Behind Portobelo’s October 21 Festival del Nazareno

The life-sized wooden statue of the Black Christ in St. Philip Church in Panama. Dan Lundberg/Flickr, CC BY-SA Panama celebrates its Black Christ, part ofa protest against colonialism and slavery by S. Kyle Johnson, Boston College Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It […]

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National Theater Almost Ready

The grand reopening of the National Theater is scheduled for later this month. Although last expected back online at the end of August-beginning of September, there was an issue with the occupancy permit, pushing back the unveiling to September 25 with a performance of the national ballet. The restoration, executed at a cost of over…

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WHO, FB vs. online vaccine misinformation

People were killed by measles viruses like this one — it could have been prevented. Vaccine misinformation: WHO Director-General on Facebook and Instagram by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus   The World Health Organization welcomes the commitment by Facebook to ensure that users find facts about vaccines across Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups, Pages and forums where […]

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Notes on Panama’s religious right and its local and international ties

On August 27 this legislative committee held one of a series of what are surely just pro forma hearings on a constitutional “reform” package. This long document, with its origins in business lobbies, will be modified mainly to protect and extend the privileges and impunity of the legislators themselves, then submitted to the voters. We […]

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Commemorative Coin Pulled from Circulation

The Ministry of Economy and Finance suspended the circulation of one of the commemorative coins minted in honor of Panama City’s 500 years of foundation. Doubts arose whether the face on the coin was really that of Pedro Arias Dávila, the Spanish conquistador also known as Pedrarias who founded Panama City in 1519. Although the…

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Manneken-Pis Dressed as Congo King

The Manneken-Pis statue in Brussels joined in on the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City, dressing in the colorful king of the Congo costume. Complete with crown and scepter, the costume is used in Congo dance, a theatrical representation of the resistance of African slaves during the Spanish colonial period.…

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Panama Pollera Wins Turkish Folk Festival

The Ritmo y Raíces Panameñas dance group representing Panama took home the award for best costume at the International Büyükçekmece Culture and Art Festival in Turkey. Held from July 14 to August 7, the annual festival, now in its 20th year, gathered delegations from 26 countries including the Panamanian group, dressed in traditional polleras and tembleques. This…

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Panama Jazz Festival 2020 dates and lineup

Consider music as the constantly evolving sum of mathematical languages that express a rather full range of that which is human, and for that matter that which is natural – birds sing too – before you get into the qualities of its genres. Like the spoken and written languages by which people communicate thoughts, some […]

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Panama amphibians photo contest / Concurso de fotos de anfibios de Panamá

Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Photo by Prachi Dadhich. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute invites you to participate in a photo contest: THE AMPHIBIANS OF PANAMA Competition rules: To celebrate the Panama Golden Frog Festival, and with the desire to raise awareness about the environment, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute invites those over 15 years […]

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