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- Miss DR makes top three in Miss
- De Niro film for DR
- Kiteboarding World Cup 2005
- DR wins prize in arts and crafts
|Miss DR makes top three in Miss
Miss Dominican Republic, six-footer and 22 year old Renata Sone was the second
runner up in the Miss Universe pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand and televised
to audiences in the Western Hemisphere on the evening of 30 May. She came in
third place, behind Miss Puerto Rico and the winner, Miss Canada, Natalie
Glebova. Renata Sone, a psychology graduate who works in education, aspires to
become an international model and her high placement will surely guarantee that
she reaches this goal.
Three Dominicans participated in the 2005 Miss Universe pageant. In addition to
Renata Sone who wore the Dominican banner, others of Dominican origin
represented Italy and Aruba. Italy was represented by DR-born Maria Teresa
Francville, daughter to a Dominican mother and Italian father. This is
Francville's second time representing Italy in the Miss Universe pageant. Aruba
was represented by Luisana Cicilia, daughter to a Dominican mother. In 2003, the
Dominican Republic won its first Miss Universe title with Amelia Vega in Panama.
This year, Claudia Cruz of the DR was the runner up in the Miss World pageant.
Yadira Geara of the DR also recently won the first runner up position in the
International Queen of Coffee pageant held in January in Manizales, Colombia.
|De Niro film for DR
Arturo Rodriguez, director of the National Cinema Department, announced that
scenes of The Good Shepherd directed by Robert De Niro and starring De Niro
himself, Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon will be filmed here this summer. The film
will tell the history of over 40 years in the CIA, through the eyes of James
Wilson, one of its founding officers. Rodriguez said scenes would be filmed in
San Pedro de Macoris, 40 minutes from Santo Domingo. He explained that sets
would be set up to film in the DR scenes from several places in Central America,
Cuba and Leopolville, capital of then Belgian Congo. The film has a US$110
million budget, a large portion of which will go to the actors. This is the
second mega budget Universal Films production announced for the DR. Michael Mann
has confirmed Miami Vice, the movie, would be filmed here this year.
|Kiteboarding World Cup 2005
The PKRA Kiteboarding World Cup 2005, sponsored by Presidente Beer, will take
place 22-26 June in Cabarete, Puerto Plata. This is the third of six stops on
the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association 2005 World Tour. Cabarete is known
for hosting the most spectacular kiteboarding events. Unbelievable conditions
ensure the best in the world will be here to show their stuff. You'll see the
highest air and the latest tricks while competitors go for $36,000 US dollars in
prize money. As anyone who has been to Cabarete knows, this place is what fun in
the sun and kiteboarding dreams are made of. And it doesn't stop when the sun
goes down... The event's nightly parties promise to be hotter than ever. A
separate pre-qualifying event, open to Dominican National riders only, will be
held in front of the Kite Beach Hotel on Kite Beach the weekend prior to the
main event, June 18 & 19. The top six riders — four men and two women – will
proceed into the main event.
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|DR wins prize in arts and crafts
The Dominican Republic stand at the Foire de Paris, a leading European arts and
crafts fair held in the Porte de Versailles exhibition hall of Paris won first
prize in the category Tropical Lands Pavilion last week. The Dominican stand
covered 150 square meters and the theme was a Dominican village, with Victorian
houses from where 12 Dominican artisans exhibited their crafts and a Dominican
restaurant offered Dominican culinary delicacies. The Ministry of Tourism
reported that the Dominican stand was the most voted by those who visited the
trade show. Among the participants were: Manuel Gomez Bolos (Arte Bolos),
Ramieses Nelly (Amborigena), Rosanna Antigua (ArtWork), Cristina Nunez (Xthina),
Ramon Guillen (Nonu Guey), Miguel Pimentel (Formato), Miguel Estrella (Talleres
Estrella), Ana Josefa Sanchez (Puerto Plata Amber Museum), Celina Sosa
(Arelisa), Jorge Caridad (Santo Domingo Amber Museum), Juan Puello (Artesania
Puello) and Rafael Alba (Modus).
An estimated one million people visited the fair that showcased arts and crafts,
music, dance and gastronomy from around the world during its 12 days of