Banco Popular Kicks Off National Puerto Rican Day Parade Festivities Turning Branch...

Banco Popular Kicks Off National Puerto Rican Day Parade Festivities Turning Branch into an Art Gallery

Fourth annual exhibit features works by Antonio Cortés and marks the beginning of the festivities in New York


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 8, 2005–Banco Popular North America (BPNA), one of the country’s leading community banks, will kick off the National Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities with the unveiling of “Un Verano en Nueva York – Serie Los Emigrantes” by famed Puerto Rican artist Antonio Cortés. Banco Popular started this tradition four years ago by transforming its Rockefeller Plaza branch into an art gallery — as it continues to do business — allowing customers and guests to enjoy paintings from well-known Puerto Rican artists. Banco Popular along with National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc., Galos Corporation, Cueto Gallery and Magic Transport & Warehousing, are the sponsors of this unique showcase of Antonio Cortés’ work.

“We are proud to say that for forty-two years, Banco Popular has been a proud supporter of the Puerto Rican Day parade,” said Michele Imbasciani, Banco Popular’s New York Metro Region Executive. “With the unveiling of ‘Los Emigrantes,’ we join the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s theme of ‘celebrating our culture and experiences’ while we fulfill our vision of becoming the premier community bank in the markets we serve.”

The exhibit will be on display at Banco Popular’s Rockefeller Center branch, located at 7 West 51st Street in Manhattan and will remain open during regular banking hours from 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. until Friday, June 17. The exhibit will also travel to other key markets including Orlando and Chicago.

About Los Emigrantes and Antonio Cortés:

In Los Emigrantes, Antonio Cortés captures the experiences lived by Puerto Rican immigrants in New York during the 1980s and 1990s. Cortés lived and studied in New York City for more than 10 years where he developed his craft and style. Born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, he holds an M.A. in Studio Art and has furthered his studies in Columbia University. He has exhibited all over the world with resounding success.

About Banco Popular:

Banco Popular North America is a subsidiary of Popular, Inc., with more than $44 billion in assets and is ranked among the country’s 30 largest bank holding companies. BPNA operates 137 branches in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Florida, as well as 114 financial services stores under the name of Popular Cash Express. Popular Inc. was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2005 by FORTUNE Magazine and ranks among the top 10 Small Business Administration lenders in the country. Banco Popular was founded 111 years ago in Puerto Rico. For more information, visit http;//www.bancopopular.com.

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Banco Popular Kicks Off National Puerto Rican Day Parade Festivities Turning Branch into an Art Gallery