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The municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco (5,395 inhabitants in 2021; 15,573
ha) is located 475 km north-west of Curitiba.
The flag and arms of Presidente Castelo Branco are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 248 promulgated on 23 November 1984.
The municipal flag of Presidente Castelo Branco, designed by heraldist and vexillologist Reynaldo Valascki, shall be divided in three vertical stripes, with three colors: blue, white, and red. In the center of the rectangle is placed the coat of arms of the municipality.[...]
Symbols. The first vertical, blue rectangle, symbolizes the resources from the sky in its infinity and all rural properties existing in the territory of the municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco; the second vertical, white rectangle symbolizes people's serenity, peace and religious spirit; the third vertical, red rectangle symbolizes the demands and civic struggles carried out by the people, who overcame all obstacles so that their town became a municipality on 29 November 1965. Each rectangle that subdivides the municipal flag shall be equal, thus summing to 20 units in length on 14 units in width. In the rectangle's center is inserted the coat of arms of the municipality.
§1. In accordance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, from which we inherited the canons and rules, municipal flags shall be divided in eight, six, four or three parts, having the same colors as those used in the shield's field and bearing in the center a geometric figure where the municipal coat of arms is applied.
§2. The municipal flag of Presidente Castelo Branco obeys this general rule, being divided in three vertical stripes. The coat of arms of the municipality placed in the flag's center represents the municipal government. The rectangle inscribing it symbolizes the town as the seat of the municipality. The three rectangles of equal size symbolize the irradiation of the municipal powers that expands to all parts of the territory.
In compliance with heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall have the official dimensions prescribed for the national flag, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco, designed by heraldist and vexillologist Reynaldo Valascki, is described in proper terms as follows.
a) The classic Iberian Flemish shield used to represent the arms of the Municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco, of French origin and introduced in the Iberian peninsula during the struggle against the Moors, came to appear in Portuguese armorials, notably in domains' heraldry. This style was inherited in Brazilian heraldry, as evocative of the colonizing race and main builder of the nation.
b) The mural crown that surmounts the shield is the universal symbol of domains' arms; yellow with eight towers, only five of them visible in perspective view, it classifies a 3rd rank town, that is, the seat of a municipality. The red openings, due to the meaning of this heraldic color, are consistent with the attributes of pioneers and community leaders.
c) In the upper part of the shield's field, the mural crown or is the symbol of glory, splendor, greatness, wealth, and sovereignty. Black symbolizes prudence, moderation, austerity and firmness. The yellow crown symbolizes the municipality's patron saint, Our Lady Mother of God.
e) The first quarter features in upper right the sun shining on a sugarcane plantation, one of the municipality's main sources of income, and a cane farmer, the rural man in his daily work on Presidente Castelo Branco's rich lands, which are 90% mechanized.
f) The second, right quarter features a terrestrial globe, a book and beside it a pen, an inkwell, beside it a square and a ruler, under the board that symbolizes education and culture, which are the greatest resource for the municipality and all its residents.
g) The third, left quarter features green meadows and large pastures, resources for the municipality's livestock, to which all breeds of cattle adapt, especially the Nelore breed. The green leafy and dark trees and meadows symbolize hope, joy and wealth.
h) The fourth, right quarter features the municipality's emerging resources, a green blackberry leaf with a silkworm on top of it, on a dark stripe white cocoons, representing the brand new resource that provides income to the municipality. The quarter represents sericiculture. Brown symbolizes the rich lands of the municipal territory.
i) The shield is supported both on the right and on the left, at the top of the scroll, by branches of coffee, which is a source of income in the municipality, above them branches of blackberry, the most recent source of income for the prosperous and rich municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco.
j) The red scroll, a color symbolizing dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and bravery, is inscribed with the name of the municipality of Presidente Castelo Branco, flanked by dates "16 March 1954", for the elevation to the category of district, belonging to the municipality of Nova Esperança, and "21 December 1964", when Law No. 4,992, established the municipality named President Castelo Branco, separating from Nova Esperança and being inaugurated on 29 November 1965.
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Ivan Sache, 7 February 2022