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Circa 09 International Art Fair (April 16-20)

Posted on 31 March 2009 by GSV

Beginning on Thursday, April 16, the Puerto Rico Convention Center becomes the focal point of the art world when it opens its doors to Circa 09.  Celebrating its 4th edition, this international art fair has become one of the Caribbean/Central America region’s most important gatherings of artists, galleries, collectors, and aficionados.  Circa’s main goal is to offer an organized, intimate space for promoting modern/contemporary art while capitalizing on Puerto Rico’s rich and diverse surroundings, as well as its thriving art collection scene.

The main program features cutting-edge works from hundreds of up-and-coming artists presented by local and international galleries such as the Galería 356 (San Juan),  Walter Otero (San Juan), Samson Projects (Boston), Espacio Mínimo (Madrid), and LMAK Projects (NYC).  Solo exhibitions involving different

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mediums – painting, photography, video, installation, etc. – will also be featured, selected from an open call by event curators. Additionally, the Circa Labs located outside the main pavilion will host experimental gatherings from other artists.

For information about this year’s event, click here.

For a review of Circa’s 2008 edition by Walter Robinson of artnet magazine, click here.

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Switch off your lights tonight for Earth Hour!

Posted on 28 March 2009 by EyeFred

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Tonight is Earth Hour which means that millions (hopefully 1 billion) of people around the world will be switching off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (local times).  The event’s organizers have done a fantastic job in spreading the word and getting people involved online.  Start off by visiting the official website and register so you can share your own videos, pictures, and blogs about the event.  There’s also a wide variety of download materials you can use to promote your participation in tonight’s Earth Hour 2009 event and get your family, friends, and co-workers involved! And of course, Earth Hour is on most major social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

EyeTour is joining the global community in this effort, in hopes

of reaching the established goal of 1 billion Earth Hour participants around the world.  Events such as this one help promote preservation and a healthier, cleaner environment in which natural wonders such as Puerto Rico’s Laguna Grande, Las Cabezas de San Juan, and El Yunque National Forest are safe from harm.

Join us tonight for an hour and give our planet a breather!

From the Earth Hour Facebook Group:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one whole hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 100 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In 2009, at 8.30pm on March 28, we are asking people across the world to turn off their lights and join together in creating the vital conversation about the future of our precious planet. Earth Hour is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference.

It’s as simple as a flick of the switch. Join us for Earth Hour 2009.

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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza

Posted on 27 March 2009 by GSV

After last year’s resounding success, Saborea Puerto Rico returns for a second helping as the Caribbean’s premiere culinary event.  The three-day festival runs from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th – at El Escambrón Beach near Old San Juan – and promises an extravagant gastronomic experience to delight even the most meticulous food enthusiast.   The festivities commence on Friday night with the Rums Of Puerto Rico Beach Soireé, a can’t-miss bash featuring an amazing assortment of cocktails and a menu created by chefs Bradford Thompson and Mario Ferro.

The Saborea Puerto Rico Village opens Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and encompasses the main activities within the event.  At Al Euro Demo Kitchen Theatre, renowned local and international chefs will delight onlookers with cooking presentations.  Among the personalities participating in the event are: Iron Chef Cat Cora, Executive Chef of Bon Appétit magazine; Michael Psilakis, Best New Chef of 2008 for Food & Wine magazine; world-famous chocolatier Jacques Torres, and acclaimed Puerto Rican chef, Wilo Benet.  To see who else will be presenting, click here.

Tastings, seminars and other

demonstrations are spread out across two pavilions, where foodies will get a chance to try dishes and sample a wide variety of wines and spirits from some of Puerto Rico’s finest dining places.  Some of the establishments showcasing the flavors of Caribbean and World cuisine include Ajili-Mojili, Trois Cent Onze (311), Morton’s @ Caribe Hilton, Old Harbor Brewery, and many others.  For a complete list of restaurants and exhibitors, click here.

Not to be left out, the Saborea Kid’s Pavilion offers youngsters the opportunity to learn simple and fun recipes through cooking demonstrations and other exhibitions.

