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Latest Link Swapper - Brico Offshore Services

What is PG?

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Welcome aboard to our latest link swapper - Brico Offshore Services. From their website: "BRICO Offshore Services - Is a Panamanian company established since 2000, specializing in formation and management of Panama Corporations and Private Interest Foundations. We provide other services such as: Corporate Law, Trusts, Commercial and Tax Law, Trademarks, patents and Intellectual Property, Banking Law, Immigration Visas, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Administrative Law, Asset Planning, Residential Tourism, Fiscal and Asset Protection strategies." Obviously a smart bunch of guys, smart enough to understand the value of swapping links with us. Salud.

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Leslie Aldredge in Cuenca, Ecuador

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I have contacted several members of the English speaking expatriate community in Cuenca, Ecuador. They confirm that Leslie Aldredge is now living there and that she recently took her dog there. She is renting a "big white house by the river." The community of English speaking expatriates in Cuenca, and the rest of Ecuador for that matter, is wired together enough to spread the word about Leslie Aldredge. And according to Clyde Jenkins in Panama:

  • The article on Leslie Aldridge in Panama Guide is a must read for anyone who is owed money by Leslie or has any ongoing business dealings with her. The best information I have is that she was unable to get a visa in Panama because of the inability to get a clean "police letter" from the US. It appears that her moving to Ecuador is flight to avoid prosecution here in Panama. Clyde" (more)
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Meduca Officials Arrested for Stealing $892K in Public Funds

Corruption
Zonia Gallardo, Vice Minister of Education
Zonia Gallardo, Vice Minister of Education
By José González Pinilla for La Prensa - Mitzi Miranda, an employee of the Fund for Equity and Quality in Education (FECE) of the San Miguelito region, and Teodoro Castillo, a professor, were arrested by the Auxiliary Prosecutor's office to be investigated for irregularities in the handling of $892,000 dollars. This according to the Minister of Education Belgis Castro yesterday in a press conference. Joaquina Gallardo, the niece of the Vice Minister of Eduction Zonia Gallardo de Smith, is also involved in the scandal, and is being sought by the prosecutor to be interrogated. Miranda and Gallardo were fired and Castillo has been separated from his position while the investigations are underway. (more)
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Update on the Leslie Aldredge's Flight to Ecuador

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Since posting the earlier article this morning about Leslie Aldredge bailing out of Panama and hauling ass for Ecuador, I've received some phone calls and additional information. Apparently she is living in Cuenca and has rented a house there. She has already moved her dog to Ecuador, a sure sign that she's gone (or going) for good. Also, she has reportedly sent an email to several people in which she swears she will get some king of revenge against the people who took her (bullshit act) down in Panama, "and especially DW" meaning me. So on that note I hereby officially claim credit for smoking one more bullshit artist out of Panama. Maybe there's one last good deed I can do, like to notify the prosecutor who is investigating the criminal complaints against her that she is fleeing to Ecuador - maybe he can get an order to keep her from leaving the next time she sets foot in Panama. That could complicate her plans because she has to come back to ship her household goods to Ecuador. Also, I wonder if the Ecuadoran authorities know that she has criminal complaints pending against her in Panama for fraud and theft. That might muck up her plans to get a residency visa there. Finally, there can't be that many people doing real estate business in Cuenca, Ecuador. Again, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...

Copyright 2007 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Gibbs faces 14 sex counts

Crime & PunishmentBy Heather Stauffer, Sentinel Reporter - A former Shippensburg University professor who last year led law enforcement officials on a months-long chase that ended in Panama was arraigned in Cumberland County Prison Tuesday on 14 counts of sexual abuse of children. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said Richard Gibbs, 66, of Shippensburg, pleaded not guilty. Prison officials said Gibbs was denied bail. Gibbs was extradited from Ohio, Freed said, where he was serving a 12- to 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to six counts of gross sexual imposition. Gibbs fled Pennsylvania in April 2006 shortly after police searched his home and SU office. Based on images discovered on his computers, he was later charged with 14 counts of sexual abuse of children. Gibbs was taken into custody in June in North Carolina but was released on bail and fled. He was discovered again in Panama by U.S. marshals in October 2006 and returned to Miami Oct. 12, 2006, by Panamanian authorities. Gibbs was jailed in Miami until he was extradited to Ohio in early December. (more)
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Cage9 Returns to Panama

Bands & Music Hi Don, We met you at Cage9's last show in Panama in 2004 at Zoomba. Hopefully you received my last press release (if not, it's below). Cage9 will be returning to Panama again. Here's details for our upcoming show, if there's anything you can do to get the word out to your readers, that would be much appreciated.

