Hierra Las Cabezas Panama

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In the Azuero Peninsula cattle is king. Undoubtably, there are more heads of cows than people in this area of Panama. Just moments away from Pedasi is the tiny community of Las Cabezas, which in english means the heads. Every January 1st it is tradition to have a hierra in Las Cabezas. A hierra is a type of bull rodeo. The object is … [Read more...]

Bulls loose in the Park Pedasi Panama

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As expected there was no shortage of action this year in Pedasi for the annual desfile de carretas and toros suelto en el parque - which translates to annual folkloric festival topped off with bulls being let loose in the Pedasi town park. This year for me it was a family affair.  Almost all the important ladies in my life wanted to … [Read more...]

Pedasi Running with the Bulls Video

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This upcoming weekend is the annual "Tradicional Desfile de Carretas" or Traditional Cart Parade. Each year Pedasi clubs and near-by pueblos parade through town livestock drawn carts celebrating local traditions. It's a lively party, with people singing dancing and beating drums to old traditional tunes. The event gets really crazy … [Read more...]

Festival Nacional de la Mejorana – Guarare, Panama

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In 1949, Professor Manuel F. Zárate, a native of Guararé, realized that without careful preservation, over time the cultures of his beloved Panama could be lost.  Therefore he created la Festival Nacional de la Mejorana.  What is a Mejorana you ask?  It's a traditional Panamanian stringed instrument similar to the guitar.   This weeklong … [Read more...]

La Pollera, Festival Nacional de la Mejorana – Guararé Panama

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The Pollera is the beautiful and greatly admired national dress of Panama.  There are many different stories of how the Pollera, which originated in Spain, made it's way to Panama.  The most popular is that it was adapted from a gypsy dress worn in Spain at the time of the conquest of Peru and brought to Panama by the servants of the … [Read more...]

Break Dancing in Las Tablas

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Charlie and I were driving back from Guarare on Saturday and imagine our surprise when passing through Las Tablas and right there in the town center was a breakdancing competition!  Of course we stopped the truck because who can pass up a break dancing street comp?!  The guys (and gals) had some great moves and the crowd that gathered was … [Read more...]