Plaza Montecino In Disgrace

The monument dedicated to Fray Antón de Montecinos sits at the entrance of the Rio Ozama, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo. It is one of the first things people see entering the port of Santo Domingo.

The statue of Fray Antón de Montecinos was designed by Mexican sculptor Antonio Castellanos is almost 15 feet (15 meters) tall. It was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government when Lopez Portillo was president of Mexico and was originally inaugurated in 1982.

The monument was completely restored in 2012. The interior was cleaned and had some nice original art work. The exterior was all cleaned and looked beautiful.

From a distance the monument looks beautiful. Close up is another story.

Entrance to the monument Montecino March 20, 2012
Entrance to the monument Montecino March 20, 2012

The grounds were nice and was a perfect place for dogs to run and play. It was a place to be proud of knowing that tourists and Dominicans both had a beautiful monument and nice quiet green Plaza to visit.

Grassy plaza great for dogs to play. July 3, 2013
Grassy plaza great for dogs to play. July 3, 2013

Then the people doing the renovation of the Colonial Zone decided to use the plaza to keep construction materials and dump the stone and other garbage that was removed from the streets for the Renovada Ciudad Colonial project.

Using Plaza Montecino for construction materials November 27, 2013
Using Plaza Montecino for construction materials November 27, 2013

And now the beautiful green plaza is a garbage dump. There are slimy water puddles that are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There are paths between the piles of garbage. The perfect place for crimes to happen and people to hide.
Plaza Montecinos garbage dump July 31, 2016
Plaza Montecinos garbage dump July 31, 2016

Storing left over renovation supplies July 31, 2016
Storing left over renovation supplies July 31, 2016

Trash piled high July 31, 2016
Trash piled high July 31, 2016





The back side of Plaza Montecino was also a nice green spot.
Plaza Montecino December 2, 2012
Plaza Montecino December 2, 2012

Looking out at the grounds of the Plaza March 20, 2012
Looking out at the grounds of the Plaza March 20, 2012
Green Plaza November 24, 2013
Green Plaza November 24, 2013

Now this beautiful Plaza is pilled high with old bricks, stones, dirt and who knows what else in under all the trees and brush growing on the stone mounds.

Storage for millions of pesos in building supplies July 31, 2016
Storage for millions of pesos in building supplies July 31, 2016
Garbage dump July 31, 2016
Garbage dump July 31, 2016

trash piles July 31, 2016
trash piles July 31, 2016

The limestone and concrete structure, designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vásquez, was being compromised by a tree growing on the side of the building. We contacted the people in charge of the monuments of the Colonial Zone and advised them about a tree that was growing out of the wall of the monument. The roots were starting to break the wall. I sent them this picture July 21, 2013.
Tree growing out of the wall of the structure July 21, 2013
Tree growing out of the wall of the structure July 21, 2013

Again a few years later (May 3, 2015) I advised them that the wall was cracking and before the integrity of the structure was compromised they really needed to remove that tree.

Wall cracking May 3, 2015
Wall cracking May 3, 2015

Today that tree is STILL growing covering the wall entirely. Am I the only person who cares?

The tree today July 31, 2016
The tree today July 31, 2016
The tree and broken wall  today July 31, 2016
The tree and broken wall today July 31, 2016

I am so sad and angry when I see what has happened to Plaza Montecino. All the money used to restore the monument in 2012 and 4 years later it is a disgrace. I heard storied that they are going to restore the monument. I have to ask Why? Isn’t it easier and less expensive to do maintenance after a place is restored instead of doing the restoration work and never paying attention to the project again? Four years after all the money was spent to restore and it is now a trash dump. A large tree breaking the wall that could have been cut away when it was just a seedling.

The monument has seen two murders happen inside that I know of, there probably have been more. It is dangerous to enter once again. There used to be guards now nothing. It is the perfect place for drugs and sex.

What kind of historical city are we? We renovate one part of the Colonial City and make it beautiful while destroying another part of our history. There are no words that can describe the sadness I feel when I see this happen.

Shame on you restoration workers for dishonoring our history and our city.

More history and information about the Monument and Plaza dedicated to Fray Antón de Montecinos. http://www.colonialzone-dr.com/people-montecino.html



World-Wide Festival of Music 2016

Two days of music in the Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo.

The Fête de la Musique is open to all types of music and is a family event for young, old and everyone in between.

The Music Festival returns with a new formula!

Friday June 17, 2016 there will be music in private spaces such as hotels, cultural centers, bars and restaurants with free concerts and activities related to music.

