Eduardo Arocho for President of the 
Puerto Rican Parade, punch #3
This Sunday, Sept. 13th, 6am-6pm
Puerto Rican Parade Elections
Humboldt Park Fieldhouse

To be eligible to vote, parent must be of Puerto Rican heritage.

Misa Jibara once again brings unique cultural display to Fiesta Boricua
This year marked the 6th Misa Jibara hosted at Fiesta Boricua. Misa Jibara is a Catholic mass infused with cultural elements of Puerto Rico. A celebration of faith, inspiration and culture, Misa Jibara combines the Spanish language, folk music and deeply rooted Puerto Rican traditions to produce a beautiful Catholic liturgy. At a Misa Jibara, those who convey the church's message are not the priests but rather a traditional "jibaro" musical group.
Despite breaking his leg just a few days before, the ceremony was officiated by Rev. Father Raul Morales Berrios with the help of St. Mark's Parish newly appointed parish leader. The musical group of the diocese of Cayey, Puerto Rico, performed this year's music.

More than 300 in attendance
Noche Jíbara celebrates Cayey and Honors "Fifo"
On Friday, Sept. 4, more than 300 gathered at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture to honor the municipality of Cayey representing el "Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" as well as to honor the memory of Josefina Rodríguez. 
The evening event included a welcome by Puerto Rican Cultural Center Executive Director, José E. López, of the Cayey delegation, which was headed by Mayor Rolando Ortiz Velázquez. Gifts were exchanged and the Mayor gave a brief but powerful message of the importance of the memorable community celebration. This was followed by an engaging and dramatic presentation by the Municipal Band which captivated the audience.
The program ended with the homage to Josefina led by the poet Carlos Quiles and the musical group from Cayey, Alambre Dulce. Everyone was treated to a succulent and delicious dinner provided by Nellie's Restaurant.
22nd Fiesta Boricua Rocks Paseo Boricua
The 22nd Fiesta Boricua de Bandera a Bandera was another huge success. This year , many of its traditional aspects such as the celebration of the the "Mejor de Nuestro Pueblos" represented by Cayey, lo "Mejor de Nuestro Barrio" represented by Orlando, FL. Misa Jíbara officiated by Father Raul, and musically accompanied by Grupo Aroma. In terms of lo "Mejor de Nuestros Barrios", several activists Jimmy Torres Vélez, organizer Marcos Vilar and community activist Zoraida Andino Rios, and the legendary salsero Domingo Quiñones, traveled from Orlando to highlight the Saturday closing musical event. Cayey was represented by Mayor Rolando Ortiz Velázquez, who headed a delegation of nearly 200 cayeyanos, and learned that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, through a proclamation, designated Sept 5 & 6 as Cayey Days in Chicago. Cayey also treated Chicago's Puerto Rican community with the music of Alambre Dulce. Sunday's closing musical act, was headlined by Orquesta Macabeo, interpreting the latest musical expressions of the millennial generation of Puerto Rico.

The 2015 Fiesta Boricua addd new dimension to the traditional celebration. This indeed the following:
* A car, bicycle and motorcycle show
* A second stage on Campbell and Division, sponsored by Papas Cache featuring local musicians;
* A magnificent, colorful jamboree parade with the Banda Municipal of Cayey and the cabezudos of Pedro Adorno, representing the figures of Roberto Clemente, Julia de Burgos, Segundo Ruiz Belvis and Oscar López Rivera.

An aesthetically pleasing mural by Christian Roldan welcomed the Cayeyanos with an image of Cayey's native son, the artist Ramon Frade.
The above additional activities made the 22nd Fiesta Boricua another amazing achievement in the altitude of cultural expressions in our community, but it would not have been the same without the delicious food, the improvised dancing, the multiple expressions of creations of the country's artisans, and the bombazo at La Casita de Don Pedro. It was a celebration of our community's life and creativity as well as a cultural immersion for the many non-Puerto Ricans who enjoyed the weekend on Paseo Boricua.
This event would have not been possible without the support of the literally, hundreds of volunteers. A particular thank you goes to the following individuals:

Organizing Committee Fiesta Boricua 2015

Equipo Misa Jibara
Mary Torres
Hilda Frontany
Jaime Moctezuma
Erika Abad
Militza Pagan

Equipo Logistico Fiesta Boricua
Nereida Aviles
Nilda Montañez
Zenaida Lopez
Juan Calderon
George Herrera
Cynthia Soto
Roberto Maldonado
José E. López

