Salvadoran

The Republic of El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country has a diverse culture as it was for centuries inhabited by several Mesoamerican nations, including the Cuzcatlecs, the Lenca and Maya. European influence on the culture is also prominent as the nation was once under Spanish colonial rule. Salvadoran priest and doctor José Matías Delgado y León was a leader in the independence movement of El Salvador from the Spanish Empire as was General Manuel José Arce y Fagoaga. Even after gaining independence in the early 19th century, the country went through several decades of political instability and violence. Farabundo Martí, a Marxist-Leninist activist and a revolutionary leader during the 1932 Salvadoran peasant massacre, is regarded as a martyr in Salvadoran history. Decades later the Salvadoran Civil War happened and Gen. Majano and Gen. Gutierrez emerged as major figures in that period. The recent years have been relatively peaceful in the nation, encouraging Salvadorans to build their legacy in the areas of arts, academics, entertainment and sports. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Salvadorans.

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Gabriela Rodríguez de Bukele
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

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Óscar Romero
(Prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador)

Óscar Romero
20
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador
Died: March 24, 1980

Óscar Romero was the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. Disturbed by a growing war between left-wing and right-wing forces, he spoke against social injustice, poverty, assassinations, and torture. He was assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980. He is considered an unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador.

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Alicia Nash
(Physicist)

Alicia Nash
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador
Died: May 23, 2015

Born in El Salvador, Alicia Nash later moved to the U.S., where she became one of the first women to join MIT as a student. The physicist met her husband, renowned mathematician John Nash at MIT. Both Alicia and John were killed in car crash while returning home from Norway.

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Pete Sandoval
(Drummer)

Pete Sandoval
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Ana Municipality

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José Napoleón Duarte
(Salvadoran Political figure)

José Napoleón Duarte
7
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Ana
Died: February 23, 1990

José Napoleón Duarte was the president of El Salvador during the tumultuous years of the Salvadoran Civil War and had witnessed mass killings of civilians by the army. Though he was supported by the U.S., he failed to remove poverty from his country and ended up being ousted by ARENA.

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Mauricio Funes
(Former President of El Salvador)

Mauricio Funes
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Salvador

Mauricio Funes is a Salvadoran politician who won the 2009 presidential election representing the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front political party. He served as the 44th president of El Salvador from 2009 to 2014. Before establishing himself as a politician, Mauricio Funes had a successful career in journalism, hosting local news programs and interviewing leftist rebel leaders.

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Salvador Sánchez Cerén
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Quezaltepeque, La Libertad
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Eriq Zavaleta
(Footballer center-back position)

Eriq Zavaleta
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westfield, Indiana, United States

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Enrico Hernández
(Footballer forward)

Enrico Hernández
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Almere, Netherlands

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DJ Keoki
(Club DJ, Disc jockey)

DJ Keoki
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Salvador

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Hugo Pérez
(U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year 1991)

Hugo Pérez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morazán, El Salvador

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Roque Dalton
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador
Died: May 10, 1975
An illegitimate son of a Salvadoran nurse and an American businessman, poet Roque Dalton, best known for works such as El mar, Los testimonios, was also a famed leftist figure of the 20th century. He was eventually killed by people who didn’t agree with his political views.

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Walmer Martinez
(Footballer forward position)

Walmer Martinez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, United States

Marisela de Montecristo
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Olocuilta, El Salvador

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Francisco Flores Pérez
(President of the Republic of El Salvador (1999-2004))

Francisco Flores Pérez
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Ana, El Salvador
Died: January 30, 2016

Francisco Flores Pérez was a Salvadoran politician and an important member of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). From 1999 to 2004, Flores served as the 42nd president of El Salvador. Flores became the first former president from El Salvador to be charged with a crime and tried on corruption charges.

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Claudia Lars
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Salvador
Died: July 22, 1974

Claudia Lars was a Salvadoran poet best remembered for her work Sonnets of Michael, which earned her second place in the Floral Games in Guatemala in 1941. Some of her best-known works include Estrellas en el Pozo, Romances de Norte y Sur, and Sobre el Angel y el Hombre.

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Pablo Punyed
(Football player)

Pablo Punyed
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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Amando Moreno
(Footballer forward position)

Amando Moreno
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States

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Ana Maria
(Politician)

Ana Maria
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago Texacuangos, El Salvador
Died: April 6, 1983

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Salarrue
(Writer)

Salarrue
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sonsonate, El Salvador
Died: November 27, 1975

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Marcelo Arevalo
(Tennis player)

Marcelo Arevalo
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sonsonate, El Salvador

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Alfredo Espino
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ahuachapan, El Salvador
Died: July 31, 1928

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Fidel Sánchez Hernández
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Divisadero, El Salvador
Died: February 28, 2003

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Claribel Alegría
(Poet, novelist, and journalist who was a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America)

Claribel Alegría
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Estelí, Nicaragua
Died: January 25, 2018

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Maria Luisa Hayem
(Minister of the Economy)

Maria Luisa Hayem
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El Salvador

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Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán
(Former President of El Salvador)

Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1801 AD
Birthplace: Cartago
Died: 1875 AD

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Irma Dimas
(Model)

Irma Dimas
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

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Álvaro Torres
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Usulután, El Salvador

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Alberto Masferrer
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alegría, Usulután, El Salvador
Died: November 8, 1932

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Ivan Menjivar
(Mixed martial artist)

Ivan Menjivar
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Paz, El Salvador

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Rutilio Grande
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Paisnal, El Salvador
Died: March 12, 1977

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Horacio Castellanos Moya
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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Antonio Saca
(40th President of El Salvador from 1 June 2004 to 1 June 2009)

Antonio Saca
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Usulutan, El Salvador

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Tatiana Huezo
(Film director)

Tatiana Huezo
1
Birthdate: January 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

Tatiana Huezo is a film director of Mexican and Salvadoran nationality. She gained international recognition for her first documentary film El lugar más pequeño, which is about the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, she received the Fénix Award for her documentary film Tempestad, which also won the prestigious Ariel Award for Best Director in 2017.

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Manlio Argueta
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Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador

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Prudencia Ayala
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sonzacate, El Salvador
Died: July 11, 1936

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Milena Mayorga
(Legislator)

Milena Mayorga
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

Maura Clarke
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: December 2, 1980

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Idubina Rivas
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

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Maria Ofelia Navarrete
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El Savador

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Carlos Humberto Romero
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chalatenango, El Salvador
Died: February 27, 2017

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Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
(Writer and Artist, and was married to the French aristocrat, writer and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
2
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Armenia, El Salvador
Died: May 28, 1979

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María Isabel Rodríguez
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

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Vanda Pignato
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

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Marcelo Acosta
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Salvador

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Rufina Amaya
(Sole survivor of the El Mozote massacre)

Rufina Amaya
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: El Mozote, El Salvador
Died: March 6, 2007

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Juan José Cañas
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 19, 1826
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador
Died: January 10, 1918

Camila Vargas Palomo
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falcón, Venezuela

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Larissa Vega
(Beauty pageant contestant)

Larissa Vega
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, El Salvador

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Patricia Murillo
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Juayúa, El Salvador