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Juan Pablo Manzanero, pictured with his father the balladeer Armando Manzanero. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s favorite son, Armando Manzanero, will be getting his very own biopic series. 

News of the upcoming show was announced on the national television show “Ventaneando” by Juan Pablo Manzanero, the son of the late singer-songwriter.

“My dad was a very fun guy, but also highly unstable, yet disciplined. There are many great stories to tell,” said Juan Pablo Manzanero, who also mentioned that production contracts for the new show had already been signed.

It is still not known if the series will make its debut on Mexican television, or via streaming on Netflix or another platform.

Armando Manzanero died in late Dec. 2020, after losing his battle with coronavirus in Mexico City

The trova legend had been hospitalized Dec. 17 after testing positive for coronavirus, five days after also defying warnings against unnecessary travel by flying to Mérida to inaugurate a museum dedicated to his life and career. It was to be his final public appearance.

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Some of Armando Manzanero’s greatest hits include: “Contigo aprendí,” “Somos novios,” “Nada personal” and “Cuando estoy contigo.”

Armando Manzanero was recently brought to life on Netflix’s “Luis Miguel La Serie,” by Yucatecan actor Pierre David, who said that he was honored to “embody the great maestro.” The series explores the life, career, and loves of Mexican pop icon Luis Miguel, as well as his collaborations with other artists, including Frank Sinatra, Cristian Castro, and of course, Armando Manzanero. 

The new series, which has not been cast or given a name, will be the most recent in a long series of biopics centered on the lives of popular Mexican artists and celebrities. Other examples include “José José, el príncipe de la canción,” “Jenni Rivera: mariposa de barrio,” and “Silvia Pinal, frente a ti.”

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