Miguel was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1967 and he grew up in the heroic city, La Victoria, Aragua State at the northwest of Venezuela. Although Chirinos’ career is in Computer Science, he constantly sought out opportunities to visit historical sites in his country of origin especially related to Simón Bolívar.
Even though Chirinos moved with his family to the United States in 1996, his passion for Bolívar’s life never ceased. He has taken a special interest in Bolívar’s trip to the United States in 1807 specifically to the east coast. As a result of this research, he is the author of the book entitled “Simón Bolívar in the United States: Bicentennial visit (1807-2007).” The purpose of this work was to provide more detailed information about that specific part of the Liberator Simón Bolívar’s life when he visited the U.S. territory.
In 1999, he was one of the original members of the then called Venezuelan Committee, which organized humanitarian help for mudslide victims in Vargas state and surrounding areas. In 2001, became the first president of the Venezuelan Cultural Association of NC, holding that position for the following four years. Lately, he had been organizing historical events, including the celebration of Francisco de Miranda’s death anniversary at the NC History Center in New Bern, NC (2016).
In 2009, he participated in a Book Fair in Cary, NC presenting his book in both versions (English & Spanish). He also has been traveling and researching about cities and towns named ‘Bolivar’’; also monuments and statues of Simon Bolivar in the United States. In 2011, he organized an exhibit entitled ‘Bolivar Blvd’ at Duke University, showing the legacy of Bolivar in the U.S. territory. Lately, he has been compiling information about Bolivar Post Offices, which is a work in progress.
Currently, he lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina, where he began to write articles about notable Latin Americans who have been portrayed on Latin American paper money, including Francisco de Miranda and Simón Bolívar. These articles have been published in specialized magazines and journals and some are available online. At the same time, he has participated in annual conventions, international congresses, currency shows, and educational programs for young people in public schools and local universities.