What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Guayacanes' mean?

Find out what Guayacanes means. Guayacanes is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans


A village just to the west of Juan Dolio which is known for its fishing. It is divided into two by the main motorway which runs from Santo Domingo to the very east of the country. On the beach side there is the Caribbean ocean and fish restaurants and then on the other side of the road there are a range of small communities. Guayacanes takes its name from a tree, called the Guayacan, which has wood which is very strong tough and dense. It is also the seat of the local government which includes the town of Juan Dolio and five other villages

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...The police knew he had a gringa (meaning foreign, usually American, but used for all foreign girlfriends) who they assumed had money, so they would arrest him and I would have to pay vastly inflated prices to get him out of jail. The last time he was arrested, in Guayacanes, the fishing village next to Juan Dolio, the police came to let me know and offered to give me a lift to the jail on their motorbikes to release him. They were hoping for a cut of the money I would have to hand over. Three bikes set off ..."

"...strong resemblance to Bluebottle from the Goon Show. He had been a party member for years and knew all of the ins and outs of the political system. He was married to Prieta, meaning ‘black woman’, and they lived in a small block-built house off the main street in Guayacanes, the fishing village next to Juan Dolio. They had four children, and Compres had a weakness for whisky, the casino and leaving his wife, which he did periodically when she would attack him with a frying pan after yet another night at the casino. He was always well dressed, ..."
"...Ingeniero (Engineer) José Luis Bencosme was also heavily involved in politics and very ambitious. Although he lived in the capital he was often in Guayacanes, as there was talk they were going to split it away from San Pedro and make Guayacanes and Juan Dolio into their own municipality. If that happened we would need a Mayor, and José Luis wanted the job. He was involved in the local political scene and looking for ..."

Chapter 6: Back to normal
"...It had been decided to split San Pedro into two and appoint a new Mayor for what was to be called the Municipality of Guayacanes, which was to be made up of seven towns and villages. The largest was Guayacanes, a fishing town where the population was mainly Dominican with some Haitians and a few foreigners. It was on the beach, and there was talk of it being developed into more of a tourist ..."
"...José Luis wanted to be Sindico (Mayor) of Guayacanes and had promised Danilo a good job within the ayuntamiento (council offices), if he was appointed. There were lots of meetings in our house and Danilo tried to raise support for him. Unfortunately, it was up to the President himself to appoint the Mayor and he chose a long ..."
"...roads, municipal police, and local projects, as well as receiving taxes from the area. For example, taxes from all new construction projects, taxes per new bathrooms built, were levied in order to build a sewage system rather than relying on septic tanks. The money flowing into the ayuntamiento of Guayacanes was staggering. ..."
"...Custodio mostly employed his friends from San Pedro in the council. He bought luxury houses and a pineapple farm. He already owned a television station and was able to develop it. The municipality of Guayacanes stayed much as it was before. The roads were mostly dirt tracks, many places had no electricity, no rubbish collection. There were no improvements in street lighting and no new jobs created for the people who lived in the municipality. And as José Luis had not been appointed, Danilo ..."
"... Although Custodio had been appointed the Sindico for Guayacanes, it was not a permanent appointment. There were to be elections for a new Sindico in May 2010, not only in Guayacanes but throughout the country, and at the same time elections for Senators and Deputies (Senadores and Diputados). ..."
"... San Pedro de Macoris is a province with one Senator and five deputies. It was divided into 5 municipalities and it was decided in 2008 to subdivide the municipality of San Pedro itself into two – San Pedro and Guayacanes, bringing the number of municipalites in the province to six. The ..."

