CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – April 9, 2019 – The weekend of April 12-13, 2019 is now officially recognized as Fiesta de la Flor Days in Corpus Christi, Texas in honor of Tejano music icon Selena Quintanilla Perez.

Corpus Christi Mayor, Joe McComb, issued a mayoral proclamation on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, prior to the Corpus Christi City Council meeting, recognizing the cultural and historical significance of the Fiesta de la Flor Festival, Presented by CITGO, and designating April 12-13, 2019 as Fiesta de la Flor Days. “We’re glad to declare a special Fiesta de la Flor weekend, but in Corpus Christi, Selena is celebrated year-round. This proclamation just makes it a little more official,” said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb.

During the ceremony, CITGO Petroleum Corporation presented City of Corpus Christi officials with a 36”x48” painting of Selena, created by local Corpus Christi artist, Gilbert Cantu. The portrait will be displayed in Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center, inside the Auditorium that has bared the name of the late singer since 1996.

“From its vibrant colors to its substantial scale, this painting captures the essence of Selena,” said CITGO General Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Legislative Affairs Larry Elizondo. “The artist did a phenomenal job depicting her likeness and CITGO is proud to present this gift to the City of Corpus Christi to be enjoyed by Selena fans for years and years to come. Additionally, CITGO is grateful to have the blessing of the Quintanilla family to publicly display the beautiful work of art.”

CITGO has served as Presenting Sponsor of Fiesta de la Flor since its inception in 2015. The Selenainspired music festival pays tribute to the late Tejano music superstar, attracting an estimated 59,000 visitors from eight countries, with an economic impact of over $11 million in 2018.

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


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