Last Sunday, the Bejuco sub 20 'futbol' team (sponsored by PCF) earned their spot in the District Championship Final game, beating Espave 1-0 in the district semi-final game.
The two teams battled to a frustrating tie at the half. The battle continued for much of the game when Bejuco finally scored about midway through the second half. Espave mounted several challenges but the goaltender, Mario, was able to block every attempt to even the score.
The Championship game will be Sunday in Bejuco La Paz field. Win or lose, both teams will advance to the 'Provincial Tournament' played in 'La Muquita' stadium in La Chorrera. Check our facebook for time and more details. www.facebook.com/fcpcf
PCF needs community support to continue this work. You can help at: www.pcfpanama.org
El Hato Del Volcán, better known simply as Volcán, is a small mountain town located in the Chiriquí province of Panama. Nestled in the foothills of Panama’s tallest peak Volcan Baru (3,475m), this dormant Volcano was first inhabited by indigenous tribes thousands of years ago. Volcán and the surrounding communities, including the agricultural capital of Panama Cerro Punta, are still home to many indigenous people belonging primarily to the Ngäbe or Guaymí commarca.
Over the last century, groups of Swiss immigrants have settled throughout the highlands leaving their mark on the area’s architecture. Today the town is praised as one of Panama’s top retirement destinations boasting coffee farms and national parks.
This afternoon there was a fatal accident in Asturias, an area of the private development Altos del Maria. It has been reported that a tour bus carrying 10 American tourits went off a cliff. A witnesses told TVN the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a problem with the brakes. Two fatalities have been reported and several of the injured were airlifted to Albrook and then to St. Thomoas hospital. Since Altos del Maria is a private community only ambulances and rescue teams were allowed in the area. For this reason some details are unclear including the number of injuries. See the La Prensa and TVN reports below.
What is a trust?
A trust is a contract by which a person called the settlor transfers assets to a trustee (ACTION TRUST, S.A.), to hold and manage them for the good of a beneficiary, who may be the settlor himself.
Trust companies are supervised by the Superintendency of Banks, which ensures that customers are served under the highest professional standards.
Why should I create a trust?
A trust is very versatile instrument because it can undertake any lawful activity, so it is limited only by the imagination of its parties.
What assets can I place into a trust?
Any type of assets, present or future, can be settled into a trust. The applicable law allows for assets to be transferred by the settlor or by third parties once the trust has been created, with the consent of the trustee.
By: Jamuna Burry
In 2007, I had recently moved to Coronado and was in attendance at an informal resident’s meeting at the Coronado Resort Hotel. At that meeting the information shared was important enough for more people to know about it. However, the reach was limited to the people present at the meeting, and whomever they talked to. While word-of-mouth would get the information to some people, many would go without knowing. Also, the content of what did get passed on would be unreliable. Hence playacommunity.com was born as a portal for passing on information.
Over the next few years, playacommunity.com would provide relevant information to a small, but growing English-speaking expat community in Coronado. The potential for doing business at the beaches was great, but the full-time consumer base was not large enough to support the operation of many small companies, including playacommunity.com. Businesses came and went rapidly. In order to survive I made exclusive advertising agreements with two real estate companies. This allowed them to list properties and advertise real estate sales and rentals on the website. It was an unconventional approach. In a market where businesses were desperately seeking clients to stay afloat, I made the decision to limit the amount of clients we could work with.
****** CALLING ALL BIRDERS ************
The Christmas Bird Count: Old and New Traditions
By Ezekiel S. Jakub
Every year throughout the Americas thousands of people take part in an annual bird census, called The Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The count is administered by the National Audubon Society, and the purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology.
By: Anibal Diaz
January 9th is a national day in Panama called "Martyrs Day". It is a tribute to honor the patriotism of civilians and students who gave their lives for Panama to be a sovereign country throughout its territory.
After the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903 a French man named Bunau Varilla made a treaty with the United States on behalf of Panama Republic. This treaty granted in perpetuity, the Panama Canal, along with a 5-mile strip of land on either side of it, to the United States. This area, which stretched from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast, was called the "Panama Canal Zone". With this treaty Panama was politically divided into two, having US territory running down the middle. For Panamanians to pass from one side to the other, they had to cross a path, which would later become "Puente de las Américas." Bridge. Many Panamanians did not agree with this treaty, but they accepted it in order to gain the help of the United States with separation from Colombia.
QUOTE: “For fish to taste right, it must swim 3 times—in the sea, in butter, and in wine.” --Oceanaire Restaurant
Of all the fish in the ocean, I like fresh fish the best! Thus is the credo of Christian Mahlke’s new gourmet fish market and restaurant in the Plaza Bayside Center in Coronado. Christian brings in fresh fish daily from both the Pacific and Caribbean, as he has a long established relationship with fishermen and buys from the same people all the time. The pescaderia features fresh lobster, crab, shrimp, and varieties of fish. He sells whole smaller fish and uses large deep-sea fish for nice sized fillets. Christian instills pride in the fact that most of his fish are caught in the healthier deep seas, rather than close to shore. The pristine market boasts sparkling glass cases adorned with treasures from the sea in their beautiful colors.