With the abundance of activities, a picturesque setting and the exquisite flavors of the cuisine, events such as Saborea are quickly making Puerto Rico the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.getting rid of payday loan debt

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EyeCandy: Puerto Rico Open Golf Tournament Pics & Results

Posted on 16 March 2009 by EyeFred

After a week of perfect tropical weather, activities, and some great golf, The Puerto Rico Open has come to an end.  42-year old Michael Bradley took the trophy after an 11-foot birdie putt that placed him in the lead by a single shot over fellow players Jason Day and Brett Quigley.  This is Bradley’s first PGA Tour victory in eleven years and it has earned him a spot in the 2009 PGA Championship.  We’d like to thank all of the players for their participation and everyone in Puerto Rico who made this event possible for the second year in a

row.  We hope you enjoy the photo gallery of the event we’ve put together below:

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Help El Yunque Become a New 7 Wonders of Nature

Posted on 13 March 2009 by EyeFred

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest – one of the island’s most visited sites and a treasure trove of natural wonders – has qualified along with 260 other sites around the world to move into the second round of the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.  Following the success of The Official New 7 Wonders of the World campaign, which revealed the results of 100 million votes and included The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal as its winners, the New7Wonders Foundation has begun tallying votes for the world’s most cherished nature sites in hopes of promoting preservation and responsible tourism.

Now officially on its second phase, the campaign is looking to whittle down the selection to the top 77 locales as voted by people through its website.  We think that El Yunque deserves the recognition and we want you to help us by voting for it.  If you’ve already visited the forest, then you don’t need us to tell you about its ecological and scientific significance, about the breathtaking vistas or the rich biodiversity on display.

Here’s a video we produced on how to vote:

However, if you’ve never been to El Yunque National Forest – Don’t worry! EyeTour has you covered. Below you will find information about the forest and its award-winning tourist information center, El Portal.  Click on the pictures or links to watch videos for both sites and learn more about what makes El Yunque unique and worthy of being named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.  Oh, and don’t forget to vote afterwards!

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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest is located in

the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains, about 25 miles east of the San Juan area. A short ten-minute drive through the village of Palmer in Río Grande and up PR Road #191 will lead you to El Yunque. Covering over 28,000 acres of land, the forest derives its name from the Taíno word “Yuké” – meaning sacred or white lands. From its peaks, it offers visitors some of the most breathtaking vistas found in the Caribbean. Temperatures range from almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the lower parts of the forest to a cool 65 degrees in areas closer to 3,300 feet above sea level.

El Yunque’s biodiversity makes it unique among other forests in the United States National Forest System. Frequent rain showers generate close to 100 billion gallons of rainwater a year and conspire with Puerto Rico’s warm tropical climate to accommodate over 240 species of native trees, 50 species of orchids, and 150 species of ferns. Almost a third of the tree species are native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 10 percent of them are endemic to El Yunque and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The forest’s animal life is dominated by reptiles, amphibians, and birds, including the endangered ‘Higuaca’ or Puerto Rican Parrot. The forest attracts over a million visitors each year, who come to hike its more than 13 miles of trails while enjoying the lush scenery and fresh mountain air. Guided tours of these trails are available through the USDA Forest Service’s innovative “Forest Adventure Tours” and “Rent-A-Ranger” programs.

The core of El Yunque National Forest remains largely untouched to this day and has proven to be an exceptional asset to the world’s scientific community. It not only serves as a leading research site for numerous studies, but also provides a unique window to the past, when the original forest covered Puerto Rico cialis canada pharmacy in its entirety. VIEW VIDEO


El Portal Rain Forest Center

El Portal Rain Forest Center was established in 1996 to serve as a gateway into El Yunque National Forest and to provide various recreational and educational opportunities to the general public. Its award-winning design by local architecture firm Sierra Cardona y Ferrer leads visitors across an elevated walkway and into a rain forest introduction area and three pavilions. The pavilions are located on the building’s upper level and offer an opportunity to learn more about El Yunque and its relationship with other tropical rain forests in the world through exhibits and interactive displays. The unique structure also houses an information desk staffed with knowledgeable USDA Forest Service personnel, a theater that regularly screens a short film on El Yunque, and a book store-gift shop. El Portal Rain Forest Center is available for rent after regular operating hours and offers special events such as the ‘Noches de Artes y Música,’ presented on the last Friday of each month.  VIEW VIDEO

