Contributors to our Panamanian

Culture and Heritage

Panamanians who have made national and international contributions to our culture and heritage. Click here if you would like to suggest a Notable Panamanian to our list.

  • Politicians and elected officials
  • Artist & entertainers
  • Writers, novelist, poets and essayist.
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Religious personalities
  • Public figures
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Roberto Durán
Roberto Durán
Boxer
Professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera
Baseball pitcher
Rivera is regarded by baseball experts as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history.
Rod Carew
Rod Carew
Baseball player
Former Major League Baseball first baseman, second baseman and coach.
Rubén Blades
Rubén Blades
Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor, Latin jazz musician and activist.
Ephraim S. Alphonse
Ephraim S. Alphonse
Missionary, Minister
Writer, poet, missionary, minister and subsequent bishop of the Methodist Church (MCCA).
Roberto Morgan
Roberto Morgan
Publisher and organizer
Publisher and organizer of the Annual Encuentro Folklorico Panameno held in different cities in the United States.
Melva Lowe Goodin
Melva Lowe Goodin
Author, Professor
Writer, poet, missionary, minister and subsequent bishop of the Methodist Church (MCCA).
Nuria Fernandez
Nuria Fernandez
GM/CEO for VTA
Nuria White Fernandez is the daughter of the late Vilma Peart de White and Edward White of Panama.
Ismael Laguna
Ismael Laguna
Boxer
Known as “El Tigre Colonense”, Laguna was the Featherweight Champion from 1962-63.
Justine Pasek
Justine Pasek
Miss Universe 2002
Polish-Panamanian model, beauty queen who was Miss Universe 2002.
Julio Ernesto Murray
Julio Ernesto Murray
Bishop Episcopal Church of Panama
Head of the Episcopal Church of Panama.
Princess Angela
Princess Angela
Wife of Prince Maximilian
Wife of the highest ranked black members of a reigning European dynasty.
Laffit Pincay Jr.
Laffit Pincay Jr.
Jockey
Was once flat racing’s winningest all-time jockey, still holding third place many years after his retirement.
El General
El General
Reggae artist
El General (born Edgardo Franco) is a Reggae artist considered by some to be one of the Fathers of Reggaeton.
Eusebio Pedroza
Eusebio Pedroza
Boxer
Boxer who held the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight championship from 1978 to 1985.
Gerardo Maloney
Gerardo Maloney
Sociologist, writer, educator
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 2004 -2009.
Panama Al Brown
Panama Al Brown
Boxer
Bantamweight boxer from Panama who made history by becoming boxing’s first Hispanic world champion.
Juan Williams
Juan Williams
Journalist
Writer, poet, missionary, minister and subsequent bishop of the Methodist Church (MCCA).
Irving Saladino
Irving Saladino
Long jump gold medalist
Won a gold medal in the long jump during 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Harley Mitchell
Harley Mitchell
Former Chief Justice
Retired President of the Panama Supreme Court
Lloyd La Beach
Lloyd La Beach
First Olympic medalist
Former sprinter from Panama, who won two bronze medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
Graciela Dixon
Graciela Dixon
Former Chief Justice
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Dra. Enitza George
Dra. Enitza George
Family Medicine
Board Certified Family Practice Physician, a long-distance runner and an athletic trainer.
Margarita Henríquez
Margarita Henríquez
Latin American Idol
Winner of the third season of Latin American Idol, which she won on October 9, 2008.
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