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“Para Leer Panamá”

La INAC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura) ha hecho la iniciativa de crear una serie de compilaciones llamadas “Para Leer Panamá,” con el fin de incentivar a la población a que lea un poco más. Como no hay mucha gente que usa la literatura como escape en mi país, cualquier proyecto que promueva la causa es […]

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Real-Life Account of a “Secuestro Express” (Express Kidnapping) Victim

The first cases of express kidnappings in Panama started coming up on news outlets around 2005, but who knows for how long they’ve been happening. Still, I believe it’s good to get the word out on accounts like these, so I’ve taken the liberty to translate the girl’s account for you to read.

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Panamanians and the Public Transportation System

I was driving down towards my home one fateful Saturday night when I unexpectedly got into a car crash. Luckily no one got hurt and all damages were cosmetic, but the crash triggered a series of events that ultimately left me without a car for a number of weeks, having to rely on the Panamanian public transport system to take me places. Considering I left cabs and buses when I started driving about half a decade ago, this new status quo had some degree of culture shock packed within it. What follows is a reprise of the trials and tribulations of getting around in Panama City when you’re on nothing more than your own two feet with chump change to get you in the occasional bus or a cab, and the pros/cons of the current system. The funky colors and highly inaccurate likenesses painted on their emergency doors are about all that’s attractive about them, and cabs can come in all shapes, sizes, creeds and levels of danger. To say I will enjoy the catharsis this piece will bring is a gross understatement.

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And Now, a Gut-Wrenching Juan Carlos Navarro Advertisement for Panama’s PRD Primary

This is the set-up: a man that’s known both online and off as Rob Rivera is lying down in bed thinking about the things people like Rob Rivera think about when they’re lying in bed (answer: chocolate) perusing the TV channels of his basic cable service. Mind you, my TV set has been busted for months.

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Pepsigol Evolution Commercial Poops on Panama National Soccer Team

I’m taking a break from my adventures with one Niko Bellic to chime in on this whole Pepsigol Evolution commercial business. I got the link to the youtube clip below this morning (Thanks, Arturo!) and even though it first seemed as a run-of-the-mill commercial with no outstanding merit, if you stick to it towards the […]

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Enrique Jaramillo Levi and the Future of Writers in Panama

In December of 2007, an article by legendary Panamanian author Enrique Jaramillo Levi graced the Opinion section of La Prensa, Panama’s highest-circulated newspaper. The short essay, titled “Escritores Ante Nuevos Retos” or “Writers Facing New Challenges” was placed on my desk after a long day on the streets, being charming and trying to earn my […]

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Bajo Tierra – “Los Killer Monkeys”

Colombian band Bajo Tierra has apparently been rocking all the bitches in the biker shots since 1988 and all I can think is “where in the world was I?” This punk rock fusion band is right up my alley, as evidences by their first single off their 4th album in 20 years, named Los Dias […]

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The Porto Diao Blog

Well, he had it coming…. Porto Diao has joined the blogosphere bandwagon with a brand-spankin’ new blog! That’s right, ladies and gents: now all the goodies the Porto Diao group has for you can be read about in a neat bloggy format so you don’t miss a beat on all things Porto. I’ve realized that […]

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Cupido Must Die! – A Porto Diao Movement

So, Yamile and I throw a lot of ideas around. A LOT. Hell, a lot of the smaller movements coming down the pipe are products of very wonderful lunches we’ve had together. In light of the impending Valetine’s Day rituals, the lovely geek cooked up a site and I wrote up how many of us […]

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Bloggers in Blog Radio (MP3)

This will be short and sweet because I’m still feeling the after effects of eating ridiculously spicy chicken wings and I’ll wrap this up here to put my ass in a bucket of ice-cold water: Last night an entourage of bloggers composed of Jorge Yau, Gonzalo Horna, Butter, Flip and myself were invited to Artefacto‘s […]

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“Mi Deseo”

Amarro mis problemas y los lanzo al viento, metiendo los pies en la arena mientras siento el frío entre mis dedos, intentando mirar más allá del horizonte. Dicen que si miras lo suficientemente lejos hasta puedes ver cómo el cielo se torna de día justo sobre el cuerpo azul marino, aquel cuerpo en calma que […]

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“Échame un Cuento”

Feliz día de independencia de España (thanks, dude!), súper lectores. Debería hacer un editorial acerca de esta fecha tan importante en la historia panameña pero la verdad es que es un día libre y la última cosa que quiero hacer es una investigación. Creo que lo único que quieren saber de la fecha es que […]

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Zombie Walk Panamá 2006 – Último Comunicado

First of all, CLICK HERE; I spent a large chunk of yesterday sending the link to people I know and the thought of posting the thing here never crossed my mind til now… go figure. Once you do, if you’re still interested in coming to the walk then please take a read at the last […]

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1er Comunicado Para la CAMINATA ZOMBIE 2006

Buenas! Como mucha gente me ha preguntado acerca de qué se trata el tan hablado “Zombie Walk” y también muchas personas se han suscrito después de ya mandado el primer comunicado he decidido postearlo aquí para que todos puedan leerlo. Igual los exhorto a que entren al portal de Porto Diao (www.portodiao.com) y se suscriban […]

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“Sin Nombre”

Aquí les traigo otro de mis relatos, una pieza de suspenso que, aunque demasiado corta a mi parecer, hace buen material para pasar el rato. Hubo un tiempo en el que casi hago del cuento un cortometraje pero como son las cosas a veces, nunca se dió. Sigo interesado en filmarlo algún día que disponga […]

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