Helping those in need

As part of my hurricane Maria coverage I tagged along with a group of volunteers who where helping out a community in Utuado.

With supplies of warm food and water I documented there efforts. Like this group there are many others stepping up and helping around Puerto Rico, hopefully these efforts continue to build morale and help out island that is still struggling more that 50 days after taking a category 5 hurricane hit.

https://youtu.be/oJzKxCrAPTg

Faces after Maria | Angel’s story

Angel | Charco Abajo | Utuado

The bridge that conects Angel’s community to the main highways was washed away. Angel has to travel everyday down a improvised ladder on the side of whats left of the bridge to get provisions. Through this difficulty he still maintains his sense of humor.

Hear hid story following the link bellow:

https://youtu.be/dRIpidyFwxE

Please share so we can keep helping those in need.

Faces after Maria- Don Angel

Angel | Charco Abajo | Utuado

The bridge that conects Angel’s community to the main highways was washed away. Angel has to travel everyday down a improvised ladder on the side of whats left of the bridge to get provisions. Through this difficulty he still maintains his sense of humor.

Sector La Vía | Aguadilla

“We’ve been forgotten”, an all to common phrase these days after #hurricanemaria . Don Samuel like many other residents outside of the metropolitan area in Puerto Rico help and resources are scarce.

Many families on this sector suffered structural damage to their houses, most losing their roofs during hurricane Maria ‘s devastation.

“Everyday it’s a different struggle” says Jennifer Soto like many others she has not been able to contact Fema for a tarp to avoid losing what little possessions they have left. The agency has not made rounds through this area and it’s residents have not been able to fill out web ir phone application due to most of Puerto Rico’s communications still are down.

Draco brings Lo Maldito to San Juan, PR

The much anticipated set of concerts closed last night with Lo Maldito (The dammed). Highlighting the 20th anniversary of his ground breaking record “Vagabundo”.

With a set list that contained more of the heavier and darker songs of his repertoire , Draco rocked the Coliseum of Puerto Rico along with a very energetic crowd that enjoyed the trip through the dark side of his career.

Personally I’ve been a fan of Draco since I was in high school. I even had the chance to meet him once too.

Not everybody gets to meet their musical heroes, so I knew how lucky I was. But the only thing I wanted more than getting a picture taken with him was to take a portrait of him. I took that chance of meeting him and took this impromptu portrait of him.

One of my most prized pics not only because I admire him as an artist but also because I wanted to celebrate his strength as a cancer survivor. Right around this time he was just escaping this horrible decease. For a moment there during his sickness things started looking bleak. But he fought through it, valiantly. So for me this whole meeting was a victory, little did I know that years later I’d be covering one of his concerts .

So this short story and set of images have a great personal value, I hope you enjoy this post and hopefully , one day you’ll meet your heroes too. Cheers.

Ricardo Arjona presents Circo Soledad

After two years of absence Ricardo Arjona returns to Puerto Rico. The artist announced a set of performances this upcoming October vía a creative press conference/mini concert.

Here are a few images documenting the evening.