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Ludo Parish (Azuay, Ecuador)

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The parish of Ludo (3,366 inhabitants in 2010) is part of Sigsig canton (Azuay province).
Ludo was settled in the early 18th century by Sebastián Jiménez, his wife Manuela Chacón, and their five sons. The settler was nicknamed "El ludeño", as a bastardized reference to its Spanish town of origin, Lugo - the correct nickname should have been "El lugeño". This etymology of the name of Ludo agrees with research made by Luis Cordero Crespo, who could not find any satisfactory etymology related to local languages. There is little additional information on Ludo in the colonial period, except a document dated 23 August 1723 presenting Ludo as a dependency of San Bartolomé. Ludo must have been at the time a very small settlement. During the independentist period, Ludo appears as a dependency of Jima, still of minor significance.
The parish of Ludo was established on 10 April 1863, as part of Cuenca canton. On 16 April 1864, a Decree of the National Congree transferred the parish of Ludo to Gualaquiza canton. Incorporated in 1869 to the Gualaceo canton, Ludo was re-incorporated to Gualaquiza on 24 January 1883. On 13 September 1939, Ludo was transferred to newly established Sigsig canton.
Ivan Sache, 12 January 2015

The Flag

The symbols of Ludo are prescribed by a Resolution adopted on 19 February 2013 by the Parish Council. The Resolution acknowledges the adoption the proposed flag and arms by Parish Act No. 19 of 5 October 2012.
The flag is described in Article 1 as horizontally divided green-yellow with a white triangle placed along the hoist. Green represents the local landscape and hope. Yellow represents the resources in gold of river Bolo, once exploited in family workshops. White represents honesty, sincerity and open-mindedness to scientific knowledge.
Source: Ludo unofficial website - maintained by the Jiménez Alvarez family
Ivan Sache, 12 January 2015