Cage9 in Panama...

  • Venue: Buzz
  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5th
  • Doors: 8 p.m.
  • Tix at the door: $15
  • Pre-sale tickets: $10 - available at all CD Place and Audiofoto stores
  • Cage9 will be signing autographs on Tuesday, Dec. 4th (time is still TBA) at Deka Music Group (located at Camino Real de Bethania, Edificio 9121).

Thanks, Eva Anderson, Cage9 Manager

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Bitches Ghost at the El Panama Social Club

Bands & Music

By Bob Askew for Panama-Guide.com - Saturday night 24 November there's a Bitches Ghost concert at the El Panama Social Club (El Panama Hotel) beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. Those of you that have been to a previous concert know that the music is great American blues and some good ole rock 'n' roll. The band is led (lead guitar, vocalist and musical director) by Rod Richards ... formerly of the 70's band Rare Earth and had hits which topped the charts such as Get Ready, I Just Want to Celebrate, Losin' You and more. Phenomenal guitarist. Plenty of easy valet parking at the El Panama Hotel entrance ... see you there! Bob

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An ExPat Editorial on Patriot Days in Panamá

History & Reference

Tom Rowley for Panama-Guide.com - Often lost in all the celebrations and parades and beautiful polleras and the joy of the school kids who have a holiday and the adults who get to spend four days at the beach or in the interior, are the realities of what occurred between the Third and Fifth of November 1903. A new Republic was born, the result of the efforts of a handful of men, most of whom were employees of the Panama Railroad, and a commitment was made by the USA to protect the fledgling country and, more importantly, to construct the Isthmian Canal – a project that would dwarf any investment ever previously made by the US: over $372 million dollars including the $10 million paid to Panamá and the $40 million paid to the shareholders of the French Companie Nouevelle. (more)

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Thacher Proffitt Completed Trump Ocean Club Bond Offering

Foreign Direct InvestmentNEW YORK, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP announced today that the Firm acted as underwriter's counsel on a $220 million senior secured note offering for Newland International Properties, Inc., the company that owns and is developing the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, Panama. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. acted as sole underwriter of the deal, which was placed in the U.S. institutional and international markets. The bond proceeds will be used to finance construction of the project, and the collateral consists of real property, cash accounts and the receivables generated by sales of units in the project. (more)
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TRICARE PATIENTS MUST BE ALERT AT THE END OF 2007!.

Healthcare

By Nadine S. Kellys de Cruz for Panama-Guide.com - Attention retirees and family members, the cycle of deductibles being taken from your doctors has begun. I am writing this article to inform you on procedures to follow if your doctor notifies you that your deductible was taken from him or her. This week, to be specific on Wednesday 14 November 2007, I received the first Explanation of Benefits from TRICARE, where the deductible of two separate patient’s had been taken from the attending physician. I immediately proceeded to call the patients. One of the patient’s informed me that they had a receipt for the “deposit” they payed at a local hospital. (more)

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Panama backs proposal to build $40 bln energy hub

Foreign Direct Investment By Andrew Beatty PANAMA CITY, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Panama is backing a private $40 billion proposal to make the country a regional energy hub, the latest in a string of similar initiatives, Vice President Samuel Lewis Navarro said on Tuesday. The project, put forward by Energias, a consortium led by Spanish firm Tecnicas Reunidas (TRE.MC: Quote, Profile, Research) and Singapore's Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd, would create two energy parks - one each on Panama's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. If the project gets financing and overcomes environmental concerns, it would include facilities to refine around 2 million barrels of crude oil a day. It would also include include liquefied natural gas import terminals and petrochemical production plants. (more)
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Four International Teams Vie For Panama Canal Locks Job

Canal Expansion C.J. Schexnayder for the Engineering News Record - Panamaxed out. Larger locks will mean larger vessels will be able to use the canal in 2014. On Friday, four consortia applied for qualification to build the $3.35-billion locks that will be the heart of the massive expansion to the Panama Canal. When completed, the new lock system will double the capacity of the historic waterway. "The locks project is the most important contract under the Expansion Program, and we foresee strong competition for the project," said Jorge L. Quijano, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management with the Panama Canal Authority. (more) (Photo Credit: C.J. Schexnayder)
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Leslie Aldredge Hauls Ass for Ecuador