What if buying your new mountain home in Panama came with a free vacation? It does!
We at Inside Panama Real Estate love Lucero Golf and Country Club, and we know you’ll love it, too. In fact, we’re so convinced, we’ll reimburse your travel expenses up to $5000 (USD) if you visit us and buy at Lucero.
Book your flight. We’ll show you around the development and the community, because we know that “home” isn’t just a building. We’ll have breakfast at Sugar and Spice, where they have great muffins and even better coffee. We’ll explore the luxury home options and find the one that fits your needs and your tastes. We’ll play some golf or tennis and get a feel for what your daily life will look like as a Lucero home-owner and resident. We’ll meet up with fellow ex-pats at Amigos Restaurante or Mike’s Global Grill to enjoy some good company and good food — and maybe even some live music.
Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire that broke out at HIM Coronado. The fire is located in the supply depot behind the main store. Cause of the fire is not known at this time. No one is hurt.
Today at 10:00 a.m. a car making a left turn out of Coronado was hit by an SUV traveling towards Panama City. The driver of the car hit appeared to be a middle-aged Panamanian woman. There were no passengers in the car. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV is currently in police custody.
At the time of the accident expat Sharon Francis was in the left turn lane waiting to turn into Coronado. Sharon told us that the police have asked her to give a statement, as she was a witness to the accident.
This is not the first fatal accident that has happened at this intersection. As the Coronado area continues to grow the lack of infrastructure required to sustain this growth is apparent.
“I loved baba ganouch before I learned how to say it. I still can’t spell it.” --Author Unknown
The restaurant Beirut opened its doors in Playa Blanca about two years ago. Bringing Middle Eastern cuisine and a mix of international flavors to the beach area, Beirut has friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Similar to Spanish tapas, Romanian mezeluri, and Italian antipasti, Beirut offers the mezze (a Lebanese spread) dish.
The mezze brings variety of aromas, flavors, colors, and textures to the table; it’s a stunning array of small dishes. Don’t know what to order? The mezze is your solution. Beirut’s extensive menu also allows you to create your own mezze.
The mezze for two is $52, but could easily feed three or four.
When summer comes back to Boquete in early 2015 the valley will resonate once again with the sounds of world-class Latin Jazz and the raw power of North American Blues. For almost a full week, world-class music will rule the Boquete valley again with the 9th edition of the annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, the biggest international music festival in the Chiriqui highlands.
With a star-studded program of 56 musicians from the US, Panama and Europe, 8 daytime shows in the beautiful amphitheater of Valle Escondido plus 5 nightly jam sessions, a New Orleans style street parade, a Latin Jazz garden party at the Panamonte hotel, a free concert in the park, a „The Art of Music“ art show and a ‚Music for Schools’ program, the 2015 festival will be the best ever.
As the year end approaches, I decided to look back at my wine reviews and select some of the highlights of 2014. I have broken it down to Sparkling Wines, White Wines, Rose’ Wines and Red Wines.
All the wines I list have been rated a BEST BUY or HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, or both.
Chandon Brut Nature, $19.40, 13% alc. Argentina
This non-vintage blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir shows full flavors with some intensity. A very nice alternative to more expensive French Champagne.
2013 Crios Torrontes, $8.75, 13% alc. Argentina
Always a favorite. With a dry, medium body and hints of citrus, peach and honey.
2012 Lagarde Viognier, $12.65, 14% alc. Argentina
Dry with a minerality uncommon for a Viognier. As it warmed, it became richer and more complex. My wife ordered a case, which should tell you something.
Greenhouses or in Spanish viveros, are a common solution used by gardeners to combat the dry and hot months in Panama. While having and operating a greenhouse might seem like a daunting task at the beginning, if you can see the construction through your garden will flourish.
A greenhouse can be a big help in a tropical climate, especially when growing vegetables. It can help regulate temperature, humidity, water distribution, and protect from pests. The allure of a greenhouse in North America is often that you can extend your growing season; here in the tropics it is more about creating a consistent environment.
The most common greenhouses seen throughout Panama are simple, but they do the trick. A semi-permanent structure made of PVC piping and metal with or without roof, is not only an economic, it’s also efficient. Some greenhouses use a clear plastic covering rather than a mesh roof, for plants needing more light. Affordable irrigation systems are also available locally. Automatic irrigation can help take the guesswork out of watering, it can also free up time for other hobbies. With automatic watering and airflow conscious construction, your greenhouse can actually take care of your plants for you.
If you have ever dreamt of fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the backyard, Panama is the perfect place to achieve this goal. But before you start your garden, consider building a green house, it will also help keep you from cursing the local iguanas.
The holiday season is upon us along with the season for entertaining, cooking, and sharing food and drink. Here are three holiday recipes sure to impress your guests.
