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Gabriela Rodríguez de Bukele
(Educator)
Gabriela Rodríguez de Bukele
44
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Salvador
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José Napoleón Duarte
(Salvadoran Political figure)
José Napoleón Duarte
14
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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Eriq Zavaleta
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Center-Back)
Eriq Zavaleta
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westfield
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Alicia Nash
(Wife of Mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.)
Alicia Nash
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San 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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Mauricio Funes
(Former President of El Salvador)
Mauricio Funes
12
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.

 6 
Roque Dalton
(Salvadoran Poet, Essayist, Journalist and Communist Activist)
Roque Dalton
7
Listed In: Writers
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.
 7 
Óscar Romero
(Salvadoran Roman Catholic Archbishop)
Óscar Romero
54
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.

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Marisela de Montecristo
(Model)
Marisela de Montecristo
11
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Olocuilta
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Hugo Pérez
(Former Professional Soccer Player and Current Coach of the El Salvador National Team)
Hugo Pérez
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morazán
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 10 
Claudia Lars
(Salvadoran Poet Known for Her Work: ‘Tierra de Infancia’ and ‘Cancion Redonda’)
Claudia Lars
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Armenia
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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Fidel Sánchez Hernández
(32nd President of El Salvador (1967 – 1972))
Fidel Sánchez Hernández
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Divisadero
Died: February 28, 2003

Fidel Sánchez Hernández was a Salvadoran politician and military officer. He served as the 32nd President of El Salvador from 1967 to 1972. In 1969, he led the Salvadoran Army in the Football War against Honduras. Prior to becoming the president, Fidel served as an army general. He also served as the Minister of the Interior from 1962 to 1967.

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Ana Maria
(Salvadoran Political Figure & Icon Among Revolutionary Women)
Ana Maria
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago Texacuangos
Died: April 6, 1983

Ana Maria was a Salvadoran political figure who was second in command of a guerrilla military and political organization called the Fuerzas Populares de Liberación Farabundo Martí (FPL). An intellectual, Ana Maria was regarded as an icon among revolutionary women. She was assassinated on April 6, 1983 by her own comrades in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán
(Former President of El Salvador)
Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1801 AD
Birthplace: Cartago
Died: 1875 AD

Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán was a Salvadoran politician best remembered for his service as the acting President of El Salvador. He served as the acting president on three occasions between 1844 and 1859. An important politician, Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán also served as the Vice President of El Salvador on a couple of occasions.   

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DJ Keoki
(Club DJ, Disc jockey)
DJ Keoki
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Salvador
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Irma Dimas
(Model)
Irma Dimas
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Salvador
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Enrico Hernández
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Enrico Hernández
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Almere
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Alberto Masferrer
(Salvadoran Intellectual, Essayist, Philosopher, Journalist, and Fiction Writer)
Alberto Masferrer
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alegría
Died: November 8, 1932

Alberto Masferrer was a Salvadoran intellectual, essayist, philosopher, journalist, and fiction writer. He is best remembered for his contribution to the progression of the philosophy of vitalismo. He traveled widely and served as a Salvadoran ambassador in Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, and Belgium. Alberto Masferrer also worked as a teacher and taught in many countries like Guatemala, Argentina, and Honduras.

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Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
(Salvadoran-French Artist and Writer)
Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
5
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: May 28, 1979

Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry was a Salvadoran-French artist and writer. She is perhaps best remembered for her tumultuous marriage with French aristocrat Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Tale of the Rose, a memoir detailing her marriage with Saint-Exupéry, was published posthumously in 2000 and became a national sensation. The marriage also inspired a biopic titled Saint-Ex.

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Claribel Alegría
(Neustadt Prize-Winning Nicaraguan-Salvadoran Author)
Claribel Alegría
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Estelí
Died: January 25, 2018

Nicaraguan-Salvadoran author and poet Clara Isabel Alegría Vides, better known as Claribel Alegría, was an influential name in Central American literature. The Neustadt Prize winner was known for her masterpieces such as Flowers from the Volcano. She was highly critical of the Salvadoran military government and often wrote on socio-political issues.