Expat Tales

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Leslie Aldredge, the expat from New York City who spent a couple of years living in Casco Viejo and then Boquete has moved to Ecuador. She is now working there as a real estate agent, or it would probably be more accurate to say that she continues to work "as" a real estate agent without proper licensing as she did here in Panama. Reportedly she has hooked up with some wealthy investors and is consulting for them. Leslie, who used "Senora PTY" as an email address, leaves behind a long string of people that she took advantage of, conned, burned, or stole from. I trusted her and she burned me. Michael Taylor trusted her and she (tried to) steal a car and laptop computer from him. (more)

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ANAM Investigating Massive Fish Poisioning

Panama NewsBy Melquíades Vásquez for La Critica - The thousands of fish other animals were supposedly killed by aerial crop dusting of rice cultivation in the communities of El Cacao, Arenas and Quebro in Mariato, in the Veraguas province. The incident is being investigated by Panama's National Environmental Authority (ANAM). Salomón Moreno, the Representative of the area of Arenas, said they presume prohibited toxic substances were used to fumigate the crops. For his part, Francisco Carrizo, the Regional Director of ANAM, said he is not ruling out the possibility of sanctioning those responsible.
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Rivera accepts Yankees contract offer

Sports Section
Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera has told the team he will accept their three-year, $45 million contract offer, ESPN.com reported on Monday. The contract makes Rivera the highest-paid closer in baseball, eclipsing the average salary of $10.75 million the New York Mets are paying closer Billy Wagner. Rivera's 443 career saves is third on the all-time list behind Trevor Hoffman (524) and retired closer Lee Smith (478). He has also been a crucial component in the Yankees run to four World Series titles since 1996. The Panamanian right-hander with the easy motion and exploding cutter will turn 38 later this month. (more)
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Wanted By The FBI - May Be In Panama

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Donald John Manning and his accomplice, Joseph Wayne McCool, are being sought for their alleged involvement in a ponzi scheme that was based out of Mesa, Arizona. Sometime before February, 2004, Manning and McCool allegedly conspired with another individual, who has since been arrested, to operate The Brixon Group, Ltd., which fraudulently solicited millions of dollars from the public. Manning and McCool solicited and induced members of the public to invest approximately $10 million in Brixon by making fraudulent and misleading representations concerning how the money would be used, the rates of return, the security of the investments, and their own qualifications to conduct such investments. (more)

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Global Energy Companies Converging on Panama

Infrastructure Upgrades By Jerónimo Ramírez U. for La Estrella de Panama - Today Panama becomes a power capital. For the first time representatives from leading companies of the petroleum and energy industry such as BP (British Petroleum)¸ Horizon Terminals Ltd¸ Petrobras and others will be meeting here to learn about the "Centro Energético de Las Américas" (CELA) (Energy Center of the Americas) project, which involves the construction of an Oil and Petrochemical Industrial Park on Panama's Atlantic coast. (Editor's Comment: Check out this link for more information about this huge project.)
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Next Charity Expat Social on 26 November 2007 at Rino's

Groups & OrganizationsDear Supporters, We are pleased to announce the next gathering of Charity Ex-Pat Socials, to benefit several different local causes, which will be held at Rino's Restaurant which is located on Via Federico Boyd, at the junction with Calle 50, on Monday 26th November from 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome, there is never an admission charge. For those wishing to come by car, ample parking is provided and there is also a valet service provided. As always, there will be a cash bar. Smoking is permitted on one of the restaurants balconies. For your minimum donation of $10 you will enjoy a great buffet style dinner. Remember $10 is the minimum donation, if you are able to give more please do so. Come along and meet new expats, enjoy the delicious food and help those who have nothing. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support and generosity. Finally, if you know of anybody who would like to receive this and other emails from Charity Ex-Pat Socials, please feel free to forward it to them. If you would like to have your name removed from our email list, please respond to this email and use REMOVE ME in the subject header. If you would like to be added to the list please send an email to info@charityexpatsocials.com with the reference PLEASE ADD ME. Your email address will NEVER be shared with anybody else. Best wishes to all, Lynda, for and on behalf of Charity Ex-Pat Socials - www.charityexpatsocials.com
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CSS Will Sell 46 Properties To The Highest Bidder

