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by Blas Delgado, 14 November 2004
Aibonito - Its flag is singled out by its colors: blue for the sky, white for air purity, red for love to the motherland, and golden (yellow) for the traditional Hispanic values. The set of colors also stand for the transition from the Spanish era to the present one. At the center of the equilateral green triangle is the Coat of Arms of the Villa of Aibonito.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001
Though the Coat of Arms shows a small silver block below the scroll with the date of foundation inscribed within, the flag is usually presented without it. Silver is changed to white and purple to red. Ratio is 2:3.
Blas Delgado, 14 November 2004
by Nelson Román, 12 July 2004
The shield is divided in four corners or quarters. The superior left corner represents the Asomante where last battles of the Hispano-American War took place, symbolized by the sword, reproducing in the base the national colors of Spain which stand for tradition and the inherited culture. In the right corner we find: a white band symbolizing the fog that covers the Aiboniteños valleys and mountains in winter; on a blue field, a purple color flower typical of the region and declared official by the organizers of the First Festival of the Flowers in 1969; and in the inferior end a golden lily to remember San José, patron of the Parochial Church of the town and also symbolizing the Eminence Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez, first Puerto Rican Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was the priest for the Aibonito Parish between the years 1957 and 1961. In the inferior part of the shield, upon the left corner on a blue background is placed the gold tower of the Manresa House to symbolize the spiritual value that such institution represents for all Puerto Rico. In the right corner a divided mountain of green color which represents the San Cristóbal Canon with a seashell in the superior part that symbolizes Apostle Santiago in whose honor, since inmemorables times, the "Patron Festivities" have been celebrated when the artisans of the town chose a symbolic "king" to whom the Mayor gives the keys of the city. In the base there are blue and white waves that represent the aquatic wealth. The banner "Jardín de Puerto Rico" (Garden of Puerto Rico) recalls the popular characteristic of Aibonito noted for its gardens, flowers and plants.
Nelson Román, 12 July 2004