Monthly Archives: May 2013

Saint Malo Festival is Here! Classical Music

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo The Saint Malo Music Festival is one of the favorite events of classical music lovers in Panama.  It was born as a platform to raise the bar in classical music education in Panama, complementing the performance with master classes to young musicians. It is organized by the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panamá and has grown every year. Yesterday was one of the main events at the National Theater, but you can still catch some of their smaller concerts. HERE is their schedule, so you don´t miss it!    

Video Tour of Apartments in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Casa Burson: this option is great for a young couple or single person. It has two bedrooms, so it allows you to spread out and have an office in case you need it. The corner wrap around balcony is also nice to have, as all the living room doors open, giving it a great feeling and light.Unfurnished! Rent $1500. And if you need to rent parking, Casco Parking has options nearby. Plaza Catedral 105: Fully furnished, this apartment is perfect for a single person. Easy to keep, great location and views. Compact lifestyle! $1600, negotiable. … Continue reading

Walka…what?

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Walkability! try saying it loud several times together, it can be tricky! but the concept is quite simple: how walkable is the place/neighborhood/ community you live in.  This simple fact happens to add and keep value in your real estate. And we are not talking only about Casco Viejo, one of the few places in Panama City where you can walk everywhere, but in walkable places around the world. Check out this interesting article about walkability and real estate prices! Want to add research over research? I was just reading the last National Geographic magazine, … Continue reading

Friday night at Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama Casco Antiguo, Casco Viejo See phones and locations of every place in this article in ARCO RECOMMENDS. Most of them also have FB pages, so make sure to check them out! Friday night is the best night to go out in Casco. There is a little bit for everyone, from the gourmet experience to the underground.  After dinner, which you can do at any of the many places in Casco (see Arco Recommends for a list of restaurants), most people either start or finish with a beer at Mojitos.  If you are lucky, sometimes they have trivia night and … Continue reading

Calypso and Yoga in Casco This Weekend

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Today! black heritage is celebrated with a Calypso party at Plaza Catedral. On Sunday, “Yoga for a Cause” will have a session at Magnolia Inn. This ngo works with children in Colón, at the Caribbean coast of Panama, using music and art as tools for education. If you want to know more about them, check out their Facebook page: HERE  and see this cool video on how they used the natural local talent in music to form a song and give a fun twist to teaching the all time classic ABC song. Sunday`s event is … Continue reading

Beautiful splash of color at Plaza Catedral

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Like a pink monster that all it wants to do is cause you a smile, this “veranera” or bougainvillea has grown all over the place like badly combed hair.  The intense pink color is an awesome, hard to ignore presence in the plaza. I mean, it really looks like if you sit too long in that bench it will swallow you!

Celebrating the Chinese Community in Panama

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo Last night, Panama`s Chinese community gathered at the Endara Museum in Casco Viejo to celebrate the roots of their arrival in Panama, more than a hundred years ago. Specifically, 123 years! The museum featured beautiful photos of the early waves that came in the “Sea Witch” a boat that arrived with 705 Chinese men and women.  Also photos from their activities, their participation in Panama`s first carnivals and in commerce, of course. I personally enjoyed very much to see how the room was filled with a kaleidoscopic combination of dozens of descendants of those early … Continue reading

Arco Properties YouTube Channel

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo Yesterday, and after many frustrating moments with my computer and my many i-stuffs, I can say a very proud  i-didit !! Arco Properties has now officially a YouTube Channel so you can explore properties and Casco events with us. Just look for: ArcoPropertiesCasco Here are the first two videos, both beautiful apartments with multiple bedrooms.  More coming! enjoy these two and three plus bedrooms. Amenities include rooftop terraces and parking: Art Deco Apartment: 3 bedrooms + office: Casa Garay : 2.5 bedrooms + parking

Kids activities in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me how amazed he was at the number of activities his kids were, and all of them between a few blocks from each other. Knowing how parents struggle to get their children to the numerous classes they always inscribe them, I thought this was worth mentioning. So, here it is! Music classes: general music appreciation classes at the Danilo Perez Foundation. Here they would learn the different instruments, and tune their ears to great music.  Location: Plaza Herrera Painting classes: the Olga Sinclair foundation has … Continue reading

Street games in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo My belly was hurting from so much laughter! Outside my office I heard this really loud noise, children screaming laughing and things falling down, stumbling. I went out and the APROJUSAN kids where playing “congelada” (frozen) and it was to die for.  I really can´t remember the last time I played it, but I do remember having tons of fun with it. Basically, someone is “it” and if he/she touches you, then you are frozen. You can be “defrosted” by a friend that runs and touches you, and there are “havens” (determined in advance) where … Continue reading