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On Thursday, July 11, the First Bilateral Consultation Meeting took place in Panama between the Republic of Panama and the Kingdom of Thailand.

The Thai delegation was headed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Virasakdi Futrakul and composed of the Director of the Latin America Division and officials of that Ministry of Foreign Affiars, who also carried out a fruitful program of meetings and field visits with authorities and national entities. The Panamanian counterpart was chaired by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Miguel Hincapié and integrated by the Ambassador of Panama to the Kingdom of Thailand,
S.E María del Carmen Martínez Arosemena and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was a first and successful meeting of the Consultation Mechanism, instituted in August 2016, which culminates a concrete expression of the will and political commitment of Panama and Thailand to further strengthen their relations of friendship and cooperation and bring them to a higher level of development. As an expression of the importance of this event, Deputy Minister Futrakul was received in a special audience by the Vice President of the Republic and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Isabel Saint Malo, who took the opportunity to congratulate the successful work carried out by the Government of Thailand in the rescue of 12 young people and their trainer, trapped in the caves of Tham Luang.

This high-level meeting, which is inserted in the promotion of the principles of the Falcon Policy established by President Juan Carlos Varela and which seeks, among other objectives, the face-to-face positioning of Panama in Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East, allowed to give a significant boost to the diplomatic relations between Panama and Thailand, established on August 20, 1982.

At the meeting in Panama City, issues related to political, economic, commercial, logistic/maritime, tourism and cooperation between both countries were discussed, as well as the promotion of investments, highlighting the shared will of Panama to become, in the short term, in a regional and global hub of international cooperation for development actions, through the Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), a space in which Thailand would collaborate through its responsible agencies for risk promotion, of information exchange, in terms of resilience, risk and disaster management, as well as in the development of capacities. Likewise, on this occasion it was agreed to begin the exchange of good practices in international cooperation, for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

On the other hand, there was also accord on the importance of negotiating an agreement on maritime cooperation that generates spaces of reciprocity, such as the mutual recognition of seafarers; competency titles, as well as the optimization of processes in this segment. Both countries also agreed to establish cooperation agreements in technical-educational matters of the agricultural sector as well as the exchange of good practices within the framework of the Panama Coopera Program. Both Panama and Thailand recognized the need to continue promoting high-level meetings between authorities of both countries aimed at generating tangible results for bilateral relations, through an Action Plan.

Finally, also within the political-diplomatic activities, Deputy Minister Futakul had the opportunity to offer an important conference on the relationship between ASEAN and Latin America, an occasion where he made a recount on the aforementioned sub regional association, APEC and other regional references, which demonstrated the importance of connectivity for the development of the economic affairs of the countries. He considered that both Panama and Thailand are countries that are called to be increasingly interconnected and to work together through their respective and important geographical positions.

Finally, also as part of its working program, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand conducted fieldwork visits, which sought to highlight and highlight the competitiveness of Panama as a platform, global logistics center and interoceanic node, as well as the positioning of the maritime services that are offered by its national maritime industry. The places visited included the Colon Free Zone; the Panama Canal Expanded and the “Miraflores” locks (in the Pacific Ocean) and “Agua Clara” (in the Caribbean Sea/Atlantic Ocean), where he operated one of its floodgates.

37 years and counting: ขอบคุณประเทศไทย

On August 20th, 1982, Panama and Thailand officially started their diplomatic relationship, today, we commemorate its 37th anniversary.

On behalf of everyone who had the opportunity to travel, live or just learn from each other, we would like to thank each side for their kindness, support and mutual exchange.

We aim to keep developing in crucial sectors for mutual benefits.



A bull among elephants: Rolando Blackburn, first Panamanian to reach the Thai Premier League

The player of the Panamanian national team Rolando Manrique Blackburn Ortega, better known in the sports world as Rolando “El Toro” Blackburn, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in the Kingdom of Thailand on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

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Rolando Blackburn, arrived in Thailand at the beginning of July, in order to play as a forward at the Thai Port F.C., looking forward to improving the squad towards the closing phase of the 2019 Toyota Thai Premier League’s season, the maximum category of professional football in Thailand.

His Excellency María del Carmen Martínez Arosemena, Ambassador of Panama to Thailand, gave the player of Thai Port FC, a warm welcome to Thailand and talked about his impressions, adaptation challenges, and expectations both personally and professionally about his stay in Thailand.

