Find out more about the greatest Panamanians, including Manuel Noriega, Omar Torrijos, Ricardo Martinelli, Guillermo Endara and Mireya Moscoso.
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.