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Puerto Rican /Hispanic Business Summit-2015

The New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, in conjunction with the chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ignacio R. Veloz, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade Association are holding the first Puerto Rican Hispanic Business Summit (PRHBS), to take place at Bank of New York Mellon, Friday.

The New York Coalition of Hispanic CofCs is a regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community in boroughs such as Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, and represents thousands of businesses in the Greater New York Region, from startups to multinational corporations, making it the largest chamber of commerce in New York.

The one-day event comprises New York and Puerto Rico business professionals, who get to network, participate in a roundtable and listen to corporate CEOs, government officials, panel experts and industry leaders from the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.

The summit should give many small businesses in New York and Puerto Rico an opportunity to meet. Attendees will participate in a series of events before and after the PRHBS.

Public Relations for the Event was handled by The One and only Dee Riveria (Latin PR Queen) of Dee & CO Group.

Interview with Chayanne, Puerto Rican Latin pop singer, actor and composer-2014

Elmer Figueroa Arce better known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer, actor and composer. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo albums and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album featured a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula for which Chayanne would be famous. It featured two hit songs, the ballad “Peligro de Amor” written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track “Fiesta en América” written by Honorio Herrero.

Following the album’s release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States. On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain. When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid “like a musical”, and “more Latin” than his previous presentations, being composed of “more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms” which he would use to “dance constantly”. He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.

In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series Generaciones with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career, which he considers his priority.

World Liberty TV, Had the pleasure of interviewing Chayanne, here in New York City, see what he had to say.

Eric T. Schneiderman Attorney General of NYS ,KeyNote Speech at NY Puerto Rican Day Parade Gala -2014

Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As Attorney General, Schneiderman is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, responsible for representing New York and its residents in legal matters. Schneiderman has worked to restore the public’s faith in its public and private sector institutions by focusing on areas including public integrity, economic justice, social justice and environmental protection.

Most recently, on June 13, 2013, Attorney General Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the formation of a nationwide Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S) Initiative aimed at encouraging the cell phone industry to adopt technologies to deter the rising epidemic of violent incidents of smartphone theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold. As part of the launch of the S.O.S. Initiative, Schneiderman and Gascón commended New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli for urging the four leaders of the smartphone industry to protect consumers, and shareholder value, by working with law enforcement agencies and government officials to pursue a meaningful solution to the spike in smartphone thefts.

The Attorney General has taken a leading role in the national fight for a comprehensive investigation of misconduct in the mortgage market, and for a fair settlement for homeowners that holds banks accountable for their role in the foreclosure crisis, provides meaningful relief to homeowners and investors, and allows a full airing out of the facts to ensure that abuses of this scale never happen again. On June 4th, 2013, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against HSBC Bank USA and HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) for failing to follow state law related to foreclosure actions, putting homeowners at greater risk of losing their homes. Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to bringing similar actions against other mortgage lenders who hold borrowers in the shadow docket in defiance of state law.

As part of a groundbreaking effort to bring transparency to the political process and protect donors to nonprofits, Attorney General Schneiderman adopted new regulations requiring nonprofit groups, including 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations that are registered with the state, to report the percentage of their expenditures that go to federal, state and local electioneering. Additionally, against a backdrop of an escalating drug abuse crisis, Attorney General Schneiderman proposed the “Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act,” or I-STOP. The I-STOP legislation creates a real-time, online database for doctors and pharmacists to report and track the prescribing and the dispensing of certain controlled substances.

In his first weeks in office, Attorney General Schneiderman launched a new “Taxpayer Protection Bureau” to root out fraud and return money illegally stolen from New York taxpayers at no additional cost to the state. He also bolstered the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has already recovered tens of millions of dollars for taxpayers on his watch. As part of his effort to crack down on corruption and restore the public’s trust in government, Schneiderman launched a groundbreaking initiative expanding his office’s authority to investigate public corruption involving taxpayer funds by partnering with the state Comptroller.

Also during his first year in office, Attorney General Schneiderman filed a legal challenge to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to compel the federal government to treat all New York State marriages equally; sued federal regulators to force a health and environmental impact review of proposed gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin; and challenged the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s practices related to high-level radioactive waste storage, earthquake preparedness and fire safety.

As the state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Schneiderman brings with him a wealth of experience, in both the public and private sectors. Attorney General Schneiderman previously spent 15 years in private practice as an attorney, and later as a partner, at the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, where he handled complex litigation. He was also a public interest lawyer for many years, representing taxpayers in historic lawsuits against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), tenants trying to evict drug dealers from their buildings, and women seeking access to health clinics.

