He gave Grupo Excelencias his Premios Cuba 2017

With a gala hosted by the National Theater’s Covarrubias Hall, the Excelencias Group held, on February 22, the seventh edition of the Excelencias Cuba Awards, a well-deserved recognition to figures, organisms and institutions that annually contribute to the development of the island nation in several sectors.

The Excelencias Awards pay tribute to outstanding figures and institutions in a bid to foster excellence in different spheres related to the travel industry, culture, education, gastronomy and society.

The keynote speech was delivered by Jose Carlos de Santiago, President Editor of the Excelencias Group, who thanked attendees and people that help the Excelencias Group achieve its goals. He invited everybody to submit new candidacies to next year’s edition of the awards, always looking for people that benefit society. Jose Carlos de Santiago said that it has been an honor to accompany Cuba and Iberian America in terms of tourism promotion throughout the past 20 years.

The cultural gala was livened up by Polito Ibañez, Mariela Cobos, Haydee Milanes, Cucurucho Valdes, Vocal Renacer, the Symphonic Orchestra of Havana’s Grand Theater, Habana Compas Dance, soprano Milagro de los Angeles and tenor Andres Sanchez.

Since its creation back in 2010, the Excelencias Cuba Awards have become a benchmark for those who focus their work on growth and improvement.

  • Todos los premiados
  • Premio Excelencias
  • Premio Excelencias Turísticas
  • Premios Excelencias Gourmet
  • Premio Especial CND
  • Excelencias del Arte
  • Excelencias del Motor
DR. RODRIGO ALVAREZ CAMBRAS

FOR A LIFETIME DEVOTED TO ORTHOPEDICS AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE PATIENT’S QUALITY OF LIFE. Doctor of Sciences Professor Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras, head of the National Orthopedics and Traumatology Group in the Public Health Ministry. One of Cuba’s most illustrious scientists. This professor and researcher features great humanism, modesty and love for his patients, devotion for work and his country. He has been given over 400 national and international awards and recognitions. He created the RALCA external fixator, a legacy to world orthopedics that presently stands out as a symbol of the development of medicine in Cuba.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Dr. Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras

DR. JORGE GONZALEZ

FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PRACTICE AND TEACHING OF MEDICINE AND HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE RECOVERY IN BOLIVIA OF THE REMAINS OF ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA IN 1997. Eminent forensic expert and doctor with significant national and international prestige. He has made theoretical and practical contributions by issuing numerous publications. Chief leader and active participant in the scientific feat of finding the remains of Che and his guerrilla comrades in Bolivia.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Medical Teaching Director at the Public Health Ministry.

DR. ROBERTO ALVAREZ FUMERO

FOR HIS TIRELESS AND CONTINUOUS WORK FOR OVER SIX YEARS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CUBAN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM. A doctor devoted to maintaining and improving the results of the Maternal and Child Program of Cuba, which is ranked among the countries with the lowest infant mortality rate in the world.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Dr. Roberto Alvarez Fumero, Nacional Director of the Cuban Maternal and Child Program

DR. GUILLERMO LAZARO PRADO GONZALEZ

FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO CUBAN MEDICINE THROUGH HIS PERSONAL STUDIES ON NATURAL AND TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AND ITS APPLICATION. Specialist in alternative medicine and oncological treatments, osteopathy, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean medicine. He masters homeopathic techniques, perfectly combines traditional medicine with alternative medicine and is an expert in acupuncture and acupressure techniques.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Dr. Guillermo Lazaro Prado Gonzalez

ALCIDES SAGARRA

FOR A LIFETIME DEVOTED TO THE TRAINING OF BOXING CHAMPIONS, AWARDED AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL AS BEST TRAINER OF THE 20TH CENTURY. Founder of the Cuban Boxing School. Labeled as the best coach of his specialty in the world, for over 300 medals conquered by his pupils.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Alcides Sagarra Jr.

HENRY REEVE MEDICAL BRIGADE

FOR OVER A DECADE PROVIDING INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ASSISTANCE RELATED TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND EPIDEMICS. Made up of thousands of doctors and specialists with high sense of humanism and solidarity spirit. Always ready to respond to the call of the peoples of the world that require their efforts.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Dr. Jorge Delgado Bustillo, Deputy Director of the Medical Collaboration Central Unit and member of the Henry Reeve Brigade, and Dr. Enmanuel Vigil Fonseca

HOTELES E CAMAGUEY, MANAGED BY CUBANACAN S.A. HOTEL GROUP

FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF CAMAGUEY’S ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE. As a result of their relation with the architectural environment of the city, declared Mankind Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Hoteles E Camagüey’s facilities treasure and preserve great cultural values.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Juan Jose Diaz Tong, General Manager of Hoteles E Camagüey.

ARTEHOTEL CALLE 2

FOR BEING AN ENTITY THAT PROMOTES AND SUPPORTS ART AND CULTURE. Recently-created tourism project inspired by the art and culture of Cuba and the world. It is a new tourism-lodging concept, categorized within the “boutique hotels” sector, with a design that combines comfort and art.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Laura de la Uz and Hector Garrido, owners.

HABANOS S.A.