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About his first impression, “Thais are very kind and respectful, they have a lot of patience and they always have a smile, and it’s a very nice and safe country,” said the National squad’s striker. He also commented that he has noticed great support from the Thai government towards the development of football, impressed by how full the stadiums are at every match, also very happy for the opportunity to conquer new challenges.

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Concerning his adaptation to Thai culture, the player of the Panamanian National team confessed that he has found it difficult to adapt to Thai food, although he finds great pleasure in spicy Thai condiments. On a professional level, he hopes to leave a good image, giving his best and hopes to make many goals, which is his main task as a striker.

Ambassador Martinez took the opportunity to inform Mr. Blackburn of the progress made in the bilateral relations between Panama and Thailand, and how, over the last few years, Panama has been promoted in the land of smiles. He also told him about other Panamanian athletes who have come to Thailand to represent Panama in various sports disciplines of high professional level. The player of the Panamanian national team Rolando Blackburn, said goodbye to the Panamanian Embassy thanking the hospitality of the Ambassador, H.E. Maria Martinez and all the Mission’s staff and ended his words by sending a message to all the young people “There is nothing impossible, fight for your dreams and never give up, always with faith in God. ”

His Excellency María del Carmen Martínez Arosemena was accompanied at this meeting by Mr. Carlos Karica, Third Secretary of Diplomatic and Consular Careers, and by Magister Bernardo Díaz, who made his good offices available to put the Panamanian player in contact with the Embassy.

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ลาอูเรนติโน โกร์ติโซ โกเอน ประธานาธิบดีแห่งสาธารณรัฐปานามา ปี ค.ศ. 2019 – 2024

ลาอูเรนติโน โกร์ติโซ โกเอน ประธานาธิบดีแห่งสาธารณรัฐปานามา ปี ค.ศ. 2019 – 2024


วันที่ 1 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ.  2019 นายลาอูเรนติโน โกร์ติโซ โกเอน เข้ารับตำแหน่งประธานาธิบดีคนใหม่ของสาธารณรัฐปามานา ซึ่งมีวาระในการดำรงตำแหน่งตั้งแต่ 2019 จนถึง 2024

ทั้งนี้ สาธารณรัฐปานามามีความยินดีและรู้สึกภาคภูมิใจเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้แสดงให้ทั่วโลกเห็นอีกครั้งว่า ปานามาเป็นรัฐแห่งประชาธิปไตยและรัฐแห่งความชอบธรรม


อาเลฆันโด เฟร์เรร์



วันที่ 1 กรกฏาคม ค.ศ.  2019  ท่านประธานาธิบดีลาอูเรนติโน โกร์ติโซ โกเอน ได้แต่งตั้งให้
นายอาเลฆันโด เฟร์เรร์ เป็นรัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศคนใหม่ของสาธารณรัฐปานามา และแต่งตั้งให้นายเฟเดริโก อัลฟาโดร บอยด์ เป็นรัฐมนตรีช่วยว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ ฝ่ายความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศ และนางเอริกา โมอีเนส   เป็นรัฐมนตรีช่วยว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ ฝ่ายความร่วมมือระหว่างประเทศ ณ ราชวัง ลาส การ์ซัส สาธารณรัฐปานามา


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นายเฟเดริโก อัลฟาโดร บอยด์


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นางเอริกา โมอีเนส



On July 1, 2019, His Excellency Mr. Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, took office as President of the Republic of Panama, for the period 2019-2024.

With this transition of presidential command, the Panamanian State has proudly demonstrated to the world, once again, its respect for democracy and the Rule of Law.


On Monday, July 1, 2019, His Excellency Mr. Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, President of the Republic of Panama, succeeded His Excellency Alejandro Ferrer as Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Federico Alfaro Boyd, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Her Excellency Erika Mouynes, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a ceremony held in the Yellow Hall of the Palace of Las Garzas.

Panamanian flavor fair


In order to promote the PANAMA EXPORTA seal, The Embassy of Panama to the Kingdom of Thailand organized a showcase of Panamanian Products to introduce the audience to the Panamanian flavor.

Many panamanians companies are reaching a world quality standard level and are aiming to reach to new markets, some of these companies might have an oportunity in Thailand, that’s why members of the private sector, imports, and diplomatic corps reunited at the Bangkok Club to witness it by first hand.


The presentation started with the groundbreaking folkloric dance of the Panathai Folkloric Group, which started as a collaboration with Concordian International School and it’s Panamanian staff, afterward, H.E. Maria Martinez gave a speech to wide up details about the Panama Exporta seal, the meaning behind it and its objectives.

