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May 31, 2005
  • Miss DR makes top three in Miss Universe
  • De Niro film for DR
  • Kiteboarding World Cup 2005
  • DR wins prize in arts and crafts fair
Miss DR makes top three in Miss Universe
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.
See http://www.missuniverse.com/ and http://www.missosology.org/
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.
For more information e-mail [email protected] or visit
http://www.cabareteevents.com
DR wins prize in arts and crafts fair
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 exhibits.

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