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Lin-Manuel Miranda showcases Puerto Rico in web series

By on June 11, 2019

Highlights island’s culture, music and cuisine

SAN JUAN – Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s destination marketing organization (DMO), has released an eight-chapter series, titled “Discover Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel.”

Together with the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC), the DMO launched the videos, which follow the playwright, composer and Puerto Rican actor in a tour of his favorite locations on the island, to encourage visitors to discover them for themselves.

The new web series comes about after a previous demonstration of Miranda’s appreciation for Puerto Rico, presenting his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” on the island in January, and reprising his role as the musical’s lead for the run.

“In addition to great beaches and tropical rainforests, Puerto Rico offers a remarkable fusion of world-class cultural, artistic and gastronomic experiences,” Miranda said in the news release. “In this series, we sought to highlight some of those hidden treasures that make Puerto Rico an unparalleled destination with something for everyone. From stunning museums, public artwork, concert arenas, theaters and opera houses, to dance halls, historic districts, a robust and rebuilding coffee industry, artisanal local restaurants and innovative tourism adventures for this new millennium, Puerto Rico is sending a bold message that it is ready for visitors and open for business. I invite everyone to check out this web series, grab a pen and paper, and start planning a visit to Puerto Rico today.”

Consisting of eight short episodes narrated by Miranda, they spotlight activities that visitors can enjoy throughout the year. They were filmed in such places as the Spanish colonial Old San Juan district, and coffee farms in the central region of the island. Other highlights include the Placita de Güisín, a public art mosaic which commemorates the legacy of Miranda’s grandfather in the town of Vega Alta, as well as the Isla Verde area in the metro area’s north coast.

Miranda also shares experiences with personalities such as singer-songwriter Lucecita Benítez; actress Denise Quiñones; the agronomist and coffee expert José Alberto Atienza Nicolau; musician Luis Sanz; journalist Mariana Reyes; salsa singer Willito Otero; and urban artist PJ Sin Suela.

“Once again, Lin-Manuel Miranda delivers an extraordinary gift to the people of Puerto Rico. Who better to invite the world to discover the cultural essence and unique experiences of the island than this beloved superstar, who represents the heart, soul and passion of Puerto Rico? Each video showcases what makes our Island such a special destination, through the eyes of one of the great storytellers of our time,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

“We are confident that this project, developed together with the Miranda family and Discover Puerto Rico, will help highlight Puerto Rico in our main markets in the continental United States and internationally. The visuals and their narrative will help to amplify the message about the diversity of offers available in our destination and change any negative perception that a potential traveler may have about the conditions of the Island,” the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Carla Campos, adds in the release.

The series can be viewed on the Discover Puerto Rico webpage: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/lin-manuel-miranda

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