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September 22, 2009
  • At the Alcazar, live performances
  • Travel writing awards
  • Michael Jackson Tribute
  • Five Centuries of Defense exhibition
  • Puerto Plata Merengue Festival
At the Alcazar, live performances
The royal family will walk the corridors of the Alcazar once again after more than 400 years. Visitors will find individual actors in full costume playing the roles of First Viceroy of the Americas, Don Diego Colon, his wife Maria de Toledo, their seven children and members of the court on weekdays and on Saturday nights. This is a new must-see experience for Santo Domingo.
Maria de Toledo, niece of the King of Spain, had married Christopher Columbus's son Diego, following the discovery of the new lands. She would travel to Santo Domingo to live in the palace that would be built for the royal family. Construction would begin in 1510, and the family would move in by 1512 and live there until 1577. During this time, as the center of the Spanish court in the Americas, the palace would host the legendary Spanish explorers Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro and Ponce de Leon.
The Alcazar, already a museum of the period, now relives those days.
The costumes are creations by leading Dominican designers Leonel Lirio (known for creating the attire of Miss Dominican Republic in the Miss Universe pageant), Hipolito Pena, Robert Flores, Giannina Azar, Magaly Tiburcio, Jorge Diep, Luis Rivas, Berkola, Carla Carbonell, Luis Dominguez and Carlos de Moya.
Travel writing awards
Diario Libre reporter Vivian Jimenez won the grand prize in the annual travel writing awards organized by Occidental Hotels and the Dominican Travel Writing Association (Adompretur). To celebrate the winners, a dinner was held at the Hotel Embajador, attended by Dominican composer/singer Juan Luis Guerra, who also served as sponsor of the event.
Other winners this year are: Yaniris Lopez of the Listin Diario, in photography; Diulka Perez of Channel 39 in TV; Keidy Rodriguez for a documentary on Santo Domingo Invita (special mention for her camera man Daniel Fernandez). Aridio Perdomo of Hoy in Puerto Plata. TV program Santo Domingo Invita for its 35 years covering the tourism sector. Special mentions were given to Liliana Cepeda for her work in Puro Turismo; Ricardo Rojas for his photography for Diario Libre, and Orlando Barria for his work for the Spanish press agency, EFE.
Juan Ignacio Morales, El Artistico, designed the 2009 trophies.
In addition to the Juan Luis Guerra Foundation, other sponsors were Presidente Beer, Cicom, Grupo Vicini, El Artistico, Banco de Reservas, American Airlines, Omar CD's System, Inventivas y Prosonido, Skene and Don Evento.
Members of the jury were: Altagracia Salazar, Mercedes Castillo, Jose Rafael Vargas, Toni Perez, Arturo Villanueva, Luis Felipe Aquino, Fredy Cruz, Oscar Lopez Reyes, Jose Rafael Sosa, Cesar Perez, Evelyn Diaz and Luis Jose Chavez.
The award began in 2003, when Occidental Hotels sought to recognize the best writing covering Puerto Plata, and dedicated it to Listin Diario correspondent, Epifanio Lantigua. In 2007, the hotel chain signed a strategic alliance with Adompretur to take the award national.
Michael Jackson Tribute

The Michael Jackson tribute show is returning to Teatro La Fiesta at the Jaragua Hotel, Friday, 25 September at 8:30pm, after its initial success. The show is being praised for the local talent and special effects in their versions of "Black or White", "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough", "Human Nature", "Smooth Criminal", "You Are Not Alone", "Dirty Diana" "Billy Jean", "Bad", "Beat It," "Man in the Mirror", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "I'll Be There," "Thriller," "Beat It", "Remember the Time", "Heal the World" and "We Are the World".
Hector Anibal, Frank Ceara, Audrey Campos, Carolina Feliz, Luis Armando Rivera, Carolina Rivas, Robmariel Olea and Victor Ramirez will appear onstage. The orchestra conductor is Luichy Guzman.
Tickets: RD$750, RD$1,000 and RD$1,500.
Five Centuries of Defense exhibition
The Ministry of Culture and the Armed Forces are preparing an exhibition covering 500 years of the history of arms used in the DR. "Five Centuries of Defense," is now open at the Fortaleza Ozama. The exhibition paves the way for the opening of the Arms Museum on the grounds of the Fortaleza Ozama that will feature part of the DR's military history. Fortaleza Ozama. Open 9 am to 6pm. Calle Las Damas, Tel 809 333-8672.
Puerto Plata Merengue Festival
The Puerto Plata Merengue Festival, sponsored by the Brugal rum company, will take place over the weekend of 25, 26 and 27 September at the La Puntilla end of Puerto Plata Malecon, the Atlantic oceanfront boulevard, near the Fortaleza San Felipe. The bill includes performances by Fernando Villalona, Krubanda and El Ciego de Nagua. The Ministry says they hope that a total of 12 bands will be performing live under the stars.

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