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Cidra (Puerto Rico)

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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 21 November 2004

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This city of 35,601 inhabitants in central Puerto Rico, was founded in 1809. Under the Order No. 8, 1975-76 Series, the Municipal Assembly approved the project including the flag, Coat of Arms and seal of the Municipality of Cidra on September 25, 1975. Professor J.J. Santa-Pinter's professional services in heraldics were obtained through the Cultural Centre. The flag is of regulation dimensions (3'x5') [91.4 cm x 152 cm]. The Municipal Seal shines on the flag uniting all three stripes, and the whole is ended with yellow fringes. Each colour has its own symbolism. The green evokes the landscape and its spring-like green colours throughout the year. This colour covering the land together with the variety of colours of each flower make us known as the "City of the Eternal Spring". The gold refers to the wealth of fruit and water, and also to the spiritual wealth of the region and city. The brown alludes
Thanh-Tâm Le
, 12 January 1999

This flag is at site (defunct). It is a Madagascar-style flag; according to the lexjuris-site red at the hoist and horizontally yellow over green. However, at the pueblos-site the colors are different and on the cutting-point there is a seal, consisting of the Coat of Arms within two concentric circles with (in white) the text (top) CIDRA and (bottom) PUERTO RICO.
Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2000

Cidra - Its flag has two horizontal stripes, green the upper one and gold (yellow) the lower one. To the hoist we can see a brown vertical stripe. The city seal unites all three stripes. The flag ends fimbriated in yellow. Green invokes the greenness of the municipal landscape covered by the variety in its flower's colors. Gold stands for the fruit and aquatic richness as for the region and citizenry spiritual aspect. The Virgin of Carmen and the savannah pigeon come to shape in the brown color.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 9 April 2001

From <>:
Dos franjas verticales [?], una verde y una dorada
Una franja horizontal [?] marrón.
El sello oficial sobre ellas uniendo las tres franjas.
Verde - Paisaje Primaveral
Dorado - Riqueza frutal y acuática
Marrón - Virgen del Carmen y la Paloma Sabanera."
Dov Gutterman, 16 April 2004

Note that the short description at <>, immediately under the flag's image mixes up 'horizontal' and 'vertical'. 
Jan Mertens, 18 April 2004

Under the decree # 8, series 1975-76, the Municipal Assembly approved, on September 25, 1975 , the project that contained the flag, shield, and the seal of Cidra Municipality  elaborated by professor J.J. Santa Pinter.
The flag is of regulated size (3 ' xs 5 ').  It has two horizontal strips, the firs one is green, the inferior one is golden and next to the spear, a vertical strip of brown color.  The seal of the Municipality shines on the flag uniting the three strips already described. 
Each color in the flag has its symbolism.  The green one  invokes the green landscape throughout the year. This color on earth covered at the same time by the variety of colors in each flower, has presented this town like the City of the Eternal Spring.  The golden color respectively talks about to the fruit, as well as spiritual wealth of the region and the citizenship.  The brown flying ant to the Virgin Our Lady of the Carmen, patron saint of Cidra and to the sabanera dove, unique spice in the world that has its greater habitat in this municipality.
You will find more information on <>.
Nelson L. Román, 19 April 2004

Flag without the Coat of Arms

by Thanh-Tâm Le', 12 Febuary 2000

Reported WRONG Flags

Wrong flag as appears at Lexjuris site
by Thanh-Tâm Le', 12 January 1999

Wrong flag as appears at Lexjuris site
by Thanh-Tâm Le', 12 January 1999

Image No. 2 folows the proportions quoted in the text in Lexjuris site , namely 3:5, but since I made the whole series as 2:3 (according to the images and the national flag), I labelled that one as No. 2. I have replaced the yellow of my initial image with dark yellow, according to the text which refers to gold [color dorada]. [This is one instance where 3:5 proportions are explicitly quoted, whereas some other cities make it clear that their flag has a 2:3 ratio... And yet all are supposed to have the same proportions, it seems.
Thanh-Tâm Le', 12 January 1999

Coat of Arms

by Nelson Román, 21 July 2004

It can be seen that below the Coat of Arms is written: CIDRA - DE ETERNA PRIMAVERA (Cidra - eternal spring).
Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2000

Approved by Municipal Assembly during the decade of the seventies. The red band that crosses the shield diagonally represents the name of the municipality and symbolizes the patriotic love of the population and its daily struggle, as well as the martyrdom of San Juan Nepomuceno, one of the holy patrons of the municipality. Over the red band it has a gold "cidra" and a cornucopia with its fruit in natural color, which alludes that Cidra is one of the mayor producer of fruit of the Island. In the superior right is placed a scapulary that evokes the Virgin Carmen, patron saint of the town, and a black bishop hat that alludes to San Juan Nepomuceno, bishop and martyr. In the left inferior part, on a blue bottom, is locatd a brown Savannah Dove which nests in the Cidra area. This dove flies over a mountain of three tips, which indicates the location of the municipality in the Central Mountain Range. The blue and silver waves symbolize the aquatic wealth of Cidra. All this is capped by a three-tower crown because is a Town. In the banner is written Cidra de Eterna Primavera (Cidra eternal spring).
Nelson Román, 21 July 2004