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Mayagüez, Puerto Rico - Mayor - Senatorial dist. - Representative dist. Area - City - Land - Water Population (2000) - City - Density - Metro - Gentilic - CSA Racial groups [1] - White - Black - American Indian/An - Asian - Native Hawaiian/Pi - Some other race - Two or more races Time zone ZIP From top left: Mayagüez’s skyline from Cerro Las Mesas, Nuestra
Yaguez and Mayagüez sunset Señora de la Candelaria Cathedral, Mayagüez’s City Hall, Teatro Area

José Guillermo Rodríguez (PPD) Mayagüez 18 and 19 274.1 sq mi (709.89 km2) 77.6 sq mi (201.07 km2) 196.5 sq mi (508.82 km2) 98,434 1,268.1/sq mi (489.6/km2) 115,048 Mayagüezanos 251,260 83.3% 5.6% 0.3% 0.3% 0.0% 5.0% 5.6% AST (UTC-4) 00680 - 00682 787, 939 72-52431[2] 1611495[3]

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Anthem - "Mi patria es un oasis"

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Mayagüez (pronounced /maɪaˈɡwɛs/, Spanish pronunciation: [majaˈɡwes]) is the eighthlargest[4] municipality of Puerto Rico. Also known as "La Sultana del Oeste" (The Sultaness of the West), "Ciudad de las Aguas Puras" Seal (City of Pure Waters) or "Ciudad del Mangó" Nickname(s): La Sultana del Oeste", "La Ciudad de las (City of Mangoes)"Ciudad de Dios" (City of Aguas Puras", "El Pueblo del Mangó" "La Ciudad de God), the Spanish crown gave it the formal Dios" title of "Excelente ciudad de Mayagüez", Mayagüez is located in the center of the western coast on the island of Puerto Rico. It is both a principal city of the Mayagüez MetLocation within the island of Puerto Rico ropolitan Statistical Area and the MayCoordinates: 18°12′04″N 67°08′23″W / 18.20111°N agüez–San Germán–Cabo Rojo Combined 67.13972°W / 18.20111; -67.13972 Statistical Area.
Country Territory Founded Government United States Puerto Rico July 19, 1760

History
Mayagüez was officially founded on September 18 ,1760 by a group led by Faustino

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Martínez de Matos, Juan de Silva and Juan de Aponte, at a hill located about one kilometer inland from Mayagüez Bay and the outlet of the Rio Yagüez (Yagüez River). The Spanish Crown granted the founders the right to selfgovernment in 1763, formally separating the town from the larger Partido de San Germán. Originally the settlement was named Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Mayagüez (Our Lady of Candelaria of Mayagüez) as to evoke an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. Most of the town’s settlers, including its founders, originally migrated from the archipielago, whose patron saint is the Virgin of Candlemas. On May 7, 1836, the settlement was elevated to the royal status of villa, and Rafael Mangual was named its first mayor. At the time, the villa’s principal economic activity was agriculture. The famous patriot, educator, sociologist, philosopher, essayist, and novelist Eugenio María de Hostos was born in Mayagüez in 1839. On July 10, 1877 the villa formally received its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain.

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structure forced the actual rebuilding of the church to be scaled-down considerably. In 1911, the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts was founded in Mayagüez. Today it is known as the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) — the Caribbean’s leading science and engineering institution. Between 1962 and 1998 Mayagüez was a major tuna canning and processing center. At one time, 80% of all tuna products consumed in the United States were packed in Mayagüez (the biggest employer, StarKist, had 11,000 employees working three daily shifts in the local plant’s heyday). Mayagüez was also a major textile industry hub; until very recently, almost a quarter of all drill uniforms used by the United States Army were sewn in the city.

Geography

Sunset of the Mona Passage, November 2006 Mayagüez is located near the geographical center of the west coast of Puerto Rico about 2 hours by automobile from San Juan. Its land area is 201.06 km2 (78 sq mi).[5] The city’s terrain includes; coast plains, river valleys, marshland, hills and mountains. Of its multiple rivers and streams, the two most important are the Río Yagüez, which flows from the Central Mountain Range through downtown until it empties into the Mona Passage; and the Río Guanajibo, which flows through several neighborhoods in the southern portion of the municipality until it empties in the Mona Passage as well.

