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Puerto Rican Singer, Songwriter and Producer Tommy Torres

Grammy Award winning Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and producer Tommy Torres kicked off his 12 historias tour on home ground when performing some of the hits that made him famous - El abrigo, Vinito pal' Corazon, Un poquito and Mar adentro - at San Juan's Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum at the end of April. After telling the 12,000-strong crowd that it was great to return home, the star went on to perform Por un beso tuyo, Un dia mas, 11:11 and Imparable. The tour will include venues in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Chile, the United States and Spain.

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Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

Established in 1959 primarily as a school for preparing musicians to perform as part of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico has developed into a noteworthy institution providing a wide variety of music-related education to local and international students. Located in the Miramar neighborhood in the district of Santurce, San Juan, the Conservatory has had a number of internationally renowned musicians as students - some of whom have taught at the conservatory over the years - and has a close working relationship with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) and the prestigious annual Casals Festival.

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Infrastructure Developments Planned for Culebra

With spectacular beaches, crystal clear waters, all-year round temperate climate and diverse wildlife, not to mention warm hospitality, Isla Culebra is a popular destination for holiday-makers visiting Puerto Rico. Also known as Isla Chiquita, meaning 'Little Island', Culebra is located around 17 miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and along with Vieques forms part of the Virgin Islands archipelago geographically, while being under the jurisdiction of Puerto Rico. A number of improvements to the infrastructure of Culebra were recently announced by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Javier García, including the construction of the island's first hospital, new middle and high schools, a new movie theater and a recycling center that will not only deal with most of the island's solid waste, but will convert up to 85% of that waste to energy.

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Karla Monroig: Model, Actress and Television Host

Puerto Rican model, actress and television host Karla Monroig has been chosen to host the second season of the immensely popular reality television singing competition Idol Kids Puerto Rico, scheduled to start in July 2013. As the Puerto Rican franchise of the British show Pop Idol, Idol Kids Puerto Rico has a panel of judges who have the difficult task of selecting the most promising and talented young singers between the ages of 6 and 12 years old in the audition stage of the competition. Telephone voting by viewers plays a role in choosing the finals. The show includes the stories behind the lives of contestants, and as with any live show, presentation is paramount, and the host needs to keep things moving in a way that keeps the audience captivated. In an interview in the Latin American Herald Tribune, Karlo Monroig noted that she is very happy to have been given the chance to host Idol Kids Puerto Rico and to contribute to discovering the stars of the future, describing the show as "fun and positive".

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Talented Puerto Rican Composer Juan Morel Campos

Although the music of Puerto Rico has been influenced by its African and European heritage, it has developed its own distinctive vibrant sound over the generations. There have been a number of notable Puerto Rican musicians and composers who have made significant contributions to the various styles of music enjoyed by the people of the enchanted island. Juan Morel Campos (1857-1896) was one such composer and musician, who, in his relatively short lifetime composed more than 550 musical works, with his focus being on the popular genre of danza, although he also composed symphonies, waltzes, marches and overtures.

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Environmental Research at Luquillo Experimental Forest

Consisting of more than 140 islands, islets, cays and atolls in the Caribbean Sea, the archipelago of Puerto Rico is a popular holiday destination offering a host of fascinating cultural, historical and natural attractions to visit. Among the natural attractions are numerous forest reserves, conservation areas and wildlife refuges offering eco-tourism opportunities. Puerto Rico is also home to the Luquillo Experimental Forest – one of the 26 sites run by the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network which conducts vital research on a variety of different ecosystems across the United States and Antarctica, with a view to understanding how climate change and land use affect the environment.

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Explore the Fascinating Museums of Ponce

Named in honor of Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, the city of Ponce was founded in 1694 and is a treasure trove of culture and history. Visitors to the city can gain a true sense of Puerto Rican history and culture by visiting the city's museums such as the Museum of the History of Ponce, El Museo Castillo Serralles, the Ponce Museum of Art, the Museum of Puerto Rican Music, the House of the Ponce Massacre, the Old Ponce Firehouse Museum and the Tibes Indian Museum and Archeological Site.

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Fun and Excitement at Toro Verde in Orocovis

Located less than an hour's drive from San Juan, near the town of Orocovis, Toro Verde Ecological Adventure Park offers hours of fun and excitement for thrill-seekers – all in picturesque natural surroundings. The Zipline at Toro Verde features eight two-line wires, connected by a series of platforms. The minimum height for visitors to enjoy the zipline is 4 feet, with the maximum weight the wires can safely carry being limited to 300 pounds. Strapped into a harness and traveling feet first, the speed of the ride varies depending on wind speed, weight and other factors – and is sure to be exhilarating.

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