UN anniversary to be commemorated in Old San Juan
By John McPhaul
Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan will be the setting for the Uniting Cultures and Flavors event to be held by the island Department of State in collaboration with the Consular Corps of Puerto Rico this Sunday.
During the event, which will begin at 11 a.m., the 76th anniversary of the United Nations and the cultural diversity that inhabits Puerto Rico will be commemorated. The event will feature a wide range of artistic, cultural and gastronomic offerings from Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Puerto Rico, Secretary of State Omar J. Marrero said in a written statement.
Marrero urged the community to participate in the multicultural activity and enjoy the handicrafts, kiosks and a repertoire of the classics of Puerto Rican music, which will be offered by composer, musician and producer Ángel “Cucco” Peña.
“We are very excited to hold this event that will unite many flags in our Old San Juan,” Marrero said. “The idea is that people come to the Paseo de la Princesa and not only enjoy our cultural and historical heritage, but also the wide range of restaurants, representative of various countries such as Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay and others.”
Meanwhile, the unofficial hymn of the United Nations will be played, composed and performed for the first time 50 years ago to the day, on Oct. 24, 1971, by the late Spanish composer and cellist Pablo Casals.
A dozen restaurants from all over the island will join the cultural event, and the public will be able to enjoy a varied gastronomic offering. In addition, the Department of Agriculture will set up its family market to promote local and fresh products, made by Puerto Rican farmers. Likewise, the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, through its artisan program in correctional institutions, will present and sell to the public pieces and crafts created by the inmates.