Mayaguez’s Plaza de Colón and Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria church (later cathedral), 1898 The city’s main Roman Catholic church, "Our Lady of the Candelaria" (plot consecrated on August 21, 1760, first masonry building erected in 1780, current church originally built in 1836) was rebuilt in 1922. The original redesign by architect Luis Perocier sought to restore the building to its original splendor. Not only had the 1918 Puerto Rico Earthquake destroyed the temple’s ceiling, but a lightning bolt also struck and tore down a wedge-shaped corner of one of its two bell towers. However, lack of proper funding and the extent of the damage of the original

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The municipio has an estimated population of just over 100,000 spread over 21 wards

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Demographics
According to 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are 95,191 people (down from 98,434 in 2000), 31,877 households, and 21,539 families residing in Mayagüez. The population density was /km² (/mi²). There were 39,364 housing units at an average population density of 1,267.9 /mi². The city has a considerable "college population" adding approximately 10,000 people to the year around population of Mayagüez. In 2000, 41.20% of Mayagüez residents identified themselves as white; 36.44% were black; 7.54% were Asian; 0.41% were Native American; 0.06% Pacific Islander; 10.05% were of other races; and 4.27% were from two or more races. People of Hispanic or Latino origin, who may be of any race, comprised 19.79% of the population. Of the 31,877 households in Mayagüez, 38.6% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living in them. Of all households 27.8% are made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.41. In Mayagüez, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. Mayagüez has more women, with 88.4 males for every 100 females.

El Seco, Mayaguez, November 2006 (barrios) including Mayagüez Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). One of the wards is Isla de Mona e Islote Monito, which consists of the offshore islands of Mona Island and Monito Island. This is the largest ward by land area, and at the same time the only one without any permanent population. Also, uninhabited Desecheo Island is part of the municipal, as part of Sabanetas barrio. • Algarrobo • Mayagüez • Río Cañas • Bateyes Arriba Abajo • Guanajibo • Mayagüez • Río Cañas • Isla de Pueblo Arriba Mona e • Miradero • Río Islote • Montoso Hondo Monito • Naranjales • Rosario • Juan Alonso • Quebrada • Sábalos • Leguízamo Grande • Sabanetas • Limón • Quemado • Malezas Mayagüez Pueblo is further subdivided into sectors: • Balboa • Marina Meridional • Barcelona • París • Candelaria • Rio • Cárcel • Salud • El Seco • Trastalleres Other notable neighborhoods or sectors: • El Mani - community in Sabanetas • Mayagüez Terrace - development in Algarrobo, near the UPRM Campus • Alturas de Mayagüez - development in Algarrobo, near the Holiday Inn Hotel and the Regional Distribution Center

Economy
Although the city has seen its share of natural disasters, it faced a major economic downturn due to the closure of its textile factories and tuna industry, which were the principal industries of the city for the greater part of the 20th century. Over 11,000 permanent jobs in these two industries were lost in the city during the 1990s, and because of this, Mayagüez became the jurisdiction of the United States with the second largest number of industrial job losses during the time period, second only to Flint, Michigan. Once being the third city in population and importance in Puerto Rico, population numbers for it have been relatively stagnant, and it has actually lost population in recent years.

National protected area
• Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge

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However, due to ancillary infrastructure developments and a renewed effort to repopulate the city’s Guanajibo Industrial Park, the local economy has seen a slow turn for the better. In 2005 Winston-Salem Industries for The Blind was the first industry to move into the park in many years. In July 2007 Honeywell opened a customer support service center for its aerospace and information technology divisions in the city. Other industries, such as Lockheed, are expected to follow suit in 2009.

