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Tungurahua Province (Ecuador)

Provincia de Tungurahua

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image by Jaume Ollé, 8 September 1996

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Tungurahua is a province in central Ecuador in Sierra region. The capital is Ambato.
Željko Heimer, 15 July 1996

From provincial website:
"Consta de tres franjas iguales y horizontales: la del centro es de color verde y las esteriores rojas.
El rojo significa la rebeldía se sus hombres y el verde la felicidad y el color de sus campos.
La Bandera que utilizan las entidades oficiales de la provincia debe llevar en la franja central, el Escuda de la Provincial."
Falko Schmidt, 12 January 2005

Version of the Tungurahua provincial flag with coat of arms on it is for official use as seen at Ambato municipal website.
Valentin Poposki, 1 May 2008

The province was founded on 3 July 1860. It is named after theTungaruha (5,023 m asl), an active stratovolcano that woke up in 1999. The last significant eruptions occurred in August 2006 and February 2008.  
From the provincial website: "The flag is made of three equal horizontal stripes, the central stripes being green and the the two other red. Red means obstination of the inhabitants and green means happiness and the colour of the fields. The flag used by the official bodies should bear in the middle stripe the provincial coat of arms".
The coat of arms is presented on the provincial website as follows: "The coat of arms was desgined par Juan José Boniche y Luna in 1794. Made of an ellipse surrounded by a chain, the coat of arms is divided into three quarters. The first quarter represents volcano Tungurahua in eruption. The volcan is ultramarine blue, the gases it releases are dark coffee colour and the the cordilera is green. This symbol recalls that the province was named after the volcano, which is still active. The central quarter shows a river from which emerge three grey stones representing the ford on river Topo.
The lower quarter, on a green field, shows a cinammon flanked by two cornucopiae filled with fruits, representing the resources of the province; the cornucopiae are crossed below the tree and charged with a key recalling that the region, once called "Cinammon Region", is the entrance gate to Amazonia."
This description must match an older version of the coat of arms, which is no longer elliptical. There is a problem with the colours, but there are two reported versions of the coat of arms:
- on the provincial website (small image), with the colours more or less matching the description - especially the colour of the lower field, green;
- on the Ambato municipal website with different colours - especially the colour of the lower field, yellow.
The flag, without the arms, is shown on a photograph taken in the Family Provincial Park, dated 30 September 2008.
Ivan Sache, 31 October 2008

Previously Reported Two WRONG Flags

1)[Flag of Tungurahua]
image by Željko Heimer, 15 July 1996
Flag according to W. Smith (insecure)

2)[Flag of Tungurahua]
image by Jaume Ollé (reported by author, no source)

The middle stripe is in fact green.
Jaume Ollé, 8 September 1996

Coat of Arms

image from Ambato municipal website