Naranjito, Puerto Rico – The Town of Colors

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Lake La Plata, Naranjito, P.R.

Foundation: Naranjito’s (nah-rahn-HEE-to) struggle to become a municipality began in 1810. After many setbacks with the rich and powerful interests of the era, authorization was obtained to found the town on December 3, 1824. This town was founded in 1824 after being separated from Toa Alta. With official, civil and religious documents from Toa Alta in their possession, the inhabitants of seven wards were empowered to demand justice from the government to separate them from Toa Alta and found the new municipality. It was founded in the ward of the same name in lands donated by Don Braulio Morales and Doña Manuela Rivera. Don Braulio Morales was named Founding Captain and first mayor. The name of Naranjito (small orange tree) derives from a tree that was used as a point of reference for a short cut to town.

Naranjito is located in a semi-mountainous region and has three fast-flowing rivers that frequently overflowed in those days isolating the town for most of the year. This situation restricted its economic, social, cultural and religious development.
mapa naranjitoLocation: Naranjito is located in the central area of the island of Puerto Rico. It is bordered by: Toa Alta to the north, Bayamón to the east, Corozal to the west, and Comerío and Barranquitas to the south.
Area: 73.0 sq km / 27.7 sq mi
Population: 29,709 (census 2000)
Population Density: 406.9 per sq km / 1,072.5 per sq mi
People are known as: Naranjiteños
Naranjito is also known as:
La Ciudad de los Colores (The Town of Colors)
El Pueblo de los Changos (The Changos Town)

Wards: Naranjito, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Naranjito
Habitants
Achiote 4,310
Anones 4,518
Cedro Abajo 4,278
Cedro Arriba 3,556
Guadiana 3,931
Lomas 4,126
Naranjito Town 1,150
Nuevo 3,840
Total
29,709

Información: Negociado del Censo de los EE.UU. Censo 2000

Patron:
San Miguel Arcángel
San Miguel Arcángel Parish
Apartado 68
Naranjito, P.R. 00719
(787) 869-2840
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Parroquia San Miguel Arcángel

Topography: Corresponde a los municipios situados en la región húmeda de las Colinas del Norte. La parte sur de su territorio es la más elevada.
Hydrography: It is bathed by the Guadiana, Toa, Mavilla and Cañas rivers and the Mula, Ciénaga, Riachuelo, Quebradillas, La Pruda, Abarca, La Gloria, Jaguas and Anones gorges. The hydrographic system of this municipality also contains the La Plata lake or reservoir.
Economy: Based mainly in services, comerce and the production of fruits, cattle, poultry, and several small factories.
Average Salary: $250.76 weekly (1998)

naranjito banderaFlag: It consists of an orange flag crossed by two narrow green stripes close to the superior and inferior edges. The orange color proclaims the name of the town of Naranjito. The green stripes represent the color of the fields and mountains that surround the town.

naranjito escudoCoat Of Arms: It consists of a red cross that is symbol of San Miguel de Arcángel, Patron of Naranjito. The globe with the cross symbolizes the power and sovereignty of God. The gold and red stripes that appear in the second and third quarters, constitute the primitive baton of the Guafiana lineage. The lily twigs are a tribute of San Antonio de Padua, confessor and doctor of the Church. The orange tree represents the small tree that gave the town’s name, Naranjito. The crown is symbol of moral unit of the town.

Naranjito Public Schools.

Name Level Telephone Address
BERNARDA ROBLES DE HEVIA ELEMENTAL (787) 869-1433 PO BOX 5822
DON MANOLO RIVERA ELEMENTAL (787) 869-6119 PO BOX 916
FELIPA SÁNCHEZ CRUZADO ELEMENTAL (787) 869-4117 PO BOX 3280
JOSÉ ARCHILLA CABRERA ELEMENTAL (787) 869-3230 PO BOX 926
LOMAS VALLES ELEMENTAL (787) 869-1213 PO BOX 850
NUEVA ESCUELA ELEMENTAL ELEMENTAL (787) 869-5005 PO BOX 790
ROSA LUZ ZAYAS ELEMENTAL (787) 869-3976 PO BOX 848
SILVESTRE MARTÍNEZ ELEMENTAL (787) 869-1266 HC 73 BOX 5548
COLEEN VÁZQUEZ URRUTIA INTERMEDIO (787) 869-1309 PO BOX 916
MERCEDES ROSADO INTERMEDIO (787) 869-3130 PO BOX 859
ADOLFO GARCÍA SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 869-4008 PO BOX 2765
FIDEL G. PADILLA SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 869-0655 PO BOX 916
PEDRO FERNÁNDEZ SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 869-4787 HC 71 BOX 3788
FRANCISCO MORALES SUPERIOR (787) 869-5277 PO BOX 25

Hymn: Lirics by José Archilla Cabrera – Music by Paquito López Cruz

Naranjito es mi hogar predilecto
de Borinquen un plácido Edén,
Mis cariños por ti son eternos,
porque tú eres el alma del bien.

En un valle profundo reposa el Guadiana
el eterno rumor te circundan preciosas colinas
y te mira del cielo el Señor.
¿Qué me importan las grandes ciudades?
si allí imperan el vicio y la maldad
en ti luce la sana costumbre
en ti brilla la Santa hermandad.

Eres culto la Diosa Minerva
da su ciencia profusa por ti,
por la Esteves también
Teresita que se yerguen triunfantes aquí.

Cuando cese mi vida yo ansío pueblo amado
un humilde rincón donde pueda dormir
al regazo de mi tierra que hallara Colón.
Naranjito es mi hogar predilecto de Borinquen
un plácido Edén, mis cariños por ti son eternos
porque tú eres el alma del bien.

Events:
Mothers Day – May
Volleyball Tournment – May / July
San Antonio Day – June
Chango Festival – June
Anon Festival – June
Patron Festivities – September

Places To Visit:
Cancha Gelito Ortega
Las Avispas Hills
Cedro Abajo Falls
Anones Park
Municipal Swiming Pool
La Plata Lake
Trovador Plaza
La Marina Boardwalk

Distinguished Citizens:
Aurelio Gracia Morales – Lawyer, Superior Judge
José Archilla Cabrera – Professor, Poet & Pharmacist
Paquito López Cruz
Felipa Sánchez Cruzado
Mercedes Rosado – Lawyer, Superior Judge
Francisco (Paco) Roque – Poet
Monseñor Eduardo Berríos


How to get to Naranjito from San Juan.

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