Día Mundial de Ponce

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Día Mundial de Ponce
Logo of Día Mundial de Ponce 2012.jpg
Logo of Día Mundial de Ponce 2012
Official name Día Mundial de Ponce
Observed by Ponceños in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Type Local, cultural, historical
Significance Celebration of the historical and cultural heritage of the city and its citizens
Celebrations Parade, cultural festivals
Observances Yearly
Date The Sunday before Labor Day
2013 date 21 September
2014 date September
Duration 7 days
Frequency annual
Related to Culture and History

Día Mundial de Ponce (Ponce World Day) is a cultural celebration held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, every year on the Sunday immediately before Labor Day.[1] The celebration actually starts the Monday before Labor Day with various evening-time cultural festivals. It then culminates with the grand parade that takes place on the Sunday before Labor Day.[2] The celebration started in 2012 and had an estimated attendance of 4,000 people.[3] The week-long event aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of the city by giving tribute to the organizations, the people and "the great sons and daughters of the city of Ponce."[4] The second edition of the event was scheduled for 21 September 2013.[5]

Attributes[edit]

The motto of the celebration is "Ponce, Orgullo de Todos" (English: Ponce, Everyone's Pride)[6]

History[edit]

The celebration dates back to an idea that Ponce native Rafael Serrano Segarra had while in flight to Ponce from the United States in 2011. While reading a magazine on board the airliner he came across an article about how the residents of Manchester, England, held an annual celebration of pride for their city. It occurred to Serrano Segarra that Ponceños could do something similar in their city.[7] On 21 June 2011, Serrano presented his ideas to a group of concerned Ponceños at the Antiguo Casino de Ponce.[8] On 28 November 2011 Serrano created the non-profit organization Comité Pro Día Mundial de Ponce (Committee Pro Dia Mundial de Ponce) to set the basis for obtaining approval for the concept.[9] In December 2011, the Puerto Rico Senate approved the Sunday before Labor Day as Día Mundial de Ponce, and the celebrations started.[10] The first celebration took place on 2 September 2012.[11]

List of events[edit]

The celebration starts on the Monday before the Labor Day weekend, and the 2012 events were as follows. All the celebrations took place in the city of Ponce.[12]

Monday (Aug 27): The “Tommy Muñiz Theatrical Festival”, featuring the theatrical show “Maten a Borges” at Teatro La Perla.

Tuesday (Aug 28): The “Juan Viguié Film Festival”, featuring the film "The Life of Isabel La Negra (Original film title in English: “Life of Sin”) at Teatro La Perla.

Wednesday (Aug 29, 7:30pm): The “El Canto del León” Lyrical Poetic Reading dedicated to the musical legacy of Antonio Paoli, at the Antonio Paoli Theater, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at Ponce.

Thursday (Aug 30, 7pm): The “Rosario Ferré Book Fair”, featuring the presentation of the book “Los Rostros Rayados”, by Dr. Fernando Picó, regarding the life in Ponce from 1800 to 1830, the years that helped turn the city into Puerto Rico's “Capital Alterna” (Alternative Capital), at Escuela de Bellas Artes de Ponce. Concurrent with the “Miguel Pou Fine Arts Festival”, featuring “Voces Ponceñas”, an art exposition about Ponce by Ponce artists, also at Escuela de Bellas Artes.

Friday (Aug 31): The “Ednita Nazario Romantic Music Festival”, featuring “Bohemia Caribeña”, a medley of over 30 musical artists interpreting musical selections, with drinks and Hors d'oeuvres, at Plaza del Mercado Isabel II.

Saturday (Sept 1, 8pm): The “Henry Hutchinson Classical Music Festival”, featuring a classical music concert by Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Pérez, at the Antonio Paoli Theater, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at Ponce.

Sunday (Sept 2): Holy Mass at Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe by Ponce Bishop Félix Lázaro Martínez, followed by an open house at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and followed by an 11 o'clock minute of city-wide cheering and honking throughout the city. This was then followed by the 3pm “Grand Parade” covering over 2 miles of city streets.

2013 Edition[edit]

The 2013 edition of the celebration took place on 21 September 2013 with the participation of over 3,500 participants, in addition to the cheering public.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ponce celebra su día mundial: Desfilan y cantan los ponceños en honor a la Ciudad Señorial. Sandra Caquías Cruz. El Nuevo Dia. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  2. ^ ¡Llegó la hora del Día Mundial de Ponce!. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Number 1500. Page 28. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. ^ Afinan otra edición del Día de Ponce. Carmen Cila Rodríguez La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Issue 1501. Page 4. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. ^ Ponce Cuenta con Día Mundial. Karitza Serrano Martínez. El Laurel Sureño. Coto Laurel, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ Ponce se prepara para celebrar su día mundial. Darisabel Texidor Guadalupe. Primera Hora. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ Comite Pro Dia Mundial de Ponce, Incorporado. Official website of Dia Mundial de Ponce. "Conoce los Fundadores" webpage. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  7. ^ Ante el Senado el Día Mundial de Ponce. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Issue 1485. Page 14. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  8. ^ Ponce Cuenta con Día Mundial. Karitza Serrano Martínez. El Laurel Sureño. Coto Laurel, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  9. ^ Proclamarán el "Día Mundial de Ponce". Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Issue 1483. Page 14. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  10. ^ Ante el Senado el Día Mundial de Ponce. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Issue 1485. Page 14. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  11. ^ Bienvenidos. Dia Mundial de Ponce, official website. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  12. ^ A celebrar el Día Mundial de Ponce. NotiCel. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  13. ^ Desfilan en masa para honrar a Ponce . Sandra Torres Guzmán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 31. Issue 1556. 25 September 2013. Page 24. Retrieved 25 September 2013.

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