Automotive History

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Billos Caracas Boys

Billo Frometa left the Dominican Republic for Venezuela on New Year’s Eve 1937, and shortly thereafter was the toast of Caracas with his big, brass-heavy orchestra.  His orchestra played regularly  in  the Roof  Top Garden a prestigious dance club Caracas.  Famous for his boleros, or romantic songs, Billo’s orchestra was fronted by many different popular singers over its long history.

La Vaca Vieja – Billos Caracas Boys

Al Paso – Billos Caracas Boys

Ariel – Billos Caracas Boys

Dominicanito, the Venezuelan Thug

Only in Venezuela will juvenile delinquents boast about their firepower and bad ass attitude on video, to then be uploaded on YouTube. Few things actually disturb or scare me. The video bellow is one of them!  Venezuela has recently become notorious as the murder capital of the world. Corruption, Lack of governmental policy and inefficient governance has allowed crime to run rampant. This video is perhaps the best representation of the obstacle Venezuela needs to overcome.  The blatant disregard for human life is perhaps the most vexing issue, unfortunately kids like the one on the video are becoming more prevalent. Especially  when you have  a head of state that habitually sets a bad example by stealing private property and whimsically throwing opposition members in jail .

Chocolates El Rey

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Chocolates El Rey Is a Venezuelan chocolate manufacturer. The company uses only premium-grade, locally grown raw material in the formulation of all its products. El Rey’s family-run business is one of oldest chocolate manufacturers in Venezuela.

Fair Cacao Exchange

El Rey offers consumers gourmet chocolate made from fairly traded cacao beans direct from small and large-scale growers in Venezuela. El Rey has managed to eliminate all kinds of middlemen, otherwise known as “coyotes”, who pay lowest possible price to growers by establishing Aprocao a democratically run cooperative that pays above market price for its cacao beans. Their trading partners are small growers and large who deal directly with Aprocao without intermediaries. Through Aprocao El Rey teaches growers how to manage the soil in a sustainable agricultural system promoting natural cycles without chemical pesticides or fertilizers and how to ferment each cacao harvest to earn the best price.