Equipo de talento musical
Luis Rosa
Jonathan Rivera

Equipo Publicidad
Jonathan Rivera
Luis Alejandro Molina

Equipo Noche Jibara
Sandra Candelaria
Mayra Estrella
Daisy Jimenez
Sylvia Correa
Maya Lozano
Lourdes Lugo
Josh Stern
Virginia Boyle
Luz Ramos
Shirley Payton
Geniz Hernandez
Viola S algado
Jonathan Contreras
Raul Maldonado
Gustavo Varela
Jessica Zambrana
Juan Garibay
Gregory Rueda
Anthony De Jesus
Carmen G. Perez
Tatiana Cusnier Vidal

Producción Video PSA
Elias Carmona
Matt McCanna

Exposición de Carros,
motocicletas y bicicletas
Eduardo Arocho
Nancy Garcia
Victor Garcia
Carmelo Santurce
Lebster Pabón

Equipo Limpieza
Lourdes Lugo
Danette Sokacich

Equipo Transportación
Luis Rosa
Felix Rosa
Frankie Davila
Rafael Caro
Rafael de Jesus
Leonilda Calderón

Coordinador in Puerto Rico
Carlos Quiles

We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, and particularly the leadership and commitment of Ald. Maldonado and State Rep. Cynthia Soto.

View hundreds more FB 2015 pictures here.

Join the VidaSIDA 2015 AIDS Run and Walk Team
Did you know that each week, 40-50 Illinoisans become infected with HIV? I believe that all families and individuals affected by HIV deserve access to care and you can help me ensure this by participating in the 2015 AIDS Run and Walk. 90% of the funds that we raise collectively for Team Vida/SIDA's Life Savers will be given back us to facilitate programs and improve services access in our community.  

We need you to be part of team Vida/SIDA's Life Savers this year.

The online registration for the 2015 AIDS Run and Walk is open and we need you to register.

Our team Vida/SIDA's Life Savers is live. It's time to register!

Register at your earliest convenience and start fundraising!  The following is the link to register:

After you click the website link above, click the tab labeled REGISTER, then search for teamVida/SIDA's Life Savers and follow the rest of the registration instructions.

Let us know if you have any questions to register.

Pedro Mercado
Vida/SIDA's Life Savers Team Captains


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Equal Opportunity Employer



Limited positions available

(Must be available starting September 8, 2015)


The Safe Passage Community Watcher position provides a safe passage for students attending the following schools:

Roberto Clemente, Wells, José De Diego, Chopin, ChiArts



Responsible, punctual, high school diploma or equivalent and ability to pass criminal background check to work with youth


Part-time with educational opportunities available


Monday thru Friday | 5 hours a day | $10 per hour 


To apply, submit a resume to Ivan Vega:


 apply at 2546 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622


For more information call: (773) 394-4935

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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Interested in urban gardening, 
farmers' markets and healthy eating?

Interested in learning more about urban gardening and farmers' markets? Have some free time to help your community? Looking for urban farming service learning opportunity? Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center has gardens throughout Humboldt Park and we are looking for volunteers. Whether you are a people person, a gardening person or a community member eager to learn something new, please contact, Urban Garden Team Members, Erika G Abad at either or (773) 850-2467 (text or call) for more information.  


Le interesaria ayudar a su comunidad? Quisiera hablar con miembros de la comunidad acerca de comprar comida organica? Quisiera compartir su sabiduria acerca de sembrando comida? El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño Juan Antonio Corretjer, tiene jardines en el barrio de donde se vende comida para asistir en ayudar a los jardines. Se necesita ayuda en los jardines y en alcanzar a miembros de la comunidad durante los mercados. Si nos puede ayudar, comuniquese con Erika G Abad al or (773) 850-2467 (text o llame) para mas informacion.


On Sale Now

November Chicago Magazine "Why José López Stands Between Gentrification and Humboldt Park"

Be sure to pick up the November issue of Chicago Magazine, which features an interview by Puerto Rican Cultural Center ED José E. López conducted by Elly Fishman.

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From Our Community Partners

The Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera has its own 
e-newsletter: The Water's Edge/La Orilla del Mar
Published approximately every two weeks
View past issues here.

Write to Oscar:
Oscar López Rivera, #87651
FCI Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
o. 773/342-8023 f. 773/342-6609

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