Monday, March 30, 2015

Annual Panama Canal Cayuco race


At the finish line in Diablo Point aka "Spinning Club", for the 2015 Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race. The boat sheds have been torn down, the Panama Canal Authority says that this was the last race, and its plan is to make Diablo into a new container port. In the juvenile category the winners were Rapid Transit, Mischief and Almost, in the male, female and mixed boat classes respectively. In the open category Godspeed, Nossa Vitoria and Jrock won their classes. Photo by Lars Morales

Whale watching & Embera Village tours

Whale watching & Embera Village tours, tell Anne hola from Lu: or  or

Anne Gordon de Barrigón originally from Washington State

Silver People of Panama Heritage

Silver People heritage of Panama:
Photo of the Lady of my life, Sosa, when I was a kid in the old PCZ. 

Photo taken in Rio Abajo in the '70s after Sosa had "retired".

Summit of the America in Panama

Summit of the America will be in Panama April 10-11, 2015.  

More information on:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Charity event in Boquete in progress now.

Charity event in Boquete in progress now.  See:

Panama Rural School earns international designation

From the internet:

Panama Rural School earns international designation

A TUITION FREE boarding school serving the remote areas of Coclé has taken a major step forward in helping the higher education aspirations of students from the region’s less privileged families.
Forum Academy has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and will offer the IB Diploma Program starting March 2, 2015. This prestigious designation makes Forum Academy the only IB school in Panama to operate outside of Panama City.
The Academy's mission is to ensure that rural students have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in university studies. Computer technology, sciences, and English are at the center of the school’s rigorous curriculum, designed to prepare its students for professional careers in Panama’s growing economy says a press release from the school.
"The establishment of Forum Academy and our subsequent IB authorization serve as symbols to all of Panama that children from rural regions can have access to a world class education," says John Keffer, President of Forum Foundation and Founder of Forum Academy.
"This is a huge step forward for the children of Coclé’s mountainous region. They are now able to compete side by side with students of very different social and cultural backgrounds and will be agents of dramatic change in their own communities," comments Sol Perez Tirado, Director of Forum Academy. "It is also a remarkable step forward for our teachers, who have completed an intensive professional development program to learn the student- centered and concept-based IB approach, which translates into the best possible guidance to our students," said Ms. Perez.
“The IB is recognized across the world for its innovative approach to education. We strongly believe that it is important to place an equal focus on academics and other, transferable skills, in order to best prepare students for success beyond high school,” said Drew Deutsch, Director, IB America and International Baccalaureate. “That Forum Academy has successfully completed the authorization process and can now start offering the IB marks an exciting time for the school and more importantly, for the students who will benefit from an IB education.”
Forum Academy was established in 2014 by Forum Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization whose charitable efforts have focused on education in Coclé Province since 2008. “A well-educated and knowledgeable workforce will be critical to developing and maintaining a strong and growing economy in Panama,” notes Mr. Keffer. To learn more about Forum Academy visit
For further information about the International Baccalaureate visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

St. Patty's party in P.C.

Panama American Society fun:

The Wearing of the Green?

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.  Did you know that St Patrick was born in England?  

  Join us on March 2nd for our “Irish” Meet and Mix and wear something green. 

We will be able to enjoy the authentic  Irish cuisine and Guinness beer (not sure if it will be green) but it will still be Guinness beer and many other varieties of beer at                            
The Blarney Stone Panama

Calle 47, (just off Calle Uruguay) Bella Vista

 Alan O’Connell  was born in Ireland and is the owner of the Blarney Stone Panama.  

Anna Rodrigues who has a voice like an angel wrote a song about Ireland and will sing it for us along with other Irish songs.                                                                                                We will also have some song sheets for you to sing along with her.

 “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” 

The Blarney Stone Irish Restaurant

Valet Parking

Calle 47, (just off Calle Uruguay) Bella Vista

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