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People Staff
October 12, 2007 AT 06:00 PM EDT

There’s no doubt that Juanes is a source of Colombian pride, a fact that we were reminded of today (Friday)when the singer was named Prince of the town Carolina del Príncipe, where he spent a portion of his childhood. The artist is the first person to be honored with the title in the South American country.

A statue of the singer, 35, was unveiled today in the main plaza of the same town, in front of the house of his deceased father.

The mayor of the town, Gabriel Ángel Avendaño, noted yesterday that the festivities are all part of the celebration of the 220th anniversary of the town’s founding. “When everyone arrives they ask for the prince of Carolina, and starting tomorrow we’ll finally have our prince,” he said.

The singer, who’s promoting his latest album La vida…es un ratico, spent the morning with the town’s citizens, who made him a traditional dish for lunch. The artist thanked his fans with a small concert.

Juanes later headed to the city of Medellín, where the park “Juanes de la Paz” was inaugurated in his honor.

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