Over the last few years, Panama has been celebrated as one of the top retirement destinations in the world. Recently however, a younger demographic has been testing out the economic waters with high hopes for the future.
With a growing economy, accessible work visas and a low cost of enjoyment, Panama is a tropical paradise full of opportunity. But is it the opportunities here, or the lack of opportunity elsewhere that has the younger generation jumping on the Panama bandwagon?
Here are 5 reasons we think Panama is attracting a younger audience.
Architect Rodolfo Morales officially opened the doors to a new office, R.E.M.T in the Coronado area. Located in the Rincon del Chef plaza, Ronaldo threw a launch party to celebrate the ribbon cutting. In attendance were officials from Public offices, and many of Rodolfo's clients. Developer Kevin Painter, with whom Rodolfo has done many projects, officially cut the ribbon on the R.E.M.T office.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rodolfo!
We now have 57 happier, healthier, non-reproductive dogs and cats in our neighborhoods! This time, Spay the Strays held two small clinics rather than one larger one: the first was in Chame with our beach volunteers and Dr. Alexis Escrucerias (assisted by Jairo) and the other in Sora with the help of our Altos residents and Dr. Jorge Velez. At both clinics, we welcomed new volunteers into our STS family and we hope to see them often!
On July 22 2013, President Ricardo Martinelli attended the inauguration of the new Hemodialysis Unit located in the ULAPS, prof. Carlos Velarde medical center in San Cristóbal. At the inauguration, the president spoke to a improving the quality of life of all Panamanians by increasing access to medical attention, while affirming his support in the recruitment of foreign doctors.
President Martinelli spoke to a lack of specialist: “nationwide we only have 26 nephrologist who attend to all patients in need of a renal physician, more specialists are needed.”
MINSA (Ministry of Health) concluded that the interior of the country was in need of specialists as well. In an interview with Telemetro, Health Minister Javier Diaz, estimated Panama is in need of around 500 medical specialists. Diaz went on to explain that it will not be until 2016 and 2017 that the country would see the first generation of Panamanian medical specialists. These doctors are currently being trained in various training centers throughout the country and overseas.
The electronics industry is ever and quickly changing. The manufacturers speak their own jargon and it all becomes very confusing. As a result, busy consumers are inundated with niche products requiring significant investment in time and effort to
Today, July 26, 2013, Panama will celebrate International Day of the Mangrove. Mangroves are an important habitat for marine life like crabs and shrimp. Mangroves also play a vital role in protecting shorelines from erosion. Without mangroves many species would be without home for their early stages of growth.
The following is an excerpt of a press release by Panamanglar:
PANAMANGLAR Coalition warns of food security threat and mangrove destruction
Today 39 organizations are calling on they authorities to fulfill their duty to protect mangroves.
We have the duty to implement environmental regulations, to take action against those responsible for destruction and detrition, and implement zoning laws. With this duty we must also restore these ecosystems to an extent to compensate for the existing developments.
Join Spay the Strays Wednesday, August 7 to hear Oldies but Goodies’ FINAL performance at Luky’s Restaurant in Sora.
Oldies but Goodies has generously agreed to perform a benefit concert for Spay the Strays!
They will be playing from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Cover charge is $5 per person with all proceeds going to spay and neuter clinics.
Luky’s will be offering 1/2 price drink specials as well as selling appetizers and main meals. RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Plan to be settled at your table before 5:00 pm so you don’t miss a note (arrive as early as 4:00 pm).
Spay the Strays thanks you for your support!
Fifty "ISA Ambassadors" will be selected on the basis of their dedication to represent their Nation as a student and surfer in their community. All applicants must be born after December 31st 1994.
By Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Robert "Bob" Elhert, a 71 year old American citizen who spent a lot of time in Panama, has been declared as missing by his friends and family.
Bob was last seen on 21 June 2013 when he left the Shelter Bay Marina in his car - a beige Infiniti with a sunroof and Minnesota license plates. Later that same day one of Bob's friends found a note in Bob's apartment that said "I am going to Boca Del Toro with Diana to see some old friend about some property. I will be back in two weeks. Herb I want you to pay the cleaning and & taxi fare back to Shelter Bay. I will pay you back when I return. Thank you." That was the last time there was any contact.
The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has issued a Pacific high tide warning lasting from Sunday August 21 until Sunday August 28 at 7:53 a.m.
Tides are expected to reach as high as 18.0 feet; Rain could lead to increase levels of rivers and streams, which could result in flooding of vulnerable areas. Alvarado De Icaza, recommended that residents of communities affected by the tides take precautions, he extended these warnings to fishermen and swimmers.
