News Letter March 2018


National Anthem and Flag Day
March 18 marked the island’s celebration of National Anthem and Flag Day. Everyone flies their Aruban flags with pride and wear all manner of t-shirts, bandanas, caps and other items adorned with the theme of the flag. The day includes all kinds of fun games and sporting events played all over the island as well as lots of traditional folk music and dance, including the Baile Cinta or ribbon dance – which is very similar to Maypole dances in other cultures where long ribbons are attached to the top of the tall wooden pole and each dancer holds the end of a ribbon, weaving complex patterns as they dance in a circle around the pole. In honor of that holiday, we present here the lyrics of Aruba’s national anthem, Aruba Dushi Tera (Aruba Sweet Land). It’s a waltz composed by Juan Chabaya “Padu” Lampe (music) and Rufo Wever (lyrics). The last stanza was composed by Hubert Booi:
Aruba beloved home
our venerated cradle
though small and simple you may be
you are indeed esteemed.
Oh Aruba dear country
our rock so beloved
our love for you is so strong
that nothing can destroy it. (repeat)
Your beaches so much admired
with palm trees all adorned
your coat of arms and flag
the symbols of our pride!
The greatness of our people
is their great cordiality
that God may guide and preserve
their love for liberty!

Aruba International Half Marathon
This road race has kept growing into a major sporting event on One Happy Island. Once again this year the race sold out. Participants ran nearly the length of the island along the western coast, beginning in the south at Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas and ending in front of Alhambra Casino Aruba in Oranjestad. This year’s event marked the 33rd edition, and we congratulate everyone who participated!

Semana Santa: Happy Easter!
Because Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are all recognized holidays on One Happy Island, we end up with a nice long holiday weekend full of family gatherings and attending church services, but the biggest Easter tradition that has evolved in Aruba is beach camping! Please note that camping on the beaches in front of the Palm Beach resorts is prohibited, but lots of families will be pitching tents in places such as Eagle Beach, Hadicurari Beach and Baby Beach. Happy Easter from all of us at Re/Max Advantage Realty!


Award-Winning Re/Max Aruba Agents at the R4 Global Convention
Three of our agents made a great showing at the recent Re/Max R4 global brand annual convention held in Las Vegas. From left-to-right are Niek de Munck Mortier, Desi Johnson and Edwin Hekman. Desi won an Executive Club award for generating gross commissions in 2017 within the $50,000-$99,000 range while Niek and Edwin both won 100% Club awards for each generating 2017 gross commission in the $100,000-$249,000 range. Keep up the good work, team!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Agent
We are pleased to announce that Kenneth Nahar has joined our growing team of hard-working agents here at ReMax Aruba. He is quick to smile and is ready to help you make your dream of the perfect place in Aruba a reality! Welcome, Kenneth! Remember that with a ReMax Advantage Realty agent serving as your guide, the search for your dream home is about more than making a purchase. It’s about how you will feel when you walk through the front door – the way you can instantly see your life unfolding here to create new memories that will last a lifetime!


ReMax is Named Among the Fast-Growing Franchise Brands by Entrepreneur
In Entrepreneur magazine’s annual listing of the fastest-growing franchises, Re/Max came in at #12. This is the fifth consecutive year Re/Max has appeared on this list, ranking #15 in 2017, #17 in 2016, #45 in 2015 and #16 in 2014. We love being part of a global brand that is on the move!

ReMax is the Real Estate Brand People Think of FIRST!
The hard work and dedication of Re/Max agents around the world keeps paying off in spades. The research is in and shows that when it comes to real estate, the brand that people think of first is Re/Max! 

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