Cuban rum and its masters are celebrating having their expertise recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, it was announced in Rabat, Morocco.
The recognition was announced during the third day of the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held in the Moroccan capital.
According to the information, the committee decided to grant recognition to Cuba considering that the knowledge of the Masters of Cuban Light Rum allows the transmission from generation to generation of scientific knowledge, traditional practices, cultural and social values, associated with the formation of the sugar agro-industrial heritage of the nation.
For her part, Cuban ambassador to UNESCO, Yahima Esquivel, highlighted the contribution of the centenary tradition to the island's identity, based on the use of oral, bodily sensorial expressions to transmit from one generation to another the wealth of knowledge held by Cuban rum masters.
A great congratulations and recognition reach all Cuban rum cultivators and, especially, the one who dedicated his life to this art, the First Master of Cuban Rum, José Pablo Navarro, who passed away just two years ago