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Plaza and Playa Guibia

Plaza and Playa Guibia

Plaza and Playa Güibia is the only beach available for swimming (if you dare) in the city of Santo Domingo. Guibia is a nice place to bring the family for a little fun, exercise or just for some relaxation.

Playa Guibia and the exercise area, on the Caribbean Sea and the Malecon of Santo Domingo
Playa Guibia and the exercise area, on the Caribbean Sea and the Malecon of Santo Domingo

Guibia used to be the place to be during the Trujillo era. There was a casino located next to the beach and it brought in all the rich and famous for some beach time and some fun. Later, for many years, this small beach and plaza were abandoned and forgotten. It was only used by surfers, daring local children looking to cool off and a dog or two.

Playa Guibia on the Caribbean Sea and the Malecon of Santo Domingo
Playa Guibia on the Caribbean Sea and the Malecon of Santo Domingo

President Leonel Fernández inaugurated the “New Guibia”, an area measuring 13,479 square meters, on November 20, 2011. The plaza includes sand volleyball courts, a free gym area, bike path, kiosks that sell foods and beverages, kids play area, Wi-Fi internet connection and stage for concerts and other activities. There is even a gazebo extending out on the Caribbean with a boardwalk leading to it. There is lots of security around to keep it safe for all who visit. They are now working on cleaning up the water so it is safe to swim here again.

Playa Guibia exercise and volleyball area.
Playa Guibia exercise and volleyball area.

*Note that on the weekends and holidays the plaza is usually very crowded and the beach area is full to overflowing. Dogs are permitted when there are no special events happening.

Location

The Malecon, Avenida George Washington, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

Dominican Republic Television

Dominican Republic Television Stations – Live Television / Estaciones Televisión de la República Dominicana – Transmisión En Vivo

Links to many of the online tv stations transmitted live from the Dominican Republic and some from the USA.

Dominican Republic Television channels / Canales de televisión de República Dominicana

Antena Latina 7
Varied programs providing entertainment, information, education and knowledge. Watch online

Bonao tv Canal 12
Live TV from Bonao. Watch online / transmision en vivo

Caribbean Traveling Network Dominicano
Canal 30 de Telecable

CDN Cadena de Noticias Canal 37
Dominican news network with sports and other variety shows. Watch live

CDN Santiago Canal 38
Dominican news network Canal de la Cadena de Noticias Para la Region del Cibao. Watch live

CERTV canal 4
Variety and information channel, aimed at households. Watch live

Color Visión
Their mission is to be the light of the present in terms of the future, educating, entertaining, informing and guiding, promoting the development and entering bold and creative projects to the generation for better opportunities. Transmision en vivo

La voz de Maria
A Catholic channel run by Father Chelo, transmitted from La Vega, R.D

Luna tv canal 53
Luna tv canal 53 Santiago Republica Dominicana

Maimon TV Canal 3
Dominican variety television From Maimón, Bonao, Provincia Monseñor Nouel, en República Dominicana. Watch live

Micro Visión
Channel 10 covers the Central Cibao region focusing on its six provinces reaching over one million viewers. Watch live

Platinium Television
Canal 50 Aster from La Vega. Watch live

Quisqueya TV Canal 17
“Providing public service and the community with educational programming, cultural information and contributes to social and human development of citizens”

Colegio de Gorjón art display. Inserted here just to break up the page.
Colegio de Gorjón art display. Inserted here just to break up the page.

Super Canal
Offers News, Entertainment, Musical Variety, Video Clips, Investigative Reporting, Editorials, Interactive Viewer Feedback, and important Special Programming

Teleantillas
Designed to entertain, inform and educate

Telecentro Canal 13
Varied programming. News, soaps, special events, children’s block and more. Watch live

TV 10 San Juan
The image of the community Cable TV from San Juan de la Maguana. En vivo.

TV Plata Canal 3
News, sports, culture, events and more live 25-4 hours daily. Transmisión en Vivo!

Vegateve
Broadcasts from La Vega through fiber optics to the entire region of Cibao. Click “míranos en tiempo real” to watch live.

Xtremo Vision
Canal 22 de Televisión “The channel that moves you / el canal que te mueve” produced in San Pedro de Macoris. Broadcast live.

Yunavision
From Bonao, Provincia Monseñor Nouel. Watch live

Latin TV stations in USA

Dominican York TV
TV service on the web providing local programs for Hispanics from NY. Ver tv en vivo

Univision.com

Tradition – Marriage, Funeral

Marriage and Funeral Traditions in Dominican Republic

The Marriage and Funeral traditions in Dominican Republic are passed down from generation to generation. Marriage and Wedding traditions are very important. Starting with asking for the hand in marriage, the service and giving of gifts. The same with Funeral traditions. Many traditions, such as the wearing of black, have changed for many. Even though nowadays many modern traditions have seeped into the culture, the old traditions and ways are still honored.

Marriage and Preparing For Marriage Traditions | Funeral Traditions

Marriage/ Matrimoniales Traditions in Dominican Republic

Taking some pre-wedding pictures at Plazolita Padre Billing in the Colonial Zone.
Taking some pre-wedding pictures at Plazolita Padre Billing in the Colonial Zone.

The man usually proposes.

If the couple decides to have a church wedding/ boda and reception then the bride’s family does most of the preparations.

