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Naranjito... The Town of Colors

La Plata Lake La Plata, Naranjito, P.R.
Photo Matthew Larsen, USGS.

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.

Naranjito's Location
Location: 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:

Wards



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

 
Source: Census 2000


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

Topography: It belongs to the municipalities located in the humid region of the Northern Hills. The southern part of its territory is elevated.

Naranjito's Coat of 
Arms
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's Flag
Flag: 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.

Coat 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 Elementary (787) 869-1433 PO BOX 5822
DON MANOLO RIVERA Elementary (787) 869-6119 PO BOX 916
FELIPA SÁNCHEZ CRUZADO Elementary (787) 869-4117 PO BOX 3280
JOSÉ ARCHILLA CABRERA Elementary (787) 869-3230 PO BOX 926
LOMAS VALLES Elementary (787) 869-1213 PO BOX 850
NUEVA ESCUELA Elementary Elementary (787) 869-5005 PO BOX 790
ROSA LUZ ZAYAS Elementary (787) 869-3976 PO BOX 848
SILVESTRE MARTÍNEZ Elementary (787) 869-1266 HC 73 BOX 5548
COLEEN VÁZQUEZ URRUTIA Intermediate (787) 869-1309 PO BOX 916
MERCEDES ROSADO Intermediate (787) 869-3130 PO BOX 859
ADOLFO GARCÍA Secondary (787) 869-4008 PO BOX 2765
FIDEL G. PADILLA Secondary (787) 869-0655 PO BOX 916
PEDRO FERNÁNDEZ Secondary (787) 869-4787 HC 71 BOX 3788
FRANCISCO MORALES High School (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.

Dios bendiga los sabios mentores
que difunden contentos la luz
y nos dan los consejos más puros
son los Cristos que llevan la Cruz.

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

Naranjito Mayors 1830 - Present
Year Mayor Year Mayor
1830 Braulio Morales 1886-1887 Fermín Morales
1839-1849 Enrique Martínez 1886 Francisco J. López
1849 Ramón Velilla 1886 Francisco Segur
1853 Luis Chinea 1886 Manuel Valiente
1853 Manuel Manzano 1887-1888 Diego Becerra y Muñoz
1858 Carlos Carvarín 1887 Joaquín L. Miro
1858 Juan de la Cruz 1888 Florentino López
1859 Sebastián Porrata 1889 Sotero Varela
1860 Pablo Andréu Dueño 1890-1898 Maximino Vázquez
1860 Ramón Medina 1899 Abelardo Rivera
1864 Sixto Sánchez 1899 Florentino López
1867-1868 José Rodríguez 1900 Medardo Rivera
1871 Marcelino Morales 1901 Bernabé Berrios
1872 Agustín Peirona 1901 Miguel Rivera
1872 José Amigo 1924 Macario Rivera
1874 Antonio Rivera 1928 Rafael Valles
1876 Domingo Salinas 1932 Ignacio Morales
1876 Francisco Acosta 1936 Alfredo Archilla López
1876 Ramón D. Almendares 1936 Manuel Morales Moure
1877 Antonio Rivera 1940-1952 Francisco Morales Rivera
1877 Domingo Salinas 1956-1964 Manuel Vázquez Berrios
1877 Ramón Castro 1968-1972 Manuel Vázquez Berrios
1878-1879 José Ramón Sifre 1972-1980 Rubén D. Rodríguez
1879 Antonio Jiménez 1980-1992 Aurelio Rivera Ortega
1880 José Menéndez 1992-2000 Alfredo Serrano Rodríguez
1883-1884 Manuel Valiente 2001-Present Manuel de J. Ortega
1885-1886 Manuel Román    
Source: Municipality of Naranjito


Mayor: Hon. Manuel de J. Ortega (PPD)
P.O. Box 53
Naranjito, P.R. 00719
(787) 869-2470
      Naranjito's 
Mayor



2004 General Election Results
Municipality of Naranjito


Party Candidate Votes Percent  
PPD MANOLO ORTEGA 9,064 49.16%
PNP ORLANDO ORTIZ 8,939 48.48%
PIP MARIA ELENA NEGRON 317 1.72%
Otros *OTHERS 119 0.65%
Total 18,439  
Breakdown of Others   Reported Voting Centers Participation
Direct Nomination 13   Registered Voters 21,066
Blank 55   Votes 18,439
Null 51   Participation Percent 87.53%
Reported Voting Centers: 69 out of 69 for 100.00%   Total Registered 21,066

Source: Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico






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