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Alajuela is a city in Costa Rica, about 20 kilometers west of San José, the country’s capital. Alajuela is the administrative center of the central region, the second most important province, and also the second most populated city in Costa Rica.
Alajuela has approximately 885,571 inhabitants and it is characterized by a tropical, rainy climate. A description of this Costa Rican city would be incomplete without mentioning its excellent mangos, which have earned Alajuela the nickname of “Mango City”.
The province of Alajuela is Costa Rica’s second province, the provincial capital is “Alajuela” (city) located about 20 kilometers west (12.4 miles) of the nation’s capital San Jose. Alajuela (city) is also the country’s second urban center by population (123,481) and is home to Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO), Costa Rica’s main and most transited airport.
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Monsignor Bartolomé Buigues Oller, TC Religious Tertiary Capuchin
Born on March 7th, 1963 in Teulada, Alicante, Valencia-Spain, from the marriage of Mr. Bartolomé Buigues Vallés, deceased, and Mrs. María Oller Llobell. The Buigues Oller family had two children, Monsignor Bartolomé and his sister Maria Rosa. Monsignor Bartolomé is the elder of the two. He received his primary school education in his hometown of Teulada, Alicante, Valencia- Spain. He completed his secondary education in the minor Seminary of the Religious Tertiary Capuchin of Godella, Valencia, Spain. He made his profession as a Religious Tertiary Capuchin - Amigoniano on the 15th of September, 1982. He made his final profession on June 25, 1988. He was ordained to priesthood on April 22, 1989. He arrived in Costa Rica on September 7, 1992. His appointment as the Seventh (7th) Bishop of Alajuela was announced on March 1, 2018. The feast of Saint Philip of Neri on May 26, 2018, has been designated as the date of his Episcopal Ordination.

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Region

Province of Alajuela and Heredia
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Seat

Sweet Name, La Garita de Alajuela
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Currency

Colón
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Country

Costa Rica

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Language

Spanish
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Total Area

9,758 km²
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Population

885.571 inhabitants
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Constituted Diocese on

1850

Father José Alfonso Benavides Gonzalez


Andrés Palacios Rodríguez


Fabio Rojas Picado