tripped by Hungarian camerawoman gets job offer at Spanish soccer coaching school
The video footage sparked international outrage:
A desperate Syrian father, clutching his small son, runs with hundreds fleeing from authorities at an Hungarian camp. Then, a Hungarian camerawoman sticks her leg out and trips him. He tumbles. He screams.
Although he was just one of thousands fleeing war-torn Syria, the incident set off a wave of media coverage, and soon he wasn’t a nameless refugee.
He is Osama Abdul Mohsen, father to 7-year-old Zaid, and he once coached division one soccer in Syria.
Now, Spain’s national soccer coach training center, Cenafe, has arranged for him to come to the country, where a job offer and a place to live near Getafe await him, the Associated Press reported.
“Hopefully, this will serve as an example to the rest of Europe,” school director Miguel Galán said, according to AP. “We need to help these people.”
Mohsen arrived in Madrid on Thursday after traveling by train from Germany with two of his sons, an Arabic-speaking Cenafe student and a reporter from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
“I am very, very happy when Mr. Miguel called [me] to come to Spain,” Mohsen said on the train in an video interview with El Mundo. “I see a future for my family in Spain.”
Mohsen’s wife and two other children remain in Turkey, and he said on camera that it’s “very vital” that his family reunite with him in Spain. Authorities at the soccer academy are working to have Mohsen’s family join him and to get him legalized so he can work there.
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 – October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.
Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by president Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and the length of it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 – October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on the morning of October 12, 1492.
A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, forty-two years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.
Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory is the three track strategy to end marriage discrimination in the United States. Since 2004 a growing number of states and the District of Columbia have ended same sex couple exclusion from marriage. By winning more states, we’ll prove that families are helped and no one is harmed. Marriage matters to gay families and together we’ll transform momentum by asking our friends and family to stand for the Freedom to Marry.