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Here, in Portugal, the vast majority of municipalities have come together
and created an association to defend the interests of local powers in talks
with the central administration. The association is called Associação
Nacional dos Municípios Portugueses (National Association of Portuguese
Municipalities), and has a flag. Since many of our municipal
flags have a gironny pattern, what better flag for the A.N.M.P. than a gironny
of red and green?.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Oct 1997
The Lisbon Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa),
created in the last century with the main objective to provide help to the poor,
as a charity organization, with strong connections with the church. It’s not the
only Holy House of Mercy that exists in Portugal, there are quite a few more,
but it’s by far the richest and the better known. I don’t really know much of
it’s history and legal status, but I do know that it has had the responsability
of managing the profits of most of the legal gambling (lotteries, lottos a.s.o.).
It has a very complex arms and a flag, the arms on a white background. The arms
consists of a golden scroll reading "MISERICÓRDIA / DE LISBOA"
in black capitals, a few green branches that hold two tilted and symmetrical to
each other oval sields, one being an oval depiction of the
portuguese traditional arms, and the other one
containing a white skull and crossbones below a golden cross and the letters
"MIZA". The whole thing is topped by a 5-stemmed crown.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Oct 1997
I have mentioned to the list several times before Expo’98, an international exhibition that will take place in Lisbon next year. It will be a thematic event under the theme «The oceans — a heritage for the future». More than 100 countries and organizations will be there, so it will be a major event.
Like other similar events, Expo’98 has a flag of its own. It is, of course, just a logo-on-bedsheet flag, but, since the logo is in my humble opinion a particularly beautiful one, I like the flag quite a lot. The flag is white, with the logo in its superior 2/3 and "EXPO’98" below in dark blue. Above and towards the right, appears the word "LISBOA" in smaller font, also in dark blue.
The logo is basically a blue ellipse raised to the right with white wavy lines that compose the character "E", representing the oceans and their waves, with the "E" for the expo itself. Near the leftmost zone of the “oceanic” ellipse, a yellow semicircle represents the rising sun.
Jorge Candeias, 15 Oct 1997
The flag of my university, the University of Algarve is a blue
logo-on-a-bedsheet with the University symbol in white at the centre.
The wording "UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE" is part
of the symbol, so it is a necessary evil, so to speak. If I recall
correctly, the meaning of the eccentric circles is related to the
levels of activity of the institution (itself, the city, the region
and the country) and to the expansion of the knowledge.
Jorge Candeias, 26 Mar 1998
As far as I can remember, the creator of the University symbol was
Gomes Guerreiro [the first Dean of our Uni, JC] and the significance was
rather related with the complexity of Life: cell, tissue, organ, organism
Frederico Cardigos, 24 Mar 1999