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La Chorrera (Panama, Panama)

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The Municipal District of La Chorrera (153,779 inhabitants in 2007; 661 sq. km) is located in the west of the Panamá Province. The District is made of the 18 settlements of Amador (3,255 inh.), Arosemena (357 inh.), Barrio Balboa (35,941 inh.), Barrio Colón (33,299 inh.), El Arado (2,485 inh.), El Coco (17,429 inh.), Feuillet (2,144 inh.), Guadalupe (32,993 inh.), Herrera (997 inh.), Hurtado (1,100 inh.), Iturralde (1,136 inh.), La Represa (863 inh.), Los Díaz (1,107 inh.), Mendoza (1,291 inh.), Obaldía (683 inh.), Playa Leona (3,248 inh.), Santa Rita (1,606 inh.) and Puerto Caimito (8,845 inh..
Ivan Sache, 22 May 2011

The Flag

The flag of La Chorrera was designed by Carlos Alberto Samaniego, from Arosemena, the winner of a public contest under the pseudonym of "Calitok". The flag is in proportions 2:3, divided into three horizontal stripes charged with a disk, bordered yellow, charged with the silhouette of "El Chorro de La Chorrera"* , in white and black and a rising sun, bordered black, in the background. The disk is surrounded by 18 stars representing the 18 settlements forming the District. The upper and lower stripes are green, of equal height, each charged with five yellow stars; the central yellow stripe, slightly higher than the green stripes, is charged with eight green stars; four on each side of the disk. Green (Pantone 342c) represents productivity of the land, as well as faith and hope of people in a better future. Yellow (Pantone 012c) represents wealth and the citizen's wisdom. "El Chorro"* is the main distinctive element of the District; the rising sun announces a new future to the local people.
* "La Chorrera" means something like "waterspout" or "drainpipe", referring to the several waterfalls ("chorros") found in the municipal territory. "El Chorro de la Chorrera" (30 m in height, located on river Caimito) is the most famous of these waterfalls and a main tourist spot of the region.

The flag was inaugurated on 12 September 2009, during the celebration of the 154th anniversary of the foundation of the District.
Source:  "Nación", 13 September 2009, including a color photo of the flag
Ivan Sache, 22 May 2011

Coat of Arms

image by Fred Drews, 07 August 2014

The coat of arms of La Chorrera, designed by "Timmy", was adopted on 11 September 1990 by Municipal Decree No. 21. The shield is divided into four quarters and a central disks, bordered
by a golden outline representing wealth, light, constancy and wisdom.
First quarter: A white field representing purity, integrity and firmness, charged with a parchment inscribed with the foundation date of the District. Second quarter: A red field symbolizing strength, victory and audacity, charged with the Holy Spirit flower ("flor del Espíritu Santo"**), emblematic of the District. Third quarter: A blue field representing justice, truth, loyalty and clarity, charged with a typical drum ("repicador") used in the performance of the "Cumbia Chorrerana" *** [representing] concord, love, health, prosperity and joy of people. Fourth quarter: [Description omitted in the source] A white field with
a green map (with subdivisions) of the District. Center: A representation of "El Chorro de la Chorrera"* and three flags in background representing the main festival. The shield surmounted with a golden scroll charged with the District's name.
** The orchid _Peristeria elata_ Hook., the national flower of Panamá
*** More details on the dance and drum on the municipal website
Ivan Sache, 22 May 2011