Novela actor named ‘Mr. Amigo 2012'
A Mexican soap opera star, Arath de la Torre, will be the 47th Mr. Amigo inductee, coinciding with the 75th annual Charro Days celebration in February.
Mr. Amigo is meant to be a living symbol of the friendship between the U.S. and Mexico. Charro Days will take place Feb. 19 to 25.
According to the Mr. Amigo Association, a separate group from Charro Days Fiesta Inc., a selection committee searches for an outstanding individual to choose as the informal ambassador.
De la Torre gained fame playing Pancho Lopez in one of Mexico’s top soap operas, “Una Familia Con Suerte.”
He was born in Mexico City in 1975 and raised in Cancun, according to his biography from the Mr. Amigo Association. He studied at the Centro de Educacion Artistica to pursue his dream of becoming an entertainer.
His first role was in the Televisa soap opera “Tu y Yo,” and he later was a part of the TV comedy “La Parodia.” He then became the host of the TV sitcom “La Hora de La Papa” along with Mexican beauty queen Galilea Montijo, the biography states.
To be designated Mr. Amigo, one must be a Mexican citizen who has contributed to the friendship and understanding between the United States and Mexico, the organization states. One must also be a successful professional with “the highest standards in their personal and professional life,” the organization’s website reads. Additionally, Mr. Amigo should be a role model who promotes the improvement of the quality of life in the Hispanic community, the group states.
The first Mr. Amigo, in 1964, was Mexican President Miguel Alemán Valdés, who served from 1946 to 1952, according to the organization. Mr. Amigo 2010 was singer Carlos Cuevas.