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Multi-Talented Dayarana Torres

Puerto Rican model, singer, actress, writer and beauty queen Dayarana Torres was 17 years old when she was invited to compete in the annual Miss Puerto Rico pageant representing Toa Alta. She won the pageant putting her in line to compete in the 1993 Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City and on May 21 of that year was crowned Miss Universe. Her other beauty pageant achievements include semi-finalist in the 1992 Miss International pageant and second place at the 1992 Queen of the World contest held in Vienna, Austria.

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Ponce Cathedral – At the Heart of the Historic Zone

Located in the middle of Plaza Las Delicias, the town square in the Ponce Historic Zone, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe has a history dating back to 1670 and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Painted in gray and pale blue, its neoclassical architectural style featuring two bell towers is notably different from Puerto Rico’s other four cathedrals. The interior is predominantly colonial and Gothic in design and finished in blue and beige with colorful stained glass windows depicting religious scenes. Most often referred to simply as Ponce Cathedral, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is the seat of the Bishop of Ponce and the Roman Catholic Diocese of the city.

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Puerto Rico's Elfin-Woods Warbler

Endemic to Puerto Rico, the Elfin-Woods Warbler (Setophaga angelae) is one of the most recently identified species of the Parulidae family, or New World warblers. The little black, grey and white bird was first discovered in 1968 and accepted as a species in 1972, with its name being a reference to New Zealand-born naturalist and Cornell University graduate, Angela Kay Kepler, credited with being one of the Elfin Woods Warbler's discoverers. The bird was first observed in 1968 in El Yunque forest, at the time thought to be its only habitat, when Cameron and Angela Kepler were conducting research on two of Puerto Rico's other endemic birds – the Puerto Rican Tody and the Puerto Rican Amazon. In May 1971 a bird was captured and the following year was described and named by Cameron Kepler and Kenneth Parkes.

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Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot

Named in honor of Puerto Rican comedian, television and radio host, José Miguel Agrelot, who was born in Santurce, San Juan, the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum is located on San Juan's Golden Mile. As Puerto Rico's largest indoor arena, the coliseum can seat up to 18,500 spectators and has hosted more than five hundred exciting events since opening its doors in September 2004. In May 2011, the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum was ranked by Pollstar Magazine as number eight on the list of Top 50 Arena Venues in the world, and in second place in the Western Hemisphere, measured by ticket sales.

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Puerto Rican Architect Francisco Porrata-Doria

Architects have the privilege of leaving a lasting legacy by means of the buildings they design, and over the decades where villages have become towns, and towns have grown into cities, some architects have stood out from the crowd for their innovative designs. In Puerto Rico, Francisco Porrata-Doria was a pioneer of modern architecture, and was influential in the development of what came to be known as "Ponce Monumental Architecture". Examples of his work include Teatro Fox Delicias, Banco de Ponce, Ponce Cathedral, Casa Fernando Luis Toro, and Banco Crédito y Ahorro Ponceño.

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Leatherback Turtle Breeding Ground Protected

When Governor Luis Fortuno recently signed a law designating 1,950 acres of state-owned land on Puerto Rico's north coast as a nature reserve, the protracted battle of environmentalists against developing the area was brought to an end. With pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters and lush vegetation, the property is considered to be prime real estate, with large hotel groups Marriott International and Four Seasons reportedly having expressed interest in building there. The new ruling prohibits construction of large-scale resorts, but encourages small eco-tourism establishments and activities. This is good news for conservationists, as the new reserve, located north of El Yunque and consisting of two-thirds of the Northeast Ecological Corridor, is one of the island's prime nesting sites for leatherback turtles – a critically endangered species.

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Visionary Puerto Rican Educator Ana G. Mendez

With the future of the world in the hands of our children, quality education is essential in any society. Education was a high priority for Ana G. Mendez, and through her efforts this dedicated educator left a legacy which has set many a student on the path to success. Among the universities founded by Mendez are the University of Turabo in Gurabo, which has branches in Isabela, Ponce, Cayey, Yabucoa, Barceloneta and Naguabo; The Universidad del Este in Carolina, with branches in Cabo Rojo, Santa Isabel, Barceloneta, Yauco and Utuado; and the Metropolitan University in San Juan, with branches in Bayamon, Aguadilla, Jayuya and Cupey.

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Enjoy the Adventure of Ziplining in Puerto Rico

Ziplining is becoming an increasingly popular adventure activity that can be enjoyed by virtually everyone. With a network of pulleys and double horizontal cables ziplining uses gravity to take adventurers from one point to another. With participants wearing thick gloves and helmets, and snugly strapped into a harness securely attached to the cables, zip-lining is a very safe activity, particularly if users take note of the rules that are in place for everyone's wellbeing. It’s a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of an area with the added bonus of an adrenaline rush - and Puerto Rico certainly has an abundance of natural beauty well worth exploring.

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