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October 23, 2012
  • Filly Brown to open Funglode Film Festival
  • DR Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
  • Dominicana Moda 2012
  • Call for action in Puerto Plata
Filly Brown to open Funglode Film Festival
An Indomina Group film, the crowd-pleasing “Filly Brown,” starring Gina Rodriguez and directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, will open the 4th Funglode Film Festival on 14 November at the National Theater, to close on 21 November. Filly Brown has been described as “one of the gems” of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Indomina is building the Pinewood Indomina Studios, a major soundstage facility, in the Dominican Republic, due for completion in 2013 at an estimated cost of US$50 million.
This year the festival is dedicated to Germany. The National Film Agency has launched the Maria Montez Award, with RD$200,000 in prize money. Omar de la Cruz announced that the winner of the first Maria Montez Award is Agliberto Melendez for his legendary film, Pasaje de Ida (One Way Fare) that tells the tragic story of Dominicans taking an illegal boat trip to Puerto Rico.
More than 70 films from around the world will be shown at cinemas in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Cap Cana (Punta Cana) and Nagua. This year, movie fans will also be able to see the work of the 11 finalists of the Dominican Short Film Contest.
DR Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata is preparing for its annual jazz event. Friday, 2 November marks the start of three nights of beach, good music and food and lots of fun on Sosua and Cabarete Beach.
* Friday, 2 November, Parque Mirador, Sosua:
Juan Francisco Ordonez Trio (DR) Guitarras Latinas (Juan Francisco Ordonez, Pancho Amat and Pedro Guzman, RD-Cuba-PR)
* Saturday, 3 November, Cabarete:
Workshops, Seminars, Conference and Master Class, Youth Concerts. Yasser Tejeda & Palotre (DR), Fabrizio Sotti with Ricky Rodriguez and Henry Cole (Italy, PR, USA), Stanley Jordan (USA).
* Sunday, 4 November, Cabarete:
Claudia Acuna with Fabrizio Sotti (Chile, Italy), Cuco Valoy with Ramon Orlando (DR).
See more details at
Dominicana Moda 2012
The leading Dominican fashion event, Dominicana Moda opened on Monday, 22 October at the Hotel Embajador, with several days of fashion shows and exhibits of fashion-related items at the Dominicana Mall. Leonel Lirio, designer of the winning costumes for the Dominican Republic’s only Miss Universe, was in charge of the opening runway show. The Elie Saab show, "Fashion for Help 2012," a benefit, will be the closing event on Saturday, 27 October. Saab made haute couture fashion world headlines after dressing Best Actress Oscar winner Halle Berry in 2002. He is known as a designer for royalty.
This year, leading fashion designers from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Colombia have runway shows, adding to the color of the event. For the event program, see
Call for action in Puerto Plata
Stefan Meister of Ocean World Marina Park & Casino is calling for action to follow the discussions to boost Puerto Plata as a leading Caribbean vacation destination. He pointed out that his company had recently invested in new giant waterslides, a major attraction for the domestic market, as an example of willingness to innovate to respond to the market. In the keynote speech of the POP Discover event in Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Meister mentioned that travel to Puerto Plata had declined from a peak million visitors ten years ago to just 300,000 last year. He urged the government to expand the Santiago-Puerto Plata highway to four lanes, to reduce travel time to half an hour. He said the destination competes with Punta Cana and Samana, both of which have brand new highways and are therefore much more accessible.
He also said the government needed to move ahead and grant all the permits Carnival Corporation needs for the cruise port off Maimon. The port is scheduled to open in 2014.
“Change is the only constant in the world,” he stressed. He said that Puerto Plata and the north coast needed to change, or else risk disappearing as a tourist destination.
Speaking at an event organized by the Puerto Plata Tourism & Cultural Cluster, Meister urged hoteliers to modernize their hotels and to find new alternatives and markets, while calling on tour operators to renew their vehicle fleets and the quality of their excursions, and for all to play their part in revitalizing tourism in the region.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia highlighted the plusses of Puerto Plata, including the Ocean World Park, the cable car, the seafront boulevard and the city itself.
The minister added that President Medina has told him that the first major infrastructure work to be carried out in his government would be the Puerto Plata-Navarrete highway.

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