Uses and Advantages of Product Placement

Product placement marketing is becoming extremely popular today because it offers many advantages to all parties involved. Branded entertainment promotions have helped many companies to significantly improve their bottom line, especially when linked to movies with a high success rate. The information below will highlight some of the uses and advantages of product placement.

First, let take a look at exactly what is branded entertainment.

Branded entertainment, sometimes referred to as product placement marketing, is a strategy that is used to infuse branded products into various forms of entertainment. Basically, brands would offer monetary consideration to or pay for producers of films, television shows, web videos, video games and other forms of entertainment to include their products in entertainment presentations.

The emergence of movie product placement strategy has coincided with the diminishing interests in the traditional advertising mediums. Many companies discovered that consumers were not paying attention to traditional advertising media, so product placement was incorporated in their marketing strategy to reach a wider audience. Marketers reinvented their strategies and started to place advertisements in popular movies and television shows to capture consumer’s attention.

Uses and Advantages of Product Placement

When marketers started to use branded entertainment strategies, increasingly more companies were seen promoting their products in popular movies and television shows. These advertisements can be seen in popular films such as James Bond featuring Omega watches; Mission Impossible featuring Apple Macs; Men In Black promoting Ray Ban glasses and many popular television shows such as The Apprentice, Top Chef, Project Runaway and American Idol.

As of such, the branded entertainment strategy became a magic potion for marketers. Due to the major success of advertising in movies and TV shows, the marketers move on to the next level and started to use web videos, video games, music videos and other entertainment mediums.

Product placement marketing offers several advantages to manufacturers, producers and movie stars. From the perspective of the marketers, it provided companies with an opportunity to be associated with famous actors and to use movie footage and stills to conveniently advertise other products. As it pertains to the producers and actors, they earned substantial amount in fees as well as the chance to endorse brands in various film festivals.

Musicians also benefit from branded entertainment in their music videos and lyrics. Most artists use the earnings from these deals to offset the overall cost of producing their music videos.

The marketers are also using the Internet to incorporate product placements in songs that music fans would get from YouTube. In this case, the main advantage is that brands would develop higher retention rates in people’s minds whenever the artists perform at shows and concerts.

Overall, product placement and branded entertainment strategies have proven to be extremely effective as more consumers are linking certain products to the names of famous actors and singers. For this strategy to work, the brands must be featured prominently whilst making subtly appearance in movies, television shows, web videos or video games.

Worthy to Stand – Classic LDS Film

The film Worthy to Stand will be remembered by LDS church members, who watched it back in the 1980s, as the film that had Mike Farrell from the hit television series MASH. Mike Farrell despite popular rumors within the LDS faith, is not a member of the LDS church. Mike Farrell played an elder quorum president who is trying to help a well meaning home teacher in his district to see the value of his home teaching. This home teacher is a lawyer and has very little time for anything but his work, he feels like his efforts to visit the families are worthless and so he decides to ask for a release as a home teacher.

On his last time visiting with one of the families, he is assigned to home teach, the daughter of the family reveals to him that the family is breaking up. Still wanting to give up, he asks for a release until he realizes the error of his ways. He receives a letter one of the sons of the family who is serving a full time mission telling him that he could have made difference in the life of the family. With renewed energy the home teacher decides to try again to help the family. He goes on a camping trip with his bishop and elders quorum president. They decide that it is time to help the family in need. They save the marriage and the family becomes active again.

Although very dated, I used this film in one of my own elders quorum meetings. The class seemed to really like it. This film was a change of pace from the normal LDS films shown. This movie though is really hard to find it is only available in video tape format and can no longer be purchased directly from the LDS church. You can probably pick it up at a Deseret Industries or LDS church library. This film can help inspire home teachers to do better at their calling.

Most home teachers mean well but home teaching can be a challenge because you wonder if you efforts are really worth it, they are worth it. This film shows the fruits of being a good home teacher and how to do it effectively. In recent years another movie about home teaching was made called The Home Teachers which takes a comedic approach to doing ones duty in this special calling.

12 Compelling Facts About Sedona, AZ

Thinking of visiting Sedona but aren’t completely sure? Get to know the city in Arizona a little better first. Whilst having an amazing natural beauty that beckons millions of tourists year-round, Sedona is also a spiritual place with a rich cultural history.