Music in the Park is a free concert held every Saturday in the San Carlos community. The event, organized by Carla Kjaerby, aims to offers the town of San Carlos something new. A place where young and old can play an instrument, sing along, dance and get to know one another. "The concert is informal", say's Carla, giving everyone the oppertunity to join in!
Carla Kjaerby is a professional singer originally from Peru. You might know recognizer her from her performances with the Gorgons. What you might not know is that Carla’s musical forte is Cuban and Latin music. While she puts on a great rock and roll show, hearing Carla sing in Spanish is something really special.
If you are interested in getting a taste for Panamanian music, Samy and Sandra should be at the top of your listening list.
Samy and Sandra, are a popular brother and sister musical duo from Chitré, in the province of Herrera. At the young age of 8 Samy began playing the accordion and his sister Sandra began singing. The siblings started preforming tipico (traditional Panamanian music) together when Samy was 11 and Sandra was 9.
Over thirty years later, Samy and Sandra are still preforming together throughout Panama. Staying true to their roots they continue to play tipico and Panamanian-style cumbia.
Despite exceptional popularity through the country, the duo remains humble. We spoke with Sandra yesterday, July 16, 13, before she preformed for hundreds of fans at the minimalist venue, Cancha del Nance, in San Carlos.
Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort has the pleasure to invite you to our exclusive Restaurant Terrazas del Mar every Thursday of July and August. THIS THURSDAY'S MENU HERE. We will offer a special menu created by our renowned Chef Pascal Finet, live music, a great atmosphere and a spectacular ocean view. Come and join us in a unique evening with family and friends.
The creation of Chef Pascal Finet, Terrazas del Mar, has one of the best seafood and Mediterranean menus in Panama, with a unique blend of flavors that will make your taste buds crave for more. One could write volumes on the world-renowned chef behind the lovely restaurant Terrazas del Mar, but he would prefer that the food speak for itself.
Chef Pascal Finet, specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, brings forth a unique experience in your mouth every time you visit Terrazas del Mar. His creativity heralds an ever changing menu full of culinary delights derived from fresh fish catches, the most delicious cuts of meat and the best condiments and spices for an experience that is out of this world. CLICK HERE FOR TODAY's MENU.
If you are on the hunt for traditional Panamanian food, La Posada is one of the places you can find it! La Posada has been in business for over 10 years in different locations around the beach, currently they are located in Gorgona on the Pan-American Hwy, across from Malibu surf shop & the Art Stone. Stop by for a fresh local meal at a great price any day of the week - La Posada is open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
In the heart of Coronado is a gem of a spa, offering top of the line products and constantly evolving services. From rich exfoliations paired with deep tissue massages to on-the-go facials, Suan offers the most professional beautifying service available in Pacific Beach Area. Specializing in Phytomer products and treatments, professionalism does not come easy. Each year, the licensed estheticians and massage therapists at Suan go though vigorous training sessions with Phytomer technicians.
Jan Philip Braunisch set out on a trip through Central America in early May. He intended to visit nine countries in three months. Those countries were most likely Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.
Philip’s plan was to fly into Bogota, Colombia and hike through the Darien on foot. His last blog post on May 15, 2013 read: “ I’m in Riosucio now, on the Atrato River. From here it’s not far from Panama. There are supposedly quite many paths from here to Panama. We’ll see how it goes.” (http://centramerica.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/update/).
While Philip was well travelled, having visited over 50 countries at the age of 26, traveling from Colombia to Panama through the Darian on foot is extremely dangerous.
Philip’s family has not heard from him since his last post. On July 4, 2013, Philip’s little sister contacted Don Winner, as the family began their search.
Happy Independence day to all of our American friends! Each year, the 4th of July rolls around and there are more and more great parties to attend! This year, if your American, La Teca welcomes you with a free glass of champagne and Paraiso has John July playing some of his classic tunes. If you can’t get all your celebrating in tonight, don’t fret… Picasso will be celebrating on the 6th with the talented Poco Loco!
Grom, short for grommet, is surfer slang for a young surfer. Tao is the ultimate grom, he is a dedicated surfer and student with serious drive. This year Tao is competing to be Quicksilver’s King of the Groms!
From July to November hundreds of humpback whales spend “winter” in the tropics. These giants migrate to warmer, plankton-rich waters to mate and calf. Humpback whales can be seen around Panama City and Taboga Island, although their favorite places are close to Contadora Island in the Pearl Archipelago and off the Azuero Peninsula near Pedasi. Warm, shallow protected waters offer the ideal environment for breeding and raising young ones. This migration is the first of two humpback migrations that travel through Panamanian waters.
Humpbacks migrating through Panama from the southern hemisphere come from as far as Antarctica, the journey is the longest mammalian migration to ever be documented.
