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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

Picture of Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo, BBVA Tour 2014

This year’s edition of the BBVA Route, dubbed “An Adventure in the Country of Emeralds”, starts tomorrow with the arrival in Madrid of the 174 participating students from 21 countries, who will embark on a journey that will take them across Spain and Colombia. Now on its 30th edition, the program – directed by Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo –renews its commitment to the Ibero-American youth.

A tibia and fibula fracture almost forced him to give up his great passion. His eight-thousander challenge was still to come, but Carlos Soria already lived by and for the mountain. But courage, perseverance and drive have always been defining traits of his personality and one year later he was taking off to climb North America’s highest peak.

BBVA Open Talent 2015 - BBVA’s competition for FinTech start-ups, now in its’ 7th year - has attracted 652 entrants from 63 countries, competing for the chance to make it to this year’s finals, to be held in Spain, the United States and Mexico. For the first time, the United States is the country with the largest number of entrants, with 166 competitors.

Garbiñe Muguruza, who fell against US’ Serena Williams, the world’s number one, 6-4  6-4 in this year’s Wimbledon final, was just a few steps away from glory at the All England Club, like Lili Álvarez and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario years ago. Conchita Martinez remains the only Spanish female player to accomplish this feat.

The BBVA and El Celler de Can Roca tour was born with a set of shared values: Responsibility, innovation, commitment, globalism, leadership and the drive to succeed are the common notes that have made this exciting adventure possible. This tour is a respectful and humble homage to the gastronomy of the visited countries, something that is being possible thanks to the total harmony between BBVA and the Roca brothers.

Despite falling in the Wimbledon finals against the world’s top seed (6-4 and 6-4, in one hour and 22 minutes), Spanish-Venezuelan player Garbiñe Muguruza proved that she’s a worthy heir to Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Conchita Martínez, the two most prominent figures of the “golden age” of the Spanish women’s tennis.