Celebrities receive Heart of San Miguel awards
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Festival San Miguel Te Amo (I Love You, San Miguel Festival) closed on February 28 at the Rosewood Hotel with the premiere of the Mexican movie El Deseo (Desire), filmed in San Miguel a few years ago. According to its star, Argentinean actress Christian Bach, “It shows the chains that are formed while humans are in search of love in the wrong places.” Damián Alcázar, who currently is supporting the production of a movie called San Miguel Te Amo, also attended the premiere, and said that San Miguel Te Amo will tell all kinds of stories (ranging from love and lovelessness to bandits and treasures) of events that occurred in San Miguel in the past. He commented that “the biggest barrier for Mexican cinema is showing the films” and suggested that San Miguel could be a place for screening Mexican films. Mayor Mauricio Trejo made a commitment to start the process to construct a theater like the one suggested by Alcázar.
After the movie, the local government distributed the Corazón de San Miguel, recognitions that will be granted yearly to entrepreneurs, institutions or figures who are ambassadors for San Miguel in the state, country or world. When Alcázar received the Corazón he said that he has lived in the city for 10 years and when he talks with somebody about San Miguel they say, “I have been there.” According to the actor, he came to San Miguel to do a movie and while he was strolling through the cobblestoned streets he thought, “This is where I want to live.” Christian Bach, who has participated in several soap operas filmed in the city, said that San Miguel is a magical place and that the Corazón that she received was likewise magical.
Tenor Fernando de la Mora also received recognition at the awards ceremony. He has participated in several concerts organized by San Miguel Cantador (now Vibra San Miguel), and he will perform in a concert at the Jardín Principal on Mother’s Day this year. Pepe Baéz, who works for Imagen 105.9 FM, also received a Corazón for being “the main promoter of San Miguel in the media.” Among others, Klaudia Oliver received an award for organizing festivals such as La Calaca and TEDx San Miguel, and Cecilio Garza was honored for being a cultural ambassador for San Miguel.