Carlos Rojas Pavez

Carlos Ignacio Rojas Pavez (16 October 1906 – 23 August 1994) was the 28th Mayor of the commune of Pichilemu, office which he held between May 1967 and May 1971. For almost three decades, Rojas Pavez worked as the municipal secretary of Pichilemu, and in 1944, along with José Arraño Acevedo and Miguel Larravide Blanco, founded Pichilemu, a newspaper focused in local stories.

Carlos Rojas Pavez
28th Mayor of Pichilemu
In office
21 May 1967 – 21 May 1971
Preceded byCarlos Echazarreta Iñíguez
Succeeded byWashington Saldías Fuentealba
Municipal secretary of Pichilemu
In office
August 1937 – May 1967
Preceded byMiguel Larravide Blanco
Succeeded byGustavo Parraguez Galarce
Personal details
Born(1906-10-16)16 October 1906
Pichilemu, Chile
Died23 August 1994(1994-08-23) (aged 87)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyRadical Party
Spouse(s)Guacolda Avilés Pavez
ChildrenPatricia, Carlos, Mario, Marcelo, Verónica
OccupationCivil servant, journalist


Rojas Pavez was born on 16 October 1906 in Pichilemu, in current Cardenal Caro Province, Region of O'Higgins, Chile, to Samuel Rojas Polanco and Flor Irene Pavez Díaz. He completed his primary studies in a school of Chimbarongo, Colchagua. Rojas later enrolled to schools in San Fernando and Santiago de Chile to complete his secondary studies.[1]

Political careerEdit

Rojas Pavez first became involved in politics when he was appointed as municipal secretary of the commune of Pichilemu in August 1937 by the Pichilemu City Council, presided by mayor Humberto Llanos Martínez and composed of regidores Lorenzo Arraño Ortíz, Carlos Silva Prado, Vicente Richard, and Alberto Morales Moraga. He remained in that position until May 1967, when he resigned to run for regidor of Pichilemu.[1]

Eventually elected a regidor, representing the Radical Party,[2] he was elected by fellow regidores the 28th Mayor of Pichilemu;[1] his council was composed of Flavio Álvarez Jorquera (segundo regidor), Mario Moraga Cáceres, Carlos Echazarreta Iñiguez, and Washington Saldías Fuentealba (primer regidor), and his term lasted until May 1971, being succeeded by Saldías Fuentealba.[3] Rojas Pavez's mayorship is remembered for the construction of the Arturo Prat Square (Plaza Arturo Prat), performed in 1967.[4]

Pichilemu newspaperEdit

Front page of the first edition of Pichilemu, dated 31 January 1944

By the 1940s, Rojas Pavez had the idea of publishing a newspaper in Pichilemu, inspired in the previous publication of two local newspapers by sanfernandino businessman and journalist Augusto A. Ramírez O.: El Puerto, founded on 16 January 1908, and El Marino, founded on 14 January 1917. With the help of journalist José Arraño Acevedo and Miguel Larravide Blanco, Rojas Pavez founded Pichilemu on 25 January 1944.[5] With Arraño and Larravide, Rojas sent, as required by law, the governor of Santa Cruz Department a "publication declaration" (declaración de publicación), with a copy to a department of the National Library of Chile. The group published Pichilemu for the first time six days later, on 31 January 1944, and seven other editions were published through that year, reporting World War II events and describing the passing-by of Allies ships through the coast of Pichilemu. Rojas was described in a Pichilemu News article commemorating the 65th anniversary of the founding of Pichilemu as "proud[ly] giving his commune an informative written tool so many times dreamed of."[n 1] A ninth edition was published in 1949, but because of "low support of the local commerce, and the blind vision of the [local] authorities," Rojas quit the project.[6]

Rojas Pavez's project remained dormant until 1986, when local journalist Washington Saldías asked Rojas to give him the rights to publish a newspaper under the name and legal status of Pichilemu. Rojas gave Saldías the rights, and the latter eventually published the tenth edition of Pichilemu on 31 January 1986, on the 42nd anniversary of the newspaper's founding. The newspaper was published until 1990, completing 29 new editions, and 38 in total since 1944. In 1996, one new edition of Pichilemu was published by lawyer Carlos Carmona Plá, who purchased temporary rights to the name. Washington Saldías would, in January 2000, turn Pichilemu into an online newspaper by creating Pichilemu News which, as of May 2013, still credits Rojas Pavez as its founder.[6][7] Pichilemu News is, according to its editor, the oldest online newspaper of the Region of O'Higgins.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Rojas Pavez married Guacolda Avilés Pavez. As of the time of writing of his profile in Pichilemu, on 31 January 1986, Rojas was a widower. The Rojas Avilés couple had five children: Patricia, Carlos, Mario, Marcelo, and Verónica.[1][6]

He died in La Reina, a commune of Santiago, Chile, on 23 August 1994, at age 87.


  • Grez-Cañete, Diego; Rojas Pavez, Carlos (2017). Crónicas de Pichilemu: una mirada al pasado, un vistazo al presente (in Spanish). Pichilemu, Chile: El Marino Producciones. ISBN 978-956-9757-04-4. (posthumous)


  1. ^ Original quote in Spanish language: "orgulloso daba a su comuna un órgano informativo escrito tantas veces soñado".


  1. ^ a b c d Saldías, Washington (31 January 1986). "Perfil de un fundador". Pichilemu (in Spanish). Pichilemu, Chile: Talleres Offset La Nación. p. 3.
  2. ^ "Otros alcaldes de las comunas del Depto". El Cóndor. Santa Cruz, Chile. 20 May 1967. p. 5. EN PICHILEMU. La Municipalidad de Pichilemu eligió alcalde al Radical, Carlos Rojas; primer regidor el socialista Washington Saldías y segundo regidor el Nacional, Flavio Alvarez.
  3. ^ Saldías, Washington (2 August 2007). "Alcaldes, regidores y concejales de la comuna de Pichilemu". Pichilemu News (in Spanish). Pichilemu, Chile. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ Toro, Cristian; Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu (8 November 2011). "Se inauguraron las nuevas obras de la Plaza Arturo Prat". Pichilemu Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ Saldías, Washington (17 January 2008). "El Puerto, El Marino, Pichilemu, El Pichilemino, Pichilemunews y otros en "la noticia"". Pichilemu News. Pichilemu, Chile. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Saldías, Washington (31 January 2009). "Hace 65 años el periódico "Pichilemu" fue voceado por los canillitas por primera vez". Pichilemu News (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ Saldías, Washington (23 January 2007). ""Padre" de Pichilemunews nació hace 63 años con el nombre de Periódico Pichilemu". Pichilemu News (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Saldías, Washington (25 January 2012). "La ligazón del periódico "Pichilemu" creado el año 1944 y la edición online de Pichilemunews creada el año 2000". Pichilemu News (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Pichilemu
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Miguel Larravide Blanco
Municipal secretary of Pichilemu
Succeeded by