Humacao, Puerto Rico

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Humacao (Spanish pronunciation: [umaˈka.o]) is a city in Puerto Rico located in the eastern coast of the island, north of Yabucoa; south of Naguabo; east of Las Piedras; and west of Vieques Passage. Humacao is spread over 10 wards and Humacao Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Humacao has three secondary care hospitals (HIMA-San Pablo Humacao, Dr. Domínguez (Clínica Oriente), and Ryder Memorial).

Humacao is famous all over Puerto Rico for its granitos, a greasy snack food which is composed of fried rice flour with cheese in its center. People have for years driven to Humacao from other cities just to taste this snack food.

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History

Humacao was founded on April, 1722 and became autonomous (town) in 1793. Humacao derives its name from a local Indian Chief Jumacao, a beautiful monument of whom welcomes visitors from the east. Humacao's mayor is Marcelo Trujillo Panisse, a peaceful, chubby, noble-hearted, outstanding basketball player and community leader.

On March, 2008, a new Roman Catholic diocese was established as the Fajardo-Humacao diocese. Its first bishop is Monsignor Eusebio 'Chebito' Ramos Morales, a maunabeño who was rector of the Humacao's main parish in the 1990s.

For almost a decade, Humacao has been lead by mayor Marcelo Trujillo-Panisse, a chubby, easy-going, and charismatic man, with strong convictions on his people's power to achieve goals. A basketball star in his early years, he is pushing for the development of magnificent infrastructure facilities for sports and the fine arts. First lady Rosin Plumey is, certainly, the promotor behind his proyects and decisions.

Flag

It consists of three horizontal stripes: gold that stands for Chief Jumacao's crown, red that symbolizes the Coat of Arms and the green that represents the arrows used by the Taínos.

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