Ciales, Puerto Rico
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|Ciales, Puerto Rico|
|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
|Founded||June 24, 1820|
|• Mayor||Juan José Rodríguez Pérez (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||3 - Arecibo|
|• Representative dist.||13|
|• Total||66.48 sq mi (172.17 km2)|
|• Land||66 sq mi (172 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (.17 km2)|
|• Density||280/sq mi (110/km2)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
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.
Ciales was founded on June 24, 1820 by Isidro Rodríguez.
- Toro Negro Forest Reserve
- Rivers are: Río Cialitos, Río Grande de Manatí, Río Toro Negro, and Río Yunes.
- Zip Code 00638
- Hato Viejo
- Toro Negro
Landmarks and places of interest
- Hacienda Negrón
- Las Archillas Cavern
- Las Golondrinas Cavern
- Parada Choferil
- Toro Negro Forest Reserve
- Yuyú cueva
- El chorro de Doña Juana
Festivals and events
- Cantata Corretjer - March 19
- Agua Dulce Festival - August
- Frontón Festival - July
- San Elías Festival - July
- Matron Festivities - October
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.
Agriculture; coffee & cattle
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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.
The flag is divided into seven unequal stripes described in sequence: yellow, red, yellow, purple, yellow, red, and yellow.
Coat of arms
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.
Notable people from Ciales
- Juan Antonio Corretjer - Nationalist
- Ed Figueroa - MLB Baseball Player
- Juan Figueroa - President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
- Luis Maldonado - Politician
- Ángel Chayanne Martínez - Politician
- Mercedes Otero - Politician
- José L. Rivera - USMC, recipient of the Navy Cross
- Juan José Rodríguez Pérez - Politician
- Hiram Rosado - Nationalist
- Luis Sánchez Morales - Politician
- Adalberto Santiago - Salsa singer
- Enrique "Coco" Vicéns - Basketball Player
- Juan "Pachín" Vicéns - Basketball Player