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Burning Of the Judas Dolls or “Muñecos de año Viejo” (Dolls of the old year)

Shortly before Christmas, dolls that resemble politicians, movie stars and even hoodlums appear along the Interamerican Highway from Capira to San Carlos in the Panama West province. These curious effigies disappear just as quickly on December 31, when they are burned at midnight.

They are called “Judas dolls” and represent the year that comes to an end. This somewhat bizarre tradition exercises in one big bonfire the baggage of the year that finishes. These dolls are usually made with old clothes and filled with straw or dry leaves, wood shavings and other materials. They are very similar to scarecrows. The tradition’s origin is unknown, but some said that started as a joke among the San Carlos’ residents.

The majority of these dolls have a skeleton made of wood or metal pipes. To make the combustion process more dramatic the Judases also have fireworks inside. For the head several types of materials are used such as coconuts, pumpkin, paper bags and even cans.

Although most of the Judas dolls are very simple, there are very creative and talented people around who manage to make their Judas have such likeness to their real life model that it is uncanny. The artist selects the most remarkable person of the year, being good or bad to represent the year.

The creation of a Judas can take 10 hours and cost between $30 and $50. Families and neighbors get together to make them. However, there are some artisans that are particularly good at their trade and sell their Judas dolls for up to $100, for the majority the creations are just a bit of fun.

This tradition is so popular that a competition between the communities of Chame and San Carlos takes place every year and on Monday, December 30 at the Jardin Popular of Sajalices in Chame, 4:00 p.m. the maker of the best Judas could win $300.

Burning a Judas is certainly a different way to welcome the New Year.

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Jose Raul Mulino Public Security Minister of Panama From 2010-2014
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Juan Carlos Varela Commander-in-Chief of the Panamanian Public Forces and Former President Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal
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Jose Raul Mulino Public Security Minister of Panama From 2010-2014
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This one isn’t Panamanian!! It’s Steve Harvey apologizing for his error at the Miss Universe Pageant
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A random group of Judas dolls including Ron Weasley which a character from Harry Potter movies
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Rodolfo Aguilera Minister of Public Security
El Chapo Joaquin Guzman a Mexican Drug lord

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SO Why Panama? Playa Coronado Tops The Charts!

There were many deciding factors behind our move to Panama! Many of them including weather, monetary system, Spanish language, location,  beaches and others!

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Part of what lead to our final decision to move here was the decision by so many others over the last few years. Panama and the beaches area where we are located has become a huge hotspot for retirees and expats from American and Canada.

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In a 2013 article Yahoo Finance named Coronado Beach Panama as one of their top 5 World’s Best Beach cities for retirement.

Coronado, a fast-growing beachfront community about an hour outside Panama City, Panama, offers a high-quality beach lifestyle with all the amenities and services a retiree could want. Historically, this coastal town has been a top weekend getaway choice among residents of nearby Panama City. Over the past half-dozen years, Coronado has developed into a busy commercial center that makes for a turn-key retirement choice. It is evolving into a full-fledged retirement destination with an established population of full-time foreign residents supported by a developed infrastructure, including good medical facilities. Source :Yahoo Finance

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When deciding where to move or live make sure you do your research! Aside from actually traveling to Panama we did a TON of homework on our future home. Blogs, books, travel blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook, etc! We checked it all out, but I would recommend that you physically go to the place that you are considering moving to before you make the move! It might save you time, money and heartache!

-Tiffany

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Beach Business Network Happy Hour-December 2015

Just wanted to write a quick article to send a big thanks to everyone that came out and saw us at the Beach Business Network Happy Hour! Our gratitude to George Stumpp from BluWater Bistro for hosting and offering Happy Hour drink and food specials.

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There were many vendors and businesses in attendance including $199 Websites, Melody’s Garden, Win Trading Signals, R&B SUP, That’s Why Panama, Bob Hislop Photography, Cafe De Mi Tierra Coffee Co., Backe Financial, Waiara Jewelry and Creations, along with many others!

A great time was had by all! Thanks and look forward to the next one!

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Roxy Fundraiser for Funacancer Foundation

RUN, SUP & YOGA

IN AN EXCITING FIRST, ROXY INVITES GIRLS TO JOIN OUR RIDE AND EXERCISE OUR RIGHT TO HAVE FUN.

ROXY GIRLS ARE ALWAYS READY. READY FOR A CHALLENGE AND DOWN FOR A GOOD ADVENTURE.

JOIN ROXY TO RUN, STAND UP PADDLEBOARD AND YOGA, ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AND HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT.

BECAUSE YOU’RE THE FIRST IN LINE AND THE LAST TO CALL IT QUITS.

AND AS FAR AS WE’RE CONCERNED, THE FINISH LINE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

 

This October 25th as part of the global campaign to end cancer the global brand Roxy is going to host a Run SUP Yoga event. It will take place in Coronado to benefit the Foundation Fundacáncer.

The event will start at 7:00 a.m., Sunday October 25 at Playa Serena Beach in Coronado. Sign in will be located at the Hotel Coronado Beach Club.

Schedule Of Events:
Yoga session at 7 am with Ana Sofia Tejeira                                                        3KM fun run on the beach at 8 am                                                                              Finally end the day with a 2KM SUP *stand up paddle board*

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You can pre-register at Quiksilver Stores located at Multiplaza Mall and the Albrook Mall.

Pre-registration date are from October 10 until October 22.

Registration is available the day of the event.

The registration fee of $20 will be donated in full to Fundacancer.

Registration includes a ROXY Kit with cap, bag and yoga mat and a buffet breakfast. The venue will be at the Beach Club Hotel Coronado Golf & Beach Resort located in Serena. You must bring your own Stand Up Paddle board or rent one. They are limited so be sure to reserve at check in.

You can choose to compete in one, two or all three events! There are no restrictions.

Have More Questions? Here is a link to their website:
http://roxy.com/run-sup-yoga/events/panama.html

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