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Puerto Rican Terms of Endearment and Expressions of Love

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Only a Puerto Rican can understand and relate to these popular Puerto Rican tems of endearment and expressions of love. However, being in a bicultural relationship means conveying and explaining to my better half that if I call you Papi/Pai, I’m not really calling you Daddy. It’s simply a term of endearment for males. In my case, for my husband, and son whom I call Papi, and they both respond. Hahaha! 
Same goes with Mami/Mai. We call all of the women in our lives Mami not only our mother but our sister, girlfriend, cousin, nieces, etc. I find it hilarious when visiting my Mom in Puerto Rico, and have my nieces over, and I call them Mami and my Mom is in the kitchen responding ¿Qué?; and I say, it’s not you! She seriously gets annoyed. Sweet! 
Other terms of endearment are corazón de melón (melon heart) which refers to you being sweet, or big-hearted person. Calling someone negrito/negrita (literal translation is little black) is not an insult or demeaning it’s simply another term of endearment used to refer to anyone of any skin color who is Puerto Rican. For instance, Negrita, ven acá. Hola negro
Puerto Ricans love to ask for La bendición (asking for the blessing) is usually the first and the last word you say when you approach or leave your parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. When we visit Puerto Rico I often remind my son, “Don’t forget to say bendición to Abuela.” Right after that precious word that I hold dear to my heart, I hear the words “Dios te bendiga…” Followed by a “…hija, negrita, mi amor.” Of course, it’s a Puerto Rican thing so it’d sound funny if he tells his African American grandma Bendición. Heading back home at the airport, and bidding our farewell  I say to Mami “Bendición” and she hugs us, and says “Dios los bendiga.” 
Last but not least important, is our famous ¡Wepa! Not so much of an endearment, but an expression of celebration, joy and jubilation. Pronounced “weh-pah” and you yell the word! LOL Wepa is a Puerto Rican expression of pride!
This post was created for inclusion of Multicultural Kid Blogs Carnival hosted by Malu from Bilinguazo.   
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Exploring Puerto Rico Landmarks Free Printable

Puerto Rico although a small island it’s huge in heart!   Let’s explore Puerto Rico landmarks together with your kids, and learn about places you would dream to visit one day! 

Puerto Rico celebrates on November 19,  Día de la Cultura Puertorriqueña y el Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico (Day of Puerto Rican culture, and the discovery of the island). However, in good Puerto Rican fashion the celebration extends to a whole week! Boricuas loves to party!     

Semana de la Puertorriqueñidad is a week of the celebration on one’s Puerto Rican heritage, culture, music, idiosyncrasy, identity, and anything that identifies you with being Puerto Rican.  Schools across the island celebrate from November 16-20.

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Celebrating 122 yrs. of the Puerto Rican Flag

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There’s nothing that makes me prouder than my Puerto Rican flag. I’m committed to instilling in my son the same pride that I feel when I see it!  As I look at the flag I can’t help but start humming & singing, ♫¡Que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera es la bandera Puertorriqueña!♫ 

Today, our flag celebrates it’s 122nd birthday! On June 11, 1892 Antonio Vélez Alvarado from Manatí, Puerto Rico was inspired to create our flag while living in New York.

The Puerto Rican flag has two very important dates June 11, 1892 when it was created, and December 22, 1895 when it was first used by a group of Puerto Rican patriots whom adopted the flag as a national symbol representing Puerto Ricans. However, it wasn’t until July 25, 1952 that it was officially adopoted as the national flag when Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the United States.

Source: Fotografía Cole (Flickr/Creative Common)

The Puerto Rican flag symbolizes the patriotism, and unity of over 8,000,000 of Puerto Ricans in the world.

The flag is similar to the flag of Cuba.  The red stripes are symbolic of the “blood” that nourishes the three branches of its government; Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.   The white stripes represent individual liberty and the rights that keep the government in balance. The blue triangle stands for the “Republican Government”, represented by the three branches, and the white Lone Star represents “The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”
It is said that the “blue” part of the Puerto Rican flag is actually a sky blue, and not a deep blue. That the deep blue was used to make it look similar to the United States flag, when Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth. Whether sky blue, or deep blue Puerto Ricans are proud of their flag! It’s part of our identity our, and our culture. 
Looking for a fun Puerto Rico flag craft to do with the kids? Check out B-Inspired Mama’s patriotic flag craft. It’s a hand print painted flag, and it looks just like the Puerto Rican flag!  You can also print out this flag from DLTK’s Puerto Rico flag coloring page, and have your children color it. 
With Abuela when she came to visit from Puerto Rico. 

Here’s to 122 more years of celebrating the Puerto Rican flag!

This post was created for inclusion of this month’s MKB Multicultural Carnival hosted by Kid World Citizen. 
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Show Me Your Neighborhood {Florida, Puerto Rico}


When Annabelle from The Piri-Piri Lexicon shared her project with a multicultural group that I belong to I was excited! We were going to Puerto Rico for vacation, and this was the perfect opportunity to showcase the little town I grew up in Puerto Rico called Florida. Yes, Florida, like the state in the U.S.A.
This has been such a great opportunity to actually “look” at my town through the lens of my camera. I lived there most of my life, and visit quite often; but never really seen it with other “eyes.” Thanks to Annabelle, I can show my neighborhood to our son, and to the world!

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