Naguabo, Puerto Rico

Naguabo, Puerto Rico – Birthplace of Great Artists

naguabo plaza
Naguabo Plaza

Foundation: Naguabo (nah-GWAH-bo) was founded July 15, 1821 near the mouth of the Daguao river with the intention to defend the area from the Caribe Indians. In 1794 at the request of several influential neighbors of the Spanish Crown, the foundation of Naguabo begins, in a sector known as Pueblo Viejo. On January 9, 1798 the erection of the Naguabo parish was authorized. In 1841 the construction of the church began. The work concluded in 1856, when it was blessed. The name of Naguabo originates from the cacique and chieftainship named Daguao. All this territory was very populated by Taíno Indians. When the discovery of the Island took place this region had been visited by Caribe Indian expeditions that already had conquered the Smaller Antilles and continued moving west.

mapa maunaboLocation: Naguabo is located in the east side of the island. It borders north with the Río Grande and Ceiba, south with Humacao and the Passage of Vieques, west with Las Piedras and east with Ceiba and the Passage of Vieques.
Area: 135.2 sq km / 52.0 sq mi
Population: 23,753 (census 2000)
Population Density: 175.6 per sq km / 456.7 per sq mi
People are known as: Naguabeños
Naguabo is also known as:
Cuna de Grandes Artistas (Birthplace of Great Artists)
Los Enchumbaos (The Soaked Ones)

Wards: Naguabo, Puerto Rico
barrios naguabo

Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Naguabo
Habitants
Daguao 2,186
Duque 2,705
Húcares 2,118
Maizales 2,120
Mariana 1,726
Naguabo Pueblo 1,852
Peña Pobre 3,872
Río 3,010
Río Blanco 3,235
Santiago y Lima 929
Total 23,753

Source: Censo 2000

Matron:
Virgen del Rosario
Virgen del Rosario Parish
Apartado 665
Naguabo, P.R. 00718
(787) 874-2235
naguabo iglesia
Nuestra Señora del Rosario Parish

Topography: It is located in the Regional area of the Southeast. The northern part is within the Luquillo Mountain Range. Within some of its hills are two of greater elevations in this mountain range, the Picos (tips) of the Este and the Oeste, respectively with 1,051 and 1,020 meters (3.448 and 3,346 feet) of altitude above sea level. The rest of the territory of this municipality is level.
Hydrography: It is bathed by the Daguao, Santiago, Blanco (Naguabo), Cubuy, Sabana, Icacos and Prieto rivers and the Peña Pobre, Sonadora, Vaca, Maizales, Palma, Plátano, and Botija gorges.
Economy: Agriculture; sugar cane, cattle & fruits and the manufacture of clothing.
Average Salary: $258.35 weekly (1998)

naguabo banderaFlag: It is of rectangular shape, celestial blue and to the center the Coat of Arms of Naguabo, which description followings:

  • The color blue is the main color of the shield and symbolizes the sky of Puerto Rico.
  • The gold crown symbolizes Cacique Naguabo from whom the region derives its name.
  • The silver waves symbolize the sea that bathes the coasts.
  • The red border on which appears a broken silver chain means, courage and battles fought with blood; everything which symbolizes the first rise of slaves that took place here and nowhere else in the Island.
  • The silver broken chain symbolize the desire of freedom of the insurgents.
  • The silver crossed machetes symbolize the pact made by the slave Vaguey to get rid of the oppression of the colonists.
  • The black handles of the Machetes symbolize pain, silence and death of the insurgents.
  • The gold palms symbolize the wealth of the plantations.
  • The gold three – tower crown symbolizes the category of city that characterizes Naguabo.

naguabo escudoCoat Of Arms: Shield of rectangular form, round off in its inferior part, stamped with a three tower crown mural and adorned with two palms and a banner at its base.

