The Victorino Noval Foundation

The Victorino Noval Foundation, founded by Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr, sent an open letter to President Barack Obama today calling for the passage of H.R. 4645, a bill that will end restrictions for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba as well as allowing for the sale of agricultural commodities to Cuba. 

 Noval launched the Victorino Noval Foundation, headquartered in Beverly Hills, in the memory of his father to improve relations between Cuba and the United States. He hopes that through lobbying and media attention the government will end the trade and travel embargo against Cuba. H.R. 4645 is the next step in accomplishing this goal. 

Last year, President Obama lifted restrictions on Cuban Americans wishing to travel home to Cuba. Noval contends that this is not enough. Within the letter Noval states, “The country of Cuba deserves to be treated with the same diplomatic consideration as other non-democratic or former adversarial countries such as Vietnam, China, Russia and Iran.” 

H.R. 4645 would also improve trade relations with Cuba, affording the United States new economic opportunities. The letter explains, “According to the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that has been energetic and outspoken about the need to remove the embargo, U.S. corporations want the embargo to be lifted. Americans want to trade with Cuba.”  

The ever-present need to find new oil reserves is also a reason to pass this important legislation. Noval states, “Cuba’s recent massive oil finds (20 billion barrels), could easily equal today’s U.S. reserve… Lifting the embargo and partnering with Cuba could be like doubling access to oil supplies.” Cuba has given signs that it is interested in such a deal!

On a humanitarian level, Noval urges the government to consider that Cuba has already created countless medicines that U.S. citizens do not have access to. By soliciting the support of President Obama, the Victorino Noval Foundation hopes that H.R. 4645 will pass without incident, paving the way for an end to the Cuban Embargo. 

About the Victorino Noval Foundation:

The Victorino Noval Foundation was created in memory of Victorino Noval Sr., who was born in Asturias, Spain, and died Los Angeles, California, May 7, 2010. Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr., runs the foundation in loving memory of his father and to carry on his father’s dreams and legacy to improve Cuban-American relations. 

For more information, and to read Noval’s letter, visit the Victorino Noval Foundation at

About victorinonovalfoundation

Victor Noval created the Victorino Noval Foundation in the name of his late father, Victorino Noval, Sr., who was born in Asturias, Spain, and died Los Angeles, California, May 7, 2010. Victorino Noval, Sr. moved to Cuba at the age of 18, prior to the revolution led by Fidel Castro. Opposed to the revolution, he collaborated with the U.S. government to smuggle arms that would be provided to local opponents of the revolution as a part of the Bay of Pigs invasion. After the Cuban exile army was crushed by Cuban Revolutionary Army, Victorino drove a truck full of men and weapons and crashed it through the front gate of the Uruguayan Embassy in Havana, and from there fled the country to the US. Disinformation was used to cause the U.S. to suspect Victorino’s pro-democracy movement in the U.S., limiting his effectiveness, but not his desire for change in Cuba. He turned his efforts from fighting Fidel Castro to developing real estate, and created dozens of successful projects, including offices, residences, and shopping centers, primarily in California. His dreamt of a transformed Cuba that would have normal diplomatic relations with the U.S. and that the two countries would reconcile, build trust and mutual respect through confidence building measures and projects.
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