The mayor proposes the People of Ukraine as Adoptive Son and the actress María Galiana and the bailaora Manuela Carrasco as Favorite Daughters of the city of Seville

The mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, has presented to the Board of Spokespersons the proposal for honorary distinctions that, subject to approval by the Plenary, will be delivered on May 30, San Fernando Day, in recognition of personal merits, actions and services carried out by citizens, groups, companies, entities and institutions for the benefit of Seville. It is, therefore, a symbolic expression of gratitude from Seville and its neighbors to all of them for their contribution to citizen coexistence and the progress of the city in different areas of civic and social action, solidarity, culture, entrepreneurship and service to the community. The mayor’s proposal includes the symbolic appointment of the People of Ukraine as Adoptive Son of the City of Seville, as well as the actress María Galiana and the bailaora Manuela Carrasco as his favorite daughters.

Adoptive Son of Seville: People of Ukraine in recognition of their struggle and resistance against the invasion by Russia, as an expression of the support and solidarity of the people of Seville, and lastly, in recognition of the work of entities, associations and citizens in general dedicated to helping social and humanitarian.

Seville’s Favorite Daughter: Maria Galiana Medina.

Actress born in Triana, she graduated in Philosophy and Letters, specializing in History, worked as a History and Art History teacher in different institutes until she decided to retire in 2000. In 1985 a student offered her a role in ‘Mother in Japan’ , a film that hardly had any means. The acceptance of this interpretation opened up new perspectives in her life. After the film she took part in small roles with great directors such as Fernando Trueba or Imanol Uribe. In 1999, she starred in Benito Zambrano’s Solas, with a memorable role in a magnificent film with an Andalusian accent that earned her the Goya Award for best supporting actress. María Galiana has won the affection of many Spanish men and women for years thanks to her role in the television series ‘Cuéntame qué pasa’, and in the series ‘La Mari’. During this time she has been able to combine her performances on screen with theater.

Seville’s Favorite Daughter: Manuela Carrasco Salazar.

Flamenco dancer and artist born in Triana. Belonging to a family of artists, she debuted when she was a child despite initial opposition from the family. At just 18 years old, she was already recognized as one of the greats, sharing the stage with names as notable as Matilde Coral, Farruco or Rafael El Negro. In 1974 the Pastora Imperio Award consecrates her as a dance teacher, heir to tradition and possessor of her own style. She has brought flamenco art and its imprint to auditoriums and theaters around the world and has performed with renowned filmmakers such as Carlos Saura. She is a National Dance Award, Andalusian Medal and Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.


First, for his career in promoting human values ​​and his social work for the benefit of the community and the most needy groups the city medals are awarded to: Pablo Noguera-Aledo Brother Pablo, a member of the Franciscan Congregation of the White Cross, a Catholic institute dedicated to the care of dependent, vulnerable and socially excluded people. He has served as Cardinal Amigo’s personal secretary for much of his life, of which almost three decades he has done so permanently in Seville. From this city he has promoted these welfare goals with absolute discretion and an exquisite personal style known by thousands of people; Oliva Family Association (AFO), for its work since 1972 in favor of the creation and conservation of infrastructures in the Barrio de la Oliva, for the support it has always given to the residents of the neighborhood and for having maintained itself for decades as a reference association in the area; Order of the Discalced Carmelites of Santo Ángel the historic Convent of Santo Ángel de Sevilla, founded by San Juan de la Cruz and which has served the city for 435 years; Gregory Medina White, for a successful professional career of 55 years as a gynecologist and as a professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, an activity in which he also developed intense research work with publications in numerous national and international journals; Y Amparo Diaz Ramosa lawyer who has been assisting victims of sexist violence for two decades, fighting to change the judicial system from within, so that the laws really know how to listen to what a victim brings with them and has to say.

