The 2018 Ambassador Award Recipients are Dr. Adán Ríos, M.D., for his work researching 

an HIV Preventive vaccine; Ms Marlene Sánchez, successful entrepreneur in the childcare

services and for her support to the VPO as Vice-President; and Destenee McKenzie, as Entertainment Star. 

The Viva Panama Golden Gala will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018, 6:30 pm, at the Louvre Banquet Hall, located at 1767 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027.  

Our special guest are S.R.M. Ana Victoria Castillo De Bello, 2018 Queen of Calle Arriba Las Tablas, with her display of elegance, beauty, fantasy and the spirit of our traditional Carnaval; and Love Alvarez, prima ballerina who will be opening the Gala Night.

As part of the International Week of Panama in Los Angeles, VPO has also its Films from Panama Festival, on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 12 – 8 pm, at AHF Theater, sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and located at 6500 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.  Admission to the festival is free (tickets at vivapanama.org).  AHF will be offering free HIV testing and counseling to the community in its Mobile Testing Unit, during the hours of the festival. Films from Panama Festival was designed to cast a spotlight on the emerging film industry in Panama and the Americas, featuring works by up and coming filmmakers from the area.  Film festival will include Inauguration & Ribbon cutting by our special Panamanian guests, Dr. Adan Rios and Ana Victoria Castillo (Queen of Calle Arriba Las Tablas). 

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Gala 2018


PRESS RELEASE (May 25, 2018, Los Angeles, CA) – Viva Panama Organization (VPO) proudly announces and invites you to  celebrate its International Week of Panama in Los angeles County, its Golden Gala and Films from Panama Festival

VPO also wants to acknowledge its partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation during the celebration of its 2018 International Week of Panama in Los Angeles County, in which Dr. Adán Ríos, M.D. will be recognized for his work in the development of a preventive vaccine for HIV infection.  AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a Los Angeles-based global nonprofit provider of HIV prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV patients.

Dr. Ríos is a world-renowned Panamanian Oncologist, HIV Researcher & Speaker, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, UT Health, McGovern School.  Dr. Ríos will be presenting his lecture “Fundamental Challenges to the Development of a Preventive HIV Vaccine and Possible Solution”, on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 10 am, at the AHF Theater, 6500 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.  For registration, visit: vivapanama.org

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