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Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía

The title of Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía ("Favorite Son of Andalusia") or in the case of a female recipient Hija Predilecta de Andalucía ("Favorite Daughter of Andalusia") is an honorific title granted annually on August 10 according to decree 156/1983 of the Andalusian Autonomous Government, recognizing exceptional merit or distinction in relation to the Andalusian region, through scientific, social or political actions or works that have redounded to the benefit of Andalusia. It is the highest distinction of the autonomous community of Andalusia.

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The nature of the honor

The honor is granted by agreement of the Governing Council of the Andalusian Autonomous Government, based on names proposed by the President of the Government, passed on by the president's office, the Consejería de la Presidencia. The title is strictly honorific, and does not entail any award of money. The names of those given the title are written in a registry known as the Libro de Oro de Andalucía ("Golden Book of Andalusia"). A medal is awarded with the inscription Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía, along with a silver plaque stating the reason for granting the award in this particular case. Normally at most ten medals are awarded each year, although the Governing Council may make exceptions to that. (In practice, as of 2009 that number has never been reached.) That count does not include awards given as a courtesy or in reciprocity, nor does it include posthumous awards. The honor is awarded in a public and solemn ceremony presided over by the President of the Government, in the presence of the Governing Council, and if possible coinciding with the regional holiday, the Día de Andalucía, February 28. The honor can be revoked if the recipient behaves publicly in a manner counter to the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, the principles of the 1978 Constitution of Spain or the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia, or prejudicial to the dignity of their basic interests.

List of Hijos Predilectos de Andalucía

  • 1983
  • Antonio Cruz García ("Antonio Mairena"), singer, Mairena del Alcor, Province of Seville Rafael Alberti, writer, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz Vicente Aleixandre Merlo, writer, Seville Jorge Guillén Álvarez, writer, Valladolid Andrés Segovia, guitarist, Linares, Jaén Ramón Carande y Thovar, historian and economist, Palencia, autonomous community of Castile-Leon
  • 1984
  • Juan Álvarez Ossorio y Barrau, historian, activist
  • 1985
  • Rafael Escuredo Rodríguez, lawyer and politician, Estepa, Seville María Zambrano Alarcón, writer, Vélez-Málaga, Málaga Antonio Gala Velasco, writer, Brazatortas, Ciudad Real Carlos Castilla del Pino, psychiatrist, San Roque, Cádiz Antonio Domínguez Ortiz, historian, Seville
  • 1987
  • José Antonio Valverde Gómez, zoologist Manuel Andújar, escritor, La Carolina, Jaén Juan de Mata Carriazo
  • 1988
  • Emilio García Gómez, historian specializing in Arabism, Madrid Manuel Castillo Navarro, composer and pianist, Seville Manuel Rivera Hernández, painter, Granada Pablo García Baena, poet, Córdoba José Manuel Rodríguez Delgado, physician and neurophysiologist, Málaga
  • 1989
  • Rafael Montesinos Martínez, poet, Seville, Seville José Muñoz Caballero, painter, Huelva Luis Rosales Camacho, poet, Granada, Granada
  • 1990
  • Javier Benjumea Puigcerver, businessman, founder of Abengoa, Seville Dolores Jiménez Alcántara "Niña de La Puebla", singer, La Puebla de Cazalla, Seville Francisco Ayala y García Duarte, writer, Granada, Granada
  • 1991
  • José Rodríguez de la Borbolla y Camoyán, lawyer and politician, Seville, Seville
  • 1992
  • José Antonio Muñoz Rojas, poet, Antequera, Málaga, Málaga
  • 1993
  • Manuel Losada Villasante, scientist, Carmona, Seville
  • 1994
  • S.A.R. Doña María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, mother of the King Juan Carlos, Madrid
  • 1995
  • Miguel Rodríguez-Piñero Bravo-Ferrer, jurist, professor, magistrate and president of the Constitutional Court of Spain, Seville, Seville
  • 1996
  • José Manuel Caballero Bonald, poet and essayist, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Cádiz
  • 1997
  • No award given.
  • 1998
  • Felipe González Márquez, lawyer and politician, Dos Hermanas, Seville, Seville
  • 1999
  • Manuel F. Clavero Arévalo, lawyer and politician, Seville, Seville
  • 2000
  • Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archbishop of Seville, Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid
  • 2001
  • Carlos Cano, songwriter, Granada, Granada. (Posthumous.) Pedro Cruz Villalón, president of the Constitutional Court of Spain, Seville, Seville
  • 2002
  • Manuel Jiménez de Parga, president of the Tribunal Constitucional, Granada, Granada
  • 2003
  • Emilio Lledó Íñigo, professor of philosophy, Seville, Seville Christine Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law of Pablo Picasso, philanthropist, Paris, France
  • 2004
  • Francisco Márquez Villanueva, professor of medieval literature, Seville, Seville Leopoldo de Luis, poet, Córdoba, Córdoba
  • 2005
  • María Victoria Atencia García, poet, Málaga, Málaga Julia Uceda Valiente, poet, literary critic, and professor of literature, Seville, Seville
  • 2006
  • María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba, (Madrid) Carlos Edmundo de Ory, poet, Cádiz, Cádiz
  • 2007
  • José Saramago, writer, Azinhaga, Portugal
  • 2008
  • Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former rector of the University of Granada, former director general of UNESCO. Barcelona, autonomous community of Catalonia
  • 2009
  • Juan Antonio Carrillo Salcedo, Doctor of Laws at the University of Seville, expert in international law, Morón de la Frontera, Seville

    Acceptance speeches

    Most of the recipients of the award come with a prepared acceptance speech. Politician Felipe González broke somewhat with this tradition in 1998 when he gave part of his speech extemporaneously; writer José Saramago in 2007 gave an entirely improvised speech. During his speech his medal fell to the floor and he had to stoop to recover it. He then continued, "This could be resolved with a Latin proverb, Sic transit gloria mundi, which gained him a round of applause.

    References

    Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía Wikipedia


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