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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 14 June 2001
At pueblos-de-puertorico.com site (now defunct - see: Reported Wrong Flags) there is image of
the flag of Aguada in Puerto Rico. The flag is vertically yellow
- purple - white; in the centre of the yellow bar a white star;
in the center of the purple bar a white cross ending in 4 stars
and in a arc on top of it the name AGUADA (capitals); on the
white bar on the right a blue triangle pointing downwards with a
bird flying upward (dove, hawk?).
At the Lexjuris site (see: Reported Wrong Flags) the Aguada-flag is divided in three parts, all running diagonally.
Can someone resolve the problem whether the bars are vertical or diagonal? (My guess is that the blue triangle with the Dove is causing the confusion on the Lexjuris site
Jarig Bakker , 25 January 2000
Well, I visited the sites myself and they look quite a bit
different. One appears to be an "official" site, and
the other more "real", since it looks like a photograph
of real flag. Maybe it has suffered changes?
As for the explanation of the flag, I can get this clean: "Over the white field, there is a blue triangle, and on the blue triangle, a white dove, symbol of the peace that unites all the peoples in a brotherly link " [something like a brothers hug].
The center is not purple, it is red ("bandera tricolor: blanco, rojo y amarillo.") (I see that from the pictures too, maybe it is our "latin" interpretation of colours).
The bird in the blue triangle is a dove ("sobre el tria'ngulo azul una paloma blanca").
Unfortunately, there is no mention about wheter the bars are vertical or diagonal.
Moreover, the cross in the lexjuris is black, but the one in the other site is white!
the creator is Pedro Ve'lez Adro'var.
Nicolas Rucks , 25 January 2000
The text does not indicate at all whether the stripes are
vertical or otherwise. Actually it is even more confusing, since
it names the colours from the fly to the hoist rather than the
opposite way as usual
Santiago Dotor , 25 January 2000
The flag of the Villa de San Francisco de Asís de la Aguada
is a tricolor one: white, red and yellow (in no specific order).
This flag was designed by Pedro Vélez Adrover. White
stands for human beings purity and the quietness of the
crystal waters of Culebrinas river and the Columbine wells.
Over the white background is a blue triangle with a white dove in
the center, symbol of peace that unites all peoples in a
fraternal hug. Red stands for the martyrdom of the Franciscan
friars of El Espinal; above the red background arises a cross as
the victorious standard of the birth of Christendom in Puerto
Rico, and surrounding the cross the name of the city of Aguada.
Yellow stands for its inhabitants' happiness and hospitality, and
over the yellow center a star, as a symbol of the people's hope
that fight for attaining a greater development and progress.
Again, a mistake of Lexjuris, which presented the flag with the
cross tilted and without the "Aguada" legend above it.
The actual description of the flag mentions the legend.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001 and 14 June 2001
Above is the correct flag of the Aguada. We found it in a
publication of the Municipality of Aguada.
Juan Colón De Jesús, 9 June 2001
by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 3 April 2001
Wrong flag according to pueblos-de-puertorico.com site
by Thanh-Tam Le, 11 January 1999
Wrong flag according to Lexjuris site
by Nelson Román, 15 July 2004
Aguada (literally: water-station, to water) - The shield
of Aguada is the seal that the Municipal Government officially
uses. It was given to the "Villa de San Francisco de
Asís de la Aguada" by the Royal Bill of Grace of January
14, 1778, by King Charles III. With it, they recognized the
personality of the "Villa" as part of the Island of San
Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico. It carries then symbols of
history, religion and culture. The cross, with the
interlaced arms of the Redeemer and our Father Saint Francis,
signifies the badge of the Order of Lesser Frays of San
Francisco, which means: "peace and fraternal hug between man
and the Redeemer". The sun below the cross symbolizes
the light that brightens the world. He who believes in Light and
in Truth shall not be blind forever. The lower part of the
shield consists of five Columbine ships that symbolize the second
voyage of Christopher Columbus, who arrived to our island on
November 19, 1493, by the "Guaniquilla' coast, where he
calmed his thirst in the Aguada wells. (Very contested, but
probably the most plausible site of the actual landing).
The mural crown in the upper part of the shield signifies
the title "Muy Leal Villa" (very loyal village), that
was given to this town by King Charles III, in the Royal Bill of
Grace of January 14, 1778. The official colors of the
shield are: red, which stands for the fraternal love that kindles
all Aguada; gold stands for the Spanish royalty in Puerto Rico;
green stands for our land's hope and fertility; black's the beam
that redeemed the world; blue's the sky and the kingship of the
Creator; white's the Redeemer's purity and the purity of our
people toward the cultural patrimony.
Source: "Banderas y escudos municipales" (Flags and Municipal Shields) by Anisa Productions Inc.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 31 May 2001