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One of Peru’s Music Young Treasures: Jorge Pardo Joins Other 3 Peruvian Tenors in Concert This Weekend in Lima, Peru

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tenoresOne of Peru’s treasures in vocals is Jorge Luis Pardo Valdespino (second from the left), a good friend of mine and heart-felt, high-range singer and composer who will be performing a new series called “Tenores II” (Tenors II) concert in Lima, Peru this Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 with Sony Center among one of its sponsors.

Jorge and other 3 Peruvian tenors will be performing songs by Queen, Coldplay, Elton John, Joan Manuel Serrat, Verdi, legendary Peruvian singer and composer Chabuca Granda, among others. Around 30 musicians will be on stage.

Jorge is a former winner of the singer awards “International Music Festival Vina del Mar”. If you’d like to watch the hit song “Mi alma entre tu manos” (My soul between your hands) that made him a glorious double-award winner, click here (go to 4:50 in the video to listen him perform this amazing song).

Well done, guys! Wish you as much success as your first series “Tenores I”.

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Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Peru is Biggest User of Internet Cabins by 10-18 Yr Old Kids, Latin American Survey Says

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Internet Cabins in Peru

Internet Cabins in Peru

Peru is the biggest user of Internet cabins by 10 through 18 year-old kids, according to the first Latin American survey conducted by Telefonica and the University of Navarra to more than 25,000 urban-based kids in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Peru, as the largest Peruvian news radio station and online news site RPP reports. Other highlights of the survey include:

  • More than 80% of the kids access the Internet
  • 95% of the kids access the Internet regularly
  • 83% of kids with 9 years old and up have their own cell phone

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Chicago, IL Resident Among 2,600 Foreigners Warmly Welcomed Today in Lima, Peru in South American Cruise

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princess In their South American stop on Lima, Peru, a group of 2,600 foreigners arrived today in Lima, Peru via “Star Princess”, the largest fleet of Princess Cruises as they begin their South American 32-day tour coming from San Francisco, CA, as the local newspaper El Comercio reports — including an interview to an American from Chicago, IL.

Foreigners were warmly welcomed by traditional music and dancers and the Peruvian pisco sour at the Main Square in the capital city. A video of their welcoming is available here.

Their next stops in South America will be Chile, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

It’s Been Named the “Acurio Mania”: La Mar Photo, Reviews and Acurio’s Profile in Food & Wine Magazine

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lamar-pic2Following up from my post on Gaston Acurio’s new La Mar restaurant in San Francisco, CA, Acurio has been profiled in the November 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazine under the title “Peru’s World-Class Cuisine.”

Reviews

“Once in a blue moon, an ambitious new restaurant lives up to its buzz. The principles behind La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, an outpost of a sleek, modern cebiche place in Lima, Peru (where the dish was invented), chose a dream location by the water next to the Ferry Building to open a breezy, resonant and amazingly self-assured operation. Everything about it feels right. “

— By The San Francisco Examiner, and “San Francisco Food Lovers’ Pocket Guide”

“The first U.S. branch of a Lima-based seafooder from Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is the latest arrival on the Embarcadero’s up-and-coming Restaurant Row, where it’s serving ceviche and other midpriced Peruvian fare in a setting that includes a large patio overlooking the Bay; the separate Pisco Bar and Lounge, specializing in cocktails made with the titular alcohol, faces the Downtown skyline.”

— By ZAGAT Buzz

“I was pleasantly surprised {…] All my dishes were flavorful and satisfying and yet seemed very light […] I loved the food and the atmosphere. Freshest catch in town. It’s not cheap (I would say our tab was Bar Tartine-like, maybe because of all the small courses adding up), but all in all I think I will go back. Soon.”

— By Chowhound

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

Lost City More Than 1,000 Years Old Found in the Jungle of Northern Peru’s Amazon

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chachapoyas-peru-4_1126226cA city has been found in the northern jungle area of Peru’s Amazon dated more than 1,000 years old belonging to the ancient Chachapoya tribe, as UK newspaper The Telegraph reports.

This tribe is said to have been beaten into submission by the mighty Incas in 1475, and eventually wiped out by small pox and other diseases brought by the Europeans.

The discovery also includes very-well kept ancient ceramics and undisturbed burial sites.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 12:36 am