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Encyclopedia > Ponce, Puerto Rico
Autonomous Municipality of Ponce
Municipio Autónomo de Ponce
Ponce skyline from El Vigia

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Nickname: "La Perla del Sur" , "Ciudad Señorial" , "Ciudad de los Leones"
Location of Ponce, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico.
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1692
Government
 - Mayor Francisco Zayas Seijo (Partido Popular Democrático)
 - Senatorial dist. 5 - Ponce
 - Representative dist. 24, 25
Area
 - Total 193.6 sq mi (501.44 km²)
 - Land 114.7 sq mi (297.13 km²)
 - Water 78.9 sq mi (204.31 km²)
Population (2000)
 - Total 186,475
 - Density 1,625.5/sq mi (627.6/km²)
 - Racial groups
(2000 Census) [1]
83.6% White
5.3% Black
0.3% American Indian/AN
0.1% Asian
0.1% Native Hawaiian/PI
5.4% Some other race
5.2% Two or more races
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Gentilic Ponceños
Anthem – "¡Oh, Ponce! En mi corazón"
Website: www.ponceweb.org

Ponce (IPA [ponse]), officially the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the Southern Coastal Plain region of the island, south of Adjuntas, Utuado and Jayuya; east of Peñuelas; and west of Juana Díaz. It has a total of 19 wards, including the historic Ponce Pueblo (the downtown area of the city). Ponce is a name of Hispanic origin. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 934 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Puerto_Rico_highlighting_Ponce. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... In the terminology of the United States insular areas, a Commonwealth is an organized territory or colony that has established with the Federal Government a more highly developed relationship, which may be embodied in a written mutual agreement. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Date of birth October 4, 1951 Place of birth Santurce, Puerto Rico Occupation Mayor of Ponce. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Whites redirects here. ... Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ... Note that this classification is now considered incorrect and should not be used in everyday writing. ... Alaskan Natives are Aboriginal Americans who live in Alaska. ... Asian people[1] is a demonym for people from Asia. ... In April of 1990, Daniel K. Akaka became the first native Hawaiian and Chinese American to serve in the United States Congress as a Senator from the State of Hawaii. ... Pacific Islands (or Pacific Person, pl: Pacific People, also called Oceanic[s]), is a geographic term used in several places, such as New Zealand and the United States, to describe the inhabitants of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting four hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A demonym or gentilic is a word that denotes the members of a people or the inhabitants of a place. ... There are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the United States Government, but Puerto Rico has 78 municipalities at the second order. ... Adjuntas is a small mountainside town in Puerto Rico. ... Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico. ... Jayuya is a municipality of Puerto Rico named after the Taino Cacique Hayuya. ... Peñuelas (PAIN-wai-lahs) is a town in Puerto Rico located in the southern coast of the island, south of Adjuntas; east of Guayanilla; and west of Ponce and north of the Caribbean Sea. ... City nickname: La Ciudad del Maví, La Ciudad del Jacaguas Location within the nation of Puerto Rico Country Puerto Rico Mayor Ramón A. Hernández Torres(PPD) Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 156. ...


Ponce, the second largest city in Puerto Rico outside of the San Juan metropolitan area,[2] is named after Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. It is located a few miles from the Caribbean coastline of the island. Ponce is often referred to as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South) and La Ciudad Señorial de Puerto Rico (Majestic city of Puerto Rico). For other uses, see San Juan. ... A Conquistador (Spanish: []) (English: Conqueror) was a Spanish soldier, explorer and adventurer who took part in the gradual invasion and conquering of much of the Americas and Asia Pacific, bringing them under Spanish colonial rule between the 15th and 19th centuries. ... Juan Ponce de León (c. ... West Indies redirects here. ...

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History

Ponce's town center, circa 1900

Ponce, nicknamed Ciudad de los leones (City of the Lions) after Ponce de León, Ponce is also called "La Perla del Sur" (The Pearl of the South), has one of Puerto Rico's richest histories, dating back to the 17th century. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Juan Ponce de León (c. ...


In 1692 Juan Ponce de León y Loayza (Juan Ponce de León's great-grandson) obtained a royal permit (cédula real) to formalize the founding of a hamlet around what was a small chapel at the time, raised and dedicated in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The hamlet was declared a villa in 1848, and obtained its city charter in 1877. An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. ...


