The Embassy of the Dominican Republic to Canada and the country’s Permanent Mission to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) performed a folk music show with guitarist and classical composer Martha Joanna de Luna Matteo.
It was a concert broadcast on YouTube marking the 177th anniversary of the country’s independence and a tribute to the heroes who set an example of courage and detachment in creating the shoes of organized Dominican society.
Opening remarks on cultural activism were made by the Dominican Ambassador-Designate to Canada, Michelle Cohen de Friedlander.
Describing diplomat de Luna Matteo, a native of San Pedro de Macorese, she was one of the most virtuous young women she had ever met in the diaspora, as she presented with her brothers Johan and Randy a wonderful collection of folkloric pieces played on the piano, harp, clarinet and flute.
“Under the leadership of President Louis Abenader, we are changing our focus on making the ideal of our founders a reality in the face of the challenges we face as a society that has become part of an increasingly cohesive international community,” the ambassador said.
He also highlighted the focus of the Foreign Minister, Roberto Alvarez, in undertaking proactive and strategic diplomacy on trade, investment and knowledge sharing issues.
“For Dominican, Canada is a major ally, not only because it has become one of the main countries in terms of investing in our economy, but also because nearly a million Canadians join us every year and visit us with quality tourists,” Cohen said.
I emphasize that the warmth, hard work, music, food and beaches of Dominicans make the Dominican Republic a unique country, one that allows voices to be raised and to say to the world: “I love to be a Dominican.