Before becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman was praised as a leading reformer in the State Senate by numerous editorial pages and good government organizations across New York. Among his many legislative accomplishments, Schneiderman passed sweeping ethics reforms, chaired the committee to expel a corrupt senator for the first time in modern history, led the effort to reform the draconian Rockefeller drug laws, cracked down on health insurance companies seeking to deny coverage to vulnerable New Yorkers, and enacted the toughest law in the nation to root out fraud against taxpayers.

Attorney General Schneiderman graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982. He is the proud father of a daughter, Catherine.

19th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade /57th Annual PR Day Parade of NY Gala-2014



Lead Events Include the 152nd Street Festival,

Rising Star Challenge and the Annual Mass

Parade Organizers Encourage Community to Participate in Food Drive and

Extend an Invitation to Puerto Rican Veterans

May 29, 2014, New York City – This weekend marks the kick-off of the newly revamped National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP); one that will focus on celebrating Puerto Rican arts, culture and education with pride, dignity and honor. The following provides details on the key events for Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, including calls-to-action for the Puerto Rican community:

152 Street Festival: A Cultural Celebration for the Entire Family that Aims to Help Feed Our Neighbors

The 152nd Street Festival takes place between Jackson and Union Streets in the Bronx, from 11am to 3pm, on Saturday, May 31st. Activities will include musical and dance performances, a Children’s Pavilion with activities just for kids and a workout led by Olympian and professional boxer, Felix Verdejo. In partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the Parade will be conducting a food drive and is encouraging the public to bring non-perishable food items for donation. Goya Foods has pledged to match donations collected with up to 5,000 pounds of product. Donations will go to Latino communities to help fight food insecurity.

NPRDP Rising Star Challenge Promotes Professional Development and Empowerment in our Youth

The inaugural Rising Stars Challenge, in partnership with Macy’s and Siempre Mujer magazine, will take place at the Macy’s Queens Center, Woman’s Department on the second floor, beginning at 2pm, on Saturday, May 31st. This will be the final round of the scholarship competition, where one young lady and one young man will be crowned as Princess and Prince of this year’s Parade.

Annual Parade Mass – Uniting the Religious Community in Worship and Thanksgiving

The Annual Parade Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral will begin at 4pm on Sunday, June 1. As part of the food drive in partnership with Catholic Charities, the Parade encourages those attending the Mass to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected at the Mass.

Encouraging Puerto Rican Veterans to Join in Honoring the Historic 65th Infantry Regiment

The 2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, June 8th at 11am on New York’s Fifth Avenue, from E 44th to E 79th Streets. The NPRDP invites all Puerto Rican veterans to march in this year’s Parade. To participate veterans can register on the Parade website,, and bring the registration number to a tent on the corner of 6th Avenue and 46th Street to participate.

World Liberty TV, Team was on Hand to cover the 19th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade /57th Annual PR Day Parade of NY Gala-2014, see the organizers, honoree’s guests and many more , Exclusively in our World Liberty TV Latino Channel.

National Puerto Rican Day Parade Press Conference-2014

The 19th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade (57th Puerto Rican Day Parade of New York) will take place on Sunday, June 8th at 11am on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The event will be broadcast live on WNYW Fox 5. This year’s parade will commemorate the centennial birthday of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, and will be dedicated to the soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as The Borinqueneers. The featured municipalities of this year’s celebration will be the town of Guánica (63 miles southwest of San Juan, population 19,000), in commemoration of the centennial of its founding, and the city of Chicago, home to one of the largest Puerto Rican communities on the U.S. mainland.

Following a recent meeting of the organization’s new and expanded Board, the Parade’s organizers also announced the schedule of events leading up to the 2014 Parade:

Educational Leadership Banquet – Wednesday, May 21st
152nd Street Cultural Festival – Saturday, May 31st
Annual Parade Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Sunday, June 1st
Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis – Friday, June 6th

“On Sunday, June 8th, all roads lead to New York City, for the largest celebration of Puerto Rican pride and culture in the world”, said Orlando Plaza of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. “We’d like to thank New Yorkers, the people of Puerto Rico, and others from around the globe for their enthusiastic support in our mandate to keep this iconic tradition alive”.

The 2014 Parade will be a dignified celebration of Puerto Rican cultural and historical legacy, in a safe environment for families to enjoy. “Imagine New York City without the Yankees, Knicks, a bagel or the Puerto Rican Day Parade…impossible”, says Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez.

Madelyn Lugo, Chairwoman of National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. – 2013

Madelyn Lugo, born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, was elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. in 2006. Previously she served twelve years as Treasurer to the Board elected in 1994. Ms. Lugo is among the co-founders of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. and has contributed to the growth of the organization for over twenty years.

