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August 9, 2005
  • Ferragamo Golf Tournament for Playa Dorada
  • Update on Hotel Moorea
  • United to Punta Cana
  • Vin Diesel to film in DR
Ferragamo Golf Tournament for Playa Dorada
Massimo Ferragamo, president of Ferragamo USA, will be in Puerto Plata for the 5 November Listin Diario’s Ritmo Social-Ferragamo Golf Tournament. Now in its 5th year, the event will take place at the Playa Dorada Golf Course and will attract Dominican and foreign jet setters. Ferragamo himself will present the awards at a ceremony at the Casa Colonial hotel in Playa Dorada. Casa Colonial is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World selection of hotels.
See http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/demo_gran_casa_colonial_VH.shtml
Update on Hotel Moorea
Diane and Cyril, a young French couple who have lived in the DR for six years, are the new management team that has taken over the eight-room Hotel Moorea Beach in Las Galeras. The hotel also has a two-room apartment for rent. Located on the eastern side of the Samana peninsula, the hotel is an ideal base for excursions to some of Samana’s most famous beaches - Playa Rincon and Playa Fronton – and other attractions. Guests can make use of wireless high-speed satellite system that provides one of the best internet connections in Las Galeras.
For more information, see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/hotel_moorea_beach.shtml
United to Punta Cana
United Airlines will operate a 6 days a week flight to Punta Cana as from 15 December, an attractive regular scheduled connection for those living in the Washington DC and Chicago areas. United Airlines flight 705 will depart Washington-Dulles (IAD) at 6 am, arriving at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) at 7:08 am to leave shortly for Punta Cana on Flight 987 at 8:30 am, arriving at Punta Cana International at 3:06 pm.
Vin Diesel to film in DR
The actor best known as a tough guy action hero was in Santo Domingo over the weekend to attend a concert by his close friend Ja Rule on Sunday, 8 August. He made the news for donning tennis shoes and shorts, riding a bike and touring the city of Santo Domingo “like any normal citizen,” as reported in the local press. He told reporters: “I feel free in the DR.”
An hour later, he held a press conference about his plans to film in the DR. He thrilled reporters by using Dominican slang phrases such as “Ta ‘to” and “como ta mi gente” and “que buena tu ta.”
Also on his agenda were meetings with President Leonel Fernandez and Santo Domingo Mayor Roberto Salcedo. “I cannot explain how good it feels to come to my country. The reason why I say this is my country is that it has something special that many forget. Here there are more persons with European and African ancestry than anywhere else in the world, which makes the Dominican Republic a mecca for all of us who are the result of a mix of races,” he told El Caribe.
Vin Diesel announced he would star in a film telling the story of a Dominican who goes to NY in search of the American Dream.
He said the film would showcase the magic of culture. He also said that he wanted to contribute to promoting the DR as a great place for making movies, as reported in El Caribe.
Vin Diesel is best known for his films “The Fast & the Furious”, “Pitch Black” and “XXX”. He also had major roles in “Boiler Room” and “Saving Private Ryan”, as well as providing the lead voice-over in the Warner Bros. animated movie “The Iron Giant”. He is one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars, and one of the best paid. On the IMDB.com web site, there are three Vin Diesel films listed as in production: Hitman (2007), Rockfish (2007) and Hannibal (2006). A thread on the DR1 forums discusses his visit.
See http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42299&highlight=Diesel

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