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• Bolo’s Sorullitos - a now-defunct operation that originated at "Bolo’s Restaurant", a seaside eatery next to Mayagüez Bay, which produced sorullitos, or fried cornsticks, along with mayo-ketchup, a dip made of mayonnaise, ketchup and garlic extract. The restaurant was popular in Puerto Rico between the late 1970s and mid-1980s (its custom made building now houses WORA-TV, one of the local television stations). For a while the frozen cornsticks were sold commercially in stores. • Flan-Es-Cedó’ - Elmec Industries, Inc. has been the local flan producer for over thirty years • India / Medalla beer - the only remaining mass-produced Puerto Rican beer is brewed by "Cervecería India", one of the largest employers in town. "Mayagüezanos" are queued into morning rush hour, lunch and afternoon rush hour by the company’s whistle, which rings at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (all times AST) • Rex Cream’s Ice Cream - established in the mid-1960s by Chinese migrants who came to Puerto Rico by the way of Costa Rica, Rex Cream is a chain of ice cream parlors that had its heyday in the late 1970s. The two flagship stores in Mayagüez, however, are still popular (particularly on Good Friday, since one of the stores is the endpoint for a Good Friday religious procession) for producing alternative ice cream flavors, particularly a corn sherbet. • Tuna fish - At one time, StarKist, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee produced 80% of their collective production for consumption in the United States in Mayagüez. As of the time of writing, the only tuna fish cannery remaining in town is that for Bumble Bee. • El Meson Sandwiches - a Puerto Rican fast food sandwich chain based in Mayaguez. The company sells sandwiches, breakfast, salads and other Puerto Rican foods. There are over 30 shops in the chain, which employs 400 employees[7]. A defunct cola bottling operation in town produced "Vita Cola", a popular soft drink in Puerto Rico between the late 1940s and early 1960s. Mayagüez was a major rum producing city in Puerto Rico between the 1930s and 1970s.

Culture
Contributions to Puerto Rican gastronomy
Mayagüez’s contributions to Puerto Rican gastronomy have been many, and a few of these are known outside Puerto Rico. Besides being host to one of the largest concentrations of mango (spelled locally as "mangó") trees in the island, the city has been a host to various food enterprises whose products are popular in Puerto Rico (and some elsewhere): • Brazo gitano - literally "gypsy arm", is the locally produced jelly roll, originally from Spain. E. Franco & Co., a bakery, food importer and restaurant established in the late 1850s, is the best-known provider of brazos gitanos in town. Another (more recent) provider is Ricomini Bakery, whose central store in downtown Mayagüez has been open for over 100 years. • Sangría de Fido - the heirs of Wilfrido Aponte still bottle "Sangría de Fido", a powerful concoction inspired on sangria, but actually made with fruit juices, Bacardi 151 rum and burgundy wine (technically not from Bourgogne, but produced by E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California). Originally bottled by hand by the bartender since the mid-1970s, "Sangría de Fido" has a sizeable reputation outside Puerto Rico, and can claim tasters from as far away as California and Spain. E & J Gallo once awarded Aponte with a "Customer of the Year" award and flew him to their headquarters. Aponte was reportedly offered $250,000 by Bacardi to sell his original recipe once, to which he refused.

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Several brands were produced by the city’s three rum distillers. The most successful rum producing operation at the time was that of "José González Clemente y Co.", the bottlers of "Ron Superior Puerto Rico", an award-winning dark rum that was bottled between 1909 and the late 1970s. See also: List of Puerto Rican rums

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and the home town’s Cervecería India brewery. The professional volleyball team Indias de Mayagüez from Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino, plays locally at local Palacio de los Deportes.

Festivals and events

Landmarks and places of interest

Festival boat, El Seco, Mayaguez, November 2006 Three Kings Festival - January Black and White Festival - January Danza National Festival - February Matron Celebrations - February Mayagüez Carnival - May Seco Festival/El Festival de la Cocolia July • Mango Festival - August • Artisan Fair - November • Christmas Festivities - December • • • • • •

Sports
Mayagüez will host the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games for which the local and commonwealth governments have provided an investment of $250 million for, among other things, building two new stadiums (the first a re-built Isidoro García Baseball Stadium the second next to it a track and field and soccer stadium). Mayagüez will also host the 2011 Caribbean Series[8]. Mayagüez’s National Superior Basketball League (BSN) professional basketball team, the Indios de Mayagüez, are named in honor of the city’s Indian heritage. Its baseball winter league team (LBPPR), the Indios de Mayagüez, honor both their Indian heritage

Plaza Colón with City Nuestra Señora de la Hall on background, Candelaria Cathedral, Christmas 2006 Christmas 2006 • "Baudilio Vega Berríos" Municipal Cultural Center • Casa Grande Museum • India Brewery • Cristóbal Colón Square • Customs House • Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo • El Malecón (Waterfront Area) • Eugenio María de Hostos Monument • Hostos Museum at Río Cañas Arriba Ward • José De Diego Park • Mayagüez Children’s Library • Mayagüez Mall • Muelle Francés (French Dock) • Parque de los Próceres (Notable’s Park) • Parque Infantil del Milenio (Millenium Child Park) • Public Library (at Municipal Cultural Center) • Tropical Agricultural Research Station • Teatro Yagüez (Yaguez Theater) • University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (El Colegio) • Urayoán Monument • UPRM’s Planetarium • UPRM’s General Library

