Dominicanos ready to celebrate

POSTED: 02/13/13 12:27 PM

St. Maarten – The members of the Dominican community living on St Maarten will be joining their fellow nationals all over the globe when the Dominican Republic celebrate their 169th  anniversary celebrations and a series of activities has already started with a domino tournament which took place on February, 9 at the John Cooper/Jose Lake Sr Ballpark.

The first big event will take place this Saturday when the traditional Miss Semana Dominicana will take place at the Cultural Center in Philipsburg. On that night in question, six young ladies will be vying for the coveted title.

Three of the girls are 12 years old, two are 13 and one is 16 and they are Kimberly Flores, Odris Supulveda, Georgina Riveria, Zulna Vlaun, Nicole Duinkerk and Adaaniry Heyliger. Arela Jimenez, was the only contestant that expressed her intentions to participate in the senior category and according to the organizers, she will be automatic crowned as the queen in that category. Considering the amount of Dominicanos residing here, that pageant will be well attended.

However, this year’s celebrations will be opened officially with a formal ceremony at the PMIA Hall on Back Street on Wednesday February 20 at 7,00pm and the following day, there will be a church service, also at the PMIA Hall.

The activities will take on a more social twist on Thursday February 21, this is when the dancing will begin and the venue for this is the Port de Plaisance. In accordance with protocol, the national flag of the Dominican Republic will be raised, in front of the Consulate at the head of Back Street and that will take place on February 23 starting at 8.00 a.m.

The PMIA Hall will be the buzzing with activity for the closing ceremony, but the extremely colorful parade is expected to be the usual spectacle and that will take place on Sunday.


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