Ms. Lugo also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Ms. Lugo is the Controller for South Bronx Community Management Company Inc., established in October 1973. She handles property management and real estate development of low-income housing in the South Bronx, solely, or in conjunction with other organizational entities, or through the assistance of governmental organizations. The populations include, but are not limited to, homeless, formerly homeless, and low- and moderate-income families.

National Puerto-Rican Day Parade NYC-2023

By Adal Hussain, Chief Editor,   Sunday June 11th 2023.

NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ITS 66TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION ON NYC’S FIFTH AVENUE. Aguadilla, the City of Enchantments, is the honored municipality in Puerto RicoTribute to the music and legacy of Rafael Hernández Marín. The Board of Directors of The National Puerto Rican Day.

Parade (NPRDP) shared initial announcements regarding the 2023 celebration. This year’s Parade is dedicated to the municipality of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Founded in 1775, and nicknamed La Ciudad de Encantos (The City of Enchantments), Aguadilla is a city located on the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico, on Puerto Rico’s Atlantic coast.

It is best known for its beaches, attracting surfers and other water sports enthusiasts, but Aguadilla also has a vibrant business community, restaurants, and a burgeoning arts and culture scene.

The mayor of Aguadilla, Julio Roldán, expressed being honored by the dedication of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

“The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York is the biggest celebration of our brothers and sisters residing in the United States. It is the celebration of our roots and our national pride.

For Aguadilla, it is a sincere honor that the Board of Directors has dedicated the parade to Aguadilla and to continue making the best of our city known, its people, culture, and identity, as well as tourist attractions. We will be present, taking a piece of our heart not only to the Aguadillanos who reside in New York, but to all Boricuas,” said Mayor Roldan.

Closely aligned to the recognition of Aguadilla, the NPRDP announced a tribute to the life and music of legendary Puerto Rican composer and musician, Rafael Hernández Marín, who is considered one of the greatest Puerto Rican composers of all time and one of the most prolific composers of Latin America.

Born on October 24, 1891 in Aguadilla to Afro-Puerto Rican tobacco workers, Hernández Marín studied music as a child and played for local bands and in small theater productions.

Given his notable talents, he was recruited by the U.S. Army’s 169th Regiment band in Europe, becoming sergeant during World War I. After the war, Hernández moved to New York City, where he opened a music store and wrote some of his most famous compositions, like the highly revered Lamento Borincano. Together with other renowned Puerto Rican musicians, like Bobby Capó, Mirta Silva and Tito Puente, Hernández’ compositions and style impacted the music of New York City in a way that made him and his contemporaries global ambassadors of Puerto Rican music and art.

The NPRDP Board announces new leadership, with Lillian Rodríguez-López assuming the role of Board Chair. Ms. Rodríguez-López has served on the NPRDP Board since 2018 and has served as chair of the Development Committee since 2019.

As former president of the Hispanic Federation, and with an accomplished career in advocacy, government relations and community service, Ms. Lopez-Rodríguez is well poised and committed to continue the work of her predecessors in continuing to elevate the Parade celebration and the organization’s commitment to advancing the educational attainment in the Puerto Rican community, through the NPRDP Scholarship Program.

Other new officers appointed in January 2023 include Miguel Guadalupe as a Vice-Chair, and Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez as Secretary. Vincent Torres and Rosa Gutierrez continue in their roles as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board, respectively.

The Board also acknowledged the contributions of Mr. Louis Maldonado, Partner, and Managing Director of d expósito & Partners, former Board Chair who stewarded the execution of the historic Fifth Avenue NPRDP parade, with Emmy-winning broadcasts, for five years.

Mr. Maldonado will continue to serve on the Board.  The Board also thanked Ms. Neysa Alsina, Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Cannabis, New York State Executive Chamber, the outgoing Board Secretary for her hard work and commitment to the Parade and Scholarship program as she completed her final year of service.

Now in its 66th year, The National Puerto Rican Day Parade marches up New York’s Fifth Avenue, in one of the United States’ largest cultural celebrations with an estimated attendance of 1 million people.

The annual celebration is one of America’s largest manifestations of cultural pride, celebrating the best of Puerto Rican culture, arts, and achievement, representing the 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico and more than 5 million people of Puerto Rican descent living in the diaspora.

The NPRDP’s full 2023 event calendar will include the 152nd Street Cultural Festival in the Bronx on May 27th, St. Patrick’s Day Mass on June 4th, the Annual Scholarship Gala on June 10th and the Chi-Chi Rodriguez Golf Tournament on September 6th.

