My brother, Rogelio and his wife, Maria Elena and my nephew, Roger 4, participated in the annual Pollera Festival in Panama in the city of Las Tablas. Below are photos from the festival today.
|Maria Elena, Rogelio III, Rogelio IV|
A highlight for all of us, Roger and Mari where interviewed by a television station during the festival and because TVN was broadcasting their live feed on the internet we all got to see the interview simultaneously: JoAnn in Brooklyn, Jaime and Charlotte in Amsterdam, Juan Carlos in Philadelphia, Ana and Parker and Elena in Jacksonville, Carlos in Atlanta and Tobias in California.
The Panamanian pollera and accompanying hairstyle have several elements in common with the dresses of Cordoba, Valencia, and Salamanca, but after several hundred years in the culture of Panama, the pollera has become something symbolically Panamanian.
|Maria Elena and Roger IV|