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24 April 2014
Between 25 April and 3 May, the Patronales celebrations take place at the Town Hall Square (Plaza la Independencia) in Puerto Plata.
The Catholic parishioners celebrate Patronales every year during this period in the honor of their Patron Saint, the holy apostle San Felipe (Filippus).
The celebrations start with a Holy Mass in the cathedral of San Pilipe at which all the notables of Puerto Plata will be present.
Here the queen elected of Patronales will also be blessed by Monsignor Julio Cesar Corniel Amaro, Bishop of Puerto Plata.
Then there is a large-scale parade through the streets of the port city.
The next day there are various activities as performances of music, dance and theater groups.
You will also have the opportunity to visit some exhibitions of visual artists.
23 April 2014
The government department 'el Plan Social de la Presidencia' offered all staff and volunteers who led Semana Santa in the right and safe direction, a food parcel.
The distribution of the parcels is coordinated by Cesar Prieto and supervised by the governor of the province of Puerto Plata, Eridania Llibre Ortiz.
In Sosúa officers of the traffic police, tourist police, soldiers and volunteers of the Civil Guard and the Fire department also received a food parcel.
Food parcels for Semana Santa
22 April 2014
Friday night it was quiet in Sosúa, both on the beach and in the bars, because on Good Friday it is not allowed to play any music.
But Saturday afternoon, the beach was packed.
All the streets surrounding the beach were full of buses that had transported the holidaymakers from Santo Domingo, Santiago and La Vega to Sosúa.
All the rooms were occupied for 100%.
Even more than 100% actually, because in many rooms there were extra beds placed to cope with the many Semana Santa holidaymakers.
On the beach they had set up a dozen tents where visitors (illegally?) had spent the night.
Most visitors brought coolers with food and drinks with them.
But the beach bars where fish was sold, fortunately did good business.
Even the BBQ of Big Daddy was very popular.
The beach bars where foreign tourists usually go to were less fortunate, as not many visited them.
It was a holiday for the Dominicans.
On the beach a volleyball competition was held.
There were several teams from Charamicos, Maranatha, Los Castillos, Cangrejos, Santiago and Santo Domingo who competed for the Sasino trophy.
Aqua Sasino, water producer from Sosúa has this competition, now in its fourth year, organized.
It is also called 'IV Copa Sasino Volleyball'.
Reportedly the match was honorably won by a team from Charamicos with a team from Santo Domingo in second place.
In the evening it was very busy at the Latin Bar, El Flow and Rancho Tipico Bar.
At the Rumba Bar it was quieter.
The next day, on Sunday it was much less crowded on the beach of Sosúa.
The tents were taken down and the buses full of visitors returned back home again at the end of the afternoon.
It was a great party without calamities on the beach.
It went so peaceful on the beach thanks to the efforts of many volunteers from the Civil Guard, the extra police and soldiers.
Unfortunately, there were again some traffic accidents on the highway from Sosúa to Cabarete, with three dead and an unknown number injured this was a damper on the festivities.
21 April 2014
All hotel rooms in Sosúa and Cabarete are booked during Semana Santa.
The cities of Santo Domingo, Santiago and La Vega are deserted.
Everyone goes to the pearl whit beaches during these holidays.
But last Friday, Good Friday, it didn't appear so on the beach of Sosúa, it was still fairly quiet.
There were very few buses parked next to the highway.
The weather was beautiful, so that was not an obstacle and all beach bar owners were ready to welcome the guests.
20 April 2014
In the past weekend, the girls team from the International School of Sosúa became champion of the girl tournament after winning a thrilling final against team Colegio Hostos 1-0.
Star of the match was Natasha Villar who made the winning goal with a rock hard shot in the second half.
The indoor football tournament was held at the sports complex General Gregorio Luperón (Polideportivo) in Puerto Plata.
The organization was in the hands of La Asociación de Futbol de Puerto Plata and the Ministry of Sports.
At the two -day tournament boys and girls team from different schools participated.
The boys team of the International School of Sosúa eventually won the honorable third place in a match against the team Antera Mota School of Puerto Plata.
The indoor football tournament was sponsored by Plaza las Americas, the Ministry of Education, Centro Medico Bournigal, Hielo y Agua Internacional, Ferretería Frank Felipe, Farmacia Popular and the Provincial Government.