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PortoDiao.com Presents… MATADOR!

Porto Diao is proud to present its latest mega event, in tune with the guerrilla approach we’ve become known for in order to change the face of culture in Panama in different, never-before-seen ways. This new event, which I talked about some months ago here, is the latest and greatest from the Porto Diao creative […]

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The Panama Zombie Walk 2010 – Safety Tips and Guidelines

En Español: La Gran Caminata Zombie 2010 – Recomendaciones y Medidas de Seguridad We’d like to thank everyone who voiced their opinions on our web portal as they did in Facebook, Twitter, radio, press and television concerning the obstacles we’ve faced to make the 2010 Zombie Walk a reality. To make it clear: THE ZOMBIE […]

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The 2010 Panama Zombie Walk, a Target of Abuse Against Freedom of Speech

If you ask me, if they want to put me in jail because they don’t like how I express myself (a constitutional right), then let them put me in jail ‘til the flesh peels off my bones. What I do feel is unfair is that innocent folk that just want to have a good time have to pay for this. The order is to “take everyone away, with or without permit.”

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The Panama Flag League

Since both Porto Diao and myself peruse Facebook daily for both pertinent and extracurricular activities, I get a lot of invites to events of all shapes, sizes and topics. As great a tool as the social networking site is, sometimes it can become quite overwhelming and douched in its own particular brand of bullshit that, […]

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Rob Rivera is Number 1 English Speaking Panama Blog

At least that’s what the folks at Panama Travel News are saying. It was Friday morning, sort of excited about going to the Guildstock ’08 for reasons I will not discuss here (ask me though. I love ranting) but even more excited because I scored a copy of Señor Loop’s new album in 4 years […]

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A Life on Mars is my Gateway to Catharsis

To put it in lamest terms, lately I’ve found myself with an acute lack of inspiration to write anything worth reading. Looking back at it, I could attribute this resignation with being tired from taking care of Porto and all the wonderful things he does, or recent work troubles, or somewhat personal issues; maybe it’s all of the above. Of course, since it’s in my nature as a writer to be an observer of human behavior, I find myself more interested in how other people’s actions (or lack thereof) affect me. If you’re looking for an informative piece on Panama or Panamanians and how they operate, I guess you’ll find something worth taking with you in this piece. If you want to read the musings of a jaded columnist with some snark and hilariously bitter social commentary, you’ll get a kick out of this joint. If you’re looking for news, get the fuck out of my porch.

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The Naso Problem

I bet that, like me, It’s taken a lot of you some time to be aware of the problem happening to the Naso people, at the west end of Panama in Bocas del Toro, near the border with Costa Rica. Details are scarce (in English) so I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version to put you up to speed; time is precious for these people, so any help you can provide in the matter would be greatly appreciated by them.

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Porto Diao Zombie Walk Panama 2008 Press Release

Looking for something different to do this Halloween? If you’re tired of the club scene and Halloween parties that appear in the social calendar every October 31st, then you are invited to participate in a special event that will make the “dead” rise and walk the earth for one night only.

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Lucha Xtrema Nacional (LXN)

Like a folded chair to the face, sometimes things blindside us and knock us off our shoes when we least expect it. Many of us enjoy the thrill of a pleasant surprise, but in this day and age of the Internet where we can know everything everybody is doing every second of the day, spoil […]

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Grainjaus Session 3 – Bruce Lee and Tony Jaa

Porto Diao marches on with his ongoing cult/exploitation film festival at the Theatre guild of Ancon. This time, it’s a celebration of chop-socky, closed-fist destruction as two of the most incredible martial artists in the history of cinema square off in a battle where only the best man (and those most drunk) wins: Bruce Lee […]

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Grainjaus Session 2 – GRINDHOUSE

It is with great pleasure that I present to you, dear reader, a Porto Diao project that’s close to my heart and has been on my constant watch list on things to resurrect for some time: “Grainjaus!”, Porto Diao’s exploitation and cult film festival. First started in La Casona with an awesome, gruesome zombie movie […]

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Guildstock 2008 at the Ancon Theater Guild

Just a quick heads-up for those of you in Panama City; as a member of the Theater Guild of Ancon Board of Governors, it’s my duty (to please that booty) and honor to humbly invite you to get to know one of the oldest theaters in Panama City, and the only one that mounts plays […]

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Porto Diao Zombie Walk 2007 Video Recap

I have returned! After a short absence (alright, so I took a little more than a month… big whoop) I’m slowly taking back the reign of things. One of the reasons why I’ve been quiet this long is, in part, due to this year’s Zombie Walk, which was organized by the Porto Diao group. The […]

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Panamanian Politicians and Facebook

As an aside to this piece, I feel compelled to share this tidbit with you: I got to work this morning and after settling in and the like, I decided to peruse Facebook. The social netwroking website has been vital to Porto Diao’s current marketing ventures, especifically talking about the Zombie Walk and I’m the […]

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The Panama Gamers League

As videogames continue their climb to become respected forms of art and entertainment, Panama doesn’t fall behind. I jumped in the video game bandwagon during its second generation (as of 2007, we’re on the 7th cycle) I can’t deny that stem of my roots even if I wanted to. More than two decades later, we’ve […]

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