Fiesta con Puente


One of the particularities of Puerto Rico, besides the fact that it may not conclude treaties with other sovereign states, is that it’s usually considered by international organizations not as a state itself, but instead it’s treated as if it were a former state of the American Union. That’s to say, Puerto Rico is neither a United Nations member (to be in the UN you must be a sovereign nation), nor is it an OECD* member.

Nevertheless, Puerto Rico does belong to some other international bodies:

  • Caricom (observer)
  • ECLAC** (associate member together with the British Virgin Islands, the Netherlands Antilles and the US Virgin Islands)
  • FAO (associate)
  • ITUC
  • Interpol (subbureau)
  • IOC
  • WFTU
  • WHO (associate)

Also, in the popular belief of Latin Americans, we tend to treat Puerto Rico as a State itself for obvious reasons: language, religion, music…

I was working out this morning to the rhythm of Newyorican singer Tito Puente on my Ipod and listened to this song called “Fiesta con Puente“. It goes something like this:

“Panameño, panameño vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Argentina y Venezuela, vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Brasileiro y Colombiano…”

I was actually kind of pleased to hear that Tito also thought of Puerto Rico as a single Nation, far away from the American culture and, instead, closer to the Latin American fiesta spirit.

Fiesta con Puente

* OECD: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
** ECLAC: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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4 Responses to Fiesta con Puente

  1. Pingback: Fiesta con Puente « Se destetó Teté

  2. Alan Guadarrama says:

    This is actyually my favourite song from Tito Puente. I grew up in the States but my first language was Spanish but I’ve always felt more attached to the Latin American Culture, just like Tito, Puerto Rican born in NY.

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  3. Alan Guadarrama says:

    By the way, excellent blog. Hope you keep posting.

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  4. Ratonet says:

    “[…] because it is not a recognized independent country, Puerto Rico does not have the option of participating in international decision-making and future-shaping organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, or the International Monetary Fund, or request or accept help from international non-governmental organizations.” Cf. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, “Nobody’s Colony: The United States, the United Nations, and Puerto Rico’s Invisibility”, p. 56

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