Despacito launches La Perla to stardom

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La Perla, one of the best known neighborhoods in the Puerto Rican capital, has resurfaced this year with splendor after the renovation of 400 houses located in the historic old San Juan and the visit of hundreds of tourists for the filming Of the video of the successful video ” Despacito “.

Residents of this neighborhood overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by walls and castles from the Spanish colonial period, have stated that La Perla is a place that is fraught with brotherhood in the face of stigma of violence which for so long have been assumed in that place.

Some communities in La Perla are Waipao, named for a wipe out or destruction of residences by strong waves, Lucila Silva or “Perla Vieja” and “La Lomita“, near the historic Cemetery Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis.

La Perla also has the basketball court Carmelo Anthony, which the Puerto Rican blood basketball player helped rebuild, and “El Bowl”, a structure built by hand in 2006 by the artist Chemi Rosado and skateboarder Boly Cortes, who Combines a skateboarding track or is used as a pool.

Despacito changes La Perla

And due these many attractions was that last December the Puerto Rican director Carlos Perez was excited and decided to shoot in La Perla the video of “Despacito”, a theme by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

After the video launched launched it began to get thousands of reactions and opinions from people around the world who were impressed by the images that highlighted the tropical beauties that exist in La Perla.

La Perla emerged in the mid-nineteenth century when the humble people of the walled city of San Juan was forced to look for new spaces to build their homes, as their neighborhoods within the city were destroyed.

By the early and mid-twentieth century, many of the jíbaros or peasants came to the capital city in search of a better future and La Perla served as a space to build their homes with the materials they could find.

And by combining the renovation of the houses and the rise of ” Despacito ” residents of La Perla they formed a group for tours in the neighborhood, taking them to places where the musical project was filmed.


A resident of La Perla even located a sign indicating that his property is one of the places where the video was filmed, in this case Fonsi and Daddy Yankee playing dominoes with a couple of men.

La Perla, inhabited mostly by low-income and marginalized by people of higher social classes, inspired the composer deceased Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso to dedicate an issue to the neighborhood and then recorded by Ismael Rivera, who usually came to the neighborhood.

Similarly, La Perla received in 2009 another musical success, when the Calle 13 group recorded the song “La Perla” which had the cooperation of the Panamanian salsa singer Rubén Blades and on which the filmmakers Israel Lugo and Gabriel Coss recorded a video whichlater won a Latin Grammy.

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