Panamanian

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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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Roberto Durán
(Former Boxer from Panama Who Was a World Champion in 4 Categories)
Roberto Durán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guararé, Panama

Retired Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán had a 32-match winning streak before losing to Esteban De Jesús. Raised in the slums, he joined a gym as an 8-year-old. His punching style earned him the nickname Hands of Stone. He was a world champion in the lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight categories.

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Mariano Rivera
(Former Professional Baseball Pitcher and One of the Greatest Relievers of All Time)
Mariano Rivera
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Rubén Blades
(Panamanian Musician & Singer Who Mainly Performs in 'Salsa' and 'Latin Jazz' Genres)
Rubén Blades
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

With 10 Grammy Awards, Panamanian musician, singer, and composer Rubén Blades didn’t just soar to international fame but also redefined the Latin jazz and salsa genres. A qualified lawyer from Harvard, he came to be known as the Latin Bruce Springsteen for his music that mirrored social issues.

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El General
(Musician)
El General
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
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Omar Torrijos
(Elected official)
Omar Torrijos
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
(Fashion designer and the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein)
Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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Sech
(Singer)
Sech
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Río Abajo, Panama City, Panama
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Manuel Noriega
(Former Panamanian Dictator)
Manuel Noriega
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Rolando Blackman
(Panamanian-American Former Basketball Player)
Rolando Blackman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Retired Panamanian-American basketball player Rolando Blackman first soared to fame with Kansas State and then had an illustrious career with NBA teams such as the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks. A 4-time NBA All-Star, he is also associated with charitable initiatives and is a Kappa Alpha Psi member.

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Juan Carlos Varela
(Panamanian Businessman and Former Politician Who Became the 37th President of Panama)
Juan Carlos Varela
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City
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Ramon Fonseca Mora
(Panamanian Novelist, Lawyer and Co-Founder of the Former Law Firm ‘Mossack Fonseca’ )
Ramon Fonseca Mora
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
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Billy Cobham
(Drummer)
Billy Cobham
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
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Román Torres
(Panamanian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Román Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City
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Jaime Penedo
(Panamanian Retired Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jaime Penedo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panama City

Retired Panamanian footballer Jaime Penedo was a reliable goalkeeper for teams such as Plaza Amador, LA Galaxy, and Dinamo București. He was also the goalkeeper of the fist Panamanian squad that played in a World Cup. He has won the Cupa Ligii with Dinamo București and the Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.

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Justine Pasek
(Beauty pageant winner, Model)
Justine Pasek
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Felipe Baloy
(Retired Panamanian Footballer Who Scored Panama’s First Ever Goal in a FIFA World Cup)
Felipe Baloy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Former Panamanian footballer Felipe Baloy played as a defender and has a successful career with clubs such as Santos Laguna. He has also played for the Mexican club Monterrey and is a naturalized Mexican citizen. In 2018, he scripted history by scoring Panama’s first FIFA World Cup goal.

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Manny Sanguillén
(Former Panamanian Baseball Player Who Played as a Catcher)
Manny Sanguillén
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
Manny Sanguillén is a Panamanian retired baseball player best known for his association with the Major League Baseball team Pittsburgh Pirates that won five National League Eastern Division titles between 1970 and 1975 and the World Series in 1971 and 1979. Although he played predominantly as a catcher, Manny Sanguillén had an impressive lifetime batting average of .296.
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Guillermo Endara
(President of Panama)
Guillermo Endara
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

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Rubén Tejada
(Panamanian Professional Baseball Infielder)
Rubén Tejada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
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Ed Cota
(Retired Panamanian-American Basketball Player Who Remained Undrafted by the NBA)
Ed Cota
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Retired Panamanian-American basketball player Ed Cota has a Centrobasket gold medal in his kitty. Though he went undrafted by the NBA due to his lack of height, he began his senior career with the American club Gary Steelheads. He later played for clubs such as BC Dynamo Saint Petersburg and Barcelona.

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Mireya Moscoso
(Former President of Panama (1999 - 2004))
Mireya Moscoso
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

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Juan Williams
(Journalist)
Juan Williams
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Birthdate: April 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colon, Panama
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Carlos Ruiz
(Panamanian Former Professional Baseball Catcher)
Carlos Ruiz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: David, Panama

Retired Panamanian baseball player Carlos Ruiz, also known to his fans as Chooch, had an illustrious decade-long career with the Philadelphia Phillies. He later represented the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners. He remains the only NL player to catch 4 no-hitters and also won a World Series championship with the Phillies.

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panama
Died: September 5, 2010
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Flex
(Singer Songwriter)
Flex
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
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Martín Torrijos
(Politician)
Martín Torrijos
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Blas Pérez
(Retired Panamanian Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Blas Pérez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Retired Panamanian footballer Blas Pérez had a successful stint as a forward for teams such as Deportivo Cali and Cúcuta Deportivo, winning the Categoría Primera A title with both. He was also named to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Star Team. He has also played for clubs from Colombia, Guatemala, Spain, and Canada.

