Manila, Philippines – Cuba celebrates today its National Liberation Day. It is an island country in the Caribbean which consists of the island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several smaller islands. Havana is the country’s capital and largest city.
Cuba is one of the largest sugar-producing countries in the world, with sugarcane as its largest crop by volume and value. A second crop of commercial importance is tobacco grown especially in the province of Pinar del Rio.
Relations between Cuba and the Philippines have been in existence for centuries. As early as the 16th century, Filipinos reached Cuba in Spanish ships; Many found their way to Louisiana in the United States of America where they settled by the banks of the Mississippi River. In the 17th century, the Spaniards brought Filipino altar boys, catechism leaders, and church workers to Cuba.
The Philippines and Cuba were both ruled by Spanish for several centuries, which ended at the turn of the 19th century. In 1946, diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Cuba were established.
We congratulate the people and government of Cuba led by Their Excellencies, President Raul Castro Ruz, First Vice President J.R.M. Ventura, Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, and its Embassy in the Philippines headed by H.E. Ambassador Juan Carlos Arencibia Corrales, on the occasion of its National Liberation Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!
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