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Villa Elisa to build an obelisk in celebration of its centenary

Cemento PANAM provided the materials for the project by the Villa Elisa Development Association (APRODEVE)

October 26th 2016.- Santiago, Dominican Republic.- In the first week of December, the residents of the Villa Elisa community in the province of Montecristi will be launching their centenary celebrations with the inauguration of a plaza that will be the setting for the anniversary obelisk, according to Víctor Crespo, president of the Villa Elisa Development Association (APRODEVE).

In the final stages of construction, emento PANAM has donated 50 sacks of cement that will be used to complete the plaza, which will also be used for the cultural events as part of the program of celebrations, added Crespo.

As part of the commemorations, they will also be repairing 50 houses that are currently in poor condition, belonging to low-income families living in different parts of the community.



Origins

The first inhabitant of what today is known as Villa Elisa and is now home to 7,430 people, was the lady after whom the town was named, Elisa, who came from Villa Lobos, says Víctor Crespo. In 1916 the Duarte highway was under construction, and Elisa is said to have moved to the area to cook food for the laborers working on the new road.

This small town is also the site of the Villa Elisa Scientific Reserve, declared by means of decree 1863 on April 3rd, 1976 with the aim of protecting one of the Dominican Republic’s rarest species of orchid, Tolumnia henekenii, locally known as “cacatica”. This protected area, which covers an area of 234,000 square meters, is in the Strict Protection Area category.

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