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Municipal flag modifications

The page at reports that Saipan council adopts a 'new' design for municipal flag and logo":

The 13th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council chaired by Antonia Tudela has adopted a design for the municipal flag, official seal and logo. But the design did not come from any of the winning three entries to the flag design contest which the 12th council held last year. During its regular session yesterday, the council decided to retain the current flag but with minor changes. The current flag shows a latte stone partly covering the island of Saipan and 10 other small islands. It also has 11 stars that form a circle. The new design removed the stars and replaced them with a mwar. In 2014, the 12th municipal council, of which Tudela was the vice chairwoman, launched a contest for a new design of its official flag and received 236 entries from students.

Here are a couple of (unfortunately) partial views of the "former" municipal seal: from from
Paris Renesis, 22 February 2015

Two years ago, the office of the mayor of Saipan and the Northern Islands told me that they only used a seal. A flag is officially not in use. In the competition just a new logo or new seal was sought. The newspaper article in MVarity calls it a flag, but he really means a seal.
Another image can be found at
Jens Pattke, 23 February 2015

I believe that what makes things complicated is that although Saipan/Seipél and Northern Islands share a common municipal council with this (former) seal: There are two different Mayors, one for Saipan/Seipél: and another for the Northern Islands: So my wild guess is that the logo/seal you refer to:, stands for the Municipality of Saipan/Seipél alone, or maybe its Mayor. I believe that the news clearly states that the only change they made to the previous seal: was to replace the stars with a mwar "traditional flower head wreath".
Paris Renesis, 23 February 2015

Former flag

[Flag of Saipan] image located by Ben Cahoon, 22 February 2015

I located an image of the municipality of Saipan logo. I assume this is the one before the current one was approved on 2/19/15: on
Ben Cahoon, 22 February 2015