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American Express

American Express

The tendency to the disappearance of physical money is a reality, a transformation that began long time ago with the arrival of the cards, but now is accented with cell phones and latest technologies that will succeed that we move out of cash in the future not very far.

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A weekend in San Martin

A weekend in San Martin

They say that traveling is open your eyes to the beauty of the world. In less than two hours from the International Airport of Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, we can reach the smallest island in the world shared by two nations since 350 years ago. Let’s talk about San Martin if it were a Caribbean Berlin wall, it is divided by an imaginary line agreed in 1648 that is separate in to two symbolically: Sin Maarten, the Dutch side, and St. Martin, its French counterpart.

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Dominican pellizas

Dominican pellizas

On the Duarte highway, that goes north of the island, getting through the heart of Cibao, the central region of the country, we find in the landscape on both sides of this road, colorful carpets sold in makeshift stalls. Called "pellizas" which can be found almost at the entrance to the community of Piedra Blanca at the municipality of Bonao, provoke attention and sometimes it is mandatory to take some pictures, know how they are made off and why not to buy some.

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Dante Cucurullo, a musician by profession

Dante Cucurullo, a musician by profession

THE PAINTER OF SOUNDS

MASTER OF ALL

Synonymous with music, rhythm and passion that could define Dante, son of a musician who born with the gift of having a powerful ear, he does not had an easy life because at that time music was associated with a bohemian life. Such was the talent of his father, a doctor by profession, when he played the piano could attract people around his house like Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Bonao, cultural city of Dominican Republic

Bonao, cultural city of Dominican Republic

The famous Dominican writer Cesar Sanchez says that Bonao, as a mestizo town, is the result of many cultures that have gave this land their wealth as a region and their warmth as a community. Main town of Monsignor Nouel, province that carries the name of a former archbishop of Santo Domingo and former president of the country, acquires its name by the power of the Taino cacique that ran the territorial constituency before the arrival of the Spaniards to the island.

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Monsignor Nouel, the nobleman who became Archbishop of Santo Domingo

Monsignor Nouel, the nobleman who became Archbishop of Santo Domingo

He said that piety, instruction and caution should be values ​​that govern the lives of everyone. Thus, Monsignor Nouel said in many of his letters, with his firm eyes to the crucifix, according to the National Archives of the Nation, that his greatest reward was the welfare of souls.

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Mobile payments: The new commitment to technology

Mobile payments: The new commitment to technology

For millions of people the wallet is becoming something antiquate. Many countries, such as Denmark, are getting prepared to remove transactions in cash from some kind of stores. ¿Why? Easy. Most of the mobiles in the market have the technology to be used as a tool for payment just by bringing the phone to the Point-of-Sale Terminal. Mastercard and Visa said that cellphones could be an interconnected smart terminal of the future like the POS “PosNet” or “LaPos” are right now. Actually, POS has acquired vanguardism characteristics at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona when there was the suggestion that jewels could be used as smart terminals too, as it has been proved by the FF Group (Folli Follie).

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Flying cars are a fact

Flying cars are a fact

What would have happened if Bob Gole and Robert Zemeckis had chosen another car different than DeLorean in Back to the Future? What if the Ghostbusters car had been a 4x4 instead of the Cadillac Miller-Meteor? Science fiction, frequently, exceeds our expectations and makes us imagine the future with vehicles that have two clear characteristics: no pilot driving and they can fly.

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Decorated handmade cookies

Decorated handmade cookies

Candy's funniest face

In the Old World, what today we know as a cookie, was a flat and thin wafer, hard, square and cooked. Its origin dates back to around III BC in Rome, where it was known as a thin biscuit: "bis coctum" in Latin, which means "twice cooked" as an allusion to its low humidity compared to bread or cakes. To make them soft, Romans used to dip them in wine.

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Santo Domingo: Resilient design for Smart cities

Santo Domingo: Resilient design for Smart cities

Two high scale earthquakes took place in Latin American in 2010. Haiti, January, 2010: 7.0-magnitude, 1.3 million displaced and 316,000 deaths. Chile, February, 2010: 8.8-magnitude, 800,000 displaced and more than 500 deaths. A tragic episode that pushed countries of the region to think about resilience design as a way to overcome climatic phenomena, that is, sustainable and innovative structures able to positively face the onslaught of nature.

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Seahorses, Faithful Partners

Seahorses, Faithful Partners

There are around 40 known seahorse species in different sizes and appearance. “The Hippocampus Denise Pigmeo” is a coin-sized seahorse. It is the smallest one. Its orange-colored lumpy skin works as the perfect camouflage in the western pacific. It is the master of disguise. Among other big-sized species, there is one with a big womb which lives around Australia and New Zealand. It is 13-inch long. 

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What is behind yoga movement?

What is behind yoga movement?

