María Cristina Arango Vega

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The Most Excellent
María Cristina Arango Vega
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First Lady of Colombia
In role
7 August 1970 (1970-08-07) – 7 August 1974 (1974-08-07)
Preceded by Cecilia de la Fuente Cortés
Succeeded by Cecilia Caballero Blanco
Personal details
Born (1928-10-15)October 15, 1928
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Died September 15, 2017(2017-09-15) (aged 88)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Misael Pastrana Borrero
(m. 1951; d. 1997)

María Cristina Arango Vega (15 October 1928[1] – 15 September 2017) was the widow of the 23rd President of Colombia, Misael Pastrana Borrero, and served as First Lady of Colombia from 1970 to 1974.[2] She was also the mother of the 30th President Andrés Pastrana Arango.

Personal life[edit]

María Cristina was born in Bogotá to Carlos Arango Vélez, a Liberal party politician, and his wife María Vega Jaramillo.[2]

In 1946, while her father was serving as Ambassador of Colombia to the Holy See, she met Misael Pastrana Borrero, who was working as a diplomat in the embassy.[3] They got engaged that year and married on 24 February 1951 at the Saint Bartholomew School's Madonna Della Strada Chapel in Bogotá.[4] Together they had four children, Juan Carlos, Andrés, Jaime, and María Cristina. She died in Bogota on 15 September 2017 at the age of 88.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Ríos Peñaloza, Gilma (1 August 1996). "Primeras Damas del Siglo XX" [First Ladies of the 20th Century]. Credencial Historia (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Bank of the Republic (80). ISSN 0121-3296. OCLC 39236834. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pastrana Borrero, Misael". Current Biography Yearbook. The Bronx: H. W. Wilson Company. 32: 316. 1972. ISSN 0084-9499. OCLC 1565606. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Ágredo Tobar, Reinaldo (2007-12-27). Notas Biográficas y Genealógicas (in Spanish). Bogotá. p. 14. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
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