Gilson Valdez Gaspary: Gilson is 31 years of age, a software salesman, father of Luigi and Laura, and.recently divorced. His children's names are Italian, because Italy is where his roots lie on his father's side. His mother's side of the family is Spanish-Uruguayan. And Gilson was.in fact born in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Manaus. 'My parents had moved there. They were both teachers. I still remember vividly how I used to wash.in the cold water of the river. That was in the early eighties, and our house had no shower yet. I arrived in Sao Paulo on my ninth birthday. I think this city is fantastic.'