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July 13, 2010
  • Santo Domingo Merengue Festival
  • Architectural routes in Santo Domingo
  • ASONAHORES to host trade show
  • Never too late to make a difference
Santo Domingo Merengue Festival
The 43rd Santo Domingo Merengue Festival is set for 30 and 31 July and 1 of August at the Plaza Juan Baron of the Malecon. Dancing to live music starts at 7pm with the nightly performances of the folklore ballet of the Ministry of Tourism.
Performing this year are Johnny Ventura, Eddy Herrera, Tono Rosario, Pena Suazo, Rafely, Ramon Orlando, Tito Swing, Rubby Perez. Guest performer from Puerto Rico is Jessica Cristina.
There will be a special segment of music by Cuco Valoy with the musical direction by Ramon Orlando and the participation of Henry Garcia.
The grass roots musicians playing typical merengue this year will be El Prodigio, Wilman Pena, Banda Real.
This year, during the Festival, there will be recognitions to the late composer Luis Kalaff and to Angel Miolan, first director of Tourism.
The Santo Domingo Merengue Festival is sponsored by Brugal Rum.
Architectural routes in Santo Domingo
As part of the celebration of Santo Domingo 2010 American Capital of Culture, the Fundacion Palm has prepared 5 Architectural Routes of Santo Domingo. The tours will be led by leading Dominican architectural experts. These comprehensive tours of Santo Domingo are:
Colonial City. 1 Aug, 10 Oct, 19 Dec.
Gazcue. 15 Aug, 24 Oct.
Contemporary Santo Domingo. 29 Aug, 14 Nov.
Periphery of Santo Domingo. 12 Setember
High Rises in Santo Domingo. 19 Sept, 12 Dec.
Arbaje Tours is responsible for the transportation. The tours cost RD$500 each.
Contact 809 535-4941 or
Read about the tours at
ASONAHORES to host trade show
The National Hotel & Restaurant (Asonahores) Trade Show, the most important event promoting and selling Dominican tourism, will be held at the Convention Center of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel from 25 thru 28 August. The event is an opportunity for buyers and suppliers of tourist services and products to meet for business. There are still some spaces available for exhibitors and tickets are available for buyers up until the first day of the event. The exposition also showcases some of the best Dominican restaurants. The Dominican Republic is Latin American country with the highest percentage of its GDP coming from tourism, said National Hotel and Restaurant Association president, Haydee Kuret de Rainieri, when stressing the importance of the show. In 2009, tourism provided close to 9% of the nation's GDP.
For more information, see
Never too late to make a difference
Cabarete can boast its model community outreach program, DREAM Project's public library, youth music program and 2 adjoining Montessori preschool programs as of this summer. Children from the poorest families in the community now have access to first class education resources, many not even available to children at expensive private schools.
The facilities were opened on 2 July thanks in great measure to the contribution of the Rabinovitch Family.
In these years of global recession, the Rabinovitch Family says it saw in Cabarete's DREAM Project the perfect investment in the future. Family heir Donald Rabinovitch felt that investing in the future of thousands of Dominican children was the best way to honor his father, his mother and the very special life they shared.
When Donald learned of the DREAM Project's campaign to find a small group of visionaries to build the facilities, he knew he had finally found his match.
Over 75 DREAM volunteers that are participating in the annual Guzman Ariza Summer Program participated in the opening ceremonies. And the guest of honor was 92-year old retired public school teacher from the Bronx, Flora Rabinovitch, who traveled from New York to be present at the ceremonies with her son Donald.
The moving moment of the event was when Mrs. Rabinovitch capped off musical and singing performances by the children with the story of what the donation meant for her son, Donald. "There was once a little boy who wanted to see the world and give back to the country he loved so much," she told those in attending. "To the country that gave so much to our people. That little boy was my son Donald and this is how he has accomplished his dream."
The DREAM Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end poverty through sustainable education models in the DR. The organization's 10 different projects are located throughout the North Coast, with its base in the community of Cabarete.
The new Dona Flora and Benjamin Rabinovitch Education Center hosts the annual Summer Camp and School, along with the "Estrellas Jovenes" at-risk youth program, a Montessori Preschool program with over 180 children and the Public Library, which offer thousands the chance to escape from poverty through general literacy programs, computer literacy programs, English programs and many more.
The DREAM Project is all about volunteerism and creating synergies to make a difference for the less fortunate youths in the North Coast.
For more information, please go to or call 809 571-0497.

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