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  1. Shakira



    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (/ʃəˈkɪərə/; born February 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

  2. Natalie Paris

    Natalie Paris


    Natalia París Gaviria (born August 12, 1975 Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian model, She is one of the most recognized models in Colombia and offers her own brand of personal care products under her name.

  3. Juanes



    Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), better known as Juanes (for the contraction of his first and second name), is a Colombian musician who was a member of the Acoustic Rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. According to his record label, Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

  4. Lupe Fuentes

    Lupe Fuentes


    Lupe Fuentes (born January 27, 1987) is a Colombian house music producer, DJ, and former pornographic actress. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Fuentes has been married to singer and actor Evan Seinfeld since 2011.

  5. Juan Pablo Montoya

    Juan Pablo Montoya


    Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán (born September 20, 1975), known professionally as Juan Pablo Montoya, is a Colombian racing driver, who has multiple top ten finishes in the year end standings for Champ Car (including 1999 champion), NASCAR (8th in 2009), IndyCar (including 2nd in 2015) and Formula 1 (including 3rd in 2002 and 2003). He is a two-time and current (2015) winner of the Indianapolis 500. He currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series driving for Team Penske.

  6. Jorge Isaacs

    Jorge Isaacs


    Jorge Isaacs Ferrer (April 1, 1837–April 17, 1895) was a Colombian writer, politician and soldier. His only novel, María, became one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish-language literature.

  7. Stella Márquez

    Stella Márquez


    Stella Márquez Zawadski-Araneta (née Márquez Zawadski born 1937 in Tumaco, Nariño, Colombia) is a former Colombian beauty queen who was crowned the first Miss International in history and became the pageant director and organizer of the Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) since 1964.

  8. Kike Santander

    Kike Santander


    Dr. Flavio Enrique Santander Lora (born May 11, 1960), commonly known as Kike Santander, is a Colombian composer, record producer, arranger and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the principal Latino composers of the day, having worked with artists such as David Bisbal, Cristian Castro, Thalía, Chayanne, Diego Torres, Alejandro Fernández, Olga Tañón, Bacilos, José Luis Rodríguez «El Puma» and Gloria Estefan among others. Kike Santander has composed more than 710 songs and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. His work as songwriter and producer includes themes such as Let's Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez, Abriendo puertas by Gloria Estefan, Me Estoy Enamorando by Alejandro Fernández, Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor by Cristian Castro, and Premonición by David Bisbal, as well as many songs recorded by artists such as Thalía, Natalia Oreiro, Gisselle, Edith Márquez, Luis Miguel, Soledad Pastorutti and the Spanish song for Eurovision Song Contest 2004, amongst others.

  9. Olga Elena Mattei

    Olga Elena Mattei


    Olga Elena Mattei Echavarría (born 1933 in Arecibo) is a Puerto Rican-born Colombian poet. She has won several poetry awards in Colombia and other Spanish-speaking countries. She has published around 16 books, all of them in Spanish. In 1979 she participated in the "International Writers Program" at the University of Iowa (Usono).

  10. Kika Perez

    Kika Perez


    Kika Perez, also known as Ilva Margarita Perez, (born in Barranquilla, Colombia, April 18, 1979) is a Colombian American actress and television presenter of Spanish descent. She is also known for being a writer and poet.

  11. Enrique Olaya Herrera

    Enrique Olaya Herrera


    Enrique Alfredo Olaya Herrera (November 12, 1880 – February 18, 1937) was a Colombian journalist and politician, President of Colombia from August 7, 1930 until August 7, 1934 representing the Colombian Liberal Party.

  12. José Eusebio Otalora

    José Eusebio Otalora


    José Eusebio Otálora Martínez was a Colombian statesman and General who became President of the United States of Colombia in 1882 in his capacity as the Second Presidential Designate following the death of President Francisco Javier Zaldúa, and the non acceptance of the office by the First Designate Rafael Núñez

  13. John Harold Lozano

    John Harold Lozano


    John Harold Lozano Prado (born 30 March 1972) is a Colombian retired footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder.

