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image by Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 19 November 2006
Here the flag for the municipality of Prado (Tolima), as
designed by me (it takes, as a guide, the design of the flag of
the Seychelles) and as shown on the webpage
of the municipality <www.gratisweb.com>:
"A sky Blue band in a 45 degree angle from the left lower vertex, meaning the hydrological potential represented by the Magdalena River, or Fatherland river, due to its influence on indigineous culture, by serving as transportation artery during the conquering and colonial periods, during the emancipating jousts of our Country and of South America, in the comertial, industrial, navigational and aviation development of Colombia; the Negro (Black) and Cunday Rivers, main tributaries of the dam that originates the Prado river. [This means that there is a sky blue sector, (from the hoist) to a line 45 degrees from the lower hoist corner of the flag. This represents the hydrographical resources of the municipality: the Magdalena River (Colombia's main river), the Prado River and its dam, and the Negro and Cunday Rivers, tributaries to the Prado reservoir.]
From the same vertex and below the Bue, another band, Green, whose meaning is the fertilization of the lands of Prado and Purificación municipalities from the irrigation district that originates from the Prado River dam, and which have incorporated to the national economy the fruits production which have demand in the international market. It also means the green landscapes of the cordillera that frame the municipality which bring the tourist rest to his spirit. [This means, that from the same lower hoist corner there is a green sector, bellow the 45 degree line. This represents the green landscape of the corrdillera and the agricultural potential of the Prado reservoir irrigation district.]
From the same vertex and bellow the former, there is a band of color red, meaning the live the Poincosque natives offered when razed by the sword of conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quezada, and in memory of the martyrs sacrified in the main square, sacrified by the most sublime love of the freedom of the Americas, they were martyr Julian Valdes, from a famous family of Prado; the heroine Luisa Trilleros, as well as the martyrs Domingo Ducuara, Pantaleon Murcia and Juan Jose Tamara from the municipality of Natagaima; Jose Tellado from the monicipality of San Luis, and Ramon Antonio Vernaza from Espinal. [This means that there is a red sector bellow the green one, which represents the Natives that lived there before the spaniards, and the martyrs that were executed in Prado municipality's Main Square during the independece period.]
Originated from the same vertex bellow the Red, there is a band of White color, symbol of peace that must construct prosperity, longing and realizations of all inhabitants of the municipality, as fundamental elements of their push.[White means peace and the values of the people of Prado.]
From the same vertex and bellow white a yellow band originates, whose meaning is the energetical potential of the Tolima department, originated in Prado and broadcasetd through the national territory by the electrical interconection system.
The construction of this emblem is based in a rectangular geometrical shape, length equal to twice the width. The limits of the bands will be: from the lower left vertex to half the length of the upper line, to half the distance from this to the upper right vertex; the upper right vertex; and half the right side. These bands make triangeles that oppen to the upper part of the emblem, meaning the constance of historical development of our generations.
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez (translation and remarks by Carlos Thompson), 23 December 2003
" El emblema compuesto por las siguientes franjas:
a. Franja de color azul celeste: significando el potencial hidrológico, representado el río magdalena, o río de la patria, por su influencia en la cultura indígena, por servir de arteria de transporte en la época de la conquista y la colonia.
b. Franja de color Verde: cuyo significado estriba en la fertilización de las tierras d los municipios de Prado y Purificación a partir del distrito de riego originado en la represa de río prado, que incorporan a la economía nacional a la producción de frutales de amplia demanda en el mercado internacional.
c. Franja de color Rojo: significa la vida ofrendada por los nativos Poincos que fueron arrasados por la espalda del conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quezada y en memoria de los mártires sacrificados en el parque principal.
d. Franja de color blanco: símbolo de paz en la cual de debe construirla prosperidad, anhelos y realizaciones de todos los habitantes del municipio, como elementos fundamentales de su pujanza.
e. Franja de color Amarillo: el significado radica en el potencial energético del departamento del Tolima, originado en Prado irradiado al territorio nacional a través del sistema de interconexión eléctrica."
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 19 November 2006
image from <prado-tolima.gov.co>