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Spring Break Beach Extravaganza

Posted on 12 March 2009 by EyeFred

Spring break is already upon us and Puerto Rico is expecting its fair share of visitors during the season.  A popular destination year after year for those looking to escape the winter weather, the island is the perfect beach vacation escape for spring breakers, offering a strong selection of tropical locales, including some of the best beaches in the world.  Condado’s Ocean Park beach is perhaps the most frequented by the island’s metropolitan crowd.  Located between the Isla Verde and Condado tourist hubs – it’s the perfect spot to both mingle with the locals and meet up with fellow travelers.  It is also a good place to grab a bite, go out dancing, and even stay for the night.  Crash Boat located in Puerto Rico’s west coast is one of the island’s most photographed locals – a beautiful and large beach that is perfect for both water sport activities and romantic escapes.  The nearly two-hour drive from San Juan is well worth buy cialis online the effort (and full of beautiful sights along the way as well).

Playa Flamenco is located in the island-municipality of Culebra, which means you need to either fly there or take a ferry, but it is undoubtedly one of the best beaches that Puerto Rico has to offer with its crystal-clear waters and smooth sand bottom (for this writer, it is the definition of ‘paradise’).  If you make it there during the week, expect few visitors as it is possible to  have some of the beach entirely to yourself – but weekends draw the big crowds, so we recommend traveling by plane and during the week.  Gilligan’s Island in the southern municipality of Guánica offers an unique take on the beach-going experience: a ferry leads you into a series of mangrove-filled cays where Puerto Ricans enjoy picnics and dips in the water (we also recommend going during the week if you want a more relaxed ambience).  Finally, and nearer to the metropolitan area of San Juan, there’s Piñones, the picturesque and often contradictory visual explosion of cultures, beaches and nature reserves, restaurants and kiosks, city nightlife and daytime activities such as biking.

EyeTour.com invites you to visit some of Puerto Rico’s premier beaches through our collection of video tours – continue reading below to get better acquainted with your next Spring Break vacation destination (and don’t forget to click on the pictures to view videos for each site).

Ocean Park – San Juan, PR

The inviting, turquoise waters of the San Juan strip of beach known as Ocean Park are located between the tourist hubs of Condado and Isla Verde.  Its appeal is immediately evident: Ocean Park is a semi-secluded area in the otherwise busy capital, where beachgoers can enjoy both

the active scene and the calmer waves while scanning the beautiful Atlantic horizon.  The area offers lodging accommodations, including small boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, and private rentals. Many of these conveniently feature exquisite restaurants right on the beach. More casual establishments can be found along and near Calle McLeary. VIEW VIDEO


Crash Boat – Aguadilla, PR

One of the best areas for surfing in Puerto Rico is the coast of the municipality of Aguadilla, where professional surfers from all over the world flock to ride waves in beaches like Wilderness and Gas Chambers. Then there’s the star of this northwestern edge of the island, the beach curiously known as Crash Boat. The name is said to originate from the beach’s former use by the United States Air Force. It used to be a small port with a pier where rescue boats for downed airplanes would dock. The old pier still stretches out into the ocean, enjoyed by beachgoers as part of the scenery.  Kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing are popular activities here and several businesses conveniently located right on the beach rent out the proper equipment for these and other water activities.  VIEW VIDEO


Playa Flamenco – Culebra, PR

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is located in the island-municipality of Culebra, about nine miles east off the coast of Fajardo. The idyllic Flamenco Beach is trully a wondrous site to behold. It’s horse-shoe shape composed of silky smooth, powdery white sand envelops perfectly azure water and is framed by pristine green hills. Once you dive in, the water is impossibly clean and crystal clear because of the lack of rivers flowing into the sea. Snorkeling is a favorite activity because of the abundant coral reefs and slew of marine animals including large schools of fish. A popular landmark is a World War II-era tank that lies just short of the shore, a relic of the time the U.S. Navy controlled the area.  VIEW VIDEO


Gilligan’s Island – Guánica, PR

The municipality of Guánica is full of natural wonders ready to be discovered by visitors to Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast. Among these is Gilligan’s Island, a perfect place to feel like a castaway.  Although these small cays are uninhabited, the crowds can get large on weekends and holidays, so it’s best not to expect the isolation its “TV show”-referencing name suggests.  Gilligan’s does represent quite a different experience for beachgoers. Stretches of sand are scarce, so visitors mainly leave their scant supplies on the shore or hanging from a mangrove, then proceed to wade on the gentle, clear, shallow waters. The hours seem to melt away in this relaxing setting, so do make sure to bring appropriate protection for the sun.  VIEW VIDEO


Piñones – Loíza, PR

Draped in natural beauty and teeming with culture and a myriad of leisure activities, Piñones – located in the municipality of Loíza – has something to please everybody. You can hike or ride a bike through the Boardwalk Trail which guides you through 11 kilometers of beaches and sections of the Piñones Natural Reserve, the largest mangrove forest in Puerto Rico.  There is also a wide selection of beaches, from the relaxing La Pocita with its clear and shallow pool, to the scenic more secluded Vacia Talega, and the surfing hot-spot of Aviones.  Roadside huts and kiosks feature traditional items such as cod fritters and rice with crab meat. There are also plenty of sit-down restaurants and bars. VIEW VIDEO

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Ivanka Trump & PR Pro-Golfers Visit the Centro Esperanza in Loíza

Posted on 12 March 2009 by EyeFred

PRESS RELEASE: IVANKA TRUMP AND PUERTO RICAN GOLFERS VISIT THE CENTRO ESPERANZA IN LOIZA WITH UNITED WAY

Ivanka Trump, representing the Trump International Golf Club, and three of the four Puerto Rican professional golfers who will represent the island at the Puerto Rico Open, made a stop on their busy schedule to visit, along with United Way (Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico), the Centro Esperanza (or Hope Center) in Loíza.  Max Alverio, Wilfredo Morales, Miguel Suarez and Ivanka Trump shared the morning with the center’s children, who receive preschool education in the ‘Casa de Niños Montessori’ of the Centro Esperanza. To the surprise of all guests the little boys and girls recited the ‘Negroide’ poetry of Luis Pales Matos and danced Bomba and Plena with Ivanka Trump and Michael Suarez. 

During the activity, the golfers and Miss Trump had the opportunity to meet members of the center’s music program ‘Creando y Cantando’ (Creating and Singing), consisting of children between the ages of 7 and 14. The Band’s talent and expertise was evidenced through their musical repertoire with which they delighted the guests.  They were joined by Popular mascot ‘Populoso’ and the Puerto Rico Golf Association who brought balloon figures for the children to enjoy. 

This visit is part of the alliance established between the Organizing Committee for the Puerto Rico Open and United Way to invest resources in projects that impact the community. “Through this alliance, in 2008, we were able to develop initiatives such as the project ‘Compaz de Salud’ Workshop, which aims to promote a culture of peace among Loíza’s youth, and a scholarship program aimed at encouraging the youth of Rio Grande to continue post-secondary studies,” noted Samuel González, president of United Way. “The call for applicants to the Fellowship Program will be held in March 2009,” added González. 

“This year we dedicated the tournament to children, so this visit is very important for our organization. In the 2008 edition of the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular, we were able to pool together with United Way $200,000 for charities and we hope to overcome that figure this year,” commented Sidney Wolff, chairman for the event. 

From March 12 to the 14, United Way will host an exhibit area in the Puerto Rico Open for children, young people, and the parents who attend the event. As part of the program, there will be arts and crafts workshops, as well as drawing and graffiti classes, board games, parenting information, and the United Way’s  ’Éxito a los 6′® (Success by 6) will be distributing Child ID Kits.  In addition, golf enthusiasts will have the opportunity to buy viagra on internet get the LIVE UNITED t-shirt in support of the organization’s call to action.

About Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico / United Way: Puerto Rico’s United Way is a call to action: Help out. Volunteer. Support a cause. LIVE UNITED ™. Live United aims to promote social welfare, to recognize that when we extend our hand to help those in need, we are affecting the welfare of society as a whole. Today, this nonprofit organization financially supports 144 charities which provide health services and promote social welfare

in Puerto Rico. It also has programs such as Community Impact 2-1-1 in Puerto Rico, the Volunteer Center and the initiative Success by 6 ®. Throughout 42 years of experience, United Way has distinguished itself by promoting a culture of social responsibility in Puerto Rico by promoting volunteerism and partnerships in the area of social investment. 

