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Miss Dominican Republic, Dalia Fernández visits the Fundación MIR’s girls’ vocational school in La Romana

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dalia fernandez fundacion MIROn Thursday the 26th of January, current Miss Dominican Republic, Dalia Fernández, not only arrived at La Romana as a special guest model for the Badgley Miscka Fashion Show held as part of the Fundación MIR’s Magical Splendor For Life event, but was also invited to take a tour and visit the pupils at Fundación MIR girls school in La Romana – an incredible experience for all!Arriving directly from an event in Santo Domingo and accompanied by Jeimy Hernández, one of Dominican Republic’s top models, Miss Dominican Republic Dalia Fernández visited the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school), where she got to meet many students, as well as get to know the school’s facilities.

Dalia Fernandez visits the Nursing workshop
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On that beautiful afternoon, an excited Dalia walked across the school’s tropical gardens as her guides, Dennis Sánchez, the school’s headmaster and Lyanne Azqueta, director of the Fundación MIR, acquainted a really curious Dalia about school – talking about the new nursing workshops, as well as their academic program and the students abilities and talents.

Dalia Fernandez at the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR
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After the full tour, Dalia was finally guided into the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms where she found classes of about 25 students studying different subjects. Met with a standing ovation, and a polite “Good afternoon” by the littles ones, Dalia was welcomed with great enthusiasm, and not only listened to what they were learning about that day, but also took a few minutes to be photographed with all of the students of 5th grade.

Dalia Fernandez poses with pupils of the Fundación MIR girls’ school
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dalia fernandez fundacion MIRBut the most exciting part of the tour and probably the most funny, was when her guides asked the girls if they’d like an autograph from Miss Dominican Republic…. I believe there was no need for a reply, since they all immediately stood up and before we had even noticed, a group of 25 girls had already gathered around Dalia with a pen and a notebook!

Time flew by, at least for me, and I think it was probably because I was delighted and distracted by so many smiles, happy faces and many dreams in the eyes of these young girls, especially in Dalia’s! As I sneeked into the crowd to get some photos of these wonderful moments, I enjoyed hearing the excited girls asking questions like “Dalia, do you have a facebook?”, or making comments like “Dalia should have won the crown for being so nice to us.” So sweet!

Celebrating Juan Pablo Duarte’s birthday

During her visit, Dalia Fernández was quite interested in talking about how valuable it is to every human being to work hard for what they really want, not only for personal benefit, but for the good of their own society – and as an example and as a way of celebrating his birthday she spoke about Juan Pablo Duarte (the Dominican Republic’s founding father) and manifested that she admires him for giving us Dominicans the right of independence, freedom and live in democracy.

Dalia Fernandez and Lyanne spoke to the girl’s about Juan Pablo Duarte
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About Dalia Fernández

Dalia Fernandez was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. At the age of 22 she competed for and won the crown of Miss Dominican Republic. Although she did not win Miss Universe, she has been invited to numerous important events and was recently invited to participate in the musical video “Baila, Baila!” by cuban artists JenCarlos Canela and Pitbull, along with the Dominican singer El Cata. The video was released worldwide in October 2011 in Miami’s famous program of “Al Rojo Vivo” in Telemundo.

Dalia is currently studying Psycology and if you ask her what has got her to where she is now, she would say:

“You have to perservere. I did and today I represent my country, although I am about to give away the crown for this year’s Miss Dominican Republic, fight for what you want”

— Dalia Fernández

The Fundación MIR

The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).

For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website:

To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!

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