Corozal, Puerto Rico – The Birthplace of Volleyball

corozal palma
Palmas de Corozo

Fundación: The town of Corozal (ko-ro-ZAHL) was founded in 1795 by the owners of the land, Don Joaquin Marrero and Don José de Rivera Ortiz. This last one was the first constitutional mayor in 1813. The name comes from the word corojo or corozo (“Corozo”, “Corojo”, “Tagua”, or “Vegetal Ivory”), these are the fruits of a palm, (phytelephas macrocarpa) that reaches a height of five to six meters and grows in humid places which are used to confection bottons and others crafts. It is also said that it could have been due to the abundance of these palm trees in the area.

mapa corozalLocation: Located in the central-eastern region, closer to the northern coast, it borders north with Vega Alta and Toa Alta, Orocovis, south with Barranquitas and Naranjito, east with Naranjito and west with Morovis and Orocovis.
Area: 109.2 sq km / 42.0 sq mi
Population: 36,867 (census 2000)
Population Density: 355.9 per sq km / 877.7 per sq mi
People are known as: Corozaleños
Corozal is also known as:
La Cuna del Voleibol (The Birthplace of Volleyball)
Los Plataneros

Wards: Corozal, Puerto Rico
barrios corozal
Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Corozal
Habitants
Abras 1,984
Cibuco 5,054
Corozal (city) 2,850
Cuchillas 1,393
Dos Bocas 2,760
Magueyes 295
Maná 2,014
Negros 1,239
Padilla 3,959
Palmarejo 5,856
Palmarito 2,160
Palos Blancos 3,664
Pueblo (Barrio) 3,639
Total 36,867

Source: Censo 2000

Patron:
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia Parish
P.O. Box 474
Corozal, Puerto Rico 00783-0474
(787) 859-2595
Foundation: 1804
Patron Day: Sunday after Christmas
Mass Schedule:
Daily: 6:30am & 7:00pm
Saturday: 6:00pm & 7:15pm, Sunday: 6:30am, 8:30am & 10:00am

corozal iglesia

Topography: The higher elevations of this municipality are to the south, reaching 700 meters, but do not excede 1,000 meters. To the north in the Cibuco, Abras and Palmarejo wards the terrain is level.
Hydrography: Grande de Manatí River, Cibuco River, De los Negros River, Corozal River and its affluents the Dos Bocas River, Mavilla River and the Jacinta Ravine.
Economy: Crafts and agriculture (bananas).

corozal banderaFlag: The flag of the town is inspired by the Coat Of Arms, it consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width, yellow the top, green the middle and blue the bottom, and in some instances the middle stripe could have embroidered or printed the Coat Of Arms.

corozal escudoCoat Of Arms: On a gold background three Corozo Palms, with clusters in their original color, planted on a green landscape and in front of a mountain range. At the bottom, blue and silver water waves sprinkled with gold nuggets. The three towercrown is gold with black stones.

The Corozo Palms represent the name of the town and its river, whose margins were populated with these palms. The mountains represent the high and striking mountains of Corozal. The waves represent the Corozal River and gold nuggets, metal that until recently was panned in its riviera. The gold background of the Coat Of Arms is symbol of hard labor and also alludes to the gold of Corozal, so appreciated long ago for its purity. The crown is a emblem used to designate cities and towns.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Morovis Region
Corozal District

Name Level Telephone Address
Nivel Elemental
ABRAHAM LINCOLN 4-6 (787) 859-3007 PO Box 135, P.R. 00783-0000
FIDEL LÓPEZ COLON K-6 (787) 859-4592 PO Box 623, P.R. 00783-
GENARO BOU K-6 (787) 859-1566 PO Box 1730, P.R. 00783-0000
HIPÓLITO CALDERO K-6 (787) 859-7777 PO Box 1830, P.R. 00783-0000
JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ RUBIAL K-6 (787) 859-7288 PO Box 82, P.R. 00783-0000
MANÁ K-6 (787) 859-0001 HC 3 Box 13523, P.R. 00783-0000
PALMARITO CENTRO K-6 (787) 859-4466 HC 3 Box 13523, P.R. 00783-0000
RAFAEL MARTÍNEZ NADAL K-3 (787) 859-2720 PO Box 709, P.R. 00783-0000
Nivel Intermedio
MANUEL BOU GALI 7-9 (787) 859-4656 PO Box 1179, P.R. 00783-0000
Nivel Segunda Unidad
DR. JOSÉ PADÍN K-9 (787) 859-0304 PO Box 1700, P.R. 00783-1700
SU DEMETRIO RIVERA K-9 (787) 859-4111 PO Box 80124, P.R. 00783-0000
SU JULIÁN MARRERO K-9 (787) 859-3027 PO Box 1041, P.R. 00783-0000
SU NICOLÁS RODRÍGUEZ K-9 (787) 859-3250 PO Box 1808, P.R. 00783-0000
Nivel Superior
EMILIO R. DELGADO 10-12 (787) 859-2037 PO Box 1807, P.R. 00783-0000
PORFIRIO CRUZ GARCÍA 10-12 (787) 859-0288 PO Box 521, P.R. 00783-0000

Hymn: By Aníbal Gándara Campo

Salve perla de sabana
salve, salve, salve
perla incomparable.

Salve, salve todos tus hijos
fieles vasallos hoy rendidos
te aclaman y en este himno.

Todo su amor te consagran.
Todo su amor te consagran.
Cual soberana perla te destacas
en un valle ameno de altivas palmeras,
ellas te ofrecen jugosos alimentos
y… te abanican gentil princesa.

Ríos y dos mares
perlas te desgranan
para enriquecerte.
Oh mi patria amada
más hay una perla
digna de tu gloria es Corozal
la perla más preciada.

Si el héroe mártir
y el saber de un hombre
la fama de un pueblo
crea y eterniza
su existencia toda
sin fin te proclaman
tus estudiosos y gallardos hijos.

Events:
Patron Festivities – January
Corozal Carnival – June
San Juan Bautista Carnival – June
Plantain Festival – September
Corozo Festival – October

Places To Visit:
El Rancho Recreation Center

Distinguished Citizens:
David Samuel Sánchez Herrera
Emilio R. Delgado
Felícita Padilla
Luis Santos Narváez
Juan Maldonado
Ramón Luis Acevedo
Ramón A. López Acevedo
Sixto Febus

 


How to get to Corozal from San Juan.

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