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A.S.I.A. Ignaciana, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 12 September 2014

The Institución Educativa A.S.I.A. Ignaciana is actually a school sponsored by the Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola. Having studied there (at Colegio San Ignacio) I have the centennial yearbook of 1985, where they comment on the establishment of the Institución Educativa A.S.I.A. Ignaciana.
First, there was the establishment of A.S.I.A. Ignaciana. A.S.I.A. stands for Antiqui Societatis Iesu Alumni (in Latin) which means Antígüos Alumnos de la Compañía de Jesús (Alumni of the Society of Jesus). Every Jesuit school and university around the world has its own ASIA, being called Jesuit Alumni and gathered in the WUJA (World Union of Jesuit Alumni). The WUJA was established on 31st July, 1956 (the day which is commemorated as the Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola), in Bilbao in 1956. So for example the Colegio San Juan Berchmans in Cali has its ASIA Berchmans, and so on, worldwide. In fact, the latest WUJA Congress, the VIII WUJA Congress held in 2013 from August 14 to August 17, was hosted by ASIA Ignaciana at the Colegio San Ignacio facilities.
So after the establishment of A.S.I.A. Ignaciana, there was the establishment of Fundación Loyola (Loyola Foundation) in August 4, 1964 by members of the Class of 1946 (from the Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola) but quickly invited other alumni to join them. It is a non-profit organization. They first settled where the current Institución Educativa A.S.I.A. Ignaciana is located, in a plain between the Municipalities of Bello and Medellín, called Playón de Los Comuneros. First the Fundación Loyola started a housing project there, but later as they saw the necessity for the community to have its own school, Fundación Loyola started first the "Escuela A.S.I.A. Ignaciana para niñas" (A.S.I.A. Ignaciana school for girls), then the Liceo Femenino A.S.I.A. Ignaciana (A.S.I.A. Ignaciana Women's Liseum) (granted recognition by the Ordenanza Departamental No. 30 of December 17, 1967 and given the status of Centro Educativo (Education Center) by Resolución No. 7481 of October 8, 1974 of the Secretaría de Educación Departamental (Antioquia's Department Secretariat of Education) on and then the Centro Asistencial John Jairo Piedrahíta (Medical Center John Jairo Piedrahita). Fundación Loyola purchased the land from the Archdiocese of Medellín and established the "Liceo Centenario Ignaciano" (official name, although most people know it simply as the Liceo Centenario) with its official motto of "NOS EDUCARON...EDUQUEMOS" (We were educated...let's educate).
My father, Luis Ramiro Rivera, having been a student in Colegio San Ignacio (graduated from Class of 1963) told me that all of his classmates and all other Alumni Classes before his' actually donated to the charity of Fundación Loyola to help build the "Liceo Centenario".
So the story is that the Liceo Centenario was transferred to the Secretaría de Educación (Education Secretariat) of the Municipality of Medellín (co-medel.html ) in 1971 and renamed IE Pbro Antonio José Bernal Londoño SJ (Institución Educativa Presbítero Antonio José Bernal Londoño, Sacerdote Jesuíta, Educational Institute Presbiterian Antonio Jose Bernal Londoño, Jesuit Priest in English) (in honor Presbiterian Antonio Bernal who helped established the ASIA Berchmans in Cali when he was the Principal of the San Juan Berchmans), which now operates under the Secretaría de Educación, which is one of the Secretarías of the Alcaldía de Medellín (the executive official government body of the city of Medellín, which depends on the Mayor of Medellín). Thus it is a public school
and as such is property of the city of Medellín. So in the land where the Liceo Centenario stood, Fundación Loyola with collaboration of the Secretaría de Educación de Medellín and the SENA established a new school called "IE Colegio Loyola para la Ciencia e Innovación" when it was transferred. It is important to notice that all public schools have the prefix "I.E." which stands for Institución Educativa (Educational Institution).
So today's "I.E. A.S.I.A. Ignaciana" was established with the help of the misioneras Siervas de San José (missionaries Servants of Saint Joseph) in 1971 and A.S.I.A. and its Alumni helped pay the building costs through donations gathered by Fundación Loyola. In the beginning the I.E. A.S.I.A. Ignaciana operated as an annex of the Colegio Gilberto Alzate Avendaño but in March 1974 the Lice (as it was known back then) became autonomous, being official on August 26 of that same year. And in September 1975 the new school campus was inaugurated.
The flag of I.E. A.S.I.A. Ignaciana can be seen here and here.
For additional information see: A.S.I.A. Ignaciana (official website)
Fundación Loyola (official website) 
I.E. (Institución Educativa)"A.S.I.A. Ignaciana" (official website) 
I.E. (Institución Educativa) "Pbro. Antonio José Bernal Londoño S.J." (official website)
Secretaría de Educación de Medellín (official website)
Ivan Sache, 28 September 2014 (based on contribution of Esteban Rivera)

