Cataño, Puerto Rico


Cataño, Puerto Rico

Infobox Settlement
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longEW=W| official_name = Cataño, Puerto Rico | nickname = El Pueblo Que Se Negó a Morir", "La Antesala de la Capital", "El Pueblo Olvidado


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population_blank1 = Catañeses|population_blank1_title=Gentilic
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Puerto Rico | established_date = July 1, 1927|established_title=Founded| |leader_title=Mayor
leader_name = Wilson Soto
political party = Partido Nuevo Progresista
leader_party = PNP
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Cataño is a municipality ("municipio") located on northern coast of Puerto Rico bordering the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the north and east by San Juan; north of Bayamón and Guaynabo; east of Toa Baja and west of Guaynabo and is part of the San Juan Metropolitan Area. Cataño is spread over 7 wards and Cataño Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).

Cataño is known for its industry, its ferry service that connects old San Juan, its extraordinary and breathtaking vistas along its shore of colonial old San Juan across the bay, and its many Protestant churches and catholic cathedrals. Cataño has a considerable number of Christians among its population, and because of its large number of churches, it attracts worshipers not only from town but from the metropolitan area as well.

History

In land area it is the smallest municipality in Puerto Rico. The city was founded in 1927 as "Hato de Palmas de Cataño", but officially shortened to "Cataño" when it was established. The city is known as "La Antesala de la Capital" (the Foyer of the Capital) because of its location across the bay from the capital of Puerto Rico, the city of San Juan.

ymbols

Flag

The flag reproduces the colors and stripes of the Coat of Arms. It has the same nine horizontal stripes: four blue stripes and five white stripes (substituting for the silver color). A white band diagonally traverses the drape in all its extension, from the upper hoist to the lower fly.

Coat of Arms

The Coat Of Arms of Cataño consists of nine horizontal stripes of same the width: four of blue and five of silver.

Anthem

By Carmen I. Guzmán & Nick Jiménez Olmeda

Benemérito mi pueblo
antesala de San Juan.
La quietud de tus playas
y la brisa de tu mar.
Saludan al viajero
y a nuestra capital.

Cataño, Cataño,
Serás por siempre ejemplar
cuna de grandes figuras
y de belleza sin par.
Cataño, Cataño,
vigilante de San Juan.
Quien te haya conocido
jamás te podrá olvidar.

Noble y querido pueblo
majestuoso e importante.
Te yergues en la bahía
aún en la adversidad
mostrándote ante tu gente
que nunca te olvidarán.

Cataño, Cataño,
serás por siempre ejemplar.
Cuna de grandes atletas
y de sabor musical.
Cataño, Cataño,
vigilante de San Juan
quien te haya conocido
jamás de podrá olvidar.

Demographics

Barrios (Districts/Wards) [http://welcome.topuertorico.org/maps/catano.pdf]

*Cataño Pueblo
*Palmas (sectors)
**Urb. Las Vegas
**Urb. Marina Bahia
**Urb. Vista del Morro
**Urb. El Coqui II
**Urb. El Coqui I
**Barrio Cucharillas
**Barrio Juana Matos
**Barrio Puente Blanco
**Sector La Puntilla
**William Fuertes (sectors)
**Mansiones
**Valparaiso
**Dos Rios
**Pradera
**Bay View
**Bahia
**Villa Aurora
**Mansiones del Parque

Geo/Topography

Rivers are: Bayamón and El Caño de Cataño.Matienzo Cintron

Economy

Industrial

Cataño has one of the largest groups of manufacturers in Puerto Rico. Bacardi has a rum manufacturing plant there, and many other companies, both locally-owned and otherwise, have plants there.

Transportation

Cataño's ferry service is known as "La Lancha de Cataño", or the Ferry of Cataño. Despite what the name may lead to believe, there is actually a number of ferries, not just one, that operate on the five minute harbor route between Cataño and old San Juan and vice-versa daily. There is a large ferry terminal at Cataño, and tourists can enjoy the view of the Castillo del Morro and the large cruise ships docked at the old San Juan terminal during this journey.

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

*Bacardi Distillery
*Boardwalk
*City Hall
*Cunda Fish Market
*Nereida Avenue
*Perucho Cepeda Stadium
*Pedro Rodriguez Gaya Boxing Colisseum
*Cosme Beitia Salamo Colisseum
*Monument to Taíno Culture ("India Taína")
* [www.municipiodecatano.com]

Festivals and events

*San Juan Night - June
*Matron Festivities - July
*Fishermen Tournament - July
*Bacardí Artisans Fair - December

Notable "Catañeses"

*Ileana Colón Carlo, CPA - first female state controller
*Julio Rosado del Valle
*Pedro Juan Soto
*Salvador de Jesús
*Edwin Rivera Sierra
*Edwin "El Nene" Blasini - notable percusionist
*Domingo Apellaniz
*Eladio Perez - notable percusionist
*Francisco "Pancho" Agosto - late professional baseball player
*Wilson Soto Molina - first "Catañes" in the Puerto Rico's House of Representative and current city Mayor
*Esteban "TARILO" Ruiz Colon

Anabelle Rodriguez- current Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico

Trivia

From 1924-25 the movie "Aloha de los Mares del Sur" was filmed in Cataño.

References

External links

* [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=05000US72033&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-redoLog=false&-format=CO-2&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_GCTPH1_CO2 Cataño and its barrios, United States Census Bureau]
* [http://www.puertohost.com/maps/catano-map.php Map of Cataño Puerto Rico]
* [http://mcpr.awardspace.com Cataño WebPage with information of Cataño, Puerto Rico]


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