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Happy Ocean Month Panama! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 01 September 2014 16:26

isla-toce-100 200x200“Unless someone like you, 
cares a whole awful lot, 
nothing is going to get better, its just not.” – The Lorax

Join the Community Beach Clean-up this Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. leaving from the Coronado Beach Club. For more info contact Kara at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the PlayaCommunity Events Calendar.

The Ocean is vital part of our existence. It is a source of food, a temperature regulator, a means of transportation and an environmental indicator. The ocean is our playground, and an integral party of our country.

While we have barely broken the frontier of ocean exploration, we are starting to see signs of human impact. With these warning signs in mind humanity is met with a choice: to ignore or, to take action. Each year Panama takes one month to raise awareness on Ocean conservation.

A message from the Coronado Hospice and Respite Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 29 August 2014 23:12

hospiceThe Coronado area has quickly become home for many retirees from outside the country.  As in areas such as Panama City and Boquete, where we also have a high concentration of expatriates, these people are aging and require a plan and a system of support for the next phase of their lives.  To this end, Panama Hospice and Respite Foundation (PHRF) currently active in Panama City is establishing a local area Point of Service in the Coronado Area.

PHRF is a non-tax oriented, private interest foundation, which provides service free of charge.  Its mission is to assist, using trained volunteers, hospice clients and their caregivers as well as those needing short-term help in crisis situations.  The volunteers work in cooperation with the client's primary caregiver.  While PHRF hopes to extend its services to all members of the community, in this inception phase it only provides service in English.

Wheelchair Project Benifit Concert PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:09

benifit-concertTomorrow, Wednesday August 27th, Bobby Henderson & John July will be performing at Picasso fundraising for the Playa Coronado Rotary Club Wheelchair project. In a joint effort with the Rotary Club and the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, the benefit concert aims to raise the final amounts needed to reach a goal of $30,000, which will be used to purchase wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs will be donated to those in need of them living in the Pacific beach and mountain areas. They will make an immediate difference in the lives of the recipients and their families. To learn more about the project click here.

Contributions can be made online using the website of the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation.

Police Volunteering with Spay the Strays PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:06

spay-the-strays-114_200x200.jpgToday Dr. Alexis, special police and police dog veterinarian, was one of two acting vets at the Spay the Stays clinic in Las Lajas. Dr. Alexis was accompanied by Eliecer, fellow police officer and soon to be vet technician. Eliecer was at the clinic today learning how to care for the k9 (dog) unit he works with daily. Dr. Alexis was teaching him to give treatment beyond the basic shots and stiches he already knew how to administer. By learning more about the dogs he works with and how to treat them, Eliecer will be better able to provide care in the field when it is necessary.

Dr. Alexis aims to provide training for 13 more police officers that work directly with k9 units. Once officers like Eliecer gain the knowledge they need to become vet technicians they will need to complete mandatory volunteer hours. Dr. Alexis explained  “the officers gaining the knowledge must pay it forward, they can do this by volunteering at clinics like Spay the Strays”.

La Dorada El Valle PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:35

b_afiche_rana_el_valle_carrera-01.jpgThis weekend marks the end of Golden Frog week in El Valle, but it is not too late to get involved in the festivities. Join walkers and runners on a 5 or 15k walk/run on Sunday, August 24.

The 15k departing at 7:00 a.m. follows an intense route, requiring racers to climb hills. The 5k starting at 8:00 a.m. is family friendly route on less rugged terrain. 

To register go to Organica in the Coronado village mall. The registration free is $25.00 and payable by cash or check. Checks should be payable to Fundación Caminando Panamá. Proceeds from the event will go to educational programs that promote conservation of the Golden Frog and other amphibians.

Canadians becoming Citizens of Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:55

YOLANDA_AND_ROB_800x600.jpegRobert Brown and Yolanda Van Der Kolk have recently passed the exam to become citizens of Panama. They are now awaiting the final steps to make their citizenship official - President of Panama’s signature and an official swearing in ceremony.