image by Ivan Sache, 28 September 2014

Esteban found an image of the flag of IE Pebro Antonio José Bernal Londoño SJ (mentioned above). The flag is grey with an off-centered blue-gray-red cross with the blue arm broader, and an emblem in the upper right quarter. This emblem appears to be not strictly equivalent to the institute's emblem.
Ivan Sache, 28 September 2014

Atabanzha, Institución Educativa Distrital Colegio

image by Ivan Sache, 22 July 2014

Institución Educativa Distrital Colegio Atabanzha is located in Usme (Bogotá).

The flag of the institute is diagonally divided green-white-blue per bend wavy.ón/ - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 22 July 2014

Ateneo Autónomo de Colombia, Colegio

image by Ivan Sache, 10 January 2009

"Colegio Ateneo Autónomo de Colombia" was founded on 10 November 1995 by "Sociedad para el Desarrollo de la Cultura, la Educación y el Trabajo" (SODECET), legally registered the same day in Neiva, Department of Huila. Classes started on 28 February 1996. Recognized by the Department of Huila on 13 June 2001 (Decree No. 563), the institute has sections in the municipalities of Acevedo, Algeciras, Campoalegre, Garzón, Guadalupe, Palermo, Pitalito, San José de Isnos, Suaza and Timaná.
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided yellow-green with a red stripe placed vertically along the hoist. Red means strength, valor and courage required to fulfill the life's project and contribute to the regional and national development. Yellow represents loyalty in the personal relationships and social commitment, as well as the joyous atmosphere of fraternity found in the institution's activities. Green represents growth and aspiration to promote values and balanced development.
Ivan Sache, 10 January 2009

Ateneo, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 15 September 2014

Institución Educativa Ateneo, located in Pradera (Valle Department), is managed by the Little Sisters of the Annunciation, a congregation founded in 1943 by Mother María Berenice (María Ana Julia Duque Henkler; 1898-1993).
The flag of the institute, designed by Hernan Barona Sossa, is horizontally divided blue-white-red. Blue is a symbol of harmony, peace, and balance. White is a perfect symbol of purity, pleasure, joy, light, and truth. Blue and white are the Marian colours. Red is a symbol of personal growth of the students in the holistic education provided by the institute.
Source: - Institute's blog
Ivan Sache, 15 September 2014

Ateneo Moderno, Colegio

image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

Colegio Ateneo Moderno was established in Santa Marta (Magdalena) by Alfredo Almenárez Barros, Mario Gómez Gómez and Pedro Guido Baen, three members of the Santa Marta Rotary Club.
Classes started in February 1970.
School website

The flag of Colegio Ateneo Moderno is horizontally divided golden yellow-olive green.
Yellow represents intellectual resources, while green represents hope.
School website
Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

Ateniense, Colegio

image by Ivan Sache, 21 September 2018

Colegio Ateniense was established in 1966 in Bogotá.

