I have made a few referrals in the past and thought it might be good to post the current preferred providers that I have used for years and with whom I have a great deal of trust.
It is always hard to find individuals that are worthy of referral. However, I feel comfortable with the ones I am going to list.
Lawyer – Juan Antonio Candanedo
The other day Lilliam and I were going to our personal lawyer and while I was waiting a good friend appeared who was using our lawyer to get his pensionado card. I really didn’t know our lawyer provided that service, but so many come to Chiriqui and want to apply for a card, it is good to know there is an outstanding lawyer at a reasonable price.
He speaks good english is very honest. His office number is 775-2971. He is my lawyer of choice on all matters. If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
Insurance – Brigette Saldaña
I met Brigette by knowing her husband Carlos Saldaña, who owns Auto Servicios de Chiriquí. Carlos had helped me a lot on one of my Embassy cases.
Lilliam and I both used Brigette for our car insurance, but she can also provide life, health and home insurance as well. She speaks good English and is very reliable. It has been nice to pick up my car insurance at the same place that will do my car inspection. Makes it very handy.
Her office number is 774-0256. If you contact her, tell her you learned about her from Chiriquí Chatter.
Auto Mechanic – Enrique Arauz
Enrique has been a real find. He works full time at a local service provider on the InterAmerican Highway, but works for himself after hours and on off days. I first used him to service my Terrios and Lilliam and I have used him on her Honda CRV and my Suzuki SX4.
He is very honest and has helped many that I have referred to him. As I said, he works on his own time so he can get overloaded, but if he is available he is worth contacting.
He only speaks Spanish, but used WhatsApp, so you can use Google translate to communicate with him if you are Spanish challenged.
His Cell # is +50764890216. If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
Electrician (Jack of all trades) – Rene
I met Rene as a result of another Embassy case. He was a personal friend of the involved US citizen.
Since then, Rene has baled me out of many emergency needs. He is a electrician by trade and has installed and moved my AC units. He has done other electrical wiring. He has also assisted on plumbing emergencies and if there is a job I can’t handle, Lilliam knows Rene can. I can never handle it.
He speaks Spanish, but also used WhatsApp, so you Google translator can help if you are Spanish challenged.
His cell # is +507 6406-2367. If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
Eye Physician – Ines Chang
When my favorite doctor left Optica Lopez, she recommended Ines. Ines runs Optica Metro, which I have written up several times. Her office has grown and she now has an ophthalmologist for more serious needs. I have used her ophthalmologist also and give him a thumbs up.
Ines speaks very good English. Her office number is 775-9892. If you contact her, tell her you learned about her from Chiriquí Chatter.
Dentist – Miriam Rodriguez
I have visited several dentists in David. I have no problem referring Marian Rodriguez. She is excellent.
Her office number is as follows:
Marian Rodriguez – 730-2826.
If you contact her, tell her you learned about her from Chiriquí Chatter.
Appliance Repair – Carlos Uriola
I have used Carlos for hot water heater repair, washing machine repair and refrigerator repair. I trust him and he has done very good work. I learned of him from Rene, on items he didn’t feel comfortable working on.
He speaks Spanish, but used WhatsApp and if you are Spanish challenged Good translate can help’
His contact number is +507 6688-3445. If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
Home Security – Edwardo Perez Gonzales
Edwardo runs Net Surveillance Solution and installed the current camera system I have installed. I have found him to be very reliable and have no problem recommending him and his business.
He speaks Spanish and some English. His office number is 787-0481. If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
Authorized English/Spanish Translator – Marisol Pastor
I have used Marisol for legal and US agency translations. Very good and has always taken care of me.
Her Office number is 775-2057. If you contact her, tell her you learned about her from Chiriquí Chatter.
Mail Forwarding – EShop Boquete
I have had experience with multiple providers for receiving mail from the US including MBE, Mailbox Express, Multiservicios de Chiriqui and in my opinion, none compare for value and responsibility. A previous writup on EShop is HERE.
I use the David Post Office for my IRS and SSA address. You need a local mailing address to satisfy the POL requirements.
If you contact EShop, tell them you learned about them from Chiriquí Chatter.
Sewing machine Repair – Edgar Wong
I learned about Edgar from Tom McCormack. He is a guru with sewing machines and will sharpen scissors, knives, etc. he said he works on all sorts of small appliances. He mentioned blowers. He fixed Lilliam’s Singer, but is knowledgable in other makes as well. Great guy and very responsible.
His WhatsApp # is +507 6500-7504
If you contact him, tell him you learned about him from Chiriquí Chatter.
When I need help, these are the people I call. I may add to this list in the future.