While Sedona houses well-known places of attractions such as Tlaquepaque, the Red Rock State Park and several Verde Valley wineries, it isn’t much fun traveling around the inspiring city without knowing something more than the average tourist.

Here are 12 interesting facts about Sedona that will make you plan your next vacation here.

1. The city of Sedona was named after its first Postmaster’s wife in early 1900’s.

2. Sedona receives an average of 330 days of sunshine in a year. That’s more than Florida, the Sunshine State.

3. Sedona looks amazing when it snows. The red rock formations are dusted with a majestic white.

4. There are more national parks and monuments in Arizona than any other state, and Sedona is near most of them.

5. Sedona has a rich Native American history. Archaeologists have found countless evidences of Paleo-Indians who were the first known humans to encounter Sedona’s region. Around 650 A.D, the Sinagua settled and prospered for several hundred years before abandoning the land for unknown reasons.

6. There is only one McDonald’s in the world with turquoise arches instead of the iconic golden arches, and that’s in Sedona. The trademark yellow clashed with the natural colors of Sedona’s beautiful landscape.

7. Sedona was a hot movie location after the 40’s through to the 70’s. Classic movies like Apache and Billy the Kid were filmed in the area, as well as over sixty other movies.

8. In 2012, the comedy-drama movie Sedona was the first feature film too be filmed completely in Sedona since the 70’s. Cast of the movie include Frances Fisher, Seth Peterson and Barry Corbin.

9. Sedona is known for its spiritual vortexes. A vortex is a funnel-shaped spiraling energy which can emanate a positive force, giving you an uplifting feeling days after you have left the site.

10. Sedona’s canyon walls exhibit nine layers of stone. They date back to different geological periods and span millions of years. The topmost layer

11. The famous red color of the rocks comes from the iron oxide (rust) which have stained the formation over a great period of time.

12. Sedona is a tourist hub with four million people visiting the city every year. Its population is just slightly upwards of 10,000.

One Band, One Sound – The Essence of Teamwork

I was geeked! As I sat in the darkened theater sipping my Coca-Cola and munching on my buttered popcorn, I felt the excitement flowing through me as I awaited the showing of the 20th Century Fox movie “Drumline”. I sat back in my seat and became swept away by the sounds, moves and competition in the film. I enjoyed a stress-free and entertaining afternoon watching Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Jason Weaver, and J. Anthony Brown demonstrate what life is like for a kid “who marches to the beat of his own drum” fit into an environment that required he march to the same beat as his team.

It took a moment for Nick Cannon to connect to the “one band, one sound” philosophy of his marching band. As a matter of fact, it took for his character to be removed from the marching band before he realized that the essence of the “one band, one sound” philosophy was really all about teamwork.

I got a big kick out of that movie! It was a feel good film that not only entertained, yet taught some great lessons, too. I walked away from “Drumline” internalizing the “one band, one sound” philosophy. It made such an impact on me that I recorded it in my journal back in 2005 and now I focus my article on it today.

“One band, one sound” was a clever way to demonstrate to all of us the importance and benefits of teamwork. It can be applied to any and every situation where teamwork is essential in our lives.

“One band, one sound” reminds us that teamwork is the concept of people working together cooperatively to achieve a desired goal.

“One band, one sound” illuminates the importance of the following characteristics that must be present for teamwork to operate successfully, such as:

1) Vision

2) Communication skills

3) Listening skills

4) Initiative

5) Support

6) Focus

7) Trust

8) Collaboration

9) Respect

Vision is needed in order to move our teams from where they are to where we want them to be. Understanding the vision of our team, company or project helps us shift into gear and complete our necessary tasks in order to manifest our dreams into reality.

Communication skills allow our teams to convey information that is easily received and understood. Sharing ideas, providing opinions and giving feedback provides us a chance to state our message so that it is clearly received by our fellow team members.

Listening skills are important because they allow us to show genuine interest in what’s communicated. Whether we inform, update, instruct, demonstrate, or acknowledge, listening skills actively engage us to our teams which in turn helps us to be more connected to the team’s vision.

Initiative is the energy that moves our teams forward and allows the strengths and skills of individual team members to become apparent to the team as a whole. Support provides the assistance our team members give to each other that helps to build bonds within our teams. Focus is necessary to streamline energy and effort of team members toward the ultimate vision of our team, project or company.

Trust helps team members to release inhibitions and openly communicate with one another. It is the motivation behind teams moving forward on one accord. Collaboration connects our team members to each other for a common goal. When trust and vision are present, collaboration joins us together to produce positive results for the team.