The flag of Colegio Ateniense is horizontally divided blue-white-blue with the school's coat of arms in the center. Blue and white are the colors of the Greek flag and of the traditional Greek costume. Blue is a symbol of the sea, of the waves, and of the sky. White is a symbol of the sunlight.
Ivan Sache, 21 September 2018

Atlántico, Universidad del

image by Ivan Sache, 14 August 2002

Located in Barranquilla, Atlantico Department. The flag shown on the website is a blue triangular flag with an orange Scandinavian cross separated from the blue background by a thin white fimbriation. Exact proportions cannot be inferred from the original source. I have used overall 1:2 proportion by default.
Ivan Sache, 14 August 2002

"The Universidad del Atlántico (English: Atlantico University) was established on June 15, 1946 by Ordenanza (English: Ordinace) No. 42 of the Department Assembly of Atlántico by Julio Enrique Blanco de la Rosa, who started this process in 1941, through the establishment of the "Instituto de Tecnología" (English: Institute of Technology) by Ordenanza (English: Ordinance) No. 24 of 1941, and later the "Facultad de Comercio y Finanzas" (English: Finance and Commerce Faculty) in 1943. By 1945, these previous institutions, plus two other educational programs (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Pharmacy) were incorporated into the "Institución Politécnica del Caribe" (English: Caribbean Polytechnic Institution), established by Ordenanza (English: Ordinance) No. 36 of 1945, which evolved into the Univerisdad del Atlántico as it is known today".

The pennant that we display is actually a triangular flag, as seen in the following video and pictures:
- Video ( the flag is seen at 4:08, 5:11 (closeup), 5:12, 5:20, etc.
- (third flag from left to right): (source:
- (third flag from left to right): (source:
- (source:

Institutional Brand

image located by Estevan Rivera, 10 October 2018

It features the "Marca Institucional" (English: Institutional Brand), with the letters UA interlaced ("U" on top and "A" on the bottom), in typefont Baskerville Regular. Hence its graphic depiction should be bigger than the one we currently display  The colors are:
Blue: C: 100 M: 90 Y: 0 K: 0
Red: 0 G: 55 B: 137
Pantone: Reflex Blue
Orange: C: 0 M: 70 Y: 100 K: 0
R: 208 G: 116 B: 0
Pantone: Orange 021

The description of the flag is as follows (translated from the original, in Spanish):
"Institutional Flag

In the form of an isosceles triangle, symbolizing the power of penetration, carrying a Scandinavian cross that means the diffusion to the four cardinal points, at the intersection of the cross, the institutional brand, in white color to highlight it, which makes it possible to maintain graphic coherence between our corporate symbols. The colors used are the institutional ones already established in the present manual: orange for the cross and blue background; symbolizing wisdom and science, pillars for the development of the University".

A version of the flag is seen here: (source:

image located by Estevan Rivera, 10 October 2018

Coat of Arms

image located by Estevan Rivera, 10 October 2018

The description of the coat of arms is as follows (translated from the original, in Spanish):
"Institutional coat of arms

The University of the Atlantic is represented on this shield, which symbolizes with a flame the spirit of self-improvement and strength that all our students have. That flame is framed by yellow spikes that collect the sowing of knowledge that is imparted in the Alma Mater. Each of the stars represents our first eight academic programs, which started the rich and extensive firmament of knowledge of University. The blue color that surrounds the whole shield, symbolizes the wisdom that is our ideal."

