Manuel Vicente Duque

City Mayor, Cartagena de Indias

Manuel Vicente de Jesús Duque Vásquez, a dynamic entrepreneur, was born on November 14, 1967, in Cartagena. He was raised in the Blas de Lezo neighbhood by his parents, Manuel Vicente Duque Parada and Yolanda Vásquez Cantillo. After his first year of high school, he studied at the Salesian College of San Pedro Claver. At 17, he went to Bogota, and entered the Universidad Externado de Colombia, where he studied social communication and journalism. He completed his studies in 1990. He began his journalistic career at Caracol Radio, under the guidance of Alberto Piedrahita Pacheco, who gave him the nickname 'Manolo.'

In 1991, he returned to Cartagena, motivated by his passion for baseball and boxing. That same year, he became an announcer on the program Informadores del Deporte at Caracol Radio together with Melanio Porto Ariza and Humberto González Kergueléin. His television career began in 1992, on Noticaribe, the news channel of the Telecaribe television network. A few years later, he began working as an announcer on the program Los Dueños del Balón (RCN Radio). Simultaneously with his radio career, he worked as the sports editor at the El Heraldo newspaper. Around that time, he met Viviana Sánchez Blanco, whom he later married. They have two children, Sebastián, 20, and Manolo, 13.

As a journalist and activist, Manuel Vicente Duque is keenly aware of the problems that afflict Cartagenans. He has listened to the views of the various economic, social, and political sectors of the city, which has eqipped him with the tools to construct a vision of the city and a complete panorama of the real needs of Cartagena.

Manolo is a great sports, social, and community leader, with vast experience in community activism. He is a consummate and specialized professional, with a great sense of belonging, commitment, and vocation.

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