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    Mexican singer Luis Miguel and his controversial father made into piñatas

    14 de julio de 2018

    Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Mexican singer Luis Miguel and his controversial father, Luisito Rey, whose lives are being portrayed in a hit TV series, have been made into piñatas in Ciudad Juarez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.

    The airing next Sunday of the last episode of the series' first season, which is broadcast on Netflix and Telemundo, was the perfect motive for the Piñata Feliz company to create the two piñatas.

    "I am a fan of the series and I said to myself: we have to give people the opportunity to release their anger against Rey," Adilene Sanchez, an artisanal piñata maker, told EFE.

    Sanchez, as well as many other Luis Miguel fans, are convinced that the star's father was extremely harsh and even exploited the singer when he began his career as a young boy.

    One of the main issues addressed in the series is precisely the controversial figure and behavior of Luisito Rey.

    "We take advantage of popular topics to make piñatas," Sanchez said, who coordinates a team of five piñata makers.

    Two of the people on the team create the piñata's "skeleton," two others "dress" the figure with papier-mache, while she puts the finishing touches on the piñata to give it the characteristics of the person it portrays.

    The finishing touches on the Luis Miguel piñata, which include putting on paper-mache sunglasses and a black suit, as well as painting the star's characteristic smile and tanned skin color, take Sanchez two hours to complete.

    "The face features take the longest, because that is the way people identify the characters," the piñata maker said.

    The singer's popularity has rebounded recently, after a period marked by scandals and legal problems, not only because of the TV series but also because of a new record that was just released.

    Piñata Feliz also took advantage of the electoral campaign in Mexico to make piñatas depicting the presidential candidates, including Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the winner of the July 1 election.

    The World Cup also provided opportunities to create new piñatas depicting famous players, like Mexican teammates Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano.

    The piñatas, which cost 500 pesos ($25) and are 1.4 meters (4.6 ft) in height, will be on display this weekend in Mexico City in the Casa Chihuahua cultural center.

    Piñatas, which are generally filled with candy and small toys, are used in many celebrations in Mexico, including birthdays and Christmas parties.

    By Juan Manuel Ramirez G.