Boricua Aunque Naciera En La Luna

Boricua Aunque Naciera En La Luna

¿Qué Es Ser Boricua?

Esta frase se hizo famosa luego de la canción “Boricua en la Luna” del cantautor puertorriqueño Roy Brown para el año 1987 (y luego en el 1997 por la banda Fiel A La Vega).

¿Pero qué significa ser boricua?

Para los que no sepan, la isla de Puerto Rico solía llamarse Borinquen (Borikén) y de ahí surgió el gentilicio de boricua. Pero pienso que hoy en día el ser boricua es más que simplemente alguien que vive en la hermosa isla de Puerto Rico.

Luego de hablar con varios puertorriqueños les presento los tres temas que surgieron mas frecuentemente sobre: ¿Qué es ser boricua?

1. El boricua ama a su Isla y su cultura

Todos saben que aquí en Puerto Rico al igual que muchos otros lugares “la cosa esta mala”. Pero, a pesar de todo, el boricua ama esta isla de 100 x 35 millas. En Puerto Rico se encuentran tres de las pocas bahías bioluminiscentes del mundo y de todas ellas La Bahía de Mosquitos en Vieques es la más brillante del mundo. Los fuertes españoles y calles del Viejo San Juan son tesoros históricos, las montañas, paisajes y cuerpos de agua en La Cordillera cautivan a las personas, etc. No está de más decir que las playas de Puerto Rico son entre las mejores de Latino America y el mundo.

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La realidad es que la cultura en Puerto Rico es algo único. En Puerto Rico hay un espíritu de hospitalidad, estar entre familia y amigos, celebrar todo y como dice el refrán: “a mal tiempo, buena cara”. En Puerto Rico los huracanes y sequías resultan en excusas para salir, visitar y quedarse hasta tarde relajando con familia y amigos. Nada como invitar gente de imprevisto y todos llegan con comida y estar ahí compartiendo y pasándola bien hasta tarde.

2. El boricua no tiene que haber nacido en Puerto Rico

Como dice la frase: “Boricua aunque naciera en la luna”. Como mencionamos antes, lo que hace a un boricua no es tanto en donde vive sino que hace o quien es. Por ejemplo, Tony Croatto es un ícono de la música puertorriqueña que interpretó canciones clásicas como “Yo Habito Una Tierra Luz”, “Cucubano” y “Correr Sabana”. Sin embargo, no muchos saben que él nació en Italia y se crió en Argentina y Uruguay. Aquí una de sus canciones:

Adicionalmente, famoso actor y compositor Lin-Manuel Miranda nació en Nueva York de padres puertorriqueños y ha vivido mucha de su vida en Estados Unidos aunque visita mucho la Isla. Hoy en día, Lin-Manuel Miranda se ha convertido en una de las voces más prominentes de Puerto Rico en Estados Unidos. Incluso, ha abogado en la televisión y en el Congreso de Estados Unidos por la situación económica de la Isla. Aquí su presentación en el el show de John Oliver:

3. El boricua es orgulloso de su patria y de su gente

Ser boricua es un orgullo y cuando le preguntas a un boricua que no está en Puerto Rico sobre su Isla prepárate para estar escuchándolo un buen rato. Como dice una persona que entrevisté: "Ser boricua es tener orgullo de tu patria y de tu gente y siempre querer demostrar ese orgullo en cualquier parte del mundo donde te encuentres."

¡Sin duda alguna al boricua le gusta ser boricua!

Si eres boricua espero que te hayas podido identificar con estos temas. Recuerda que donde sea que te encuentres, en la Isla o fuera, si te identificas con estas cosas y amas a Puerto Rico y su gente definitivamente eres boricua.

¡Que Dios los bendiga! ¡Wepa!

Cover Image Credit: La Respuesta Media

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