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Queens

The House of Panama (HOP) provides an opportunity for young ladies to participate as ambassadors representing the heritage, traditions, beauty, and values of the Panamanian culture; to the House of Pacific Relations (HPR) Queens Organization.

Membership in the HPR Queen's organization consist of one queen and no more than six princesses and/or junior princesses.  The HPR Queens Organization is a patriotic, educational, cultural, non-political, non-sectarian organization created for the female youth members of the Houses of the Pacific Relations, Inc.

PARTICIPATION
To be a participant in the Queens organization, each queen and princesses must be a member in good standing of the House of Panama either individually or through family membership.

Each year the House of Panama as needed will seek candidates to participate as representatives to the HPR Queens organization. The HOP has established a Queens Standing Committee to oversee, coordinate and administer the queens program.

AGES
  • Queen and Princesses must be between the ages of 14 and 19 on October 1st of each year. 
  • Junior princesses must be between the ages of 10 and 13 years (under 14) on October 1st of each year. 
  • Pee wee princesses must be between the ages of 8 and 9 years (under 10) on October 1st of each year.

EVENTS

  • Dance Classes - Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month during the summer they have a dance class from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the Hall of Nations. Postponed until dance teacher is available.
  • Lawn Program - Every year on the first Sunday in April the Queens have a Lawn Program on the stage in the lawn area. All ladies participating will wear ethnic costumes an contribute a dance, song or poem from their countries.
  • Ethnic Food FairEach lady donates pastries and sodas on behalf of their respective house.
  • December Nights - The Queens and Princesses will perform dances in their colorful costumes with the help from the cottages.
  • Dinner Dances and Coronation Ball - During the year, there are three Dinner Dances organized for them, with participation of all the HPR Houses. One ball is the Coronation Ball, where the Queens wear their festive gowns and the tiaras.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Candidate must be of Panamanian descent whose parent/sponsor is an active member of the House of Panama.
  • Candidate must have knowledge of Panama in regards to its history, geography and culture.
  • Candidate must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have good organizational skills, and able to balance their school work with the Queens organization commitments.
  • Candidate must have her own Panamanian folkloric attire (i.e. Montuna, Pollera, etc.).
  • Candidate must be able to participate in the HOP Folkloric Group. 

Queens Selection Process and Responsibilities (Format: PDF)

Queens Representatives Agreement (Format: PDF)

Applications are due Monday, August 31.

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