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- Jan 20, 2003
There is no feeling to become a separate nation, but there is tremendous pride in being from El Cibao.something_of_the_night said:Any town has more going for them than La Otra Banda, but that's why I only emphasized lo cuaito, as you cibae?os would say.
I had no idea that cibae?os felt that they should be a separate nation. But I do know that Dominicans in general are very trendy.
On a lighter note, will you guys demand that cibae?o speech be taught in public schools? How 'bout government and business dealings, should they be conducted in cibae?o?
Can we come up with a "You might be a cibae?o if...." list?
The rest of us non-cibae?os are proud of you guys.
Ei pipo co?o, some of my best friends are cibae?os!!
In fact, some historians refer to the Cibao as "the Republic of el Cibao" precisely due to the above than average pride people from that region have, compared to Sure?os or those from the east.
Sure?os (those from Azua to the border) have historically had a tendency to be geared more towards Port-au-Prince than to Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo was a backwater until Trujillo came to power and the east is mostly a 20th century phenomenon.
The only place left with a lenghty history of influencing Dominican culture and affairs has been the Cibao with Santiago being the largest town for most of the country's history and Puerto Plata being one of the wealthiest along with Moca, San Francisco, and La Vega.
Cibao culture dominates what is considered mainstream Dominican culture. Despite this, the two regions where people are prideful of being from is the Cibao and la Capital. It's no secret there is a rivalry between the two in just about everything.
It's also no secret that these two regions hold together everything that is to be Dominican and the Dominican Republic itself. Without the Cibao and the Capital, the Dominican Republic is nothing.
Don't worry, just how Scotland and Wales, and Northern Ireland are still stuck with England, so too will the Cibao.
But, as a Scottish friend told me once when I refer to Scotland as part of England "Scotland is Scotland and the England is England. Don't confuse the two."