Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

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Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
—  Municipality  —

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Nickname(s): La Ciudad de las Aguas Claras", "Los Mulos", "El Oasis de Puerto Rico", "Los Ñocos
Anthem: "Aguas claras"
Location of Aguas Buenas within Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°15′25″N 66°06′11″W / 18.25694°N 66.10306°W / 18.25694; -66.10306Coordinates: 18°15′25″N 66°06′11″W / 18.25694°N 66.10306°W / 18.25694; -66.10306
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
FoundedMay 25, 1838
Government
 • MayorHon. Luis Arroyo Chiques (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist.7 - Humacao
 • Representative dist.31 
Area
 • Total78.01 km2 (30.12 sq mi)
 • Land78 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Water.01 km2 (0.004 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total28,659
 • Density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
DemonymAguasbonenses
Time zoneAST (UTC-4)
Zip code00703
 
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Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
—  Municipality  —

Flag

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): La Ciudad de las Aguas Claras", "Los Mulos", "El Oasis de Puerto Rico", "Los Ñocos
Anthem: "Aguas claras"
Location of Aguas Buenas within Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°15′25″N 66°06′11″W / 18.25694°N 66.10306°W / 18.25694; -66.10306Coordinates: 18°15′25″N 66°06′11″W / 18.25694°N 66.10306°W / 18.25694; -66.10306
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
FoundedMay 25, 1838
Government
 • MayorHon. Luis Arroyo Chiques (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist.7 - Humacao
 • Representative dist.31 
Area
 • Total78.01 km2 (30.12 sq mi)
 • Land78 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Water.01 km2 (0.004 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total28,659
 • Density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
DemonymAguasbonenses
Time zoneAST (UTC-4)
Zip code00703

Aguas Buenas, commonly known as "La Ciudad de las Aguas Claras" or "the city of clear (good) waters,(Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaɣwaz ˈβwenas]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the Central Mountain Range, north of Cidra, south of Bayamón, Guaynabo and San Juan; east of Comerio; and north-west of Caguas. Aguas Buenas is spread over 9 wards and Aguas Buenas pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Aguas Buenas was originally a sector of Caguas known as Aguabuena. In 1798, a group of residents started establishing their houses near some of the rivers in the area and started calling the sector Aguas Claras.

The quantity of residents incremented with time and on July 25, 1832, they organized a meeting and commissioned Francisco de Salas Torres and Ramón Díaz to do the necessary arrangements for the region to be declared a municipality. A resident, Julian López, offered part of his estate to be used for the construction of a town square, a church, the city hall, and the priest house.

The town was officially founded on May 25, 1838 and the name was changed to Aguas Buenas. Francisco de Salas Torres was declared the first mayor. Initially, the economy of the town relied on coffee plantations and commerce. At the end of the 19th century, the town's population was close to 7,000.

In 1906, mayor Don José E. Morales bought nearly six acres of terrain from Don Guillermo Díaz Delgado. In these lands, the sectors of La Pajilla, El Pueblito and El Guanábano were established, expanding the town's area.

Geography

The terrain is moderately mountainous located in the Cayey mountain range ("Sierra de Cayey"), part of the Cordillera Central in Puerto Rico. The highest peaks are La Peña, Santa Bárbara, La Tisa, and La Marquesa.

Water features

Several rivers flow through Aguas Buenas. Some of them are the Bayamón River, and several small rivers that are part of the Río Grande de Loíza, like Bairoa, Caguitas, and Cañas.

Cityscape

Town square of Aguas Buenas

Aguas Buenas is divided into 10 barrios, including the downtown area:

  • Aguas Buenas Pueblo
  • Bairoa
  • Bayamóncito
  • Cagüitas
  • Jagüeyes
  • Juan Asencio
  • Mulas
  • Mulitas
  • Sonadora
  • Sumidero

Tourism

Some of the places of the landmarks and places of interest in Aguas Buenas are its town square. The Aguas Buenas Caves are also an important landmark, as well as the Palito and La Tiza mountains.

Culture

Sports

Aguas Buenas has an amateur baseball team called the Tigers.

Festivals and events

Several festivals and annual events are held in Aguas Buenas. The Salsa, Bomba & Plena Festival is held in the late summer, while the Fiestas Patronales are held in September 8. There's also an Agricultural Fest held in May and the "Festival Folklórico de Campo y Pueblo" in January. The annual Carnival is also held in March.

