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Coamo (Puerto Rico)

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by Nelson L. Roman, 3 January 2004

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The flag at site (defunct) looks too simple - at Lexjuris site the same flag seems to have the coat of arms in the middle, although the description of the flag doesn't mention it there. Perhaps the flag can be used with and without Coat of Arms. Coamo is in central Puerto Rico, some 50 km east of Ponce. Founded 1579; there are 35,000 inh. . Flag and CoA were adopted 5 August 1969
Jarig Bakker, 28 January 2000

Coamo - Its flag has three horizontal stripes: red the upper one, yellow in the center, and black the lower one. It should fly with the black stripe down.May or may not have the shield and its proportions are two parts high by three parts long.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 9 April 2001

The Coat of Arms is not an official part of the flag.  The official flag is only red, gold and black in equal proportions and in that order top to bottom.
N. Ocasio (from Coamo), 28 December 2002

However, at <> the flag is with Coat of Arms. Some local info: The name "San Blas Illescas de Coamo" is made of three parts. "San Blas" is the patron saint of the town, according to Catholic tradition. "Illescas" is the Spanish town the founders came from (nowadays in Toledo province, Castile-La Mancha, Spain). "Coamo" is an indigenous word that means "valley". The coat of arms is characterized by its colors (red, black, yellow and white) and several symbols Coamo's history. The flag takes its colors from the coat of arms.
Jarig Bakker and Santiago Dotor, 28 December 2001

The flag of Coamo Puerto Rico does not use the shield in the flag. This is the official page of Coamo and here the flag
is without the shield: <>.
Nelson L. Roman, 3 January 2004

After we had a report by Nelson L. Roman that "The flag of Coamo Puerto Rico does not use the shield in the flag", here comes <> with the shield on the flag. It says: "La bandera al igual que el escudo fueron obtenidos  el 5 de agosto de 1969. Los colores se dervian del escudo. Rojo- distintivo de los mártires nos recuerda a San Blas que fue decapitado. Amarillo- alude a la caridad de San Blas y los calcinados pastos de Coamo. Negro- se refiere a las amarguras y lutos sufridos por Coamo."
Dov Gutterman, 17 April 2004

I know this site and as far as I know, the information there is incorrect.
Nelson L. Roman, 17 April 2004

Flag with Coat of Arms (Unofficial)

by Blas Delgado, 16 November 2004

Coat of Arms

by Nelson Román, 12 July 2004

The Coat of Arms is divided into four parts. The superior left and the inferior right have a red background with a gold Episcopal hat each. These parts of the Coat of Arms represent the old seat of San Blas de Illescas. The horse and the bull represent the cattle wealth of the population. The gold color that serves as background in contrast with the black color, recalls the yellowish reddish tone of the fields of Coamo during the droughts. The heavy border of the Coat of Arms contains the following figures: two flames; three bell towers with gold bells outlined in red; two red crosses with arms ending in three petals; and a circle with a surface divided by horizontal blue and silver-plated stripes. The bell towers represent the three primitive churches of Coamo. The flames allude to the celebration of the Candelaria, the crosses allude to the Spanish colonizer Crist?bal de Illescas, and the circle represents a well for the Thermal Baths of Coamo. The crown has four towers.
Source: <>.
Nelson Román, 12 July 2004