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Ibaporã, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Ibaporã, PR (Brazil)]by Blas Delgado Ortiz

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About the Flag of Ibaporã

Ibiporã is a town in Paraná state, Brazil. Information on the flag is from the official city website: "The law that created the flag of Ibiporã is law No. 40/59 and was signed by the prefect at the time, Mário de Menezes. According to paragraph 2 of article 1 of law 40/59, the flag will be formed by the national colors with the municipal coat of arms inserted."

And from the page on the coat of arms: "In accordance with paragraph 1 of article 1 of law 40/59, the coat of arms will have a format that conforms to the design presented to the municipality by Engineer Claudimar Bueno de Menezes, which seeks to express the history and ideology of Ibiporã in heraldic symbols. In accord with heraldic learning, the form of the shield is that which Brazil inherited from Portuguese heraldry. The chief, with a white field and blue letters, is the Latin phrase Pax et labor, signifying "Peace and work," which well represents the peaceful and hard-working ideology of our people. The designer contended that since the patroness of Ibiporã is Our Lady of Peace, the word "peace" should figure in the phrase that would serve as the motto of the municipality. And since its inhabitants live by work, this word also could not be omitted. The central part of the shield is made up of four motifs, numbered in turn from right to left:

  • A natural motif: the hill of Guarani was chosen, as this is the symbol of Ibiporaense Christianity;
  • An economic motif: this is represented by coffee plantations divided by roads;
  • A situational motif: represented by a pine tree and a worker of the soil, the symbol that represents the state of Paraná and consequently the location [of the municipality] in this state.
  • A primordial motif: also a natural motif, representing typographically by the confluence of the Jacutinga and Ibiporã rivers, as well as the contour lines showing the median altitude of the municipality in relation to those required for its crops. This motif is included because it is believed that it was the Ibiporã River that gave its name to Ibiporã.

  • Conforming to the left edge of the shield is a stalk of maize, representing the basis of the municipal economy. The shield is crowned by a gold mural crown of five towers, symbol of independent municipalities, a three portals to guard the three principal routes of access into the municipality. On the scroll is the name "Ibiporã" and the date of its charter, 8 November 1947."

    Dov Gutterman, 18 February 2002
    Translated by Joseph McMillan

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