Naranjito, Puerto Rico

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Naranjito

Municipio de Naranjito
Town and Municipality
Skyline of Naranjito
Flag of Naranjito
Flag
Nicknames: 
"La Ciudad de los Colores", "El Pueblo de los Changos"
Motto(s): 
"Naranjito Brilla"
Anthem: Naranjito, mi hogar predilecto
Location of Naranjito in Puerto Rico
Location of Naranjito in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°18′03″N 66°14′42″W / 18.30083°N 66.24500°W / 18.30083; -66.24500Coordinates: 18°18′03″N 66°14′42″W / 18.30083°N 66.24500°W / 18.30083; -66.24500
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
FoundedDecember 3, 1824
Founded byBraulio Morales
Government
 • MayorOrlando Ortíz Chevres (PNP)
 • Senatorial DistrictVI - Guayama
Carlos J. Torres Torres (PNP)
 • Representative District28
Rafael Rivera Ortega (PNP)
Area
 • Total28.4 sq mi (73.54 km2)
 • Land28.2 sq mi (73.0 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.54 km2)
Elevation
2,997 ft (700 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total30,402
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Demonym(s)Naranjiteños
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code
00719
Area code+1 (spec. +1-787 and +1-939)
Major RoutesPR primary 5.svg CR 148 jct wide.svg CR 152 jct wide.svg CR 164 jct wide.svg CR 165 jct wide.svg CR 167 jct wide.svg

Naranjito (Spanish pronunciation: [naɾaŋˈxito]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the central region of the island, south of Toa Alta; north of Barranquitas and Comerío; east of Corozal; and west of Bayamón. Naranjito is spread over 15 wards and Naranjito Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The struggle to form the Naranjito town began in 1810. After a series of major incidents with powerful political interests of the time, on December 3, 1824, Don Braulio Morales successfully founded the town of Naranjito. The town was founded in the neighborhood of the same name, on a land donated by Doña Manuela Rivera and Don Braulio Morales. Morales was named "Captain Settler" and at the same time was appointed mayor of the town in development. The name "Naranjito" is derived from a small orange tree that served as a reference point for travelers looking for in the shortest way to the town of Toa Alta. At the time of its foundation, Naranjito consisted of five wards/districts, "Lomas", "Guadiana", "Achiote", "Nuevo" and "Cedro". "Cedro" was divided in 1853 in "Cedro Arriba" and "Cedro Abajo", also having the urban zone composed by "San Miguel", "San Antonio" and "San Cristobal" districts.

Geography[edit]

Naranjito[1] is located in the central region.

Hydrography[edit]

Rivers and streams of Naranjito include Río Cañas, Río Cibuco, Río Grande de Manatí, Río Guadiana and Río Mavilla.[2]

Hurricane Maria[edit]

Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Naranjito with the significant amount of rain that fell.[3][4]

Barrios[edit]

Subdivisions of Naranjito.

Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Naranjito is subdivided into barrios.[5][6][7]

  1. Achiote
  2. Anones
  3. Nuevo
  4. Cedro Abajo
  5. Cedro Arriba
  6. Guadiana
  7. Lomas
  8. Naranjito barrio-pueblo[8]

Tourism[edit]

Puente Atirantado Jesús Izcoa Moure

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • Anones Park
  • Cancha Gelito Ortega
  • Cedro Abajo Falls (Las Lagrimas Falls)
  • La Marina Boardwalk
  • La Plata Lake
  • Las Avispas Hills
  • Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Trovador Plaza
  • Mirador de Anones
  • Puente Atirantado Jesús Izcoa Moure
  • El Cerro Community

Economy[edit]

Traditionally the main agricultural crops of Naranjito are coffee and the tobacco. In recent years have borne fruits such as bananas, oranges, papayas, and other tropical fruits; also in the town the poultry factory has been very popular, specifically the dairy cattle (fresh milk). Naranjito has many factories, most of these factories make garments (clothing).[9]

Culture[edit]

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Mothers Day - May
  • San Antonio Day - June
  • Chango Festival - June
  • Anon Festival - June
  • Volleyball Tournament - February - June
  • San Miguel Arcangel Day - September
  • Patron Festivities - September - October
  • Turkey marathon - November

Sports[edit]

The Naranjito Changos, better known as Los Changos De Naranjito, are a professional male volleyball team based in Naranjito. The team is one of the most successful sports franchises in Puerto Rico.[10]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. On November 4, 2008, Orlando Ortíz Chevres (of the New Progressive Party), won the 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.[11]

Transportation[edit]

There are 19 bridges in Naranjito.[12]

Symbols[edit]

Flag[edit]

Naranjito's flag consists of an orange flag crossed by two narrow green stripes close to the superior and inferior edges. The orange color in the flag symbolizes the town of Naranjito (little orange tree), while the green symbolizes its green mountains.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is a red cross, the symbol of San Miguel de Arcángel, Patron of Naranjito. The globe with the cross symbolizes the power and sovereignty of God. The gold and red stripes that appear in the second and third quarters, constitute the primitive baton of the Guadiana lineage. The lily twigs are a tribute of San Antonio de Padua, confessor and doctor of the Church. The orange tree represents the small tree that gave the town's name, Naranjito. The crown is symbol of moral unit of the town.

Education[edit]

Naranjito includes several public and private schools distributed through several regions. Public education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bernarda Robles De Hevia
  • Don Manolo Rivera
  • Felipa Sanchez Cruzado
  • Jose Archilla Cabrera
  • Jose Fina Marrero
  • Francisco Roque Muñoz
  • Rosa Luz Zayas
  • Silvestre Martinez

Middle and junior high schools[edit]

  • Coleen Vazquez Urrutia
  • Mercedes Rosado
  • S.U. Adolfo Garcia
  • S.U. Fidel G Padilla
  • S.U. Pedro Fernandez

High schools[edit]

  • Francisco Morales
  • Vocacional Rubén Rodríguez Figueroa

Private schools[edit]

  • Academia Santa Teresita (K-12)

Media[edit]

A foot pursuit of the movie Fast & Furious 5 in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) are chased across favela rooftops by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his team was filmed over the course of a week in the small hillside town of Naranjito, Puerto Rico. The scene was considered difficult to shoot, as pathways were slippery from moist tropical heat and the scene involved actors and stunt doubles running while avoiding dogs, chickens and other stray animals loose in the area. To capture the scene, a 420-foot cable-camera rig was used to allow for a fast moving, birds-eye view of the action, and cameras on cranes were set up on rooftops and in alleyways.[40] Walker and Brewster made multiple takes of the conclusion of the scene, requiring them to jump nearly 30 feet from a building onto a waiting safety mat.[11] In total the production employed 236 technicians, 13,145 extras, and generated 16,824 room nights at hotels, contributing $27 million to the Puerto Rican community.[29]

Notable People[edit]

Books about Naranjito[edit]

  • El Chango. Apuntes Historicos del Pueblo de Naranjito-1824-1998, Author: Silvestre J. Morales 1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naranjito Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  2. ^ "GNIS". geonames.usgs.gov.
  3. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico". USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  4. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico" (PDF). USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  5. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  6. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  7. ^ "Map of Naranjito at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "US Census Barrio-Pueblo definition". factfinder.com. US Census. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  9. ^ Naranjito 2009: 2
  10. ^ Naranjito 2009: 3
  11. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
  12. ^ "Naranjito Adjuntas Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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