Ponce's elite

A strong influx of immigrants from Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and other regions of eastern Spain, as well as from the United Kingdom (one of Vanna White's ancestors was mayor of the city once), Germany and France, as well as wealthy Spaniards who fled from the independence revolts in Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela assured the city's progress. Some of these immigrants made considerable fortunes in coffee, corn and sugar cane harvesting, rum production, banking and finance, the importing of industrial machinery, iron foundries and other enterprises. At a given time during the late 19th century, Ponce had more inhabitants and its many financial institutions were better capitalized than those of Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan. This article is about the Spanish Autonomous Community. ... Capital Palma de Mallorca Official language(s) Spanish and Catalan Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 17th  4,992 km²  1. ... Vanna White (born February 18, 1957) is an American television personality, best known as puzzle-board presenter and co-host on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. ... For other uses, see Coffee (disambiguation). ... Binomial name L. Corn (Zea mays L. ssp. ... Species Ref: ITIS 42058 as of 2004-05-05 Sugarcane is one of six species of a tall tropical southeast Asian grass (Family Poaceae) having stout fibrous jointed stalks whose sap at one time was the primary source of sugar. ... Caribbean rum, circa 1941 Rum is a distilled beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and sugarcane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... The field of finance refers to the concepts of time, money and risk and how they are interelated. ... General Name, symbol, number iron, Fe, 26 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 8, 4, d Appearance lustrous metallic with a grayish tinge Standard atomic weight 55. ... For other uses, see San Juan. ...


The Great Ponce Fire of 1883

In 1883, Ponce was ravaged by an enormous fire. The fire threatened to destroy much of the south coast, but thanks to the firemen of Ponce (who operated from Ponce's Parque de Bombas fire station) Ponce and the south were saved. The Parque de Bombas fire station in the central plaza has since become a museum and tourist attraction. The station continued serving the Ponce community until 1990, when it was closed and the building's activities were entirely dedicated to a museum, which is still open to the general public. Ponces Parque de Bombas The Parque de Bombas is a Puerto Rican building located in the town square of Ponce, known as Plaza Las Delicias, directly behind Ponce Cathedral. ...


The Ponce Massacre

In 1937, Ponce was the scene of an incident dubbed the "Ponce Massacre" in which nineteen unarmed Nationalist protesters, peacefully celebrating the 64th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, were fatally shot by police under orders from the United States', CoInterPro (Counter Intelligence Program) and Governor of the time. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party was first organized on September 17, 1922. ...


The Mameyes Landslide

Mameyes landslide

In October 1985, Ponce suffered a great tragedy, when at least 129 people lost their lives to a mudslide in an area known as Mameyes. International help was needed to rescue people and corpses. The United States and many foreign countries, such as Mexico, France, and Venezuela, sent economic, human, and machinery relief. Image File history File links Mameyes. ... Image File history File links Mameyes. ... Mudslide in La Conchita, California A mudslide is a landslide of mud. ... Lowest pressure 997 mbar (hPa; 29. ...

Recent history

Ponce's mayor for fifteen years (since 1989), Rafael "Churumba" Cordero, died on the morning of January 17, 2004, after suffering three successive brain strokes. He was succeeded by Francisco Zayas Seijo, the city's current mayor. Date of birth October 24, 1942 Place of birth La Playa Ponce, Puerto Rico Date of death January 17, 2004 (brain hemorrhage) Place of death Medical Center of Río Piedras San Juan, Puerto Rico Occupation Mayor of Ponce. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Date of birth October 4, 1951 Place of birth Santurce, Puerto Rico Occupation Mayor of Ponce. ...


Symbols

Flag and coat of arms

Ponce City Hall.

The coat of arms of Ponce cotains a red and black coloured shield. There is a five tower gold crown that indicates that Ponce is a city by royal decree. As an exterior frame to shield, there is a sugar cane plant on the right of the shield, and to the left a coffee tree branch. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 976 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 976 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... Species Ref: ITIS 42058 as of 2004-05-05 Sugarcane is one of six species of a tall tropical southeast Asian grass (Family Poaceae) having stout fibrous jointed stalks whose sap at one time was the primary source of sugar. ...


The shield of Ponce is divided by a diagonal line that crosses straight from the superior end to the left inferior end. In this divided field is the color red (for the fire that almost destroyed the city), that covers the superior right portion and the color black (for the ashes after that fire). On that black and red background is a yellow lion with black mane, walking towards the left of the shield, facing right of the shield. The lion is on a bridge, meaning that you must cross a river to enter the city by any region. The shield is bordered by a coffee plant branch and a sugar cane plant, in which the early economy of the city was based.


