This year's edition of the traditional San Sebastian Street Festivals, which began Thursday in the historic heart of Old San Juan, is dedicated to Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa.

"It's an honor" for the event - which more than 100,000 people are expected to attend - to be dedicated to him, Draco said in an interview with Efe.

"For me, it's emotional for many reasons and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the enormous support in my most difficult moments," Draco said.

The Menudo alumnus announced in April 2011 that he was suffering from cancer, but on Dec. 31 doctors confirmed that the artist is now free of the disease.

The singer of "Esto es vida," "Reza por mi," "Frio," "Vagabundo" and "Blanca mujer," and the writer of several of Ricky Martin's hits, said after overcoming the illness that he felt very grateful to begin a new life.

Draco also announced last week the launching of his next album, "Vida," on which 16 artists collaborated, including Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Calle 13, Juanes, Mana and Jose Feliciano. EFE