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Cuba National Day - Celebration of a revolution

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie/Gleaner Writer
Charge d'Affairs at the Venezuelan Embassy Luisa Gutierrez and Cuban Ambassador Ines Fors Fernandez.
Kathryn Phipps and Ingrid Blackwood.
Members of the local Cuban community Dr Clara Mollings (left) with her parents Cira and Julio.
Cubans Damaris Kinate and wife Mamady (second left) are flanked by their beautiful daughters Marianne (left) and Marigold.
From left: Shamella Moses, Danesha Bailey and Kimberly Taylor came out to enjoy the Cuban fiesta.
Jeanette Hutchinson looking lovely in a red one shoulder jumpsuit.
They haven't graced our lens in a while, so it was a pleasure to see Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding out with his wife Lorna.
Shorn Hector/Photographer Trisha Williams- Singh and friend Pamella Redwood.
Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller with Senator Tom Tavares-Finson out to celebrate with the Cubans.
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The Latin American community in Jamaica turned out in their numbers to join the local Cuban community in celebrating their National Day marking the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Hosted at the Millsborough residence of the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Ines Fors Fernandez and her husband Ibrahim Ortega last Sunday, the fiesta was also attended by members of the Jamaican Government as well as the diplomatic corps.

In highlighting the achievement of her country, Ambassador Fern‡ndez noted, "Cuba has free education, free healthcare, and a low infant mortality rate," all achieved since the revolution.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson-Smith, spoke to the strong bonds between Jamaica and its closest Caribbean neighbour two countries separated by less than 100 miles.

The reception featured sweet Spanish music by Cuban musician Mellicinth.

As she bellowed Soy Cubano, many in the crowd could not resist swaying to the Spanish beat. The Spanish- Jamaican Food was the highlight of the night, and ranged from roasted pork to curried mussels and other exotic delights -a perfect blending of culinary cultures.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com