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The capital of Panama prepares celebration of its 500th anniversary

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:43

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An ambitious and colorful calendar to celebrate the fifth centenary of the foundation of Panama City is prepared by the capital city council headed by burgomaster José Isabel Blandón, who today explained the program.

The mayor of the first Hispanic city founded on the American Pacific coast spoke at a press conference o the varied 80 celebrations program, which began on August 1 with an interreligious ceremony and that will end on August 15, 2019 featuring a fireworks' show.

Blandón said it is "necessary that citizens see the importance of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the entire Panama City, not only the old area (Panama Viejo), so we can recognize the contributions of different ethnic groups to what the city is today".

Therefore, he stressed, the celebrations will take place in the four cardinal points of the current city, with just over one million inhabitants, which represent almost 25 percent of the country.

On August 15, 1519 Pedro Arias Dávila founded the first Spanish city on the coasts of the South Sea or Pacific Ocean and the oldest on the mainland that exists to this day as a city.

For the celebration, a 500-year Commission was organized, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which began academically with the 500-year-old Panama City Forum, headed last Saturday by Colombian historian Diana Uribe and continued on Wednesday with the opening of an exhibition of paintings by young artists in the House of the Municipality.

In addition to the lighting of the countdown clock in the northern town of Chilibre, on August 15 the Resilience Strategy of the city of Panama will be launched and the traditional solemn session of the Municipal Council will be held at the archaeological site of Panama Viejo, first settlement of the capital.

Panama was declared Ibero-American Capital of Culture on the occasion of the anniversary.

The International Forum of Carlos V Network will be held next August 23, aimed at tourism managers, students and professionals and environmentalists, as well as residents of the communities in the area of influence of the heritage routes of Panama.

The XXII Fair of Collections (numismatics), the Municipal Sports Games, the Rally towards the 500 years, the Gran Sancocho (typical Panamanian soup), an open forum of sciences of Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC) and the inauguration of Mural paintings 500, in the 26 districts in which the capital is divided, are some of the activities that will be developed until next December.

January 14, 2019 will mark the Panama Jazz Festival, featuring Panamanian composer Damilo Pérez, who will premiere the musical composition in honor of the fifth centenary of the city, which will host the World Youth Day with the participation of Pope Francis from January 22 to 27.

Other cultural, sporting, musical, artistic, theatrical, recreational activities for adults and children will be performed on the streets and venues of the capital until August next year, when academic forums, activities in municipal parks and ceremonial events will be offered "to the public".

In parallel, cultural exchanges in the commemoration will be held with port cities such as Liverpool and Montevideo.

The program "has been designed with the same inclusive, diverse, recreational and cultural spirit that has marked the celebration since the Commission was created 500 years ago in 2014," the organizing committee said.

 

http://www.panamatoday.com/life-style/capital-panama-prepares-celebration-its-500th-anniversary-7511

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Panama hotels offer fifth night free to mark 500th anniversary

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Posted 09/08/2019

The  Panama Hotel  Association (Apatel)  has launched a  “Fifth night free,” promotion, to celebrate the 500 years of the founding of Panama City.

The promotion will begin on August 15 and runs until December 31. It includes Includes 46 hotels in the capital city, beach, El Valle de Antón, Boquete and Bocas del Toro,

Apatel president, Armando Rodríguez, said that the project will benefit the sector and reflect positive dividends for other sectors of the country's economy,  but chiefly increasing hotel occupancy, which during 2018 registered only  45%.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/panama-hotels-offer-fifth-night-free-to-mark-500th-anniversary

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Panama City will celebrate 500 years

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 16:33

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Panama City will celebrate 500 years of foundation on August 15, 2019, a city with a great historical heritage full of tradition and culture. It is the oldest city erected by the Spanish in the American Pacific.

As part of this celebration, the Commission of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City and the Mayor of Panama with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the activities "Years of founding of the city of Panama."

The public can enjoy a series of events aimed at the whole family in which, through different activities of art, culture and music, among others, you can know or remember all the facts of this story.

The Municipality of Panama said "the Mayor and the Commission of Foundation of the 500 years will carry out during these four previous years, activities of social, historical and cultural interest".

The actions seek to guide the community to raise awareness of the historical, social and cultural importance of this celebration.

In 2016 Panama City was designated in the Plenary Assembly of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI) as the next Ibero-American Capital of Culture for the year 2019.

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/panama-city-will-celebrate-500-years-4846

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OPINION: Abandoning Panama’s heritage

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San Lorenzo

Posted 15/08/2019

The very noble and loyal city of Panama turns 500 today. Between pomp and circumstance, official events will congratulate themselves on the achievements made by the country. Hidden among the mists of the palaver, there will be the reality of abandoning our historical heritage and that, precisely, the monumental complex of Old Panama represents the exception. Portobelo, San Lorenzo, Natá, San Francisco de la Montaña, Barriles, El Caño and the Sitio Conte, just to mention some of our most outstanding treasures, face official oblivion. Without the leadership of civil society and the most valuable academics and researchers the country has had, our collective memory would have been erased altogether. The 500 years of the capital inaugurate a time of historical anniversaries that should serve as a bridge between memory, Identity and imagination. In 2021, the bicentennial of independence, the 350th anniversary of Morgan's attack, and the foundation of Las Tablas will be fulfilled, in 2022, Natá celebrates its  own 500 years. It is not about organizing parties, but about connecting with our past, understanding our present and preparing for our future. LA PRENSA, Aug 15.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-abandoning-panamas-heritage

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Metro travelers come face to face with Panama history

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Henry Morgan

Posted 15/08/2019

Travelers on the Panama Metro  on Thursday, August 15 came face to face with iconic  characters from the country’s history on  Thursday August 15  by some of the most iconic figures in the history of Panama, as part of  the celebration of the founding of  Panama the first Pacific  coast  city built by the Spanish conquerors 500 years ago.

  The ghosts from the past were recreated by actors  who traveled the subway cars  and 30 stations playing the roles   historical characters including  the conqueror Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, his indigenous concubine Anyansi,  “The  mother of the Nation,” Maria Ossa de Amador, the English buccaneer  Henry Morgan, among others.

Carlos Aguilar Director  of the  Cultural Institute (INAC), said that the initiative was  carried out in on the the two lines of the transport system from 6:00 am until the late  afternoon.

“Each subway station became  a theater, an exhibition gallery of paintings, sculptures and photography. The entire capital  city capital and the main cities were  activated with cultural events to celebrate 500 years and the creation of the Ministry of Culture, ”said Aguilar .

On the same day  President Laurentino  Cortizo  sanctioned the law  creating  the Ministry of Culture, and confirmed that he will appoint Aguilar as head of the portfolio.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/metro-travelers-come-face-to-face-with-panama-history

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500th anniversary celebrations started at 5 am

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Posted 15/08/2019

Institutional and student groups and bands gathered around the steps of Panama’s  Cultural Institute (INAC) in Plaza de Francia in Casco Viejo at 5 am on  Thursday, August 15  to start day long festivities to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama. the first city built by the Spanish on the shores of the Pacific.

Later the celebrations moved to Panama La Vieja, the original site of the city until it was burned to thwart its capture by Brirish buccaneer  Henry Morgan,  and the bands and marching groups paraded in the rain in the area of the old city, an event  organized by the  Communal Board of in Parque Lefevre.

The flag bearer was former boxing legend Roberto “Hands of Stone ” Durán.

In the evening  14 performing groups gave a concert at the Roberto Duran stadium.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/500th-anniversary-celebrations-started-at-5-am

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