Haute Living Celebrates Luis Fonsi Cover Launch With PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter & FYI Yachts At El Tucán

Luis Fonsi with his Haute Living magazine cover
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Gracing the coveted Miami Art Issue of Haute Living is none other than Latin singing sensation, Luis Fonsi. To celebrate the launch of his cover, Haute Livingtogether with PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter and FYI Yachts, brought guests together for an intimate cocktail and dinner at Downtown Miami hotspot, El Tucán, where Fonsi was joined by close family and friends.
Ralph Navarro and Luis Fonsi
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Luis Fonsi
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Águeda López & Luis Fonsi
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At the beginning of the evening, guests were welcomed with specialty cocktails made with Belvedere Vodka while DJ HushMoney spun his set on the stage. Guests were taken by the wraparound screens in the restaurant’s expansive space, which were emblazoned with Fonsi’s striking Haute Living cover image and logo, against a beautiful green background. After mingling and snapping photos during the cocktail, guests were invited to be seated for dinner. Dancers with oversized, feathered headdresses greeted guests as they sat down at their seats, while El Tucán’s signature dishes were served, including Chicken Wings Lollipops, Satay of Chilean Seabass, Rock & Roll Sushi Rolls, Tuna Pizzetta, Risotto Hot Pot, and more.

Belvedere Vodka
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Luis Fonsi & Rick De La Croix
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Pat Richards & Seth Semilof
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Kamal Hotchandani & Luis Fonsi
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As guests dined on the delicious fare, the venue’s resident performing artist, Laura, sang a gorgeous rendition of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart,” after which, Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani took to the front of the room to address the crowd. He first thanked Fonsi for the greatness he has brought forth to the world of music as a whole, as well as his unwavering dedication and support for the country of Puerto Rico. He then also thanked the partners who were an instrumental part of making the event happen: Paramount Miami Worldcenter developer Daniel Kodsi and FYI Yachts Founder Ralph Navarro.
El Tucan performing artist
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Kamal Hotchandani
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Bru & Dan Kodsi with Luis Fonsi
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A longtime friend of Fonsi, Hublot‘s Rick De La Croix—also in attendance—took to the microphone to make a special presentation to the Latin Grammy Award-winning superstar: two special edition Hublot Big Bang Luis Fonsi Sapphire watches. One was presented to Fonsi as a gift and the other was presented to him as a generous donation, to be auctioned off for his Luis Fonsi Foundation for his homeland of Puerto Rico, which was founded following the devastating Hurricane Maria.
Rick De La Croix
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Luis Fonsi wearing the new Hublot Big Bang Luis Fonsi Sapphire
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Fonsi graciously took to the stage following De La Croix’s heartwarming speech about the friendship the two have shared over the years, and the incredible philanthropic initiatives that Fonsi has tirelessly continued to do over the years, making a hugely positive impact on Puerto Rico. Fonsi thanked De La Croix for his generosity and Haute Living for the cover story, which he mentioned he enjoyed very much. He also acknowledged his friends in attendance, professional basketball player Carlos Arroyo and MLB player formerly of the New York Yankees Jorge Posada—both also from Puerto Rico.
Luis Fonsi addresses the crowd
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Jorge Posada & Carlos Arroyo
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As his speech wrapped, Fonsi’s widely-acclaimed and world-renowned hit song “Despacito” started to blast through the speakers, bringing guests to their feet. Simultaneously, a parade led by El Tucán staff made its way through the dining tables, with several bottles of Dom Pérignon Champagne and sparklers in tow. Fonsi took to the microphone to lend his voice to his own song, much to everybody’s delight. Later on, artists Super Buddha, Alquimia and Gilda Garza gifted Fonsi with custom pieces, as well.
Luis Fonsi sings ‘Despacito’
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Dom Pérignon parade
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Kamal Hotchandani, Luis Fonsi and Rick De La Croix
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As Champagne bottles were popped and the star’s hit records continued to play through the speakers, oversized dessert platters were served to each table. The incredible evening continued into the late hours of the night, celebrating one of the most influential Latin singers of all time—not just for his countless professional accomplishments and accolades, but also for his most impactful work: the work he continues for his country.
Martin Fuentes, Kamal Hotchandani, Thomas Guillaume
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Paige Mastrandrea, Luis Fonsi
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Alquimia and Luis Fonsi
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