Villa Palma, Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

I`ts been under construction forever, and just a few months ago they started opening their doors as in a soft opening.  We decided to go try their restaurant, so went for lunch. What a pleasant surprise!

Their octopus appetizer was a full meal, and a delicious one.  We tried also their soup, excellent.  We couldn´t visit the rooms as they were still undergoing changes, but the manager said they will try and be open for high season.

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Events! October, November… Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Tonight is the inauguration of the PRISMA Dance Festival at the National Theater at 8 p.m.  But also, more stuff is coming! I`m so glad that there is finally a newsletter from the Institute of Culture with the upcoming calendar… congratulations!

Oct 31st: Hamlet at the National Theater. Brought by the British Embassy, all proceeds to support FAE Theater festival.

Nov 17th to 23rd: Antique Music Festival: music by the original instruments including flutes, baroque guitars reproducing what must have been the first melodies that came to America during the conquest.

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Progress: A Draft – Artshow

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Curated by our friend and neighbor Ramón Zafrani (alias Monchi), this artshow is at Casa Soldado, run by the Spanish Agency of Cooperation.  The show is small but deep: the eternal questions of identity and what progress means dealt with beauty and humor. I particularly liked the pieces by Pilar, which reminded me of those Facebook posts where someone jokes about “what your friends think you do, what your mother thinks you do, what you think you do, what you actually do”.  Can´t miss it!

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Casa Vidal wins SPIA 2014 Award

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casa Vidal, a Conservatorio S.A. project, won the SPIA (Panama`s architect and engineer society) award for the Architectural Restoration category.  The award was given to the architectural firm Hache Uve, specialists in historic restorations in Casco Viejo. As we have mentioned before, getting anything built in Casco takes team effort. To everyone involved, from design to project management, big congratulations!

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Rap Poetry, Classic Poetry, Street Poetry

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Friday night we had a lovely time at Diablo Rosso`s Poetry Jam. The place was packed, and different people read or performed their poems in different styles. From rap to street to a more classic rhythm,  from serious to funny,  it was a wonderful night I hope it gets its way through Diablo`s weekly programming.

Plus: great food!!!

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Tonight! Poetry Jam at Diablo Rosso

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

I`m a big fan of poetry jam. I`ve always said that one of the differences between poetry in English and poetry in Spanish, is that the first one was meant to be spoken, as in a conversation, while the second one was meant to be printed and read only in the depths of your mind. I don´t know why I feel this way, but I do, and I`ve tested several great poets to the test! However, watching Youtube videos on Poetry Jam session in Spain I found amazing stuff in Spanish, so maybe what is happening is that poetry itself is changing, skipping the books, grabbing you as you pass on the street!

If you feel like being grabbed, come tonight to Casco Viejo.  Poetry Jam at Diablo Rosso! 8 p.m. :

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Prisma Dance Festival 2014

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Prisma is back! Their slogan this year: “Everything you see, Everything you feel”.  Love it! This year it includes companies from Italy, France, Israel and more.

Check it out:

When: Oct 21 to 27th

Where: National Theater, Anita Villalaz (Casco Viejo) and Ateneo (City of Knowledge), Kiwanis gym (Chorrillo).

Click HERE for the full SCHEDULE

About 2014 Prisma, click HERE

This is a video I found on Vertigo, one of the guest companies that will perform:



Calypso night at Teatro Amador

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Tomorrow Wednesday Oct 8th, Panamanian Calypso singers will be playing at Teatro Amador. I`ve been a long time fan of professor Leslie George. If you are looking for a fun night, you can´t miss this:

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Travel Agency in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Want to go to San Blas? whale watching? just ask Estela Jurado at Casco`s new travel agency “Panama Travel Unlimited”. Day have also day tours, if you are only staying for a couple of days and your time is limited. The agency is located at 9th Street, between Central and B Avenue, behind La Merced church. Here is their website: PanamaTravelUnlimited.  and their contact info: 203-9790/9791/

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Mini Football at Calle 12

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Friday night in Casco: everyone having a good time. At 12th Street, the neighbors organized a mini football league for their kids. I tried to snap some photos, ended up borrowing a neighbors balcony to take a shot from the top. Those kids were hysterical, so little and so committed.  So absolutely cute. At the end they were feeling like total pros with the cheer of their families. And they were!

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