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Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Low season travel deal (2012 PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:54

bocasdeltoro 200x155There are some advantages to being in Panama during the low season. One of the perks... the great travel deals! This year (2012), the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) has launched a tourism campaign offering tour packages to Bocas Del Toro. Tour packages start as low as $224.57. This cost includes round-trip flights and two nights at one of 17 participating hotels. 

Reservations must be made through a participating travel agency before November 1, for travel between November 8 and 30. 

Documentary Filmmakers Eric Soussainin and David Mandel turn to Kickstarter for support of their film about the mighty history and uncertain future of baseball in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 08 October 2012 11:11

Indestructible-Baseball-on-the-Isthmus 200x122Playacommunity received an email from David Mandel producer of Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus. David and Eric Soussainin (filmmaker) are fundraising to complete the film’s final production stage. In order to do so they have launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online system where one can make donations towards the funding of creative projects. Kickstarter funds a wide variety of creative endeavors, documentary filmmaking being one of them. After watching Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus' Kickstarter video, it became strikingly clear that the story these guys are trying to tell is one worth sharing.

The Latest News from the Spay the Strays Group PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Spay the Strays
Friday, 05 October 2012 14:34


How did many of your friends and neighbors spend last Saturday?  They volunteered to help Dr. Alexis Escruceria and his assistant, Jairo to spay and neuter 45 dogs and cats in Chame.  The Spay the Strays’ loyal group of volunteers cheerfully put up with heat and dirt to ensure better lives for our four legged friends.  Our customers are a mix of expats who have generously provided loving homes for strays or rescues and low income Panamanians who have no other means of sterilizing their pet.  The demand for our service is huge and we are keenly aware that we can only help a small percentage of those in need.  Sadly, we are limited by several factors: money, availability of vets, and availability of medicine.  At the moment, our problem is medicine. A crucial anesthesia is impossible to find throughout Panama due to a product contamination.  The Spay the Strays Group is doing our best to acquire a substitute but clinics will be on hold until one is found.  On another sad note, Spay the Strays will be bidding a fond farewell to Barb Schlottke who has been a mainstay of our Group for several years.  Her dedication to our cause has been instrumental to our success. 
Fashion Week Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 05 October 2012 10:53

altFashion Week Panama started of yesterday with the first of several runway events over the next 3 days, show casing fashion from many countries. There was an eclectic mix of styles from Wedding dress’s  from Pillar Sainz of Spain to men’s fashion from Jose Jhan of the Rep Dominicana.

Each of the shows has a care group that will benefit from some of the proceeds and the first group was the Foundation Manos Amigas who look after young children in their centre’s.
Shows are 3pm and 7pm Friday and 3pm 5pm and 7pm on Saturday, it is well worth the time to go see the show and help out a worthy cause.
Staying Happy & Healthy at the Beach PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:30


Hey everyone,

Life at the beach is pretty sweet… but at times we all get stuck in ruts, feel run down and end up getting caught up in the hustle and bustle.  Here are some great ways to get back to the feeling that - this is paradise! 
Eat well – It’s not always easy to eat right… but there are some great options around town if you look for them:
Visit Panama's best beaches with Yacht Latina PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:48

PastedGraphic-2Looking to travel to one of Panama's beautiful island destinations? Yacht Latina has some great packages available this month. Spend a day or the weekend sailing amongst clear waters and blue skies. Since we’re still in whale season, you might even get lucky and spot whales! Here are some of great deals from Yacht Latina: 

Fly Yoga at El Litoral in Coronado! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 23:42

flyingThere are several new classes on El Litoral’s October Schedule. One of these great new classes is Fly yoga, a trendy form of yoga which incorporates  a swath of silk fabric into the class. The strong fabric is suspended from the ceiling to form a hammock which supports your body while you flow through yoga poses. Every pose that exists on the floor can be achieved inside the hammock; poses are modified to work with the apparatus. 

Anne-Marie, owner of El Litoral and Hatha Yoga instructor, recently spent time in Montréal studying Fly Yoga. While Fly yoga, like any other form of yoga requires some physical strength and agility, the average person in good health is able to do it. The biggest factor in it all is learning to trust your body. Once you have mastered the trust, it becomes about enjoying the stretch.

Fly yoga is fun, it makes you feel like you’ve recently joined the circus. It’s new, it’s a great way to stay fit… and it’s right here at the beach! For more info on Fly Yoga at El Litoral contact Anne-Marie by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here for the El Litoral Class schedule

Alejandro Urrea brings polo to the Equestrian Club in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 01 October 2012 11:33

Urrea 143x200Playacommunity spoke with Alejandro Urrea, professional polo player from Bogotá, on his work with Roberto Esiermann to bring Polo to the EquestrianClub in Coronado.

We asked Alejandro to tell us a little bit about the sport of polo and its prominence here in Panama:

Polo in Panama
Polo is a very prominent sport in Panama There are many professional and aspiring players living in Panama. Cerro Azul, Hacienda Country Club, located in Panama City is home to one of the most noted Polo clubs in Panama. Alejandro plays polo at the club, and speaks highly of many aspiring players and professionals who play there. Alejandro has his own polo school in Panama City aswell, the school is called Oropolo.

