Fashion Week is here!

Panamanian glamour is backRaiza Erlenbaugh, Ms. Panama World and beauty icon

Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Panama ( returns to the Atlapa Convention Center Wednesday, October 29 – Friday, October 31.

Among this year’s participating designers is Hélène Breebaart, symbol of the national fashion scene. Here, the incomparable Ms. Panama World and beauty icon, Raiza Erlenbaugh, models … Continue reading

Not to be missed

Observing the Canal expansion at Gatún.

See the action at the Panama Canal

Not surprisingly, the Panama Canal is the country’s most visited tourist attraction. Here are a few ways to take in this engineering marvel.

Observe the expansion

The billion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the greatest mega-projects taking place in the world today. The best place to observe the action is at the lookout … Continue reading

Zombies take Halloween

iStock_000004268782XSm_fmtOn Friday, October 31 Panama will witness one of the more peculiar Halloween events, the Zombie Walk. This year, Calle Uruguay will be visited by folks of all ages, all in gruesome costumes. Starting from the El Sótano bar, the macabre parade will march towards the Marriott Hotel in the banking district, later returning to the point … Continue reading


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The City of Knowledge’s Ateneo Theater in Clayton, 8:30 p.m. A show by Vocalité, the all-male Cuban quartet. Free admission.


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Teatro Anayansi, 9 p.m. Gilbert Santa Rosa’s new show,”El amor en tiempo de salsa” (Love … Continue reading

November: Panama’s month of independence

Monday, November 3

Separation from Colombia

After its independence from Spain in 1821, Panama voluntarily joined La Gran Colombia. After the failure of the French canal, Panama and Colombia’s relationship began to deteriorate. The United States soon showed interest in taking over construction of the waterway, but Colombia rejected a new treaty. The U.S. began to secretly help Panama achieve independence at the same time … Continue reading

Carols for a good cause

carols-by-Candlelight _fmtCarols by Candlelight (Luces de Navidad), the Christmas season curtain raiser introduced to Panama by the CanadaPLUS Club, will be staged for the fourth year in December on the Cinta Costera with seven performing choirs singing seasonal favorites.

The event is a fundraiser for local charities and institutions and has become a tradition for many families. … Continue reading

Isthmian Update – Some of the news in Panama

Government intercedes for Colón mine workers

The Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development (Mitradel) retained the assets and businesses of the mining company, Petaquilla Gold, and “Panamá Desarrollo de Infraestructura” to ensure the payment of workers of the gold mine in the district of Donoso, Colón. The Minister of Labor, Luis E. Carles, said the “seizure of property” implies that the companies cannot “move or … Continue reading

Snorkeling the wreck of the San Telmo sub


By Ilene Little

Two couples on a three-day fishing charter were trolling for wahoo off Galera Island, the southernmost island of Las Perlas, when they encountered a storm. Galera is a tiny island offering little in the way of shelter, so the group was forced to make a run for nearby Isla San Telmo.

“We headed … Continue reading