Executives of the German airline Lufthansa are awaiting authorization from their headquarters to establish a direct flight between Frankfurt and Panama City, as published by the news agency ANPanamá. Dirk van Nieuwkerk, general manager for Mexico and Central America, told the Panama News Agency that it all depends on the headquarters giving authorization and assigning a plane, but they already have many destinations.
The Panamanian Association of Hotels (APATEL) signed a strategic alliance of cooperation with the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Colombia (COTELCO) to exchange experiences, information, and knowledge, as well as facilitate employment opportunities for the different hotel members in both associations.
The Devil Mask Festival brings together many countries to exhibit their hand-crafted masks decorated in the characteristic red and black colors of devils, in addition to shoes and whips.
The cardboard figure is a silhouette designed with aluminum foil and pasted-on newspaper, set out in the sunlight, then adorned with fabric scraps, feathers, paints and other decorations.
Congos typically dress in rags, wear straw hats, and paint their faces to evade the Devil. They even spoke backwards to confuse their oppressor.
The Conga Pollera consists of a frilly blouse and a very colorful patchwork skirt. For decorative accessories the woman places natural flowers in her hair and wears necklaces made of seashells, beads, and ribbons.
The representation of good and evil is performed in the main square of Portobelo in Colón province. This town gives a majestic tribute to the customs and traditions of the black race, in which the devil is closely related to the Spaniards who oppressed the black slaves in that era.
Many visitors come to enjoy an afternoon of brilliantly colored costumes and to clap along to the drums and whistles, the songs of the Catalans, and the dancing of the characters.
Congo dancing arose among blacks on the coasts of Colón Province during the era of slavery. The colorful and contagious dance reflects the sentiments of the enslaved through corporal expressions of struggle and eroticism.
The bare feet that beat along to the loud drumming are immersed in the magic of the African roots that have survived across generations. As the man pursues the woman in the age-old game of love and flirtation, each individual dancer displays spontaneous expressions and deep feelings in a dance related to nature and trance.
The main characters of the Congo dance are: Mecé the Congo Queen, Juan de Dioso the Congo King, their child Juan de Diosito, Pajarito the winged messenger of Palenque who wears a coconut fiber hat, Meminas the Queen's servant women, and of course the Devil who represents evil.
Children are generally referred to as Juruminga or Hormigas, meaning "ants".