Demographics

Demographic distribution

Over the centuries Puerto Rico has become an island made up of many different ethnic groups who all have their own languages, cultures, religions and so on. As a whole, Puerto Rico is comprised mainly of people from a Creole or Spanish and European descent, with small groups of African and Asian people. Statistics taken from the 2000 census shows that 83.6% of Ponceños have Spanish or White origin, 5.3% are black, 0.3% are Amerindian etc.. Whites redirects here. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Note that this classification is now considered incorrect and should not be used in everyday writing. ... Alaskan Natives are Aboriginal Americans who live in Alaska. ... Asian people[1] is a demonym for people from Asia. ... In April of 1990, Daniel K. Akaka became the first native Hawaiian and Chinese American to serve in the United States Congress as a Senator from the State of Hawaii. ... Pacific Islands (or Pacific Person, pl: Pacific People, also called Oceanic[s]), is a geographic term used in several places, such as New Zealand and the United States, to describe the inhabitants of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania. ... Whites redirects here. ... Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ...


Geography

Climate

Ponce has winter highs averaging 87°F and summer highs, 93°F. It has a record high of 100°F, which occurred in August, 2003, and a record low of 51 °F in 2004. August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Barrios

The city of Ponce is itself sub-divided into several barrios (wards/districts)[4]:

  • Anón
  • Belgica
  • Bucaná
  • Canas
  • Canas Urbano
  • Capitanejo
  • Cerrillos
  • Coto Laurel
  • Cuarto
  • Guaraguao
  • Machuelo Abajo
  • Machuelo Arriba
  • Magueyes
  • Mageyes Urbano
  • Maragũez
  • Marueño
  • Monte Llano
  • Playa de Ponce
  • Ponce Pueblo
  • Portugués
  • Portugués Urbano
  • Primero
  • Quebrada Limón
  • Quinto
  • Real Anón
  • Sabanetas
  • San Antón
  • San Patricio
  • Segundo
  • Tercero
  • Tibes

Tourism

Parque de Bombas - Historic fire station in Ponce

Ponce's tourist appeal has not gone unnoticed, since its peculiar architectural styles are unique to Puerto Rico. Many of the city's features (from house façades to street corners) are modeled on Barcelona's, given the city's strong Catalonian heritage. Download high resolution version (600x800, 67 KB)Parque de Bombas - Ponce, Puerto Rico File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (600x800, 67 KB)Parque de Bombas - Ponce, Puerto Rico File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ...


Since the 1970s, and starting with the Ponce Holiday Inn, several hotels have been built to satisfy the tourism industry. Newer Hotels include Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, home to the new Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, featuring a 27-hole PGA championship golf course. This article is about the hotel chain. ...


Some sites worth visiting are the Serralles Castle and the Cruceta El Vigia, a 100-foot observation tower which overlooks the city, as well as the street corners and 19th century domestic architecture in the blocks surrounding the central plaza. One popular legend is that scouts first used El Vigia to scan for attacking ships. Image:Cserralles. ... Cruceta El Vigia (El Vigia Cross) is a 100 foot tall cross located atop Vigia Hill in Ponce, Puerto Rico, specifically in front of the Serralles Castle museum. ...


Ponce is the home of the Ponce Museum of Art, which was operated by Puerto Rico's former Governor Luis A. Ferré until his death at the age of 99. Designed by Edward Durrell Stone (Museum of Modern Art, NY), it is the only museum of international stature on the island, housing the most extensive art collection in the Caribbean. Its best-known painting is Flaming June, by Frederic Leighton. Main hall of the Ponce Museum of Art The Ponce Museum of Art (Museo de Arte de Ponce) in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is one of the largest and most famous museums in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. ... Don Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo (February 17, 1904 – October 21, 2003) was an engineer, industrialist, politician, philanthropist, and a patron of the arts. ... Flaming June Flaming June is a painting by Frederick Lord Leighton, produced in 1895. ... Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton Flaming June Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (3 December 1830–25 January 1896) was an English painter and sculptor. ...


Ponce is also home to the Serralles rum distillery (home of the Don Q and Captain Morgan, and Parrot Bay rums). Juan Serralles (born c. ...


