Comerío, Puerto Rico
Municipio Autónomo de Comerío
Town and Municipality
View of Comerío from Lazos Hill
"La Perla de Plata", "Pueblo de los Guabaleros"
|Anthem: "Con alma henchida de amor y ensueño"|
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Comerío Municipality
|Founded||June 12, 1826|
|• Mayor||José A. "Josian" Santiago Rivera (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||6 - Guayama|
|• Representative dist.||29|
|• Total||28.24 sq mi (73.13 km2)|
|• Land||28 sq mi (73 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (.13 km2)|
|• Density||740/sq mi (280/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (AST)|
Comerío (Spanish pronunciation: [komeˈɾi.o]) 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 barrios 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.
Comerío was founded on June 12, 1826. Originally named "Sabana del Palmar", but later changed to Comerío, named after a local Taino Cacique (Chief) Comerio.
In 1854, nearly 1000 acres (1000 cuerdas) of land were being used for agriculture. In 1894, there was one sugar and two coffee plantations (estates) in Comerío. In the early 20th century, Comerio residents, had a short but legendary territory war with residents of the city of Barranquitas.
Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Comerío with the significant amount of rainfall. After the hurricane, the National Guard from Ohio were tasked with restoring water purification systems for the people of Comerío.
Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Comerío is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a small barrio referred to as "el pueblo", near the center of the municipality.
Barrios (which are like minor civil divisions) and subbarrios, in turn, are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (sectors in English). The types of sectores may vary, from normally sector to urbanización to reparto to barriada to residencial, among others.
Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico (Special Communities of Puerto Rico) are marginalized communities whose citizens are experiencing a certain amount of social exclusion. A map shows these communities occur in nearly every municipality of the commonwealth. Of the 742 places that were on the list in 2014, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods were in Comerio: Barriada Cielito, Sector Villa Brava in Piñas Abajo, El 26 in Palomas Abajo, El Higüero in Palomas Abajo, El Verde in Naranjo, La Juncia in Rio Hondo II, La Pietra Cedrito, Río Hondo, and Vuelta del Dos.
Landmarks and places of interest
Some of the landmarks of Comerío include:
- La Tiza Peak
- La Mora Caves
- La Plata River
- Las Pailas
- Los Pilones
- Media Luna Recreation Park
- Tobacco Warehouse
- Town Square
- El Salto Hydroelectric Dams 1 and 2
- 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.
Festivals and events
Comerío celebrates its patron saint festival in August. The Fiestas Patronales Santo Cristo de la Salud is a religious and cultural celebration that generally features parades, games, artisans, amusement rides, regional food, and live entertainment.
Other festivals and events celebrated in Comerío include:
- Spring Carnival - April
- La Mora Cave Festival - June 1,2,3
- Jíbaro Festival - June
- El Jobo Festival - July
- San Andrés Apóstol Festivities - November
- El Seco Marathon - December
- Christmas Fantasy - December
First Methodist Church of Comerío was founded in 1904.
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|U.S. Decennial Census|
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010
Mestizos are typically born in this region due to tainos occupying this area heavily.
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.
Coat of arms
The Comerío coat of arms is made up quarters (4) bearing what is known as an escutcheon of displays a shield in the center. There's a green field with a golden cross in the left quarter which represents Holy Christ the Healer, the patron of the town. Green stripes on a silver field are on the lower left quarter, symbolizing the Comerío falls and the La Plata River. Three royal palms in the right quarter to remember the original name of the town, and an undulating line symbolizes the mist that often covers the town. A crown with Taino motifs represents the cacique. The tobacco plant is a reminder of what was once an important part of the economic activity of the municipality. Inscribed with “the pearl of La Plata” a reference is made to the location of Comerío, on the banks of the La Plata River and the turreted castle which is a symbol of municipalities of Puerto Rico.
Public bus from Bayamón to Comerío at Centro de Estacionamiento de Bayamón is the main public transportation.
There are 16 bridges in Comerío.
- 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 - Teacher, President of the Teachers Association and Senator
- Enrique Pérez Santiago - Hematologist
- Arturo Perez, Mayor of Comerio elected by Partido Liberal
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