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Ambato Canton (Tungurahua, Ecuador)

Cantón Ambato

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image by Jens Pattke, 26 December 2003

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New flag of Ambato Municipality, Province Tungurahua, Ecuador at <>.
Falko Schmidt, 26 December 2003

The canton was formed on 18 November 1801.
The flag and arms of Ambato are prescribed by the Municipal Decree adopted on 26 January 2004. A facsimile of the Decree is shown on the municipal website:
"Decree on the civic symbols of Ambato
For the sake of historic and territorial unity, the civic symbols of the Canton of Ambato shall be the same as those once used by the Canton of Ambato and subsequently adopted by the Province of Tungurahua. That is, the hymn to Tungurahua, words by Rodrigo Pachano Lalama and music by Pedro Inga Vélez; the flag, made of three horizontal stripes red, green and red, the lower stripe being charged with the black writing "I. MUNICIPIO DE AMBATO", and the coat of arms modified after Juan José Boniche y Luna, whose description is the following: an ellipse formed by a chain, whose area is divided into three quarters, in the first, upper quarter, Tungurahua in eruption, in the second quarter a river with three emerging stones, representing the ford of Topo, and in the third quarter, a cinnamon flanked by two cornucopiae filled with trpoical fruits and flowers surmonting a key symbolizing the gate to a wonderful region.
The shield shall be placed in the middle of the flag, vertically, its height being greater than half of the flag height [?]. It shall be printed on all documents used by the Municipality of Ambato.   [...]
The flag shall be hoisted over all the public buildings, together with the national flag, and shall be exhibited in all private houses on the civic, national, provincial or local days."
Above we show a similar flag, but with a completely different coat of arms and the writing in white, as the "new flag of the canton", dated 26 December 2003. The source is also the municipal website but I have not been able to find again the image.
It must be an earlier proposal or an erroneous rendition of the flag.
The Bolivar College does not always comply with the Decree. On the photograph available on the municipal website, it flies only the national flag, the other pole being flagless.
Ivan Sache, 31 October 2008

Previous Flag

image by Jorge Candeias, 4 September 2003

Based on <> (defunct).
Dirk Schönberger, 4 September 2003

Ambato and Pelileo cantonal flags have the same arrangement and colors .
Jaume Ollé, 7 September 2003