Cuban Philatelist Wins Prize at World Stamp Exhibition
- Submitted by: manso
- 08 / 12 / 2011
2011.08.11 - 09:44:27 /radiorebelde.icrt.cu. HAVANA, Cuba.- Adrian Fernandez, from Havana, walked away with the Grand Youth Prize at the Japan World Stamp Exhibition (Philanippon 2011), the most important meeting of stamp collectors.
Adrian is the first young philatelist in the world to obtain on three occasions the Grand Youth Prize at international competitions (China 2009, Portugal 2010 and Japan 2011), the Cubadebate Web site reported.
Japanese Princess Takamado inaugurated the exhibition, in a ceremony that was also attended by the ministers of Communications and Foreign Affairs as well as by other top officials of that Asian nation.
The exhibition was held from July 28 thorough August 2 at the Pacific Yokohama Center of that city, a facility that received over 2,000 collections from 65 countries.
While closing the exhibition, Tay Peng Hian, president of the International Philately Federation, acknowledged as an event of great significance the fact that a young Cuban was the first youth triple-champion in these competitions.
Likewise, he underlined the high level of Adrian’s collection, entitled Marcas Postales Prefilatelicas de Cuba, and suggested participants not to miss the opportunity of appreciating this excellent work, which studies Cuban philately history until mid 19th century.
Another four Cubans obtained medals: Adrian Nazco, Vermeil; Eduardo Carlos Losa and Gilbert Benitez, Large Silver; and Pedro Morales, Silver.
Adult philatelists were represented by Juan Emilio Martinez, who won a silver medal for his collection El Telefono (The Telephone), presented for the first time in a world competition.
The Philanippon 2011 Exhibition was visited by over half a million people, who appreciated the best collections of the world and enjoyed a varied program of activities, concerts and special presentations.