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Timeline of Colombian history

Timeline of Colombian history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a timeline of Colombian history, comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Colombia and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see History of Colombia. See also the list of Presidents of Colombia.

Colombia was origionaly owned by england but Colombia declared independance in 1810, and officially gained independance at the Battle of Bogata in 1819. Colombia was founded around 1510 by the spainiards with Darien being the first european settlement. The peso was declared the official currency of Colombia in 1810

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Colombian Culture And 12 Interesting Facts: Language, Food, Family...

Colombian Culture And 12 Interesting Facts: Language, Food, Family... | Columbia |
Colombian culture is recognized as being one of the most diverse of the countries in South America. Colombian culture has been influenced by...

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Great article that has been pretty popular lately! :)

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Did You Know? Saint Joseph (Feast Day: March 19) - YouTube

Most Colombian holidays are celebrated on Mondays. New Years Day is January 1st. Epiphany is January 6th or the following Monday. Saint Josephs Day is March 19th or the following Monday. Holy Thursday is April 13th, 2006. Labor Day in Colombia is May 1st. Ascension Day is June 5th or the following Monday. Saints Peter and Paul Day is June 30th or the following Monday. Colombia Independence Day is July 20th. Battle of Boycaca Day is August 7th. Colombian Heritage Day/Columbus Day is October 12th or the following Monday. Immaculate Coneption Day is December 8th. And Christmas is December 25th.

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Shakira's Charity Work, Events and Causes

Shakira's Charity Work, Events and Causes | Columbia |
Details of Shakira's support for charities including UNICEF, ONE Campaign, and Habitat For Humanity. We have 84 articles about Shakira's philanthropy.

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Shakira launches program for early childhood in Brazil - Colombia Reports

Shakira launches program for early childhood in Brazil - Colombia Reports | Columbia |
Irish IndependentShakira launches program for early childhood in BrazilColombia ReportsColombian pop singer Shakira visited a school in Brazil Friday to officially open a program for early childhood development, along with Brazilian President Dilma...

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Important people in Colombia

Important people in Colombia | Columbia |

There are quite a few famous and important people from Colombia. Shakira she is an artist well known even here in America. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo is a very important person not only to Colombia but to other countries also. He Developed the world's first synthetic vaccine for malaria. And Geroge Lopez who plays on his very popular show "George Lopez". 

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Bogota a Thriving City with a Unique History and Culture

Bogota a Thriving City with a Unique History and Culture | Columbia |
Bogota is the capital and largest city of Colombia is renowned for its unique history and culture. The city is massive as compared to other cities in country and what this city offers in terms of c...

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Soraya Lamilla ~ March 11, 1969 – May 10, 2006 ~ "Miento"

1996: "Suddenly (music video) ;
1996: "Quedata" (music video)
1996: "Pueblito Viejo" (solo)
1998: "Lejos de Aqui" (solo)
1998:"Lejos de Aqui" (music video)
2003: "Solo Por Ti" (solo)
2003: "A Tu Lado" (solo)
2004: "Miente" (live)
2004: "De Repente" (live)
2005: "Cuerpo y Alma" (live)
2005: "Solo Por Ti" (solo)
2005: "Llévame" (music video)


Soraya (born Soraya Raquel Lamilla Cuevas; March 11, 1969 – May 10, 2006) was a Colombian-American singer/songwriter, guitarist, arranger and record producer.


A successful Colombian music star, she had two number-one songs on Billboard's Latin Pop Airplay charts. She won a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for the self titled album "Soraya" as "Best Album by Songwriter", which she produced, and a 2005 Latin Grammy Awards nomination for "Female Pop Vocal Album" for her album El Otro Lado de Mí (literally "The Other Side of Me"). She was the opening act for the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Her career spanned ten years, and she recorded five albums.


She was born Soraya Raquel Lamilla Cuevas in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, a year after her father, mother, and brother moved to the United States from their native Colombia. The family moved back to Colombia when she was a baby, but when Soraya was eight years old, they returned to New Jersey. "Soraya" is a very common name in the Middle East, and its meaning can be translated "rich" or "princess". Soraya's maternal relatives were Lebanese Christians who emigrated from Lebanon to Colombia. Soraya's mother, Yamila Gharib Cuevas, had been a housewife in Colombia. Soraya's father, Gregorio Lamilla, worked for an exporting company in Colombia; in the U.S., life was hard for the family, so to make ends meet, he worked three or four jobs.


Soraya first became interested in music at age 5 when she heard her uncle playing music in Colombia. Her uncle played "Pueblito Viejo", a Colombian traditional folk song using an instrument called the tiple, which is a kind of guitar with triple strings. Her parents bought her a guitar, which she taught herself how to play. She became proficient in classical violin, and her first 'public' performance was at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a member of the N.Y.C. Youth Philharmonic. She was valedictorian of her class at Point Pleasant Boro High School, where she began writing her own music.


Soraya was 12 years old when her mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer, 18 when her mother had a recurrence, and 22 when her mother died in 1992. Soraya had said that her sense of responsibility increased because she needed to take care of her mother and do all the household chores. She would also accompany her mother to the doctor's office; together they did breast-cancer research and participated in the Race for the Cure.


