From the Editor’s Desk

Our Panama Canal celebrates 100 years on August 15, 2014. We need to set goals to educate ourselves as much as we can on our Canal. The following are some suggested goals that we can aim to achieve by that date.

The Panama Cyberspace News is available to assist with some of these:

Read and watch as much as possible about our waterway: There are several books and DVDs on the construction of the Canal available in bookstores worldwide and online from desk02and other websites. David’s McCullough’s Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 is highly recommended. We also recommend Roman Foster’s documentary in DVD The Diggers. Copies are available directly from Roman Foster at and we have limited copies available in Panama for $20. Contact

Visit the Panama Canal Web site: The Panama Canal Web site offers complete information in English and Spanish. You can even view live transits via their Webcam.

Visit Miraflores Locks (Pacific side) or Gatun Locks (Atlantic) to receive an orientation and view the operation of our waterway by our very efficient Panama Canal Guide Service. These two locks are open to visitors 365-days-a-year between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Honor the memory of our forefathers: Do something significant for your ancestors who came to these  shores and sacrificed their lives during the construction of the Panama Canal. Here are a few  recommendations: Visit their graveside with flowers; have one of their photos enlarged, framed and placed in a  prominent place in your home, make your next family reunion in honor of them; access their name on the  computer at the Miraflores Pavilion; write a book or article to record the stories and/or experiences you grew up  hearing about from the older members of your family; write poems in their honor, join the annual pilgrimage in  Canal waters by SAMAAP (by invitation).

Visit the Canal Expansion Project at Gatun: We can all “live history” by visiting and observing the construction of this new section of our waterway, which will be inaugurated in the year 2015, to accommodate the large post desk03Panamax vessels. There are also reports on the Internet of the Expansion Project: If you would like to join our next tour to this site (tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 1,  2013) feel free to contact

Watch programs and documentaries on television and the Internet, which relate to the Panama Canal:There are several available online. Here are some that we recommend: Constructing the Panama Canal:Big, Bigger Biggest Additionally, once a month Panama Canal prepares a report (in Spanish) titled Tu Canal al Día

Aired in Panama on Telemetro Channel 13 TV (and online at on the third Sunday of every month at 12:30 p.m.and repeated at 6 p.m. It is also transmitted on SERTV Channel 11 at 6 p.m. on the same third Sunday of every month. The next transmission is schedule for Sunday, July 21, 2013. There is also information available on this Web site: El Canal de Panama.

Schedule a transit of the Canal: There are partial transits (4 hours) and full or complete transits (8 hours) available by several tour agencies every weekend. The Panama desk04Cyberspace News offer this service aboard the Pacific Queen. For more information, please contact

Purchase a copy of the new Panama Calendar 2017: We invite you to purchase a copy of our Panama Calendar 2017, which will be published in October 2016 and will feature the theme of DANZAS ETNICAS EN PANAMA – ETHNIC DANCES IN PANAMA. This benefit project is sponsored by Alonso and Carmela Gobern for the past 30 years and the cost of the 2017 calendar is seven dollars ($8) each plus $2 each for S&H for orders from overseas. To preorder or for more information contact

Visit the “Museo del Canal Interoceánico” which is located in the “Casco Antiguo” area of Panama City.

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  1. Hi Carmela: We want to congratulate you and Alonso on your twelve years of dedicated service of providing us with news and entertainment on Panama. The excellent publication of the CyberNews is a tribute to your professional work in Journalism. We thank you both and wish you the very best in the coming years.

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