Pepinianos embrace their roots from every corner

Pepinianos embrace their roots from every corner

Jorge Luis Ramirez Serrano emigrated with his family to New York State in the mid-1950s, like thousands of Puerto Ricans who left their homeland in the hope of finding new opportunities.

The Pepiniano was eight years old when he came across a city abysmally different from the environment in which he grew up, in San Sebastian de las Vegas del Pepino, where the trees seemed to touch the sky and the chirping of the birds became his peaceful alarm clock. .

However, ‘the Big Apple’ was covered with skyscrapers “on all four corners, with sidewalks and large streets, and transportation was by train.”

“But I liked what was here more than what was there. I have always liked the tranquility of Pepino the most,” confessed Ramirez Serrano, 77 years old.

It was in 1955 “when we all left; There were five of us (three brothers and their parents), but one stayed here because he was studying in Mayaguez.”

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