Comerío (Spanish pronunciation: [komeˈɾi.o]) is a
municipality of Puerto Rico located in the
center-eastern region of island, north of Aibonito;
south of Naranjito and Bayamón; east of Barranquitas;
and west of Cidra and Aguas Buenas. Comerío was founded
on June 12, 1826. Originally named "Sabana del Palmar",
but later changed to Comerío, named after a local Taino
Cacique (Chief) Comerio.
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Owners of La Placita, an upcoming Puerto Rican
restaurant in Miami’s MiMo district, paid $25,000 to
have a famed Puerto Rican muralist paint the building
like the Puerto Rican flag. The city says they did not
clear it with a historic preservation board that
oversees the area. They wanted to plant Puerto Rico’s
flag in Miami.
The problem is they didn’t ask for the right permission
before planting it, the city of Miami says. The
celebrity owners of a new Puerto Rican restaurant, La
Placita, failed to apply to the historic preservation
board that oversees the Miami Modern district before
commissioning a famed Puerto Rican muralist to paint
their three-story building to look like the Puerto Rican
RICAN ACCENT Dept.
To Be Understood in the USA, You Must
Kill the Words as You Pronounce Them
the early 1950s, Puerto
Rico had just become an official
"Commonwealth" of the U.S.A. and we, as children,
learned English as a supplemental way to enrich our
horizons. Inasmuch as it was mandatory in public
schools, we didn't "need" to learn it, but when we did,
we learned the "classic" verbiage. We read "Dick and
Jane" ad learned to pronounce the words properly in case
we ever needed to come to the States.
became a cry of sadness.
Puerto Ricans Have El Cuco
...but Americans have The Bogeyman, a mythical creature
used by adults to frighten children into good behavior.
Whatever you call it, the creature has no specific
appearance and conceptions vary drastically by household
and culture, but is commonly depicted as a masculine or
androgynous monster that punishes children for
misbehavior. Mexicans call it El Cucuy. The "monster"
may target a specific act or general misbehavior,
depending on what purpose the desired discipline serves,
often based on a warning from the child's parents or
nanny with something like "You'd better behave or El
Cuco will eat you". The term "El Cuco" is sometimes used
as a non-specific personification for terror, and in
some cases, the Devil.
By the 1960s most train transportation had basically
disappeared. Behind the building was a big water tank
for the train needs... The tank was called the "cambija".
As children in the 1950s we played in the abandoned
buildings and around the train cars which came through
occasionally. Ah! The memories!
By Irene F. Vázquez (Mrs. Don Jíbaro)
hen I saw the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, I realized how
other cultures can identify with it. A group of people can
immigrate to another country and still bring their culture
with them, bring up the next generation, their kids to be
like them… loving the food, the language and marrying into
their own race.
Now, those who’ve seen the movie, know that the parents
seemed to overdo their culture by ignoring the ways of the
land that they live in or looking at the other ethnic groups
in a negative way. The heroine of the movie seemed to look
into the American way of life wistfully rather than into her
Greek’s family’s. Yet, she recognized and understood the
traditions … she spoke the language and ate the food. She
knew the folkloric ways that identified them. She marries a
non-Greek who embraces her culture, seeing the uniqueness of
it and makes it his own.