Mexicans Remember Jose Marti and Jose Maria Heredia

Cuban National Hero, Jose Marti, and poet, Jose Maria Heredia, two exponents of Caribbean literature in 19th century, remain a force today in Mexico through their life and work. Marti has been remembered here 121 years after his death in combat, on May 19, 1895, with many programs during Cuba Week in Mexico.

Cuba Week, held from May 17th to 19th, includes lectures, book launches and film screenings. The event is organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the island’s embassy in Mexico.

Marti's call for independence and continental integration (1853-1895) is still in force today, although he is a little-known author for new generations, Historian, Maria Eugenia del Valle, said.

Del Valle, assistant director of Contemporary History at the Historical Studies department, stated that Jose Maria Heredia, considered the first poet of romanticism in Latin America, was also remembered. Heredia, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 35, arrived in Mexico in 1825.

He was born in Santiago de Cuba on December 31, 1803, and died in Toluca, state of Mexico, on May 21, 1839, although other texts state Mexico City as the place of his death.

He is considered one of the best Cuban bards and received the title of 'Cantor del Niagara', due to his ode of that name. He is best known for his poem 'Himno al Desterrado'. Marti arrived in Veracruz, Mexico, on February 8, 1875, where he was reunited with his family.

He started a close friendship with Manuel Mercado and met Carmen Zayas Bazan. Carmen Zayas Bazan was a woman from Camagüey, Cuba, who later married Marti in the Mexican capital.

'Ismaelillo', 'The Golden Age' and 'Simple Verses' are among Marti’s best known works. Cuba Week began on Tuesday, May 17, with a lecture 'Un Vientre de Compacto Coral' by the cultural counselor at Cuba's embassy, Fidel Antonio Orta.

Juan Formell Memorial House to Be Opened in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba.-The Office of the Curator of the City (OCC) began recetly the renovation on a building in the historic center of Santiago de Cuba devoted to the late musician Juan Formell, who is linked to city by artistic and human ties.

The deputy director of OCC, Ramon Cobas, said that the old building used to house the Washington hotel and is located at the intersection of Aguilera and Gallo. It should be ready by 2017.

Cobas added that a hotel will be opened in front of the memorial house, which will be called Fantasy, referring to Formell's last album as leader of the band Los Van Van.

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Cuban Band Van Van to Tour the US

Havana.- Mythical Cuban orchestra Los Van Van returns with its music to the United States, where during next June and part of July they will carry out presentations in more than 10 states, said the group.

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Cuba´s drill to prepare for disasters a success

Meteoro 2016, a series of nationwide drills aimed at preparing the Island in case of disasters, held this last weekend was a success, according to officials.

The exercise is designed to reduce risks arising from any hydro-meteorological events, earthquakes, tsunamis, spills of hazardous substances and epidemics, and it is held every year, before the beginning of the hurricane season (June 1. November 30)

Cuba is now better able to cope with adverse weather conditions, said the Army Corps General Ramón Espinosa Martín, deputy minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the eastern province of Holguin.

In these 30 years of the Meteoro, the Cuban people have acquired knowledge and awareness of how to deal with the presence of meteorological phenomena, added to the experience acquired during the occurrence of such phenomena in the last three decades on the island, said General.

During the first years we were not speaking of quakes as we do now, but they are actually a danger, especially in the eastern part of Cuba, he said.

Hundreds of drills were carried out throughout the country to test the preparedness to act in case of different kinds of events, like what to do in case of floods, quakes, industrial accidents, plane crash, and others

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