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Espíritu Santo, Colegio

Colegio Espíritu Santo (CES) was established in 1965 in El Buque borough, part of the municipality of Villavicencio (Meta Department) by Angela Valencia de Marín, and acquired in 1979 by Elías Pardo García and Paula Rodríguez de Pardo.
The flag of CES is orange with a green border all around and the institute's emblem in the middle.
The emblem of CES, designed by Francisco Bernal, is an orange disk charged with a white dove flying downwards, beneath it five white rays forming a half sun. The disk is bordered with a green ring inscribed "COLEGIO BILINGüE ESPÍRITU SANTO (top) / VILLAVICENCIO (bottom) in black letters. The emblem used on the flag is inscribed with "COLEGIO ESPIRITU SANTO".
Ivan Sache, 08 October 2014

Esperanza, Colegio de la

New Flag

image by Ivan Sache, 23 September 2018

The flag of the school was changed.
The symbols of the college are prescribed in Chapter 6 of the Manual de Convivencia, as follows.

Article 27.
The flag is white, representing purity, harmony and peace, charged with the school's coat of arms.

Article 28.
The coat of arms features an anchor, symbolizing hope, and a book inscribed with the words "DISCIPLINA Y INSTRUCCIÓN"
Manual de Convivencia
School website

Former flag

image by Ivan Sache, 1 February 2009

"Colegio de la Esperanza" was founded on 2 January 1870 by Abel Mariano De Irisarri and Joaquín F. Vélez in Cartagena de Indias, Department of Bolívar. Since then, the institute has been ran by the De Irisarri family.
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided white-green. White represents purity, harmony and peace. The whole flag represents the aspiration to be a pioneer educational institute.
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2009

Espinal, Fundación Universitaria del

image by Ivan Sache, 29 October 2014

Fundación Universitaria del Espinal (FUNDES) was established in El Espinal (Tolima Department) by Decree 147A of the Diocese Chancellory, signed on 20 March 1997 by His Grace Abraham Escudero Montoya (1940-2009), Bishop of El Espinal (1990-2007) and of Palmira (2007-2009). FUNDES was officially recognized by Resolution No. 1,495 of 23 July 2001.
The flag of FUNDES is horizontally divided white-yellow-green. White is a symbol of transparency and beauty, and the evocation of a peaceful culture. Yellow is a symbol of spiritual resources. White and yellow together mean belonging to the Church. Green is a symbol of hope and is the colour of rice fields.
Source: - FUNDES website
Ivan Sache, 29 October 2014

Estanislao Zuleta, Institución Educativa Distrital

image by Ivan Sache, 16 January 2009

"Institución Educativa Distrital 'Estanislao Zuleta'" was inaugurated in February 1990 as "Escuela Distrital Rural 'La Reforma'". The institute is named after the noted Professor of Philosophy and writer Estanislao Zuleta (1935-1990).
The flag of the institute, according to a photo and the description available on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided blue-white-blue. The three stripes represent the universe, peace and the Colombian seas, respectively.
Ivan Sache, 16 January 2009

Estudios Superiores de Administración, Colegio de (CESA)

image by Zoltan Horvath, 24 November 2014

image by Zoltan Horvath, 24 November 2014

CESA (Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración, School of Management Higher Studies) was established on February 24, 1975 by initiative from the ANDI and the INCOLDA (Instituto Colombiano de Administración) and it is a private University.
Sources: and
The flag is a white horizontal flag displaying the logo which are the initials, plus the name below in blue font.
This image is screenshot taken from this video at 0:35, a news report by CM& tv news.
For additional information go to: CESA (official website) 
Esteban Rivera, 22 November 2014

The logo is detailed in the Visual Identity Guidebook. Oddly enough, the logo used on the flag does not comply with the guidelines, which do not prescribe the lighter blue / gray border added on the left and bottom of the symbol. This border might be a misinterpretation of the construction sheet given in the guidebook.
The logo shall be made of a square symbol, of 7 units x 7 units. The distance between the square's border and the writing of the institute's name shall be 1 unit. The square shall be inscribed in the upper right corner with the institute's acronym, on two lines ("ce" / "sa"). The font is prescribed as Helvetica Neue LT Std Bold. The institute's full name shall be placed on the left of the symbol, on two lines ("Colegio de Estudios" / "Superiores de Administración"), the lower line matching the lower border of the symbol. The font is prescribed as Trade Gothic Bold. This is the logo "for secondary use", while the logo "for [primary] horizontal use" has the writing placed beneath the symbol.
The "institutional blue" colour is prescribed as:
Pantone 287 C
CMYK (%) 100-80-0-20
RGB 0-58-28
Additional photos:,-Reglamentos-y-Acuerdos-Rectorales,-Prog.aspx
The flag appears to be sometimes used with the prescribed symbol (without the gray border).
Ivan Sache, 24 November 2014

I created new flag images. However RGB colours given in that pdf seems to be wrong, because it's a shade of dark green, but not blue. I think the proper colour is about RGB 0-58-128, or something similar.
Zoltan Horvath, 24 November 2014

