By Margot Thomas
PANAMA’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS spectacle which got plaudits from scores of thousands of residents and visitors, after its introduction last year, will be back again in December says Mayor José Isabel Blandón.
This years display will cost the city more, up from $1.1 million to $1.9 million because some public spaces that missed out in 2016 like the Amador Causeway in Ancón; Parque Porras in Calidonia and some areas in El Chorrillo will be added.
Two other sites, Parque Urracá and Via Argentina will not be Illuminated this year, as they are in the midst of rehabilitation and improvements.
To help finance this year’s project, said Blandon, the city is seeking private sponsors.
The initiative was endorsed this week by district representatives during the a Municipal Council session.
Javier Sucre, representative of the community of Juan Diaz, described the proposal as a “positive action” provided that the economic resources used are managed in a “transparent “manner.
Hugo Henríquez, mayor of Pacora, said that the initiative received good comments last year but recommended putting it into practice not only in the center of the city.
The 7th annual Carols By Candlelight, concert, supported by the Mayor’s office and organized by the CanadaPLUS Foundation to raise funds for the Hospital Del Nino will be on the Cinta Costera Thursday, Dec 14.
Plans are well advanced and there are opportunities for involvement in planning and implementing this and other Foundation fund raising activities. If you are interested in getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be sure of a warm reception.