Monthly Archives: March 2008

Casco Antiguo Green Issue… The EcoCasco!

There is a silent neighbor in the old city, one that has been shadowed by the gorgeous historic architecture and taken for granted by most of us, but they lighten up with the first rains of March in an explosion of flowers and make our daily lives better in very subtle ways. These ignored neighbors have a memory and rhythm of their own, and they are a vital part of Casco’s identity. With all the world’s climate issues, we would like to take this opportunity to get everyone thinking about a more sustainable Casco, an example to the rest of … Continue reading

Casco Antiguo video in Utube

There are several, but this one is actually quite nice in the sense that it shows the neighborhood from a street level, not too polished, just as is. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6slzcmSmv5w

Quintessentially Extravaganza Party in Casco Antiguo

Last night most of Panama´s socialites (or our version of it anyways) gathered in Paseo Las Bovedas, to the launch party of Quintessentially. I have to say I was pretty impressed by the organization, especially in Panama! if you don´t know them yet, check out their website: http://www.quintessentially.com/index.php?lang=PA  It was a white linen extravaganza, so everyone had to show up in white. It was easy for me, but I know of someone that had to wear his judo pants… Well, no one noticed and I´m sure he was not the only one. The party started at the bouganvillea walk (Paseo … Continue reading

Panama’s hottest secret…A new article on Casco Antiguo in a British website

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/mar/20/panama.casco?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront   Panama‘s hottest secret If you’re looking to get ahead of the game, Panama City’s Casco Viejo is as up-and-coming as it gets, says Vicky Baker. Go now before the word is well and truly out Vicky Baker guardian.co.uk, Friday March 21 2008 Article history About this article Close This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Friday March 21 2008. It was last updated at 11:00 on March 25 2008.<!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>Open to the skies: Casco Viejo, Panama City. Photograph: Vicky BakerBy the time travellers hear about the hip new part of town in a foreign city, it’s usually … Continue reading

Performing Arts Festival… get your tickets now!

April 3rd to 11th, 2008 Be prepared for daring contemporary theatre and dance from artists from United States, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico.. Shows will be at the National Theatre, at the Anita Villalaz Theatre (at Las Bovedas) and on Casco Antiguo´s biggest scenario: its streets and plazas. Tickets for individual events will range between $5 to $20, of course outdoors events are free, mainly supported by tickets proceeds. This is the list of the theatre companies performing: Teatro La Zaranda (Spain), Teatro Timbre 4 (Argentina), Teatro La Luna (Cuba), Teatro Complot (Uruguay). Contemporary Dance Companies: Lola Lince … Continue reading

Casco Antiguo party nights

Saturday night at Casco Antiguo is fun. Fridays you may hit or miss, Sundays are quite “tranquilo”, but Saturdays are great.  Last night we went to have a bite to eat at Plaza Bolivar and on our way we heard Platea booming with music live. After dinner we went to Plaza Herrera to visit “Raffa” at our favorite (and only) heavy metal bar and it was packed with a fantastic rock band live. A sign with “Welcome” written in six different languages gave away the young international crowd that was at the place having fun side by side with locals. … Continue reading

Casco Antiguo party nights

Saturday night at Casco Antiguo is fun. Fridays you may hit or miss, Sundays are quite “tranquilo”, but Saturdays are great.  Last night we went to have a bite to eat at Plaza Bolivar and on our way we heard Platea booming with music live. After dinner we went to Plaza Herrera to visit “Raffa” at our favorite (and only) heavy metal bar and it was packed with a fantastic rock band live. A sign with “Welcome” written in six different languages gave away the young international crowd that was at the place having fun side by side with locals. … Continue reading

Art, Women and Casco Antiguo

Apparently there was a “Women´s Day” last week. I wonder if there is a “Man´s Day” at some point other than Father´s Day, since there is ceirtainly a “Children´s Day” (at least in Panama) on top of other holidays. The good part of actually getting a day named with a theme (other than selling more of the corresponding merchandise) is that some people actually takes the time to think seriously about it and create true awareness about the issue. Yesterday I passed by Casa Gongora in Casco Antiguo, right at the corner between Central Avenue and Fourth Street, because they … Continue reading

Graffiti… Graffiato… Graphein… Ancient Urban Art Hits Casco Viejo

Graffiti art draws attention. This is a plain fact. Passing by a street, suddenly, a well done (or badly done) graffiti is on the wall and you can´t help but see it. For some (if it is a well done graffiti) and only for a micro second, a smile curves the very corner of their lips. For them, there is something about that wild expression of street rebelion that appeals to their skin. Maybe something they already thought about and never dared to speak and are glad someone else took the chance to “scream” about it visually on a public … Continue reading

Graffiti… Graffiato… Graphein… Ancient Urban Art Hits Casco Viejo

Graffiti art draws attention. This is a plain fact. Passing by a street, suddenly, a well done (or badly done) graffiti is on the wall and you can´t help but see it. For some (if it is a well done graffiti) and only for a micro second, a smile curves the very corner of their lips. For them, there is something about that wild expression of street rebelion that appeals to their skin. Maybe something they already thought about and never dared to speak and are glad someone else took the chance to “scream” about it visually on a public … Continue reading