Respect carries our teams through challenges and conflicts. It provides us with “an objective, unbiased consideration and regard for the rights, values, beliefs and property” of our team members. No matter if there are personality conflicts or time challenges, respect for each other and the goal of our team helps us to be “one band, one sound”.

Susan M. Heathfield, human resources author with states that “teamwork is something that you do every single day.”

I agree. What we must consider is that not only are the above characteristics necessary for effective teamwork and not only do we do teamwork everyday; but, we must remember to maintain the “one band, one sound” philosophy by:

o Providing on-going training to teach our teams systematic methods for expending energy on a project, task or duty;

o Conducting regular team meetings to review the progress of our projects;

o Holding fun events in addition to business meetings as a way to promote positive connections amongst our team members; and

o Celebrating the success of our teams in public – for others to know and see.

It’s not easy to work with those who are different from you, especially when there are personality conflicts. As was displayed in the movie “Drumline”, personalities can play a part in keeping team members apart. Yet, those differences can also serve as the hidden power to effective teamwork.

Just keep in mind, even though personalities may clash and differences may exist, as long as vision, communication skills, listening skills, initiative, support, focus, trust, collaboration, and respect are present, team members will become “one band, one sound”.

A Review of Boyz N the Hood: Signs Stereotypes and Critical Analysis

Boyz N the Hood is a classic African American film that can be critically analyzed through the lens of race and gender issues in the media. The first thing that I noticed when watching the film through such lens was the usage of common signs throughout the film that were found on the street and around the neighborhood. These signs served as a visual reinforcement to the paths that these young kids were on in the neighborhoods in which they grew up.

For example, immediately after a title card displaying a dismal statistic directly correlating with the theme of Boyz N the Hood was followed by an opening shot of a red “Stop” sign on the street over which an airplane flew past as if to signify the rest of the world is going on not giving a care in a world to the issues that the children in this neighborhood are facing.

There was also a “One-Way” street sign in the background of two shots when the children were either walking to or from school. There was also a glaring red “Wrong Way” sign just before the dead body, which serves as a message that the crime committed is not the right way of doing things, and also a subtle visual hint that these kids are going down a one-way path that can lead them the wrong way in life. To top it off the writer and director made sure to add yellow police caution tape in order to signify to the audience that these types of scenarios in this film and in real life deserve our cautious attention; however, in the film the kids ignored the caution tape which leads to the next few scenes of Trae losing his temper and being sent to live with his dad who teaches him how to use caution and ultimately sets him on a path in which he is able to rise above all the warning signs displayed and reiterated throughout this film indicating that there was only one way, the wrong way, to live and survive in this neighborhood. Near the end of the film, there was one more sign that stood out by the dead bodies of the guys who killed Ricky that highlighted the word exit. However, I was glad to see a title card at the very end of the film with uplifting information stating that Trae went on to college at Morehouse University in Atlanta, GA. The use of the street signs, statistics and written information was always in this movie. Although I had never paid much attention to them before, it could be possible that they served to engrave this powerful message about these Boys who grew up in this neighborhood into my psyche when I since a younger girl watching this film at different stages in my life.

Now that I watched it this week, I was saddened to see the drawing of the elementary school aged students portraying a colored man in a white t-shirt with his hands up facing a what seems to be a black and white police car. This movie was produced back in 1991 and more nearly twenty-five years later in 2015, black men are still being profiled, brutally harassed, and killed by police officers even when they’re hands are up in the air with no weapon on or near their bodies. That hurts.

Addressable stereotypes in this film includes the use of the term Indian as a slip of the tongue by a white female American teacher who quickly corrected her mishap by rephrasing her terminology to Native Americans during her reference regarding the early settlers of America.

Another stereotype perpetuated in this film is that of the Self Hating Black Man portrayed as the African American cop in this film who hates “niggas” like Trae in his own words.

Another issue brought to light in this film focuses on humans with physical disabilities like Little Chris who was stuck in a wheelchair throughout his adult life. Just a dialogue of one word, “Mannn… ,” with a sincere expression of disappointment highlights how people with physical limitations are often left out during a mission by those who are mobile and without limitation as in the scene in which Little Chris sees the rest of his friends drive off to go search for the guys who killed Ricky.

