Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Article

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Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
Flag of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
Flag
Nickname(s): 
"Ciudad Artesanal", "Los Artesanos"
Anthem: "Somos de la Ribera"
Location of Las Piedras in Puerto Rico
Location of Las Piedras in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°10′59″N 65°51′59″W / 18.18306°N 65.86639°W / 18.18306; -65.86639
LAS PIEDRAS PUERTO RICO Latitude and Longitude:

18°10′59″N 65°51′59″W / 18.18306°N 65.86639°W / 18.18306; -65.86639
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded1793
Government
 •  Mayor Miguel "Micky" López ( PNP)
 • Senatorial dist. 7 - Humacao
 • Representative dist.35
Area
 • Total 33.2 sq mi (86.0 km2)
 • Land33 sq mi (86 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population
(2010)
 • Total38,675
 • Density1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Demonym(s)Pedreños
Time zone UTC-4 ( AST)
Zip code
00771

Las Piedras (Spanish pronunciation:  [las ˈpjeðɾas], The Stones) is a municipality in east Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the center region of the island, north of Yabucoa; south of Canóvanas and Río Grande; east of Juncos and San Lorenzo; and west of Naguabo and Humacao. Las Piedras is spread over 7 wards and Las Piedras Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Las Piedras, being a colorful town, has many natural attractions such as "La Cueva del Indio" which is a place that has original Indian playgrounds, caves and paintings that denote some characteristics of the ancient island's natives. Las Piedras is located about 45 minutes from San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital and 5 minutes from Palmas del Mar, Humacao which is one of the biggest resorts in the Caribbean.

History

Las Piedras was founded in 1793.

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Boquerón
  • Ceiba
  • Collores
  • Pueblo
  • Montones
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Tejas
  • El Rio

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Economy

Industry

  • Manufacturing: computers and pharmaceutical.

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • La Cueva del Indio (Indian Cavern)
  • Monte del Retiro (Settlement)
  • Artesanial Walk
  • Francisco Negrón Park
  • Las Piedras Historic Museum
  • Panoramic Route 917

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Güiro Festival - March
  • Typical (Folk) Cultural Festival - April
  • Festivities of the Cross- May
  • Youth Festivities - July
  • Typical (Folk) Festival - September
  • Pork Festival - November
  • Patron Saints Festivities - December

Government

Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Las Piedras is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Mickey Lopez, from the New Progressive Party (PNP). Lopez was elected at the Puerto Rican general election, 2008 -present general election.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VII, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Jorge Suárez and José Luis Dalmau were elected as District Senators. [2]

Symbols

Shield

Flag

The flag of Las Piedras has three horizontal stripes of equal width, the stripe at the top is colored white, the center stripe is colored green and the bottom stripe is colored blue. In the middle of the flag rests an image of the Taíno sun in yellow.

Coat of Arms

In a silver field resides a blue monogram of the Holy Virgin, topped by a blue crown. Seven silver stones border the silver field and at the tip of the shield resides the Taíno sun in gold denominated as the "Sun of Las Piedras".

Notable natives

  • Angel López - Singer from the acclaimed and famous worldwide group, Son By Four.
  • Luis “El Artesano" Cruz - Professional Boxer.
  • Yariel Morales Rivera - Mr. Puerto Rico 2015. Professional model and the only Mr. Puerto Rico (in history) from Las Piedras.
  • Margaro Rivera Guzmán-Scholar, attorney and prominent businessman
  • Modesto Castro Dávila - Las Piedras Mayor (1980-1984).
  • Rafi Jimenez - Broadcaster
  • Juan Velázquez- Farmer and political activist
  • Elwood Cruz - Reporter
  • Juan Manuel Lebrón - Comedian
  • Sotero Gómez Hernández- Puerto Rico House Representative
  • Silvia Ricardo - Judge
  • Carmen Benítez - Notable teacher
  • Celia Mondríguez: elderly people rights advocacy
  • Isabelo Rivera - Adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard
  • Modesto Velázquez Flores - Prosecutor
  • José R. Camacho - Broadcaster.
  • Eugenio López - Rancher, Boxer.
  • Zenón Hernández - Writer, poet.
  • Francisco Negrón Díaz - Sport and businessman.
  • Miguel Loíz - Teacher, Senator for Humacao district Puerto Rico.
  • Miguel Hernández Agosto - Puerto Rico Senate President (1988-1992).
  • Víctor Santana Pérez - Teacher, historian, writer and planner of Monte del Retiro.
  • Tomas Diaz - Clay Artisan.
  • Cano Diaz - Creator of the now famous "Stringed Hammocs".
  • Wilfredo Ramos Vázquez-Attorney, philosopher, poverty rights advocacy, public defender, Artificial Intelligence researcher
  • Juan Rosa Martínez: first elected mayor of Las Piedras, businessman and sindicalist
  • Nicky Cruz-evangelist, reformed gang leader, author of bestselling book, "Run Baby Run". David Wilkerson based his best selling book "The Cross and the Switchblade" in part in Nicky's life

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