Plaza Las Delicias is the town's main square. It features several fountains (namely the "Lions Fountain"), the Ponce Cathedral and Parque de Bombas. Diagram of Plaza las Delicias. ... Front facade of the Ponce Cathedral The Nuestra Señora de la Guadalupe Cathedral (or simply the Ponce Cathedral) is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ponce located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... Ponces Parque de Bombas The Parque de Bombas is a Puerto Rican building located in the town square of Ponce, known as Plaza Las Delicias, directly behind Ponce Cathedral. ...


Other buildings around Ponce's main plaza include Casa Alcaldía (city hall), the oldest colonial building in the city, dating to the 1840s. Nearby sits Casa Armstrong-Poventud, an example of the neoclassical architectural heritage of the island.

The Lions Fountain.

Nearby is the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center discovered in 1975 after hurricane rains uncovered pottery. The center is the site of the oldest cemetery uncovered up to date in the Antilles. With some 200 skeletons unearthed from the year 300 it is considered the largest and the most important archaeological find in the West Indies. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 933 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 933 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center (Centro Ceremonial Indigena de Tibes) in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is one of the most important archeological discoveries made in the Antilles. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Unfired green ware pottery on a traditional drying rack at Conner Prairie living history museum. ... This article is about the year. ...


Hacienda Buena Vista was built in 1833 originally devoted to growing fruits, converted into a coffee plantation and corn mill in 1845 and was in operation until 1937, and restored by Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico. All the machinery works (the metal parts are original), operated by water channeled from the 360m Vives waterfall; there is a hydraulic turbine which makes the corn mill work. Hacienda Buena Vista (or Buena Vista Plantation in English) is a plantation and estate in Ponce, Puerto Rico established in the 19th Century. ... Year 1833 (MDCCCXXXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Coffee (disambiguation). ... This article is about crop plantations. ... Gristmill with water wheel, Skyline Drive, VA, 1938 A gristmill is a building where grain is ground into flour. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Siemens steam turbine with the case opened. ...


"La Guancha Paseo Tablado", the boardwalk, is a place where local Ponceños can usually be spotted. "La Guancha" also has kiosks which sell food and alcoholic beverages. A 45-minute boat ride is available to Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island), a small beach island that features an old lighthouse built in 1887. Beach in Caja de Muerto View from the top of the lighthouse Protected part Cactus Caja de Muerto is an island south of Puerto Rico that is protected by the Federal Reserve of Natural Resources, because of native turtle traffic. ...


Transportation

International flights were once flown to Mercedita Airport, coded PSE, by Eastern Air Lines and American Airlines, while intra-island operations were conducted by Prinair. Air service to Mercedita has increased rapidly during the past two years. Cape Air dba Continental Connection offers daily intra-island service to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico. In recent months, Spirit Airlines and Jet Blue have announced new jet service from Ponce to Fort Lauderdale, FL. JetBlue also flies nonstop from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Continental also offers daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Ponce is also home to the Port of the Americas, a shipping port currently under expansion to convert into an international shipping hub. Mercedita Airport (IATA: PSE, ICAO: TJPS, FAA LID: PSE) is a small public airport located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district of Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... This article is about the defunct U.S. air carrier Eastern Air Lines. ... American Airlines, Inc. ... Prinair was Puerto Ricos domestic and international airline for 3 decades. ... Cape Air is an airline based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA. It operates scheduled passenger services in Cape Cod and the islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. ... Continental Connection Continental Connection is a name under which several commuter airline carriers and their airline holding companies operate service marketed exclusively by Continental Airlines. ... , SJU redirects here. ... Nickname: Gentilic: Carolinenses Location Location of Carolina, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico Coordinates , , Government Founded Mayor José Aponte, Jr. ... Spirit Airlines is a United States low-cost airline operating nationwide scheduled and charter flights. ... jetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) is an American low-cost airline. ... jetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) is an American low-cost airline. ... Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA Airport Code EWR; ICAO Airport Code KEWR) is an international airport within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. ... Port logo. ...


Education

Ponce counts with several public and private schools distributed through several regions. Public education is handled by the State Department of Education. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 972 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 972 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is a non-profit catholic university located in Las Americas Avenue in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ...


