Christmas concerts: December 21st

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Two concerts on December 21st:

National Theater: chorus Santa Teresa de Jesús and the José Daniel Crespo school band (from Chitré). To raise funds for the maintenance of the San Felipe Neri oratorium.

chorus concert

Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Plaza Bolivar: Children`s orchestra. If you haven´t been to this beautiful building, this is your opportunity!

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Jazz Fest Panama 2015

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Dates: January 12th to the 17th! book your tickets, Jazz Fest is here!

Where: Ciudad del Saber and at the Danilo`s jazz bar in the American Trade Hotel, Casco Viejo.

Here is the schedule of concerts and events: CLICK HERE

Jazz fest 2014


2014 Recycled Christmas Tree Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Antiguo, Casco Viejo

For some years now, Casco`s neighborhood association AVACA has been actively working on recycling in Casco.  It has a recycling program called Casco Recicla, which picks up material from residents and businesses every Wednesday.  It also coordinates beach cleanings per month and does educational events.

This Christmas, AVACA joined hands with the children`s program APROJUSAN and the social reintegration program Esperanza  from Fundacion Calicanto to do a fun activity: create Christmas trees out of plastic bottles picked from the beach or from Casco Recicla.

Yesterday, aided by Fundacion Eco Creando, all of them worked together into creating the first tree. This tree will be exhibited at 4th Street, and the Esperanza students will replicate what they`ve learned into a second tree for the street where they live by Calle 9na.  The goal is to have a total of 3 trees, the third one towards Plaza Herrera by calle 12.

Each tree requires each team to: pick up recycling material from the street or beach, clean it up, prepare and team work until done. It is a beautiful small project with long lasting teachings and great message. Each tree will be in place until January 6th, and hopefully visited and photographed by everyone in the community or visiting!

Here are the photos of the “making” of Tree One. Still not finished, so keep tuned!

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Christmas Concert at Casco`s Cathedral Church

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Tonight! 7:30 p.m. Panama`s National Orchestra will be playing The Messiah. Below the details:

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Surf Shop by Champion Samanta Alonso in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Panama`s surf community is celebrating! Panamanian female champion and Casconian Samanta Alonso has opened her first surf shop… in Casco Viejo.  The shop is called “Las Bovedas Surf Shop”, as she learned to surf (and still surfs) at Las Bovedas wave.

Big smile, surrounded with friends, she managed to open the store between trips to compete in China and other places. Well done!

Where is it? At La Vecindad, between Calle 4ta and 5ta on A Avenue, next to VIP Juices, in front of Reprosa. Just follow the blue floor!

Follow Las Bovedas: @bovedassurfshop  and FACEBOOK HERE

surf shop casco viejo Las bovedas surf shop Samanta and Chispa surf la vecindad

COPA Airlines offices inaugurates today!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., COPA Airlines offices at Avenida Central next to the American Trade Hotel will host an inauguration cocktail.  We are very excited that they`ve set flag in Casco Viejo!

Where: next to American Trade Hotel

When: Tonight! 6: 30 p.m.

copa casco viejo

Thanksgiving, Gift Market & Party This Week

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Thursday 27th:

Thanksgiving is here! and Casco Viejo`s community celebrates with the annual AVACA potluck. This year, the gathering will be at B Avenue, in front of L´Osteria. All Casqueños invited! bring a bottle of wine and something to eat. If you can´t cook, $35 will be welcomed.

Friday 28th:

Mercadito Benéfico: Casa Góngora is hosting a gift flea market special for the upcoming holidays. Art, gifts, clothing, jewelry. All proceeds will go to Olga`s Sinclair Foundation. At 4th and Central Avenue.  7 p.m to 11 p.m.

Saturday 29th:

Lido Isle Inauguration Party: the party doesn´t stop this week, after you cooked for Thanksgiving, and bought your presents at Casa Góngora, come and welcome Douglas at Casco`s newest boutique. Located next to the Canal Museum, 7 p.m.


New! Coqueta, Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Yesterday we had lunch at Casco`s new cafe/rotisserie called Coqueta. Located at the old Habana Panama, at the entrance of San Felipe, in front of the Parque V Centenario.  The old salsa club has re invented itself, and now has a cute cafe at the front and a bar at the back.

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Shop Small Casco Viejo: Make Your Christmas Count

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Each purchase you make leaves a footprint.  This Christmas, make your footprint count: consider buying gifts only from small, independent, shops. You will help the economy like water helps plants: from the roots up!

Don´t know how to start? in Casco, of course! you can do all your shopping by email and walking, while helping directly artists and artisans that make a living from their art and craft. Here is a list of Casco Viejo`s small shops:

Papiro y Yo: our favorite store for souvenirs and gifts made out of recycled materials. Beautifully crafted everything. No kidding!….391-38-00. Email:    Facebook

papiro y yo Casco Viejo

Karavan: Art from the Caribbean part of Panama (Portobelo). Located at 3rd Street, in front of the Arco Chato…228-71-77

Diablo Rosso:  art gallery featuring young Panamanian artists and creative gifts.  A Avenue and 7th Street…..228-48-43 Facebook

Mamita`s boutique: vintage and unique clothing at an affordable price. You won´t find any of this in a mall! Only at Calle 6ta, Casa Arias, next to VITA.  Gisela Sánchez will also modify and create clothes for you.  She can also just make gifts for you. Bring her the fabric and the idea! Facebook

mamitas Casco Viejo

Enjoy Shop Boutique: Located inside Los Del Patio on 3rd Street, this young, independent boutique features clothing by designer Montserrat and her brand MoMix. Facebook. See blog entry here.

Enjoy Shop

No Me Olvides: the classic Panabrisa (Guayabera), a traditional garment in Panamanian wardrobe. Linen dresses for ladies, elegant shirts for men. Corner of 4th and A Avenue.

guayaberas casco viejo

Reprosa: Panamanian jewelry inspired in traditional pre colombian huacas. Art Deco building, Avenida A, between Calle 5ta y 4ta….Tel. 228-4913

reprosa casco viejo

Mitchelle Quiñones: Jewelry specialist in Casco Viejo. She has her workshop at home. Facebook Page

Lido Isle Boutique: Beach and casual wear, straight from Bocas del Toro to Casco. They feature their own designs and great accesories. Located at Casa Remón on 5th Street next to the Canal Museum. See blog entry here.

doug johnson Lido

Or maybe you want to give away memberships to your friend`s favorite classes?

TLG Gym/ Alley Cat Foundation: located at 4th Street and A Avenue, at Santa Familia. They specialize in crossfit, Jiu Jitsu and boxing. Contact:

El Cuarto Rojo por La Tribu Performance: serious circus training! equally located at Santa Familia, this professional group has aerial dance classes as well as yoga and others.

Or what about a Reiki session? contact Carol Bellandi

Plenty of beautiful and meaningful ideas for this Christmas. Happy shopping!!!


Di Vino now open for Breakfast and Lunch

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casco has a good number of restaurants, but only a few are open for breakfast.  Now DiVino has started to serve both breakfast and lunch, opening at 7 a.m. They`ll have all the classics: eggs, fruit salads and continental breakfast. Here is a view of their menu, enjoy!

Di Vino menu