We are delighted to present you with a
very special issue this winter. Many
of our readers have heard about the
wonderful beach resort of Varadero,
but are unfamiliar with the nearby city of Matanzas.
Learn about why this beautiful colonial city is known as
the ?Cuban Athens,? and find out about some of the many
interesting places it has to explore. Visit the city?s unique
pharmacy museum, take in a concert at the historic
Teatro Sauto, stroll across one of its many bridges, and
enjoy some of the province?s natural wonders, such as
the Bellamar Caves and Montemar Natural Park.
One of the most important events in Cuba is the Havana
International Trade Fair, and its organizers say the 2012
edition was the largest in the last 10 years. Learn about
how business relations between Cuba and Canada are
becoming increasingly stronger, which was reflected in
the dozens of Canadian companies that participated in
the fair for the first time. Not only is Cuba an attractive
market, it also continues to draw investors.
Another exciting event is the 2012 International Arts
and Crafts Festival, which takes place in Havana every
December. This much-anticipated show and commercial
fair brings together artists, designers and their creations
from all over the world, especially Latin America.
Basketwork, fabrics, costume jewelry, ceramics, shoes,
gold and silver articles, fine arts, fashion shows and more
are all part of this fiesta, and provide a little piece of
culture for everyone to take home.
As always, we bring you information about Cuba?s ongoing
developments in health care. In this issue, learn about
how the CIMEQ medical center?s pain clinic successfully
uses innovative pain management techniques, winning
national and international prestige for its outstanding
work in this area.
?Yo s? puedo? means ?Yes, I Can!? and it is the name of
the adult literacy program that Cuba has shared with
the world, teaching more than six million people in 28
countries how to read and write. Learn how Cuba wiped
out illiteracy in its own country, and how its education
system has met and surpassed the goals of the UNESCO
?Education for All? Program.
It would be unthinkable to come to Cuba without
enjoying its music, and in this issue, we give you an
overview of the emblematic rumba and one of the
island?s best-known bands: Pachito Alonso y sus Kini
Kini. Cubaplus brings you an exclusive interview with
this popular musician.
One of the special features of this edition is our article
on Jos? Mart?, Cuba?s national hero and one of the
greatest poets and writers of the Americas. The article
is the first in a series that we will be running on Mart?
to honor the fact that 2013 marks the 160th anniversary
of his birth.
Once again, we thank you, dear readers, for sharing in
our enjoyment and delight in this beautiful country and
its people, and we invite you to share your experiences