A very rare opportunity was offered to Gino Ernesto Favaro who is the eldest male member of the Frank and Margaret Favaro Family whom have had a long-term relationship with Timor-Leste.
The Favaro Family settled on the Island (then known as Portuguese Timor) in December 1970.
After leaving the Island for some 23 years due to the Indonesian Occupation, Gino had finally resettled in Dili the capital of Timor Leste in August of 1998 whilst the Island was still under Indonesian Administration.
Timor Leste voted for Independence from the Indonesian Administration in late August of 1999.
It was Gino’s great desire to participate in the re-independence celebration that were going to be held on the 22nd of May 2002, the aspect was how.
A very rare opportunity came up through an act of destiny or fate.
Gino Ernesto Favaro was having a drink with Mike Gallagher at the Hotel Dili one afternoon in April 2002 when Mike Gallagher received a visitor whom worked for The United Nations in the Independent Celebrations Committee in Timor Leste.
Mike’s visitor asked Mike if he knew of somebody whom would be interested in Donating the Newly accepted Constitutional Flag of Timor-Leste to the Tiny Nation, for the celebration’s of their re-independence day to be held on the 22nd of May 2002.
Gino said to Mike Gallagher that he would be very pleased to accept the honour of donating this very Special Flag to the people of Timor Leste.
Mike told his visitor, looks like you have your Donor already, take a seat and let’s discuss what happens next.
Gino Ernesto Favaro felt most honored to have been offered this rare opportunity to donate this compassionate gift to the people of this Tiny Newly Independent Nation of Timor-Leste.
The Gino Ernesto Favaro accepted this very rare opportunity to donate the very First Official Ceremonial Flag to this nation.
Gino Ernesto Favaro is told by many people of Timor Leste that this new country’s flag was in memory of the family, friends and population in general that were committed to the independence of Timor-Leste.
They are proud to finally have their own Flag, for their tiny nation, something that represents the past the current and the future of their people.
The flag measures 7.2 m/L x 3.6 m/H., weighing approximately 11 kilos. Eyelets have been placed along the top of the large flag so that it may be raised or displayed horizontally depending upon the conditions on the day. It was made from newly available space-aged materials that makes it light and strong.