  14. Julián Trujillo Largacha

    Julián Trujillo Largacha


    Julián Trujillo Largacha was a Colombian lawyer, statesman, General of the Army and President of Colombia from 1878 to 1880.

  15. Manuel María Mallarino

    Manuel María Mallarino


    Manuel María Mallarino Ibargüen (18 June 1808 – 6 January 1872) was the 8th Vice President of New Granada, and as such served as Acting President from 1855 to 1857.

  16. León de Greiff

    León de Greiff


    Francisco de Asís León Bogislao de Greiff Haeusler (July 22, 1895 – July 11, 1976), was a Colombian poet known for his stylistic innovations and deliberately eclectic use of obscure lexicon. Best known simply as León de Greiff, he often used different pen names. The most popular were Leo le Gris and Gaspar de Nuit. De Greiff was one of the founders of Los Panidas, a literary and artistic group established in 1915 in the city of Medellín.

  17. Boris de Greiff

    Boris de Greiff


    Boris de Greiff Bernal (13 February 1930 – 31 October 2011) was a Colombian chess master and writer, born in Medellín and son of the Colombian poet León de Greiff.

  18. Virgilio Barco Vargas

    Virgilio Barco Vargas


    Virgilio Barco Vargas (17 September 1921 – 20 May 1997) was the 27th President of Colombia serving from 1986 to 1990.

  19. Léider Preciado

    Léider Preciado


    Léider Calimenio Preciado Guerrero (born 26 February 1977 in Tumaco) is a retired Colombian football striker, who currently manages minor league teams (lower divisions) for Independiente Santa Fe. He has played for Independiente Santa Fe, Once Caldas, Racing Santander (Spain), CD Toledo (Spain), Deportivo Cali and Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia).

  20. Lou Castro

    Lou Castro


    Luis Manuel Castro (November 25, 1876 – September 24, 1941) was born in Medellín, Colombia.) He was the first Latin American born player to play in Major League Baseball in the United States, and the first Latin American since Cuban player Esteban Bellán in 1873 to play professional baseball. If one does not consider the National Association a major league, then Castro was the first Latin American to play in Major League Baseball.

  21. Sergio Vélez

    Sergio Vélez


    Sergio Esteban Vélez Peláez (born 1983) is a Colombian (of Spanish descent) writer, professor and journalist. He won the Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar 2010 (National Journalism Award Simon Bolivar)», the Premio Internacional de Periodismo José María Heredia 2010 (International Journalism Award Jose Maria Heredia 2010).) and the Premio Cipa a la Excelencia Periodística 2012 (Cipa Award). The poet Olga Elena Mattei says that Vélez represents the Andean aspect of the contemporary Colombian poetry. Vélez is a Communicator of the University of Antioquia, Colombia.

  22. Joaquín Camacho

    Joaquín Camacho


    José Joaquín Justo Camacho Lago (July 17, 1766 – August 31, 1816) was a Neogranadine statesman, lawyer, journalist and professor, who worked for the Independence of the New Granada, what is now Colombia, and participated in the Open Cabildo which declared the Act of Independence, of which he was also a signer. He was executed during the Reign of Terror of Pablo Morillo after the Spanish invasion of New Granada.

  23. José Hilario López

    José Hilario López


    José Hilario López Valdés (18 February 1798, Popayán, Cauca - 27 November 1869, Campoalegre, Huila) was a Colombian politician and military officer. He was the President of Colombia between 1849 and 1853.

  24. Peter Claver

    Peter Claver


    Peter Claver (Spanish: ) (26 June 1580 – 8 September 1654) was a Jesuit who due to his life and work became the patron saint of slaves, of Colombia, and of African Americans.

  25. Fidel Cano Gutiérrez

    Fidel Cano Gutiérrez


    Fidel Cano Gutiérrez (San Pedro, Antioquia, 1854 – Medellín, 1919) was a Colombian journalist, founder of El Espectador, Colombia's oldest newspaper.

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