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 
Roberto Durán
(Professional Boxer)

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

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Mariano Rivera
(Baseball player)

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.

 3 
Rod Carew
(First Baseman, Second Baseman and coach)

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

 4 
Rubén Blades
(Musician)

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

 5 
El General
(Musician)

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

 6 
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.

 7 
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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 8 
Sech
(Singer)

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

 9 
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

 10 
Ramon Fonseca Mora
(Politician)

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

 11 
Román Torres
(Footballer)

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

 12 
Rolando Blackman
(Basketball player)

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

 13 
Juan Carlos Varela
(Entrepreneur)

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

 14 
Billy Cobham
(Drummer)

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

 15 
Rubén Tejada
(Baseball player)

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

 16 
Jaime Penedo
(Association football player)

Jaime Penedo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panama City

 17 
Felipe Baloy
(Football player - Defender)

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

 18 
Manny Sanguillén
(Baseball player)

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

 19 
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. 

 20 
Mireya Moscoso
(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. 

 21 
Juan Williams
(Journalist)

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

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

 23 
Ed Cota
(Basketball player)

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

 24 
Blas Pérez
(Panamanian footballer)

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

 25 
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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Eusebio Pedroza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Died: March 1, 2019

 27 
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.

 28 
Johan Camargo
(Baseball player)

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

 29 
Makano
(Singer-songwriter)

Makano
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colombia City, Panama

 30 
Isabel Saint Malo
(Politician)

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

 31 
Carlos Ruiz
(Baseball player)

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

 32 
Joey Montana
(Singer)

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

 33 
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.

 34 
Fidel Escobar
(Panamanian footballer)

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

 35 
Irving Saladino
(Long Jumper)

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

 36 
Luis Tejada
(Football striker)

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

 37 
Flex
(Singer Songwriter)

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

 38 
Gabriel Torres
(Panamanian footballer)

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

 39 
Armando Cooper
(Football player - Midfielder)

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

 40 
Jonathan Araúz
(Baseball player)

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

 41 
Gabriel Enrique Gómez
(Panamanian footballer)

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

 42 
Julio Dely Valdés
(Panamanian footballer)

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

 43 
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

 44 

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

 45 
Jaime Murrell
(Composer)

Jaime Murrell
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Birthdate: October 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panama City
Died: February 4, 2021

 46 
Arnulfo Arias
(President of Panama)

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

 47 
Lorna
(Singer)

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

 48 
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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Panama Al Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colón, Panama Colón, Panama
Died: April 11, 1951

 50 
Iverson Molinar
(Basketball player)

Iverson Molinar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama