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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 1 Óscar Romero

Óscar Romero.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Archbishop of San Salvador
Birthdate: August 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Barrios
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.

 2 Gabriela Rodríguez de Bukele

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

 3 Salvador Sánchez Cerén

Salvador Sánchez Cerén.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Quezaltepeque, La Libertad

 4 Pete Sandoval

Pete Sandoval.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Ana Municipality

 5 José Napoleón Duarte

José Napoleón Duarte.
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Salvadoran Political figure
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.

 6 Mauricio Funes

Mauricio Funes.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of El Salvador
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.

 7 Antonio Saca

Antonio Saca
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Usulután
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 8 Francisco Flores Pérez

Francisco Flores Pérez.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Salvadoran Politician
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.

 9 Roque Dalton

Roque Dalton.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San 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.

 10 Marisela de Montecristo

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

 11 Claudia Lars

Claudia Lars.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Salvador
Died: 1974 AD

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.

 12 Milena Mayorga

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

 13 Alfredo Espino

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

 14 Fidel Sánchez Hernández

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

 15 Marcelo Arevalo

Marcelo Arevalo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sonsonate, El Salvador

 16 Salarrue

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

 17 Ana Maria

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

 18 Maria Luisa Hayem

Maria Luisa Hayem
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Minister of the Economy
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El Salvador

 19 Émile Friant

Émile Friant
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Famous As: French artist
Birthdate: April 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lorraine
Died: June 9, 1932

 20 Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán

Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of El Salvador
Birthdate: 1801 AD
Birthplace: Cartago
Died: 1875 AD

 21 Alicia Nash

Alicia Nash
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
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.

 22 Irma Dimas

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

 23 Alberto Masferrer

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

 24 Maria Ofelia Navarrete

Maria Ofelia Navarrete
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El Savador

 25 Horacio Castellanos Moya

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

 26 Álvaro Torres

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

 27 Ivan Menjivar

Ivan Menjivar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Paz, El Salvador

 28 Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia

Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El Salvador

 29 Manlio Argueta

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

 30 Rutilio Grande

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

 31 Carlos Humberto Romero

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

 32 Prudencia Ayala

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

 33 Maura Clarke

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

 34 Francisco Gavidia

Francisco Gavidia
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador
Died: September 24, 1955

 35 Idubina Rivas

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

 36 Margarita Villalta de Sánchez

Margarita Villalta de Sánchez
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quezaltepeque, El Salvador

 37 Lourdes Rodríguez de Flores

Lourdes Rodríguez de Flores
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 38 Luciana Sandoval

Luciana Sandoval
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: November 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 39 Lilian Mercedes Letona

Lilian Mercedes Letona
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turín, El Salvador
Died: August 1, 1983

 40 Karina Sosa

Karina Sosa
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 41 Vanda Pignato

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

 42 Alice Lardé de Venturino

Alice Lardé de Venturino
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador
Died: October 13, 1983

 43 Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 44 Marcelo Acosta

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

 45 Carmen Aída Lazo

Carmen Aída Lazo
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 46 Camila Vargas Palomo

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

 47 Carmen Elena Figueroa

Carmen Elena Figueroa
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 48 Larissa Vega

Larissa Vega
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: August 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, El Salvador

 49 Papa A.P.

Papa A.P.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalatenango, Chalatenango, El Salvador

 50 María Isabel Rodríguez

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