About the Centro Esperanza: This center is one of the 144 non-profit organizations affiliated with United Way since 1977 and is located in the municipality of Loíza. Administered by ‘Las Hijas de la Caridad’ (Daughters of Charity), the Centro Esperanza has four programs: ‘Vida y Esperanza’ (Life and Hope), ‘Creando y Cantando’, Casa de Niños Montessori del Mar (Children’s Home), and ‘Arriba Loíza’. The Center’s mission is to promote and facilitate the development of children and families with limited economic resources within the community of Loíza and surrounding areas, through education – supporting families to ensure their welfare.

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18 Questions with Rafa Campos

Posted on 11 March 2009 by EyeFred

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Rafael “Rafa” Campos is one of Puerto Rico’s rising stars in the world of golf.  With only twenty years of age (and eleven of those as a golfer), this young Puerto Rican’s promising career has seen him win the Puerto Rico Island Amateur tournament two years ago and play several Pro Tournament events, including the Tour De Las Americas in Ponce, twice.  This year, Rafa – whose WAGR is currently #170 – has been invited to play the PGA TOUR’s second annual Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.  The event, to be held at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on March 12-15, 2009 is also Mr. Campos’s second time at the PR Open.  Rafa was gracious enough to answer some of our questions going into the tournament.  We wish him the best of luck!

A bit about your golfing

background…

1. At what age did you start playing golf? Where did the interest come from?

I started playing golf when I was 9.  My father and uncle were invited to play and decided to take all of my cousins and family members with them.  Since then, golf has been an important part of my life.

2. Did golf come easily to you or was learning to play the sport challenging? Which aspects of your game have you worked on the most in order to improve your performance?

Learning to play golf has definitely been a challenge.  I don’t think anyone considers the sport simple.  I have dedicated much more time to perfecting my short game because in the end, your game comes down to chipping and putting.  You don’t win tournaments by hitting the ball far but by getting the ball in the hole in the fewest amount of strokes.

3. Which part of your game would consider your strength? Which part do you have to practice the most?

I think that the mental aspect of the game is my strength.  I believe that while every game played is a completely different experience, the mental approach going into a tournament is pretty much always the same.  I know that I can start a tournament or a round playing horrendously and still battle my way into a good score.  I still have to practice my putting a lot more and my approach shots from 60 yards and in.  I have always been able to put the ball in play, but still would like to work on accuracy.

4. Do you model your game after a particular player? Which professional player would you say your game is most comparable to in terms of your strengths and weaknesses?

My all-time favorite player is Adam Scott.  I would love to have Adam Scott’s swing and composure, but I have my own ways of getting around the course and I can’t complain about them.  People say I look like Chris DiMarco, but I don’t know about that…

5. What other players do you look up to and why? What were some of your favorites growing up?

I definitely look up to Tiger Woods because of his ability to dominate every player and every hurdle that is placed in front of him.  There’s also a group of Puerto Rican players that since little I’ve tried to follow in on their footsteps: Mauricio Muñiz, Erick Morales, Max Alverio, Miguel Suarez , and Wilfredo Morales – they’ve all had some type of impact on my game.  Now, I have the opportunity to play beside and against them in World Class events!

6. Describe to us the best game you’ve ever played. Where did you play it? Any particular shots/plays that come to mind?

The best game I ever played was in Palmas del Mar, when I shot a 61 on the Palm Course.  I remember the ball was going in the hole every time.  I didn’t hit the ball good at all, but managed to make every shot when it came to putting!  I also remember making a hole-in-one in St. Kitts on hole #15 during the Carribean Championships about 4 years ago.

About Puerto Rico…

7. Which are your favorite courses in the world? How about in Puerto Rico?

The Trump International Championship Course is probably the most challenging golf course in Puerto Rico.  It’s always in great shape and the staff is unbelievably cordial to us.  I grew up in Río Mar so I also like spending the occasional weekend hitting some balls over there.  One of the most beautiful courses I’ve played in is the Dye Fore in the Dominican Republic.  It’s built around a huge cliff so all the views are spectacular!

