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Patrice Kumaran joins the Spay the Strays Management team PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Spay the Strays
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:40

Birthday_Dinner_-_Casa_Restaurant_-_042308_600x600.jpgSpay the Strays is very excited to announce Patrice Kumaran as the newest member of the Management team.

Patrice brings a lifetime of veterinary clinic experience to the group and will be an invaluable asset to the Spay & Neuter clinics. We are also very pleased to have Dr. Jay Kumaran, DVM, MS, FNAVS, FVSLS as our consultant.

With this highly experienced veterinary team STS will be able to offer a much higher level of service to the community.

Patrice will be responsible for the actual clinics, from the moment we unlock the door to when the last animal is taken home.

She will review each position and make sure all of us are following the correct procedures. Up until now we have not had anyone with this level of experience and we know both Patrice and Dr. Jay will make a huge difference.

Spay the Strays operates periodic local clinics which provide low cost/no cost Spay & Neuter services in the beaches area. The organization is wholly supported through donations & fund raising efforts. A dedicated team of veterinarians and volunteers work tirelessly to provide this much needed service.

Semana Santa in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:31

holyweek-300x153There is a myth in Panama that say, “If you go to the beach on Good Friday, you will turn into a sardine.”

In colonial times, Myths like these were created to warn against indulging in worldly pleasures during Semana Santa (Holy Week). Children were told, “If you climb a tree, you will turn into a monkey.” Or, “if you swim in the river, you will become a fish.”

In the Roman Catholic faith Semana Santa is a time for remembering the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. While many hold true to this Spanish tradition and their Roman Catholic roots, others head to the beach to spend this week long vacation with family and friends.

The Cellar Door: Spring Summary PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Wine Reviews
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:10


grape 600x600Recently, it seemed appropriate to gather and compile my tasting notes into a list of BEST BUYS & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED wines.  To make it easier, I have split it into 4 categories: Sparkling Wine & Champagne, White Wine, Rose’ and Red Wine and by price.

Jacqueline Brut  Blanc de Blanc, (France, Cremant) $6.25
Nice tiny bubbles with a fruity & citrus nose.  In the mouth it has a creamy feel with hints of green apple.  Interesting nutty finish.  Simple and clean. Excellent value. BEST BUY

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut (California, USA) $19.95  BEST BUY
Mostly Pinot Noir.  Excellent color & bubbles.  Nose with yeast and deep fruit.  In the mouth it shows full flavors of mango, citrus, honey, spices and earth.  Excellent with spicy foods, rich sauces and other full main courses.  

Woody’s House of Hope Giving Girls a Chance at a Career PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:04

Ihoh-101 600x600n Panama poor and remote families will sometimes send children they cannot take care of to orphanages. These orphanages are government controlled and subsidized, although many of them still require additional support from the private sector. When a girl living in an orphanage turns 17 she must move out and support herself. This makes it extremely difficult for her to stay in school. The Woody House of Hope will give girls like these a home with food and a support system, offering them the chance to complete school.

Marie Claire, the founder of the Woody House of Hope, is a teacher at 5-Star Academy an International School in Santa Clara. With a Masters in Social Work and a passion for teaching, Marie Claire wants to create positive role modeling for girls coming through the orphanage system. She is not a newcomer on the block, Marie Claire has been involved with similar projects helping children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for several years.

PRD Party talks with Expats PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:15
PRDRicardo Grajales, the President of the PRD Party that represents Capira, Chame and San Carlos, is inviting Expats to come to Paraiso Restaurant in Las Uvas on Saturday at 6pm for a meeting. The event will offer a special presentation about the PRD party along with a Q and A period where expats are invited to ask questions about the party. 

El Valle’s Butterfly Haven PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00

Siproeta_stelenes_-_Malachite2_600x600.jpgButterflies are important in our natural world. They are significant plant pollinators, a food source, and an indicator of the ecosystem’s well being. With butterflies in global decline, Jon and Linda from Pennsylvania decided to open a butterfly sanctuary in the mountain town of El Valle. The sanctuary’s mission is to educate on the ecological importance of butterflies and to pave a road for butterfly preservation in Panama.

The Butterfly Haven (El Mariposario) is an enclosed habitat where 12 different species of native butterflies, including the majestic Blue Morpho, live and breed. The Haven grounds include a café, library, gift shop, garden, laboratory and flight house. The main attraction, the flight house, is a 1500 square walk-in mesh room, containing over 200 butterflies.

Domesticated Coyote needs Home PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 13 April 2014 13:54

caytoe.jpgA 1-year-old domesticated coyote is in need of a home. Taken from the wild as a baby, he has lived his entire life with humans. He is friendly with adults and kids, dogs, cats and many other animals. In his current home he lives happily with a sloth and a kinkajou.

Since he was never taught the skills of hunting and living in the wild, he only knows human companionship and a dog dish.This means he needs to be taken care of, he cannot be released back in to the wild.

While ANAM has offered their cooperation, they will not take the animal on themselves, nor will any of the zoos. Right now the coyote faces euthanasia because he cannot find a suitable home.

If you have a forever home or a even foster to buy some time please contact Becky by phone at: 6565-8307 or by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Currently the coyote is in the Volcan area, if a home is found transportation will be provided.

