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Betico Croes Day

Betico Croes DayA day to remember the father of the Aruban nation, Gilberto Francois (Betico) Croes, who was born in Santa Cruz on January 25, 1938. A young ambitious schoolmaster/politician who emerged as the driving force for the next generation towards the realization of our new "Status Aparte" in the Dutch Kingdom. This was achieved in 1985 and made official as of 1st January 1986. Mr. Gilberto François Croes (better known as "Betico Croes") became the modern "liberator" of the Aruban cause, namely to become an independent partner within the Royal Dutch Kingdom.

The most famous quotation by Betico Croes is undoubtedly: "Si mi cai na caminda, gara e bandera y sigui cu e lucha". Translated: If I might go under along the way, pick up the flag and go on with the fight.

Explore Aruban art and history, learn the traditional dance and enjoy a dushi native food.



Masiduri DancersStarting at 5 pm. After the protocol and ceremonial acts a cultural manifestation will take place with several local artists and bands that may end till late hours in the night. There will be kiosks with local food and drinks at the plaza also recreations for the kids.

Date: January 25
Place: Plaza Betico Croes (next to Cas di Cultura)
Time: 5:00 pm


memorial 10k runBetico Croes' hometown of Santa Cruz sponsors an amateur road race through hilly terrain. The circular route takes runners through residential neighborhoods and back to the main intersection of Santa Cruz. Avoiding the hotter hours of the day, the starting pistol sounds at 5:30 p.m.

Route 10K Run: Centro Deportivo Betico Croes in Sta. Cruz - Kas Ariba - Angochi - Coba Lodo - Urataca - Picaron - Wara Wara - Macuarima - Centro Deportivo Betico Croes

Route 6K Fun Walk: Centro Deportivo Betico Croes in Sta. Cruz - Kas Ariba - Urataca - Wara Wara - Macuarima - Centro Deportivo Betico Croes

Open registration through IBiSA Tel. +297 582 4987 or Fax: +297 583 6478 or Email for additional information or registration.

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