Real Estate By Santiago Cumbrera for the Panama America - At least 46 properties controlled by the "Disability, Old Age, and Death" program (IVM) of the Office of Social Security (CSS), valued at more than $215 million dollars will be sold to the highest bidder, under the argument that they should take advantage of the current "real estate boom." The initiative looks turn the IVM program around and to create some income from the program which has shown a sustainable deficit in recent last years. So far they have sold twelve properties. The one with the greatest tourist potential is located in Las Uvas of San Carlos (77 hectares) for $24.1 million dollars. Indeed, the approval for the sales contract was published yesterday in the Official Newspaper in favor of the company Fontcalent, S.A. (more)
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Public Doctor's Strike in Panama Entering 15th Day

Protests & Demonstrations By Eliana Morales Gil for La Prensa - After four hours and 15 minutes of negotiation, striking public doctors in Panama left the meeting which was held in the offices of Panama's Attorney General at 9:15 pm last night to announce they had condensed their proposed 25 points of discussion down to ten, and that of those they discussed seven last night. Julio Garcia Valarini, of the National Medical Negotiating Commission (Comenenal), said that, among other issues, they discussed job security for the doctors. Today they should discuss everything related to the National all the related one to the labor model of the National Health Coordinator model, work schedules, and wages. (Photo Credit - LA PRENSA/Jorge Fernández)
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Talking turkey: Ben Franklin way off base

Panama News By DARRYL LEVINGS for the McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE - Ben Franklin. Inventor of bifocals and the lightning rod, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and, let’s face it, a bit of a turkey. I mean, really, to propose the American wild turkey as our national emblem. As in the wisdom of the schoolyard: Takes one to know one. What would have happened if the old man had gotten his way? I mean, you shouldn’t eat your national emblem, should you? Yes, the Japanese have the pheasant, but they’ll eat anything, even whales. There’s a reason national symbols are often fierce don’t-mess-with-me carnivores, like big cats and raptors. They eat you. You don’t eat them. (more)
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Central America: Energy profile

Infrastructure Upgrades Energy Publisher.com - Although Central America has limited energy resources, it is important to world energy markets as a transit center for oil via the Panama Canal and as a potential energy transit center between North and South America. With hardly any domestic hydrocarbon reserves, Central American countries rely heavily on imported oil for their energy needs. The countries of Central America, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, have traditionally been dependent upon agricultural exports for a large portion of their economic activity. However, in recent years, these countries have begun to diversify their economies towards manufacturing and tourism. As a result, the countries have been especially affected by high world oil prices in recent years. Partially offsetting this, many have been able to secure preferential pricing for oil from Venezuela and Mexico. Central America does have a large amount of installed hydroelectric capacity, but the region still relies upon imports for some three-fourths of its total energy consumption. (more)
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New Seafreight service

Cars & TransportationMiami-operated Seafreight Line Ltd. announced commencement of weekly, fixed-day service to Manzanillo International Terminal, Panama, and Cap Haitien, Haiti. The new service began with first vessel calls on Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 1, respectively, with continuing same fixed-day weekly calls thereafter. The company announced that it had appointed C.B. Fenton Panama and CAP Shipping S.A. Haiti as agents in those respective markets. Growing trading partner - "This is an exciting time for us as we continue to expand the services that we can offer to our clients. Panama is a traditional and growing trading partner within our area and our schedule will present great opportunities for cargo to and from Panama with very attractive transits," a carrier spokesperson reported. "Cap Haitien is a growing port serving the north coast of Haiti and has great potential opening up a new opportunity for that country." (more)
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Hemet couple who completed mission ready for next journey

Expat Tales By GAIL WESSON for The Press-Enterprise - HEMET - When Dr. R. Michael Duffin wanted to set up a solo ophthalmology practice, he looked at urban areas but his two uncles persuaded him to check out Hemet, where they had dental practices. That was 25 years ago, and as Duffin and his wife, Gaye, closed the Hemet chapter of their lives last week, they reflected on their church and community service, his surgery practice and their humanitarian and religious trips abroad, most recently for three years in Panama. On Saturday, they left to make a new home in Sandy, Utah, closer to some of their adult children. R. Michael Duffin, 58, will teach residents in training and see patients at the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center. (more)
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Another Email Supporting Rex Freeman

