NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS) & MUNECOS (JUDAS DOLLS)

Special Report: Issue 7.4 December 2014

Nativity Scene at the Tocumen Airport

Nativity Scene at the Tocumen Airport

From Panama: A celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ takes place almost everywhere in the world–Panama included. The wonderful thing about Feliz Navidad in Panama is that everyone celebrates according to his traditions and beliefs without any socio-political restrictions. You see a Nativity scene at the airport or shopping malls. Next to it you might see a snowman or Santa. It gets pretty interesting in residential areas of Panama, where homes are beautifully decorated and folks have stocked up on fireworks to welcome Christmas.
Some of the areas, especially the Pacific beaches, are also preparing for New Years. In an earlier newsletter, we talked about “Judas Dolls” which are effigies or Muñecos, as they are called here. These life-sized mannequins are lined up along the street (for sale) or by homes and represent public figures that are not very popular with the general population here. The tradition is to burn them (sometimes including some fireworks that have been placed inside the clothing) on New Year’s Eve, thereby solving the problems the owners of the doll have had with these personalities.

Henry and Duke in our hallway

Henry and Duke in our hallway

Besides the creativity people display by making these dolls, it is also an expression of personal freedom which I feel we are missing more and more in the US. To compensate, Norma and I decided to buy our own Judas Doll this year. We call him Henry.
Henry resided in the vestibule of our 22nd floor condo and stood right at the window, looking very pleased with himself. But Henry will have to pay for all the people (elected officials) who made promises before the elections and ignored everything they promised after the elections. We invited friends and neighbors to attach messages regarding bad habits, bad relationships– whatever they wanted to leave in 2014–to Henry to be destroyed as we greet the new year on the beach at midnight!

Santa at the Mall

Santa at the Mall

 

MANGO, MANGO, MANGO!

As we greet 2015, it is safe to say that our personal investment in the Mango Farm was our best investment in 2014! No matter what the oil people plan to do to us, or Mr. Putin with his expansion plans, or the Fed with the US Dollar, Mango keeps growing and feeding people. Due to several expansions, there is still an opportunity to purchase part of this farm. An average return of at least 12% beats any traditional investment pushed by Wall Street. We would be happy to help you become part of this investment to secure your retirement.

 

2015 COMING UP!

Watch for our January Newsletter, coming soon.

We will be introducing an investment in precious metals that actually makes sense!
Folks who have known me for the past 20 plus years know that I never liked the idea of putting money into metals and waiting, waiting, waiting…just too boring and rarely a reward.
We have found an investment in precious metals that deserves the name “investment.” It is as safe as precious metals are, but it can make money for you at the same time. A perfect investment to secure some of your retirement money in a truly diversified way.
Stay tuned for the interview with the expert!

Frank & Norma Backe
866-966-9185
fpb@anamericaninpanama.org

From Panama with love. Frank and Norma

From Panama with love. Frank and Norma