Paraguayan

Hard working, determined and adventurous, Paraguayans are well known for their love of sports which are an important part of the country’s national culture. Football is the most popular sport, while basketball is also very famous. The most successful football players in Paraguayan history are Arsenio Erico, Aurelio González, Julio César Romero and José Luis Chilavert while sportsmen like Victor Caballero, Hugo Chapacú, and Ramón Delgado have made the country proud in the world of tennis. The nation has an interesting music history and the famous composer José Asunción Flores is credited to be the creator of the Guarania music genre which is most popular in Paraguay. There is a small but vibrant jazz community in Paraguay, represented by the likes of Palito Miranda and Pereira. The country has also produced several literary geniuses in the form of poets and novelists such as José Ricardo Mazó, Roque Vallejos, and Nobel Prize nominee Augusto Roa Bastos. Paraguayan film industry, a traditionally small one, is now beginning to thrive with the likes of Renate Costa, Manuel Cuenca, Jorge Díaz de Bedoya, and Paz Encina dominating the cinema. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Paraguayans.

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 1 Roque Santa Cruz

Roque Santa Cruz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción

 2 Alfredo Stroessner

Alfredo Stroessner
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Paraguay
Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Encarnación
Died: August 16, 2006

Alfredo Stroessner was a Paraguayan Army officer who ruled over Paraguay as its dictator from 1954 to 1989. His 35-year-long rule is the longest in the history of modern South America. He was overthrown in 1989 in a military coup led by Andrés Rodríguez. Subsequently, he was forced into exile and spent his last 17 years in exile in Brazil.

 3 José Luis Chilavert

José Luis Chilavert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luque

 4 Francisco Solano López

Francisco Solano López
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Paraguay
Birthdate: July 24, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción
Died: March 1, 1870

Francisco Solano López was a Paraguayan politician who served as the president of Paraguay from 1862 to 1870. Before becoming a leader, López played an important role in the Platine Wars where he fought against Juan Manuel de Rosas, serving in the Paraguayan Army. A controversial figure, Solano López is sometimes held responsible for the outbreak of the Paraguayan War. 

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 5 Silvana López Moreira

Silvana López Moreira
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady of Paraguay
Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 6 Oscar Cardozo

Oscar Cardozo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juan Eulogio Estigarribia

 7 Horacio Cartes

Horacio Cartes
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Paraguay
Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asunción

Horacio Cartes is a Paraguayan politician and businessman. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the president of Paraguay. Apart from being an important member of the Colorado Party, Cartes is also an influential businessman. He owns the business conglomerate Grupo Cartes, which includes about two dozen businesses, including Paraguay's largest cigarette manufacturer Tabacalera del Este.

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 8 Juan Iturbe

Juan Iturbe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 9 Larissa Riquelme

Larissa Riquelme
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 10 José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yaguarón
Died: September 20, 1840

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia went down in history as the first dictator of Paraguay. Although he had initially studied theology, he later deviated to law. Known as El Supremo, he banned all foreign trade in his bid to make Paraguay self-sufficient, thus eventually weaking it and curbing personal freedom.

 11 Ana Lucrecia Taglioretti

Ana Lucrecia Taglioretti
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: December 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: January 7, 2020

 12 Nelson Haedo Valdez

Nelson Haedo Valdez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Paraguayan footballer
Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Joaquín

 13 Fernando Lugo

Fernando Lugo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: politician, sociologist, cleric, Catholic priest
Birthdate: June 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Solano

 14 Justo Villar

Justo Villar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cerrito

 15 Antolín Alcaraz

Antolín Alcaraz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Paraguayan footballer
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Roque González de Santa Cruz

 16 Carlos Gamarra

Carlos Gamarra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ypacaraí

 17 Augusto Roa Bastos

Augusto Roa Bastos
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: April 26, 2005

 18 Cristian Riveros

Cristian Riveros
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Juan Augusto Saldívar

 19 Leryn Franco

Leryn Franco
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 20 Verónica Cepede Royg

Verónica Cepede Royg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 21 Clara Sosa

Clara Sosa
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 22 Victor Espinola

Victor Espinola
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 23 Yanina González

Yanina González
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 24 Roque González y de Santa Cruz

Roque González y de Santa Cruz
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: November 17, 1576
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: sunción, Paraguay
Died: November 15, 1628

 25 Victor Pecci

Victor Pecci
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 26 Fabrizio Zanotti

Fabrizio Zanotti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 27 Lucas Barrios

Lucas Barrios
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Argentine-Paraguayan footballer
Birthdate: November 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Fernando de la Buena Vista

 28 Julieta Granada

Julieta Granada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 29 Julio César Romero

Julio César Romero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: August 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay

 30 Jessica Martínez

Jessica Martínez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Itauguá, Paraguay

 31 Faith Wilding

Faith Wilding
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Famous As: Multidisciplinary artist
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 32 Benny Ricardo

Benny Ricardo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 33 Berta Rojas

Berta Rojas
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 34 Ramón Delgado

Ramón Delgado
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay

 35 Luis María Argaña

Luis María Argaña
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: March 23, 1999

 36 Belen Alderete

Belen Alderete
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caacupé, Paraguay

 37 Eliza Lynch

Eliza Lynch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Former First Lady of Paraguay
Birthdate: November 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: July 27, 1886

 38 Perla

Perla
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paraguay

 39 Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra

Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 40 Vivian Benitez

Vivian Benitez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay

 41 Carmen Casco de Lara Castro

Carmen Casco de Lara Castro
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: June 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: May 8, 1993

 42 Derlis Ayala

Derlis Ayala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: January 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

 43 Hernando Arias de Saavedra

Hernando Arias de Saavedra
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 10, 1564
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: December 21, 1634

Hernando Arias de Saavedra was a politician and soldier of criollo ancestry. He served as the governor of Governorate of the Río de la Plata on two occasions, becoming the first person to serve as governor of a New World's European colony after being born in the Americas. He also served as the Governorate of Paraguay from 1615 to 1617.

 44 Federico Franco

Federico Franco
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción

 45 Manuel Ortiz Guerrero

Manuel Ortiz Guerrero
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villarrica, Paraguay
Died: May 8, 1933

 46 Rossana de los Ríos

Rossana de los Ríos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 47 Montserrat González

Montserrat González
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 48 Carlos Antonio López

Carlos Antonio López
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: September 10, 1862

 49 Nicanor Duarte

Nicanor Duarte
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Paraguayan Politician
Birthdate: October 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coronel Oviedo

 50 Josefina Pla

Josefina Pla
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isla de Lobos, Canarias, Spain
Died: January 11, 1999

Josefina Plá was a Spanish-born Paraguayan dramatist, poet, historian and sculptor, who yielded great influence on the 20th century Paraguayan culture. Gaining fame for her earliest poems like El precio de los sueños, she began operating a radio theater for the soldiers in the field during the Chaco War and later wrote many historical works including El barroco Hispano-guaraní .