There are also several colleges and universities located in the city. Some of them are:

It also has several other technical institutions like the Instituto de Banca y Comercio, POPAC and others. The University of Puerto Rico at Ponce (UPRP or UPR-Ponce) is a state university located in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... The Interamerican University of Puerto Rico —or Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) in Spanish, and often referred as Inter— is a private university system in Puerto Rico. ... The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is a non-profit catholic university located in Las Americas Avenue in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law was founded in 1948 and is settled in an area of 124 acres in the City of Ponce, Puerto Rico on the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico main campus. ... The Ponce School of Medicine (PSM) is a private non-profit medical school in Ponce, Puerto Rico that offers studies in general practice, primary care, biomedical sciences, and clinical psychology. ... Instituto de Banca y Comercio Instituto de Banca y Comercio (also known as IBC) is a technical institution located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ...


Sports

Ponce Lions (Basketball team logo)

Most of Ponce's professional teams are called the Ponce Lions (or Lionesses) regardless of the sport. Image File history File links LeonPonce. ... Image File history File links LeonPonce. ...


The Ponce Lions basketball team is one of the leading teams of the island winning a total of twelve championships during their tenure. The team's venue is the Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium. Logo of the Ponce Lions The Ponce Lions —or Leones de Ponce in Spanish— are a BSN basketball team based in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... Juan Pachín Vicens Auditorium is a well known sports venue in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. ...


The teams of baseball and volleyball (male and female) have also been fairly successful. The baseball team venue is the Francisco Montaner Stadium. The stadium is located right next to the Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium. Francisco Montaner Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ...


In 2007 Ponce became host to River Plate Puerto Rico futbol team, which currently plays in the Puerto Rican Premier League. They play at Francisco Montaner Stadium and are expected to play in the United Soccer Leagues, Division 1 in 2008. Becoming the second professional soccer team in Puerto Rico after the Puerto Rico Islanders. Francisco Montaner Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). ... Puerto Rico Islanders are a Puerto Rican association football team, founded in 2003. ...


Ponce was the site of the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993. The Central American and Caribbean Games are the oldest continuing regional games. ...


Notable "Ponceños"

Front view of La Perla Theater.
  • Alfredo M. Aguayo - Educator and writer
  • Antonio S. Luchetti - Public servant, engineer
  • Antonio Paoli- world-renowned opera singer of the 1900s
  • Carlos Colón - Musician from the bands The Deadlines, and Training for Utopia.
  • Carlos Ortiz - Three-time world boxing champion.
  • Cesar Andreu Iglesias - political figure
  • Cheo Feliciano - salsa and international singer and member of the Fania All-Stars, a popular group of Salsa musicians and singers.
  • David Sánchez Badillo - known publicly as Tempo, is a reggaeton and rap artist.
  • Denise Marie Quiñones - 4th Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe contest.
  • Ednita Nazario - international singer
  • Elizam Escobar - poet, author and renowned painter
  • Epifanio González Villamil (fictional character)
  • Federico Degetau - lawyer, writer, author, and the first Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States House of Representatives.
  • Hector Campos Parsi - composer
  • Héctor Lavoe - salsa singer and member of the Fania All-Stars, a popular group of Salsa musicians and singers.
  • Jesse Vassallo - Olympic swimmer and record setter.
  • Javy López - former world champion baseball player
  • Lourdes Pamela Pop - teacher
  • Luis A. Ferré - former governor, Engineer, pianist, founder of the Partido Nuevo Progresista, Senate President and governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Lymari Nadal - film actress
  • Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr., the first Hispanic to become a four-star Admiral in the U.S. Navy.
  • Luis Ernesto Ramos Yordan - Doctor and Legislator.
  • José Julio Henna - Doctor
  • José Torres - former world boxing light heavyweight champion
  • Jose Tomas Torres Torruellas "Willie Chan" - Former Baseball Player and Boxing champion
  • Mario Santiago- boxer
  • Juan Morel Campos - Composer and musician
  • María Teresa Babí - Professor
  • Maurice Ferré - First Hispanic Mayor of Miami, Florida
  • Miguel Pou - painter
  • Orlando Cepeda - Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Pedro Albizu Campos - nationalist leader
  • Pedro Pietri - poet
  • Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez - salsa and international singer and member of the Fania All-Stars, a popular group of Salsa musicians and singers.
  • Rafael Hernández Colón - Lawyer, Secretary of Justice, Senate President and former Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Roberto Alomar Velázquez - former Major League Baseball player
  • Rosario Ferré - novelist
  • Roy Rosselló - former Menudo
  • Ruth Fernández - Singer and legislator
  • Sor Isolina Ferré - Luis A. Ferré's sister and humanitarian icon
  • Salvador Vassallo - a.k.a. "Chiry" (March 24, 1942-January 21, 2007) was the president and CEO of Vassallo Industries Inc., a worldwide leader in the production of PVC injection moulded and extruded goods.
  • Edgardo Vega Yunqué - Novelist (born in Ponce, but didn't grow up there)
  • Juan Guilbe - Baseball Player
  • Carlos Albizu Miranda - Educator, first Puerto Rican awarded with a Ph. D in Psychology

