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Comerío, Puerto Rico

Comerío, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Comerío, Puerto Rico
Flag
Nickname(s): "La Perla de Plata", "Pueblo de los Guabaleros"
Anthem: "Con alma henchida de amor y ensueño"
Location of Comerío in Puerto Rico
Location of Comerío in Puerto Rico
Coordinates:
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded June 12, 1826
Government
 • Mayor Hon. José A. "Josian" Santiago Rivera (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist. 6 - Guayama
 • Representative dist. 29
Area
 • Total 28.24 sq mi (73.13 km2)
 • Land 28 sq mi (73 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (.13 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,778
 • Density 740/sq mi (280/km2)
Demonym(s) Comerieños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00782
Area code +1 (spec. +1-787 and +1-939)
Website http://www.comerio.gobierno.pr

Comerío (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the center-eastern region of island, north of Aibonito; south of Naranjito and Bayamón; east of Barranquitas; and west of Cidra and Aguas Buenas. Comerío is spread over 7 wards and Comerío Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Cityscape 3
    • Barrios 3.1
  • Tourism 4
    • Landmarks and places of interest 4.1
  • Economy 5
    • Agriculture 5.1
  • Culture 6
    • Festivals and events 6.1
    • Religion 6.2
  • Demographics 7
  • Government 8
  • Symbols 9
    • Flag 9.1
    • Coat of Arms 9.2
  • Transportation 10
  • Notable "Comerieños " 11
  • Further reading 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

History

Comerío was founded on June 12, 1826. Originally named "Sabana del Palmar", but later changed to Comerío, named after a local Indian chief Comerio.

Geography

Rivers are: Río Arroyata, Río de la Plata and Río Hondo.

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Cedrito "La Prieta"
  • Cejas
  • Comerío Pueblo
  • Doña Elena
  • Naranjo
  • Palomas
  • Piñas
  • Río Hondo
  • Vega Redonda[1]

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • La Tiza Peak
  • La Mora Caves
  • La Plata River
  • Las Pailas
  • Los Pilones
  • Media Luna Recreation Park
  • Tobacco Warehouse
  • Town Square

Economy

Agriculture

  • Tobacco (not as predominant lately). Comerío was known as "El Pueblo del Tabaco" (Tobacco Town), and its original flag had a tobacco plant in its center.[2]

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Spring Carnival - April
  • La Mora Cave Festival - June 1,2,3
  • Jíbaro Festival - June
  • El Jobo Festival - July
  • Patron Festivities - August
  • San Andrés Apóstol Festivities - November
  • El Seco Marathon - December
  • Christmas Fantasy - December

Religion

First Methodist Church of Comerío was founded in 1904.

Demographics

Government

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Comerío is José A. Santiago, of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He was elected at the 2000 general elections.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. Rodríguez were elected as District Senators.[3]

Symbols

Flag

Quartered in cross, of green and white, and superimposed the right superior quarter is an anchored yellow cross.

Coat of Arms

Pending

Transportation

Public bus from Bayamon to Comerio at Centro de Estacionamiento de Bayamon is the main public transportation for tourist but is recommended to travel by rental.

Notable "Comerieños "

  • Celestino J. Pérez - Pharmacist, lawyer and elected legislator
  • Claudio Torres - Composer
  • Juana Colón (1886–1967) - Founder of the Socialist Party in Comerío
  • Manuel A. Pérez (1890–1951) - Professor
  • María Arroyo - Senator
  • Enrique Pérez Santiago - secretary of health

Further reading

  • Levy, Teresita A. (2007). The History of Tobacco Cultivation in Puerto Rico, 1899--1940. ProQuest.  

See also

References

  1. ^ http://welcome.topuertorico.org/maps/comerio.pdf
  2. ^ Comerio, Puerto Rico. Flags of the world. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General on CEEPUR

External links

Governmental websites

  • Municipality Information (in Spanish)
  • Municipality Website (in Spanish)

Informational/cultural

  • Comerio entry at welcome.topuertorico.org

Private, non-profit website

  • Comerío, Puerto Rico (by Raphael Angelo)


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