The 17th of November in the Year of our Lord 2001,during the opening of the IV Caribbean Biennial of Arts, in the city of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic; At about 19.00 hours, during the opening ceremony,after happily listening to the Minister of Culture's endless speech, and being honored with the presence in person of the President of the Glorious Republic himself, I was awarded , in front of a frenzied crowd, a gold medal .