There is often deviation between what is prescribed and what is actually used - not to mention that colour specifications are usually given for printed material. Accordingly, you are absolutely right to trust the colour as you perceive it rather than as it is prescribed.
Ivan Sache, 25 November 2014

Eugenio Colmenares Baptista, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 04 September 2017

Institución Educativa Eugenio Colmenares Baptista was established in borough El Salado in 1994, as Colegio General Eugenio Colmenares Baptista, succeeding Escuela Nº 44, which had been established in 1921.
Source: Institute's website
The institute is named for the journalist José Eugenio Colmenares Baptista, director of the newspaper La Opinión de Cúcuta, who was murdered on 12 March 1993. The Cúcuta public prosecutor's office proclaimed the murder as "a crime against humanity", therefore imprescriptible. This was considered as a general recognition of violence exerted against journalists during the armed conflict, especially the 1990-1995 period.
Source: Reporters Without Borders, 25 July 2013
The flag of I.E. Eugenio Colmenares Baptista is horizontally divided white-red, charged in the center with a green square diamond inscribing the institute's coat of arms. Photo
Ivan Sache, 04 September 2017

Exalumnas de la Presentación, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 16 September 2014

Escuela Exalumnas de la Presentación was established in 1963 in the Jordán borough, part of the municipality of Ibagué (Tolima Department), by former students of Colegio de la Presentación del Centro de Ibagué, led by Sister Elisa Londoño - Provincial Superior of the Community of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation - and Sister Mabel Jaramillo, in charge of the management of the former students. The congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation was founded in 1695 by Marie Poussepin (1653-1744; beatified on 20 November 1994 by Pope John Paul II). Colegio Exalumnas de la Presentación was established in October 1981. Institución Educativa Exalumnas was eventually established by Departmental Resolution no. 751 of 26 July 2002, as the merger of Concentración Escolar Exalumnas de la Presentación and Colegio Exalumnas de la Presentación.
Source: - Institute's website
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided king blue-white-king blue. Blue is a symbol of harmony and simplicity. White is a symbol of purity, truth, and transparency.
Source: - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 16 September 2014

It may be that the uniqueness is in the Royal Blue shade, but otherwise I'm tempted to say that I've seen this one before. I don't even think it's a unique case. I wonder if there's no intention to be unique or whether there's merely a lack of information on other flags.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 September 2014

Since this is a school sponsored by alumni from the school La Presentación, my question is regarding La Presentación: the flag reported for La Presentación is from a school located in Duitama. Well, there's another school called La Presentación in Medellín, so I wonder if these two, plus the alumni sponsored school, have the same flag pattern?
Esteban Rivera, 17 September 2014

Since the size of the available sample of flags form Colombian institutes is growing and growing, it is indeed relevant to look at flag patterns and similarities. There appears to be "some" patterns related to the congregations that managed some schools. Unfortunately, there is, usually, little available knowledge on the  exact relations between these schools, therefore we can only infer some groupings, as Esteban did.
Moreover, the big size of the sample and the relatively limited  pattern variation - several flags are horizontally divided into two or three stripes - automatically results in the use of similar flag by not necessarily related institutes. This appears to be the same as for some departmental and municipal flags.
Another puzzling issue is the use of the institute's emblem on the flag. It is sometimes prescribed but not shown on flags in actual use, or not prescribed but actually added to the flags in use. When photos are available, it i not infrequent to have flags significantly different from what is prescribed / described / illustrated on websites.
Ivan Sache, 17 September 2014

Externado de Colombia, Universidad

"Universidad Externado de Colombia (English: Externado University of Colombia) was established on February 15, 1886, by jurist and educator Nicolás Pinzón Warlosten. The context for the establishment of the University is as follows: in 1884-1885 a Civil War took place ( in which the Liberals lost the war to the Conservatives and a new Constitution was drafted (, this being the previous Constitution used in the country until 1991 (

Its name, "Externado" is the opposite of "Internado" (Spanish for "Boarding school", in which the method of education implies staying over most of the time on campus' grounds and also its education was based on religious teachings, as opposed to a more secular approach by "Externado"). Externado then was mainly influenced by liberal thoughts coming from different European educational methods, hence its name. It gained full university status in 1958."

Its flag is a three vertical stripe, horizontal flag, each stripe having the same width, left being green, middle being yellow (more like a mustard color) and right being red, with its coat of arms ( in the middle stripe. It pretty much resembles the flag of the United Provinces of New Grenada, although nothing official regarding this similarity is mentioned in its statutes (

Pictures of the flag can be seen here:
- (flag on the right):
- (flag on the right): (source: Twitter account @JairoLibreros (

For additional information go to U. Externado (official website):

Esteban Rivera, 16 August 2017

Externado Patria, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 09 September 2014

Institución Educativa Externado Patria is located in Medellín (Antioquia Department).
The flag of the institute is in dimensions 0.70 m x 1. 40 m, with a staff of 1.10 m in length. The flag is made of three parts, an upper blue stripe and two, lower,  red and yellow stripes. The colours are those of the national flag.
Source: - Institute's blog
Ivan Sache, 09 September 2014