Government
As one of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities, Mayagüez’s government is compromised of two branches, the executive and the legislative. Those citizens eligible to vote, directly elect a mayor and the municipal assembly for four-year terms. The municipal government is

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with the signing of City Ordinance 38, signed December 3, 1996

Coat of arms
According to the Puerto Rican historian Federico Cedó Alzamora, the original version of the coat of arms of Mayagüez was given to the city 19 December 1894 by the Queen Regent of Spain Maria Christina of Austria. The upper half of the coat of arms shows the columbine coat of arms recalls and commemorates the discovery of the Island of Borinquén (Puerto Rico) by Columbus in his second trip to the New World in 1493. The lower half of the coat of arms shows a stylized dissembarkment of Columbus on Puerto Rico. The explorer’s crew disembarked at the western coast of the island, where several rivers spill their waters in the Mona Passage, among them the Yagüez, from which the name of Mayagüez is derived. The present version was reinterpreted by heraldist Roberto Biascochea Lota.

Mayaguez City Hall, 2005 housed in City Hall or Casa Alcaldia, which faces the south-side of the Plaza de Colon. The executive branch is headed by a popularly elected mayor. The office is currently held by José Guillermo Rodríguez. In addition to running the city’s day-to-day operations and supervising associated departments, the mayor is also responsible for appointing a secretary-auditor and a treasurer. Mayagüez’s Municipal Assembly is made up of sixteen elected officials, as defined in the Puerto Rico Law of Autonomous Municipalities of 1991.

Anthem
The city’s anthem was written by pianist and former music teacher Luciano Quiñones, a long-time resident and now "adopted son" of the city. Until this song’s adoption, the plena "A Mayagüez", written by César Concepción, was used by many as an unofficial city song. Quiñones’ composition was the winner of a contest sponsored by the city’s municipality in 2003. MIDI and recorded versions of the anthem can be listened to here.[9]

Safety
Law enforcement in Mayagüez is the joint responsibility of the Mayagüez Municipal Police Department and the Puerto Rico Police Department.

Flag
The wide cross represents Christianity brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who signed his documents with the phrase and the motto Christ Ferens, which means: "He who has Christ." The blue and white waves between the third and fourth quarters recall the coat of arms granted to Columbus by kings Ferdinand and Isabella. The waves represent the ocean (and particularly Mona Passage) through which he sailed to bring the gospel to these new lands. The blue and white waves symbolize the Yagüez River and evokes the nickname City of Pure Waters. The red and white flames on the flag symbolize the traditional bonfires of Day of Our Lady of Candelaria ("Día de La Candelaria"), ignited in honor of the city’s patron saint. The flag was officially adopted

Education

UPRM Central Administration Building. Today, Mayagüez has become a major college town, due in part to various secondary

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education institutions in the city. Besides the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, traditionally known by its former name, Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas (CAAM), the city also hosts the Eugenio María de Hostos School of Law, a satellite campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and Antillean Adventist University which is known for its nursing school, among other higher education institutions located in the area. Furthermore, the city is host to many private and public schools. The Residential Center for Educative Opportunities of Mayagüez, (CROEM) is one of only two public boarding schools in Puerto Rico. The largest public high school in town is Eugenio María de Hostos High School. The non-profit Southwestern Educational Society, (S.E.S.O.) maintains the Southwestern Community School, an English language college preparatory school. Other private schools include: the Academia Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception Academy), Colegio San Benito (Saint Benedict College), Colegio Presbiteriano Pablo Casasús, Academia de La Milagrosa (Academy of Our Lady of Miracles) and the Academia Adventista del Oeste (Western Adventist Academy).