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 857 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 857 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Antonio Paol (April 14, 1871-August 24, 1946), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, was known in his days as The King of Tenors. He was the first Puerto Rican to reach international fame in the musical arts. ... There is more than one person named Carlos Colón: The wrestler Carlos Colón, better known as Carlitos Colon his son, the wrestler Carlos Colón Jr. ... The Deadlines were a Christian rock band that formed in 1998 and disbanded in 2002. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Carlos Ortiz (born September 9, 1936) is a Puerto Rican who was a three time world boxing champion, twice in the lightweight division and once in the Jr. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Fania All-Stars was an illustrious and widely distinguished musical ensemble established in 1968 by composer Johnny Pacheco as a showcase for the leading musicians and singers of the record label Fania Records, the leading salsa record company of the time. ... Denise Marie Quiñones August (born September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) was the fourth Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe contest. ... Ednita Nazario Ednita Nazario (born April 11, 1955 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer that has achieved great success both in the island and abroad. ... Elizam Escobar (May 24, 1948) born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is a poet, author and renowned painter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Federico Degetau (December 5, 1862 – January 20, 1914) was a Puerto Rican politician, lawyer, writer, author, and the first Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States House of Representatives. ... Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993)[2] was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. ... Jesse Vassallo (born August 9, 1961 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is considered by many to be the greatest swimmer to have been born in Puerto Rico. ... Javier Torres López (born November 5, 1971 in Ponce, Puerto Rico), better known as Javy López, is a Major League Baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. ... Lourdes Pamela Pop (born 1960) is an award winning elementry school teacher in Paterson, New Jersey. ... For university teachers, see professor. ... Don Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo (February 17, 1904 – October 21, 2003) was an engineer, industrialist, politician, philanthropist, and a patron of the arts. ... Lymari Nadal (born 11 February 1978 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is an American actress. ... Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr. ... José Torres, Chegui (born May 3, 1936), is a Puerto Rican who is a former boxer and the first hispanic ever to win the worlds Light Heavyweight championship. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... Current WBC Caribbean Featherweight Champion Current Rankings #3 WBC, #5 WBA, #8 IBF, #13 WBO // Began boxing at the age of seven in his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... Juan Morel Campos (May 16, 1857 – May 12, 1896), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, was one of the composers of danzas who took that musical genre to its highest level. ... Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes (born September 17, 1937 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and right-handed batter who played with the San Francisco Giants (1958–66), St. ... Pedro Albizu Campos Pedro Albizu Campos (September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965) born in Tenerías Village in Ponce, Puerto Rico was the son of Alejandro Albizu and Juana Campos. ... Pete El Conde Rodriguez (January 31, 1932-December 2, 2000), was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. ... Rafael Hernández Colón (born October 24, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican politician who was the fourth Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for three non-consecutive terms (1973-1977, 1985-1993). ... Roberto Alomar Velázquez (born February 5, 1968 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball player (1988-2004), considered by many to be one of the best second basemen in history. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Dr. Rosario Ferré (born September 28,1938, in Ponce, Puerto Rico), is a well known Puerto Rican writer, poet and essayist. ... Roy Rosselló (born 1970) is a former member of Menudo. ... This article concerns the boy band Menudo. ... Ruth Fernández (born May 23, 1919 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a singer who according to the Comisiones Nacionales para la Celebración del Quinto Centenario (National Commission for the Celebration of the Fifth Centennial) is said to be one of three artists whose contributions have helped unite Latin... Sor Isolina Ferré (September 5, 1914 - August 3, 2000) was the sister of Puerto Ricos former governor Luis A. Ferré and a very famous Catholic nun. ... Salvador Vassallo (born c. ...

References

Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Puerto Rico Portal

Coordinates: 18°00′N, 66°37′W Image File history File links Portal. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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