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Authentic Panamanian Rodeo in Chame - Gringos Invited

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received this notification this morning from Jerin Tate. I went last year and it was a lot of fun -- "Gran Campeonato de Hierra, August 30th, 2009, Pista de los Campeones, El Espave, Chame - Every year my family has our rodeo in the areas around Chorrera. Ours is one of the biggest ones of the year, and last year we had almost 4,000 people attend. Being that I am an American, our rodeo is also unique in that many people from the English speaking community attend this event. Last year we had around 300 expats in attendance. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get immersed in some Panamanian culture while still being with other expats. Admission is only $3, and beers are only 60 cents. There will be Panamanian food for sale, as well as singing, dancing, fireworks, rodeo, and a performance by Ulpiano Vergara in the evening. If you have been wanting to see the local side of Panama but weren´t sure where to do it, this is a must do. The rodeo is in a new location this year in the brand new Pista de los Campeones in Chame. If you are coming from the city, take the Pan-American highway and drive all the way down the big hill that leads into Chame. After you come off the hill start counting the pedestrian overpasses and look for the third one. The bridge itself has a Mcdonalds advertisement on it and you will see the Chivas sign signaling the rodeo. Turn right on the road there and enter. If you are coming from Coronado, go exactly 8.0 km past the entrance to Altos del Maria and the entrance will be one the left. Due to all expats in attendance from last year, we are considering getting buses together from both Coronado and Panama City to bring in interested expats. If you are interested and need information or directions, please call me at 6733-0657 or e-mail me at jerin@panagringo.com and I will get all the information for you. Here are some links from coverage of last year´s event: http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20080901084324552, http://www.playacommunity.com/the-news/community-news/another-succesfull-panamanian-rodeo-in-la-chorrera--20080903704/"

Copyright 2009 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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Run - It's The Pussy Patrol! - Bosco Busts Bodacious Bimbos!

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A Hooker Busting Weekend in Panama
A Hooker Busting Weekend in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - And a good time was had by all - another transvestite of justice in Panama. Over the weekend officials from the municipal government of Panama City, together with the Mayor of Panama City Bosco Vallarino, as well as law enforcement officers from several institutions and agencies, working together with prosecutors from the Public Ministry, social and health workers, raided two of the most famous whore houses in Panama City. The first was the "Jet Set Elegancia International" which was operating from House #51 in the exclusive Coco del Mar neighborhood of Panama City. Regular readers will remember these guys - the authorities turned up the heat on them back in 2007, and they apparently moved from Obarrio to Coco del Mar. Authorities arrested nine prostitutes from Colombia, four from Brazil, and a handful of Panamanian women who were working there. Mayor Bosco Vallarino said "we found a list of clients which contains the names of members of the Partido Revolucionario Democratico PRD political party, as well as businessmen." They also found cocaine and other drugs and loads of other information and paraphernalia indicating the house was being used for (gasp!) prostitution. The political rumor mill had a field day this weekend with "spaculation" over who's names might be on that list. In one comment Bosco said they would be making telephone calls to the wives of those whose names were on the list to let them know they were using the services of the prostitutes (whoops!) and that all of the women would be tested for HIV. Everyone was led away in handcuffs. Then the next night they raided the "Royal Elegance Center" on Via Porras, another fine institution of getting your pipes cleaned, except with ugly fat chicks and lower prices. This is the place also known as "the tire shop" - they literally have a little innocent looking tire repair place as a "front" - and if you drive around to the back then there's the whore house, complete with bar, bedrooms, jacuzzi, the works. From the street you can drive by it a thousand times and never know it's there. The customers like it because they have a parking lot in the back where you can park your car in broad daylight and no one can see who's there from the street. Err, wait, that's what my friends tell me... Anyway, again they found the industrial sized boxes of condoms, KY lube, all kinds of sex toys, piles of money, computers and information, passports for the hookers, as well as a boatload of illegal foreign prostitutes. And again, according to Bosco Vallarino, two of the women who were working there are now cooperating with authorities, and they even published the price lists on television - a quickie is $60 bucks, half for the house and half for the hooker. For an hour or more it was $100 bucks, $60 for the house and $40 fo' da; ho'. Then I also received email this morning from a friend who says authorities also raided the famous hangouts for "soft" prostitutes, meaning those who turn tricks for a living but who are not in the country on an official "alternadora" visas - places like Via Veneto, La Bodeguita, and other massage parlors. Rumor is they busted about 120 hookers all told, which probably means more like 30 in reality. Anyway, Bosco has a hard-on for the prostitutes --- hey, that didn't come out right, but you know what I mean. Don't miss the special report tomorrow night at 9:00 pm on TVN Channel 2. I was interviewed for their special piece on prostitution in Panama because there are a lot of gringos who come down to Panama just to bang the hookers. Anyway, now would not be a good time to partake, unless you want to make the newsreels.

