Cuban art exhibit notes ‘heritage bridge’ between PH and Cuba
SAN FRANCISCO — A Cuban art exhibit, which features art works of 40 women contemporary artists who live and work in Cuba, is inviting the Filipino community here to celebrate the Philippines’ shared history of culture with the island nation.
“Feminine Voices and Poetics,” produced and directed by Paulo Acosta Cabezas, will be showcased at the Palace of Fine Arts’ Innovation Hangar, 3601 Lyon Street, Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Philippine government officials, during a recent “Economic Roadshow” in San Francisco, emphasized the importance of enhancing trade relations with Central and South American countries and the Caribbean due to their common heritage as former Spanish colonies for five centuries.
The Philippine-Cuban connection historically started in the early 16th century through the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. A province in Cuba, Pinar del Rio, which was originally known as “Nueva Filipinas” in the 18th century, is famous for their cigars, having been brought over from the Philippine by the Spaniards because it was much closer to Europe and easier to oversee.
Spanish rule on both countries was ended by the victory of the United States in the Spanish-American War and provisions of the Treaty of Paris gave Cuba independence while the Philippines became a new possession of the United States.
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