Posted in Latino, Social Media, Trends

Portuguese Puerto Ricans – A Facebook Page for “Portu Ricans” #porturicans

 


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After analyzing my updated DNA results, I created a Facebook Page for Puerto Ricans with Portuguese ancestry. It only has seven “Likes” but I believe that number will grow over time. Once I digested the fact that I am 29 percent Portuguese, I wondered how many other Puerto Ricans in the world shared greater Portuguese ancestry than Spanish. I thought maybe there’s a Facebook page or group for others like me. There wasn’t, so I decided to start one.

Everyone knows that Puerto Ricans are part Spanish and most Spanish have Portuguese ancestry based on proximity and the fact that the two countries were unified for a short time. Many Puerto Ricans know and accept their historic connection to Spain, but not many truly know or acknowledge our ancestral link to Portugal.

According to the Library of Congress, in 1593 Portuguese soldiers, sent from Lisbon by order of Philip II of Spain, composed the first garrison (military post) of the San Felipe del Morro fortress in Puerto Rico. Some brought their wives, while others married Puerto Rican women, and today there are many Puerto Rican families with Portuguese last names. On October 3, 1642, a Franciscan convent for men was founded in Puerto Rico by Portuguese friars who had come to the island in 1641.

The Portuguese immigrated to Puerto Rico in such large numbers that by the mid 1500s Portuguese settlers outnumbered the Spaniards, according to  “A Nation upon the Ocean Sea: Portugal’s Atlantic Diaspora and the Crisis of the Spanish Empire, 1492-1640” by Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert.

The Portuguese Puerto Rican DNA discussion is pretty recent. There have been conversations on Reddit about the subject and a few YouTube videos exist of Puerto Ricans revealing they have more Portuguese blood than Spanish. Eventually, a larger number of Puerto Ricans who have their DNA tested will know their actual Portuguese percentage. This info will hopefully lead to additional knowledge and discussion about Puerto Ricans with Portuguese ancestry, also known as Portu Ricans.

Posted in Film/Movie, Latino, New York

New York Latino Film Festival Begins in NYC on Oct. 11, 2017

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF),  the premier urban Latino film event in the country since 1999, kicks off in NYC on Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 14, 2017. The NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development, and foster relationships for Latino talent.

The 14th NYLFF is presented by HBO and will feature such films as Saturday Church, a “La-La Land” meets “Moonlight” coming out story, and A Change of Heart, starring Jim Belushi and a Puerto Rican drag queen.

“Our event is about galvanizing and empowering community. We are very excited to bring back the festival with such an exciting lineup showcasing some of the best multicultural, bilingual, and diverse films,” said Calixto Chinchilla, festival founder.

The NYLFF makes its much-anticipated return to the Big Apple and will once again highlight a diverse slate, spanning all genres and formats. Notable stars and filmmakers include Emilio and Gloria Estefan, William Levy, Residente, and Luis Guzmán.

Other films being showcased at the NYLFF include: HOLD ON, the story of a talented mixed race singer who must fight to keep her personal dreams and family life alive while working at a small Los Angeles church; El Pantera, a documentary film chronicling the rise of Mexican UFC fighter Yair Rodriguez; and Vito C: La Vida Del Filósofo, the rise to stardom story of Reggaeton’s founding father, Vico C.