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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkAmericas & Beyond | July 2008 

Mexico Wins Most Beautiful Flag in the World Contest
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The Mexican flag took an early lead, moving into first place by the middle of June and leaving the other countries with little chance of winning the competition. (Notimex)
On July 7, 2008, Mexico's Flag was voted the Most Beautiful Flag in the World in an Internet contest held by the Spanish Newspaper 20 Minutos, with the flags of Peru and Guatemala coming in at second and third places.

The Mexican flag, one of the three patriotic symbols of this Latin American country, scored 900,286 points, an impressive lead over second place winner Peru at 339,771 points and Guatemala's score of 271,449 points.

The current flag of Mexico, which was adopted by decree on September 16th 1968, is divided into three vertical stripes of red, white and green. Each color has a different meaning: green representing hope, white for unity and red symbolizing the blood that was shed during the battles for Independence.

In the center of the white stripe is the National Shield, an eagle perched on a nopal cactus that emerges from a lake, with wings that are ready for battle and a snake in its beak.

In this contest, the flag of Mexico was competing against the flags of Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Israel, among others.

The Mexican flag took an early lead, moving into first place by the middle of the previous month, which left the other countries with little chance of winning the competition.
Gana México Concurso de 'La Bandera más Bonita del Mundo'

Madrid, 7 Jul - La bandera de México ganó hoy el concurso de "La bandera más bonita del mundo" que se realizó a través de internet por el diario español 20 Minutos, mientras los lábaros patrios de Perú y Guatemala lograron el segundo y tercer sitio.

La bandera mexicana, uno de los tres símbolos patrios del país latinoamericano, obtuvo 900 mil 286 puntos, una gran ventaja sobre la de Perú con 339 mil 771 puntos y la de Guatemala con 271 mil 449 puntos.

La actual bandera de México, adoptada por decreto el 16 de septiembre de 1968, está dividida en tres franjas verticales del mismo tamaño con los colores verde (que representa la esperanza), blanco (la unidad) y rojo (la sangre de los héroes nacionales).

En el centro de la franja blanca está el Escudo Nacional, que representa un águila posada sobre el nopal de una peña que emerge de un lago, con alas en actitud de combate y en su pico una serpiente.

México estuvo peleando con las banderas de Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina, España, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brasil, Israel, entre otras.

La bandera mexicana estuvo en primer lugar desde mediados del mes anterior y las otras no lograron alcanzarla en la competencia.

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