Another jewel from the desk of our friend Tito Johnson recalls the golden days of Carnaval, especially the celebration in the City of Colon, which I recall with nostalgia and haven´t seen replicated even in Panama City, although the Carnavals in our capitol city were Real Carnaval until the mid 1950´s. By the late 1950´s I would say that Panama´s Carnaval started going downhill by cultural standards. I hope you enjoy this memory as much as I did. Continue reading
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- Real Carnaval February 1, 2016The Real Carnaval memories as a youth in the Colon of Panama´s golden past. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- Reminiscences of a Colon Bway (con´t) December 27, 2015We hope you enjoy Tito Johnson´s memories of Colon as much as we have. Here is Part II. **** We continued collecting whatever donations dropped in our cigar box, still on the pavement in front of our bench, which increased … Continue reading →sanjuanletran
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- The New Locks of the Panama Canal- Nothing Like What Our Grandfathers Achieved August 28, 2015By now most of us, both here in Panama and abroad, have been witness to the shameful images of the shoddy workmanship done on the “completed” new locks of the widened Panama Canal by the GUPC (Grupos Unidos por el … Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- Rass Not Spoken Here! July 20, 2015A vindication of the English spoken by our British West Indian forefathers here in Panama which, for decades has been held in derision and ridicule as not the "proper" English to teach our children. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- A Digger’s Story April 12, 2015A Digger's Story, a poem by Louis Emanuel, recounts some recollections of his grandfather, one of the honored and, certainly not, forgotten, Silver Roll diggers of the early Panama Construction era. Continue reading →Lydia
- Mashup March 30, 2015Some anecdotes taken from a book by Susie Pearl Core entitled Maid in Panama from 1938 which highlight the particular linguistic nuances of the English spoken by the West Indins of Panama. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club- More Insights March 4, 2015More pages from the commemorative journal published by the Panamanian Retirees' Breakfast Club in tribute to the Black West Indian Diggers on the 100th Anniversary of the Innauguration of the Panama Canal, August 15, 2014. Continue reading →sanjuanletran
- Chombo February 18, 2015February is Black History Month in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and it really should be in Panama as well as the rest of Latin America. Chombo was a term to identify the black West Indians from the Caribbean basin who came to Panama to work on the mega projects of the Railroad and the Panama Canal. This post, highlighting a poem by Louis Emanuel, seeks to m […]sanjuanletran
- The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club February 7, 2015We are so pleased to introduce our readers to the Panamanian Retiree's Breakfast Club Commemorative Centennial Journal . A diverse group of Panamanian West Indian retirees who proudly share their membership with the newer generation of Panamanian West Indian descendants the admiration they feel for their ancestors, "The Diggers." Continue read […]sanjuanletran
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