Guayama, Puerto Rico – Town of Wizards

guayama plaza
Guayama Square, Puerto Rico

Foundation: Matías de Abadía founded Guayama (gwah-YAH-mah) in 1736. Its name is of Taino origin and derived from the region where Cacique Guanamí and Cacique Guayama lived, guayama means “great site”. The town is known as El Pueblo de los Brujos (Town of Wizards) in honor of “Moncho el Brujo” (Moncho the Wizard), a legendary baseball pitcher from Guayama.

mapa guayamaLocation: Located in the southern coast, its bordered by: Cayey to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, Salinas to the west, and Patillas and Arroyo to the east.
Area: 169.7 sq km / 65.3 sq mi
Population: 44,301 (census 2000)
Population Density: 261.0 per sq km / 678.4 per sq mi
People are known as: Guayameses
Guayama is also known as:
El Pueblo de los Brujos (Town Of Wizards)
Ciudad Bruja (Wizard City)
La Ciudad del Guamaní (Guamaní City)

Wards: Guayama, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Guayama
Habitants
Algarrobo 7,377
Caimital 4,505
Carite 1,157
Carmen 682
Guamaní 1,528
Guayama Pueblo 17,111
Jobos 7,706
Machete 2,509
Palmas 841
Pozo Hondo 885
Total 44,301

Source: Censo 2000

Patron:
San Antonio de Padua
San Antonio de Padua Parish
Apartado 282
Guayama, P.R. 00785
(787) 864-4100

guayama iglesia

Topography: Guayama pertenece, geográficamente, a la región de los Llanos Costaneros del Sur, por su parte norte corren las Sierras de Jájome y de Cayey.
Hydrography: The hydrography is formed by the Plata, Chiquito, Guamaní and Seco rivers, and the Palmas Bajas, Culebra, Barros, Cimarrona, Salada, Corazón and Branderí gorges. The hydrographic system also includes the Carite Dam, Lake Melania and Las Mareas Lagoon near the coast.
Climate: Annual precipitation is around 51.95 inches and its average temperature is 81°F.
Economy: Manufacturing (pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petrochemicals), agriculture (sugar cane) and fishing.
Average Salary: $344.93 weekly (1998)

guayama banderaFlag: The Guayama flag is made up of three stripes of different colors. To the left of the top stripe we can see the Old Mill, which today is known as the Molino de Vives. Meaning of the colors:

  • Black – the African or black race of Puerto Rico.
  • Yellow – the economic gain that generated the sugar cane in Puerto Rico.
  • Red – the blood spilled by the enslaved Indians in the fights with foreign invasions.

guayama escudoCoat Of Arms: The shield is divided in four parts and in two of them part of a chessboard appears. This makes reference to the square and regular form of the Guayama urban zone. It has two old mill towers. These symbolize the sugar cane culture. They also represent the characteristic elements of the landscape and history of the town.

The laurel trees constitute a representation of the beautiful Recreation Plaza very well known for its trimmed trees. The three silver flowers symbolize San Antonio de Padua, patron of Guayama. The crown represents Cacique Guayama, name of the town. The branches with guava fruits surrounding the shield symbolize a legend related to the origins of the town: the appearance of San Antonio de Padua floating over a guava tree. The big crown has four towers that represent the municipal autonomy and the unity of the citizens in the defense of their historical traditions and common well-being. The crown means that Guayama obtained the title of Village.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Caguas Region
Guayama District

Name Level Telephone Address
Elementary
ALEJANDRO ORTÍZ RESTO K-4 (787) 864-6413 PO Box 2219, P.R. 00785-0000
AMALIA MARÍN K-6 (787) 864-1068 PO Box 2368, P.R. 00785-0000
ANSELMO VÁZQUEZ DE JESÚS K-4 (787) 853-2002 PO Box 2219, P.R. 00785-0000
BARTOLO CAUSSADE GONZÁLEZ K-6 (787) 866-0367 PO Box 1979, P.R. 00785-0000
CARLOS MARTÍNEZ BENÍTEZ K-6 (787) 866-0373 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
FRANCISCO NAVARRO COLÓN K-6 (787) 866-0779 PO Box 449, P.R. 00785-9707
JORGE WASHINGTON II 3-6 (787) 864-1268 PO Box 57, P.R. 00785-0000
JOSÉ MUÑOZ VÁZQUEZ K-6 (787) 864-4919 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA K-2 (787) 864-1015 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
LUIS PALÉS MATOS K-6 (787) 864-2101 PO Box 2280, P.R. 00785-0000
MARCELA GARCÍA CORA K-6 (787) 864-7374 PO Box 2219, P.R. 00785-0000
OLIMPO K-6 (787) 864-3875 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
OSCAR HERNÁNDEZ GUEVARA K-6 (787) 864-8242 PO Box 2370, P.R. 00785-0000
VICENTE PALÉS ANÉS K-6 (787) 864-0866 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
WASHINGTON I PK-2 (787) 864-0566 PO Box 10007 Suite 121, P.R. 00785-0000
Intermediate
GENARO CAUTIÑO 7 (787) 864-0668 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
LUIS A RIVERA 8-9 (787) 864-0968 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
SIMÓN MADERA 7-9 (787) 864-0768 PO Box 10007 Suite 102, P.R. 00785-0000
PS – Institute
INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO 13-14 (787) 864-0354 PO Box 150, P.R. 00785-0000
Otros
ELEUTERIO LUGO ADULTOS (787) 864-3959 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
RAMÓN ÁVILA (TECH. VOC.) ADULTOS (787) 864-0413 PO Box 150, P.R. 00785-0000
Secondary
ADELA BRENES TEXIDOR 7-12 (787) 864-7700 PO Box 2188, P.R. 00785-0000
FRANCISCO GARCÍA BOYRIE 7-12 (787) 864-3879 PO Box 10016, P.R. 00785-0000
SU JUAN ALEMAÑY SILVA K-9 (787) 864-3005 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
High School
ANTONIO LUCHETTI EE (787) 864-2202 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000
DR. RAFAEL LÓPEZ LANDRÓN 10-12 (787) 864-4366 PO Box 90, P.R. 00785-0000

Hymn: By Néstor Cora Vera

¡Viva Guayama, mi pueblo idolatrado,
la bella patria chica donde nací!
Siempre recuerdo tu nombre venerado.
En mis angustias acuérdate de mí.
¡Viva Derkes, que viva Palés Matos,
grandes hombre de nuestro patrio lar!

Su recuerdo es muy grato
y a Guayama le vamos a cantar.
Recordemos, recordemos
a Guayama, con amor.
Recordemos, recordemos
a Guayama, con amor
son tus mujeres, cual ninfas escapadas.

Events:
Brujo Carnival – March
Dulce Sueño Fair – March
Paso Fino Fair – March
Patron Festivities – June
Jíbaro Festival – October
Puertorrican Week – December

Places To Visit:
Luis Palés Matos Statue
Punta de las Figuras Lighthouse
Carite Lake
Las Mareas Lagoon
Vives Mill
Pozuelo Beach
Rodeo Beach

Distinguished Citizens:
Catalino (Tite) Curet Alonso – Composser
Genaro Cautiño Insúa
Francisco G. Bruno
Francisco Porrata Doria
Luis Palés Matos – Poet
Vicente Palés Anés

 


How to get to Guayama from San Juan.

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