21 November 2014
Just as the long distance swimmer Marcos Díaz, who swam on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 from the beach of Sosúa to the Acapulco beach at the Malecón of Puerto Plata, Juan Carlos Morales Plá will swim on Saturday, November 29th the same route.
Juan Carlos Morales Plá
Juan Carlos is 47 years old and only amateur swimmer, but he thinks he can accomplish this 17 kilometers swim by the waves of the ocean.
He is not alone, as he is trained and supervised by a team of professionals.
He also receives financial support from the Marcos Díaz Foundation.
So he certainly does not make this route untrained and unprepared mentally.
The tour starts at seven o'clock in the morning on the beach of Charamicos and he will then be expected to arrive, about half past eleven on the beach of El Pueblito Puerto Plata.
Obviously this depends on the currents and the possible high waves.
At El Pueblito, Puerto Plata he will be welcomed by mayors, dignitaries, the press and interested and will be honored.
Honored as sports example for the youth and as an example that with perseverance and willpower much can be accomplished.
20 November 2014
Variao, the band from Puerto Plata consisting of five musicians including one woman, does a gig this Friday night November 21 at the restaurant Parada Típica El Choco.
The well skilled band plays Reggae, Latin Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Bachata and Merengue covers of famous bands.
Although, the band also plays her own compositions.
The Band had also been contracted for the music festival 'Caribbean Limit' for two performances of an hour.
Unfortunately this was cancelled because the band members were involved in a traffic accident.
Fortunately this Friday night we can enjoy a performance of the band in Parada Típica El Choco.
We recommend you to come early in the evening to the restaurant because it will be busy again.
Parada Típica El Choco
19 November 2014
Some 400 participants of the literacy course 1st module recently marched from Colegio Luis Hess in Pedro Clisante to the amphitheater of Casa Marina.
All participants were adorned with orange sash imprinted with 'Quisqueya Aprende Contigo'.
Which means: the entire Dominican population learns with you.
The 400 students had thus successfully completed the first phase of the literacy course.
Quisqueya Aprende Contigo
One of the students came forward and said that this course gave participants access to the world.
From the darkness into the light.
As proof of this, she wrote on a large blackboard, "I'm Dominican and my name is Silverio Antonio Espinal".
Her demonstration was rewarded with loud applause.
At the solemn ceremony heads of different schools in Sosúa and Cabarete, mayor Ilana Neumann, the provincial governor, representatives of the central government and churches were present.
The Literacy plan entitled 'Quisqueya Aprende Contigo' was established by order of President Danilo Medina.
This program is based on the collaboration of thousands of volunteers and commitment.
The aim is that after the 1st phase, at least 85% of the registered illiterates learn to read and write at a basic level and this has now been achieved.
This is a great achievement that all participants and volunteers can be proud of.
18 November 2014
Saturday November 15 the band 'Aly Tupac' did a gig in Tilo's restaurant Orchidee.
The musicians hail from Ecuador and are of Indian descent.
In 1983 the leader of the band decided to change his Spanish name to an Indian name.
He believes his forefathers were Incas and is he very proud of it.
Now he is called Aly Tupac which means 'Hero of the Inca'.
His band Aly Tupac (heroes of the Incas) play all kinds of music styles like bachata, merengue, ballads and salsa.
Besides the piano, guitar, gourd and Guira the pan flute is very important with this band.
Aly Tupac in restaurant Orchidee
Aly Tupac in restaurant Orchidee
The pan flute is after all a typical Indian musical instrument.
So the guests could enjoy the spectacular appearance of this unique band.
The restaurant was already packed with guests early in the evening so some music enthusiasts were a bit disappointed that there were not enough seating space for so many.
By ten o'clock the mood was absolutely great, and there was also plenty of dancing.
Especially the ladies took the lead.
Tilo can look back on a very successful evening.
17 November 2014
Due to the heavy rains last week the small zoo near Cabarete was flooded.
One of the crocodiles named Coco used the opportunity and managed to escape.
The more than 2 meters long animal was then observed around Cabarete in different places.
And Last Thursday some tourists saw the animal walking on the beach.
The staff of the Environmental Service finally succeeded in catching the animal.
The animal had the tourists and residents of Cabarete worried but fortunately no further injuries occured.
The animal could be caught without injury of the animal and was returned to the owner.
Crocodile in Cabarete
For the local TV and radio stations it was big news.