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to other parts of the island. Puerto Rico Highway 2 existing as an arterial highway is the main route between Ponce to the south-east and Aguadilla and Arecibo to the north and north-east respectively. PR-2 is currently undergoing a conversion to a freeway between Ponce and Mayagüez. Another important route in Mayagüez is PR-102. It begins at an intersection with PR-2, about 2 miles north of Mayagüez Pueblo at the Mar y Sol development and runs along Mayagüez’s coastal industrial areas to Joyuda, where it then turns east and terminates in Sabana Grande. The portion of the highway adjacent to the Estadio Isodoro Garcia is being upgraded from a two-lane road into an urban boulevard in anticipation of the 2010 Centro-American and Caribbean Games in which Mayagüez is the host city. In addition to this upgrade, an elevated by-pass is being constructed from the coastal park site over the Yagüez River ending at the Concordia Housing Project. Transportation in Mayagüez is limited only to a single trolley service, various private taxi companies and a irregular daytime syndicated público service named "Mayagüez Urbano". The city operates three trolleys, free of cost, which run as shuttle between the downtown area and the Palacio de Recreación y Deportes.[10] The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez also runs an internal network of trollies to carry its students inside campus and between UPRM, Mayagüez Terrace development and Palacio de Recreación y Deportes, linking here with the city’s trolley service. The Port of Mayagüez is the third busiest port on Puerto Rico. It is located northwest of the central business district along Puerto Rico routes 64, 341, and 3341, and stretches for 3.8 miles along the coast. Its main canal is .4 miles wide and its depth ranges from 47 to 120 feet, the water’s depth along the piers ranges between 28 and 29 feet. The port’s main tenant is Ferries del Caribe, which provides daily ferry service to the Dominican Republic. The port is protected from rough seas by reefs which run along its northern and western sections.[11] Mayagüez’s airport, Eugenio María de Hostos Airport, also known as El Mani Airport, has had regular airline services for more than thirty years. It is located 4 miles north of the central business district in the Sabanetas Barrio. Prior to being inaugurated in 1955, the airport served as a military base.

Transportation

Mayaguez Tramway, 1872 Mayagüez is authorizing new cruise and cargo ship routes, requesting new plane routes to Rafael Hernandez Airport in neighboring Aguadilla (which has been expanded its passenger terminal), and working on a lane expansion of the main highway. The major form of transport on Puerto Rico is the automobile. Mayagüez, in fact, is served by two inadecuate highways linking it

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In the 1970s it had domestic service from Prinair, then from American Eagle and Eastern Air Lines’s regional carrier Eastern Metro Express in the 1980s. After Eastern went bankrupt in 1991, American Eagle remained the only airline serving the airport until it ended service to the city on April 30, 2005, due to poor loads. For a while, Fina Air served flights to the Dominican Republic before the airline went bankrupt. Cape Air currently serves the airport with 5 daily flights to San Juan during the high season and three daily flights during the low season.

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Spice Girls (and participating in their reunion tour in 2007), was born in Mayagüez. Former mayor of San Juan, Hernán Padilla was born in Mayagüez, but raised in the nearby town of Cabo Rojo. Television actor Armando Riesco was born in Mayagüez, but raised in San Juan. Porn star Gina Lynn, born in the city, was raised in Jackson Township, New Jersey. For a while (since his then-wife Herlinda Gómez was a native of the city) Colombian folk singer and actor Carlos Vives was a parttime resident. So were Spanish journalist and adventurer Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo, local media personality Silverio Pérez, and Ponce mayor Francisco Zayas Seijo when each got a degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Hugo Savinovich lived in Mayagüez during the early years of his wrestling career. Major League Baseball players who played with the Indios de Mayagüez include Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, Tommy Lasorda, Ron LeFlore, Denny McLain, William "Boog" Powell, Dave McNally, Phil Niekro, Roberto Hernández and Wally Joyner. Puerto Rican folk singer Roy Brown Ramirez is a current resident.

Notable Mayagüezanos
Arguably the best known native of Mayagüez ever is educator and philosopher Eugenio María de Hostos (1839-1903).

Living
Well-known living "mayagüezanos" (as of December 2008) include: singer Chucho Avellanet (Armando Hipólito), his nephew, former Menudo bandmember Roberto Avellanet, singer, composer and wine maker Wilkins Vélez, jazz flutist Nestor Torres, Puerto Rican independence leaders Juan Mari Brás and Rafael Cancel Miranda, television hostess Gricel Mamery, baseball players José Vidro and Wil Cordero, Associate Secretary of the United States Navy William A. Navas, Jr., WWE wrestlers Nidia Guenard and her sister Lourdes, and salsa percussionist and bandleader Roberto Roena. Two major Latino television stars in the United States, singer and show host Rafael José (Diaz) and anchorwoman María Celeste Arrarás, as well as horror film director and writer Ana Clavell, were raised in Mayagüez. United States Congressman José Serrano, who represents Congressional District NY-16 (which covers The Bronx in New York City) was born in Mayagüez. New York State senator Olga A. Méndez was also born in Mayagüez. Other Puerto Rican personalities born in Mayagüez are: journalist Carmen Jovet, news announcer Luz Nereida Vélez, comedic actors Adrián García and Shorty Castro, local senator Orlando Parga and puppeteer (Antulio) Kobbo Santarrosa. Journalist Julio Victor Ramirez, hijo was raised in the city. Iván "FlipZ" Vélez, a professional dancer better known for dating Geri Halliwell of the

