New Members 2015

On April 11, six talented ladies became members of the PRHS organization. The new members luncheon themed “Nostalgia de Primavera” took place at Milano’s Ristorante where all the guest were encouraged to wear spring hats. Welcome…. Vivian Pérez, Modesta Nevarez, Margie Meléndez, Karen Rivera Cardona, Dra. Norma Valles and Rosa...

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30th Anniversary Publication

For  more than 30 years, the Puerto Rican Heritage Society has served the community of San Antonio in a variety of ways. A publication was recently printed to reflect the different events and activities, and the members that made it possible.  The cover page for the publication was an inspiration of Puerto Rican artist Giselle Diaz.  The unveiling ceremony of the commissioned painting was held at the Grossman International Conference Center at the Incarnate Word University on March 24,...

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El Coqui

“Proyecto Coqui” (Project Coqui) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve biodiversity through scientific research, habitat protection and environmental education. We are also part of the founding members of the Amphibian Specialist Group of Puerto Rico. Visit the page to learn more.   El Proyecto Coquí es una organización sin fines de lucro cuya misión es la conservación de la biodiversidad por medio de investigación científica, protección de hábitat y educación ambiental. Además somos parte de los miembros fundadores del Grupo de Especialistas de Anfibios de Puerto Rico. Visita la pagina para aprender...

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Bizarre Food? I don’t think so.

Bizarre Foods focuses on regional cuisine from around the world which is typically perceived by Americans as being disgusting, exotic, or bizarre. In each episode, Andrew Zimmern focuses on the cuisine of a particular country or region. He typically shows how the food is procured, where it is served, and, usually without hesitation, eats it. In this episode, he goes to Puerto Rico. The funny thing is that everything he calls “Bizarre”, makes my mouth water. I was hoping he would find some Quenepas, but I guess they weren’t in season. It is wonderful to see the sights, sounds and tastes of Puerto Rico....

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What are “Fiestas Patronales”?

FIESTAS PATRONALES DE PUERTO RICO (Patron Saint Festivals in Puerto Rico) Las Fiestas Patronales (Patron Saint Festivals) in Puerto Rico are tied to the founding of municipalities and the influential role played by the Catholic Church at the time. These festivities began as a religious celebration, but eventually, secular and folkloric characteristics were incorporated into the festivities. Today, they are famous for the carnaval-like fair attractions, traditional foods, amusement rides, music and entertainment, and local customs. For the most part, the festival is held around the Main Plaza. The amusement rides (las machinas) include a Merry-Go-Round (los caballitos), a ferris wheel (la estrella), flying chairs (las sillas voladoras), bumper cars (los carritos locos), and a unique Roller-Coaster called el gusano, among others. Food vendors are found in every corner selling snow cones (piraguas or raspao), fruit flavored ice cream served in a small paper cup, cotton candy (algodón), tropical candy like marrayo and gofio, beef turnovers, pork cracklings (chicharrón volao), and more. Let’s not forget Las Picas (miniature horse racing machines) where only the adults were permitted to place bets. The wooden horses were painted in bright colors with each sporting a different number. They ran in its own track and cranked manually by with the manivela or handle. Las Fiestas Patronales continue to be an essential part of the Puerto Rican tradition and culture. That is why it was selected to be the theme for the 14th Festival de Puerto Rico in San Antonio to be celebrated at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 2015 from noon until...

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