The Vega Baja del Segura region is located in the Valencian Community and includes the southern extremes of the province of Alicante up to the limit of the Region of Murcia. This region treasures a wide cultural heritage due to the many cities that make it up, being Orihuela its capital and one of the main claim cities in the province. The historical figures who have been born or have developed a long career in the Vega Baja are many, but below we will highlight the most important in each city.
It is an unmistakable pairing in the history of Spain. To speak of Orihuela is to mention Miguel Hernández. Orihuela Natal, the poet came into direct contact with nature and the solitude of the countryside, a fact that will inspire you throughout your life to compose. In the middle of this environment. Miguel wrote many poems thanks to the presence of nature, which was etched both in his poetry - especially in his youth poetry.- as in your letters.
In 1925 at fifteen, he has to drop out of school to take care of the goats again near Orihuela. But, while taking care of them, I read books by Gabriel y Galán, I look, Zorrilla. Sometimes he would write verses in the shade of a tree. In the spring of 1939, before the flight of the republican front, Miguel Hernández began his coming and going through prisons: Sevilla, Madrid. Suddenly, mid-September 1939, He was released.
Dragged by the love of his own, march to Orihuela, where he is imprisoned again in the seminary of San Miguel, turned into prison. Until in his defenseless organism an "acute pulmonary tuberculosis" is declared that extends to both lungs, reaching such alarming proportions that even the attempt to transfer him to the Porta Coeli Penitentiary Sanatorium is impossible. Between pains, bleeding, coughing strokes, Miguel Hernández was slowly wasting away. The 28 March 1942 dies at thirty-one.
Albatera-Valentín García Quinto
Valentín García Quinto was born in Albatera in 1927. His inclination to painting and sculpture comes from childhood. He went to Barcelona in 1942 to study at the School of Arts and Crafts. He completed his training at the Reixach Campanya Workshop and later studied drawing and modeling in Palma de Mallorca and decoration of sculpture and stone carving in Madrid.
His work, fundamentally of religious inspiration, they embellish Holy Week in Albate and that of many towns in our province, Almeria and Murcia. Universal artist and tireless worker has sculptures scattered all over the world: Egypt, New York, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela and Japan. Featured as one of the representatives of current Levantine sculpture, He was named Favorite Son of the Villa de Albatera in 1996.
Almoradí-Tomás Valdés Ibáñez
D. Tomás Valdés Ibáñez, born in Almoradí, entered the Naval Academy on the day 19 October 1941 and was promoted to Alferez de Navío on 15 October 1946 with the number one of your Promotion, for which he was awarded the 1st Class Naval Merit Cross with white distinctive. The day 8 August 1950 promoted to the job of Lieutenant, being stationed on the Méndez Núñez Cruise. Being embarked on the General Staff of the Mediterranean Naval Division, on the Gravina Destroyer and on the Miguel de Cervantes Cruiser. Ranger Cies and Minesweeper Almanzora commanded as Lieutenant of the Ship. The day 1 of January of 1950 promoted to Lieutenant Commander. The day 1 July 1971 promoted to Captain of the Frigate, commanding the Destroyer Almirante Valdés. In february 1979 promoted to Captain. The day 3 March 1982 is promoted to Rear Admiral of the Navy.
Benijófar-Florencio Celdrán Chazarra
He was born in Benijófar (Alicante) the day 7 October 1899, To a child, lost his left arm between the mechanical teeth of a Ferris wheel on the banks of the Segura River. Teacher in his hometown until age twenty-three. His valuable performance in said school earned him so that D. Felipe Rinaldi, then Superior General of the Salesians, dispense with the lack of an arm to enter the novitiate.
He moved to Valencia to the school on Sagunto Street where the night of the 21 July 1936. The school was under siege during the night of 20-21, they were hours of trouble, shock and a fearful wait. With the first light of dawn, there is the assault of a crowd that shouts, blasphemous, loot and destroy. The arrival of the guards was a relief for all Salesians. Cellular cars drove them to the model jail, in Mislata.
Released from that prison by the efforts of the Benijófar Revolutionary Committee. To this end, some components of the Committee and, after laborious negotiations, they managed to get him out of jail and transfer him to Benijófar, where they released him. He spent the war in his town, walking through the orchard with a book under his only arm and, in work breaks, taught the neighbors to read and write. I was returning to Valencia, to the school on Sagunto street in 1939 where he stayed until his death. In the year 1963 underwent cataract surgery and was blind the following year. He defended and acted the trilogy: tell, read and write.
His life was a constant lesson. Parents when enrolling their children insisted that they put them in their class (such was the fame of good). Of a good man and a good teacher that Don Florencio enjoyed. It was the quintessential teacher class, of the good man, of the missing. He was the most beloved teacher in the school with no academic degree. He died in Valencia, Sagunto street school, the day 14 from December to 1972, to the 73 years and 44 of religious life.
Callosa de Segura-Francisco Salinas
Francisco-Martín Salinas y García was born in Callosa del Segura on 17 November 1909 and he died at the Provincial Hospital of Alicante on 30 May 1987. The poetic abilities of Francisco Salinas stood out for the ability to compose from memory in the style of troveros. Francisco did not attend school, because he played truant and spent the day playing and kidding pranks. He took up his father's trade, hairdresser, and in the salon of said hairdresser, poets from the Vega Baja met as an informal gathering, that according to his niece Rosario Salinas, Miguel Hernández also attended with some frequency, Santiago Moreno, Vicente Bautista, Gabriel and Ramón Sijé, Carlos fenoll, Jesus Poveda, Manuel Molina, Vicente Ramos, Carlos Sahagún and the painter Gastón Castelló.
Precisely in this city, Callosa del Segura, Scorching Naigara’s is found, a restaurant specializing in grilled meat, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pig, all made with coconut charcoal.