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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:15 pm

By the time Mariana Seoane Garcia was announced Thursday as this year’s Mr. Amigo honoree, she had already been on Luigi Cristiano’s mind for almost a year.

As the latest Mr. Amigo President, one of Cristiano’s chief duties was to select someone to serve as the face of festivities next month, but he said it didn’t take much to convince the 37-year-old actress and singer to accept the honor after a board member floated the idea.

Cristiano said the board seized on the opportunity to make Seoane Mr. Amigo and that when he contacted her about being the Charro Days ambassador, her answer was “absolutely yes.”

That’s not to say that the actress, who appeared most recently in the telenovela La Tempestad, wasn’t busy.

In fact, when he contacted her she already had plans to be elsewhere during Charro Days, which this year will run from Feb. 23 until March 2, but she altered her schedule when she learned the board wanted her as Mr. Amigo.

“She is somebody who is going the extra mile to help us,” Cristiano said.

And while her benevolence makes her a prime candidate to be the ambassador of the celebration, along with Matamoros’ Charro Days counterpart, Fiestas Mexicanas, Cristiano said her career as an actress, model and singer would mean widespread goodwill for the area and the joint celebration, which celebrates the special relationship between Brownsville and its sister city across the border.

Seoane was born in Michoacan to an Argentine mother and a Cuban-Mexican father and began acting and singing professionally as a teenager. She has been nominated for a Latin Grammy and has sold more than 500,000 albums during her career. She was also invited to play Karla in the telenovela La Fea Mas Bella in 2006 and has starred in Mar de Amor and Por Ella Soy Eva.

The Mr. Amigo Association is celebrating its 50th year of promoting friendship between Brownsville and Matamoros.

In 1964 the Mr. Amigo Association first recognized a Mexican citizen who had contributed to the friendship between their homeland and the United States, and the Mr. Amigo honor was born.

Officials from Matamoros, the U.S. Consulate and Mexican Consulate and others attended the announcement, where Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez was among those to offer remarks.

“Fifty years of Mr. Amigo is a real sign of permanence,” Martinez told those gathered, centering his talk on the long-standing relationship between the border cities.

After the meeting he was optimistic about what this year holds for the two municipalities.

“2014 is going to be the year of Brownsville and Matamoros,” he said, noting that he could think of no better way to start the year off than with the Mr. Amigo announcement.

Martinez said projects on both sides of the border give the two cities “plenty to celebrate.”

“We’re just going to have to do a lot of work,” he said.

tjohnson@brownsvilleherald.com

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