8. What did you take away from your experience playing in the 2008 PR Open? What did you learn from that experience that has helped in preparing for this year’s event?

I realized at last year’s event that you can’t judge your game by the results of a one week of playing.  Duffy Waldorf told me during the third round that you have to make a long term commitment to your game and can’t get upset because of how you’re playing on any particular day.  Improvement is a gradual process and talent is measured in the long run.  I am going into this tournament a little more relaxed, knowing that I worked my way into it and strongly believing that I can compete with PGA Tour professionals any day.  All I have to do is relax and enjoy the moment – but at the same time remain extremely focused.

9. What steps would you take to promote and help popularize golf in PR?

There should be a professional league in Puerto Rico.  Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and many other countries have their own professional leagues that attract spectators to their tournaments.  I believe this would help our local talent, keeping Puerto Rican professionals and their games at their highest levels, not only because of the potential prize money, but because it would provide them with opportunities to compete and be ready for World Class events.

10. What are your viagra in the united kingdom favorite spots on the island? Where do you like to hang out?

I like to go to La Placita in Santurce.  It is very relaxing and I like to go particularly when there’s not a lot of people around, so I can hang out with my cousins, my friends, and my brother.  I also like spending time with them in Old San Juan – the city being a constant reminder of our culture and heritage.  Plus, we always run into people there.

11. What three places would you recommend to tourists visiting Puerto Rico for the first time and why?

You have to visit Old San Juan both during the day and at night – and you can take a break and visit the Ocean Park beach during the afternoon.  You have to see El Morro, El Yunque, and Condado when you come to Puerto Rico.

12. Follow-up questions (a speed round): In Puerto Rico, what is your:

Favorite Beach – Ocean Park
Favorite Restaurant – Burbujas Café in La Esmeralda Ave. in the municipality of Guaynabo
Favorite Traditional Dish – Bistec Empanado a la Milanesa con arroz blanco (white rice)
Favorite Activity – Go out with cousins at night and meet with friends / Fishing
Favorite Spot to relax – Río Mar Villa

And… Back to golf!

13. If you could sit down with one player and pick his brain for a couple of hours, which one would it be and why? What would you ask?

Geoff Ogilvy.  I would ask him why doesn’t he show any emotions while playing a golf tournament and how can he keep his composure so well when playing under pressure.

14. Who would take part in your “dream” foursome?

I would play with my dad, Tiger Woods, and Arnold Palmer.

15. Your favorite moment in your golf career has been …

When I won the Puerto Rico Island Amateur two years ago.  It was certainly a big win and a personal goal of mine I got to achieve.  Also, playing the Puerto Rico Open last year.

16. What short and long term goals do you have? Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Right now I want to finish school and get my bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University so I can focus on golf next.  Golf wise, I want to better my  game all around.  I see myself playing full time in the PGA Tour in the next five to ten years.  Obviously, I am going to need some support in order to jump start my career.  I’d like to be able to find someone willing to invest in me when I turn pro because anyone trying to make a living at this sport is going to need some financial support to start off.  Thankfully, the moral support will always be there from friends, family, and fans, but that is only part of being able to succeed as a professional.

17. Any advice to other players playing the PR Open for the first time?

Don’t go out of your routine.  It could get windy and one thing most people do when there is a lot of wind is swing hard and hurry up.  That’s something you don’t want to do at the course.  Another thing is to remember to go out there and have fun.  There’s going to be great weather and you should embrace the fact that you are going to be playing with some of the best players in the world.

18. Any advice to people traveling to Puerto Rico for the 2009 PR Open?

Get ready for some hot weather and exciting golf.  Come and support us Puerto Ricans in this main event and go out and enjoy quality golf in a great course!

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Must See Attractions in Puerto Rico’s East Coast

Posted on 09 March 2009 by EyeFred

Puerto Rico’s east coast has developed into an essential vacation spot, beckoning tourists to discover it’s breathtaking natural wonders and numerous world-class accommodations, like El Conquistador Resort and Gran Meliá Puerto Rico.  Several prestigious events – including the Puerto Rico Open golf tournament at Trump International Golf Club – take advantage of the scenic setting provided by the eastern municipalities, while destinations such as Las Croabas highlight the diversity of activities available to visitors.

