Fiesta De La Flor Presented by CITGO Becomes Major Source of Economic Growth for City of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – April 12, 2019 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Visit Corpus Christi are celebrating a milestone in 2019 with the fifth annual Fiesta de la Flor honoring Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez. For the 5th year, CITGO is presenting sponsor of the 2-day music festival celebrating the life and legacy of the Tejano music icon.
 
“Fiesta de la Flor has grown into a premier experience in Corpus Christi and CITGO is proud to once again serve as presenting sponsor of this family-friendly event that showcases the lasting legacy of Selena,” said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President and General Manager Trina C. Martinez. “We’re excited to play a part in an event that not only draws families from around the world, but also has become a major source of economic growth for the city.” 
 
Since its inception in 2015, Fiesta de la Flor has become recognized worldwide as a popular music festival. In 2018, Fiesta de la Flor attracted more than 59,000 visitors to the Coastal Bend from 42 states and 8 countries and contributed more than $11 million to the local economy. This year’s festival features a lineup of Tejano and GRAMMY® Award winning artists including Little Joe Y La Familia, Jay Perez and Ram Herrera. Festival-goers also have access to international artisans, food trucks and an interactive area for children. 
 
“It is hard to believe it has been five years since we started Fiesta de la Flor,” said Paulette Kluge, CEO of Visit Corpus Christi. “We look forward to another successful festival that celebrates our very own Selena and welcome visitors from all over the world.”
 
The 2019 festival, which takes place on April 12-13, 2019 at North Bayfront Park in Corpus Christi, also features One Person Unites Us, a sit-down conversation with Suzette Quintanilla, president and CEO of Q Productions and singer, actress and TV personality Adrienne Bailon.  
 
Supporting community events, such as Fiesta de la Flor, is reflective of the CITGO mission of “Fueling Good” in the communities in which its employees live and work. The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is a dedicated supporter of community initiatives that improve the lives of Corpus Christi residents, including Charlie’s Place Recovery Center, the Special Olympics South Texas Spring Games, and Habitat for Humanity. Over the past two years, CITGO employees and volunteers have dedicated more than 4,900 hours to these and other causes.
 
About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
 
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 million per year on average in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. With a crude refining capacity of approximately 165,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) and a versatile product mix, which includes an average of 4.2 million gallons of gasoline, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is one of the most sophisticated and efficient fuel and petrochemical refineries in the nation. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for a network of more than 300 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations in the State of Texas and thousands more across the country, CITGO Corpus Christi refinery employees are dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. CITGO Corpus Christi employees volunteer more than 2,500 hours on average annually to support causes and organizations including United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle
League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up, among many others. For more information, visit www.citgocorpuschristi.com.
 
About CITGO 
 
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,000 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.