Monthly Archives: August 2013

Oldies! “El Cielo”, a 1919 Casco Viejo Store: guns, soap & lace

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I came across a magazine called Cuasimodo, which was edited back in the early Republic days. This ad was found in a 1919 magazine, I have to say it is one of my favorites. Stores back then sold everything… at the same place and under the same counter. Items like “soap” were written in BIG BOLD LETTERS, as they were luxury items. Medicines were labeled (hum… were they labeled?) basically “drugs”, and claims of them curing anything would be based on the reputation of whomever sold that jar with pungent dark liquid in it to … Continue reading

Tonight! Open Mic at Fish Market

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I don´t think I`ve been to an open mic event in Casco Viejo ever. It will be interesting to take a look tonight! artist Michael Sager is promoting an open mic night at Fish Market, next to Barlovento. Poetry, Music and more! Sounds like fun…

Beautiful event by Fundación Calicanto coming up

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo If you have never been to a CAPTA graduation event by Fundación Calicanto, you are missing an experience.  But no worries, you`ll be able to correct that pretty soon! Next Wednesday, August 28th at the Canal Museum. Twenty women from Casco Viejo, Santa Ana and Chorrillo will graduate from a program that has given them the personal and professional tools to take control of their lives and break the cycle of poverty. The program`s results are outstanding. After graduation, more than 70% are able to get permanent employment… and able to keep it a year … Continue reading

“I Can Fly!” Aerial Dance Classes for Casco Viejo Kids

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Yesterday I passed by Santa Familia and heard laughter coming out of El Cuarto Rojo. Children from APROJUSAN, an ngo that works with kids from the neighborhood were taking aerial dance classes with El Cuarto Rojo. Some of the boys were juggling, the girls were totally into climbing and swinging.  We love seeing kids getting new experiences, APROJUSAN has done a great job of exposing them to arts, music and now dance. I had to take a photo… they were so serious hanging up there trying to figure it out!

Scenes From Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Flash news! Los Angeles Times features Casco Viejo! owners Blayne and Yazmina Ladner from Super Gourmet are included, along with some great shots from the neighborhood. Love it! SEE THE ARTICLE HERE

Weddings in Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo Last Friday, Casco Viejo was dressed up with its best, as a beautiful wedding was celebrated at the American Trade Hall in Calle 10ma.  The couple got married at the La Merced Church, which is right in front of the hall, and the big 700 plus guests just crossed the street walking to the party.  The bride was transported in this beautiful car, the whole thing was perfect. I felt like rose petals should have rained down from somewhere, it certainly looked like out of an old style movie. Red carpet, valet parking, super classic!

Parking in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Did you know there is a company in Casco Viejo with secured and insured parking? Here it is…. Casco Parking, for Casco Fans…

Bayano Water Caves Adventure

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo For years I had heard of the stunning beauty of the Bayano caves, but somehow, I never got around to see them. Finally this Sunday, we gathered a group and hired Brett from Cacique Cruiser to go. What a trip! You start early in the morning, he picks you up in Casco Viejo (or wherever you are) at 7 a.m. He`ll have breakfast packed for you, water, tea, coffee, etc. The trip to where you take the boat is an hour, something that amazes me always how quickly in Panama you go from skycraper city … Continue reading

Beer and Science for a Good Cause: Golden Frog Festival at Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo The golden frog is not only a Panamanian icon but also a delicate specie that exists nowhere else in the world.  It lives in an area called the Anton Valley, but alarms went up by the scientist community two years ago that it is under threat of extinction. In order to save it, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, along side with local naturalists and conservationists work on general public awareness and specific programs.  One of this initiatives, the Golden Frog Festival, has become a popular fundraising event: fun and meaningful. We would like to invite … Continue reading

Pritty Trueque or the Beautiful Barter

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo My brother used to tease me when he bought something from me, he would say: “you see? I get the best part of the deal, I give you some old green paper that was smashed inside my jeans, and in exchange you give me a book. Isn´t that crazy?”.  In a way it is, but I guess we couldn´t carry with us bartering material everywhere hoping to exchange it for stuff we actually wanted, so we had to settle for colorful pieces of paper. I mean, we could, but we would have to own only … Continue reading