Las Nubes – The clouds – A Panama Emergency

I pulled the following photos from Jorge Cedeño’s Facebook page. Recent rains have played real havoc in the area of Las Nubes. There have been houses lost, lives lost, and other lives turned upside down. There are many in this area that could use a helping hand.

If you want to help, contact my friend Jorge Cedeño at jlca mana . gmail . com (REMOVE THE SPACES) and he will tell you how you can help. The following is from Jorge’s FB post.

This is part of the devastation left this morning in Las Nubes area, close to Volcan, where we live due to the rains on Sunday night. Many dead and many lost their homes. Please help this community.

UPDATE FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF PANAMA: Bruce Cornett’s comment below has a way for those outside of Panama to help.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test

Here is the latest ACS message.

U.S. Department of State

Invites you to take action…

Your career starts by visiting our website at where you can explore who we are, what we’re about, and more. It’s also where you can register for the next Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).

All registrations for the Foreign Service Officer Test must be completed online. The link to online registration will be available at our website and the registration package must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the opening of the window. The test will be offered twice a year and registration for the FSOT will be open on a continuous basis.

· Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
· Applicants must be at least 20 years old.
· Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment.
· No specific level in a foreign language is required for applicants.
· Next test at US Embassy Panama will be on Thursday October 9, 2014

Quilt Show and Tea on Aug 30th

I received a request to post the following.

Volcan Quilters (Las Hermanas de Acolchado de Volcan) will hold a tea in David on Saturday, August 30th from 2-5 pm. There will be a variety of items for sale including quilts, wall hangings, purses, table runners and pillows.

Volcan Quilters is a community volunteer program that in the past 5 years has taught quilting to over 250 local women as a means of providing a home-based income. You can see photos of the students’ work on our Facebook page: Volcan Quilters

Tickets for the tea are $2.00 which includes punch, coffee, snacks and 2 raffle tickets for a drawing of several prizes. Malcolm Henderson has generously offered the use of his home which is conveniently located just a few blocks from Plaza Terronal (Do-It Center).

Directions: Heading toward Boquete from the Pan Am Highway, go 8 blocks and turn right at the Police/DIJ building. Continue straight 3 blocks and look for the balloons.

Contact Dorreene 6642-1911 with any questions.



UPDATED: August 17, 2014 with reduced price.

I received a request to post the following. As with all such posts, it is the buyers responsibility to do his own due diligence. The contact information is in the post.

VM PhotoThis home is located in one of David’s nice secure neighborhoods ,

It features 3 bedrooms-4 baths and  is fully furnished, ready to move in. All appliances included along with furniture. Everything you need is provided with this home.

This home has been completely remodeled with upgrades in the last two years.

Multiple filters on water lines into house. Great consistent water pressure with pump and back up water tank.

For more information please visit the following:

You Tube Video:

Craigslist Ad :

If interested or have any questions:

6571-1675 or


La Pepita de Marañon B&B Las Lajas funds rising

I received a request to post the following and, as always, I am not involved other than passing on information :

Hi Don,
we are Erika and Fabio, the Italians of La Pepita de Marañon B&B in Las
Lajas, do you remember us?

We are mailing you because we have organized a crowd funding through the website to support our project: we are going on with the building of our B&B, trying to create different kind of structures, as the DIY new cabin we made last green season, a small cottage made with glass and plastic bottles and river stones.

It would be great if you can write something on your blog, to let people know that a donation can help us to fix a big problem: we have to replace the main house big thatched roof (palm leaves) with a “standard” one and unfortunately we have a very small budget to get it.

We offer as reward different services that maybe someone could find interesting, such as Italian recipes, and special package stay at the bottles cabin.

Thank you very much for your attention,


Erika and Fabio
La Pepita de Marañon B&B
Las Lajas, Chiriquì, Panama
tel. +50762252027 o 62252026