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National Register of Historic Places listings in southern Puerto Rico[edit]

Thanks for pointing out my error at National Register of Historic Places listings in southern and western Puerto Rico. I'm not sure how I managed to do that. The Casa Paoli listing was announced by the NPS this past Friday. I've added it to the list again, this time making sure not to mess up the rest of the page. Happy editing! --sanfranman59 (talk) 00:13, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Boricua Barnstar[edit]

I hope that you accept this "Boricua Barnstar" which I am presenting you for your exceptional work on Puerto Rico related articles, thereby "Poniendo nuestra isla en alto". Tony the Marine (talk) 20:05, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

This Boricua Tireless Contributor Barnstar is presented to Mercy11 for the continous work on Puerto Rican related articles. Presented by Tony the Marine (talk) 20:05, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

New Templates[edit]

The following are new templates to be used for Puerto Rican related images:

1. For portraits of Governors, First Ladies, Senate Presidents, House Speakers and Military heroes: {{PD-PRGov-OfficialPortraits}}

2. For images from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña - Institute of Puerto Rican Culture: {{PD-PRGov-IPC}}

Tony the Marine (talk) 06:55, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Wall of Honor[edit]

Mercy, you have been among the best people that I have ever interacted with. You have never hesitated to come to my defense when needed, therefore it is with great pleasure that I have placed your user name in my Wall of Honor. Tony the Marine (talk) 16:28, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

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Hello Mercy, you are more then welcomed to comment in my "chat". I suggest that the "See also" section with the PR Portal and a link to "List of famous Puerto Ricans" be placed on all Puerto Rican biographies. A "See also" section with the "PR-portal" can also be placed in the "barrios" with the intention of catching the readers attention as to the positive contributions made by Puerto Ricans, but that would optional. In the article that I wrote about the "Piragua" I only posted related topics of interest in the "See also" section. That is only my opinion.

  • I believe that an article that has only one short sentence or paragraph should be considered a "stub". An article with more then a paragraph, but lacking full information and falling short of being a full article, should be considered as "start".
  • Not all public records have DoB or DoD information. To give you an example, when I wrote the story of Capt. Ivan Castro, I could not find anywhere his date of birth, therefore I made an educated guess at the year that he was born. It wasn't until a couple of days ago when we spoke on the phone that he confirmed his real date of birth. I was off by one year. If you know the year that the person or subject in question entered the service, then you can make an educated guess that he/she was born 18 years earlier since the average age in which most people enter the service is 18. If the person entered the service with a BA, then figure that the person was born 22 years before he received his BA. When guessing the year of a person's birth just add a "circa", example: (c. 1962) and that'll do it.
  • In regard to Joxel García, I don't know how the PHSCC works as to the release of information to the public. For one thing, he was an Admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) which is the federal uniformed service of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) and not of the military. Even though the PHSCC is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, it is not related nor part of the five military branches of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) and his PHSCC Admiral rank, which is temporary, has no bearing in the Navy or Coast Guard, it is more symbolic then anything else. The only two Hispanic full Admirals (four-star) so far have been David Farragut and Horacio Rivero. Tony the Marine (talk) 06:02, 15 May 2010 (UTC)


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I hereby bestow this Hats off Barnstar to User:Mercy11 for his outstanding and extensive contributions to articles related to the Category:Puerto Rican nationalists. Your dedication and fervor in improving these articles greatly contribute to the knowledge and contributions of that these Puerto Ricans made for their cause. My Hats off to you Mercy11. QuAzGaA 17:42, 27 August 2010 (UTC)[edit]

Hi, I see you added a lot of links to (see linksearch). This site appears to have been taken over or something, but it is far from useful. I have removed about half the links. Could you have a look at the rest? EdBever (talk) 20:22, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Re:Leoncio Rivera or Pedro Segundo[edit]

I am sorry that I didn't answer your message sooner. I do not know anything about Leoncio Rivera or Pedro Segundo. You know, El Antiguo Cuartel Militar Español de Ponce is a goldmine and is worth studying. I will try to investigate both Leoncio Rivera and Pedro Segundo. At times I receive e-mails asking me about this and that. Yesterday, I recieved an e-mail asking me "who was the first Puerto Rican female Sergeant Major?". Caramba, I didn't know and I had no idea how to find out, but it made me curious and I did some research. The result is this article: María V. Martínez. Take care. Tony the Marine (talk) 20:15, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Battle of Yauco[edit]

