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Commercial and Residential Developments in Santurce

Puerto Rican authorities recently announced that investment firm Putnam Bridge will be embarking on a $108 million real estate project which will include, among other things, 252 apartments and 4,645 square meters of commercial space as the third phase of the La Ciudadela complex in Santurce. The mixed use complex may not have had the best start, with the original developers declaring bankruptcy some years ago when the island experienced an economic downturn, but in recent years things have turned around, and today all the apartment units are occupied and the retail section now has several businesses, including a gym franchise and a grocery store.

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Fun in the Sun at Puerto Rico's Waterparks

With tropical greenery as a backdrop, colorful slides and sparkling pools Parque Acuatico Las Cascadas in Aguadilla is a great destination for some family fun. Managed by the Aguadilla Municipality, the park is promoted as the largest in Puerto Rico and it has something for everyone in the family to enjoy, including several pools, slides, tube rides and a kiddies play area. The two speed slides offer an adrenaline rush, twisting and turning before emptying into a large pool. Speeds can be increased or slowed down depending on the body position of the rider – sitting up slows things down, while lying feet first on your back, or face first on your belly speeds things up. For those who are looking for some gentle fun, a ride in a tube on the slow moving 'river' is an enjoyable option, while tubing on the Rio Loco is a whole lot faster. The park also features a wave pool, a pool with some fun obstacles, food and snack kiosks, tables and chairs, as well as lockers for rent. For families looking for a change from the beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico, Las Cascadas Waterpark is a good choice.

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María Arcelay – Making History

In November 1932, María Luisa Arcelay (1893-1981) was elected as the representative of the district of Mayagüez in Puerto Rico's House of Representatives, thereby becoming the first woman to hold a government position on the island, and in all of Latin America at the time. Arcelay was a member of the Partido Coalicionista de Puerto Rico when elected to the House of Representatives, and she made use of her position as the president of the Agriculture and Commerce Commission to promote the needlework industry in Puerto Rico, while ensuring that prices and products in the sector were in line with markets in the United States.

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Historical Fernando Luis Toro Casa

The city of Ponce in Puerto Rico has a long history, and is thus known for its many historical attractions and its superb architecture. Many of these structures can be found in the Ponce Historic Zone, which includes La Alhambra, the country's first upper-class suburban development. Located in this area is the Fernando Luis Toro Casa, which was built in 1927.

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Talented Actor Raúl Juliá

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 9 March 1940, Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay became a well-known actor, who was involved in various humanitarian activities. Juliá was inspired to become an actor when he watched Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. During his school years and while studying he would take part in and organise plays. Raúl Juliá was finally discovered by Orson Bean while performing at a nightclub in San Juan. He was encouraged by Bean to move to New York City in 1964, where he soon began acting in plays.

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Francisco Arriví: Father of the Puerto Rican Theater

Francisco Arriví became known as the Father of the Puerto Rican Theater, and was often referred to as Paco. Born on 24 July 1915 in the San Juan district of Santurce, Francisco Arriví's fascination with literature was evident early on, reading whatever he could lay his hands on from the age of six. He found even more inspiration in the theater, and his grandmother played a vital role in this part of his life, as he would accompany her to watch theater productions every week. It wasn't long before he created his own stage in his back garden to entertain his friends, and his love for literature and theater set him on course for greatness and fame.

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Puerto Rican Baseball Star Roberto Clemente

Born on 18 August 1934, in Carolina, Roberto Clemente was the youngest of his seven siblings. His father, Don Melchor, was a hard working man, but money was very tight, forcing Clemente to start work at a young age. He showed a passion for baseball at an early age, playing at every opportunity he could get. Roberto Marin saw talent in the young Clemente while watching him play in the Barrio San Anton and recruited him to play softball for the Sello Rojo team – a small start that would lead to a big future.

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José Campeche: Renowned Visual Artist

The name might not sound familiar, but José Campeche was a visual artist from Puerto Rico who not only gained local respect but also international fame. He is said to be the founder of visual painting in Puerto Rico. José Campeche became one of the most important painters of the Americas and has left behind a legacy that is still marveled at today. Many still name José Campache as one of the most brilliant and talented rococo artists who ever lived.

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