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Situated in South America, Ecuador forwards tourists almost everything one can think of – lofty mountain peaks, dense Amazon rainforests, indigenous markets, colonial towns, sun-kissed shores and lava-bursting volcanoes. Despite its miniature size, Ecuador is quite complete in itself. And just like its natural surroundings, Ecuadorians are accomplished as well. The country has produced many famous painters, historians, journalists, writers, photographers and so on. Ivan Vallejo Ricaurte Is a chemical engineer and teacher turned climber who became the first Ecuadorian to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Eugenio Espejo’s work as a scientist, medical professional and writer have been highly influential. He is till date regarded as one of the most enlightened thinkers of the 18th century. Not just men, Ecuadorian women too have left a lasting imprint on the history of the country. Matilde Hidalgo de Procel has too many firsts to her credit – she was the first Ecuadorian woman to graduate from high school, the first to vote in election and the first to hold electoral office in the country. Ecuadorian Hermelinda Urvina became the first South American to receive the license as pilot. Check out this section to find amazing facts about famous Ecuadorians, their life and their accomplishments.
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Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)
Julian Assange
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Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

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Antonio Valencia
(Football player)
Antonio Valencia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
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Marlon Vera
(Mixed martial artist)
Marlon Vera
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chone, Ecuador
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Manuela Sáenz
(South American Revolutionary and Spy)
Manuela Sáenz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: November 23, 1856

Manuela Sáenz was an Ecuadorian revolutionary who supported women's rights. She received the Order of the Sun, honoring her services in the revolution. Today, she is widely regarded as a feminist symbol of the 19th century. In 2007, the Ecuadorian government honored her with the rank of General.

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Maria Elisa Camargo
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Birthdate: December 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Julio Jaramillo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 9, 1978
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Pancho Segura
(Tennis player, Tennis coach)
Pancho Segura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: November 18, 2017
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Oswaldo Guayasamín
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Birthdate: July 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: March 10, 1999
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Carlo Alban
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ecuador
 10 
Andres Gomez
(Tennis player)
Andres Gomez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Juan Manuel Correa
(Racing driver)
Juan Manuel Correa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
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Sixto Durán Ballén
(President of Ecuador from 1992 to 1996)
Sixto Durán Ballén
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 15, 2016

Sixto Durán Ballén was an Ecuadorian architect and political figure. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1992 to 1996. A prominent politician, Durán-Ballén also served as the Mayor of Quito from 1 August 1970 to 16 February 1978. Sixto Durán Ballén is also credited with co-founding the Social Christian Party.

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José María Velasco Ibarra
(The 24th President of Ecuador)
José María Velasco Ibarra
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: March 30, 1979

Conservative Party politician and the 24th president of Ecuador, José María Velasco Ibarra held the post of the president 5 times and was ousted by the military 4 times. He was a qualified lawyer, too. His tenure witnessed the construction of institutes, roads, bridges, and hospitals.

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Juan José Flores
(First President of Ecuador)
Juan José Flores
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1800
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello
Died: October 1, 1864

Juan José Flores was a Venezuelan-born military general who served as the president of the new Republic of Ecuador on three non-consecutive terms. Enlisted as a private in the Spanish Royalist army at the age of 15, he grew up to be a military man with a commanding presence. He was an intelligent man and an eloquent orator. 

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Matilde Hidalgo
(The First Ecuadorian Woman to Exercise Suffrage)
Matilde Hidalgo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 29, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Loja, Ecuador
Died: February 20, 1974

Matilde Hidalgo was an Ecuadorian poet, physician, and activist. The first Ecuadorian woman to exercise suffrage, Hidalgo fought for women's rights throughout her life. Today, Matilde Hidalgo is recognized as one of the most prominent women in Ecuadorian history.

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Rafael Correa
(45th President of Ecuador (2007 - 2017))
Rafael Correa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Rafael Correa is an Ecuadorian economist and politician. From 2007 to 2017, Correa served as the president of Ecuador. During his presidency, Ecuador managed to reduce its poverty and raised the minimum wage, which in turn enhanced the standard of living in the country.

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Jaime Roldós Aguilera
(Former President of Ecuador)
Jaime Roldós Aguilera
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: May 24, 1981

Jaime Roldós Aguilera was an Ecuadorian political figure who served as the President of Ecuador from 1979 until his death in 1981. Although his presidency was short-lived, Jaime Roldós Aguilera achieved immense popularity and reverence for his support for human rights.

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Lenín Moreno
(Political leader)
Lenín Moreno
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuevo Rocafuerte

Lenín Moreno is an Ecuadorian politician and the current president of Ecuador. Before being elected as the president, Moreno served as the vice president under President Rafael Correa from 2007 to 2013. Also known for his support towards people with disabilities, Moreno received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.  

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Richard Carapaz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Carmelo, Tulcán Canton, Carchi Province, Ecuador
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Eugenio Espejo
(Writer & Medical Pioneer)
Eugenio Espejo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1747
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Spanish Empire
Died: December 28, 1795

Eugenio Espejo was a medical pioneer, writer, and lawyer. He was of mestizo origin in colonial Ecuador. He inspired the separatist movement in Quito and is regarded as a key figure in colonial Ecuador. He spread enlightened ideas in the Royal Audiencia and wrote about sanitary conditions in colonial Ecuador. He aspired to awaken a rebellious spirit in the people.

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Abdalá Bucaram
(President of Ecuador from 1996 to 1997)
Abdalá Bucaram
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Abdalá Bucaram is an Ecuadorian lawyer and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1996 to 1997. An influential politician, Abdalá Bucaram also served as the Mayor of Guayaquil from August 1984 to September 1985.

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Danilo Carrera
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Birthdate: January 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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León Febres Cordero
(President of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988)
León Febres Cordero
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: December 15, 2008

León Febres Cordero was an Ecuadorian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988. During his presidency, Febres-Cordero led a security crackdown on an infamous guerrilla group called Alfaro Vive, Carajo (AVC). An important politician, León Febres Cordero also served as the Mayor of Guayaquil from 1992 to 2000.

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Lucio Gutiérrez
(President of Ecuador from 2003 to 2005)
Lucio Gutiérrez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador

Lucio Gutiérrez is an Ecuadorian politician best known for his service as the President of Ecuador from 2003 to 2005. Prior to his political career, Gutiérrez served in the Ecuadorian Army. However, he turned against the government and became involved in a coup d'état in 2000, which aimed at toppling Jamil Mahuad's government.

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Hugo Savinovich
(Best known as part of the Spanish language commentary team for the professional wrestling promotion WWE from 1994 to 2011.)
Hugo Savinovich
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Birthdate: February 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Iván Hurtado
(Retired Ecuadorian Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Iván Hurtado
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Retired Ecuadorian footballer Iván Hurtado made a name for himself as a defender. With his 168 international games, he scripted history as the world’s 15th-most-capped male footballer in the history of the game. He had successful stints with clubs such as Barcelona, Atlético Nacional, and Emelec.

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Katherine Espin
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Troncal, Ecuador
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Roberto Manrique
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Gabriel García Moreno
(Former President of Ecuador)
Gabriel García Moreno
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: August 6, 1875

Gabriel García Moreno was an Ecuadorian aristocrat and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador on two occasions; from 1861 to 1865 and again from 1869 to 1875. He was also the Interim President of Ecuador on two occasions between 1861 and 1869. Gabriel García Moreno is also remembered for his stance against corruption.

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José Joaquín de Olmedo
(Former President of Ecuador)
José Joaquín de Olmedo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 19, 1847

José Joaquín de Olmedo was an Ecuadorian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from March 1845 to December 1845. A prominent politician, José Joaquín de Olmedo also served as the Vice President of Ecuador from 12 September 1830 to 15 September 1831.

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Maria Fernanda Espinosa
(Ecuadorian Diplomat and Politician)
Maria Fernanda Espinosa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain

Maria Fernanda Espinosa is an Ecuadorian diplomat and politician. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from January 2007 to December 2007 and again from May 2017 to June 2018. An influential political leader, Maria Fernanda Espinosa also served as the Minister of National Defense from November 2012 to September 2014.

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Narcisa de Jesus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nobol, Guayas, Ecuador
Died: December 8, 1869
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Jefferson Pérez
(Racewalking)
Jefferson Pérez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cuenca, Ecuador Cuenca
 34 
Humberto More
(Painter)
Humberto More
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Birthdate: 1929 AD
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Died: 1984 AD
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Jack Culcay
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
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Juan Montalvo
(Ecuadorian Essayist and Author)
Juan Montalvo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
Died: January 17, 1889

Juan Montalvo was an Ecuadorian essayist and author. He is best remembered for his 1880 work Las catilinarias, which made him popular throughout intellectual circles in Europe, the USA, and the rest of Latin America. Although the book made him famous, it also forced him to live in France for the rest of his life as a refugee.

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Rosalía Arteaga
(Ecuador's First Female President)
Rosalía Arteaga
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuenca, Ecuador

The 39th president of Ecuador, Rosalía Arteaga had been an acting president for a couple of days in 1997 and thus also scripted history as Ecuador’s first woman to hold the post. Initially a lawyer and educator, she stepped into politics as a councilwoman in Cuenca.

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Nicolás Lapentti
(Tennis player)
Nicolás Lapentti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Andres Crespo
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Birthdate: November 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Cynthia Viteri
(Ecuadorian Politician Who is Currently Serving as the Mayor of Mayor of Guayaquil)
Cynthia Viteri
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Cynthia Viteri is an Ecuadorian politician, journalist, and lawyer. She is currently serving as the Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city. After starting her career as a public relations manager for lawyer and politician, Jaime Nebot, Cynthia Viteri went on to establish herself as a successful politician. She even competed in the 2006 presidential elections, where she finished fifth.

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Juan Leon Mera
(Ecuadorian Novelist, Essayist, Painter, and Politician)
Juan Leon Mera
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 28, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
Died: December 13, 1894

Juan Leon Mera was an Ecuadorian novelist, essayist, painter, and politician. He is credited with writing Ecuador's national anthem, Salve, Oh Patria. Among his other well-known literary works is a novel titled Cumandá, which was translated into English by Noé O. Vaca in 2007.

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Juan Fernando Velasco
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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Karl Egloff
(Athlete)
Karl Egloff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
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Jhonatan Narvaez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Playón de San Francisco, Ecuador
 45 
Alex Quinonez
(Athlete)
Alex Quinonez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
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Enrique Chediak
(Cinematographer who worked on in 2010, the drama 127 Hours, was based on a true story)
Enrique Chediak
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
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Alfredo Palacio
(President of Ecuador from 2005 to 2007)
Alfredo Palacio
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil

Alfredo Palacio is an Ecuadorian former politician best known for his service as the President of Ecuador from 2005 to 2007. A prominent politician, Palacio also served as the Minister of Health from 1994 to 1996 and as the Vice President of Ecuador from 2003 to 2005. Since retiring from politics, Palacio has focused on his career as a cardiologist.

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Rocío González Navas
(Businesswoman)
Rocío González Navas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Latacunga, Ecuador
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Sharon la Hechicera
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador
Died: January 4, 2015
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Roberto Quiroz
(Tennis player)
Roberto Quiroz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador