Born five years after her favorite Tejano singer died and named after her, Selena Maldonado, 16, will commemorate the singer at the Fiesta de la Flor March 24 - 25.
Dressed in a replica purple outfit wore by Selena at her last concert in Houston, Texas, Maldonado practiced "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" as she prepared for the fiesta in Corpus Christi. Her hair was dyed black and bangs cut to simulate the late Selena.
"I just love all of her songs," Maldonado said. "One of my favorite songs is Como la Flor."
Maldonado is a sophomore at Alice High School. Since she was young, she has listened to the singer's music and has competed in talent shows by the age of nine at one of the Fiesta Bandana festivals.
"I named her Selena because of the singer who lost her life back in 1995," her mother, Roxan Riojas said. "I always loved her music."
Selena died in 1995, when her fan club president shot her at a Corpus Christi motel after an argument with money. Yolanda Saldivar was later convicted of murder and is currently serving prison time.
Maldonado said she loves to watch Selena's movie and videos and studies her dance moves. While this is her first time at the Fiesta de la Flor, she is no stranger to the stage.
"I started choir in the sixth grade and in seventh grade I did my first talent show at school," she said.
Since she can recall, her mother and her visit Selena's grave and statue at Bayfront at least once a year, Maldonado said.
Fiesta de la Flor, presented by CITGO, is a two-day festival celebrating the life and legacy of the Queen of Tejano music, Selena. As we approach the dates for the third annual event, the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau (CC CVB) is proud to announce the details for this year’s festival, scheduled March 24-25 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March, 24 and noon Saturday, March 25 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi. Daily General Admission tickets will be available for $10 or $15 for a two-day pass per festival-goer. Children 7 and under will receive complimentary admission.
Maldonado's seamstress, who made her outfit without a pattern, is Celia Martinez of Benavides; purple with glitter nails were done by Cali Nails; and hair and make up were Vanessa Trevino and Anabel Benavides.