Hi Mercy, I'll check on LMM's ancestor later today. Now, the Battle of Yauco, occurred in the land that was part of the Mariani coffee plantation in Yauco and not in Guanica. Regardless of the fact that Guanica was part of Yauco then, the Mariani lands now border Guanica, but are in Yauco. The Mariani family still own the land in Yauco and went into the coffee business once again in 2008, except that now they will introduce their coffee as a gourmet product. There business is incribed as "Groupo Mariani, Inc."Tony the Marine (talk) 06:14, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

Battle of Yauco 2[edit]

  • I wish that I could someday go to Puerto Rico to carry out a full investigation on the Battle of Yauco. I don't have the answer to some of your questions, but I can tell you this:
  • The picture came from a Spanish-American War wbsite written by Mark R. Barnes, Ph.D., Senior Archeologist, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office. The picture states that the battlefield of Yauco occurred north of Guanica. The men who participated in the battle were entrenched in the Hills of Seboruco. Now, get this the Lomas de Seboruco in Carenero are part of the Lajara Hills (Cerro Lajara) in current Guanica. I believe that the hill on the picture is of La Lomas de Seboruco. This is important because even though that land was owned by the Marianis, it was at the time located in Yauco and therefore it was correct for historians at the time to call the battle "The Battle of Yauco". However, after Guanica became a municipality, it cou;d be coorect to say that the battle, occurred by the Lomas de Seboruco in Cerro Lajara, of modern day Guanica. All you have to do is look up the coordinates of the Cerro Lajara to get an idea of the exact location.

Tony the Marine (talk) 23:28, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

  • About "La Lomas de Seboruco" check out this website Spanish-American War. It is hard to get an exact location of the battle because of the lack of information. That is why I wish I could have the oppurtunity to varry out the investigation in the island. By the way, I plan on finishing the year with an article about Law 53, better known as "Ls Lety de la Mordaza". I believe that the world should known about the repression that Puerto Ricans were subject to when their civil rights and the right to Freedom of Speech were violated. The interesting thing is that the law was approved by the Senate presided by LMM and controled by the PPD. It was signed into law by Jesus T. Pinero. Tony the Marine (talk) 01:11, 27 December 2011 (UTC)


In regard to your question about who was the true Great-grandmother of LMM, Rosa or Candida. I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine, Dr. Delma S. Arrigoitia, the first person in the University of Puerto Rico to earn a Masters Degree in the field of history, asking her imput on the subject. Tony the Marine (talk) 23:36, 1 January 2012 (UTC)


I wish I could go, but I can't. Some of the best summers of my life were spent in my uncles farm in the mountains of Yauco. I remember gathering coffee beans with my brother and then my aunt would grind them to make fresh coffe. I also remember climbing on the cink roof of my uncles house for quenepas. He had a "Letrina" outside the house and we had to take cold showers outside in a makeshift shower thing. It was great.

Right now. I am waiting to hear from the "White House". Yesterday, I received a phone call from the White House asking for ny correct address. I know that it has to do with a request that I made to Pres. Obama in regard to PFC Guy Gabaldon, one of five Hispanics who deserve the Medal of Honor. So, let's see what happens. When you go to Yauco, take a lot of pictures. It would be great if you could find out where the old train station was. Tony the Marine (talk) 15:44, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

  • It would be great to pin-point the exact location of the battle. By the way, in regard to my message above, Obama forwarded my letter and request to the Navy Department. They got in touch with me with the usual bureaucratic red-tape bull---t. Tony the Marine (talk) 15:48, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

DYK for Ciudad Deportiva Millito Navarro[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 08:03, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

A well-deserved award[edit]

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Thank you for sourcing and defending the Jorge Otero Barreto article, and for your efforts to improve the encyclopedia for the public!

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I hereby bestow this Hats off Barnstar to User:Mercy11 for his outstanding and extensive participation in the Jorge Otero Barreto discussion. Your dedication and fervor in improving this article is greatly appreciated. You are a true patriot, therefore my hats off to you Mercy. Tony the Marine (talk) 18:31, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hello. I never gave thanks for your contributions in the Mexican Drug War articles like I did with BatteryIncluded. Anyways, thanks for your kind approach and contributions. It's good seeing you around. ComputerJA (talk) 21:31, 15 September 2012 (UTC)


I think that everything that has to do with the little known facts of Puerto Rico should be looked into and made known. I was thinking, if you go to Ponce, take pidtures of all the historical buildings, such as El Hotel Melia, and then create a "Gallery of Historic Structures in Ponce" section in the article of Ponce similar to the one I created for the town of Glendale, Arizona: Gallery of Historic Structures in Glendale, Arizona. Tony the Marine (talk) 21:08, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

