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HAVANA, March 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — After a week of unforgettable activities, the XXIII Habanos Festival ended last night with the Gala Dinner that took place at the Pabexpo Fairgrounds. Around 1,200 attendees enjoyed this magical night, accompanied by national and international music, dance, and even indoor fireworks that lit up the presentation of the new Habanos, S.A. release. The Gala also had the honor of having the presence of the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who attended along with other government authorities.

The evening paid tribute to the Partagás brand with the launch of the Línea Maestra, the most Premium of the brand, made up of three new vitolas: Origen (ring gauge 46 x 154 mm long), Rito (ring gauge 52 x 168 mm long) and Maestro (ring gauge 56 x 132 mm long)). Each of these vitolas will hit the market in a special case of 20 units.

This is a launch in which, for the first time in the history of the brand and the portfolio of Habanos, S.A. the vitolas of this new Partagás Line will be made with 100% tobacco grown in San Luis*, in the Vuelta Abajo* plantations* located in the Pinar del Río region*, which gives them a special aromatic complexity without losing their unique character Of the brand.

The Partagás vitolario is characterized by having a great variety of formats, with more than thirty in its portfolio, which does not stop growing and innovating. In particular, this Master Line pays homage to the unique “Origin” of what is considered the best tobacco in the world, the learning and tradition that make enjoying a Habano a “Rite”, and to the “Masters” who make the creation of a work possible.” Maestra” for Habano lovers.

Maritza Carrillo González and Luis Sánchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera, co-presidents of Habanos, S.A., explained that “During these days we have celebrated and honored Montecristo, Bolívar and Partagás, three brands that are undoubtedly very dear and special to Habano aficionados, we have visited the plantations of Pinar del Río and the factories of Partagás and La Corona where some of our emblematic Habanos are made, all made “Totally by Hand with long filler”, and we have resumed our traditional Trade Fair and the Seminar with products and experts from all over the world.In addition, we have attended the presentation of the new products that Habanos, S.A. has for this 2023. We are firmly convinced that these new vitolas will maintain and even further ignite the passion for the Habano that aficionados carry inside”.

The Gala Night also featured a “Hall of Fame” that illustrated the great work of all those “maestros” who have led the Habano to what it is today. In addition, the attendees were able to put themselves in the hands of portrait artists, who made illustrations in real time for the attendees to remember.

The evening, presented by Ray Cruz and Clarita García, featured two orchestras conducted by Maestro Manolito Simonet, as well as an audiovisual, dance and circus show. Among the artists who entertained the evening were Zule Guerra, Lily Dayli, Vocal Leo, Bárbara Llanes, Leo Vera, Tammy López, Cristian Alejandro and Rodrigo Sosa among others. In addition, the dance companies of Lizt Alfonso, Fumescu and Habana Compass Dance surprised the guests with their performances. The closing concert was offered by the pioneering musical group of disco-dance music in Europe, Boney M. with a practically new line-up but which, under the legacy of Bobby Farrell, continues to offer a unique show.

One of the most important moments of the gala was the auction of the exclusive humidors dedicated to the six global Habanos brands: Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagás, Hoyo de Monterrey and H. Upmann, whose collection reached a total of 11,220 €,000 which, as is customary, will go entirely to Cuban Public Health.

In particular, the Cohiba Humidor once again broke its own record and reached a value of €4,200,000. This exclusive piece is made of wood, metals and semi-precious stones and reaffirms through its majesty the cosmopolitan and elegant position of the brand. With a capacity for 500 Habanos, all carefully selected within the prestigious lines of the Cohiba brand. On this occasion, the humidor was auctioned together with a fine watchmaking piece unique in the world, from the Audemars Piguet brand, donated by an anonymous individual for the auction.

In addition, during the night the winning couple of the Habanos World Challenge contest was announced, made up of Mr. Antonios Pasparakis and Mr. Efthymios Karacristianoidis, and the 2022 Habanos Awards were presented, which reward those personalities who with their work and passion make the Habano a unique product in the world. Below are the winners:

Habano Award in Communication: Jasim Ahmed

Habano Award in Production: Yoandi Rodriguez Porra

Habano Business Award: Blanca Alsogaray

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