Yoga requires an absolute control of breathing. Breathing that must be connected with body movements. That’s the key to ensure that our organism is going to have enough oxygen while it is in physical activity. Oxygen is crucial to obtain the benefits of each pose and deep and conscious breathing combined with movement, helps us to improve the breathing capacity.

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Why do we cry?

Why do we cry?

Pediatric consultation. Mothers from different professions and lifestyles take their children and babies to the specialist. All of them have one thing in common: children crying with intensity. It could be hunger, cold, fear or pain, but they all have the same behavior. First-time moms act alarmed and despaired, while the experienced ones already have a consolidated idea in their subconscious: in the absence of oral language, children cry to ask for the care and attention they require from adults. A mechanism that guarantees their survival. Something that already was analyzed by Darwin in his famous Theory of Evolution.

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Beards are trending

Beards are trending

They emerged from hipsters and lumbersexuales, yes, those who wear check shirts, rustic boots, and sports a groomed beard in a careless style, which project themselves as lumberjacks just arrived from their work (hence the English word "lumber", referring to wooden boards).

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 In search of the eternal youth

In search of the eternal youth

For centuries, the human kind has been searching for an elixir that could keep them eternally young. Science has taken big steps to make this utopia come true. One of these scientific advances that has sort to speak stopped the aging process, it is called “anti-aging treatment”. It is actually a therapy that helps extend the cellular stability of the individual. Experts claim that the moment where such stability reaches its highest metabolic peek is when people are 35 years old.

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Circe Almanzar The Woman of Industry, Female leadership has a new name

Circe Almanzar The Woman of Industry, Female leadership has a new name

A role model of female leadership and catalyst for change, Circe Almanzar, has been vice-president on the Dominican Republic Industries Association since 2004. She is one of the most powerful woman in the country and plays a main role in the decision-making process of the national industry.

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Bellini’s Park Legend

Bellini’s Park Legend

In the Colonial Zone, at Don Francisco Billini Square, the elders still tell to the youngest that the name of this popular leisure space was in honor of Father Billini, a priest who had dedicated his life to Dominican society. It is an emblem of the gratitude from those who were benefited from the good will of this cleric and on the other hand, from those who honored their service and dedication to others.

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Panama 48 hours in the Dubai of America

Panama 48 hours in the Dubai of America

Its contrasts that combine popular streets, traditional restaurants and luxury hotels, as well as its uncontrollable growth, make Panama the so-called Dubai of America. An fascinating destination, less than two hours far from Dominican Republic, to which many airlines offer discounts the whole year, both from Santo Domingo and from Punta Cana.

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Candido Bido A pillar of the maximum representation of Caribbean art

Candido Bido A pillar of the maximum representation of Caribbean art

“I paint stuffs and people from my town…”

This Bido’s quote full of love, patriotism and humility allows us to get closer to his most visceral feeling to know his aesthetic proposal and the speech of the Master of blue, as this legendary artist was also known.

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Riccie Oriach,  The colors of music

Riccie Oriach, The colors of music

Fusion is nowadays present in the new generation of Dominican musicians and song-writers. They keep faith in such a fusion and the authenticity of local rhythm in every Caribbean beat. Riccie Oriach is a living example. He is an artist with a rock ´n roll soul. Sometimes a bit shy, yet with a particular human sensibility that makes his lyrics be somewhat personal, with an acid and satirical sense of humor. He compiles childhood memories and day-to-day anecdotes. He likes including vibrant tropical and colorful characters mixed up with some bachata, merengue, cumbia, gagá, rock, jazz, metal, guaguancó or zarandunga. All these rhythms invite everyone to dance. Music connects so easily with people. The spectators get hypnotized not only by the rhythms, but also with the good vibes of his bandmates.    

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The Mysterious Red River in Dominican Republic

The Mysterious Red River in Dominican Republic

A local legend that makes your creativity fly yet makes you doubtful stays around in the Dominican tradition. It is the Eden´s garden. The story narrates about a young peasant who would aimlessly walk around to quench his thirst but decided to leave it in God´s hands after hiking big mountains and narrowed paths. He glimpsed a beautiful landscape full of fruits and flowers crowned by an amazing crystal-clear water river. Right just behind such a dream place, he found another affluent with a particularity, its water was colored in red. He named this luxuriant orchard “The Valley of God” and the curious river, he called it “Red Creek”.

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Ercilia Pepin, the first female teacher

Ercilia Pepin, the first female teacher

In the middle of the Second Republic while concluding the Restoration of the country in 1865 by the American intervention, Ercilia Pepin was born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1886. Her parents, Jose Pepin and Edelmira Estrella were part of the city’s elite so she had a childhood surrounded by intellectuals and politicians. In fact, she was the niece of the legendary and audacious politician and military Perico Pepin.

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