Deceased
Well-known "mayagüezanos" who have died include: Commander-in-chief of the Cuban independence forces (and participant in the Grito de Lares) Juan Rius Rivera, actresses Alicia Moreda, Lucy Boscana and Madeline Willemsen; radio disc jockey, announcer, musicologist and marketing impresario Gilbert Mamery, plena singer and band leader Mon Rivera (The Younger), former Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Ernesto Ramos Antonini, and former Mayagüez Mayor, Benjamin Cole, who held his office for 24 consecutive years. His brother, composer Roberto Cole was also a native. Pilar Defilló i Amigüet, the mother of cellist Pablo Casals, was born in Mayagüez. PFC.Humberto Acosta-Rosario, U.S. Army, is the only Puerto Rican still listed as Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. Oscar Garcia Rivera, Sr. (1900-1969), the first Puerto Rican to be elected to public office in the continental United States as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1937. Simón Madera, was an excellent musician and his compositions were distinguisehed in their use of the violin

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and clarinet. His best and most popular composition was “Mis Amores” which he composed at age 18. In addition to danzas, he composed waltzes and works for chamber music. He lived his last years in Guayama and died there on August 18, 1957. Latino crooner and salsa singer (of one of Tito Puente’s orchestras) Santos Colon was born in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, but since he was raised in Mayagüez since early childhood he considered himself a (rather proud) mayagüezano. Salsa artist Frankie Ruiz, born in Paterson, New Jersey, was also raised in Mayagüez. Salvador Agrón, a notorious murderer turned youth counselor whose life became the basis for the Broadway play The Capeman, was born in Mayagüez (for a while he was a resident of the local Asilo de Beneficencia, on Ramón E. Betances Avenue) and raised in New York City. Former Puerto Rico governor Roberto Sánchez Vilella was born in Mayagüez, but was raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico Lola Rodríguez de Tio, Luis Lloréns Torres and Rafael Martinez Nadal were one-time residents.

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[4] "Puerto Rico – Municipio". U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/ servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&geo_id=04000US72&-_box_head_nbr=GCTPH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&format=ST-2. Retrieved on March 24 2006. [5] Mayagüez and its barrios United States Census Bureau [6] http://welcome.topuertorico.org/maps/ mayaguez.pdf [7] Taina Rosa, "El Meson de Felipe: Sandwich chain thrives for 30 years by adapting its menu to consumer tastes, incorporating new store formats", Caribbean Business vol 31, no 28, accessed 20 December 2008 [8] Confirmada la sede del 2011 [9] Himno a Mayagüez [10] de Mayagüez "Trolly/Transportacion/ Mayagüez". http://www.mayaguezpr.gov/ mayaguez_evoluciona/transportacion/ trolly.htm=Municipio de Mayagüez. Retrieved on July 31 2007. [11] Puerto de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, July 31, 2007

Diplomacy
Mayagüez serves as a host city for two foreign consulates with business in Puerto Rico: • Dominican Republic • Hungary

Books
• Gaudier, Martín, Genealogías, Biografías e Historia del Mayagüez de Ayer y Hoy y Antología de Puerto Rico, 1957.

External links
• Photos, attractions in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico • Mayaguez 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games • 1888 Map of Mayaguez (Library of Congress) • Earthquake of 1918 • Karl Stephen Hermann’s memoir of the occupation of the city by United States troops, written in 1907 (Library of Congress) • Current weather in Mayagüez from: Weather Underground • Peter van der Krogt’s page about the Columbus monument at Mayagüez’s Plaza de Colón • Historic Places in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

Sister cities
• • Quiroga, Mexico Cartagena, Colombia

References
[1] "Racial/Ethnic 2000 U.S Census" (PDF). http://www.topuertorico.org/pdf/ 2kh72.pdf. Retrieved on 2008-05-14. [2] "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [3] "Mayagüez – Populated Place". Geographic Names Information System. USGS. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/ gnispublic/ f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1611495. Retrieved on 2008-05-14.

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