Becoming a citizen in Panama is quite similar to in the United States. Applicants must have five years of legal permanent residence to apply. They must pass a citizenship interview and exam, and they must indicate the intention to renounce their former citizenship. Despite this last requirement dual-citizenship is legal, and common.

We spoke to Rob and Yolanda about some of the reasons they choose to become citizens. “Panama is now our home”, said Rob. “We love the country and want to be part of it”. Rob and Yolanda moved to Panama from Canada in 2008. Like many expats they became permanent residents through one of Panama’s Visa programs.

Dining Delights in the City PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 18 August 2014 13:54

city scene-1 800x600QUOTE:  “Pull up a chair, take a taste.  Come join us [in the city].  Life is endlessly delicious.”  --Ruth Reichl

Traveling to the city is an adventure including the drive itself.  Once you arrive, the dining options are incredible, so we polled many of our readers to see what their favorites are, and are thankful to all whom contributed in very creative detail.  This is what they said:

Let’s begin in Casco Viejo.  

Panama Needs You! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 15 August 2014 10:08
altIt’s easy to feel a sense of economic security if you work in Panama City and rarely venture out anywhere other than the beaches, the beach resorts and luxurious condos. However, this is not ‘Panama’,  at least not for the majority of Panamanians who live in the interior. 
“Despite the country’s strong economic growth, poverty levels remain high in Panama. Nationwide, according to … the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), … the incidence of poverty is particularly high in rural areas, where about 45.8 per cent of the population are poor and about 23.6 per cent of rural people live in extreme poverty.”
The Panama Christian Foundation (PCF) is an independent, private community support organisation based in Coronado and works largely with rural Panamanians from La Chorrera to Penonome and has some interesting insights to share with you.   
PCF works with some of the poorest most remote public schools in the area.  Reports from the teachers there indicate that the annual government budget per student is only $20!  That’s $20 per year per student to provide for good facilities, books, teachers, food, water, supplies, security etc.  The result is obvious:  a very high drop out rate and a poorly educated population which then cannot compete in Panama’s growing job market.  Poverty is the end result and the cycle continues for many. 
Beach Real Estate Association meeting and Awards Presentation PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:07

P1090145_800x600.jpgThe Beach Real Estate Association met on June 26th at Café Coronado. Try Panama Real Estate hosted the event. The primary focus of the association (BREA) is to work together to establish standards and policies as a group in order to benefit both the buyer and seller while maintaining a high standard of professionalism throughout the entire real estate sales process.

The meeting proved to be quite a success and the day’s hot topic was MLS (multiple listing service), which is growing quickly and gaining respect here in Panama. Many North Americans are very familiar with MLS and its success in promoting real estate listings and maintaining a database of what homes have sold for, how long they have been on the market, and price changes.

Rotary Club of Playa Coronado raises $9000 for Wheelchairs PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 11 August 2014 16:18

wheelchair-child_800x600.jpgThe Rotary Club of Playa Coronado raised $9000 at the first Fundraising event in support of their Wheelchair Panama project.  On July 30, fifty people attended a Wine Dinner at LaTeca Restaurant in Coronado where a unique four-course menu was served along with four selected wines donated by Felipe Motta Wine Stores.

In order to provide specially designed wheelchairs to disabled children and adults, The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado has set a fund-raising goal of $30,000 by September 15. This will allow purchase and distribution of approximately 150 wheelchairs to be delivered to those in need from Penonome, San Carlos, Coronado and down to Chame in March of 2015. These rugged and adaptive wheelchairs are able to withstand difficult local conditions. In keeping with Rotary’s motto: Service Above Self, Rotarians are committed to this project and WILL make it happen.

Arrest Made in Ed Moyan’s Murder PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 10 August 2014 13:43

ludwigLudwig Vico Pereira, a 56 year old Swiss national was arrested in the murder of Ed Moyan on friday August 8th 2014. The arrest was made by undercover police in the parking lot of the Coronado Mall, in front of Super 99. It is believed that Pereira had been living at the beaches. Ludwig was in the Interpol list of wanted persons, as 'Wanted by the judicial authorities of Panama’.