Secondly, for his career in promoting culture, art and his contribution to the dissemination of the name of Sevillemedals are awarded to Teresa Duclos Lopeza member of the Andalusian realistic school, for his artistic quality and ability to capture the light and harmony of Seville in his art, creating school and style; Francisco Correal NaranjoPaquiño, a journalist who has worked for Diario 16, El País or Grupo Joly, where he continues to collaborate as well as participate in radio and television programs, always with his own style and always from his dual passion for football and literature; Victor Perez Escolanoprofessor emeritus at the University of Seville, an international reference in urban planning, an architect and a profound connoisseur of the history of contemporary architecture, and especially of Spain and Seville; Ignacio Fernandez Vial, technical naval engineer, researcher, historian and builder of historic ships and director of his great voyages, he has dedicated a large part of his life to studying and disseminating the feat of the First Around the World and the role of Seville in it; Joaquin Sanchez RodriguezReal Betis Balompié footballer, to his credit is the player with the most games in the 21st century and the player who has worn the Betis shirt the most times and has been capped by the Spanish team on 51 occasions; Antonio Gomez de los Reyes, Antonio Canalesteacher of reference and style for several generations of dance and flamenco dance; Francisco Carrera Iglesias, Paquili, an embroidery craftsman with 40 years of work in his artisan workshop, he is recognized for the incomparable creations that come out of his artisan workshop and for his continuous struggle so that the art of the brotherhood is equal in every way to the rest of the arts; Y Maria del Pilar del Rio SanchezPortuguese of second nationality and for poetic reasons, is a journalist and translator and president of the José Saramago Foundation, Nobel Prize winner with whom she shared life, and who knew how to teach her to love Seville.

Thirdly, in recognition of their entrepreneurial, innovative and professional work, medals are awarded to gaescothe Association of Builders and Promoters of Seville, for its important institutional work, carrying out numerous collaboration agreements in the university, business and with public agents, especially with the Seville City Council, with which it has always maintained an open dialogue and priceless; Rusvela family business founded in Seville in 1921 by Salvador Rus López, which celebrated its centenary last year, a meritorious milestone that is not easy to achieve in this field; Superior School of Hospitality of Sevilleof the Lezama business group, has been offering university training programs, technical training and specialized training programs for 29 years and collaborates with the Pablo de Olavide University for the design and execution of university-level programs that are taught; Jose Maria Fernandez-Captainan archetypal example of a self-made entrepreneur, owner of an international group specializing in organized catering that has five of its own brands (100 Montaditos, TGB Burger, Cervecería la Sureña, Panther and Pepe Taco), 750 restaurants and a presence in 13 countries.

Fourth, for their teaching, educational and research work, medals are awarded to Carlos Martinez Shawhistorian, professor emeritus specialized in Modern History and member of the Royal Academy of History, is one of the main promoters of the maritime history of the Old Regime in Spain; Asuncion Fernandez Camachosince 1987 she has been producing science at the Materials Science Institute of Seville, CSIC-University of Seville Joint Center, first as a scientific collaborator and later as a CSIC Research Professor, with research that has been focusing on the study of materials with sizes grain less than 50 nanomaterials; Lola Pons Rodriguezprofessor in the Department of Spanish Language, Linguistics and Theory of Literature at the University of Seville, currently represents the Seville City Council in the Academic Commission for the Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Elio Antonio de Nebrija and one of the most influential voices , read and heard of Spanish philology; Amparo Graciani Garcia, professor of Architectural Constructions at the University of Seville, doctor in Art History. Disseminator of Built Heritage, she is eager to promote the centenary of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929; EU Joint Research Center, Joint Research Center (JRC), is the largest research center in the EU, it is responsible for providing scientific and technical advice to the Commission and the member states of the European Union (EU) in support of their policies from Seville; Y Cristina Jose Cruces Roldanprofessor of Social Anthropology at the University of Seville, is one of the first expert academics in flamenco and a student of its contexts, its development and biographer of some of its most outstanding personalities.

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The mayor proposes the People of Ukraine as Adoptive Son and the actress María Galiana and the bailaora Manuela Carrasco as Favorite Daughters of the city of Seville