Fiesta de la Música Friday, 17, 2016
Fiesta de la Música Friday, 17, 2016

Saturday June 18, 2016 there will be music in various public spaces with free outdoor concerts.

Fiesta de la Música Saturday 18, 2016
Fiesta de la Música Saturday 18, 2016

Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. The Festival is considered as the world’s largest, already present in more than 700 cities in the world. It is celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.

The Alianza Française de Santo Domingo web site with more information about the festival and the bands. http://www.afsd.net/index.php/16-contenidos-menu/culturales/agenda/238-fiesta-de-la-musica-2016

More information in French, Spanish and English http://fetedelamusique.culture.fr

3nd Festival Marisco Ripiao in Sanchez

The Festival Marisco Ripiao is held to celebrate the historical relevance of Sanchez, the local cuisine and to celebrate the musical culture of this region, Perico Ripiao, and to being attention to the conservation of marine life of Samana Bay.

El Festival Marisco Ripiao es un festival sobre la relevancia histórica de Sánchez, la gastronomía local y el rescate de la cultura musical de esta región como es el Perico Ripiao, y la conservación de los recuros marinos de ls Bahía de Samaná.

The Third Annual Cultural Festival, Marisco Ripiao / 3er Festival del Marisco Ripiao
The Third Annual Cultural Festival, Marisco Ripiao / 3er Festival del Marisco Ripiao

The festival is held in Sánchez, Samaná in the Plazoleta del Muelle. Friday June 17, 18 and 19, 2016. Fridays hours are from 6 to 11PM, Saturday from noon to 11PM and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM.

The focus is to increase knowledge about Sanchez and it’s role in the history, culture and economy of the country. Also to help increase awareness for the conservation of natural resources and adaptation to climate change in the area including the Parque Nacional Manglares del Bajo Yuna / Mangroves National Park and Parque Nacional Los Haitises / Los Haitises National Park.
Talks / mini-workshops on local culture and history and conservation of natural resources

Some of the fun, entertaining and educational events include:
*“Cooking show” with known local and international chefs
*Ballet Folklorico
*Music Perico Ripiao
*Sale of traditional food, seafood, breads, sweets
*Sale of local crafts
*Activitirs for children
*Exhibitions on the conservation of natural resources and climate change
*Exhibitions on local culture and tourism in the Samana peninsula

Organizers include –
*The Center for Conservation and Eco Samana Bay / El Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná (CEBSE)
* The Fishermen Cooperative of San Lorenzo, Sánchez / Cooperativa de Pescadores de San Lorenzo, Sánchez
* Festival Marisco Ripiao Organizing Committee / Comité Organizador Festival Marisco Ripiao
…in cooperation with the City of Sanchez / en cooperación con el Ayuntamiento de Sánchez

For more information visit their web site
www.mariscoripiao.com
or the Facebook page
www.facebook.com/festivalmariscoripiao

A little history…
“Sánchez was founded in 1886 and soon became a center of commerce for the Dominican Republic, as it was a maritime town with a very active port. It was the home of a train that connected the town directly to La Vega and the interior of the country. It was also home to The Royal Bank of Canada, the first bank in the country. The town is known for its picturesque Victorian houses, many of which still exist today. Sánchez is the primary entry way for excursions to the Los Haitises National Park and the mangrove laden tropical rivers of Barracote, Yuna and Colorado.”

National Hero Passes

Antonio Imbert Barrera was born on December 3, 1920 in Puerto Plata.

Barrera joined the military at an early age and was declared “National Hero” and was awarded the rank of General Advitam.

He was admired and thanked for his courageous acts that resulted in the death of the tyrant Rafael L. Trujillo Molina on May 30, 1961, thus opening the doors to freedom and democracy. Barrera was the last survivor of the plot against Trujillo.

He led one of the battles in the conflict by the constitutionalism government led by Colonel Francisco Caamaño, trying to replace Juan Bosch in office. His faction, called Gobierno de Reconstrucción Nacional / Government of National Reconstruction, was backed by US troops intervening. He signed the declaration of peace that ended the Guerra de Abril / War of April.

He was Secretary of the Fuerzas Armadas / Armed Forces from 1986 to 1988.

Appointed Presidente del Consejo de Administración de la Rosario Dominicana / Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Rosario in 1989.

Barrera was also awarded the Orden al Mérito / Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella.

President Danilo Medina decreed three days of national mourning concluding on Friday June 3, 2016.

The national hero Antonio Imbert Barrera died around 4AM on Tuesday, May 31st affected by low blood pressure. He was 95 years old.