Weddings can be expensive and so some people choose to have smaller gatherings or just marry in civil court.

As of January 2012 The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has trained pastors representing non-Catholic religious denominations to celebrate weddings including the Iglesia Asamblea de Dios, Asamblea de Iglesia Pentecostal, Concilio Cristiano, Iglesia Apostolica Misionera, Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia, Concilio Menonita, Iglesia Metodista Libre, Dios de la Profecia and Asamblea Cristiana. In the past, only a Catholic Church priest could marry a couple. Followers of other Christian religions had to go through a civil marriage process with a Justice of Peace. In the past, anyone wanting to marry outside of the Catholic faith had to marry in a Civil Court or Judges Chamber so they can have all the necessary legal documents. The couple would marry in civil court or in a judge’s chamber the morning of the wedding or even the day before the actual church wedding. Then they could have their ceremony in their chosen religion.

Bridesmaids and large wedding parties are not the norm here. Having a cute little ring bearer and flower girl is. Many times the little ones dress the same as the bride and groom, in smaller scale.

Having “padrinos and madrinas” (godparents of the wedding) is very traditional. The godparents are usually the mother of the groom and the father of the bride and their role is to serve as witnesses. Along with the couple, the godparents also sign the marriage certificate.

Another tradition is to have a child (usually a boy) carry the “arras” or coins on a silver tray. The boy would have 13 coins (they are usually 10 cent coins) that at some point during the ceremony will be passed to the priest. The priest will pass them to the groom and he in turn will pass them to the bride. This exchange signifies that the couple pledges to provide for each other and that material goods are to be shared equally. The whole thing is very symbolic and is quite romantic.

In addition to the flower girl, the ring bearer and the coins bearer, the ceremony also has a child that carries a fancy white bible.

The mother of the groom, escorted by the groom, enters the church first. The mother of the bride then enters escorted by the father of the groom. The wedding party enters next including the children, usually entering in pairs.

Another Dominican tradition is to have what is called a “ceremonia cantada” meaning that every piece of music was actually sung, instead of being just instrumental.

It used to be that Dominican wedding receptions consisted mostly of cake and champagne, along with light appetizers at best. Today, sit down dinners or a party are the style.

There is usually a bachelor party / despedida de soltero and bachelorette party / despedida de soltera. The bridal shower is another tradition.

The vast majority of Dominicans deliver their gifts to the bride’s home before the wedding day. Never take a gift with you to the wedding ceremony or reception.

Taking wedding pictures at the Ruinas del Monistario San Francisco under dark skies.
Taking wedding pictures at the Ruinas del Monistario San Francisco under dark skies.

The church is usually not divided into “bride’s” and “groom’s” sides. So you can sit where you would like.

At the end of the liturgy, a large number of people go to the altar. These are witnesses, and there could be dozens. Asking someone to be a witness is a way of honoring them as a special guest. Family members and friends will be included.

The newly married couple will be the first to exit the church. Do not try to greet them outside. Instead, proceed directly to the reception.

The bride and her father have the first dance. The groom and the bride’s mother join them. Then the entire wedding party and family enter the dance floor. After this then the guests can start dancing.

Most newlywed couples will stay until the end of their party, which could last til 3 AM or later. They are never the first to leave. If you want to leave do not hesitate to leave before the bride and groom. Any time after the meal is socially acceptable, although you are likely to miss quite a party.

There is no tradition about the Groom not seeing the Bride before the wedding. This is when most of the wedding party photographs are taken.

Many of the best locations for picture taking is in the Colonial Zone with all it’s beautiful old buildings, parks and monuments.

Funeral Traditions/ Tradiciones Funerarias

Dominicans show much respect for their dead. A funeral is an event that will gather people together, including family members, who may not have seen each other for a number of years. Inside the chapel it is sedated and reverent, but outside, it is livelier almost reminiscent of a normal social occasion.

A cemetery in the town of Nizao
A cemetery in the town of Nizao

The Wake will continue until 12 noon the next day, followed by burial at the cemetery. It is the family’s choice, some decide to retire at midnight and return the next day around 7AM for the burial.

Many families follow on with a series of memorial masses held for nine (9) consecutive days. This is known as los nueves dias, novenario, or la vela. When and where these masses are to be held will be announced. It is not necessary to go to these masses unless you were a close friend of the person or family, especially if you attended the funeral. One is never expected to attend all the masses unless you want to do so. If you were not able to attend the funeral you should go to one of the masses. You might choose to go to the last one that usually will be announced in the press. This marks the end of the mourning period ceremonies.

The nine days of mourning usually consist of three days of grieving (crying and reminiscing). 3 days of silence (thinking and reverence). The last 3 days are for release (accepting and separating).

To “cumplir” is to act in accordance with the standard social procedures. A person will go to a funeral whether or not it is his desire; it is his duty. To “cumplir” is important in this society. It signifies respect and caring.

Wreaths on graves in Bayahibe.
Wreaths on graves in Bayahibe.

Many of the poorer people are only laid out for 1 day in the home. This is because of the heat and fast decomposition of the body. Also, the caskets usually have a window for viewing. Maybe this is to keep the smell in and bugs out.

Flowers are not expected.

Only good friends and family are expected at the burial.

A picture slide show of the Cementerio Nacional de la Avenida Independencia/ National Cemetery on Avenue Independencia, Santo Domingo.