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Pitalito (Huila, Colombia)

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image by Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 27 March 2007

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Mediante acuerdo No 017 del 12 de junio de 1987, en los artículos 1 y 2 se adopta la Bandera del municipio de Pitalito con las siguientes caracteristicas: Consta de tres colores verticales; VERDE, BLANCO, AZUL.
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 7 February 2003

Different flag at However, this website might not be the best reference.
Carlos Thompson, 21 December 2004

In the site appears the flag as posted by me: a vertical tri-band, green, white and blue and the Coat of Arms.  It confirms the overview that appears in the defunct site
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 23 December 2004

The colors are established by Municipal Agreement 017 of June 12, 1987: green corresponds to # 008522, infant blue is # 6699ff and white is #ffffff

For the Shield, it is established through Municipal Agreement 002 of August 1988. The colors are the same as those of the flag.
Jose Collazos Molina, 10 June 2021

Coat of Arms

image by Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 7 Febuary 2003

The original location ( ) of the symbols of this Municipality as provided by Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez (2004 and 2007) has been relocated to this new URL:

In the above mentioned link, one can still find the same description for the flag that we currently have and in addition, we find a detailed description of the coat of arms (Shield), as follows:

"GEOGRAPHICAL ASPECT: The shape and bottom of the Shield represents the valley where the Municipality is located; the blue stripe represents the Rivers Magdalena, Guachicos, Guarapas and the Guaitipá (sic) (the correct name is Guaitipán or as Gaitana, and it was a former indigenous leader) Lagoon.

ECONOMIC ASPECT: It is represented by the silhouette of a horseshoe in honor of the Handicraft and Horse Fair that takes place in the month of November; the Guava represents the agricultural part abundantly harvested even without cultivating it.

CULTURAL ASPECT: Represented by the yellow silhouette of a clay pot, representing the Laboyana pottery (Laboyano/Laboyana is the Demonym, since the location of the Municipality is in the known as Valle de Laboyos, a tributary river of the much bigger Magdalena river) nationally and internationally with the famous (she)goat (a rudimentary mean of transportation, which is an open bus), the industrialization of ceramics is represented by the lathe, a fundamental tool where the founding date (1818) and the name of our town (are located).

HISTORICAL ASPECT: Represented at the base of the lathe, where Saint Anthony is located and the date of foundation, it symbolizes the birth of Pitalito. The previous symbols are supported by a white silhouette of two hands that represents the friendship and industriousness of all the Laboyanos."

The coat of arms (Shield) that José Collazos mentions, is located here in the same link mentioned above, here:

Esteban Rivera, 10 June 2021

The flag is composed of three colors arranged vertically (green, white, blue), with the following meaning:
Green, covering 50% of the flag's total area, expresses Laboyos Valley's fertility and greatness, as well as hope dominating in the Laboyan spirit heading to a better future and inherited from the tribes once living in the area. The Indigenous ancestor is printed in this color, representing an evolution process unchained in people's sport and culture.
White, the central color covering 25% of the flag, represents the ideal conveyed by the founders of Pitalito, building on a pure and peaceful area, today complemented by knowledge, sympathy and hospitality expressed by Laboyan people to all visitors.
Blue, symbolizing the calm waters of rivers, sources and lakes, which are faithful proofs of the Laboyan people birth and development, covers the remaining 25%.


Specification on the color shades is not found in the official sources. Photos provide evidence that the flag has a "regular" blue shade; accordingly, there is no reason to replace the image.
Ivan Sache, 12 June 2021