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Plaza La Alameda and Primestor, in partnership with AJUA (Association of United Jaliscienses in Action), were honored to unveil the only-family-approved and official statue of Don Vicente Fernandez, ‘El Rey’ of Mexican Ranchera Music.

The event took place on Friday, February 10th, at 10 am in Plaza La Alameda, located at 2140 Florence Ave, Walnut Park, CA 90255, in the heart of Los Angeles.

The ceremony was officiated by Vicente Fernandez’s widow, Maria del Refugio Abarca Villasenor vuida de Fernandez, known as “Doña Cuquita.” Vicente Fernandez, celebrated as ‘The King’ of rancheras, was known for his powerful singing style and internationally recognized songs of love and loss.

The event aimed to celebrate his musical legacy and pass it on to new generations in the United States, strengthening pride in his Mexican identity, which he proudly conveyed during his performances.

The official ‘El Rey’ statue, an exact replica of the one at The Fernandez ranch “Los Tres Potrillos” in Jalisco, Mexico, was designed in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, and handcrafted in Toluca, Mexico, by artist Sergio Garval. Weighing over 4 tons and measuring 3 meters, it was unveiled during the official ceremony hosted by Plaza La Alameda, Primestor, and AJUA.

The event was attended by elected representatives, including Supervisor Holly Mitchell, California Commissioner Ricardo Lara, and Senator Alex Padilla. The celebration featured dancing horses, Foklorico dancers, performances by Mariachi Cielito Lindo, and more.

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