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December 21, 2010
  • First International Bachata Festival
  • The Bannister open for guests
  • Corral de Los Indios among the most important pre-Columbian monuments
  • Ben10 in Santo Domingo
First International Bachata Festival
Finland's leading bachata music promoter, Vesa Parkkari and Rodchata (Rodney Aquino) from San Francisco, USA, are organizing what they call "the First International Bachata Festival" in Santo Domingo. The event coincides with Independence Day and the final days of carnival. Parkkari was honored by the Dominican music association, Amucaba with the title of Bachata Ambassador for his work promoting the music. Aquino, a dance instructor, is a leading promoter of bachata in the US. He was the first to organize a bachata festival in the US.
Highlights of the event are 4 days of workshops, pool parties and activities, a focus on the Dominican way of dancing bachata, and the performance of 3 live bands - Teodoro Reyes, El Pequeno de la Bachata and Melanie. 24-27 February.
The Bannister open for guests
President Leonel Fernandez was in Samana on 15 December to inaugurate Puerto Bahia, a US$100 million hotel and residential development. President of the project, Juan Bancalari said that the first phase calls for a dock with capacity for 107 yachts, an equestrian center, spa and gym, tennis courts, 185 luxury vacation homes, and The Bannister boutique hotel, affiliated to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain. Rates at the hotel start at US$86. Also speaking at the inaugural event were business partner Jose Garcia Armenteros, and Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia.
The project was designed by architect Nicola Fini, of Studio Fini Archittetura.
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Corral de Los Indios among the most important pre-Columbian monuments
Who would have imagined a historic site in the Dominican Republic would be compared to Stonehenge in England, or the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland and the medicine wheels of the American West. Catholic Online says that Corral de los Indios, a pre-Columbian monument located in southwestern San Juan de la Maguana, is like those a universal creation of circular stone ceremonial and an astronomical site.
The Corral de los Indios is located roughly 5 kilometers north of San Juan de la Maguana city. Catholic Online describes it as "among the most important pre-Columbian monuments of the Antilles" but it is a site hardly ever visited by tourists, even domestic tourists.
As reported the corral is composed of a circular clearing some 235 meters diameter, with a 1.50 meter long gray stone with a face carved on one end in the center.
Research on the site is spotty, explaining why there is little buzz about the monument. It's reputed that the site originally had two rows of black stones forming two concentric circles around the center that were destroyed by an irrigation district manager or builder, for the hydraulic works in the Canal Juan de Herrera.
The site suffered further damages in 1918 when Americans during their invasion of the country laid the center stone upright. Between the years of 1960 and 1965, restoration work was done by local historian Emil Boyrie de Moya, returning the center stone to its original condition where it remains today.
It is believed the site was a ceremonial place for the Caonabo and Anacaona Indians as well as an astronomical instrument. It is said that from the center rock astronomical phenomena could be observed and lined up with the outer rings of rock with great precision.
Those traveling to Barahona and Pedernales, can make a detour to San Juan de la Maguana to observe the monument.
Ben10 in Santo Domingo
The National Theater presents Cartoon Network's Ben10 on Thursday, 13 January through Saturday, 15 January. The cartoon that would later become a most popular mobile game will be live at the main hall of the National Theater that weekend. The live show is: Ben10: Battle for the Omnitrix. Tickets are available at the National Theater, Nacional and Jumbo supermarkets, and online at TicketExpress.
The series is about a boy who gets a watch-like alien device attached to his wrist, the Omnitrix, that allows him to turn into alien creatures.
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