The Mario E. Moreno Foundation presented at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes theater a new volume entitled "Cantinflas: el Actor, el Torero, el Empresario, el Hombre" (Cantinflas: the Actor, the Bullfighter, the Entrepreneur, the Man) which covers the comedian's life and work in honor of the upcoming centennial of his birth on Aug. 12.

The book was a joint effort by family and friends of Mario Moreno, a.k.a. "Cantinflas."

"The book will help preserve his exemplary life," Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, a friend of Cantinflas and lifetime president of the Grupo Banorte, said.

Its pages are a tribute to Cantinflas in all his facets - the comic, the businessman, the friend and the family man, Barrera said.

The book will not go on sale and only certain family members and friends will have the privilege of owning a copy.

Before the book presentation, some of the people who shared the Mexican actor's life and work took the stage at the Palacio de Bellas Artes theater.

His nephew and vice president of the Mario Moreno Foundation, Eduardo Moreno Laparade, said that his uncle was a man with a "gratitude that bordered on the ridiculous" and what he most valued in life was "loyalty and honesty," values which, he said, his foundation is based on.

Actress Maria Sorte, who worked with Cantinflas in his last film, "El Barrendero" (The Street Cleaner), said that one of the greatest blessings of her life was having known him.