El único Panamá - Week 52

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Celebrate New Years in Panama with Muñecos and Fireworks! At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve the life size mannequins, muñecos, as they are called, are exploded – some people burn them but exploding seems more fun – symbolically saying goodbye to the old year. It is to keep the fights, the gossip, the evil and memories in the past. The muñecos can symbolize people they love or don’t care for; famous people, politicians, a family member or friend. Sometimes they resemble scarecrows, or have them standing or sitting in beach chairs in the front yard. I even saw one strapped to the back of a car! Burning the old starts the Ne

El único Panamá - Week 51

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Pope Francis is coming to Panama to celebrate World Youth Day! In a unique opportunity to showcase the country, its people, and its culture, Panamá will host World Youth Day 2019 from January 22 to 27, which includes a visit by the Pope for the first time since 1983. World Youth Day (Jornada Mundial de la Juventud) is an international Catholic Church event typically celebrated every three years in a different country. It is estimated over 200,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to participate in World Youth Day events. That represents a temporary boost in the country’s population of more than 10 percent! Whereas, the

El único Panamá - Week 50

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Rosa Iveth Montezuma Montero is the first woman of indigenous roots to represent Panama in the Miss Universe pageant. She is a native of the Alto Caballero community in Ngäbe Buglé, the largest and most populous of Panama's three comarcas indígenas. There are seven indigenous groups that account for 12 percent of the total population. Rosa is the first beauty queen to visit different commissions of the United Nations Organization for social purposes. She raised her voice to address topics related to indigenous issues and women's empowerment. Miss Universe 2018 will be held on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. It will be th

Your Guide to Panama Property Tax Reform

The property tax reform approved in Law 66 of 2017 which enters into force in January 2019 establishes new rates for the payment of real estate taxes. All the fees go down more so if it is the habitual residence of a family or person. To receive the benefit, taxpayers must submit an application to the Directorate General of Revenue (DGI) to constitute the property as family property. BENEFIT 1. Who has the right to request it? The benefit applies to the principal residence of a family or person, both national and foreign, regardless of their marital status (single, joint defacto, married, widowed …). The decree distinguishes between the tax on family property and main residence, although

El único Panamá - Week 49

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photo:PanamaToday Mother's Day is a National Holiday in Panama! Each year on December 8th, Panama celebrates Mother's Day, honoring women and mothers throughout the country. It is also the same date of the Catholic observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Public institutions and schools organize observance events bestowing gifts of all kinds, including thank you letters, poems, chocolates and flowers. There are three versions of the celebration of Mother's Day. One claims Catholic Panamanians wanted the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to be celebrated as a public holiday but faced resistance from the secular populat

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