Cuban painters, dancers, growers, collectors, and representatives of international cigar clubs will pay homage to the legendary veguero Alejandro Robaina next March 20th, when he would turn 95 years old. The memorial gala will be attended by personalities of the Cuban National Ballet and the famous painter Nelson Domínguez, who will open an exhibition of works inspired on the cigar smokers culture, annouced to Hiroshi Robaina, grandson of the tobacco grower deceased in 2010. As part of the exhibition, the painter will donate to the family a painting of Alejandro, which will be showcased along with the rest of the collection in the museum house in the farm El Pinar, in Cuhillas de Baracoa, San Luis. We are preparing a great tribute to my grandfather,Cuban cigar lovers,from Europe and other continents, said the farmer and manager of the famous tobacco plantation Vegas.
During the ceremony, the socio-cultural project “Herederos de Robaina” will be opened, which will receive children from nearby schools. In the farm El Pinar -170 kilometers west from Havana- tobacco is grown since 1845, a practice fostered by the Canarian ancestors of Don Alejandro, former ambassador of the desirable Habanos. People from several countries come every day to admire the tobacco plantations covered with thin blankets, take pictures of the fields, visit the museum, and also become familiar with the art of twisting cigars, affirms the farmer, keen of judo and singing. From the ancient property in the municipality San Luis inPinar del Río, raw material is obtained for the Vegas Robaina line, which includes five cigar vitolas which are making their way into the international market.According to experts, this is a brand of medium strength, attractive either for beginners or expert smokers. My concern is preserving the prestige of the cigars grown in the farm El Pinar; being authentic is assuming the roots and keeping the tradition, he affirmed.
(Adalys Pilar Mireles PL)