The Master of Ceremony of the night went thru every booth with the company of two gorgeous ladies dressed up in national Panamanian costumes. The rundown contained an explanation about the manufacturing, packaging, ingredients, traditions, sampling, and quality of the each displayed product, of which the selected ones were Rum, Coffee and Spicy sauce.


In the end, each guest had the chance to taste each product and utilizing a QR code could leave its feedback and request more information, also the full database of Panama Exporta is already uploaded in http://www.panathai.com.

We would like to invite people to visit our website to check the full list.

Panama Exporta: List of companies interested in the ASEAN Market

Empresa Contacto Teléfono Correo Sector
El Huacal, S. A. Plinio Ruiz 730-9419 Info@krcoffee.net Coffee
Café de Panama (Café la Huella) Pedro Moss 6780-7317 info@cafedepanama.info


Finca Lerida, S.A. Sonia Amoruso 720-2470 coffee@fincalerida.com


Beneficios de Café de Boquete, S.A. Norberto Suárez 776-0372 Norberto@baruindianhigh.com


Café Kotowa, S.A. Drema Gutierrez 720-1430 Finca.administracion@kotowa.com


Highland Products Corp Wilford Lamastus 720-1248 wlamastusb@gmail.com


Café Diamante Anabel Troetsch 958-8908 Cdiamante03@cwpanama.net


Bambito Estate Coffee Inc. Rafa Amar Sitton 6673-5079





Santos Café Diego Lezcano 6948-6943 Dlezcano@santoscafepanama.com


Asoc. De productores de renacimiento APRE Cesar Arauz 6090-2892 Cafeapre@hotmail.com


Moreno & Halphen S.A. Pedro Moreno   fincadonbosco@hotmail.com


Las Brumas Panama Coffee Cesar Isaac Arias 722-8957 Ciar78@hotmail.com


Forest Finance Panama, S.A. Danelys Noriega 317-1251 Danelys.norierga@forestfinance.com


Cooperativa de S/M Cacao Bocatoreño R.L. Gilberto Blandford 758-3719 Contacto@coabo.org



Farallon Aquaculture S.A.


Jacqueline Obediente







Camarones La Corosita, S.A. Evelyn Ruiloba 958-7747/




Camarones de Cocle S.A. CAMACO Roberto Chamorro 997-4800/


Roberto.chamorro@grupocalesa.com Shrimp
Inversiones del Mar Pacifico, S.A. Rafael Escudero 721-3056 Rafa-seafood@hotmail.com


Open Blue Sea Farms, S.A. Javier Visuetti 317-1540 jvisuetti@openblue.com




Dora Cadenas 6949-7646 Presidencia@cosmopolitan-cosmofish.com Fish
Ron Abuelo S.A. D. Davis   ddavis@varelahermanos.com


Rum and More Latin America, S.A. Nuria de Diaz 209-9404/




Pedro Mandinga S. de R.L. Jacobo Yaffe 397-6643/




Los Campesinos S.A. Nessimi Btesh 269-5922 Nessim@los-campesinos.com


Eviday S.A. Dayra de Burgos 970-0130 eviday@melosadulce.com


Alisina S.A Litha Wilson 394-5208 Alisina@optonline.net Spicy Sauce
Productos Alimenticios Pascual, S.A. Isabela Jaramillo 217-2233 Ijaramillo@epa.com.pa






The world represents, our accessibility to export markets.

The fringes represent the strategic connectivity that unites Panama with the rest of the world.

The green color represents the innocuousness of the products developed with the highest quality standards, demanded by international markets.
With this seal, we want to show the potential of Panamanian products. Highlighting the competitive and productive identity of the country.


การเสด็จเยือนสาธารณรัฐปานามาอย่างเป็นทางการของสมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดาฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี

วันจันทร์ที่ 15 เมษายน พุทธศักราช 2562 สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดาฯ
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รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศแห่งสาธารณรัฐปานามา ซึ่ง
างอิซาเบล เด เซนต์ มาโล การ์เซีย เด อัลบาราโด เพิ่งจะเดินทางมายังภูมิภาคเอเชียเพื่อเข้าร่วมเวทีความร่ว
มมือระหว่างเอเชียตะวันออกกับลาตินอเมริกา (FEALAC) ที่จัดขึ้น ณ เมืองปูซาน
โดยนางมาเรีย ลูอิส นาวาร์โร
เฝ้าทูลละอองพระบาท รับเสด็จ ณ ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติเมืองโตคูเมน อีกทั้ง
ทรงพบกับนาย ฆวน การ์โลส บาเรลา โรดริเกซ ประธานาธิบดีแห่งสาธารณรัฐปานามา
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Visit Panama Diplomatic MiniFootball Cup 2019 – All for MiniFootball and MiniFootball for all

Visit Panama Diplomatic MiniFootball Cup 2019 – Staff, Participants and distinguished guest.