The blue is the main color of the shield and symbolizes the sky of Puerto Rico, this color stands for the virtue, justice, sweetness, beauty, nobility, perseverance, vigilance, recreation, fervor and loyalty of its children. The gold crown symbolizes Cacique Naguabo from whom this region derives its name, this color stands for justice, benignancy, mercy, nobility, generosity, splendor, sovereignty, love, health and prosperity. The silver waves symbolize the sea that bathes the coasts of the region from which derives great part of the wealth of its inhabitants: this color (can be considered also as white) stands for innocence, happiness, purity, temperance, fairness, frankness, eloquence and victory without spilling the blood of the enemy.

The red border on which appears a broken silver chain stands for the courage and battles fought with blood; everything which symbolizes the first rise of slaves that took place here and nowhere else in the Island. The silver broken chain symbolizes the insurgents’ desire for freedom. The silver crossed machetes symbolize the pact made by the slave Vaguey to get rid of the oppression of the colonists. The black handles of the machetes symbolize pain, silence and death of the insurgents. The gold palms symbolize the wealth of the plantations. The gold three – tower crown symbolizes the category of city that characterizes Naguabo.

Naguabo public schools.

Name Nivel Telphone Address
EUGENIO BRAC ELEMENTAL (787) 874-3295 PO Box 550
FAUSTINO R FUERTES ELEMENTAL (787) 874-0420 PO Box 655
JOSÉ R AGOSTO ELEMENTAL (787) 874-0080 PO Box 1267
LUTGARDA RIVERA REYES ELEMENTAL (787) 874-0010 HC 1 Box 4405B
LYDIA M LÓPEZ ELEMENTAL (787) 874-2908 PO Box 4693A
MAIZALES ELEMENTAL (787) 874-0205 PO Box 4168A
QUEBRADA GRANDE ELEMENTAL (787) 874-0430 PO Box 508
FIDELINA MELÉNDEZ MONSANTO INTERMEDIO (787) 874-3315 PO Box 638
ANTONIO RÍOS SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 874-2005 PO Box 610
FERMÍN DELGADO SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 874-0090 HC 1 Box 4871J
SILVERIO GARCÍA SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 874-5520 PO Box 639
JUAN JOSÉ MAUNEZ SUPERIOR (787) 874-2155 PO Box 128

Hymn:

Hacia el este de las Islas Antillanas,
desde el mar a la montaña fue creando,
el más bello de los pueblos de Borinquen,
al que Dios canta una nana en su regazo.

Quiso Dios bendecir a mi Naguabo con la tierra,
con los bosques, con las fuentes, y su mar,
bello espejo del oriente,
donde el cielo jugueteaba al arrebor.

Mi Naguabo del querer, Mi Naguabo del soñar
por tus calles me crié y tu plaza fue mi hogar.

Mi Naguabo del querer, Mi Naguabo del soñar
por tus calles me crié y tu plaza fue mi hogar.

Es mi orgullo, es un honor ser de Naguabo.
Es mi cuna del Terruño Borinqueño.
¡Qué feliz haber nacido en este pueblo
y que bueno es sentirse naguabeño!

Events:
Pedro Flores Week – March
Chapín Festival – June
Diplo Festival – June
Virgen del Carmen Fiesta – July
Matron Celebrations – October

Places To Visit:
Caribbean National Forest
Algodones Key
Yudelmi Center
Ramón Rivero “Diplo” Monument
Naguabo Beach
Punta Lima Beach

Distinguished Citizens:
Pedro Carlos Timothe Morales -Lawyer, educatorand storyteller.
Matías González García – Journalist and writer.
Ramón Ortiz del Rivero, “Diplo” – Famous comedian.
Joaquín R. Parrilla – Poet
Inés María Mendoza Vda. de Muñoz – First Lady.
Ramón López – Poet
Fernando Gallego – Lawyer, judge and poet.
Plácido Figueroa – Trovadore and poet.
Pedro Flores (1894- 1979) – Composer
Matías González García – Journalist, storyteller and novelist.


How to get to Naguabo from San Juan.

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