  • That is the thing, that there are many historical buildings that haven't been declared as such, yet they are. For example, if I am not wrong, General Miles stayed at the Melia. Then you have the building contected to the Ponce Massacre in Calle Marina, the Banco Credito building and so on. It would be great to create a section because you will be helping to promote turist interest and you will be creating a social conscience as to these old, if not historical structures for the good of our bueatiful Ponce in Wikipedia. Tony the Marine (talk) 22:46, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
Even if a structure has not been degsinated as historical, we can add it has a point of interest in Ponce. I think that we can start a section with some of the Ponce Photos already in Wikipedia. It would be interesting to find out if Albizu Campos house is stilll standing. Tony the Marine (talk) 18:57, 31 January 2013 (UTC)
You noticed that put the NRHP table in the Ponce article. What would be nice if you could take pictures of the places which are missing in the article, plus we could post a "Point of interest" section with pictures of the Melia, the corner of Calle Marina, Teatro la Perla and so on. Tony the Marine (talk) 04:59, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
  • You know, I can't exactly remember where I once read that about Miles. The thing is that according to the "Hotel Melia" it states this: "El Hotel Meliá fue fundado en 1895 por Don Bartol Meliá." See: [1]. Even if he did not stay there, it is still one of the few hotels 100+ years remaining that is still in use. The process to have it in the National Register of Historical Places is a long especailly if it is privately owned, but in my book it still historical and a point of interest in Ponce. Do you agree? Tony the Marine (talk) 18:45, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

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Nice article (Prunus occidentalis).

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NRHP - Puerto Rico[edit]

Those new listings in PR were based on information from the NPS Weekly List:

  • 22 February for Casa Vives
  • 6 September for Edificio Empresas Ferre and Edificio Municipal de la Playa de Ponce

The Weekly Lists also provide links to PDFs of the National Register nomination files. I've added other new listings in Puerto Rico as well - you might browse through the Weekly Lists in general. The index to all weekly lists is at

Thanks for checking! I'm glad I'm not the only one paying attention to this stuff. (BTW, we'd have had a mild problem if you asked yesterday. The NPS web site was down because of the government shutdown. Just came back up this morning.) — Ipoellet (talk) 19:43, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the info plus the tip. I will take from here! Mercy11 (talk) 19:51, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

Barrios of Ponce map request[edit]

I thank you for taking my Barrios of Ponce map request. I was thrilled to know it's going to get done. To me getting maps done via a computer is a real mystery! If there is --anything-- I can do to help, please let me know.

I noticed you said you would work on the base map, and then added I might then look at template powered solution for highlighting the individual barrios. Let me be totally honest here, I have no clue what that means or where to start. One thing I can offer is my time and dedication. In exchange, (and in preparation for learning my part) if you would be so kind as to point me in the direction of where the template you allude to is located that would be great! I don't mind spending the time performing repetitive task of filling in with a yellow color the boundaries for each of the 31 barrios...hopefully it will be something like what I have done in Photoshop where I fill in with color of my choice the boundaries of a closed geometric figure with the click of the mouse. Again, if I sound totally lost, then it's because I am. Could you then point me in the direction of where I can get started with the template in question? Thanks! Mercy11 (talk) 01:33, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Your original plan of making a map for each Barrio will still work fine. The alternative of using a template is done for many of the more basic locator maps on wikipedia. The idea is that a bunch of articles can share the same map and elements like dots or labels can be added on top via a template. For examples take some time to browse Category:Dynamic_map_templates. If you went this route you'd probably just mark the Barrio of interest with a pin rather than filling it in. I actually haven't done much with the templates directly, if you want to experiment with them User:Ruhrfisch may be able to help. I should have a map for you today or tomorrow, it will probably be SVG, so you may want to download Inkscape if you don't already have it. Kmusser (talk) 16:08, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Ok, map went quicker than I thought - you can find it at File:Ponce barrios map.svg. If you do just want to fill in the polygons it works the same in Inkscape as it does in Photoshop - just zoom in first, I don't know why the zoom level affects the polygon fill in Inkscape but it does. A couple of map notes, the island is part of Playa. The little sliver in the center-right of the map is part of Sabanetas. Kmusser (talk) 16:55, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Awesome. I just have a question: The Sabanetas "sliver" is news to me. Never heard of such thing. I don't see it shown here [2], here [3], nor here [4]. Can you remove that to make this map consistent with the other three? Thanks. Mercy11 (talk) 01:58, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Got it, looks like an error in the Census source, I fudged the border to get rid of it. Kmusser (talk) 02:33, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
  • I will use the yellow highlighting method. Already have Inkscape. My plan is to download a copy of your map into my pc. Then make 31 copies of it, w/31 different names (the names of the barrios). Then use Inkscape to fill in the ward borders with the yellow color. And finally upload them to wikipedia commons...However, I cannot select Machuelo Arriba and Sabanetas wards for coloring. There must be something locking them. Any ideas? Thanks Mercy11 (talk) 03:02, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Checked it out, looks ok. The wards aren't defined as polygons, the borders are just individual lines, but you can still fill them, you don't need to select anything. Pick the paint bucket, choose your color, zoom it to the polygon you want, and then click anywhere inside the polygon and it should fill. The zooming in is important, should be at least 200% to fill properly, if it fills more than it should, undo and zoom in further.
  • Kmusser, I have colored 29 wards, but the other two (Machuelo Arriba and Sabanetas) I cannot color. Here is the process I use in Inkscape:

(1) Launch Inkscape

(2) File > Open > Select one of the .svg files from my PC, say, Ponce_barrios_map (01Anon).svg,

(3) Click on the second of the options on the left hand side, to change the pointer to the "Edit paths by nodes" pointer,

(4) Click inside the area delimetered by the borders of barrio Anon (the borders of Anon will show squares at the end points of all straight lines on the borders)

(5) Expand the window so the color palette across the bottom of the window will be visible

(6) Click on color RED (or yellow or whatever) (the area gets filled with the red color)

(7) File > Close > Save.

(8) Now the file is ready for upload to Wikipedia Commons (I haven't done this step yet (only for Anon - see below), pending our fixing of the Machuelo Arriba/Sabanetas problem.)

Do you have a different process? Following your process above, I never see what you call a paint "bucket". Anyway, my procedure worked beautifully (and quick!) for all 29 wards...taking only about 20 min. for all 29 wards. In the meantime I have added the map to the Anon ward for your perusal. (I decided to color all wards in red - it stands out better than yellow.) They look good to me. Please advise on how to get Machuelo Arriba and Sabanetas colored. BTW, I noticed that the Anon ward, onced colored, does not appear to be within the municipality of Ponce. I think this will also be true for all the other wards that are located at the outer edges of the munnicipality. Perhaphs you might want to consider drawing the border around the municipality in a thicker black line to better differentiate the Ponce municipality from the neighboring barrios of outlaying municipalities and from the neigboring municipalities themselves. Sorry about the length of this, but I wanted to get it right and avoid confusion. Thanks! Mercy11 (talk) 03:59, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Ok, at the risk of making you redo your work, I've uploaded a new and improved basemap. I went and fixed the Machuelo Arriba/Sabanetas issue in the source Census Bureau file, so that should be fixed in the SVG now. Also added a bold border for Ponce itself which should look better. As for your process I'd stick with what you're doing, the paint bucket is the 5th tool from the bottom along the left side, but I think your method actually gets a nicer result than what I was suggesting. Kmusser (talk) 17:20, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
No problem! I was finally able to return to complete the project (and you can click on any of the 31 Barrio names to see the results!), though I had tested it with Sabanetas first to make sure your new map did in fact solve the problem. It did!!! Your work was awesome, and I want to THANK YOU for working with me on this so tirelessly.
Something odd happened, though, with the new map for barrio Anon, which would not let me color it. But after many tries, I gave up and used your Bucket method instead; it worked! So barrio Anon's map looks different from the others (a yellow border around the red).
Finally just wanted to point out that that I had left out one important note in my list of steps above -- the result to be expected after performing step 6. For completion, and for the record, I edited there adding that after step 6 is done, that's when the area gets filled with the red color. But obviously you had figure that out before. Thanks again! Mercy11 (talk) 20:09, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
Great, I don't know what the deal with Anon was - I went in and was able to take out that yellow border, but I could not select the barrio boundary either. I think it looks ok though. Let me know if you're planning on doing more like these - the files I downloaded were for all of Puerto Rico, so similar maps for other municipios wouldn't be hard to do. Kmusser (talk) 13:03, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
Wow! I hadn't read this response before...someow I missed it yet it was sitting here for a week. Great, and thanks for the offer. I do have a question/request,,,but since it is related to the Municipalities map, I'll post there. Regards, Mercy11 (talk) 23:31, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Puerto Rico National Merit Medal[edit]

Puerto Rico National Merit Medal
Puerto Rico National Merit Medal

I want to bestow upon you, Mercy, the highest honor that we, the Puerto Rican community in Wikipedia, can award to an editor. You, Mercy, are a dedicated editor whose contributions and dedication to articles regarding Puerto Rico are above and beyond from what is normally expected. You have helped provide a positive image of the island and it's people. Tony the Marine (talk) 15:31, 30 January 2014 (UTC)