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Villalba, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Villalba, Puerto Rico
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Nickname(s): Ciudad de los Avancinos", "Ciudad del Gandul", "Ciudad de los Lagos", "Ciudad del Cooperativismo
Anthem: "A las orillas del Río Jacaguas"
Location of Villalba in Puerto Rico
Location of Villalba in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1917
Area
 • Total 37.69 sq mi (97.61 km2)
 • Land 37 sq mi (96 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,073
 • Density 691.82/sq mi (267.114/km2)
Demonym(s) Villalbeños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00766

Villalba (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈʎalβa]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central region, northeast of Juana Díaz; south of Orocovis; and west of Coamo. Villalba is spread over 6 wards and Villalba Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Ponce Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Villalba was founded in 1917 by José Ramón Figueroa y Rivera and Walter McJones. Its current mayor is the Hon. Luis Javier Hernàndez.

Geography

  • Guayabal Lake
  • Toa Vaca Lake
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Caonillas Abajo
  • Caonillas Arriba
  • Hato Puerco Abajo
  • Hato Puerco Arriba
  • Limon
  • Mogote
  • La Pulga
  • Tamarindo
  • Vista Alegre
  • Vacas
  • Villalba Abajo
  • Villalba Arriba
  • La Vega
  • Hatíllo
  • Jovitos
  • Camarones
  • Dajaos
  • La Sierrita
  • Palmarejo
  • El Semil
  • Urb. Las Alondras
  • Borinquen

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Doña Juana Water Fall
  • Guayabal Lake
  • La Corona Hill
  • Toa Vaca Lake
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Biblioteca Pública
  • Centro de Bellas Artes Hon. Adrian Rosado
  • Iglesia Católica Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Matron Celebrations - July
  • Puerto Rico Marathon - July
  • Areyto Festival - November
  • Carlos Báez Marathon - December
  • Festival del ñame y carne frita- November
  • Celebración del centenario- Abril 2017

Symbols

Flag

Four horizontal, unequal stripes in width, that from top to bottom have the following order: green, white, green and yellow. In the immediate side to the flagstaff, in the superior stripe, appears, in white color, the star of the shield.


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