Copyright 2009 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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Dealante.com - Good Guide for Nightlife and Partying

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - One of the best guides for Panamanian nightlife are the cool dudes over at dealante.com They post after-party pics of all the hot chicks running around town, and they generate a lot of their traffic by sending a photographer to cover every event in every club and disco in town. The clubbing set checks the page the next day to see how they turned out (drunk and stupid or hot and sexy.) They also cover the concerts and events, list upcoming parties and specials, and occasionally cover the the weird stuff, like this topless DJ and some political stuff from a young perspective. In any case, a good alternative for nightlife activity... You're not going to get it from me - I'm a married old fuddy-duddy with a 19 month-old daughter. Hey, it's sweeps week, so I just needed a good reason to put up a picture of these two attractive young ladies. In all seriousness, folks, the nightlife in Panama is great and it's one of the major attractions of Panama City.

Copyright 2008 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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Rock Cafe in Marbella Ordered Closed

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingBy Mirna Ospino for the Panama America - The famous discotheque Rock Cafe in Marbella was ordered closed by the Mayor of Panama due to acts of violence that have occurred there recently. Similarly, authorities warned they will be conducting stringent operations starting on Thursday, 12 June 2008, in areas of Marbella and Calle Uruguay, areas where there have been incidents of drug use and sale, acts of violence, and vehicular congestion. In these operations units of the National Police, Traffic Police, Immigration, as well as representatives from the Offices of the Justice of the Peace (corregidurías) will participate.
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The Crazy Horse Showclub

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By David Rush for Panama-Guide.com - There is a new hot spot in the adult nightlife market - The Crazy Horse Panama. It's located in El Dorado, which is less than 10 minutes from almost anywhere in the city. Several taxis had no problem getting there for me and a few friends. There's several other clubs in the area, but none with this approach to adult entertainment in Panama. They’ve put together American-style adult entertainment with a Latin flavor. The club is couples friendly and interaction with the entertainers while on stage and off is encouraged. The Crazy Horse is open Monday thru Saturday starting at 8pm until the last customers has left. The staff is bilingual and they’ve got one of the most stocked bars I’ve seen in Panama. I would definitely recommend checking out this establishment and enjoying the atmosphere.

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Jet Set Elegancia Still Running - Hookers in Obario (Go Figure)

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - It looks like the Jet Set Elegancia Spa in Obarrio is back up and running full speed. They had a run-in with their neighbors a few months ago - there are some very rich and politically powerful people living right next door and I was sure they were going to be shut down. But not so fast - I just checked their website and you can see that "Sol" is available 24/7 (pictured here), advertised as a 21 year-old submissive Russian woman, 34C, Chestnut hair and green eyes, 1.6 meters tall and weighing 125 pounds. Of course, whatever happens in the back room during your 60 minute session for $150 bucks is between you and her. Don't forget your raincoat...

Copyright 2008 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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Getting Ready for Carnival 2008 in Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Get ready, cuz' here it comes. Carnival 2008 starts next weekend. Panamanians love to celebrate Carnival, and if you've never experienced one your in for a treat. First of all, have a good time. Secondly, be safe. This year the celebrations will start on Friday, 1 February 2008 and run through "Carnival weekend" until Tuesday 5 February. In the United States they use the term "Mardi Gras" for carnival celebrations in New Orleans. In fact, Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" which is always tuesday before Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter. Confused? (more)

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Hookers, Hookers... In Obarrio???

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I ran into someone who reads Panama-Guide regularly and they commented "what's the matter, Don? No stories about hookers lately?" Hey, not by choice, you can bet on that. As chance would have it I got a telephone call late yesterday afternoon from Ivan Medina, the Secretary of the company for JetSet Elegancia Intl. If you remember La Prensa and several other local newspapers ran stories about a raid the "corregidora" (Justice of the Peace) from Bella Vista conducted against their business on 2 October 2007. I picked up the story from La Prensa and translated it when it came out. They were calling me to complain, to clarify what had happened, and to ask me to pull down the original article. (more)

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500 New Hookers in the Last Three Months

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying By Grisel Bethancourt for the Panama America - The office of Immigration in Panama has granted between 400 to 500 "alternadora" visas in the past few months, and that the girls are currently in the country. Immigration director Ricardo Vargas said that at the next debate over the bill that would regulate immigration activity that the discusison over the issuance of visas should be extensive. With regards to recent complaints from the United States with regards to human trafficking, he said they are working hard and making headway for the state.
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Release of the Seventh Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying Secretary Condoleezza Rice: SECRETARY RICE: Thank you all for coming. I'd like to thank Ambassador Mark Lagon who just twelve days ago assumed his duties as director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. And it's my pleasure to be here today to release that report. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable members of society, most often innocent women and children, exploiting and abusing them and profiting from their suffering. The President's dedication to defending human dignity and advancing human freedom worldwide is at the center of our foreign policy and as a result, we have made combating human trafficking a prominent and deeply felt commitment for the United States Government. In my travels, I have noticed a greater desire by our partners to fight this crime and protect its victims. And across the globe, the United States is building new partnerships to rescue and shelter the victims. We are helping to lead a global movement, not just to confront this crime, but to abolish it. More and more countries are coming to see human trafficking for what it is -- a modern-day form of slavery that devastates families and communities around the world. Much of the growing desire to fight this crime is due in no small part to our annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The report's purpose is to raise awareness, to highlight best practices and to inspire governments to take action against trafficking. I am pleased that this year's report covers more countries than ever before -- 164 in total. (more)
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