Sunwave Fitness classes in the Pacific beach area PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:55

natasha-sunwave-fitnessNatasha of Sunwave Fitness is back in Panama! Natasha teaches a range of fitness classes at several of the developments in the Pacific beach area, including Coronado and Playa Blanca. With over 30 years of experience in fitness instruction, Natasha teaches classes daily. These classes include:

Agua Fit – A full workout that strengthens and tones your whole body. The class takes place in the big pool in Playa Blanca.

Beach Fit – Take in the beauty of the beach while getting fit! This is an overall workout that focuses on cardio, strength and agility.

New Copyright Law in Panama Fines People and Ignores Artists PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Friday, 28 September 2012 08:50

A new bill passed in Panama's legislature on Wednesday night has technology forums calling it the "worst copyright law in history". Bill 510 will allow the Panama copyright office to individually identify torrent downloaders and issue fines upto $100,000 for a first offense and $200,000 for a second offense, without giving any of the money to to artists or copyright owners.

Torrent downloaders, BEWARE.

Growing up in the Pacific beach area of Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 17:03
camilaura-playacommunity-kids-events-youthRecently I found myself wondering, what it would it have been like growing up as an expat in Panama? I asked some friends what their thoughts were, and together we listed some of the pros and cons. One pro that came to mind was, learning a new language. The first con we thought of was leaving behind friends. We continued to list these pros and cons, until it became strikingly clear that the majority of them could have been applied to our own lives.

How do we overcome the cons? And how do we take advantage of the pros? I think many of us do both through social interactions within the community. We attend mixers to make new friends, we write on forums for support, and take classes in hopes of achieving continual growth. As a kids in the area are the same opportunities available? While I don’t think they always were here, these oppertunities are certainly starting to emerge. 
Over the last couple years, the youth population in the beaches area has grown immensely. There are several businesses in the area stepping outside the box to offer something new for this group of young people. Mama Mia is one of these businesses.
Coronado Extremo Triathlon – 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:35

Coronado-Extremo-Triathlon – 2012-average-athlete-participation Ever think of competing in a Triathlon but cannot swim? Knees not good for a run, the bike has flat tires?

Coronado Triathlon last Sunday may be just the place for you. It's an entry level triathlon with short distances. The Triathlon held last Sunday was a place where top competitors could battle each other over a 750 meter Swim,  a 20k bike circuit and a 5k run to finish it off. But if all three is not for you, then the event also allows teams of three to compete where one competitor does one or two legs and the team mates do the others. It caters for young and not so old, where you can only compete against yourself or the whole field.
As I settle into my favorite armchair dreams of next year flash through my mind and what might be?
The Computer Whisperer's Explanation of 3G, WIFI, and You... PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:10

world-wide-web-globeThese days, who doesn’t need to connect to the internet everyday?  However, something as simple as connecting to the internet can prove to be a confusing and daunting task.  For instance, even though you may be connected to the internet, you may be confused as to HOW you are connected.  Are you connected via Wifi, 3G, Ethernet or Bluetooth? Or, are you “Tethering?”   If the difference between these types of internet connection methods confounds you, never fear!  DA-DA-TA-DAAAAAA!  The Computer Whisperer is here!!!

So, what really IS  the difference between these internet connection methods?  Read on my pretties, because I’ve provided definitions below which anyone can understand.

Playacommunity Mixer at PIcasso in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:20

party1This month's Playacommunity Mixer to be held at Picasso Bar & Restaurant in Coronado on Wednesday Sep 26th. Event begins at 5pm. Come to make new friends and meet up with the usual suspects.

Drinks! Food! Games! Prizes!

Big Super-Salad and All- you-can-eat-pizza from 5-7pm for $12 a head.
Pizzas or grills a la carte for arrivals after 7pm.

Drinks will be usual Merry Miercoles fabulousness:

Fiesta Alrededor del Mundo en Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Saturday, 22 September 2012 16:20

panama fashion thumb-15The 2012 Fiesta Alrededor del Mundo, the “Round the world party” was held on 20th Sept at the ATLAPA center in Panama City. The event was organized by the Diplomatic and Panamanian Dames (DDP) of the Caravana of Social Assistance. This is a showcase of the world’s peoples and cultures that have made Panama their work place. The funds raised will be for the benefit of the Children’s Hospital, the financial target for this event was set to $80,000.

The countries and cultures showcased were from many continents and they made their displays beautifully colourful with their traditional dress. A centre stage had traditional singing and dancing from many groups of both young and old.

Event visitors were treated to gourmet foods and beverages from the world’s diverse pallets: spicy finger foods, sweet deserts and plates of traditional home cooking along with some  fine wines and beers.

A number of consulate and embassy personnel were on location and mingled with the crowds and were readily available to chat.

No event like this would be complete without an exhibition of handicrafts, and a fashion show made for a wonderful day. (Click read more for pictures)

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