The remains of the national hero will be buried in the cemetery Puerta del Cielo.

There was a mass at the Catedral Primada de América that was attended by President Danilo Medina. The picture is of the presidential caravan arriving at the Cathedral.

Presidente arrives at the Catedral.
Presidente arrives at the Catedral.

Military March In Honor Of General Antonio Imbert Barrera that passed down Calle Padre Billini in the Zona Colonial.

Military March In Honor Of General Antonio Imbert Barrera
Military March In Honor Of General Antonio Imbert Barrera




www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2011/03/21/181829/biografia-de-antonio-imbert-barrera

www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2016/06/01/421316/gobierno-declara-tres-dias-de-duelo-nacional-a-partir-de-hoy

Newest Monument To Honor Mella

A new monument has been added to the Colonial Zones list of many monuments. This is a new statue of one of the Founding Fathers of Dominican Republic, General Matías Ramón Mella. It was placed to commemorate the day of his birth on February 25th.

Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella - Plaza Patriótica at Puerta de la Misericordia
Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella – Plaza Patriótica at Puerta de la Misericordia

The new monument is located at the Puerta de la Misericordia/ Gate of Mercy on Calle Palo Hincado and the corner of Calle Arzobispo Portes along the far wall of the Colonial City. (see map #72). This new statue replaces the bust of Mella that was located in the same plaza)

Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella - Padre de la Patria
Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella – Padre de la Patria




The inscription on the statue reads:

Plaza Patriótica
General Matías Ramón Mella
25 de Febrero de 1816 – 4 de Junio de 1864

En homenaje al Padre de la Patria,
General Matías Ramón Mella
Héroe de la Independencia y de la
Restauración de la República Dominicana,
considerado el más grande genio y
estratega militar dominicano
de todos los tiempos.
Político liberal. Independentista eterno.

CPEP
Comision Permanente
De Efemerides Patrias

Proyecto Patriótico de Cultura Cívica
Foundación Luces y Sombras

Bicentenario de su natancio
25 Febrero 2016

Gobierno Constitucional
Lic. Danilo Medina Sánchez
2012-2016

Monument honoring Matías Ramón Mella, Padre de la Patria
Monument honoring Matías Ramón Mella, Padre de la Patria

Translation of the inscription:
In homage to the Father of the Nation,
General Matias Ramon Mella
Hero of the Independence and
Restoration of the Dominican Republic,
considered the greatest genius and
Dominican military strategist
of all times.
Political freedom. Eternal Independence.


Noche Larga de los Museos – Primavera 2016

Noche Larga de los Museos Versión Primavera, Sábado 02 de abril 2016 / Long Night of Museums Spring Version, Saturday April 2, 2016.

Noche Larga de los Museos Primavera April 2, 2016
Noche Larga de los Museos Primavera April 2, 2016

It’s time again for the popular event to happen here in the Colonial City. 4 times a year the Ministerio de Cultura opens the museums up for all to see and its free! From 9AM to Midnight are activities all throughout the Zona Colonial. There is music, dancing, lectures, educational programs, poetry, children’s activities, living statues, lights and art. A plethora of culture and activities all in one day..and its FREE!

There will be special presentations by the Ballet Folklórico Dominicano, el Coro de cámara  del Ministerio de Cultura / Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture, Koribe; danza contemporánea / contemporary dance, and DJ music.

Here is the schedule of events happening in Santo Domingo and Santiago in PDF form. programa-Noche-Larga-Museos-Primavera-2016

Merengue singer Geovanny Polanco will be closing the event in Santiago and here in the Ciudad Colonial the closing event is in Plaza España with a presentation by the Ballet Nacional Dominicano.

The museums will be open throughout the day but the big kick-off starts at 6:30 pm at the Museo de las Casas Reales headed by the Ministro de Cultura.




The participating museums include:
*Casa de Tostado
*Fortaleza de Santo Domingo (Ozama)
*Museo Trampolín
*Casas Reales
*Alcázar de Colón
*Centro Cultural Banreservas
*Casa de Teatro
*Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones
*Biblioteca Infantil y Juvenil República Dominicana

Activities and exhibitions at the Capilla de los Remedios
*Plaza María de Toledo
*Plaza Reloj de Sol
*Plaza España

(locations and some information about these monuments in the Colonial Zone visit www.colonialzone-dr.com/sights)

Plus other participation locations:
*Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo
*Faro a Colón, Santo Domingo
*Centro León, Santiago
*Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración, Santiago (this is their first time to participate in the event)