Expat TalesHello Don, it has come to my intention that there are accusations against Rex Freeman. I was drawn to write some lines about this, because I'm a long participant in internet business and I have experienced that most is unreal, betraying, ripping off and not honest. Rex Freeman and his VRG Group with the VRG Guaranty seems from my perspective completely different! He is caring and stands for mistakes which happens allover. Some close down their business when they have made mistakes or met the wrong decisions, Rex chooses to be responsible for losses others have experienced through his advice. I was involved in the automatic trading with VRG and I have lost nearly all my invested money. Rex has without hesitation paid back all my losses which was over 1000.- US$. I have never experienced something like this and what I feel is the VRG Group a very special occasion to get in contact with the right people and the right information. By the way beside a club fee you have to pay to VRG, what is normal, was all trading handeled by a normal broker and VRG has had no access to the invested money in any kind. The only fee which was deducted from earnings was for the developper of the software, which was in the end recognised as a failure. Nobody is perfect and things which look beautiful for a while can turn around... I hope I could contribute something worthful to the discussion. If you look at someone you can always find mistakes, the way to be in life should be the sight on the things which are constructive and loving. Rex is fulfilling this task in a very special and unique way! Best regards SHW Corporation
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Third Week of Panama Health Strike

Protests & DemonstrationsPanama, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Striking public health physicians and the Panama government, in a standoff for 14 days, began Monday without any sign of resolving the conflict, while patients prepare a demonstration demanding prohibition of health sector strikes. Some 5,000 doctors of the Health Ministry (Minsa) and Social Security (CSS) ended outpatient consultations and surgery on November 6, demanding a 60 percent increase in their salaries. In the course of negotiations, the physicians reduced their demand somewhat, but added that of a written government commitment not to privatize the health system and annulment of two laws which -in their criteria- allows contracting welfare services to private companies. (more)
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Shots Fired at Prison Director's House

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Over the weekend someone fired several shots at the house of the Director of the Panamanian Prison system Luis Gordón. This happened twice, once Saturday evening and another early morning Sunday. Both times the bullets impacted the outside of his house. Luis Gordón is the new director of the prison system who has been trying to "bring order" to a system which has been plagued by escapes recently, and his programs and policies have been very unpopular among those who are locked up.

Copyright 2007 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Kidnapping / Carjacking in Panama City

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This weekend a man was kidnapped while sitting in his car. He came out of a bar at 2:30 am (late Saturday night, early morning Sunday) and was jumped by three armed men who tied him up, put him in the trunk of the car, and spent the rest of the night driving around. The victim managed to put his cell phone down his pants and eventually got free enough to call his family to let them know what was going on. The police found him in the trunk of his car at 11:30 am on Sunday morning near the Edison Plaza on Tumba Muerto where the kidnappers had abandonded him.

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Pasco Suing Panamanian Government for $10 Million

Law & Lawyers By Rafael Pérez G. for La Prensa - The history of the P&P real estate development company, owned by Carlos Eduardo Pasco Henríquez, and his housing development project which has been protested by environmental groups because they said it encroaches on the Camino de Cruces National Park, has taken another turn. Pasco has sued the Panamanian government for damages arising after the old Inter oceanic Regional Authority (ARI) awarded lot number CL-35 on Clayton to him which he purchased at auction. Pasco is suing for $10,542,226.23 and his claim was admitted by the Third Room of the Supreme Court which is under the control of Judge Víctor Benavides, but the decision to admit the case has been appealed by the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Administration. (more)
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2008 Panama Jazz Festival

Bands & Music Jazz Police - Founded by Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the Panama Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 5th birthday January 21 - 26, 2008 was created in order to exchange cultural experiences between the best musicians in the world and the Panamanian people. Perez’s vision has guided the growth of the festival, which while continuing to bring top tier international artists to perform in ticketed and free events, now has as its inextricable center the need to address music education. According to Pérez, “Each year we have been expanding the educational aspect of the Festival, bringing in more notable musicians as master teachers, additional major educational institutions, growing the audition process, reaching out to the most needy communities in Panama and increasing the amount and kind of scholarships, and the cultural opportunities we are able to make available to the young people of Panama. (more)
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