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The Pichilemu city hall, as seen in April 2011

Pichilemu (Mapudungun: Small forest, pronounced [pitʃiˈlemu] (About this soundlisten)), originally known as Pichilemo, is a beach resort city and commune in central Chile, and capital of Cardenal Caro Province in the O'Higgins Region. The commune comprises an urban centre and twenty-two villages, such as Ciruelos, Cáhuil, and Espinillo. It is located southwest of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Pichilemu had over 13,000 residents as of 2012.

The Pichilemu area was long populated by the indigenous Promaucaes. European-Chilean development began in the mid-sixteenth century, as conquistador Pedro de Valdivia gave Juan Gómez de Almagro the Topocalma encomienda (which included the current territory of Pichilemu) in January 1541. Pichilemu was established as a subdelegation on 16 August 1867, and later as an "autonomous commune" on 22 December 1891, by decree of the President Jorge Montt and Interior Minister Manuel José Irarrázabal. Agustín Ross Edwards, a Chilean politician and member of the Ross Edwards family, planned to develop it as a beach resort on the Pacific Ocean for upper-class Chileans.

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Pichilemu post office building, in February 2010.
Pichilemu post office building (Spanish: Edificio de la Oficina de Correos de Pichilemu) is a building located in Pichilemu, Chile, which served as the city's post office until February 26, the day before 2010 Chile earthquake took place.

It was demolished between July 2 until July 3, 2010.

The building worked as post office since the 1990s, and it is located in front of Pichilemu's police (Carabineros) station.

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Coat of arms of Pichilemu.
Washington Saldías González (born August 24, 1949) is a Chilean politician. Saldías is also the executive editor of Pichilemu News.

Saldías was elected Councillor of Pichilemu with 870 votes (13,70 percentage) from a total of 6.352 votes in Chilean municipal election of 1996.

Saldías was born in Santiago, Chile on August 24, 1949. His family moved to Pichilemu in 1990, and he stayed there until 1964. He studied in University of Chile.

In 1975, Saldías was hired by La Tercera as Correspondent in Pichilemu for the newspaper. In 1979, he became Governor of the recently-founded Cardenal Caro Province. Saldías acquired the rights to edit Periódico Pichilemu (founded in 1944), from January 31, 1986 until 1990. His project remained dormant until January 2000, when he founded Pichilemu News.

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  • September 9: Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor
  • April 1: Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile
  • November 1: Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five
  • June 4: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
  • May 28: Paraguayan ambassador to Chile visits Pichilemu hacienda after 'slavery' controversy
  • April 21: Surfer dies at beach in Pichilemu, Chile
  • March 29: Cardenal Caro Province governor: Pichilemu Municipality to leave 107 families homeless
  • March 12: Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile
  • February 21: 2011 'Pichileminian Week' ends
  • January 2: 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Araucanía, Chile; no tsunami warning



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