Ed Moyan was reported missing from his home in Coronado since Thursday, 8 November 2012.  In March 2013, a body found in a suitcase in Campana National Park was confirmed to be Ed’s remains.

The authorities believe that Ludwig did not act alone. There might have been 3 or 4 others also involved. The investigation points to another expat, a Canadian, who was deported last year on a different matter.

The victim’s family eventually hired Carlos Sanad Espino to act as Attorney on record. Carlos worked closely with the District Attorney and Police to bring about the arrest of  Ludwig Vico Pereira. The investigation continues. Click more for photos of the arrest.

Tonight's Perigee Full Moon PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 10 August 2014 09:30

super-moon1In June of 2013 one full mood made the news. They called it “supermoon.” Why? Well, it was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than all of the other full moons that year. The supermoon brought spectators around the world outside to look up at the night sky.

Why does the moon appear to be bigger and brighter? It is because the moon is actually closer to Earth. The moon follows an elliptical path around Earth, one side of this rotation is called perigee and the other, apogee. When a full moon occurs on the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit, the moon appears bigger and brighter because it is approximately 50,000 km closer to earth. For this reason the astronomical community refers to the moon as a "perigee full moon."

2014 is a great year for perigee full moons. Tonight, August 10th, sky watchers can enjoy what headlines have dubbed “an extra-super moon.” Tonight's moon is expected to be 16% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

Hanami Sohn - Photographing Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 08 August 2014 14:25

2014-07-03_16.23.42-2_320x240.jpgIf you have Facebook friends from Panama, you have probably come across Hanami Sohn’s breathtaking photos of Panama City.  His high dynamic range photos are helping the country put it’s best foot forward, redefining the way the world sees Panama. From the twisting F&F tower to street scenes of Casco Veijo and panoramic city views from the Cinta Costera extension, Hanami’s Facebook photos are receiving hundreds of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ from all over the world.

But Facebook is not the only way Hanami is getting known. Panama’s Ministry of Tourism is using Hanami’s images to promote Panama. His images were recently on display at a Ministry booth at a Tourism Expo in Berlin.

Since coming to Panama from Korea in 2011, three years ago, Hanami has been photographing Panama. Hamami loves the diversity of subjects the isthmus has to offer, “from the color of the sky, to the weather, to the people and scenery, everything is interesting and inspiring” says Hamami.

Paradise 507 to take over Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:15


max_320x240.jpgIn its 5th year Paradise 507, an electronic music festival, will once again bring thousands of rowdy youths out to the Pacific beach area.

This year the festival is a weekend long event with pre-parties to boot, happening in both Panama City and in Coronado. The main event will take place this Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m., featuring sets from various DJs including Salda, a Colombian artist, and Gian Varela the president's son. The show is set to continue well into the wee hours of the night, so if you live in the area and plan to avoid the concert, get your earplug ready. In past years this event has brought complains from residents living in the equestrian club community as music continued well past 4:00 a.m.

if you can't beat em' why not join em'?

This year we have to admit our excitement about the event, as resident DJ MAKSYM will be headlining the pre-party! The official Paradise 507 pre-party will take place tomorrow night (Friday) at the Equestrian club starting at 9:00 p.m. For those who would like to hear MAKSYM's set head to the equestrian club (or surrounding area) Friday between 10:20 and 11:00 p.m.

La Batea Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:16

IMG_3619_320x240.jpgQUOTE:  “Anyone who is a chef and loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: Does it give pleasure?”--Anthony Bourdain

Thus is the philosophy of Chef Cristobal from La Batea Restaurant next to the Rio Hato Fish Market.  Due to the many all-inclusive hotels in the area of La Farallon and Playa Blanca, the area is desperately in need of another good, public restaurant.  La Batea certainly claims a spot.  The spacious restaurant (located next to the Fish Market) is minimalistic and pristine, with dining inside or outdoors.  Chef Cristobal was educated both in hotel/restaurant management, as well as with Cordon Bleu classes.  He exudes youthful energy, optimism, creativity, and has “smiling eyes.”  His cuisine is revered; many of his clients come from the all-inclusive hotels.

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