Comerío, Puerto Rico – The Pearl of The Plata

Comerío
Salto de Comerío

Foundation: Comerío (ko-me-REE-o) was founded June 12, 1826. It was originally founded with the name Sabana del Palmar (Palm Savannah), because of the abundance of palms that existed in the area. From the beginning of the XIX century a desire existed between the neighbors of the districts of Bayamón, Cidra and Barranquitas, to become independent from their respective parties and to constitute a new municipality. In June 1826, an official decree denominated the new municipality of Sabana del Palmar and which territories included the districts Comerío Alto, Comerío Bajo, Arroyato, Piña, Río Hondo, Sierra and Quebrada Prieta of the jurisdictions of Bayamón, Cidra and Barranquitas. In 1894 the city council asked the Spanish Crown authorization for a name change, officially adopting “Comerío” as the new name. The name of Comerío derives from the name of the Indian Cacique Comerío who lived in the region.

The city of Comerío is also known as “La Perla del Plata” and “El Pueblo de los Guabaleros”. Comerío was famous worldwide for its production of tobacco.

In the 1854, according to an original document from the archives of the Departamento de Obras Públicas, Sabana del Palmar, was subdivided by the Vega Redonda, Cejas, Naranjo, Cedrito, Doña Elena, Palomas, Rió Hondo and Piña districts. At the time of the foundation of the town, the population consisted of 510 habitants, soon increasing to 3,000.

mapa comerioLocation: Located in the center-eastern region of island, it borders north with Naranjito and Bayamón, south with Cidra and Barranquitas, east with Aguas Buenas and Citdra, and west with Barranquitas.
Area: 73.3 sq km / 28.2 sq mi
Population: 20,002 (census 2000)
Population Density: 272.8 per sq km / 709.2 per sq mi
People are known as Comerieños
Comerío is also known as:
La Perla de Plata (The Pearl Of The Plata)
Pueblo de los Guabaleros (Town Of The Guabaleros)

Wards: Comerio, Puerto Rico
barrios comerio
Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Comerío
Habitants
Cedrito 1,269
Cejas 860
Comerío (city) 4,103
Doña Elena 2,966
Naranjo 1,845
Palomas 4,382
Piñas 1,700
Río Hondo 1,857
Vega Redonda 1,020
Total 20,002

Source: Censo 2000

Patron:
Santo Cristo de la Salud
Apartado 1139
Comerío, P.R. 00762
Tel. (787) 875-4525

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Topography: All the terrain is over 200 meters (656 feet) of height. The highest peaks are La Tiza with 360 meters (2.165 feet), Comerío with 573 meters (1,880 feet), Magueyes with 570 meters (1,870 feet), Lazo with 470 meters (1,542 feet) and the Viento Caliente that reaches the height of 650 meters (2,132 feet) of altitude above sea level.
Hydrography: La Plata river and its affluents Hondo and Arroyata rivers. At the basin of the La Plata some kilometers to the north of the population of Comerío between the districts Doña Elena and Cedrito we find the Comerío Lake, with a height of 127 meters (418 feet) above sea level. Its original capacity is 600 acres/foot (740.000 cubic meters).
Economy: Agriculture (tabacco, coffee y fruits).
Average Salary: $240.46 weekly (1998)

comerio banderaFlag: Quartered in cross, of green and white, and superimposed the right superior quarter is a anchored yellow cross. Being the flag an abstraction of the Coat of Arms, it gathers all its symbolism.
comerio escudoEscudo: Escudo partido en campo de sinople verde una cruz ancorada de oro, medio cortada de plata con dos palos de sinople. De plata cortado por una línea nebulosa, de sinople, el jefe cargado de tres copas de palmas reales, de sinople y la punta de una corona antigua de oro, su listel adornado de una greca taína de sable y brochante sobre el todo, en abismo un escusón de oro, cargado de una mata de tabaco arrancada de sinople indicando lo feraz de las vegas de Comerío para el cultivo de tabaco.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Updated: 08/07/2003
Caguas Region
Comerío District

Name Level Telephone Address
Elementary
CENTRO IMPEDIMENTOS SEVEROS EE (787) 875-5824 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
HERMINIO SIERRA K-6 (787) 875-4088 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
HORACE MANN TOWNER PK-6 (787) 875-3265 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
INÉS MARIA MENDOZA K-6 (787) 875-2084 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
JUAN ZAMORA K-6 (787) 875-4341 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
MANUEL CRUZ MACEIRA K-4 (787) 875-5806 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
MARIA C HUERTAS K-6 (787) 875-3991 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
PABLO R ORTIZ ROLÓN K-6 (787) 875-3730 HC 2 Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
PEDRO MORALES BÁEZ K-3 (787) 875-0645 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
PIÑAS ARRIBA K-6 (787) 875-2860 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
Intermediate
LUIS MUÑOZ MARÍN 7-9 (787) 875-3390 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
Secondary
SU MARIA C SANTIAGO K-9 (787) 875-3613 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000
SU OSCAR PORRATA DORIA K-9 (787) 875-2850 PO Box 308, P.R. 00728-0000
SU RAMÓN ALEJANDRO AYALA K-9 (787) 875-2929 PO Box 328, P.R. 00782-0000
High School
JUANA COLÓN 10-12 (787) 875-2130 PO Box 1123, P.R. 00782-0000

Hymn: By Dr. Francisco Manrique Cabrera

Con alma henchida de amor y ensueño
erguido ante el porvenir tremolamos
la canción de esperanza juvenil.

A Dios pedimos saber que alumbre
a nuestro país de fuerzas a nuestra fe
que aliente a nuestro vivir.

Comerío, montaña en flor donde El Plata
canta sin par cantos de miel y amor voces del tabacal.
A Dios pedimos saber que alumbre
a nuestro país de fuerzas
a nuestra fe que aliente a nuestro vivir.

Events:
Spring Carnival – April
Jíbaro Festival – June
El Jobo Festival – July
Patron Festivities – August
San Andrés Apostil Festivities – November
La Mora Cave Festival – December
El Seco Marathon – December
Christmas Fantasy – December

Places To Visit:
Tobacco Warehouse
Media Luna Recreation Park
La Tiza Peak
La Mora Caves
Las Pailas
Los Pilones
Town Square
La Plata River

Distinguished Citizens:
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 Aguayo – Senator

 


How to get to Comerío from San Juan.

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