to the town of
PATILLAS , Puerto Rico
People are know as
Santo Cristo de la Salud
The town of PATILLAS in Puerto Rico was founded in 1811
Housing units : 7677
Estimated population as of 2006 is 20,026
The zipcode is 00723
|Area in square miles
|Density per square mile of land area
The Wards (Barrios) are:
Apeadero, Bajo, Cacao Alto, Cacao Bajo, Guardarraya, Jacaboa, Jagual, Mamey, Marín, Mulas, Muñoz Rivera, Pollos, Quebrada Arriba, Ríos y Egozcue
Location of PATILLAS
in the Map of Puerto Rico
Patillas (pah-TEE-yahs) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the southeastern coast, south of San Lorenzo; west of Yabucoa and Maunabo; and east of Guayama and Arroyo. It is spread over 15 wards and Patillas Pueblo
During the mid-18th century there already existed a relatively large number of dispersed neighbors in the Valley of Patillas and along the southeastern coast of the island of Puerto Rico. During this time frame, there was an establishment of a sugar cane mill which took advantage of the agricultural potential the valley provided. As this establishment provided a good source of income for the neighbors it also was the main reason for the town's foundation in 1811. Mrs. Adelina Cintrón, owner of "La Finca Patillas", donated almost 8 acres of land for the foundation. Most of the neighbors then relocated towards the west side of the proposed site called Cacao Bajo. The name Patillas is originally an indigenous name for a native type of watermelon. The large abundance of this fruit in the area, along with the land donation from the original owner, lead for the town's name.
The art design was a creation of Pedro de Pedro in 1977. Each symbol on the flag was defined by Pedro J. Rivera Arbolay. The legal assessor was the Licenciado Roberto Beascochea Lota.
Four green rectangles on the corners symbolize the valleys and mountains of this great town. These rectangles are separated by a golden cross simbolizing the fidelity towards the town's religious patron "El Santo Cristo de la Salud". Superimposed in the middle of the golden cross is an emerald, thus the nickname "La Esmeralda del Sur".
 Coat of Arms
The crow with a piece of bread in its beak, bird that saves the life to San Benito Abad, patron of the town, from being poisoned with a piece of bread. The castle with three windows symbolizes the captivity of Santa Barbara, matron of Patillas in the first years of the foundation and the devotion to the Santísima Trinidad. The cross represents Santo Cristo de la Salud. The two crossed machetes underneath the cross represent the peasants' struggle in the sugar cane plantations and the origins of [[[economic development]]. The three towers in the superior part mean that Patillas is categorized as a town. The watermelon leaf, fruit that abounded in the west of Patillas, is the reason for the name of the town. The motto "Ora Et Labora", means Pray and Work; motto of the religious order of San Benito Abad.
Reference: Wikipedia.org / census.gov / mapquest.com