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Condoto (Choco, Colombia)

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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 May 2016


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Flag of Condoto (Chocó). Unusual colours here - silver and gold (Grey and yellow)?
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez and Rob Raeside, 10 January 2004

From <www.condoto-choco.gov.co>: " La bandera de Condoto esta conformada por una franja gris y otra amarilla. El gris de la mitad superior significa la raza que habita la región y el platino rebozante en nuestro suelo. El amarillo de la mitad inferior significa el ambiente lleno de luz y brillantes, los días soleados de nuestro pueblo y el oro, riqueza de nuestras tierras."
Dov Gutterman, 30 July 2008

A new flag image created, now with its ratio matching the source, approx. 4:7, and standard shade of grey (RGB:204-204-204 instead of RGB:192-192-192).
The quoted explanation of the flag is not translated. The Spanish text reads:
«The flag of Condoto is made up of one grey stripe and one yellow. The grey color of the upper half stands for the race that inhabits the region (*) and for the silvery coverage (**) of our soil. The color yellow of the lower half stands for the surroundings full of light and brilliance, the sunny days of our town, and the gold, boon of our land.»
* Condoto must be just like to Roswel, then.
** I have no idea. F.w.i.w., the original phrase "platino rebozante" seems to be an one-of, as it can be found online only in a handful of locations - all of them copies of this same text.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 May 2016

*Grey on the upper half means the race that inhabits the region (and for region they mean the Municipality as a whole, together with both, its urban and rural areas.
**and platinum that covers our land
Esteban Rivera, 17 May 2016

I have no problem accepting that in this text "región" means "region", sensu lato; the issue here is how does grey symbolize the race that inhabits the region? When I said that Condoto must be like Roswel I was joking, but what is the actually meant symbolism? Is it grey = silvery = Argent = white, as in fair-skinned people? That doesn’t seem to be the case, as this photo suggests; it does confirm the light shade of grey, though.
So "platino" here means "platinum", the precious metal? And what is it a metaphor for?
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 May 2016