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Johan Camargo
(Panamanian Baseball Player Who Plays as an Infielder)
Johan Camargo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Johan Camargo is a Panamanian baseball player who plays as an infielder in the Major League Baseball. He currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, having previously played for the Atlanta Braves from 2017 to 2021.
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Eusebio Pedroza
(Panamanian Boxer and Former WBA Featherweight Champion)
Eusebio Pedroza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Died: March 1, 2019
Eusebio Pedroza was a Panamanian boxer best remembered for his WBA featherweight championship reign from 1978 to 1985. During his reign as the WBA featherweight champion, Eusebio Pedroza defended his title against 18 different contenders, a record in the history of featherweight boxing.  
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Makano
(Singer-songwriter)
Makano
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colombia City, Panama
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Isabel Saint Malo
(First Woman Who Served as Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Panama)
Isabel Saint Malo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
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Joey Montana
(Singer)
Joey Montana
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama
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Ricardo Martinelli
(Former President of Panama)
Ricardo Martinelli
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Fidel Escobar
(Panamanian Football Centre-Back)
Fidel Escobar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panama City

Panamanian footballer Fidel Escobar plays as a defender for the Spanish club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa. After starting his senior career with San Francisco, he later also represented clubs such as New York Red Bulls. He was part of the Panama Under-20 team that became the runner-up at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

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Irving Saladino
(Former Long Jumper and Panama's First Olympic Gold Medalist)
Irving Saladino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
Irving Saladino is a Panamanian retired athlete who specialized in long jump. He is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Over the course of his career, Irving Saladino also won gold medals at the World Championships, Ibero-American Championships, Pan American Games, South American Games, Central American Games, and Central American and Caribbean Games.
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Iverson Molinar
(Panamanian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard and Point Guard)
Iverson Molinar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Iverson Molinar is a Panamanian basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Prior to starting his NBA career in 2022, Molinar played for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Iverson Molinar has also played for the Panama men's national basketball team, representing his country in important tournaments, including the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.
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Gabriel Torres
(Panamanian Professional Football Forward)
Gabriel Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panama City

Panamanian footballer Gabriel Torres plays as a forward for the Chilean club Deportes Antofagasta and the Panama national team. He has also had successful stints with clubs such as Chepo, La Equidad, Zamora, and Independiente Del Valle. He scored 20 goals in the 2012-13 Venezuelan Primera División.

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Armando Cooper
(Panamanian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Armando Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
Armando Cooper is a Panamanian football player who plays for the Panama national team. A versatile midfielder, Cooper is renowned for his energy, dribbling skills, and creativity. Armando Cooper has also played for popular clubs and is currently a part of the famous Israeli club Maccabi Petah Tikva.
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Patricia de Leon
(Actress, Beauty Pageant winner)
Patricia de Leon
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Birthdate: January 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
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Luis Tejada
(Panamanian Professional Football Striker)
Luis Tejada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Panamanian footballer Luis Tejada now plays as a striker for the Peruvian club Molinos El Pirata. He won the 2011 Peruvian First Division with Juan Aurich. He has also played for clubs from Colombia, Mexico, and the US. He was also the CONCACAF Gold Cup Top Goalscorer in 2005.

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Gabriel Enrique Gómez
(Panamanian Former Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Gabriel Enrique Gómez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Panama City
Gabriel Enrique Gómez is a Panamanian retired football player who played as a midfielder for the Panama national football team from 2003 to 2018, during which he represented Panama in seven Gold Cup tournaments. He also played for Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Apart from his national team, Gabriel Enrique Gómez also played for clubs like Atlético Bucaramanga. 
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Julio Dely Valdés
(Panamanian Former Professional Football Striker)
Julio Dely Valdés
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colón

Retired Panamanian footballer Julio Dely Valdés was a successful striker for teams such as Nacional, Paris Saint-Germain, and Malaga. He also made it to the 2021 IFFHS CONCACAF Men's Team of All Time. He is the twin brother of Jorge Dely Valdés and the younger brother of Armando Dely Valdés, both footballers

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Mehr Eliezer
(Model, Beauty pageant winner)
Mehr Eliezer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
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Guillermo Jones
(Former Panamanian Boxer and WBA Cruiserweight Champion)
Guillermo Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
Guillermo Jones is a Panamanian former professional boxer who held the WBA cruiserweight title for four years between 2008 and 2012. Over the course of his career, Guillermo Jones fought in four weight classes, namely welterweight, light middleweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight. 
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Jonathan Araúz
(Panamanian Baseball Player Who Plays as a Shortstop and Second Baseman)
Jonathan Araúz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alanje, Panama
Jonathan Araúz is a Panamanian baseball player who plays as a shortstop and second baseman. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2020 when he played for the Boston Red Sox. He continued playing for the Red Sox until 2022 before making his debut for the Baltimore Orioles.
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Jaime Murrell
(Composer)
Jaime Murrell
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Birthdate: October 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panama City
Died: February 4, 2021
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Rosa Montezuma
(Model, Beauty pageant winner)
Rosa Montezuma
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: David, Chiriquí, Panama
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Alonso Edward
(Panamanian Sprinter Who Specializes in 100 and 200 Metre Events)
Alonso Edward
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Alonso Edward is a Panamanian sprinter best known for winning the silver medal in the men's 200 metres event at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany. Alonso Edward is also known for winning gold medals at the South American Games, South American Championships, Central American Games, and Continental Cup.
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Arnulfo Arias
(Three-Time Panamanian President)
Arnulfo Arias
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Penonomé, Panama
Died: August 10, 1988

Three-time president of Panama, Arnulfo Arias was a member of the nationalist Panameñista Party and also a doctor. The younger brother of another Panamanian president, Harmodio Arias, Arnulfo became dictatorial during his 2nd presidential term, dissolved the National Assembly, and changed the constitution. He was deposed thrice.

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Anselmo Moreno
(Panamanian Boxer and Former WBA Bantamweight Champion)
Anselmo Moreno
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Miguelito, Panama
Anselmo Moreno is a Panamanian boxer who held the WBA bantamweight title between 2008 and 2014, the longest bantamweight world championship reign of all time. Nicknamed The Phantom, Anselmo Moreno also competes in super flyweight and super bantamweight divisions.