If you’re staying in the area and want to maximize your enjoyment, don’t miss these spectacular spots:

El Yunque National Forest - Río Grande, PR

Covering over 28,000 acres of land, El Yunque National Forest offers visitors some of the most breathtaking vistas found in the Caribbean.  The forest attracts over a million visitors each year, who come to hike its more than 13 miles of trails while enjoying the lush scenery, rich biodiversity, and fresh mountain air. Guided tours of these trails are available through the USDA Forest Service’s innovative “Forest Adventure Tours” and “Rent-A-Ranger” programs.  A short ten-minute drive through the village of Palmer in Río Grande and up PR Road #191 will lead you to the forest.  On your way up, don’t forget to stop at El Portal Rain Forest Center, an award-wining structure established in 1996 to serve as a gateway into El Yunque National Forest and to provide various recreational and educational opportunities to the general public. VIEW VIDEO


Balneario de Luquillo -  Luquillo, PR

Just a 45 minute ride east from San Juan and a couple of minutes away from the entrance to El Yunque Rainforest lies the Balneario de Luquillo. La Monserrate Beach, as it is also known, is one of the oldest and most visited public beaches on the island. A member of the Blue Flag Program that emphasizes water quality and environmental conservation, the crescent’s tranquil waters are surrounded by spectacular views of the nearby mountains.  Stopping by the strip of kiosks on the road leaving the beach, where you can enjoy a great variety of fritters and other staples of traditional cuisine, should be an essential part of your visit.  VIEW VIDEO


Balneario Seven Seas - Fajardo, PR

The Balneario Seven Seas, located on the northeastern tip of the island, is the municipality of Fajardo’s most popular public beach. Puerto Rico’s Compañía de Parques Nacionales oversees this long stretch of beach, known to draw large crowds on weekends and holidays. Seven Seas features powdery white sands that gently slope towards the shallow, clear waters of the purchase viagra no prescription required Atlantic Ocean. Amenities available for visitors include restrooms and showers, lifeguards on duty, security guards, as well as wheelchair access to the beach. Camping is also allowed with proper permit for a fee, or one can rent a gazebo for the night.  VIEW VIDEO


Bahía Bioluminiscente Laguna Grande - Fajardo, PR

Puerto Rico’s eastern coast – host to some of the island’s best known attractions – has been blessed with an extraordinary rare and beautiful natural phenomenon seldom seen anywhere else in the world: the bioluminescent waters of Laguna Grande, where endless amounts of microscopic, single-celled organisms known as dinoflagellates light up like stardust whenever they are activated by movement.  Eco-friendly tours depart regularly from the public dock at the small fishing village of Las Croabas located on route 987. Several private companies are ready to take you on a two-hour night-time kayak adventure through the bay and into the mangrove channels that lead to Laguna Grande.  VIEW VIDEO


Las Cabezas de

San Juan - Fajardo, PR

Located on 445 acres of land acquired and maintained by The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is an incredibly diverse and scientifically important tract of land.  The main tour consist of a two-hour trolley ride that guides you along the reserve with three stops of interest. Among those are the boardwalk trail through a mangrove forest, Playa Lirios, and El Faro de Fajardo. Situated on the highest point of Cape San Juan, the stone building was the second lighthouse erected on the island by the Spanish and offers breathtaking views to enjoy as trade winds gently blow by.  VIEW VIDEO

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EyeCandy: Team Puerto Rico Comes Out Swinging!

Posted on 08 March 2009 by GSV

Carried by Ivan Rodriguez‘s two-home run night and 4 1/3 strong innings from starter Javier Vazquez, the Puerto Rican national team shutout the Panamanians 7-0 in viagra pill their first game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.  Carlos Delgado homered off of Bruce Chen in the second inning to ignite the Puerto Rican offense and bring the raucous, sold-out crowd to a frenzy.

Puerto Rico looks to advance to the second round of the tournament with a win Monday versus the surprising Netherlands team

(who completed quite a shocker earlier in the day).

For full results click here.

To read more about the World Baseball Classic, click here.

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