Economy

After its foundation, the economy of Aguas Buenas relied mostly on coffee plantations. Currently, Aguas Buenas is home to an important egg producer of the island called Del Campo. The company has over 180,000 laying hens putting out a daily production of 144,000 eggs. There are also several industries of ladies apparel and construction located in the town.

Demographics

Government

Aguas Buenas' city hall.

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Aguas Buenas is Luis Arroyo Chiqués, of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He was elected at the 2004 general elections. The city hall is located in front of the town square.

Since 2011, the city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district I, which is represented by two Senators.[1] In 2008, Roberto Arango and Kimmey Raschke were elected as District Senators. However, Arango resigned in 2011 leaving Raschke as the sole Senator of the District for the remainder of the term.[2][3]

Mayors

The following have been the Mayors of the Aguas Buenas Municipality, from its foundation to the present:

YearsMayorYearsMayor
1838-1841Francisco de Salas Torres1903-1904Jacobo Córdova
1841Miguel Díaz1904-1909José E. Morales Díaz
1841-1843José Mariano Benítez1909-1911Carlos Muñoz Díaz
1843Miguel Díaz1911-1913José G. López Alvarado
1842-1846José Manuel de la Vega1913-1917José E. Morales Díaz
1846-1848Marcos Díaz1918-1927Enrique Lizardi
1848-1850Manuel Otero1927José G. Sánchez
1848-1856Manuel Otero1927-1929Alfredo Disdier Pacheco
1856Valentín Pérez1929-1933José G. López Ferrer (Rafael)
1856-1857Isidoro García1933-1937Rafael González López
1857Valentín Pérez1937-1940Pedro G. López
1857-1859José Tomás de Sarraga1940-1944Rafael González López PPD
1859Valentín Pérez1944-1948Rafael Batalla Reyes PER
1859Tomás Paz1948-1956Miran Carrasquillo Cartagena PPD
1859Buenaventura de las Barcenas1956-1960Ramón López Batalla PPD
1859Valentín Pérez1960-1964Ángel Rivera Rodríguez PPD
1859-1862Manuel Boscana Guillermetty1965-1972Ángel T. Arroyo García PPD
1860Valentín Pérez1972-1980Gregorio Torres Velásquez PPD
1862Santiago Pereira1981-1988Gudelio Díaz Morales PPD
1862-1867Juan Eugenio Vizcarrondo1989-1999Carlos Aponte Silva PNP
1867-1898José Martínez Balasquides1999- 2004Buenaventura Dávila Roldán PNP
1867-1898Agustin J. Díaz2004 - PresenteLuis Arroyo Chiqués PPD
1898-1902Buenaventura Díaz  
1903Pío Rechani

Symbols

Flag

The flag of Aguas Buenas features a blue triangle with the base at the hoist. The triangle has a solitary white star, like the national banner. A second triangle appears interposed with the first one, in yellow, with its point reaching the other end of the flag. The main field of the flag, under both triangles, is color green.

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms features a four-paneled shield. The upper left panel shows the Virgin of Monserrate, while the upper right panel features a Taíno, a symbol of the original inhabitants of this region. At the bottom right panel, lies a cornucopia containing the native fruit of Aguas Buenas. This panel represents how the agriculture was the primary source of income for the town. In the lower left panel, there are four maracas and a güicharo, typical instruments of the "jibaros" of Aguas Buenas and Puerto Rico. The crown, as with other municipalities of Puerto Rico, consists of three towers.

Transportation

To reach the town of Aguas Buenas, visitors must take the Puerto Rico Highway 52 to the city of Caguas. From there, road #156 leads directly to the town square. Other roads lead to nearby towns like Comerío.

Education

There are around 14 public schools in Aguas Buenas. As with all other municipalities, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. These are divided as follows:

Elementary Schools

Junior High Schools

High Schools

Anthem

By Ramón Cintrón

Aguas claras Alma limpia del Coquí, Orgullosos hijos tuyos, Por haber nacido aquí. Indio noble que en cueva nuestro pueblo verde vió.

La Cruz de España en tus venas, rítmico grito africano nuestra estirpe delineó.

Tus femeninas montañas, plenas de café en flor, cristalinas aguas bañan, como concierto de amor.

Cabeza de cordillera, rostro de nuestro país, el cuatro, triple le cantan, tierra fértil de abundancia, de frutos puros de aquí.

Gente clara, gente buena son tu corazón le aman, viva Aguas Buenas ¡Aguas Buenas para mí!

Notable "Aguasbonenses"

Santo Fora lider revolucionario en contra del costo en el alcohol. Residente de Las parcelas Bayamoncito.

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