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Manuel Lasso was born in Colón. A product of Jamaican, Panamanian, and Colombian descent, Manuel enjoyed a normal childhood going to school, playing basketball and chess, and demonstrating from a young age his affinity for education. Manuel always enjoyed studying and continues to challenge himself as the teacher of technicians and high school students at the Instituto Profesional y Técnico. His wife is also from Colón and the two of them met at the University of Panama. The older of their two sons is studying maritime engineering and is already working in the field, and their younger son is a student of commerce. Manuel participates in the folkloric traditions of the Panamanian Congos and considers calypso music to be an important aspect of Afro-Antillean culture.
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