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Dom Rep celebrates 176th independence in style

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Dominican saxophonist, Fendi Sax.
Highlight of the night’s entertainment: the Merengue and Bachata Dance.
Taking a quick moment from the cocktail festivities to acknowledge our lens are Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Lisa Hanna (right); Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Producers Group Jeffrey Hall (centre) and Dominican Republic Ambassador Felix García.
In good company: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and keynote speaker at the independence celebration Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (centre) shares the spotlight with (from left) Hugo Perez, CEO Therrestra Group, Ana Gomez, Dominican Republic Ambassador Félix García, and president of JAMPRO Diane Edwards.
Guests make a beeline to the dance floor to participate in the Carnaval Dance showcase.

THE EMBASSY of the Dominican Republic celebrated its country’s 176 years of independence in fine style at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently. Hosted by Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Jamaica, Felix Garcia Taveras, and his wife, Ana Gomez, more than 300 well-wishers from a wide cross section of the diplomatic, political and business communities converged in the grand ballroom to commemorate the country’s independence from Haiti in February 1844.

The specially invited guests were greeted on the red carpet by Ambassador Garcia and his wife and then ushered into the festivities to the musical styling of Dominican saxophonist Fendi Sax. Once the pleasantries were out of the way, the man of the hour took to the stage to commence the formal proceedings.

Ambassador Garcia expressed delight at organising his first independence day celebration since being assigned ambassador to Jamaica in March 2019.

Special guest for the evening, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith offered her congratulations to the Dominican Republic on its 176 years of independence.

delightful, spirited performances

In keeping with the sharing of the Dominican culture, there were delightful and spirited performances by the Dominican Republic Foreign Ministry cultural group, as well as international recording artiste Tueska. Naturally, the cuisine was the pièce de résistance with the country’s culture on full display - the highlight being the ‘Dominican Sancocho.’ The rest of the night was spent with guests dancing the night away to traditional folk dance, as well as merengue and bachata music.