FOR BEING A LOYAL EXPONENT AND CHAMPION OF CUBAN TRADITIONS AND CULTURE, SPREADING IN EVERY CORNER OF EARTH THE TASTE OF A LAND BY MEANS OF AN UNRIVALED PRODUCT: HABANOS World leading company in the marketing of premium cigars, exclusive marketer of all Cuban cigar brands, with a network of distributors in 5 continents and over 150 countries.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Inocente Nuñez and Luis Sanchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera, Co-Presidents of Habanos S.A

JUAN BAUTISTA GONZALEZ ESCALONA

FOR HIS EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT WORK IN THE RESCUE AND PROMOTION OF CUBAN RUM AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. His work as President of Cubaron S.A Corporation has stood out for the revitalization of Cuban rums at national and international levels, thus encouraging the rescue of old rum brands, putting them back in the market and repositioning them.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Juan Bautista Gonzalez Escalona, President of Cubaron S.A Corporation

CUBAN MASTER RUM MAKERS

FOR THEIR WORK IN THE PRESERVATION OF CULTURE AND TRADITION IN THE MAKING OF CUBAN LIGHT RUM. Throughout the years, these guardians of Cuban Light Rum have passed on, from masters to disciples, not only the knowhow and sensibility for tasting sessions and blends, but also the humbleness, respect and love for this centenarian cultural tradition.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: First Master Rum Maker Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Cuban Master Rum Makers Asbel Morales, Salome Aleman and Manuel Calderon

CARILDA OLIVER LABRA

FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY POETIC WORK AND CHAMPIONING OF WOMEN THROUGH LITERATURE. This Matanzas-born writer and poet won the National Literature award back in 1998. Her fruitful work is a stronghold in the fight for women’s rights, which turned her into a vanguard women, a precursor within universal literature.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Raidel Hernandez, Poet and Director of Carilda Oliver Labra Cultural Project

OMARA PORTUONDO

FOR BEING ONE OF THE MOST RENOWNED AND ACCLAIMED FEMALE VOICES OF ALL TIME, WITH OVER SIX DECADES OF WORK, DEFENDING CULTURE. Known as the Diva of Buena Vista Social Club or the Bride of Feeling, Omara Portuondo is the utmost representative of the so-called feeling. With an extensive discography developed through over sixty years of artistic career and more than a dozen of awards and distinctions, she is ranked among the greatest exponents of music a international level.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Omara Portuondo

LIZT ALFONSO

FOR A LIFETIME WORK AND HER REMARKABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF DANCE IN CUBA. For 25 years, her company has conquered audiences of all ages on stages from multiple countries, with a repertoire characterized by the elegance and strength of her works. She has devoted a large part of her career to the training of new generations of dancers through the vocational workshops she promotes and directs.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Lizt Alfonso

HAILA MARIA MOMPIE

FOR HER ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN “SONANDO EN CUBA” CULTURAL PROJECT AND HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE CUBAN CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL STAFF One of the most acclaimed Cuban voices. Her vocal talent and personality have turned her into an important representative of music in the national arena. Since 2016 she has been working as a mentor in Sonando en Cuba project, thus contributing to rescue and develop Cuban music, and supporting young talents.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Anet Mota

ALEXIS VAZQUEZ

FOR A LIFETIME DEVOTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF JAZZ IN CUBA AND CUBAN CULTURE OVERSEAS. Outstanding artistic director at international level, with over 40 years of experience. Founder of the JoJazz event and member of its committee. With each edition of this contest, he has contributed to the professional boost of young Cuban musicians within the jazz genre.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Alexis Vazquez

EDESIO ALEJANDRO

FOR HIS VAST AND IMPORTANT RECORD AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION, WHICH HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS. Cuban musician with a musical legacy of high cultural and historical value, especially within the framework of Cuban movies. His works not only enrich the sound panorama of the island, but they have also become classics of Cuban music. In 2017, he was appointed member of the Oscar Academy.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Edesio Alejandro

FABRICA DE ARTE CUBANO

FOR BEING A NEW-TYPE PROJECT IN CUBA THAT FOSTER THE WORK OF YOUNG ARTISTS AND PROVIDES A RECREATION SPACE THROUGH ALL CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS Over the past three years, it has become a place of reference for good-taste recreation, open to the exchange of ideas between the array of cultural expressions that coexist in the building. It has hosted several national and international events.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Ivan Vergara, Communication Director

“LA COLMENITA” CHILDREN THEATER COMPANY

FOR INSTILLING HUMAN VALUES IN SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN THROUGH ART. For 28 years, the group, Goodwill Ambassador of Unicef, has successfully shared its art in different nations of the world including Japan, Spain, Belgium, Panama, Venezuela and the United States. Since its founding, it has encouraged and proposed smart and committed creations, so the group stands out as an art benchmark in national and international spheres.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Carlos A. Cremata Malberti, General Director of “La Colmenita”

MILTON DIAZ CANTER

FOR HIS SPECIAL SUPPORT AND PROMOTION OF MOTOR SPORTS IN CUBA. Journalist, director of television and documentary maker especially devoted to spreading motor sports in Cuba by means of his A Todo Motor television program.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Milton Diaz Canter

CUBA’S TOURISM MINISTRY

FOR BREAKING, ONCE AGAIN, THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR RECORD DESPITE THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRMA. With rapid response to the damage caused by the hurricane that affected the country during 2017, Mintur carried out an important recovery for the high season of the Cuban travel industry and it was the first time the country welcomed 4.7 million foreign visitors.

Delivered by: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group Received by: Janet Ayala, Communication Director for Mintur