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Sixteen year old Adrian Fernández Guzmán, and member of the philately club of Cerro in this capital, was not only the youth champion in this specialty but also in the International Exhibition where the best was shown from the American continent.

With his pre-philately Cuban collection that studies mail in this nation through its postal marks before the appearance of the first stamp in 1840, Adrian obtained important prizes in 2006 in international events where the country participated with its young stamp collectors.

The Vermeil Grand Medal, the most important award for a young competitor in a Philatelic Exhibition, has decorated his chest five times: In the Washington DC World Expo, the United states; in the Cuba-Spain Binational Expo held in Valencia; in the Malaga World Exhibition; in the Youth world Exhibition in Belgium and in the National exhibition of Subjects and youths held in the southern city of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

As a result Adrian has been included in the 10 best stamp collectors on an international level according to a list made yearly by the International Philately Federation.

Adrian explains, "many think that philately is just collecting stamps. For me it is an opportunity to learn more, meet many people, including some that are important in my life and broaden my family by entering the Cuban philatelic family.

All told he has earned six Vermeil Grand Medals, four Vermeil, seven Grand Silver, ten silver and six Bronzes.

During the Congress of the International Federation of Philately held in the Colombian capital last September, Cuba was nominated to represent America in the Youth Commission of the World Federation of Philately.


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