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Ciales (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsjales]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.), located on the Central Mountain Range, northwest of Orocovis; south of Florida and Manatí; east of Utuado and Jayuya; and west of Morovis. Ciales is spread over eight wards and Ciales Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ciales, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Flag
Coat of arms of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "La Ciudada de la Cojoba", "La Tierra del Café", "Pueblo de los Valerosos"
Anthem: "El cantar de tus ríos es mensaje"
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded June 24, 1820
Government
 • Mayor Luis "Rolan" Maldonado (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist. 3 - Arecibo
 • Representative dist. 13
Area
 • Total 66.48 sq mi (172.17 km2)
 • Land 66 sq mi (172 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (.17 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,782
 • Density 280/sq mi (110/km2)
Demonym(s) Cialeños
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
Zip code 00638

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HistoryEdit

Ciales was founded on June 24, 1820 by Isidro Rodríguez.

GeographyEdit

CityscapeEdit

BarriosEdit

  • Cialitos
  • Cordillera
  • Frontón
  • Hato Viejo
  • Jaguas
  • Pesas
  • Pozas
  • Toro Negro[1]

TourismEdit

Landmarks and places of interestEdit

  • Hacienda Negrón
  • Las Archillas Cavern
  • Las Golondrinas Cavern
  • Parada Choferil
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Yuyú cueva
  • El chorro de Doña Juana

CultureEdit

Festivals and eventsEdit

  • Cantata Corretjer - March 19
  • Agua Dulce Festival - August
  • Frontón Festival - July
  • San Elías Festival - July
  • Matron Festivities - October

SportsEdit

Ciales is the home town of Juan "Pachín" Vicens - Puerto Rico's undisputed national basketball star, named Best Player in the World at the 1959 World Basketball Championship, Santiago de Chile (a.k.a., Juan "Pachín" Vicens, "Astro del Balón", "El Jeep"; younger brother of Puerto Rico's National Poet, Nimia Vicens, who also hailed from Ciales). Their middle brother, Enrique "Coco" Vicens, a former Puerto Rico Senator, was a track and field athlete in his own right.

EconomyEdit

AgricultureEdit

Agriculture; coffee & cattle

DemographicsEdit

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Ciales is Juan José Rodríguez Pérez, of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He was elected at the 2012 general elections.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district III, which is represented by two Senators. In 2008, José Emilio González Velázquez and Angel Martínez Santiago were elected as District Senators.[2]

SymbolsEdit

FlagEdit

The flag is divided into seven unequal stripes described in sequence: yellow, red, yellow, purple, yellow, red, and yellow.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms consists of a gold shield with a lion standing on its rear legs and silverplated nails grasping a silver coiled parchment between its front claws. The lion also shows a red tongue. Above the lion in the superior part of the shield are located three heraldic roses arranged horizontally with red petals and green leaves. A golden crown of three towers rests on the shield. The three towers are united by walls, simulating masonry blocks. The shield is surrounded by a crown of coffee tree branches with their berries, all in natural colors.

Notable people from CialesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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