Bangkok, Thailand – On Saturday, March 16th, the 1st edition of the Diplomatic MiniFootball Cup 2019 brought together 8 teams composed of different Embassies and International organizations in order to participate in this friendly competition that aims to get funds to aid young categories in Thailand.

Volunteer task force composed of skillful students from AFS Intercultural Program

On this occasion, the tournament is under the “Visit Panama” partnership, promoting Panama as a Sports Tourism destination for 2019, while highlighting the internal development that has been going on in Panama’s Sports Culture. Among the promoted are disciplines, venues, and competitions, such as Provincial baseball, basketball professional league, Panama’s International half and full marathon, cycling and rowing from Ocean to Ocean, Sports City Irving Saladino, Roberto’s Duran Arena and the mighty Rommel Fernandez for football. Considering that 2 major events will be occurring later in 2019, such as The Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru and The Copa America in Brazil, Panama also has a major role as linking visitors from all around the world to both of them.

The sun rose up and athletes were ready to register at Soccer Pro Bang Na in which a volunteer task force made up by AFS International Program’s students instructed the players and handed over important guidelines towards their participation. Prior to the inaugural ceremony, all team’s captain got together with the tournament’s officials to do a rundown of the rules and the nature of this friendly tournament for charity.

Registration started from 07.00 hrs. each team took their time to registered and get their official wristband and recovery meal.

The Kickoff was at 09.00 hrs. sharp and started with 2 groups of 4 teams each. On Group A we had the US embassy, the UK Embassy, The International Committee of the Great Cross and “Los Libertadores” a mixed team exclusively coordinated for this tournament with participants from Chile, Uruguay, Poland, Colombia, Swiss, Czech Republic, Holland, Spain, Iran, and Argentina.  On Group B, we had a group of young talents from Stamford International University, the German Embassy, the Russian Embassy, and another special team made up for this tournament, under the name of Thai friends, it represents TMA (Thailand MiniFootball Association) which is the maximum authority of MiniFootball in Thailand.

Every team from both groups A and B saw action in the 12 matches from the first round.

The first round finished with amazing football displayed at each match, and those who made it to the next round were the British Embassy as group leader and the USA Embassy as second on group A, and The German Embassy as group leader and Stamford International University as second in Group B. During the break, players had the chance to recover with a meal provided by Thai Youth Sports and beverage from M-150, also Kinesio tape offered taping muscles for those athletes who were starting to feel the fatigue of the competition.

Most of the distinguished guest and representatives for sports and international organizations in Thailand arrived for the Semifinals, who witness how The British Embassy took over Stamford International by 3-1 on one key, and at the other semifinal the German Embassy gave a surprise by overcoming a very organize US Embassy team on a shoulder to shoulder game that ended up in 2-1.

The US Embassy and the German embassy encounter at the Semifinal 2

The British Embassy team and the German Embassy team were ready to face each other for the Visit Panama Diplomatic Cup’s final, but before H.E. Maria Martinez, Ambassador of Panama to the Kingdom of Thailand, shared her personal thoughts and message to the audience and participants, thanking them for their efforts and time towards such a soul-warming initiative. Bringing people together to participate in a Sport Discipline such as MiniFootball, that would help young talents to overcome their difficulties and promote a healthy way of live by traveling to different destinations by the mere purpose of Sports Tourism, at the same time invited everyone to Visit Panama during 2019 to either witness or participate in any of the displayed disciplines that will be happening in Panama, also to promote its connectivity to reach out to international competitions on neighbor countries.

from left to right: H.E. Christian Rehren (Chile), H.E. Maria Martinez (Panama), and H.E. Fernando Quiros (Peru) at the Final’s Ceremony before the big match.

Gifts were given to 3 MVP’s from the first round during the Final’s show lead by Mr. Mark Kolenberg, from ITL (International True Lovers) and then gave a pass to the most awaited match of the day, the Final Match. Everyone got their sit to witness how The German Embassy team battled every ball to overcome an outstanding performance given by the British Embassy team, which to be honest, it could have gone either way, becoming the Champions of the 1st Edition of the Diplomatic MiniFootball Cup.

