Puerto Rican Plenas - Cortaron Elena, Temporal, Santa María, A ti na' más, Desde Ponce - YouTube Plena is a historical contemporary of jazz, but developed independently. Spanish narrative song and African rhythms from the island's Southern coast contributed to early plena. It was performed by everyday people — some who migrated into urban centers like San Juan and Ponce, others who moved to New York. Songs can express a periodical news item, and social commentary is not uncommon.
Maria Colón Sánchez (1926 - November 25, 1989) Affectionately known as la madrina (the godmother) of the Hartford Puerto Rican community, Maria Clemencia Colón Sanchez served the city as advocate, listener and mentor and earned tremendous respect citywide. She advocated for bilingual education in public schools and served on the Hartford Board of Education. In 1988, she became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Connecticut General Assembly.
Maurice A. Ferré was born on June 23, 1935 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His is the nephew of the former governor of Puerto Rico Luis A. Ferré. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1967–1968 and became the first United States mayor born in Puerto Rico and the first Latino Mayor of Miami when elected into office serving six terms from 1973-1985.
Puerto Rico is one of the most successful competitors in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, having won five times The five Puerto Rican Miss Universe are: Marisol Malaret, Deborah Carthy Deu, Dayanara Torres, Denise Quiñones and Zuleyka Rivera.