I think that Native Americans are still stereotypically referred to as Indians in the media. However, I think the self-hating black man stereotype is less perpetuated now than it was in the past. Nonetheless, the self-hating black man stereotype has been replaced by other stereotypes about stereotypical features of black men that could cause black men to hate or devalue themselves if left unaddressed.

Finally, I think that thugs in films are often still depicted as violent African Americans and, or minority men who assault people recklessly similar to the stereotypical roles found in Boyz N the Hood depicted by minor African American characters like the youthful teenagers in the gang who stole Ricky’s football when he was a kid.

How To Become A Feminized Cuckold Husband – 3 Tips

Many submissive men dream about becoming a feminized cuckold husband. It is, however, not a dream or fantasy that most men are ever willing to share with their wife. It is potentially humiliating for him and, of course, some wives will consider the fantasy highly unusual. If, though, you are lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys the idea of your fantasy, then the tips in this article will certainly help you.

Tip One: Does She Enjoy The Fantasy?

You must find out if your wife shares your fantasy or could learn to do so. The method to do this that has the least potential for humiliation is to watch a movie with her. What you should do is incorporate a movie about a feminized cuckold husband into your sexual foreplay. Watch the movie together are you both engage in foreplay. How does she respond to the movie? Does it arouse her? Does it repulse her?

Tip Two: Be Feminine

If your wife responds positively to the movie, you can move on to my next tip. Wait until you and your wife engage each other sexually again. Allow your wife to rise to a state of high sexual arousal. What you should then do is confess that you wish to be a feminized cuckold husband. Ask her if she will cuckold and feminize you “for real.” If she needs to know what this means, just explain it to her: You would like her to assume a dominant role in your relationship, to have boyfriends who provide sexual stimulation, and you would like her to feminize you so that she takes away your natural masculinity and makes you act more feminine. If she enjoyed the movie, it is highly possible that she will be very aroused by this idea.

Tip Three: Reassure Her

This is, of course, a very new and unusual relationship for your wife to enter. Having a feminized cuckold husband is not for every woman. What you need to do is reassure your wife that you truly do want this kind of relationship. She will be aroused by the idea but she will also be having deep doubts: will I still love my husband, will he still love me, can I cheat on him? What you need to do is dispel her fears by reassuring her that you are happy to be feminized and cuckolded. What you can even do is try it online at first as an experiment. She can make you more feminine (perhaps by telling you to dress like a woman) and have boyfriends who she chats to online. If this reassures her that you both prefer this type of relationship, then she can progress to meeting men in the real world.

Why THE FOUNTAIN is an Underrated Science Fiction Film

Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was a colossal failure. Its box office receipts were well below its small budget, and the critics found it mediocre.

It was also one of the best science fiction films in the last decade. And here’s why.

A Painting Unlike most films today, The Fountain used very little in the way of computer-generated graphics. And yet the visuals are some of the most interesting and beautiful ever seen in a film. On first viewing, the scenes in deep space stand out as spectacular shows of color and light. These were accomplished by photographing deep sea organisms in three dimensions, and the effect is more splendid than any CG could ever provide.

But the rest of the film is just as gorgeous, in less spectacular ways. The film’s sets were splendidly lit, designed (or chosen), and shot in unique and powerful ways. Even main character Tommy Creo’s (Hugh Jackman) house is transformed into a work of art by Aronofsky’s care and attention.

The film takes place in three periods (past, present, and future). Each period has its own visual look, but is connected with the other two thematically. At one point in the film, Hugh Jackman drives towards a city on a freeway at night. Soon after, in the past, he rides down a dirt road toward a city on a horse. Both visuals are somehow otherwordly and haunting, and clearly designed to reinforce the similarities between the characters Jackman plays in all three periods.

A Poem Aronfosky’s story is deep, complex, and perhaps a little convoluted. Taken as a movie in the sense that we have come to view movies (a vehicle for a story) perhaps the critics are right; It isn’t that amazing.

But this is not a film to be appreciated on the same level as most films. The Fountain is filled with metaphor and intertwined meaning, much of it only loosely connected on a literal level. It is an aesthetic work, but a deeply powerful one with a plethora of meaningful themes and ideas.

The Fountain is a movie that begs repeated viewing. There is much and more to be found here, a veritable treasure trove of meaning. While its plot will never hold up to scrutiny, that’s not really the point.