All the participants got their reward for their effort as a memorabilia medal given from their experience in the Tournament.  But the most grateful reward was that the Champions and the runner up donated 5,000.00 Thai baht each one to schools in need plus a kind gesture from the International Committee of the Great Cross who also donated 4,000.00 Thai Baht, giving a grand total of 14,000.00 THB, proving once more that friendly sports tournaments are great to bring people together for a good cause.

Rainier Muller (left) receive the cup from H.E. Maria Martinez (right) since the German Embassy became champions of the first edition of the MiniFootball Diplomatic Cup, sponsored by Visit Panama.

The Embassy of Panama in Thailand wishes to thank Wyncoast Industrial Parks, The Honorary Consul of Panama in Thailand, Thai Youth Sports, M-150, ITL, Kinesio, AFS International Program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of diplomatic missions in Thailand, the distinguished guest and representatives of International Organizations in Thailand, and mostly to the participants who will bring joy to the young talents that aim to get a better future by becoming professional athletes.

Panama is a land of connectivity with many allies around the globe, and this event proved for once more that in terms of friendship and long term objectives, Panama has the right mindset and aims to support activities that enhance the quality of life of those who support it.

Visit Panama Successful Participation Medal (left), Stamford International University team (right)

The next edition of the Diplomatic Cup will be taking place in August, as the TMA prepares the Thai National team that will represent Thailand in the MiniFootball 2019 World Cup, taking place in Perth, Australia during the month of October, availed by WMF (World MiniFootball Federation).

Albert Bellot, aka “Panman” (left) receiving its MVP Panathai Award courtesy of the Embassy of Panama in Thailand by the Tournament Director, MSc. Bernardo Díaz (left)


Panama participates with a delegation of 5 Panamanians hungry to grow, learn and fight at the highest level of this discipline. This year marks the 16th edition of the Muay Thai World Championship, the event of the World Muay Federation (WMF) was organized in partnership with the Muay Thai World Alliance (Ministry of Culture of Thailand) under the banner of the World Festival of MuayThai, and an event sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Sports Education and the Department of Cultural Promotion. Organized by Legend Siam, Pattaya and under the sponsorship of the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, General Chatchai Sarikalya.


On Sunday, March 11, fighters from all over the world gathered at the multi-event center called “Leyend Siam”, located in Pattaya, Thailand, where Panama was present with the delegation presided by the coach and precursor of Muay Thai in Panama , Giovanni Carrielo and his 4 disciples, Galo Macías (57 kg), Benedicto Chang (60 kg), Moisés Santizo (71 kg) and Alexander Russel (75 kg), who under the guidance of “Gianni” have visited centers of Thai culture where the best Muay Thai fighters in the kingdom work. In turn, these have lived for the first time and intimately the benefits, qualities and various facets that involve this discipline.

On the opening night, two Panamanian contenders saw action. The first, Alexander Russel who offered a fairly balanced and close fight that was defined by a dubious blow to the head when he was already on the canvas at the end of the first round, for which the officer declared TKO to safeguard the integrity of the fighter, at the end of the fight, his rival from Italy offered his respects and both gave way to a fraternal recognition for having fought.


The Isthmian delegation did not lower its head and the hubbub of the small Panamanian bar spread to locals who came to watch the participation of the next fighter, Benedicto Chan. He performed the rituals of preparation while the Panamanian tricolor shouted “Panama !, Panama! Panama!” To the side, trying to motivate “Benny” to achieve the first victory win within the framework of the Muay Thai Festival.

The rival of “Benny” was a hardened contender from Albania, who started at a rather strenuous pace, with “Benny” leading the best part by connecting concretely and repeatedly to his opponent in the first two rounds, but it was not surprising that the Algerian rival will offer his greatest potential in the last and third assault when “Benny” already felt a little fatigued by the effort, in the end, Panama managed to obtain the victory by score and with this the joy of those who rowed for this.


The Panamanian Chang expressed his gratitude for the kindness of the Thai culture, the hospitality offered, the gastronomic variety and the beautiful experience of growing within a discipline that means so much to him. It should be noted that Benedict Chang calls on the Panamanian population to eradicate the stigma that lies over Thailand and the discipline of Muay Thai, in order that more people visit the kingdom and as a consequence the Panamanian authorities pay more attention to the various sports disciplines that are booming worldwide and their athletes.


