Chapter 11 – ORGULLOS

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René M. Rodríguez Astacio

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René M. Rodríguez Astacio

BUSTING THE COFRESI MYTH by René M. Rodríguez Astacio “There are more to pirates than just adventure,” Jorge Barahona, a descendant of the notorious Pirate Cofresí says, as we share a friendly cup of coffee at the local bookstore. His eyes are bright with nostalgia and his lips portray a proud smile. “I am a pirate at heart. I am in love with the sea. The legacy of the pirate Cofresí dwells within me.” I know what he means. That pirate spirit has been subject of many legends. Mankind has built fantastic and supernatural stories of these...

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Diana N. Medina Maldonado

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Diana N. Medina Maldonado

FORCED DUTY: PABLO PEREZ RIOS – It was 1951 when the flash of a camera captured my cousin’s hard expression. His name is Pablo Pérez Ríos and in this picture he is sitting at the bottom of Pork Chop Hill, the site of a very famous battle with the Chinese during the Korean conflict where Puerto Rican troops figured prominently in its conquest. Though there are conflicting stories as to how the hill got its name, he told me that they named it Pork Chop Hill because Puerto Ricans love pork chops! He had just turned twenty-years-old when he...

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Janick O. Sánchez Díaz

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Janick O. Sánchez Díaz

LIFE AS A SOLDIER – “I feel very happy being back with my family, because it had been such a long time.  That is why I knew I had to come back alive.” The year was 1977 and as soon as he graduates from high school in Rio Piedras, my uncle, Mario Díaz, had his mind-set on going to College to study Physical Education and eventually become a teacher.  However his long time dream had to be put aside to generate some extra income for his family (mother and sister) because his father had abandoned them. Since the rent was too high for his...

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Yaritzel M. Reyes Romero

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in 1.11 - Orgullo | 7 comments

Yaritzel M. Reyes Romero

INTERVIEW WITH A POLICEWOMAN – MY GRANDMOTHER In August 15, 1937, Lolin, as most people call her, was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Her parents, Nicolas Peréz Camacho, who died at the age of one-hundred, and Narcisa Pollock, who died at the age of ninety-eight, raised her in Barrios Lomas del Sol in Guaynabo with her other twelve siblings. Including Lolin, there were seven girls, and six boys, making her number six in the birth order. Currently, all her sisters are still alive, but only two of her brothers. I called my grandmother,...

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Yamil Sárraga

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in 1.11 - Orgullo | 5 comments

Yamil Sárraga

ORGULLO PATRIO – I push a chair towards the window, trying to catch a few rays of sun from a beautiful morning. The living room still holds that cozy feeling I miss so much since I have been away at college. A rustic coffee table stands in the corner holding the cat figurine I bought on a random trip to the market one afternoon a long time ago.  There is a bookstand which, curiously enough, serves more as a photo display than a book holder. The smiling faces of the many members of our family adorn the walls. My mother’s rocking chair, a...

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Valerie Marquez

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in 1.11 - Orgullo | 2 comments

Valerie Marquez

NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE: AS TOLD BY MY GRANDMOTHER – 1 – My Earliest Memory “In 1954, American invaders took the last thing that joined my family, my parents’ home. This year marked the beginning of the American oppression on the island. Schools and jobs were affected. The wealthy were the primary target of our invaders. Living at Barranquitas used to mean pride for my family due to their good economic status. Things changed, food became scarce, and things got worse. When I was nine, my parents left me with my grandparents in...

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Iti’El Figueroa

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Iti’El Figueroa

THE GUY WHO HAD TO LEARN HIS PAST – “Hey. Come here nephew. You may have heard those stupid stories about my past.  They are lies, all lies. Yes, now that you’re older and you can understand, I can tell the true story. I was about twenty-years-old when they sent me the letter. Of course, I did not want to go. I was in the church. I was religious. I did not want to kill people. I wrote a letter back explaining that I would not do a good job because I would not shoot anyone. At least that is what my mother told me I did, because I do not...

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Francisco Vélez

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Francisco Vélez

EL GALLERO – Cock fighting and gambling was my grandfather’s life passion. While taking care of the rooster and preparing one for the big fight that day, my grandmother rushed to the backyard to get a picture of my grandfather and the soon-to-win rooster. With a big grin on his face, the picture was taken. My eyes took pictures as well because I knew these where going to be my last memories of him. In just one week my brother, my mother, and me were moving to the United States. Because I was a kid, I wanted to be in this picture, but I...

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Cristina E. Arias Matos

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Cristina E. Arias Matos

A PYRRHIC VICTORY – Written and translated from an account written by her grandfather, Luis A. Arias When I found the photocopies of the Ecuadorian newspaper “El Comercio” with my grandpa’s picture in it, I remembered the story. I knew part of it from what my dad told me when I was little. Each time he retold it, my eyes opened wide, like big shining stars trying to freeze the scenes so that I would never forget a single detail. It gave me goose bumps every time I tried to imagine how it happened. I carefully opened the dusty box that...

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