The coat of arms is seen here: (source:
Source: Manual de Identidad Corporativa ( (English: Corporate Identity Manual) 2015, p.4,7-8, 25-26 and 28-29

Images attached:
- co_uatl1.jpg (Institutional Brand in orange and blue) (screenshot from the Corporate Identity Manual)
- co_uatl3.jpg (Size and construction sheet of the flag) (screenshot from the Corporate Identity Manual) 
Esteban Rivera, 10 October 2018

Institucion Educativa Departamental "Liceo Ariguaní"

image by Ivan Sache, 15 July 2013

Institucion Educativa Departamental "Liceo Ariguaní" was approved in November 1982 by Resolution No. 22,683.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided yellow-white-purple with the institute's emblem in the middle. Yellow is a symbol of sincerity, liberty, purity, generosity and piety. White is a symbol of peace and love. Purple is a symbol of loyalty, earth, justice, knowledge and wisdom; purple is also the traditional colour of strength, courage and dedication.
The emblem of the institute is made of the following elements:
- a sketchy green map of Colombia, representing all the aspects of the homeland; green is a symbol of hope, youth, force, conscience, intrepidity, abundance, friendship, production, productivity and progress
- a broken chain in the national colours, surrounding the map, representing oppression and vexation caused by ignorance and misery, suppressed by the pressure of study, science, education and knowledge;
- a flaming torch, symbolizing light and safe guidance and progress in science, arts, religion, reason, economy and all other human activities, accomplished through study, application, discipline, education and wisdom.
- an open book, symbolizing the most universal source of knowledge, wisdom and equality. (flag) (emblem)
Ivan Sache, 15 July 2013

Aures, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 19 October 2018

Institución Educativa Aures was established in 1969, as Escuela Urbana Aures, in commune 7 of the municipality of Medellín (Antioquia Department), borough Robeldo Aures. Incorporated in 2003 to Institución Educativa Bello Horizonte, the school was separated, as IE Aures, by Resolution No. 4,659, issued on 24 April 2008.

The flag of IE Aures is described in Chapter 1.4.1 of the Manual para la Convivencia Escolar, as composed of a rectangular panel horizontally divided into two equal parts, the upper stripe, white, representing peace and kindness that have to be respected in all kinds of relations within the school, and the lower, wine red, representing solidarity and respect to be observed within the school in all circumstances.
Manual para la Convivnecia Escolar
Ivan Sache, 19 October 2018

Avelino Saldarriaga, Institución Educativa

image by Ivan Sache, 05 September 2017

Institución Educativa Avelino Saldarriaga was established on 12 November 2002 in Gaviria (Itagüí) by Departmental Resolution No. 15,486, as the merger of Liceo Avelino Saldarriaga (est. on 16 December 1974 as Institución Departamental de Enseñanza Media Itagüí), Escuela Urbana La Unión (est. on 6 February 1976 as Escuela la Unión) and Escuela Rural Los Olivares.
The institute is named for Dr. Avelino Saldarriaga (1858-1930). Saldarriaga studied medicine at Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, where he met the lawyer and politician Rafael Uribe Uribe (1859-1914). Awarded in 1882, a Ph.D. in Medicine and Surgery, he traveled to Paris to study radiology, tuberculosis and leprosy. Then he went to Marseilles, where he learned the basis of soap production and purchased the machinery required to initiate soap industry in his country, which inaugurated the concept of public health in Colombia. He established a free clinic and took care of the social re-adaptation of lepers.
Source: Institute's website
The flag of I.E. Avelino Saldarriaga is white with the institute's emblem in the center. White is the combination and summary of all natural colors. White also represents the triple ideal of education for truth, good and beauty.
The coat of arms of I.E. Avelino Saldarriaga is a "collective construction" designed in 2004.
Green is a symbol of aspiration to a better world, a peaceful municipality and an educational institute able to build citizen's coexistence. Yellow is a symbol of the student's joy. White and blue represent the virtues characteristic of all members of the educational community.
The mask represents the artistic and cultural skills that should guide the students. The rings represent support to sports. The torch is the light that enlightens the way to permanent improvement. The book and the quill are used to write the history of the institute.
The shield is surrounded in base by two green spikes representing the fruit of knowledge. The shield is surmounted by a yellow scroll inscribed with the institute's motto "Vive para le verdad, el bien y la belleza" (To live for truth, good and beauty).
Source: Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 05 September 2017