Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
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|Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico|
|Nickname(s): "La Ciudad de los Petateros", "El Pueblo de los Prodigios" (town of prodigies)|
|Anthem: "Sabana Grande, ciudad petatera"|
|• Mayor||Hon. Miguel G. Ortíz Vélez (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||5 - Ponce|
|• Representative dist.||21|
|• Total||37.1 sq mi (96 km2)|
|• Land||37.1 sq mi (96 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|• Density||680/sq mi (260/km2)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
Sabana Grande (Spanish pronunciation: [saˈβana ˈɣɾande]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located north of Lajas and Guánica; south of Maricao; east of San Germán; and west of Yauco. Sabana Grande is spread over seven wards and Sabana Grande Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Germán-Cabo Rojo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The municipality of Sabana Grande (Spanish for Great Savannah) was founded in 1813 by Pedro de Acosta, it is known in Spanish as "El Pueblo de los Prodigios" which translates to "The Town of Marvels.
- Río Guanajibo and its affluents
Fruits, sugar and cattle on a small scale.
Landmarks and places of interest
- El Pozo de la Virgen
- Las Antenas
- Casas Gemelas
- Hacienda Quilinchini
- Orlando López Recreation Center
- Susúa State Park
- Justin B. Vargas Secret CIA base in Susúa
- Casa Barco
- Igualdad Masonic Lodge
- Primer cementerio Masononico en Puerto Rico
- Placita de la Recordación
- Teatro Adalberto Rodríguez "Machuchal"
- City Hall
- El Buren
Festivals and events
- Patron Celebrations
- Virgen del Pozo Marathon - May
- Petate Festival - December
- Carnaval Interentidades
Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Sabana Grande is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Miguel Ortíz Vélez, from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Ortíz was elected at the 1992 general election.
The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district V, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Ramón Ruiz and Martín Vargas Morales, from the Popular Democratic Party, were elected as District Senators.
The Sabana Grande flag has four alternate quarters in green and yellow. In the center it has the municipal shield.
Coat of arms
The rake and the shovel represent San Isidro Labrador, also patron of Madrid. The jug symbolizes the domestic tasks of Santa María de la Cabeza, San Isidro's wife. Towards the center we find a palm leaf symbol of a typical industry of this town. In the superior part is a crown with three towers. The shield contains the traditional colors of our town: gold and green. Finally, the motto of the read shield reads: Pueblo de los Prodigios (Town of Prodigies).
Jose A. Castillo Elementary, Jose Celso Barbosa Elementary, Rosendo Matienzo Cintron Elementary, Francisco Vazquez Puello Elementary, David Antorgiorgi Cordova Elementary and Middle School, Juan I. Vega Elementary and Middle School, Blanca Malaret Middle School and Luis Negron Lopez High School are the local public school. The Academy of Saint Agustin and the Holy Spirit has the best private school education in the municipality.
- Augusto Malaret (Author)
- Dr. Manuel Quevedo Báez (author)
- Luis Negrón López (politics)
- Radames Vega (Track and Field)
- Santos Colón Vega cantante
- Félix Rigau Carrera (First Puertorrican Aviator and First Hispanic Aviator in U.S. Armed Forces)
- Ángel Rigau Ramos (poet)
- Aníbal González Irizarry (TV)
- Adalberto Rodríguez "Machuchal" (Comedian)
- Jonathan Sánchez (Pitched No-Hitter in MLB Baseball)(2010 World Series Champion)
- Herson Rodríguez (AA Baseball Hall of Fame)
- Ángel Gregorio Martínez (First Puerto Rican to die in WWII)
- Fidel Vélez (Patriot) (Intentona de Yauco)
- Calixto Carrera Montalvo (poet)
- John Ruiz (boxing-First Hispanic Heavyweight World Champion)
- Sebastian "Papo" Marchany (Fotografo)