Flag Of Portoviejo: History And Meaning

The flag of Portoviejo  is an artistic creation made by the poet from Guayaquil, Tomás Chávez Valenzuela, approximately in the year 1968. It is a rectangular flag of the quartered type that in turn is divided into four squares.

Three of these rectangles are a solid color, while use is divided into five horizontal stripes, which alternate using two colors.


Its elaboration was motivated by a contest promoted by the mayor’s office and the municipal council of the Canton in the 1960s. The purpose of the contest was to define the symbols of the city, which would be the flag, the coat of arms and the anthem.

After a detailed study of the colors, composition, meaning and appearance, the creation of Chávez Valenzuela was announced as the winning flag of said contest.

However, the official flag of the city of Portoviejo was not declared until January 27, 2006. The declaration was given by the municipal council of the city.

It should be noted that the flag of Portoviejo is made up of a 1: 2 rectangle, which in turn is divided into four equal rectangles, with colors that differentiate them and give them meaning.


Upper left box

The Guayaquil flag is located in this rectangle for historical reasons, but without the three white stars in the center.

These colors were placed in honor of the proclamation of Guayaquil independence, which was acquired in Portoviejo on October 9, 1820.

The celestial blue color exists in representation of the space and the waters of the Guayas River and La Paz River. The white stripes symbolize peace, hope and harmony present in each of its inhabitants.

The inclusion of these colors represents a tribute to the influence that Guayaquil had in the towns of Manabí, particularly in Portoviejo.

Upper right box

This box is solid green in color, representing hope, future, wealth, and abundance.

In addition, it also refers to the color of the Portoviejo river valley and the surrounding hills.

Lower left box

This division of the rectangle is red. Its color is in honor of the blood shed by all the heroes in the strong struggles to defend freedom and justice for the peoples of America and Ecuador.

The color of this box symbolizes the courage, freedom and courage delivered by national and local compatriots, who sought the independence of their people.

Lower right box

It is the last quarter of the division is represented by the color white. It symbolizes the nobility, purity and integrity of those who inhabit this city.

Its meaning also refers to the clean and radiant sky, and the characteristic first light of the day that announces the sunrise .


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