A Stage Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weiss provide the emotional core of The Fountain. Their acting is by turns intense and powerfully understated, and they utter lines so arch in tone that lesser actors would fail utterly, rendering key moments wooden and unconvincing. They take this arch dialogue and turn it into a prayer of grief, longing, rage, and finally acceptance.

Jackman’s performance alone would make this a movie worth watching. He plays three distinct characters here, and manages to connect them without submerging them all into a single role. He is truly convincing throughout the film, and drives it forward unrelentingly, even in its quieter, more serene moments.

A Song Clint Mansell’s score is so powerful that it seems to comprise almost half the film. He turns from beauty to dark oppression in sure, careful strokes, exploring his melodies in different and uniquely suitable ways throughout the film. His soundtrack is worth hearing by itself-I’ve listened to it repeatedly myself. Combined with the images Aronofsky puts forth onto the screen, it is an aesthetic masterpiece, like the rest of the film.

The movie’s climactic section, scored by Mansell’s Death is the Road to Awe, is something everyone should experience. The end of the song will leave you breathless, a soaring culmination of everything Mansell carefully prepared through the rest of the film.

A Film With The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky has proven that he can create something truly powerful and truly outside the bounds of storytelling and traditional filmmaking. Viewed as a painting, a poem, and a stage, combined thematically and aesthetically, this is a fitting masterpiece for a respected filmmaker.

Teaching Cinematic And Theatrical Technique In The ELA Classroom

Shot framing, camera angle, camera movement, music, sound effects, lighting, color palette, costumes, sets and editing are elements of the theatrical and cinematic arts. They help tell the story of a movie and achieve the emotional impacts sought by filmmakers. The vast majority of students in any classroom will watch many more movies, video games, or television shows than they will read books. Thus, understanding the components of theatrical and cinematic technique is an important skill for any thinking individual in today’s society. English Language Arts teachers will do their students a great favor if they give them the tools with which to understand the screened stories that students will be watching all their lives.

Despite the fact that the recent edition of the Common Core State Standards require that students be taught how to analyze and appreciate media and screen presentations, most ELA teachers find it difficult to obtain effective resources to meet these standards. In fact, showing movies in class can often be a controversial educational technique. There have been too many instances when teachers have used movies to babysit classes. However, the study of screened presentations, the way that today’s students like to consume stories, deserves its place in today’s English Language Arts classroom.

But I’m not trained in cinema! How do I learn enough to teach this lesson? The answer is that there are many resources on the Internet or in the library that provides introductions to the theatrical and cinematic techniques used in movies. Some time with these will give you what you need.

As for the lesson plan, first, present students with a brief introduction to the information on cinematic and theatrical elements in film that you’ve learned from books, the Internet or from courses that you’ve taken. Then work through a movie that students will like but which also bears some relationship with the curriculum. This is easy in an ELA class because all movies utilize many of the devices and elements of fiction in their presentation of the story. The movie can be used to sum up or confirm learning literary elements or devices the class has studied.

The remainder of the unit can be organized in a number of ways. One idea is for teachers to start with a lecture and examples describing some of the more important theatrical and cinematic techniques. In addition, be sure to describe for students the important role of the literary devices and elements in the stories told through film. Almost all movies have a plot, character development, a climax and resolution. Many have motifs, symbols, flashbacks etc.

Then students can be given a cinematic and theatrical elements worksheet to fill out during breaks as the movie progresses. After the first half of the movie has been shown, hold a class discussion about the theatrical, cinematic and literary elements they have seen so far. Talk about how these factors contribute to the story being told by the film.

For the second half of the film, divide the class into groups of no larger than four individuals. Assign each group one of the common theatrical, cinematic or literary elements that is used in the second half of the movie. Ask each group to identify their element as it is used in the film and after the movie is over, to give the class a brief presentation about how the device contributes to the telling of the story.

This is just one of many ways that this important subject can be presented to a class. The point is that screened presentations are the literature of today’s youth. The stories that they love usually no longer come from books, but rather from movies, television, the computer, or video games. ELA teachers will be giving students skills that they can use frequently for the rest of their lives by teaching the devices and techniques of the theatrical and cinematic arts.

Room (2015) Review

What do Josef Fritzl, Ariel Castro, and Old Nick have in common? It is the fact that they all kidnapped young women, placed them in a room, imprisoned them there for a number of years, raped and starved them, but were eventually caught and convicted to life imprisonment. The only difference is that Fritzl and Castro are real people, while Old Nick is a fictional character from Emma Donoghue’s novel, Room, which was subsequently made into a film with the same title. Donoghue’s book was also inspired by the Fritzl case – he kept his own daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.