On September 29 2013, at about two in the afternoon I found myself in Panama City… A friend had reminded me the day before that Panama’s Gay Pride parade was going to fall on the 29th this year. I took the metro bus to Via Argentina where the parade was set to begin. Inside the crowded bus I realized I was sitting near a transvestite. She was wearing bright colorful clothes, a mask and flashing antennas. I watched closely as she retouched her makeup and perfume, I felt bad when I realized my curious glance was among other glares less friendly. Looks of astonishment, confusion and disapproval traveled back towards her seat.
I got off at the top of Via Argentina, Ricardo Cabrera followed suit. Ricardo Cabrera, a.k.a La Riguichi, was the the flashy transvestite racking up dirty looks on the bus. We spoke for a while as we walked towards the parade. She was funny, it made sense when she reviled she’s actually a well-known comedian. La Riquichi has attended all 9 Pride parades that Panama has hosted. I was already on a roll, showing up with a vetran.
Looking at the latest robberies and events at the Panama Beaches Area, our concerns and worries are increasing. For that reason J2L Insurance Consultants would like to guide people on how to review the Home Owners package Insurance in Theft and Assault coverage’s for your benefit.
Even though this package contains Fire, Water Damages, Liability, Travel Assistance, Electrical Equipment and many more; here we will only concentrate today on Theft and Assault.
Find Attached a general description of this section, usually to amounts are enough for most regular households; if you feel that you have items of concern or higher numbers feel free to contact us for further advice.
“A baby came to us sick” said David. “He was covered in scabies and wasn’t crying. We knew it was a bad sign.” It was David’s call to send the newborn to Panama City for treatment, a 2-hour drive from the small Ipeti Guna community he was working in.
Every other week David leaves Coronado for the Darien to organize groups of North American medical students. He is part of non-profit student led organization called Global Brigades.
Global Brigades has had a presence in Panama for over 5 years. Medical clinics are one of many community outreach programs GB facilitates. “It is not an easy task to organize a clinic,” says David. The program must work with village leaders to shape each clinic to suit the community’s specific needs and wants.
A typical clinic offers regular check ups and dental extractions. Furthermore their medical education program, CHARLA, helps teach healthy habits to limit disease and infection. Small acts like brushing teeth regularity and washing food all work to create healthier communities.
“We can only offer the community what they are asking for. If we force something on them they don’t want, we will not be welcomed back.” The community’s cooperation is vital to the clinic’s success.
The medical program has also to overcome legal limitations. Since one must be a Panamanian citizen to practice medicine in Panama, the North American doctors and medical students work under the license of a Panamanian doctor. For this reason, among others, invasive procedures cannot be preformed at the clinics.
Panama’s Gay Pride parade will take place, Saturday June 29th 2013, in Panama City. The parade will leave from the corner of Via Argentina and Via Espana at 1:00 p.m. This year the parade will be supported by several public figures, including Dr. Ricardo Garcia (Regional Coordinator of UNAIDS) and Panama’s carnival queens.
As part of the pride celebrations a pink egg will be awarded to the most homophobic institution or person in Panama. To determine the candidates the public submits stories of homophobia encountered, the public then votes on a winner…the winner is rewarded the big pink egg.
This years nominees are: Clarence C. King for his opinion articles, La Estrella for manipulating headlines, The Scouts of Panama for marginalizing gays, Casi Creativo for suggesting that homosexuality is the ideal of Lucifer and Alvaro Alvarado for keeping his scilence about hateful language.
Ever wonder what some of those funny fruits and vegetables are at the local, produce stands? What is that that thick, brown, tree trunk vegetable that looks more like something you’d throw in your fireplace than eat for dinner? And how about those oversized bananas that are purchased green or black, neither look good enough to eat.
Todo Sabor, or “All Taste” in English, is an authentic Italian experience that won’t disappoint. Alfredo is an incredibly skilled chef, with several awards under his belt. His creativity and attention to detail makes each dish unique, not to mention tasty! Barbara and Alfredo, owners of Todo Sabor, left Sicily just over two years ago to open a restaurant in Panama.
After stumbling upon the quite town of San Carlos they decided on this central location for their restaurant. The choice was made with a vision of music playing, children laughing and the community coming together over good company and delicious food.
At Todo Sabor is all about taste. The food is prepared with care and cooked to perfection. Alfredo often brings a muse on the house to warm up your taste buds. Barbara isn’t shy, she fills each large wine glass with a healthy pour.
This is a great place for a special night or just a regular Monday, when many restaurants in the area are closed. Regardless of when or why, it is a sure bet that you will enjoy this lovely couple and the slice of Sicily they’ve brought to the Pacific Beach area.