Rum Punch / Ron Ponche
This is a traditional Panamanian drink, served at Christmas and New Year celebrations. It can be made with or without rum.
- 4 big cans of evaporated Milk (315 grams each)
- 2 big cans of sweetened condensed Milk
For many the beginning of a New Year is about starting a new chapter, getting a clean slate, a new opportunity to start over. While parties and fireworks are global traditions, there are certain unique customs that have their roots in the Spanish and Latin American World.
Wearing white for New Year is one way to represent a fresh start and bring good luck. Add a splash of color with the underwear you wear. Red for love, yellow for prosperity, green for health. Do not wear black or you will be doomed throughout the coming year.
Eat 12 grapes - one with each toll of the midnight strike. Each grape represents a month of the year and eating them is supposed to bring you luck. A lot of people throw in an extra grape, for extra luck.
Hoping for that dream vacation? Walking around in circles with a suitcase is said to ensure a year with plenty of travel.
Every year on January 6th the Coronado Area Social Association (CASA) celebrates Three Kings Day with special needs children and their families.
Three Kings Day, or in Spanish, Dia de los Reyes, is celebrated in many parts of the world. On the Christian calendar it marks the date the three kings brought gifts to baby Jesus. For many living in Panama, it is customary to give a gift on this day.
For the past 6 years, Senora Maribel Gonzales has welcomed eighty families with special needs children into her home to celebrate the occasion. Guests enjoy lunch and dessert, and children receive gifts donated by a local church. Each year, CASA provides a food basket for each family. Last year 80 families took home a basket, and children wore decorated paper crowns and received photos of them taken that day.The baskets, containing dry foods such as flour, sugar, pasta, beans and other canned items, cost about $25 each. Fundraising events are hosted annually to raise the money to buy food items.
On the first and third Tuesday of every month PlayaCommunity hosts a networking evening at La Teca’s popular Happy Hour. This December those dates are December 2 & 16. From 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. guests enjoy 2 for 1 drinks and a special tapas tasting menu.
This bi-monthly event is a great way for expats to immerse themselves in the beach community.
Get to know the PlayaCommunity team and other local business owners while enjoying great food, quality drinks and music!
Did we mention Ron Abuelo sponsors the evening? This means just for showing up you get a free glass of Rum and the chance to win some great prizes.
La Teca will also be gives away two bottles of their house at every event.
Stop by and see who’s at La Teca this evening, you may even win a great prize!
Did you know that the Coronado Community Center (CCC) hosts a variety of social, educational, and health related activities every week? Located on the 2nd floor of the Village Mall, CCC was founded by the Panama Christian Foundation (PCF) in March of 2014. Since its inception, this simple facility has acted as a classroom, a studio, a dining room, and clubhouse. It has become a tool for locals to learn English and receive job training, a place for kids have fun and discover, and a meeting spot for social gatherings.The facility is open to all members of the community. Here is a closer look at some of the activities taking place at the CCC:
As we have entered the last quarter of 2014, the excitement is up! The traffic from visitors to Panama is increasing and as I travel around Panama I can feel it, I see it, and I hear about it.
With the presidential election behind and the new administration set to begin to put it's stamp on the next 5 years, I must say, now is the time to have a look if you are considering Panama as your next chapter in life to retire, to vacation, or to invest before the next boom.
I have spoken with developers from Holland, France, Italy, China, and the U.S. eager to enter the market and make things happen! New hotels are the key, and a sure sign of things to come. Especially in the area of Bocas Del Toro.
Tucked away in the small town of Los Pozos, (10 minutes past Cholos), this family owned bar and restaurant is open to the public on weekends. Bacchus is more than your average restaurant. With a large pool and three 4x4 tracks, it’s a great place to spend the day with family and friends. Since opening earlier this year, Bacchus has quickly become a local hot spot. When we stopped by to visit with Dutch owners Arjan van Groenigen and Katrien Slaar, it was clear to us why.
The atmosphere is welcoming. Bacchus has that old school, no-frills vibe that fits in with Panama’s naturally rugged terrain. The eclectic bar is spacious yet comfortable, sitting on 23 hectares of land, nestled between several small fincas. While only 20 minutes from Coronado, life is a bit more relaxed at Bacchus, explained Katrien. The main social area caters to families with several activities to keep the kiddies entertained. Katrien and Arjan’s son Troy is the inspiration behind features like the custom sandbox, little tike bikes, go-carts, and playroom room fully equipped with cartoons.
Paul, 35 and Tara, 34 moved to Panama from Alberta, Canada last year with their son Linden, 2 and daughter Taya, 5. Looking to get out of the cold and break free from the rat race, they decided to move to Panama. With their children in mind, Paul and Tara chose the Coronado area.
“Coming to Panama with kids definitely restricts where you can live,” explains Paul. “We needed to be near quality schools and health care, the Pacific beach area was our best option, apart from the city.”
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