Monthly Archives: October 2013

Children`s Art at Silent Auction

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Last night we went to a beautiful silent auction: art pieces made by children from Fundación Calicanto`s dance program called Enlaces. The pieces were made by the children while dancing: canvases stretched on the floor and on the wall, while the children danced with feet and hands wet in paint.  The video was fabulous and so were the results! The paintings will be exhibited at Tántalo for a couple of weeks, so if you are in Casco Viejo, please pass by. It was a very exciting event, congratulations to Enlaces and to all the teachers … Continue reading

Great Homes in Casco Viejo Featured in New York Times

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo The New York Times just featured Casco Viejo! check out this article from their “Great Homes and Destinations” section by Nicholas Gill: In Panama, Staying True to History The article highlights Casa Vidal, a beautiful home located at Calle 1era, San Felipe, a few steps away from the French Plaza or Las Bovedas.

Prisma Dance Invades Santa Ana Plaza

Panama, Santa Ana, Casco Viejo I enjoy Santa Ana. It is a mess, but I really like it. The plaza is full of trees, and people just “hangs”.  We were there because of the PRISMA dance festival: they had scheduled a performance at the plaza`s gazebo. While waiting, I took some photos of the whole scene: kids playing with umbrellas, some old folks fully engaged in their board game. The music started and people piled up.  I wished I had a better camera, just to take photos of their faces and expressions! art at work…  

PRISMA Dance Festival: Saturday and Sunday

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Flash reminder! Tomorrow Saturday, the PRISMA Dance Festival will have an interesting performance at the National Theater by a French and Swedish troupe.  Then, on Sunday, Plaza Santa Ana will have at 5 p.m. a free performance by Cía Mar Gómez from Spain. At 6:30 p.m. , right there at Teatro Amador, the Colectivo NANA+NA from Costa Rica and Panama will perform as well. Monday is the last day with Gallim Dance coming from New York. For more info, check PRISMA`S website HERE

Last Sin! The Type A Syndrome

Casco Viejo Panama Casco Antiguo The first time I heard the “I`m a Type A” phrase, was from a New Yorker. I thought he was talking about blood types, and it did take some time to my friend to be able to describe it to me.  Please note: description (even a full description which included hand signals) does not ensure comprehension. I felt like all of a sudden we were both using the same language but absolutely worlds apart. Pluto and Saturn colliding, no wonder: he was from New York, I`m from Panama. My brain squeezed while my whole being … Continue reading

Sin No.3: Inexperience & Rocks Falling From The Sky

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo In order to develop buildings in Casco Antiguo you have to have previous experience in some sort of field related to building.  This is an activity that should be labeled: “Not For The Faint Of Heart”. Either you know what your doing and therefore you have a realistic approach to your dream, or you are a very curious mind, a hands on personality packed with passion and willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in head first researching and sweating it with a smile.  I`ve seen both cases, and they both work out well. … Continue reading

Sin No. 2: A Cold Heart

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I`m sure some poet must have said it at some point, somewhere: inexperience can be excused, but never lack of passion. “You shall not develop your historic building using only excel”. While excel is necessary to understand profitability, this 300 year old site holds buildings that are loaded with a character of their own. They want to tell you their stories, they want you to bring them back. They were made with noble materials and at a human scale that related to people back then and now. They don´t know nor care about excel. They … Continue reading

Deadly Sin No. 1: Acedia

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo When compiling common denominators on why some developments have failed, I came across this word: Acedia, which is mentioned in Wikipedia`s Seven Deadly Sins article, under “historical sins”. With such a name and classification, I had to start with that one! Although I must say there is another one that I consider the biggest one of them all. I`ll save that one for last, as it embodies so much. But let`s start with “Acedia”. Several definitions on it, but the “historical sin” refers to the “neglect to do something that one should do”. And the … Continue reading

The “deadly sins” of unsuccesful developments in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Now, after my “silly Casco” we get all serious! I got a suggestion which I thought was really interesting and probably super helpful for people thinking in restoring in Casco Viejo. What have been the main “sins” of unsuccessful developments. We`ve seen plenty! but once you group them together, it all comes down to a few, strong (and hopefully avoidable) ones. So, keep tuned to next week! we`ll be unveiling the “development sins” in Casco Viejo, but something tells me those will be applicable to other parts of the country as well. Have a beautiful … Continue reading

Silly Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I always find the strangest things when walking around Casco Viejo. Thought it would make for a fun Monday! I mean, not everything has to be hard core real estate, right? I feel this is the type of photo you can use like the New Yorker cartoon at the back of the magazine, where you have to send your quote and the best three get published on the next edition. Want to give it a try?