Panamanian

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.

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 1 Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian-American former baseball player who played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time World Series champion and thirteen-time All-Star, Rivera was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. He is also considered one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the major league.

 2 Roberto Durán

Roberto Durán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: June 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guararé, Panama

 3 Rod Carew

Rod Carew
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball coach
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatún, Panama

 4 Manuel Noriega

Manuel Noriega
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Panamanian Dictator
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Panama City
Died: May 29, 2017

Panamanian politician and military officer, Manuel Noriega, was the de facto ruler of Panama from 1983 to 1989. As an army man, he overthrew President Arnulfo Arias in a coup in 1968 and became the de facto ruler of Panama a few years later. He was a controversial leader and his rule has been described as a dictatorship.

 5 Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 6 El General

El General
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 7 Omar Torrijos

Omar Torrijos
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Elected official
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: July 31, 1981
Omar Torrijos was a Panamanian political leader who served as the de facto leader of Panama from 1968 to 1981. Although he was never officially elected as the president of Panama, Torrijos held titles, such as Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution. One of the most influential Panamanian personalities during his generation, Omar Torrijos introduced many social reforms in Panama.
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 8 Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colón, Panama

 9 Ramon Fonseca Mora

Ramon Fonseca Mora
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 10 Sech

Sech
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Río Abajo, Panama City, Panama

 11 Román Torres

Román Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City

 12 Juan Carlos Varela

Juan Carlos Varela
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City

 13 Rolando Blackman

Rolando Blackman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 14 Princess Angela of Liechtenstein

Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion designer and the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

 15 Rubén Tejada

Rubén Tejada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama

 16 Jaime Penedo

Jaime Penedo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panama City

 17 Manny Sanguillén

Manny Sanguillén
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: March 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colón, Panama

 18 Guillermo Endara

Guillermo Endara
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Panama
Birthdate: May 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Panama City
Died: September 28, 2009

Guillermo Endara was the president of Panama from 1989 to 1994. A lawyer by qualification, he has served as a member of Panama's National Assembly in the past. As the president, he abolished the Panamanian military, replacing it with a national police force. While his tenure saw steady economic growth, it was also marred by internal fighting. 

 19 Ricardo Martinelli

Ricardo Martinelli
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Panama
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City

Ricardo Martinelli is a Panamanian businessman and politician.From 2009 to 2014, he served as the president of Panama and his presidency witnessed steady economic growth in the country. Martinelli came up with several measures to decrease poverty. He increased the minimum wage and introduced measures to tackle unemployment.

 20 Blas Pérez

Blas Pérez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: March 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 21 Joey Montana

Joey Montana
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama

 22 Flex

Flex
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 23 Justine Pasek

Justine Pasek
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Beauty pageant winner, Model
Birthdate: August 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine

 24 Felipe Baloy

Felipe Baloy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: February 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City

 25 Johan Camargo

Johan Camargo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 26 Mireya Moscoso

Mireya Moscoso
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Panama (1999-2004)
Birthdate: July 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pedasi, Panama

Mireya Moscoso is a Panamanian politician who became the first female president of Panama in 1999. Previously married to three-time president Arnulfo Arias, she assumed control of his political party, the Arnulfista Party (PA), after his death. Her tenure as the president was marred by corruption scandals, and she was succeeded by Martín Torrijos in 2004. 

 27 Luis Tejada

Luis Tejada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football striker
Birthdate: March 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City

 28 Ildaura Murillo-Rohde

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panama
Died: September 5, 2010

 29 Juan Williams

Juan Williams
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colon, Panama

 30 Armando Cooper

Armando Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Colón, Panama
Birthdate: November 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panamanian footballer

 31 Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: October 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panama City

 32 Ed Cota

Ed Cota
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 33 Isabel Saint Malo

Isabel Saint Malo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 34 Jonathan Araúz

Jonathan Araúz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alanje, Panama

 35 Martín Torrijos

Martín Torrijos
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chitré
Died: 1981 AD

Former Panamanian president Martín Torrijos was born out of an illegitimate relationship of military ruler Omar Torrijos and was disowned by his father till his teenage years. While studying in the U.S., he had also worked at McDonald's. His reforms include major changes in his country’s pensions and social security.

 36 Gabriel Enrique Gómez

Gabriel Enrique Gómez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Panama City

 37 Fidel Escobar

Fidel Escobar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: January 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panama City

 38 Patricia de Leon

Patricia de Leon
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Famous As: Actress, Beauty Pageant winner
Birthdate: January 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 39 Julio Dely Valdés

Julio Dely Valdés
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Panamanian footballer
Birthdate: March 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colón

 40 Guillermo Jones

Guillermo Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colón, Panama

 41 Carlos Ruiz

Carlos Ruiz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: January 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: David, Chiriquí, Panama

 42 Makano

Makano
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colombia City, Panama

 43 Eusebio Pedroza

Eusebio Pedroza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Died: March 1, 2019

 44 Irving Saladino

Irving Saladino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long Jumper
Birthdate: January 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colón, Panama

 45 Arnulfo Arias

Arnulfo Arias
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Panama
Birthdate: August 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Penonomé, Panama
Died: August 10, 1988

 46 Lorna

Lorna
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 47 Jezreel Corrales

Jezreel Corrales
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Miguelito, Panama

 48 Panama Al Brown

Panama Al Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colón, Panama Colón, Panama
Died: April 11, 1951

 49 Mehr Eliezer

Mehr Eliezer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model, Beauty pageant winner
Birthdate: January 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 50 Josenid

Josenid
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chiriquí, Panamá