Read on to know more about the most famous and influential people from Panama.

Famous Panamanians
Panama is the southernmost Central American nation bordered by Costa Rica, Columbia and Caribbean. The history of the country goes back to the 16th century when it was inhabited by the Spanish. Today, one of the fastest growing economies amongst the Central American countries, it has made its mark in all the major sectors, including arts and culture, science and technology, commerce and business, visual arts and entertainment, sports and so on. Much of Panama’s cultural soul is derived from European music and art by the Spanish inhabitants who beautifully blended African and Native American culture with European culture. Panama has been home to several stalwarts from various fields, who have raised the bar and made the country stall tall in the world platform. Artists such as Antonio Jose Guzman, Margarita Henriquez, Jose Quintero, Aaron Zebede and others gave Panama’s cultural world a new dimension. Gloria Gaurdia is well known for her works as a novelist, writer and essayist. Panama is also home to three world boxing champions namely, Pedro Alcazar, Roberto Duran and Panama Al Brown. The country also made its mark at Olympics with athletes such Irving Saladino, the country first and only Olympic gold medallist and Llyod La Beach two times Bronze medallist. Find out more about famous Panamanians with this section.
Manuel NoriegaManuel Noriega
(Former Panamanian Dictator)

11 February 1934

29 May 2017

Panama City

Aquarius

Omar TorrijosOmar Torrijos
(Elected official)

13 February 1929

31 July 1981

Santiago de Veraguas

Aquarius

Ricardo MartinelliRicardo Martinelli
(Former President of Panama)

11 March 1952

Panama City

Pisces

Guillermo EndaraGuillermo Endara
(President of Panama)

12 May 1936

28 September 2009

Panama City

Taurus

Mireya MoscosoMireya Moscoso
(Political figure)

01 July 1946

Pedasí township, Los Santos

Cancer

Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
(Long Jumper)

23 January 1983

Colón

Aquarius

Rubén BladesRubén Blades
(Panamanian singer)

16 July 1948

Panama City, Panama

Cancer

Mariano RiveraMariano Rivera
(Baseball player)

29 November 1969

Panama City

Sagittarius

Rod CarewRod Carew
(Baseball coach)

01 October 1945

Gatún, Panama

Libra

Rubén TejadaRubén Tejada
(Baseball player)

27 October 1989

Santiago de Veraguas

Scorpio

Juan Carlos VarelaJuan Carlos Varela
(Entrepreneur)

12 December 1963

Panama City

Sagittarius

Jaime PenedoJaime Penedo
(Association football player)

26 September 1981

Panama City

Libra

Guillermo JonesGuillermo Jones
(Boxer)

05 May 1972

Colón

Taurus

Carlos RuizCarlos Ruiz
(baseball player)

22 January 1979

David, Chiriquí

Aquarius

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