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Prudencia Ayala
(The First Woman to Run for President in El Salvador and Latin America.)
Prudencia Ayala
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sonzacate
Died: July 11, 1936

Prudencia Ayala was a Salvadoran social activist and writer. A pioneering women's rights activist in her country, Ayala was the first woman to run for president in El Salvador and Latin America. A prolific writer, Prudencia Ayala published novels and poems and also contributed to many newspapers in El Salvador.

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Salarrue
(Salvadorian Poet, Writer and Editor of 'Patria' Newspaper)
Salarrue
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sonsonate
Died: November 27, 1975

Salarrue was a Salvadorian poet, writer, and painter. He is best remembered for his contribution to a newspaper called Patria, which was owned by a prominent Salvadoran intellectual named Alberto Masferrer. Apart from working as an editor for the newspaper, Salarrue also wrote a series of short stories that came to be known as Cuentos de Cipotes.

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María Luisa Hayem
(Salvadoran Politician and Economist)
María Luisa Hayem
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: El Salvador

Maria Luisa Hayem is a Salvadoran politician and economist. In 2019, she was appointed as the Minister of the Economy of Salvador and is currently working towards reactivating her country's economy. Maria Luisa Hayem is also credited with forming a non-profit organization called Mentoring International, which mentors young people in El Salvador.

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Salvador Sánchez Cerén
(42nd President of El Salvador (2014 – 2019))
Salvador Sánchez Cerén
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Quezaltepeque

Salvador Sánchez Cerén is a Salvadoran politician best known for his service as the 42nd President of El Salvador from 2014 to 2019. A guerrilla leader in the Salvadoran Civil War, Sánchez Cerén was the first ex-rebel to serve as president. An influential politician, Salvador Sánchez Cerén also served as the Vice President of El Salvador from 2009 to 2014.

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Álvaro Torres
(Singer)
Álvaro Torres
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Usulután
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Tatiana Huezo
(Film director)
Tatiana Huezo
4
Birthdate: January 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San 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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Ivan Menjivar
(Salvadorian-Canadian Mixed Martial Artist)
Ivan Menjivar
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Paz
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Maura Clarke
(American Missionary Who Served in El Salvador and Nicaragua from 1950s to 1980)
Maura Clarke
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens
Died: December 2, 1980

Maura Clarke was an American religious sister best remembered for her service as a missionary in El Salvador and Nicaragua. She worked with the refugees and poor in Central America from the late-1950s until her murder in 1980. Maura Clarke and three other missionaries were raped and murdered by members of the Armed Forces of El Salvador in December 1980.

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Maria Ofelia Navarrete
(Salvadoran Politician)
Maria Ofelia Navarrete
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: El Savador

Maria Ofelia Navarrete is a Salvadoran politician who was appointed by President Nayib Bukele as the Minister of Local Development in May 2019. She also played a prominent role in the establishment of a bridge named Maria Chichilco over the Torola River, which was inaugurated in 2019. 

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Antonio Saca
(40th President of El Salvador (2004 – 2009))
Antonio Saca
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Usulutan

Antonio Saca is a Salvadoran politician best known for his service as the 40th President of El Salvador from 2004 to 2009. Prior to his political career, Saca worked as a broadcast journalist. Antonio Saca made headlines in 2018 when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted with money laundering and embezzlement charges.  

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Walmer Martinez
(Professional Footballer Who Plays for Forward)
Walmer Martinez
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Cruz
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lilian Mercedes Letona
(Salvadoran Communist and Guerrilla Revolutionary)
Lilian Mercedes Letona
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turín
Died: August 1, 1983

Lilian Mercedes Letona was a Salvadoran communist and guerrilla revolutionary. An important member of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, Mercedes is best remembered for taking an active part in the Salvadoran Civil War. Lilian Mercedes Letona died fighting in a battle at the age of 28.

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Francisco Flores Pérez
(39th President of El Salvador)
Francisco Flores Pérez
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Ana
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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Milena Mayorga
(Former Beauty Pageant Contestant and Model)
Milena Mayorga
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Salvador

Milena Mayorga is a Salvadoran political figure and former beauty pageant contestant and model. She represented El Salvador at the 1996 Miss Universe pageant where she entered the top ten. Milena Mayorga is currently serving as Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States of America.

