Puerto Rican journalist María Celeste Arrarás planned to visit her native island along with other celebrities in what was supposed to be a joyful time with the victims of Hurricane Maria. As we told you yesterday, the trip did happen. Ricky Martin was there, as was Nicky Jam, Luis Fonsi, Chayanne, and Emilia and Gloria Estefan. But Arrarás was not.
Abatido por lo que sucedía en su #PuertoRico @luisfonsi, durante su gira por Estados Unidos llamó a @jetblue #100x35jetblue para pedir su ayuda y así poder llevar víveres a la isla. A la par, el intérprete de #Despacito llamó también a sus amigochos @gloriaestefan @emilioestefanjr @nickyjampr @lauraposadalifecoach @jorgeposada_20 #IvanRodriguez @chayanne y @ricky_martin para que se unieran a esta causa y … misión cumplida señores. Aquí los tienen apoyando a quien lo necesita en 🇵🇷
The celeb trip to Puerto Rico was the idea of producer Tony Mojena. He got the Jet Blue plane filled with celebs on a flight called la ‘Preciosa’ and Arrarás was invited to be part of the group to visit Puerto Rico. All of that changed, supposedly, because Arrarás talked about the trip, which was reportedly supposed to be a secret.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “It is with great regret that I announced that on Monday I will not be traveling on the “Preciosa” flight of humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico for which I had been invited, like many of our brightest stars such as @chayanne, Nicky Jam @gloriaestefan, ricky_martin and @luisfonsi. Unfortunately the producer @tonymojenaentertainment decided at the last minute that I was not part of this meritorious effort. As I was informed he was annoyed because I answered questions from the newspaper El Nuevo Dia about this nice project, which by the way already had been disclosed through a press alert. It was not a secret. I am extremely saddened by that decision because of the great eagerness I have to get to Puerto Rico to share with my people. Nothing will stop me to bring support and resources to my compatriots. My commitment to #puertorico is unshakable.”
Hermanos puertorriqueños: con esta foto de hace par de años en el Desfile Puertorriqueño de NY-llevando con orgullo nuestra bandera-les aseguró que los millones de boricuas en la diáspora y junto a millones de amigos estamos esmerados en llevarles ayuda. A través de Estados Unidos hoy domingo hay miles de nosotros llevando artículos de primera necesidad,empacando,coordinado ayuda voluntaria. ¡No están solos! ¡No los vamos a abandonar! Esto va para largo y estaremos con ustedes paso a paso hasta que nuestro Pobre Rico vuelva a ser Puerto Rico. 😘
It was in that interview with El Nuevo Dia that Arrarás had said: “We all go, not as celebrities, but as Puerto Ricans. We are all touched, affected and supportive for what our people are going through, we have a sentimentality that tears us up because we do not know what else to do to help.”
People en Español asked Arrarás if she wanted to give more information about the situation, to which she said: “I would gladly do it, but I do not want to give a forum to small, overbearing people with giant egos. I do not want to divert attention from what really matters that is the great need that exists in Puerto Rico. That is paramount.”