President Martinelli attends CASAMAR’s inauguration PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 13 April 2014 13:18

CASAMAR-101_600x600.jpgYesterday, April 13 2014, Mr. Martinelli himself attended the inauguration of the CASAMAR development in San Carlos. Over 600 guests were in attendance. Many were dressed in beach chic attire, excited by the prospect of shaking hands with the president.

With ties to the project and a house of his own in the development, Martinelli seemed comfortable in CASAMAR’s new luxury beach club. He danced to live rock and roll, shook multiple hands, and posed for hundreds of photos.

As the night came to an end guests were served fresh seafood paella. While the sun had set, the party continued. Guests danced, drank and enjoyed good company well in to the night. A lucky few even sang a karaoke rendition of “we will rock you” with the president himself.

Candela's Grill and Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Restaurant Reviews
Friday, 11 April 2014 15:05

IMG_0812_600x600.jpgQUOTE:  “There is no sauce in the world like hunger.”  --Miguel Cervantes (Don Quixote)

There’s a new “kid on the block,” Candela Grill, located approximately 6 km from The Rey in Coronado heading towards the city, directly across from Banco National in Chame.  Candela is the creation of Owner Diomedes (who prefers to be called “Junior”), and is assisted by his wife, Ana, and brother-in-law, Juan.  Candela has replaced the former Rincon Cubano Restaurant.

My spouse and I were invited to a tasting dinner shortly after the restaurant had been open three weeks.  It was very special, since we were given small tastes of many dishes; therefore, we were able to sample and discuss them.  We started with clams in garlic sauce.  My husband claims to be an expert on clams and gave this succulent dish his blessing.  The clams came out steamy hot and sweet in a luscious sauce of celery, garlic, peppers, parsley, carrot, butter, and I suspect, white wine.  Definitely a go for $6.95, and the hot, crispy garlic bread ($2.50) was the perfect accompaniment.

CASAMAR Inauguration Party PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:27

casamar-thumbSaturday, April 12, CASAMAR will open it's doors with an inaugural beach party. The event will be held in the CASAMAR beach club from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The beach club, over looking the Pacific Ocean is the perfect backdrop to enjoy the sunset, drinks, appetizers and live music. The evening is open to the public and family friendly, offering a kid’s activity area.

CASAMAR is large development, situated on 190 acres of land just 5 minutes away from Coronado. The project features an extravagant beach club with a restaurant, grill area, bar, lounge infinity pools and more. CASAMAR will also include a town center, for “a taste of the city life at the beach”. CASAMAR’s town center will offer visitors, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo in Panama
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Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:41

the-bayLiz Larroquette’s no-BS approach to advising clients on real estate has earned her the respect of thousands of expats who have relocated to Panama, and many more who are considering relocating in the future. See what there is to discover at

Buying a condo in a foreign country is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Still, it can be daunting- especially when you feel like you don’t know what you don’t know! 

I’m somewhat of a “property matchmaker,” helping to pair expats up with their dream homes in Panama. After almost 10 years of specializing in Panama’s Gold Coast, I’ve found that the best indicator of my clients’ person-to-property match often lies within these questions.

Grand Opening: New Coronado Community Center! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:40


PCF and associated community groups are thrilled to be able to invite you to a very special event which will be the beginning of some very good things for the people of Coronado and the entire beach area of western Panama in the Chame district.  We are announcing the GRAND OPENING of the: 

First Commercial Flight Lands at the Scarlett Martinez Airport PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:09

sunwingthumb.jpgApril 4 2014 - The first commercial flight landed at 11:15 a.m. this morning, at the Scarlett Martinez International airport in Rio Hato, Panama. The Sunwing Charter flight brought media attention from all over the nation to document the highly awaited landing.

The Sunwing Charter came from Toronto, Canada. Travelers on the flight were on their way to the Riu Hotel that recently opened its doors in the Playa Blanca development.


Once passengers exited the aircraft, the charter flight flew to Tocumen International in Panama City, where passengers flying back to Toronto boarded. A source at the airport told us, they expect charter flights coming from Canada every Friday.

PCIS student musician showcase at Locos Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:36

kids-bandIf you grew up or raised children in the United States, chances are you or they attended a school that, at one point or another, discussed or actually went through with cutting or reducing its music program. That's incredibly unfortunate, considering that research has shown that studying music not only gives students a skill they can use throughout their lives, but also improves test scores, aids language development, and improves a child's ability to learn other subjects.

Panama Coast International School in Gorgona makes music a key element of their curriculum. According to Kathy Kress, PCIS principal, "All students are musicians and should have the opportunity to explore and expose their talents and passions through a performance-based program." That's why the school has a rock band at every grade level, starting in kindergarten.

2014 General Elections in the Republic of Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:17

elections in panamaIn a few days, authorities of popular vote will be elected; these authorities will serve in government for the next 5 years. The four authorities are: Representatives, Mayors, Deputies and the President of the Nation. The elections will be held on Sunday May 4th 2014.  

It is very important to understand that 4 authorities rule each sector in Panama. The authorities represent the Executive power in each sector; these authorities are elected by popular vote. The general elections are a means to elect these four authorities: “Representatives”, who represent the corregimientos (a Spanish term used for country subdivisions for administrative purposes), the “Mayors” representing the Districts, the “Deputies” representing the electoral districts, and the “Presidency” representing the whole nation.

Requirements in order to vote: One must legally be an adult (18 years of age), in possession of a valid national ID, and enrolled in the Electoral Register. Panamanians living abroad may also vote if they have been previously enrolled in the Electoral Register.

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