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Idubina Rivas
(Model)
Idubina Rivas
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Salvador
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Rutilio Grande
(Priest)
Rutilio Grande
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Paisnal
Died: March 12, 1977
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Pablo Punyed
(professional soccer player who plays as a Midfielder)
Pablo Punyed
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami
 37 
Irma Lanzas
(Salvadoran Writer and Educator)
Irma Lanzas
0
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cojutepeque
Died: July 9, 2020

Irma Lanzas was a Salvadoran writer and educator. She started her career as a teacher and worked as a professor in many prestigious institutions like the National University of El Salvador. Later in her life, Irma Lanzas established herself as an important writer and published popular books like Toward the Kingdom by Faith and Grass Song.

 38 
Amando Moreno
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward and Winger)
Amando Moreno
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perth Amboy
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Marcelo Arevalo
(Tennis player)
Marcelo Arevalo
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sonsonate
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Larissa Vega
(Beauty pageant contestant)
Larissa Vega
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Ana
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 41 
María Isabel Rodríguez
(One of the First Women to Enter the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly)
María Isabel Rodríguez
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Salvador

María Isabel Rodríguez is a physician, government official, and academic. In 1956, Rodríguez was among the first set of women to enter the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly. She then went on to serve as the Minister of Health and Social Welfare from 2009 to 2014. Rodríguez also served as the rector of the University of El Salvador from 1999 to 2007. 

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Vanda Pignato
(Lawyer)
Vanda Pignato
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo
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Carlos Humberto Romero
(37th President of El Salvador (1977 – 1979))
Carlos Humberto Romero
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chalatenango
Died: February 27, 2017

Carlos Humberto Romero was a Salvadoran politician best remembered for his service as the 37th President of El Salvador from 1977 to 1979. His presidency was marked by political unrest that culminated in the 1979 Salvadoran coup d’état, which ended Carlos Humberto Romero's presidency.

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Papa A.P.
(Singer)
Papa A.P.
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalatenango
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Alfredo Espino
(Salvadoran Poet Best Known For His Book 'Sad Vessels')
Alfredo Espino
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ahuachapan
Died: July 31, 1928

Alfredo Espino was a Salvadoran poet best remembered for his book Sad Vessels. His book, a collection of 96 poems, is counted among El Salvador's most published books of poetry. Unfortunately, Alfredo Espino did not live long enough to witness his poetry published.

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Juan José Cañas
(Salvadoran Poet Best Known For Writing The Salvadoran National Anthem)
Juan José Cañas
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 19, 1826
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Miguel
Died: January 10, 1918

Juan José Cañas was a Salvadoran poet best remembered for his contribution to the national hymn of El Salvador. Cañas is said to have written the national hymn along with Italian conductor and composer Juan Aberle. In 1902, President Tomás Regalado honored Juan José Cañas with a gold medal for writing the lyrics of the Salvadoran national anthem.

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Luciana Sandoval
(Television presenter)
Luciana Sandoval
5
Birthdate: November 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Salvador
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Horacio Castellanos Moya
(Salvadoran Journalist, Short Story Writer, and Novelist)
Horacio Castellanos Moya
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tegucigalpa

Horacio Castellanos Moya is a Salvadoran journalist, short story writer, and novelist. An important writer and journalist, he helped establish a weekly publication called Primera Plana in 1995. Horacio Castellanos Moya is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Premio Nacional de la Novela and Manuel Rojas Ibero-American Narrative Award.

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Sonia Cruz
(Beauty pageant contestant)
Sonia Cruz
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: San Salvador
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Manlio Argueta
(Salvadoran Poet, Novelist, Writer, and Critic)
Manlio Argueta
2
Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Miguel

Manlio Argueta is a Salvadoran poet, novelist, writer, and critic. Although Argueta's main area of interest is poetry, he is best known internationally for his popular novel One Day of Life. The novel, which portrays the brutality of the Salvadoran army, has been translated into many languages.