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May 19, 2009
  • A strong contender for Miss Universe
  • DR Fashion Week
  • Domino in Russia and DR
  • Responsible Tourism
A strong contender for Miss Universe
1.83 meter tall Miss Dominican Republic 2009, Ada Aimee de la Cruz placed among the 10 semi-finalists of the 2007 Miss World pageant held in China. The 23-year old will now represent the DR in the Miss Universe competition scheduled for Nassau, Bahamas on 23 August. Globalbeauties.com, a leading website covering international beauty pageants, calls De la Cruz "a front-runner" for the Miss Universe crown.
De la Cruz in 2007 also was chosen the Miss World Beach Beauty, Miss Photogenic and Best Smile. She has modeled internationally, participating in events such as the Miami Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Dominicana Moda. She is a graduate of accounting from the state university, UASD.
Global Beauties explains that during the 2007 Miss World pageant, De la Cruz broke a record with the bookmakers, getting a top spot in all of them until she was tied by Miss China, the eventual winner. The website says that she could "very strongly" become the DR's second Miss Universe titleholder. Amelia Vega was chosen in 2003.
De la Cruz was selected to represent the DR at Miss Universe at an event held at the Sans Souci Port facilities in Santo Domingo on 17 May. She grew up in Villa Mella to the north of the capital, but chose to represent her grandparents' province, San Jose de Ocoa in the event.
DR Fashion Week
37 Dominican designers will be presenting their resort and pre-fall collections during the DR Fashion Week set for 2-6 June at the convention hall of the Sans Souci Port on the east bank of the Ozama River in Santo Domingo. The event is part of several that are as of late turning the Dominican Republic into the fashion destination of the Caribbean.
International designers Custo Barcelona (Barcelona), Gustavo Arango (Colombia), Ruben Campos (Chile), Armando Mafud (Mexico), Mariano Toledo (Argentina), Andres Aquino (USA), Rucht D'Oleo (USA) and David Antonio (Puerto Rico) are also coming for the Dominican Republic Fashion Week. Also participating is the European Institute of Design (IED).
New local designers participating in the event are Alicia Dalmau, Miguel Genao, Liz Mendez, Cesarina Castro, Teresa Berroa, Juan Pablo Pappaterra, Marethe Ferreira, Oriett Domenech, Zulia Lestrad, Benito Antonio and a collective of graduate students of the state university of Santo Domingo (UASD) and the Mercy Jaquez Design Institute. Tita Hasbun, organizer of the event, speaks enthusiastically about the renown designers and new designers that are coming together for the event.
Local designers Magaly Tiburcio, Giannina Azar, Marisol Henriquez, Robert Flores, Esteban Martinez, Arcadio Diaz, Diany Mota de Victoria, Jenny Polanco, Martin Polanco, Jorge David, Solange Sagredo, Laura Alvarez, Gabriela Alvarez and Luisian Victoria will be participating. Others are Sanchez & Dominguez, Damaris Taveras, Iris Guaba, Miguel Paulino, Edita Garcia, Glenny Hernandez, Cromcin Dominguez, Eillen Moreno, Luisa Cuevas, Laura Alvarez, Ana Amelia Alvarez, Carla Carbonell, Jacqueline Then, Moldesta Castillo and Larissa Salcedo.
One of the highlights of the event is the expected participation of several top models, including Omahira Mota, Teresa Wajdowics, Yilda Santana, Rosa Gouch and Jeimy Hernandez. During the event, Dominican coveted international modeling star Arlenis Sosa will be honored.
In addition to Tita Hasbun, other event organizers are Jorge Diep, Alex mMacias, Reynaldo Bisono, Angel Garden, Aleyda Abreu, Solange Sagredo and Billy Hasbun.
Domino in Russia and DR
The Dominican Republic participated in the VII Domino World Championship taking place 10-14 May in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Dominican delegation was lead by Jose Dario Arias, president of the Dominican Federation of Domino. The Spain delegation took home both gold prizes - in the pair's and in the singles categories. Unfortunately, the Dominican pair got three "unfair play" warnings and was disqualified.
Nationwide, there are 26 associations. Arias has been incidental in helping the sport organize itself. Until then, domino was played as recreation in barrios and towns. Therea re associations in Barahona, Higuey, San Cristobal, Santo Domingo, Monte Playa, Dajabon, and soon to be incorporated ones in San Pedro de Macoris, Hato Mayor, El Seibo, La Romana, Bonao, San Francisco de Macoris, Puerto Plata, Samana, Santiago Rodriguez, Nagua, Mao and Montecristi. But it is in the barrios of Santo Domingo, where domino is king.
In the nationals to choose the delegation to Russia, 400 experts participated. Arias explained that more than 3 million Dominicans play Domino, making it the most popular national pastime. "Domino is played in the DR everyday, in any place, even under a mango tree," Jose Dario Arias. The Ministry of Sports is supporting the organizational effort at a national level.
Responsible Tourism
First Lady of the DR Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez and the president of the National Association of Hotels & Restaurants Haydee Rainieri recently signed an agreement to promote responsible tourism in the Dominican Republic. The concept stresses quality over quantity. The DR's Responsible Tourism efforts will incorporate both public and private sector support to encourage the country's growing tourism industry to create and support programs that provide jobs for deserving families and sustain the DR's unspoiled natural beauty. For more information, visit: http://beta.primeradama.gob.do/

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