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Flag of Vilaflor, as seen on 30 January 2007 in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Military Museum - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 April 2007
The flag of Vilaflor is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 17 May 1993 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 16 June 1993 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 78 (text). The flag was validated by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag:Panel in proportions 2:3 (one and a half longer than wide), made of three equal horizontal stripes, three green and two white in turn, the first and the last green. The municipal coat of arms shall be placed in the middle of the panel.
The coat of arms of Vilaflor is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 19 October 1992 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 11 November 1992 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 156, pp. 9,264-9,265 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. Gules a Papal tiare or and keys of the same, 2. A representation of the famous mountain "El Sombrerito" proper under a sky azure a bordure argent, 3. Or a pine proper, 4. Argent a bunch of grapes vert. Beneath the shield a scroll wavy vert inscribed "Vi la Flor de Chasna" in letters or. The shield surmounted by a Spanish Royal crown closed.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the 1st quarter symbolizes St. Peter, the municipality's patron saint. The 2nd quarter pictures one of the most characteristic elements of the local landscape. The 3rd quarter symbolizes the forest resources, and, especially, the Thick Pine ("Pino Gorde"), the biggest pine in the Canary Islands by its diameter. The 4th quarter symbolizes grape production.
The motto alludes to the legend "explaining' the municipality's name. In 1496 a Castilian captain captured in the Chasna ravine a beautiful Guanche woman; he loved her so much than after she had escaped he got mad and died soon, shouting "!Vi la flor de Chasna!" (I have seen the Chasna flower).
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 21 March 2008