Watching the film Room, one can’t help but recall the shocking stories of Fritzl and Castro, and the ordeal that the women they kidnapped had to go through.

Room introduces us to Ma (Brie Larson) and her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who just turned five years-old. The room is actually a shed on the backyard of Old Nick’s compound. We learn that Ma is actually Joy Newman who has been in that shed for seven years. When she was seventeen, she was tricked by Old Nick that his dog fell down somewhere and that it needed help. She helped him, but as a result she got trapped. She eventually got pregnant, but she decided to keep her child claiming later in an interview that her son is nobody’s but hers. She has developed a certain co-existence with her captor because he brings necessary items like food and clothes for survival, but for her son, Old Nick is someone you had better stay away from and avoid. Every night when Old Nick comes to sleep with her, she would place Jack in the wardrobe. When Old Nick showed an interest to Jack, she was very protective. They had managed to escape, but after seven years of being caged in a tiny windowless room, Joy found the world too much to take in.

This film does not show the harrowing details of being imprisoned in a room, since it is told from the point of view of a child. One can catch the fragmented cinematic movement in the film as Jack’s playfulness and imagination are emphasized. Proving to be resourceful, Ma used eggshells and tissue rolls as toys for Jack. Ma’s fierce love for her son, Jack allowed the boy to grow up with fondness for literature and much gumption. When Ma came up with a bold plan for escape, it was through Jack that it was materialized. When Ma decided to take an overdosage of pills, it was Jack who discovered her and called for help. That tie that connects the mother and son, akin to an umbilical cord is stressed without so much drama.

Larson and Tremblay gave such outstanding performances here. Tremblay’s acting is so innocent and raw that it feels like he is not acting at all. Joan Allen as Ma’s mother also gave brilliant supporting act by displaying a range of emotions from relief, anger, and guilt. If there is one downside to this film, it is casting William H. Macy as Ma’s Dad. He overplayed the part, and the script could have given him more speaking parts more than just his saying sorry over and over again.

Fritzl, Castro, and Old Nick also have another thing in common. The women they have kidnapped managed to successfully escape and lived to tell their tales. Room will give you a glimpse of what it means to be in their shoes.

Saona Island – The Crown Jewel Of the Dominican Republic

Saona Island is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Dominican Republic. In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire Caribbean, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Fortunately, it is also an easy day trip from Punta Cana, the most popular vacation spot in the Dominican Republic.

Saona Island cannot be accessed by car but boat excursions are offered daily by tour operators and others. The quality of these organized tours varies greatly so you are advised to do some research before choosing the one to go on – or get a solid recommendation from someone who has been on the tour you considering going on.

The stunningly beautiful beaches are the biggest attractions on Saona Island. The most famous beach is called Canto de la Playa. Many movies and commercial directors have filmed scenes on this beach. This includes scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster, “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The white sandy beaches are lined with spectacular groves of coconut trees. When you go, you may be lucky enough to receive a message with coconut oil harvested on the island. Some excursions to the island also provide a barbeque on the beach of delicious traditional Dominican foods.

Another popular attraction on Saona Island is the picturesque village of Mano Juan, located on the southwest side of the island. These are the only people who live on the island and there are only about 400 residents. If you are lucky enough to be on the top rated Saona Island tour, you will be invited to tour the village.The people of Mano Juan are exceptionally friendly and live off the land mostly through subsistence fishing and farming. The only electricity they have is what a few solar panels can provide. As you enter the village, the first thing you will notice is the line of brightly colored wooden houses and buildings. This provides the perfect photo opportunity. You may also get to see the sea turtle conservation project the children of the village are involved with.

Modern day Saona Island is also referred to as “Isla Saona” in the predominantly Spanish speaking Dominican Republic. Increasingly, however, there is a push by Dominicans to call Saona Island “Adamanay,” which is its original indigenous Taino name. The Taino people occupied the island in pre-Columbian times and their language is in the Arawak language family which includes several South American indigenous languages. You may see other phonetic spellings Adamanay as well.

Whatever you personally decide to call Saona Island, I am sure the experience of going there will affect you profoundly. The scenery of the island and the people of Mano Juan will captivate your soul and fill your mind with memories that will live in your heart forever.