Soraya attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she studied English literature, French philosophy, and women's studies. Initially, she worried that she might be too shy to play before big crowds, but she eventually triumphed over her fear and realized her tremendous talent as a live performer when she played to rapt audiences at coffee houses and rallies around the sprawling Rutgers campus. She worked as a flight attendant before starting her music career.


Soraya obtained a record contract with Polygram Records/Island Records in 1994. Her first album, released simultaneously in both English and Spanish was titled "On Nights Like This / En Esta Noche". Both versions received positive critical acclaim and enabled her to tour in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, as a guest performer in concerts for famous musicians such as Natalie Merchant, Zucchero, Sting, Michael Bolton, and Alanis Morissette.


Her songs climbed to the top of the charts just about everywhere in Latin American, European, and U.S.' Hispanic markets. Her first single "Suddenly/De Repente" reached #1 in Billboard Latin Pop listings, with the English version receiving some mainstream Adult Contemporary airplay. Her second album, Torre de Marfil / Wall of Smiles, titled after a song co-written with her idol Carole King was released in late 1997, and helped her attain worldwide recognition.


Unfortunately, in 2000, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer, shortly after the release of her third album Cuerpo y Alma / I'm Yours — just days before she was about to tour and promote it. She took time off to fight this dreadful disease.


Feeling healthy and in remission, Soraya returned to the music scene in 2003 with the release of her fourth and self-titled album Soraya. The songs reflected her struggles, beliefs, and love for life. She composed, produced, and arranged this Latin Grammy winner for "Best Album by a Singer-Songwriter" and once again - Soraya was at the top.


She created one more successful album - El Otro Lado de Mí, before she finally succumbed to the disease in 2006. [...]


"I know there are many questions without answers, and that hope doesn't leave with me, and above all, that my mission does not end with my physical story" were Soraya's last words to her fans and the media before her death.  __



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Colombian Holidays

Most Holidays in Colombia fall on a Monday. Colombia's Independents day is on July 20. Bogota will celebrate with fireworks, parades, and boat races. They also have concerts. All Colombians will shout “More Colombia”, to honor the festivity.

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President Barack Obama Picks Shakira To Advisory Commission -

President Barack Obama Picks Shakira To Advisory Commission - | Columbia |
President Barack Obama named pop star Shakira a member of his advisory commission on Hispanic education on Wednesday, for her continued work to aid children in Latin America.

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These bricks don't lie: Shakira lays the foundations for new school in Colombia to help 1,500 impoverished children

These bricks don't lie: Shakira lays the foundations for new school in Colombia to help 1,500 impoverished children | Columbia |
Grammy-Award winning Shakira, who was joined by the president of the foundation Howard Buffett, said she was very happy to be there.

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3D White Unveils Shakira’s SmileStory

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Asks Fans Around the World to Share the Stories Behind Their Smiles with #3DWhiteSmile

BARCELONA, Spain - Monday, November 11th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) (NYSE: PG) Today, Crest and Oral-B 3D White announced a global call-to-action inviting fans around the world to share the power and stories of their smiles. This global movement kicked off with the debut of Shakira’s SmileStory video at the exclusive Crest & Oral-B Blue & White Gala in Barcelona, Spain, and live streamed around the world.

In creating Shakira’s SmileStory, 3D White found inspiration in who Shakira is and what she stands for, as well as from the beauty and power of her smile. This short, shareable SmileStory video details Shakira’s journey as an artist, humanitarian, and friend. Shakira’s SmileStory was captured to serve as an inspiration and visual call-to-action for fans around the world to share the beauty of their personal SmileStories through #3DWhiteSmile.

“Smiles have power,” said Stephen Squire, Global Marketing Director, Oral Care. “Smiles have a positive impact on the world. A smile is the first, and most lasting impression – and it can turn strangers into friends. The more brilliant your smile, the more confidently you can engage in the world around you – that is the power of a 3D White smile.”

Just as Shakira’s SmileStory showcases her different roles in life and on stage, 3D White is asking fans everywhere to share the stories of their own smiles. Women and men from all over the world can share a picture or video of themselves smiling, with a short caption describing the story behind their smile in that very moment. Fans can draw inspiration from Shakira’s SmileStory video – and use that inspiration to capture and share their own unique SmileStory with the world.

Fans can share their own SmileStory via any social platform using #3DWhiteSmile. From there, all SmileStories will be gathered and shared in a Smile Gallery found at

“We hope to gather as many brilliantly beautiful smiles as we can through this campaign,” continues Squire. “The truth is seeing someone smile is contagious. Spreading radiant smiles around the world sends a wonderfully positive message.”

Shakira’s SmileStory will live on 3D White’s YouTube and Facebook channels worldwide.

Fans should follow @3DWhite on Twitter and Instagram and use #3DWhiteSmile when sharing their SmileStory.

About Procter & Gamble

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About Shakira

Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two Grammys, eight Latin Grammys, four World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. At the age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa. In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira served as coach on the 4th season of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. She will return to the show on season 6. Shakira is currently recording her new album.


Media Contacts for P&G:

Procter & Gamble

Michelle Vaeth, 513-622-4727



Margarita Miranda-Abate, 646-500-7670


Media Contacts for Shakira:


Amanda Silverman, 212-277-7555


Dvora Englefield, 212-277-7555