Ciales, Puerto Rico

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Ciales, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Flag
Coat of arms of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "La Ciudada de la Cojoba", "La Tierra del Café", "Pueblo de los Valerosos"
Anthem: "El cantar de tus ríos es mensaje"
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded June 24, 1820
Government
 • Mayor Juan José Rodríguez Pérez (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist. 3 - Arecibo
 • Representative dist. 13
Area
 • Total 66.48 sq mi (172.17 km2)
 • Land 66 sq mi (172 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (.17 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,782
 • Density 280/sq mi (110/km2)
Demonym Cialeños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00638

Ciales (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsjales]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico, located on the Central Mountain Range, northwest of Orocovis; south of Florida and Manatí; east of Utuado and Jayuya; and west of Morovis. Ciales is spread over eight wards and Ciales Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Ciales was founded on June 24, 1820 by Isidro Rodríguez.

Geography[edit]

Cityscape[edit]

Barrios[edit]

  • Ciales Pueblo
  • Cialitos
  • Cordillera
  • Frontón
  • Guavas
  • Hato Viejo
  • Jaguas
  • Pesas
  • Pozas
  • Toro Negro[1]

Tourism[edit]

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • Hacienda Negrón
  • Las Archillas Cavern
  • Las Golondrinas Cavern
  • Parada Choferil
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Yuyú cueva
  • El choro de Doña Juana

Culture[edit]

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Cantata Corretjer - March 19
  • Agua Dulce Festival - August
  • Frontón Festival - July
  • San Elías Festival - July
  • Matron Festivities - October

Sports[edit]

Ciales is the home town of Juan "Pachín" Vicens - Puerto Rico's undisputed national basketball star, named Best Player in the World at the 1959 World Basketball Championship, Santiago de Chile (a.k.a., Juan "Pachín" Vicens, "Astro del Balón", "El Jeep"; younger brother of Puerto Rico's National Poet, Nimia Vicens, who also hailed from Ciales). Their middle brother, Enrique "Coco" Vicens, a former Puerto Rico Senator, was a track and field athlete in his own right.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Agriculture; coffee & cattle

Demographics[edit]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Ciales is Juan José Rodríguez Pérez, of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He was elected at the 2012 general elections.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district III, which is represented by two Senators. In 2008, José Emilio González Velázquez and Angel Martínez Santiago were elected as District Senators.[2]

Symbols[edit]

Flag[edit]

The flag is divided into seven unequal stripes described in sequence: yellow, red, yellow, purple, yellow, red, and yellow.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms consists of a gold shield with a lion standing on its rear legs and silverplated nails grasping a silver coiled parchment between its front claws. The lion also shows a red tongue. Above the lion in the superior part of the shield are located three heraldic roses arranged horizontally with red petals and green leaves. A golden crown of three towers rests on the shield. The three towers are united by walls, simulating masonry blocks. The shield is surrounded by a crown of coffee tree branches with their berries, all in natural colors.

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