Chapter 7: A new dream
"...the relatively rich area of Juan Dolio, and expatriates did not feel safe. Also there were many people living below the poverty line with a lack of basic sanitary conditions, responsible for all sorts of illnesses. We rented a venue for the campaign headquarters on the main motorway through Guayacanes. This would be used for the launch and as headquarters during the campaign. This was the first part of the planning Compres was responsible for, and, as with all of his subsequent plans, it was vastly under budget. I was responsible for raising money and paying suppliers. No one ..."
"...make yet another bar or restaurant. He had also owned the local car wash and we had many political meetings there, but he would change political parties every few months, usually because he felt he was not getting anywhere. Custodio made him head of the Fire Brigade (Bomberos) in Guayacanes and Marcelino became one of Custodio’s men and the main contact between him and Danilo. ..."
"...the car, along with a group of other people I didn’t recognise. The back of the Ford pick-up truck was full of twenty people squashed in and we drove slowly with the motoconchos in convoy, their flags streaming out behind them, honking their horns, down to the headquarters in Guayacanes three miles away, holding up the traffic en route. Over two hundred people were waiting there. I had a lump in my throat when I saw them and walked through them, greeting people and shaking hands. ..."
"...raffle for liquidisers, irons and coffee pots – it was Mother’s Day the following day, another reason why we had gone so far over budget, and there were the usual scuffles from the women, fighting over the winning tickets. There were two bands scheduled to play, Michael Jackson, the Guayacanes version, and a rap singer called el Funky. We left after el Funky finished. ..."
"... straight away. He showered and changed and left with a huge group of supporters to walk through the streets of Guayacanes. Everyone could see he had been released and Danilo wanted to let the people know it had been a political set up and he was still the pre-candidate. The next day, ..."
"...The next major event was held in Guayacanes on a Saturday afternoon. Each of the Party candidates for Sindico and regidor (councillor) were introduced to the crowd and handed their certificate endorsing their nomination to be a pre-candidate. It was an opportunity for the supporters of each candidate to attend, and for people to see who had ..."
"...We started off at the campaign headquarters on the main road and marched through Guayacanes. The number of people taking part in the march was incredible, with Danilo and I at the head. There were drums and everyone singing, ‘Danilo pa’ ayuntamiento’, ‘Danilo for the Town Hall’. As we walked through the narrow streets people came out to watch, or waved from windows or ..."
"...working together all the time to make sure he won. With his understanding of the Dominican people and the country, and my links with the USA and Europe and previous business experience, we thought we should make real progress. While he pursued his plan to build a hospital in Guayacanes, I was canvassing Canadian doctors to send a group to train the local Dominican doctors in emergency medicine. ..."
"...a circus company in the east of the country and they performed at hotels in the resorts of Punta Cana and Bavaro. I talked with Laura and she agreed to put on a free show for us, suitable for children and families. Whilst we wanted to hold it in Guayacanes, where most people lived, there was not a suitable venue and we decided on Los Conucos, the second biggest town in the municipality. Held at the baseball stadium, we arranged for lighting to be installed and hired five hundred plastic chairs. Buses were organised to bring people from other ..."
"...the rest of the morning quietly but was so nervous I was unable to have lunch. The phone rang again. Danilo told me he was winning in all three tables. The tables (mesas) were the equivalent of voting stations, but were situated in one place, at the school in Guayacanes. However, Danilo had been told the opposition were buying cedulas from his supporters to stop them from voting. ..."

Chapter 8: The fight goes on
"...counting the votes was biased in favour of Danilo. Then he said a box of votes had been found on the beach, which had not been counted. These were later found to be from San Pedro, although we had no idea how they ended up on the beach in Guayacanes. ..."
"...Danilo was summoned in front of the Commission and told Guayacanes was now being put on the reserve list. This was a list of municipalities where elections had not been held, but where the Party nominated the candidate. The Commission said if Danilo could obtain a paper from the Attorney General’s office stating he was innocent, and had never been ..."
"...Dominican dance music. As always the volume was the loudest you could imagine. Poor Mum, she hated loud music and it was getting hotter and hotter. Alejandrina German, head of the party Electoral Commission, stepped forward to read out the names of the candidates who had been elected. As Guayacanes came closer and closer we were getting ready to cheer and go wild. Even Mum had her flag ready to wave. ..."
"...a week of more court appearances, more money for Odalis, more running backwards and forwards to the capital, more stress. Danilo had to get papers from here, there and everywhere, and he and the lawyer were either in the capital, or San Pedro, or the local electoral office in Guayacanes. Custodio was doing the same, and tensions were rising. ..."
"...In the end the Camera Contenciosa (the Electoral Court) sent a paper to the local Electoral office in Guayacanes instructing them to register Danilo. At last, after a nail-biting week it was all over. Danilo was the candidate for the PLD. Custodio was not the candidate, and he had lost. Danilo was registered at the main Electoral body (Junta Electoral), and we had only six weeks to go ..."

