Published On: Fri, Apr 15th, 2016

Movie idol Pedro Infante remembered in Merida, 59 years after his tragic death here

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The actor and singer Pedro Infante, considered an icon of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, starring in films such as “We the Poor” and “The Three Garcias”, is being remembered with great ceremony in Merida, on the occasion of his 59th death anniversary.

The Merida city council recently designated April 15 as the Memorial Day for Pedro Infante, in order to preserve the legacy of “the idol of the people. Infante maintained a home in Merida that still stands as a hotel.

This Friday April 15, at 8:00 am there was a Mass at the site where Infante’s airplane crashed in which the singer was killed in at the intersection of Calles 64 and 87, better known as the corner of “The Socorrito” in the center of the Yucatecan capital.

In the evening there will be a cultural-artistic event with the presentation of Armando “El Torito” Infante, son of Pedro Infante, as well as local performers.

Pedro Infante is remembered with a statue in Merida, where he died in a plane crash 59 years ago. (PHOTO:

Pedro Infante is remembered with a statue in Merida, where he died in a plane crash 59 years ago. (PHOTO:

In Mexico City the traditional annual ceremony remembering Infante will take place in the Pantheon Garden. The musical event will include performances by Lupita Infante, Irma Infante, Pablo Montero, Jas Devael, Jose Julian, Baby Batiz, Sheyla, Raul Sandoval and Yoshio, and various groups, including Mariachi Alma de Mexico, Alma de Acero, and Los Caporales.

Pedro Infante Cruz, star of movies like “We the Poor,” “The Three Garcias” and “Black Sheep”, died on April 15, 1957 in a plane crash. He traveled as co-pilot of a B-24 Liberator, which took off from Merida, Yucatan, bound for Mexico City, but crashed shortly after takeoff.

The actor was born on November 18, 1917 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, within a humble family, his father was a musician Delfino Infante García, and his mother María del Refugio Cruz Aranda, a seamstress. He also had eight siblings.

By 1932, he joined the Orchestra Star Culiacan and, in 1939, emigrated to Mexico City, where he earned a contract with the XEW, then went on to star in many films.After his first meeting with the director Ismael Rodriguez in “Scandal Star” (1944), came several titles such as “We the Poor”, so that the figure of Infante was assured inclusion in the history of Mexican cinema.

From that moment, his films and songs settled in the heart of the people.


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