For many of you foreigners, this post will be confusing as you wonder who exactly Maru Galvez is. She is a young, educated Panamanian businesswoman widely known for her association to Playa Blanca (another thing Panamanians like) and various other successful projects in Panama.
Panamanians universally love Maru Galvez, so if you are ever in the position to name drop, it is always advisable to mention that you know “Maru Galvez.” This will always lead into the Panamanian saying that “they too know Maru Galvez” and then pointing out that Panama is a small world and everyone knows everyone. This second part is only partly true though. Panama is a small world, but not everyone knows everyone. Everyone just knows Maru Galvez.
If, for some reason, a Panamanian doesn’t know Maru Galvez, assume they have been living under a rock and don’t worry about their friendship.
Saying you know Maru is also safer than saying you know Gabo because people have mixed feelings about Gabo. Stick with Maru and you can’t lose! If you say that Maru invited you to one of her parties, that is bonus points. This advice will urge Panamanians to respect you and invite you to parties of their own. Simply because you both like Maru Galvez.