The Government of Panama and the Cervantes Institute signed an agreement today to hold the Sixth International Congress of the Spanish Language from October 20 to 23 in Panama City, under the theme of "Spanish in the book: from the Atlantic to the South Ocean" and in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain.
The book "Vasco Núñez de Balboa and the Chroniclers of the Indies", launched in Panama on Tuesday by its author, the Spaniard Luis Blas Aritio, shows that the discoverer of the Pacific Ocean was “a more peaceful conqueror than the rest.” Aritio declared to the news group Efe that the book “sheds light on many things about Balboa,” among them that “the figure of this man, who differed from the other conquerors by his far-sighted vision of treating the Indians more peacefully, is very important for Spain and Panama.”
The construction company Norberto Odebrecht has begun working on soil studies to build the South Terminal of the Tocumen International Airport. The Brazilian company was awarded the contract in late 2012 with its bid of $679.4 million dollars, beating out the Asian firm China Harbor Engineering.
The main events of the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, which starts tomorrow Thursday, will take place in the Valle Escondido amphitheater. The local Boquete band The Push will give a free concert in Boquete's central square on March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Starting at 4:00 p.m., American harpist Bob Corritore will provide free classes to students from local schools. On Saturday, March 2, from noon until 6:00 p.m., the concerts will be held outdoors in the Valle Escondido amphitheater for festival-goers to be able to also commune with nature.
Tourist agencies in Chiriquí have been asked to prioritize 14 aspects that are key to strengthening this industry. Knowing which tourism projects are present in this province, training the hospitality businesses, providing signage and statistics and improving the security and cleanliness services at Paso Canoas are some of the points to be addressed.