Chapter 9: La primera dama
"...We started at the campaign headquarters in Guayacanes and drove through the municipality. It took hours. Danilo was waving to everyone, security guards running alongside or hanging off the car, and me shaking hands out of the window. It was very hot and luckily there was a good supply of water and beer, and Barani was organised ..."
"...known as Johncito. He was a member of one of the richest families in the country, originally from the Lebanon. He was married to Sabrina Brugal, from another wealthy family, although the two of them were not often seen together. Johncito had a large house on the beach in Guayacanes and also spent time in the capital. He was not a bad man, and loved parties with his friends and hanging out on the beach. He did not expect to win and his events were tiny compared to ours. But he and his family had money and a lot ..."
"...The Vicinis were another of the influential families in the DR, owners of much of the sugar cane, and most of the land in the municipality. They were planning to build a major financial centre and hotels in Guayacanes, which would mean rehousing at least half of the local population. There had already been strikes and riots as people were evicted from their homes before they were bulldozed. Danilo had promised to help the local people to investigate who held the title to the land, and if they ..."
"... Now friends.” At last, on 6 May, the candidate list came out from the Junta Electoral. It was on the Internet and published in the main national newspaper. And there it was in black and white – PLD candidate for Guayacanes, Danilo Feliz. What a relief it was. The following day we had ..."
"...The following day we had a bandereo, (a bandera is a flag), and our supporters were outside the campaign headquarters, on either side and in the middle of the motorway in Guayacanes. We stood and waved the flags at passing cars. Seemed very strange to me, but it was well attended and no one was run over. In fact, lots of cars joined in by sounding their horns in support. It was fun and apparently an intrinsic part of the final ..."
"...Danilo had been to the capital to pick up a truckload of sports equipment including basketball equipment, boxing gear, baseball bats and gloves. He and his guards drove back and went to Guayacanes to unload it, ready for it to be distributed over the next few days. In the meantime, I was at a meeting in Los Solares, together with Arisleida. She and I came home and began preparing dinner, waiting for Danilo to come back so someone could drive her home ..."
"...The following day we were scheduled to have a large event in the park in Guayacanes, with a raffle, and to hand out the sports equipment. Our team wanted to cancel it as they thought everyone would be too frightened to attend. Danilo insisted on going ahead, and bulletproof vests duly arrived. I assumed they were for him and me but no, they were for ..."
"...We were nearly at the end. There was one final event, the campaign closing ceremony, due to take place on the Thursday before Election Day on the Sunday, and after that no political activity was allowed. It was to be held in the park in the middle of Guayacanes and would be a rally with speeches and a live band. It was due to start at three o’clock, but it was pouring with rain. We arrived in a car with blacked out windows and saw people were sheltering in colmados to get out of the rain. I could ..."

"... Honduras. He is lying, yes?” “No Lindsay, it is true,” he answered wearily. One after another the results came through. All of the places we had sewn up, Hoyo del Toro, Juan Dolio, Los Conucos – all of them for Hazim. We just had to wait for Guayacanes. We lost every one of the six ..."
"... Guayacanes. We lost every one of the six tables in Guayacanes. Every single one. We had lost at every voting table throughout the whole municipality, when we had gone into this election with a massive lead in the polls. What in the name of God had happened? It was unbelievable. All the hard ..."
"... than better. There were four voting stations – Guayacanes, Los Conucos, Hoyo del Toro and finally Juan Dolio. The last three had one voting table each, but as the maximum number of voters per table was 600, Guayacanes had six tables – there were ten tables in all. In total 4000 ..."

Chapter 11: Hope
"...case to be heard, which keeps being delayed for one reason or another, but Danilo says we are safe now. What is past is past. He is at university studying to be a lawyer and wants to concentrate on human rights. He says he may stand for Sindico in Guayacanes again one day – over my dead body! In the meantime I write my blog and work translating, writing articles and giving marketing advice. We keep our heads above water – just. There is hope, there is always hope, and whatever the future holds for us, we will ..."

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