The Muay Thai festival continues until March 18 with various activities and competitions, the Ambassador of Panama in Thailand, S.E. María Martínez wishes to thank the delegation and the WMF (World Muay Federation) team for their assistance: Mr. Saysamone Sayasone, President, Gen. Tunwakom Tippayachan, Vice President, Antonio Krauss, General Secretary and Gabrielle Murg, Executive Vice President, who made this experience unforgettable and invites everyone to continue supporting future delegations that participate and grow with the most traditional sports discipline in Thailand.

Más que un arte marcial, un ritual de respeto: Festival de Muay Thai

Panamá participa con una delegación de 5 panameños con hambre de crecer, aprender y pelear en el máximo nivel de esta disciplina. Este año se realiza la 16ta edición del Campeonato Mundial de Muay Thai, el evento de la Federación Mundial de Muay (WMF) se organizó en asociación con la Alianza Mundial de Muay Thai (Ministerio de Cultura de Tailandia) bajo la bandera del Festival Mundial de MuayThai, y un evento patrocinado por el Ministerio de Cultura, Ministerio de Turismo y Deportes de la educación y el departamento de promoción cultural. Organizado por Legend Siam, Pattaya y bajo el patrocinio del Viceprimer Ministro de Tailandia, el general Chatchai Sarikalya.


El Domingo 11 de Marzo, Peleadores de todo el mundo se reunieron en el centro de multi eventos llamado “Leyend Siam”, ubicado en Pattaya, Tailandia, donde Panamá se hizo presente con la delegación presidida por el entrenador y precursor del Muay Thai en Panamá, Giovanni Carriello y sus 4 discípulos, Galo Macías (57 kg), Benedicto Chang (60 kg), Moisés Santizo (71 kg) y Alexander Russel (75 kg), quienes bajo la guía de “Gianni” han recorrido centros de cultura tailandesa donde se trabajan a los mejores peleadores de Muay Thai del reino. A su vez, estos han vivido por primera vez y de forma intima las bondades, cualidades y las diversas facetas que envuelven esta disciplina.

En la noche inaugural, dos contendientes panameños vieron acción. El primero, Alexander Russel quien ofreció una pelea bastante balanceada y reñida que se definió por un golpe dudoso a la cabeza cuando este se encontraba ya en la lona al culminar el primer asalto, por lo cual el oficial declaro TKO para salvaguardar la integridad del peleador, al culminar la pelea, su rival de Italia ofreció sus respetos y ambos dieron paso a un reconocimiento fraternal por haberse enfrentado.


La delegación istmeña no bajó la cabeza y la algarabía de la pequeña barra panameña se contagió a los locales quienes se acercaron a observar la participación del siguiente peleador, Benedicto Chan. Este realizaba los rituales de preparación mientras el tricolor panameño gritaba “¡Panamá!, ¡Panamá!, ¡Panamá!” a un costado, procurando motivar a “Benny” para que lograra cosechar la primera victoria dentro del marco del Festival de Muay Thai.

El rival de “Benny” fue un aguerrido contendiente procedente de Albania, quienes arrancaron a un ritmo bastante agotador, siendo “Benny” quien llevará la mejor parte al conectar concreta y repetidamente a su rival en los primeros dos asaltos, pero no fue de sorprender que el rival argelino brindará su mayor potencial en el último y tercer asalto cuando “Benny” ya se notaba un poco fatigado por el esfuerzo, al final, Panamá logró obtener la victoria por puntaje y con esto la alegría de quienes remaban por esto.


El panameño Chang expreso su gratitud por las bondades de la cultura tailandesa, la hospitalidad ofrecida, la variedad gastronómica y la hermosa experiencia de crecer dentro de una disciplina que significa tanto para él. Cabe recalcar, que Benedicto Chang hace un llamado a la población panameña para erradicar el estigma que yace sobre Tailandia y la disciplina del Muay Thai, con el fin de que más personas visiten el reino y en su consecuencia las autoridades panameñas presten más atención a las diversas disciplinas deportivas que van en auge mundialmente y a sus atletas.


El festival de Muay Thai continua hasta el 18 de Marzo con diversas actividades y competencias, la embajadora de Panamá en Tailandia, S.E. María Martínez desea agradecer la atención ofrecida por la delegación y el equipo de trabajo de la WMF (World Muay Federation): Sr. Saysamone Sayasone, presidente, Gen. Tunwakom Tippayachan, vicepresidente, Antonio  Krauss, Secretario General y a Gabrielle Murg, Vicepresidenta ejecutiva, quienes hicieron de esta experiencia inolvidable e invita a que continúen apoyando a las futuras delegaciones novatas que participen y crezcan con la disciplina deportiva de mayor tradición en Tailandia.