Loíza, Puerto Rico – Capital of Tradition
Foundation: In 1692 Loíza (loo-EE-zah) was appointed as an urban party because it had enough population, approximately 100 houses and 1,146 inhabitants. But it was not until the year 1719 the Spanish government recognized its existence by declaring it a town. Its founder was Gaspar de Arredondo. It was reconstituted again as a municipality August 16, 1970. The legend is that the name Loíza was that of a Taíno woman, Chief Loíza or Yuisa, who governed a territory called Jaymanio in the margins of the Cayrabón river now named the Grande de Loíza river.
Supposedly, Loíza took the name Luisa when she was baptized, because it was her godfather’s name, Luis de Añasco. It is also said that this Taíno Chief married mulatto conqueror Pedro Mejías, with whom she died during an attack by the fierce Caribes. In fact, there is no proof that the christian name of Yuisa was Luisa; none either of her chieftainship or of her marriage with Mejías. Recently another possible source for the origin of the name is worthwhile considering. Iñigo Lopez de Cervantes y Loayza, member of the Spanish Hearing, had great extensions of land in this region and enjoyed much prestige between the governors and the colonizers of the time. His second last name could have been used to name this territory.
Location: Loíza is bordered by: the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Canóvanas to the south, Río Grande to the east, and Carolina to the west.
Area: 65.0 sq km / 25.0 sq mi
Population: 32,537 (census 2000)
Population Density: 500.5 per sq km / 1,301.4 per sq mi
People are known as: Loiceños
Loíza is also known as:
Capital de la Tradición (Capital Of Tradition)
Los Santeros (The Saint Worshippers)
Los Cocoteros (The Coconut Grovers)
Wards: Loiza, Puerto Rico
| Census 2000:|
Population by Wards – Loíza
Source: Censo 2000
San Patricio Parish
Calle Espíritu Santo
Loíza P.R. 00772
Tel. (787) 876-2229
Topography: The terrain is nearly uniformly level because since it does not surpass 100 meters (328 feet) above sea level. It is in the geographic region called the Coastal Plains of the North (the Atlantic coast).
Hydrography: The hydrograqphy is formed by: the Grande de Loiza and the Herrera rivers, which serve as the border with the municipality of Río Grande; and the Piñones and La Torrecilla lagoons. La Torrecilla is shared with the municipality of Carolina. Great marshy extensions of land complete the hydrographic system.
Economy: Tourism and fishing
Average Salary: $290.34 weekly (1998)
Flag: The colors of the flag represent the following:
- Red and gold – Our Spanish inheritance, because they belong to the Spanish flag
- Green – The Saint Patrick tradition of Loíza.
- Three undulating stripes – The represention of our geography because Loíza is a coastal town having the widest and mightiest river of all Puerto Rico. The silhouette of a bell tower in the first stripe represents religious tradition and also serves as a symbol of the Church of Saint Patrick as an historical monument. .
Coat Of Arms: The mounted figure of Santiago Apostle, dominant in the shield, proclaims the devotion to the saint that the Loiceños profess, manifested in a special way during the celebration of traditional festivities every July 25th.
The flames are emblem of the Holy Spirit, bearer of the seven gifts, a title of the old church of Loíza. The undulating stripe represents the Grande de Loíza River, notable in geography, history and literature of Puerto Rico. The crown symbolizes the famous Taína Chief Yuisa, who dwelled in Loíza territory and found a tragic death. The trebols represent San Patrick, Apostle of Ireland and patron of the population.
|CELSO GONZÁLEZ VAILLANT||K-6||(787) 876-8260||PO Box 1980 Suite 269, P.R. 00772-0000|
|EMILIANO FIGUEROA TORRES||K-6||(787) 791-5396||PO Box 507, P.R. 00772-0000|
|GUILLERMINA ROSADO DE AYALA||K-6||(787) 256-2050||Apartado 507, P.R. 00772-0000|
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|MEDIANÍA ALTA ELEMENTAL||PK-6||(787) 876-1200||PO Box 1980 Suite 201, P.R. 00772-0000|
|PARCELAS SUÁREZ||K-6||(787) 876-1878||PO Box 1450, P.R. 00772-0000|
|PARCELAS VIEQUES||K-6||(787) 876-1235||PO Box 94, P.R. 00772-0000|
|BELÉN BLANCO DE ZEQUEIRA||7-9||(787) 256-3060||PO Box 1980 Suite 341, P.R. 00772-1980|
|JESÚS A. VIZCARRONDO||7-9||(787) 876-1377||PO Box 507, P.R. 00772-0000|
|CARLOS ESCOBAR LÓPEZ||10-12||(787) 876-2060||PO Box 535, P.R. 00772-0535|
Himno: Loiceños en Acción By Lolita Cuevas
Loiceño en acción
deja huella de tu yo
en tu tradición;
tu bandera has de honrar,
tus raíces y tu himno exaltar.
Loiceño, has de marcar
en el tiempo
el orgullo de tu honor;
ha de encontrar
en horizontes de alta mar.
Unidos vamos adelante,
unidos en amor y paz;
es la esperanza
que a nuestra patria
Cultiva tu tierra, es tesoro,
estudia y lucha
que Loíza es hija digna
pueblo de amor y paz.
Mayombe Carnival – February
San Patricio Patron Festivities – March
Santiago Apóstol Festivities – July
Places To Visit:
Ayala Family Artesan Centre
María de la Cruz Cavern
San Patricio Parish
Julia de Burgos Walk
Vacía Talega Beach
Castor Ayala – Master Artesan
Francisco E. Mundo Arzuaga – Mayor y profesor
Ramón Suárez – Founder of the Mimiya Hospital, Santurce