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Huánuco province (Peru)

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Huánuco flag image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 November 2010

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Huánuco flag image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 November 2010

The flag of the regional government of Huánuco province appears in a photo. It is very similar to the flag of Huánuco city. Coat of arms is taken from provincial site.
Eugene Ipavec, 14 November 2010

Surely the colour of the lower part of the flag can't be right. I know these shades of blue-y, green-y turquoise are a devil to tie down to web-safe colours (and, of course, if we know them to be specified as a particular colour, there's no need to use web-safe anyway), but in this case surely 51-102-102 would be a closer match to the photo? And the lower part of the central shield and the lower part of the flag are the same colour in the photo, aren't they?
Finally, isn't the upper part of the flag really white, and just appears off-white in the photo because of the light? (The city flag does have a cream top to the flag, but personally I wouldn't assume a connection, since the bottom is clearly a different colour anyway). Separately from the colours, the central motif in the photo lies *along* the diagonal. This would make for a most peculiar flag, so are we seeing in the photo a variant for 'semi-vertical' hanging indoors?
André Coutanche, 15 November 2010

Huánuco flag image by Zoltan Horvath, 15 November 2010

Based on my searchings, the flag (and its colours) of Huánuco is slightly different. The lower triangle (next to the hoist) is white (and not cream), and the upper triangle is green, but a bit darker than it is illustrated, it seems to be blueish-green. Please see this picture.
(Even, on the picture provided by Eugene, white panel is next to hoist, and green is in the fly.)
Zoltan Horvath, 15 November 2010

Eugene’s rationale for cream instead of white was given - my 2005 report from (still online).
I’m the first to render unusual shades as normal when only photographic evidence is given, but in this case we have textual confirmation: «color verde nilo» and «color crema», and even cogent meaning for the latter: «_color crema que caracteriza la pigmentación del suelo con predominio del blanco crema_» (= «cream color which characterizes the color of the soil», « with dominance of creamy white»).
It seems to be a slightly different flag. White for cream could be due to a specs shift or textile constraint, but swapping of the panels is purely a design choice.
There seems to be several such cases in Peru - where the flag of a city and of the region whose seat is in that city (and some times its namesake) are almost identical: Cp. Loreto region and Iquitos district, etc.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 November 2010

It looks to me as though the upper part of the shield is brighter than the "white" field. It could be simply cloth being less reflective than embroidery. It seems to indeed be one of those indoor-use Latin American flags with rotated charges, but even so I bungled the orientation.
Eugene Ipavec
, 19 November 2010

Huánuco city flag

Huánuco flag image by António Martins, 07 Jan 2005

On a page about the regional symbols of Huánuco it is said under mayor Luisa María Cuculiza (1975-1980) a municipal flag was adopted: diagonally (top hoist to bottom fly) divided “cream” (whitish yellow) over green, standing for the typical local soil, and for the local woods and forests.(Luisa María Cuculiza is a well known Peruvian lady politician. Apart from being mayor, she was beauty queen, athlete, nurse, dentist, minister and vice-presidential candidate. And vexillographer, apparently.)
António Martins, 07 Jan 2005