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.
Mariano RiveraMariano Rivera
(Baseball Player)

29 November 1969

Manuel NoriegaManuel Noriega
(Former Panamanian Dictator)

11 February 1934

Omar TorrijosOmar Torrijos
(Elected official)

13 February 1929

Guillermo EndaraGuillermo Endara
(President of Panama)

12 May 1936

Ricardo MartinelliRicardo Martinelli
(Former President of Panama)

11 March 1952

Martín TorrijosMartín Torrijos

18 July 1963

Mireya MoscosoMireya Moscoso
(Political figure)

01 July 1946

Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
(Long Jumper)

23 January 1983

Rubén BladesRubén Blades
(Panamanian singer)

16 July 1948

Rod CarewRod Carew
(Baseball coach)

01 October 1945

Juan Carlos VarelaJuan Carlos Varela

12 December 1963

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Román TorresRomán Torres

20 March 1986

Rubén TejadaRubén Tejada
(Baseball player)

27 October 1989

Jaime PenedoJaime Penedo
(Association football player)

26 September 1981

Julio Dely ValdésJulio Dely Valdés
(Panamanian footballer)

12 March 1967

Felipe BaloyFelipe Baloy
(Panamanian footballer)

24 February 1981

Armando CooperArmando Cooper
(Colón, Panama)

26 November 1987

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Blas PérezBlas Pérez
(Panamanian footballer)

13 March 1981

Carlos RuizCarlos Ruiz
(baseball player)

22 January 1979

Luis TejadaLuis Tejada
(Football striker)

28 March 1982

Gabriel TorresGabriel Torres
(Panamanian footballer)

31 October 1988

Fidel EscobarFidel Escobar
(Panamanian footballer)

09 January 1995

Guillermo JonesGuillermo Jones

05 May 1972

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Harold CummingsHarold Cummings
(Panamanian footballer)

01 March 1992

Gabriel Enrique GómezGabriel Enrique Gómez
(Panamanian footballer)

29 May 1984

Erick DavisErick Davis
(Panamanian footballer)

31 March 1991

Roberto ChenRoberto Chen

24 May 1994

Ricardo ClarkeRicardo Clarke

27 September 1992