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Paco De Santiago

Paco De Santiago

Francisco de Santiago, known as Paco, was born in México City in 1967. He has also lived many years in Zacatecas and Guanajuato. He loves the history of México and has a deep cultural background. He studied History, Art and Culture in the National University of México, UNAM. His parents taught him the love of the arts. His father was an artist and professor at the famous “Academia de San Carlos” in México City. His mother worked as a flamenco dancer. As a teenager, Paco became one of the best chess players of México, having been choosen to be part of the México’s Olympic Chess Team. Then, he trained and worked as a professional bullfighter.

Recent stories by Paco De Santiago

June 4, 2020

Antolina: Doing Good to Stay Open in Mexico City

Mexico City |
Mexico City -- Covid-19 has brought most of Mexico City’s restaurants to a halt. But Antolina in the Condesa neighborhood has found a way to keep its kitchen active. “We were about to shut [the restaurant] down when we got the idea of doing something different to keep breathing,” says owner Pedro Sañudo. Read more
April 27, 2020

Caldos de Gallina Don Beto: A Mexico City Market Vendor Confronts the Crisis

Mexico City |
Mexico City -- Enrique Del Moral (1905-1987) was one of the most important architects of modern Mexico. Together with Mario Pani and Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, he revamped Mexico City in the 1950s. One of his most important designs was the new La Merced Market, which opened in 1957 (the market built in the 1860s was demolished to make way for the new structures). Read more
March 31, 2020

Coronavirus Diary (with Book Recommendations): Mexico City

Mexico City |
Mexico City -- In 2009, the A(H1N1) virus, known colloquially as the swine flu, hit Mexico hard. Only a few months before the outbreak began, I had moved from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City trying to rescue a broken relationship. I had to take the most boring job in the world: a customer service agent at CheapTickets, an online travel company. Read more
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