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Pablo Arenas Parish (Imbabura, Ecuador)

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image by Ivan Sache, 06 January 2015

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The parish of Pablo Arenas (2,045 inhabitants) is located in Urcuquí canton (Imbabura province). Pedro Arenas is known as the "Balcony of Imamura", a nickname credited either to the poet Lázaro Ruiz or the politician Gómez Jurado. The parish was proclaimed a State Cultural Heritage by Ministerial Agreement No. 132 of 24 July 2010.
Pablo Arenas was originally known as Cruzcacho, first settled in 1750-1800; the name of the village might be related to a cross ("cruz") planted uphill by Capuchine missionaries. In 1916, the place was renamed El Carmelo, following the erection of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Carmel, blessed by His Grace Ulpiano María Pérez y Quiñones (1863-1918), Bishop of Ibarra (1907- 1916) and of Bolivar (1916 -1918).
The parish of Pablo Arenas was established on 28 March 1923 and named for Pablo Arenas (1768-1809), a colonel in the patriot army who was arrested after the failure of the uprising and died in jail.
Source: - Parish website
Ivan Sache, 06 January 2015

The Flag

The flag of Pedro Arenas, designed by Lázaro Ruiz, in partnership with the Committee of the 12th Maize Festival, Inés Galarraga, and Julio Vivero, is horizontally divided golden yellow-sugarcane green, with a white triangle placed along the hoist.
The yellow stripe symbolizes the resources and the splendour of the crops at harvest. The green stripe reflects hope and springtime joy. The white triangle is a symbol of unity and of white clothes, symbol of peace, faith, and triumph.
Ivan Sache, 06 January 2015