The NPRDP welcomes applications from groups interested in celebrating and representing Puerto Rican culture, history, and traditions in the 2023 parade.

The 2023 National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on New York City’s Fifth Avenue from E 43rd Street to E 79 th St, Sunday, June 11, starting at 11am. The celebration will be broadcast live on WABC-TV (Channel 7 in NYC).

Thousands of People marched down 5th Ave of New York City, Katchy Hochul Governor of New York State marched down with Mayor Eric Adams, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,  NYS Attorney General , Letitia James, Adrienne Adams , New York City Council Speaker , Many other political leaders in attendance.

The Grand Marshall of the 2023 Puerto-Rican Day parade was Giselle Blondet Gomez  who is a Puerto Rican actress and TV host. She also founded the non-profit organization “Fundación Arte por La Paz.

See More about Puerto Rican-Parade 2023, in our World Liberty TV, Political Channels and blogs by clicking here.

Live Performance by Puerto-Rican Entertainer Ivy Queen at PR Gala in NYC-2015

Martha Ivelisse Pesante Rodríguez known as Ivy Queen, is a Puerto Rican-born American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She was born in Añasco, Puerto Rico, but later moved with her parents to New York City, where she lived until she finished her public education, before returning to Añasco. When she was 18 years old, Queen moved to San Juan where she met record producer DJ Negro, who helped her gain performing spots with a group called “The Noise” at a local club. There she performed her first song “Somos Raperos Pero No Delincuentes”. The Noise gained much attention due to their violent and explicitly sexual lyrics. Queen went solo in 1996, and released her debut studio album En Mi Imperio which was quickly picked up by Sony Discos for distribution in 1997.

She later released The Original Rude Girl, her second studio album for Sony label, which spawned the hit single “In the Zone”. However, Ivy Queen did not rise to fame until she moved to an independent record label to release her third studio album, Diva in 2003. Queen’s albums Diva, Flashback, and Sentimiento have all been awarded Gold and Platinum record status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her seventh studio album Drama Queen was released in 2010, and spawned a top ten single “La Vida es Así”. It was followed by the Grammy-nominated Musa in 2012. Queen’s recordings often include themes of female empowerment, infidelity, and relationships, and she is often referred to as the Queen of Reggaeton.

Queen has also ventured into acting, has been involved with an anti-cancer charity, and has launched a doll modeled on her appearance. In February 2012, she made her acting debut in Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues”.

World Liberty TV, Latino Channel Team was on hand at The Puerto-Rican Gala 2015, where Ivy Queen did a live perforamance ,see it right here in our World Liberty TV, Latino Channel.

Institute for the Puerto-Rican/Hispanic Elderly Gala – 2011

Suleika Cabrera Drinane, Founder and President of Institute for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Elderly, Inc. addresses the crowd of over 1,000 that attended her 33rd annual gala event held at the prestigious New York Hilton. The work done by Suleika and IPRHE is very important and has enhanced the lives of senior citizens in the Eastern seaboard of the United States, especially in the City and state of New York.

Frank Garcia Chairman of Hispanic Groups welcome’s Colombian & South American Business & Advocacy Groups in NYC-2023

By:Dr.Adal M.Hussain,Phd (AKA) Dr. Abbey ,Editor @ Large for World Liberty TV Hispanic business groups from New York City are welcoming Colombian business and advocacy groups that will meet with elected officials and trade groups. To promote economic empowerment in south America while helping to mitigate the recent unexpected migration crisis in the City of...
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Puerto Rico Tourism Update at NY Times Travel Show-2018

Puerto Rico Is Open for Tourism: With 80 daily flights, 285,000 cruise passengers in the past few months, more than 120 hotels open, 4,000+ restaurants serving up cuisine, and major tourism attractions open island-wide, join the Puerto Rico Tourism Company as they share the latest destination updates, progress on the Island’s tourism comeback four months post Hurricane Maria, and invite travelers to re-enchant themselves with the Island.

Three-quarters of residents in Puerto Rico still don’t have power, but San Juan was just named one of the best cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, the popular guide book publisher. Tourism industry officials hope they’ll come even sooner: They want tourists back before Christmas.

Tourism contributed in total more than $8.1 billion to Puerto Rico’s economy, or 8% of the island’s GDP, in 2016 according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. More than 68,500 jobs are connected to the tourism industry.

But bringing traditional tourists back to the island is not just an issue of rebuilding infrastructure, it’s a matter of marketing.

See more about Travel in our World Liberty TV Travel & Tourism Channel  by Clicking here.