It has the potential of being a booming Puerto Rican town, very close to the capital of San Juan. There is a rich history linking it to the African Antillean heritage as it sits in the Caribbean.
Loíza is located by the Río Grande de Loíza, which is immortalized by our great poet Julia de Burgos, as a beautiful river that runs along the picturesque setting in the Caribbean.
There is an old bridge that recalls of times gone by, which symbolizes memories of the past.
Loíza, the birthplace of “la bomba” music, reflects the soul of the continent of Africa in the Caribbean.
Loíza is surrounded by great beauty: the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful beaches nearby, and the picturesque road.
Like any small town in the island it has a few streets, a main plaza, the Catholic Church and the city hall.
Loíza is located in the northeastern part of Puerto Rico. The people found here have a strong African influence. The beautiful black faces of the people speak of their significant African roots.
Not far from Loíza are the remnants of a sugarcane mill where the African slaves labored. You can still see where the train carried the sugarcane from the plantation in the countryside. In the evenings, the train announced its passing with a loud whistle warning the people to stand clear as it passed by.
Loíza is a historical town, as it is a showcase of the African roots in Puerto Rico. It is a strategic location, it has a rich history, and gives us a magnificent look at the folklore and culture of its citizens. What a precious heritage!
Loíza should not be forgotten by those who are able to expand the progress and developments of this historical town, which has been very prominent in the study of the roots of the African culture in the Caribbean.
Recently, the BoriquaChicks.com team visited the “Loíza in Chicago” exhibit by the Puerto Rican Alliance of Arts at the South Shore Cultural Center on the Southside of Chicago. It was a beautiful exhibition filled with much color and vibrancy.
The artistic presentation gave a vivid portrayal with valuable information about the Vejigantes in the Festival de Santiago. What an awesome subject for discussion. Being of Puerto Rican descent and having grown up in this town years ago, I was proud to say that, “Yo soy Boricua and these are my roots.”
Watch an excerpt from MTV’s ‘My Block Puerto Rico,’ when Afro-Puerto Rican Rapper and Actor, Tego Calderón, takes Sway to Loíza.