Skip to content

Cuba by Billboards

When in Cuba, instead of seeing commercial advertisement billboards and banners on the streets like in majority countries I visited, you will be presented by Cuban’s state propaganda’s billboards. They are so many that it will be impossible to miss them.

The most favorite subject, of course, is Guerrillero Heroico, Che Guevara.

The billboards also presented in accordance to the (revolution) history of the area. On our way to Playa Giron, as we get closer to the area, the more we saw billboards on revolution and the victory on Playa Giron’s battle, or famously known as Bay of Pigs Invasion.

And of course, against Uncle Sam is part of the state’s propaganda…

And the Cuban’s state billboards bring the socialism ideas and the ruling political party’s agenda, PCC, the Communist Party of Cuba.

After all, it is interesting to see Cuban state’s billboards, how politics dominates public space to influence their citizens with their idealism. While nowadays, in other part of the world outside of Cuba, the public space is dominated by transnational companies with their products advertising that supported by consumption urge.

Some of the quotes or perhaps the ideology behind these quotes, seems contradicting to current living styles of majority world societies. Yet, this ideology still alive in Cuba, and it still presents until now.

(Cuba’s trip on July-August)


  1. Interesting to see some propaganda boards are signed by Raúl, Fidel’s brother. Awesome post and ditto pics Ndah.

    El Cuba libre solamente para los Cubanos (Free Cuba only for the Cubans) or Sin educacíon no hay revolucíon (Without education there is no revolution). Strong propaganda quotes.

  2. Thank you Yoyen! My Spanish is horrible 🙂 I took a Spanish course but it’s going nowhere.. Really appreciate the translation.Yup, I think the ones signed by Raul are newer billboards..

  3. I’m so jealous of people who have been to Cuba. Being an American, it’s very expensive for me to go there legally. Fortunately, I am also a dual citizen (Philippines as my other citizenship), it is possible for me to go. Although I have to go to either Mexico or Canada to do that. Thanks for your Cuba posts. I will read each and every one of them. I am now following your blog.

    • Hi Boots, thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope the relationship of USA and Cuba will improve. Cuba is an interesting country to visit, beautiful nature, friendly people and rich of culture. It has some social problems too that perhaps make it fragile at the same time. BTW, I love scuba diving in your home country. I will visit it soon for Xmas and New Year, it will be my second visit to the Philippines 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      • Oh cool! I hope you enjoy the Philippines. Christmas is actually the best time to visit there. I will be traveling to Manila myself in a few days. I can’t wait. Make sure to blog your Philippine trip! I’ll look forward to it.

%d bloggers like this: