11th Annual Battle of the Drums 2016 – Punta Gorda, Belize

11th Annual Battle of the Drums 2016 – Punta Gorda, Belize

Food and Fete Battle of the Drums Food and Fete (8:00 p.m. – 3:a.m.) at Toledo Community College (TCC) compound in Punta Gorda Town:  This is the term used to describe the opening night of the Battle of the Drums weekend festivities. It will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to […]

Donation to Punta Gorda Methodist School – Belize

Donation to Punta Gorda Methodist School – Belize

The Belize Educational Fund and Day in the Park Committee (Chicago, IL) made a generous donation to Punta Gorda Methodist School. The donation including financial contribution and an assortment of needed items were handed over to Punta Gorda Methodist School Principal Florence Ramclam and Student Council Representative, Devyne Lopez, by the committee. Business Manager Martha […]

From Dabuyaba to ashes: Opportunity for community renewal – Belize

Easter Sunday night, April 5th, will be recorded by the Garinagu of Belize and abroad as the tragic night when their dabuyaba, their sacred temple, in Barranco was completely destroyed by fire, allegedly torched by a mentally challenged man from that village. Constructed by the Cayetano family in 1996, this thatched roof, wooden-walled structure was […]

In memory of Belize’s legendary Garifuna parandero, Paul Nabor

In memory of Belize’s legendary Garifuna parandero, Paul Nabor

In the world view of the Garinagu, Paul Nabor, Belize’s internationally revered parandero, has entered the community of the departed where he will eventually join the society of the ancestors. Like all those who have gone before him, his death is seen as a rite of passage, a cross-over from the material life to the […]

True Nation Building for Belize

True Nation Building for Belize

True nation building starts with appreciating our diverse cultures: It was in the spacious thatched roof kitchen of my grandmother Jane V. Enriquez that I, as a little boy, first learned to appreciate the beautiful diversity of Belize’s various cultures. I always remember it as a special place that drew friends and relatives together – […]

The school environment that nurtured Andy Palacio…

The school environment that nurtured Andy Palacio…

Before television came to Punta Gorda in the early 1980s, and before the later fixation of the town’s youths on technological gadgets in this new millennium, there was a vibrant, creative and expressive social environment that nurtured a number of musical talents. Interestingly, these talents emerged through a distinctly parallel social context within the community. […]