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It is shocking the ima­ge of Bra­zil's Na­ti­o­nal Mu­se­um in fla­mes, the to­tal des­truc­ti­on of an arc­hi­tec­tu­ral jewel of the 19th cen­tury, the big­gest mu­se­um of La­tin Ame­ri­ca in na­tu­ral his­tory. Be­cau­se of the ab­surd ne­gli­gen­ce and the bud­get ne­ver ar­ri­ved in ti­me, mo­re than twenty thou­sand pi­e­ces ha­ve be­en lost, which in­clu­ded, among se­ve­ral Egyp­ti­an and pre-co­lum­bi­an mum­mi­es, the ol­dest hu­man fos­sil of the con­ti­nent: Lu­zia, with al­most twel­ve thou­sand ye­ars of exis­ten­ce.

The ener­ge­tic pro­tests in Rio de Ja­nei­ro ha­ve tur­ned out an alert call for tho­se who un­de­res­ti­ma­te the re­al va­lue of guar­ding and main­tai­ning the cul­tu­ral he­ri­ta­ge. It al­so hap­pens at the Ba­ha­mas, whe­re pe­o­ple ac­cu­se the aut­ho­ri­ti­es of tur­ning de­af ears to the ne­ed of pro­tec­ti­on of a for­tress from the Co­lony pe­ri­od which wor­sens day af­ter day in the midd­le of id­le­ness.

The go­od-he­ar­ted pe­o­ple, who de­fend, ke­ep and va­lue the ma­te­ri­al and im­ma­te­ri­al cul­tu­ral he­ri­ta­ge of our na­ti­ons, de­ser­ve gra­ti­tu­de. «A voiceless door gets a louder slam, and the world's still full of voiceless do­ors», as on­ce has writ­ten the Cu­ban po­et Jo­sé Mar­ti in his ar­ti­cle na­med «Los ofi­ci­os de la ala­ban­za». That's why we con­gra­tu­la­te the pre­pa­ra­ti­ons for Pa­na­ma the Old and Ha­va­na's 500 ye­ars, and prai­se for the Ibe­ri­an Pe­nin­su­la's arc­ha­e­o­lo­gi­cal de­po­sit of Me­di­na Aza­ha­ra, which has be­en re­cog­ni­zed as se­at of the Ca­lip­ha­te of Cor­do­ba in the 10th cen­tury, and it is con­si­de­red a uni­que exam­ple of the pro­tec­ted ca­liph city.

From the Ex­ce­llen­ces Group, we con­ti­nue of­fe­ring our ex­pe­ri­en­ce and abi­lity for sup­por­ting this re­marka­ble op­por­tu­nity, to be ce­le­bra­ted on the 15th Au­gust 2019, right when the Isth­mus ca­pi­tal city has re­cei­ved tit­les like La­tin Ame­ri­can Ca­pi­tal City of Cul­tu­re and Cre­a­ti­ve City in Gas­tro­nomy. As mo­del of Ha­va­na's half mi­llen­ni­um his­tory, the­re­fo­re re­al and won­der­ful, in Ex­ce­llen­ces we ha­ve be­en run­ning for two ye­ars a press cam­paign in mo­re than thirty-fi­ve me­dia in six lan­gua­ges. Every we­ek we pu­blish the ope­nings and re­pairs of so­ci­al and ser­vi­ce cen­tres, be­co­ming daily from the next 16th No­vem­ber, when the his­to­ri­cal cen­tre and its for­tress sys­tem we­re the first in­clu­si­on of the Is­land on the World Cul­tu­ral He­ri­ta­ge list, round about 1982.

We are very ple­a­sed of pro­mo­ting the tum­ba fran­ce­sa cul­tu­re, the rum­ba and the Cu­ban pun­to, and re­cog­ni­ti­ons con­fer­red by the UNESCO in 2001, 2016 and 2017. Al­so, Cuba has Tri­ni­dad and the Va­lle de los In­ge­ni­os sin­ce 1988 as World Cul­tu­ral He­ri­ta­ge of Hu­ma­nity, re­a­son why we shall be sup­por­ting the Cu­ra­tor's Of­fi­ce towards the end of Sep­tem­ber, for the Gas­tro­no­mic Se­mi­nary.

Equally the his­to­ri­cal cen­tres of Ci­en­fu­e­gos and Ca­ma­guey, the San Pe­dro de La Ro­ca Cast­le, the De­sem­bar­co del Gran­ma Na­ti­o­nal Park and the arc­ha­e­o­lo­gi­cal lands­ca­pe of the first cof­fee plan­ta­ti­ons south-east the Gre­at Is­land, are Cul­tu­ral He­ri­ta­ge, and the next ye­ar shall be ce­le­bra­ted on its twenty ye­ars the Va­lle de Viña­les.

Now that Ma­tan­zas turns 325 ye­ars, we say fa­rewell with de­ep sad­ness to the No­via de Cuba, the po­e­tess Ca­ril­da Oli­ver La­bra, in me­mory of her most sen­si­ti­ve po­ems, which she re­ci­ted like no one and sha­red on her last in­ter­vi­ew for our group at Cal­za­da of Tirry 87: «When my grand­mot­her ca­me/she brought so­me Spa­nish land, / when my mot­her left/ she to­ok so­me Cu­ban land. / I shall not ke­ep any bit of na­ti­ve land: / I want it all abo­ve my gra­ve».

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