Martinez Pirez has a long and fruitful career in Cuban journalism

Pedro Martinez Pirez: A journalist pride on his province

Martinez Pirez has a long and fruitful career in Cuban journalism, he can not hide his satisfaction and pride every time his province or appear among the leading winning provinces in the national emulation.


Our Pedro Martinez Pirez, as well as being a universal and internationalist Cuban who keeps Villa Clara is a very special feeling in the Santa Clara wrapped at birth and welcomed in the streets, and across the territory once called Las Villas .

“I am happy that Villa Clara is the new July 26 venue,” said to this journalist who came him to investigate about his emotional links with the province as recognition to the socioeconomical work in the last 12 years and will soon pay tribute to the martyrs and heroes who attacked the Moncada Barrackand celebrate July 26 events.

“Villa Clara residents work hard every day and as we know, in recent years have already obtained several times the seat of the central celebrations of the anniversaries of July 26, or prominent places in the emulation that is rector of the Politburo Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). This collective recognition is for me a particular joy, “said the iconic colleague who works at Radio Havana Cuba for over 37 years and now shares the joy with which soil is a beloved son, too.

In that city was the fist time he saw Alicia Alonso to dance

What images of the Santa Clara you have of your childhood?

I asked quite scared and nervous to know that I am so inexperienced in these chores and interviewing someone who is a teacher in the interview and in other genres of journalism. The cheerfulness, simplicity and spirit of cooperation of my interview were a miracle, and I felt more comfortable and proud of what he was doing.

¨ The city of my chilhood was a very poor city.My father was a poet from Matanzas, Enrique Martínez, defined as a village, and indeed it was. ¨ “Santa Clara had no source of work. It was a transit town on the Main Road, a city where there really was a lot of racism.

Vidal Park was divided into whites and blacks. In this society of my childhood actually had societies for whites, blacks and mulattos and child would Caibarién, home of my grandparents, there also had to endure the division between whites and blacks on the public beach with a rope that divided the of whites and blacks. That to me always marked by racism implied. My father always taught me not to discriminate against black people. Thus, we were five brothers; we grew very close to other black children”
From childhood I have good memories too. The Teacher Training School of Santa Clara, our school, as a child, I saw dancing Alicia Alonso. I was very young, was very impressive, a privilege I do not forget, “recalls Martinez Pírez while boasts a privileged memory, where images are stored with such detail that confirms two of the reasons that surely have made my greatest professional interviewed: his human sensitivity and observation skills.

“My teachers were very good. I studied in primary and secondary schools as well as the trading vocational school also made trading of Santa Clara, and I came to study two years at the Central University Marta Abreu of Las Villas. This was all done working, because at twelve I started working with a very low wage in order to cope with the difficult economic situation of the family. ” “My father was lost when I was 7 years old, and all the brothers began work as children. My older sister was playing the organ at the Carmelite church of Santa Clara and I had to start on very modest labor. So did the primary and secondary. After studying at night at trade vocational school, where I met Ramon Pardo Ferrer and other revolutionary and I linked me to the July 26 movement and other organizations that fought against the Batista tyranny. ”

“By this time I had my first” Pinin “as a journalist. I wrote in a bulletin that we had in the School of Commerce of Santa Clara. I always liked journalism and also that I was taken by my father who used to listen to the radio, shortwave and read the newspaper. Then I said, and suggested some valuable articles he read that I also did, “says Martinez Pírez with words that is easy to discover the admiration and respect that keeps by her father.

Among the images of street entertainment then play spin, ball, flying kites and others, the respondent remembers a donkey named Perico, an animal friendly Santa Clara at the time. “She played the doors of the houses and the children waited with hope and a little scared because I did the donkey with his nose and is sometimes introduced when the doors or windows were half open and frightened us. Gave him bread and water and we felt that the donkey thanked us “remember this Villa Clara, which broadly brings us to why Santa Clara, despite the many years he has been living out of it, still in his heart.

From Santa Clara to adulthood

“In Santa Clara studied up to the first level of the university. I left in 1960. The rector of my university, Dr. Mariano Rodríguez Solveira, which was also my professor of civil law, he was named ambassador to Ecuador. The I considered his best pupil, and he knew of my work as a clerk in the civil section of the Audiencia de Las Villas, where I met Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado, who would months later President of the Republic. Later I went to Ecuador as a diplomat, after passing a course of several months in Havana “also has the National Journalism Prize” José Martí “.

Martinez Pirez has always very strong links with the home turf. His parents lived here until their death and remains part of his family. This city has every time he has had a chance, just to practice, to feed on the roots, to greenup memories and also honors awarded by the city of Santa Clara as one of its prodigal sons who never disappointed.

“I’m delighted that Santa Clara is based once again on 26 July. I remember once with Orlando Castellanos, a Cuban radio paradigm, and interviewing many people like Samuel Feijoo, Raul Ferrer Onelio Jorge Cardoso, and many other prominent Las Villas, and I was proud of being born in the area, but not only of the province of Villa Clara Sancti Spiritus but Cienfuegos. I feel of Las Villas because it is all that great country of ancient province of Las Villas and I have many memories and friendships and is a source of inspiration for journalism and talk about my country ”

“But then, as I said Antonio Guiteras, to be a true internationalist must first be a lover of terroir, and terroir mine is Santa Clara and of course could not be a true internationalist, but I am first a genuine and authentic Cuban Villa Clara, then, from there being an internationalist “ends.

That and other many reasons that remain for a wider interview, our Pedro Martinez Pirez, diplomat, legislator, university professor, but above all revolutionary journalist, is also party with the entire Villa Clara also received recognition for continuing from honoring the work and efficiency to the martyrs and heroes of this decisive and heroic July 26 commemoration.


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