Fascinating Facts About Puerto Rico

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“Santiago, the Story of his New Life” is a great Puerto Rican film.It was directed by Jacobo Morales. “Santiago, the Story of his New Life” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Category at the 1989 Academy Awards.

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Puerto Rico has been described as a museum of the old and new…Puerto Rico is world famous for its beauty and pleasant climate.It is an attractive tourist area of beautiful sandy beaches and nature areas…UNESCO has declared La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic World Heritage Sites.

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Sila Calderon was the first female governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (2001-2005).

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Puerto Rico has ten idols: Roberto Clemente (baseball player), Ricky Martin (singer),Teo Cruz (basketball player), Jennifer Lopez (singer), Benicio del Toro (actor), Gigi Fernandez (tennis player), Felisa Rincon de Gautier (former mayor of San Juan de Puerto Rico), Pablo Casals (violoncellist),Sila Calderon (former governor),and Rita Moreno (actress).

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Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe pageant a record five times: Marisol Malaret (1970), Deborah Carthy-Deu (1985), Dayanara Torres (1993), Denisse Quiñones (2001), and Zuleyka Rivera (2006). It has more titles than Brazil, Argentina and Mexico combined.The only country to have won it more than Puerto Rico is the United States (1954,1956,1960,1967,1980,1995,1997)

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The 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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Jennifer Lopez has Puerto Rican ancestry. She was born on July 24, 1970, in the Bronx, New York City, (USA). The multitalented actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is famous around the world. She is a hardworking woman, who started out with little more in her life than dreams.In an interview, she said, “Sure. You work so hard your whole life-it`s hot, hot, hot, and then it`s cold. I know that day will come”. Jennifer fans know that when she sings, she is singing to them.
She admires Barbra Streisand, who is an American singer and film actress.”Barbra Streisand. What she did with her career-acted, sang, did the whole thing. I love her. She made “The Way We Were”.It was a love story about two people, and you see their whole lives. You don´t get that in movies anymore.Where is my “The Way We Were?” I need that before I die”, remarked the actress during an interview… Jennifer Lopez is a symbol of Puerto Rico.

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Baseball is the national sport in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico hosted FIBA Basketball Men´s World Championship in 1974.

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Puerto Rico hosted the Miss Universe 1972. It became the first Latin American country to host Miss Universe contest.

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Rita Moreno is a well-known Puerto Rican movie, television and theater actress. Rosa Dolores Alverio, best known as Rita Moreno, was born on December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico.She is one of the few Hispanic performers to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy, an Antoinette Perry Award, and a Grammy.She won the 1962 Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the classic film musical “West Story”…

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Rosie Perez is a famous American actress and choreographer.
She is of Puerto Rican origin. Rosie was born in Brooklyn, New York City (USA).

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Puerto Rico is bigger than Singapore.

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Felisa Rincon de Gautier was mayor of San Juan de Puerto Rico from 1946 to 1969. Felisa was Puerto Rico`s most renowned social activist. She devoted her entire life to the poor and homeless sick people, especially children and women. She received many awards: the Order of Merit from Israel, the Pope Pius XII Medal of the Vatican and Joan of Arc Medal from France…

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In 1984 Pope John Paul visited San Juan de Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico has competed in the Winter Olympic Games 6 times (Sarajevo-1984, Calgary-1988, Albertville-1992, Lillehammer-1994, Nagano-1998, and Salt Lake City-2002)

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer.Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry.He´ve studied political science and journalism.He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called “The Dictator and Alicia Alonso”.He is an expert on foreign affairs. Futhermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latina America.

He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). His favorite film is “Gorillas in the Mist”.Some of his favorite books are “The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad” (by V.S.Naipaul), “Las Mujeres de los Dictadores” (by Juan Gasparini) and “Murder of a Gentle Land” (by John Barron and Anthony Paul).His personal motto is “The future is for those people who believe in the beauty o f their dreams” by Eleanor Roosevelt.