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Guillermo Del Toro Makes His Country Proud And Makes 12 Students Dreams Come True

One group of students is a step closer to making their dreams come true, in no small part thanks to Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

The director has often had a knack for making wishes come true – whether it be the starring character in “Shape of Water” or the slightly terrifying creatures of “Pans Labyrinth.”

But this time he’s helped grant the wishes of 12 Mexican math students who are aiming to travel to the International Math Competition happening this summer in South Africa.

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The news quickly went viral and reached the ears of Guillermo del Toro, who then took to Twitter and wrote: “I offer to cover the airline tickets for all 12 members of the Olympic math team to South Africa. @CDMXOMM, I’m following you. Send me a DM, please. Abrazos.”

It all started on Thursday when Matemáticas CDMX shared a video thanking supporters for donations to help them reach their goal.

The team was coming up short and without much support from the government, they weren’t likely to make the trip on their own – dashing their dreams of competing in South Africa.

Once news broke that GDT, as he’s affectionately called in Mexico, was to cover the flight costs, many were shocked and grateful.

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The mathmatics team themselves were shocked by the news and took to Twitter to say: “Wow! Just let us get up from the blackout!”

Many across social media were celebrating the gesture but it was the little math geniuses who were celebrating the greatest, as they’ll now be able to represent their country at this international event. The team took to Twitter to say they were “Excited, but above all motivated to give Mexico the international recognition that it deserves, we thank the community and other donors for their support of the Olympic team heading to South Africa…,” they wrote, noting that del Toro also will cover the flight tickets of another team that will attend a competition in the United Kingdom.

Many didn’t exactly know what to make of GDT trending on social media. Maybe he had a new movie in the works?

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Although we are all here for his incredible kindness, wouldn’t it be amazing if he also announced he was working on a new film?

But once everyone realized what was happening, everyone came out to thank him!

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We imagine there are many many Mexicans who feel the exact same way.

With the lack of support from the government, many were relieved that someone stepped up to help the kids achieve their goals.

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One person on Twitter summed it up by saying “This dude, this is how it’s done!”

Others on Twitter were proud to see one of their own taking action to help the less fortunate.

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Translation: “Guillermo del Toro, why did you pay for the plane tickets for the national math team?” “Because I am Mexican.”

Many were so moved by the generosity and shared how much hope it had given them.

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With one person taking to Twitter to say: “Guillermo del Toro, today with your incredible gesture I again have hope in our country we can improve if there are more people like you.”

READ: 23 Reasons Why Guillermo Del Toro Is Definitely Walk Of Fame Material

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

READ: FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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Residents of a village in Chiapas, Mexico have become so fed up with their mayor that they decided to do something about it. Eschewing long, bureaucratic legal processes to hold him accountable, residents of a southern Chiapas town decided to hold their mayor accountable for what they said was a public works project so poorly done that it was useless.

A mayor in Chiapas was tied to a tree by his own residents for a job done badly.

Residents from eleven neighborhoods of the Chiapas town Comalapa held their mayor accountable for his inaction on a public works project. According to reports, the residents arrested Mayor Óscar Ramírez Aguilar to a tree in a public area to expose him to the rest of the town. They told the newspaper Diario de Chiapas, that they wanted to expose him for the “bad public servant” that he is and that he shouldn’t be reelected.

The townspeople say the municipal water storage cistern — whose installation they say was a campaign promise — is in such poor condition that it does not comply with water safety requirements. It currently has no water, they said, due to leaks, and the residents accuse the government of merely patching the tank — badly — to stop them.

In a video on social media, residents showed how the concrete patch job is already chipping away and easily crumbles.

“He promised us that this would be a public works project worthy of Comalapa residents, but [this tank is] a farce; the water system doesn’t work well. It’s an old problem that he should have attended to properly and should have been a priority during his administration because he came to see us in our homes with this promise, and now he doesn’t want to live up to it,” a resident told the newspaper.

But the mayor is denying what happened in a social media post.

The mayor though has a totally different version of events. After he was released, Ramírez posted a video on his official social media account to counter the residents’ version of the story.

“They did not tie me up,” he claimed. “The meeting was with 11 representatives of Comalapa neighborhoods in order to agree upon details regarding a major public project, the introduction of potable water.”

However, photographs clearly showed the mayor standing before a tree with his hands behind his back.

Three years ago, another local official suffered a similar fate after allegedly failing to deliver promised funds. He was bound to a post in the the central plaza of Comalapa.

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