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September 4, 2012
  • Daniel Hernandez to head La Romana hotel association
  • Guibia Beach's baby turtles
  • Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the National Theater
  • Dance at Bellas Artes
Daniel Hernandez to head La Romana hotel association
Daniel Hernandez, general manager of Casa de Campo, is the new president of the La Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association (2012-2014). A graduate of the Universidad Externado hotel school in Colombia, Hernandez has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has worked at La Fontana, Hoteles Royal, Suites Lugano Imperial in Colombia, at the Allegro and Occidental hotel chains in Mexico, and as director of operations of the Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa in Playacar, member of The Leading Hotels of the World. In 2003 he moved to the Dominican Republic to manage the Sunscape Casa del Mar and be regional director for AMResorts for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, prior to being appointed general manager at Casa de Campo in La Romana. He replaces Luis Emilio Rodriguez Amiama, who was recently voted president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores).
The other members of the new board at AHRB are: Daniel Hernandez (Casa de Campo), president; Cristiano Bertelli (Hotel Be Live Canoa), vice president; Ivan Cunillera (Catalonia Gran Dominicus), treasurer; Renzo Chiapello (Viva Wyndham Dominicus), secretary; Amando Pozo (Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus) and Julio Angel Pena (Dreams La Romana), members. Oscar San Martin (Compania de Electricidad de Bayahibe) will represent non-hotel members, and Daniel Flaquer (Tropical Tours) will represent the La Romana-Bayahibe Tourism Cluster (CTRB).
The AHRB was created in 2000 to promote sustainable development in the destination.
Guibia Beach's baby turtles
Since the City Government of Santo Domingo remodeled the sea-front park at Guibia, the area has become very popular with city residents, with hundreds of visits every day. But on Friday, 30 August the beach area of the park received a most unusual visitor. Guiby, the Eretmochelysimbricata turtle was back to lay her eggs. Several conscious citizens, noticing the eggs on the beach, called the Ministry of Environment, and they promptly arrived to safeguard the eggs. As reported by the Presidency, unfortunately the turtle's eggs are falsely considered "potent aphrodisiacs" which has almost led to its extinction.
Experts from the Ministry of Environment, Grupo Jaragua and Intec University took Guiby's eggs to the National Aquarium for incubation. Brothers Miguel and Claudio Martinez Frias, Police First Lieutenant Ramirez Morillo Morillo and Police Sergeant Franklin Chalas are credited with alerting the authorities.
When the biologists arrived, Guiby had already returned to high seas, leaving behind 215 eggs. They suspect the turtle is over 40 years old, and thus say that Guiby is part of the heritage of the city of Santo Domingo. By instinct, this kind of turtle will always return to her place of birth to lay the eggs.
Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the National Theater
Italian-American pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will be playing with the National Symphony Orchestra this coming Wednesday, 26 September, as the Fall Season continues. Maestro Jose Antonio Molina is conducting the orchestra.
The program for Wednesday, 26 September, is:
26 September 2012:
* Jose Antonio Molina (director)/Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
* "At Sunset" by Dominican maestro, the late Jose Dolores Ceron. The piece has also been performed by the London Symphony.
* Dimitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, Op. 70 in E Flat (1945). The concert is described as transparent, pellucid, and one in which a bright mood predominates.
* Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concert No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30. The work, which was composed in 1909, is colloquially known as "Rach 3". Famous for its technical and musical demands on the performer, it has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire.
The season continues with concerts on 10 and 24 October and 7 and 28 November.
Dance at Bellas Artes
The 8th Festival of Contemporary Dance (Edanco) opens at the Palace of the Fine Arts (Bellas Artes) in Santo Domingo on 18 September with performances of contemporary dance through 25 September. This year's program includes dancers from Haiti, Spain, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Canada and the United States.
To back emerging talents, Edanco's program includes the dancers who won the first five places at the Youth Dance Festival held every year during the Santo Domingo Book Fair. This year the festival will pay tribute to Dominican folklorists Nereyda Rodriguez (Fundacion Teatro Popular Danzante) who died last year and her dance partner Mirope Arvelo (Mirito).
The festival is also a time for master classes and workshops led by the visiting artists. See the Expo-Edanco photography exhibit at Bellas Artes, where a select group of photographers present their views on the festival.
The program is:
18-19 September:
* Sara Renelik (Haiti)
* Mopa, Esperame Despierto (Spain)
* Tribute to Nereyda Rodriguez and Mirope Arvelo
20-21 September:
* Christianne Emmanuel Dance Company (Martinique)
* Danza 21 (Puerto Rico)
* Kalus Danza (Colombia)
22-23 September:
* Danza Comun (Colombia)
* Bridge Dance Concept (USA/Canada)
* Prodanco (Dominican Republic)
24-25 September:
* Pique Dance Studio (Canada)
* Danza Joven, Danza Teatro, Mundo Poy and Orestes Amador (Dominican Republic)

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