Signs of Panama Enterprises

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Probably you have noticed that many of the signs are written in English.  Of the seven pictures shown here, four of them are in English, representing a 57 percent.  The business owners say that English signs are more attractive to customers than Spanish ones.

Since the construction of the Panama Canal in 1914, our country has had a very close relationship with the United States.  Baseball, boxing, basketball and other sports were adopted by our country from the civilians or military personnel working in the former Panama Canal Zone.  Even the English language was rubbed on to the inhabitants of Panama City.

All of the photos were taken in the Pedestrian Street in Panama City, Panama.

Good Day!


5 thoughts on “Signs of Panama Enterprises”

  1. I love the signs. And best of all — I could read the very simple Spanish surrounding them (like the one at the shop that’s open 24 hours).

    Speaking of the Canal, I came across a very interesting article from a couple of years ago about the leaks in the concrete. Has that issue been fixed? Is everything on track? I’ll try and find the article later and bring it back. It was fascinating, and had some great photos.

    Right now, I’m off to try and get a little more work done before the big rains come — we have two days’ worth in store. I wish I could send you some!

    1. Morning Linda:

      That is the sign of a pawn shop that is open twenty-four hours a day as you correctly pointed out.

      The leaks of one of new chambers being built for the Post-Panama ships was a wide-scale scandal in this country. The General Director of the international waterway was harshly questioned at the Asamblea Nacional, because they were trying to conceal this technical flaw of the concrete. They wanted to sweep the problem under the rug, but somebody leaked it out to the media, and the rest is history.

      The pressure of the general public and media was so hard, that the contractor worked intensely to fix the problem. Yes, the problem has been fixed. The expanded canal should be in operation sometime in June 2016.

      Rain… Mmmm. That’s a critical subject in the Dry Belt of Panama. It is getting worse every passing day, and rains are not expected until May or June. That’s a long, long, long time, my dear friend.



    1. Morning Barbara:

      I know what you mean when you mention “Spanglish” being spoken in Puerto Rico. It happened to some our friends who have migrated to the States and then returned on vacation to Panama several years later.

      It’s funny the way the cocktail of English-Spanish words they speak. The problem is, that they are not aware of their linguistic confusion.

      For example: Market: Marketo, Truck: Troca, Carry On: Carrión; and so goes the list.

      Puerto Rico is a country that has lost its identity. Some of them want an independent state; while many others want to be a part of the United States. The political, economic and cultural struggles continue.

      We have a problem between both languages albeit to a lesser degree.



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