Wednesday, October 5, 2011


TRIBUTE TO BELIZE...It was a special year for Belize, the celebration of the 30th year since she said good bye to British rule. And as you might expect, Belizeans in Los Angeles were in the mood for celebrations. The Los Angeles area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Belizeans in the United States, and about 250 of them and other friends of Belize joined the Belize Ambassador to United States, Nestor Mendez and Belize Consul General of California, Hon. Roland York at the Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate in style. The presence of love, pride and dedication to Belize was felt throughout the rotunda hall for the appreciation of our nation and culture that continues to excel through love and unity.

Ambassador Mendez spoke about how far Belize has come in just 30 years, and paid special tribute to Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, the Father of our Nation, who died two days before the 3oth anniversary. 

As I greeted my fellow Belizeans, my thoughts immediately wandered into the past.  I have been living abroad for many years, but still feel Belizean in so many ways. And when I think about this year’s independence theme, “Honoring our history, celebrating our cultures, and uniting in peace”, I feel that it really captured the Belizean spirit at city hall. Even more so when performer Danki Man took to the stage to sing two Belizean patriotic songs, “Tell Guatemala leave Belize Alone” and “Belize on Fire” and the Elegant Flare Dance Group under the direction of Lorna Smith followed, bursting out onto the floor with their high energy dance filled with ethnic rhythm, music and dance. A beautiful evening was had by all Belizeans.     

3o years, it seems almost like a dream!! Happy Birthday Belize!
Proclamation for Belize's Independence presented to Ambassador Mendez and Consul General York from the City of Los Angeles.
Lourdes Saab Chief of Protocal for City Hall presenting a certificate of appreciation from the County of Los Angeles to Belizean community in Los Angeles. 
                              The Belizean task force for the Consul General's office in Los Angeles.
Mally Tillett displaying the proclamation; she is an active member of the Consortium for Belize Development, San Diego Chapter. 
(L) Adela Pederson, President of the Consortium for Belize Development in San Diego traveled to Los Angeles for this occasion.
                                Former Belize Consul General to California, Roy G. Young
(R) Jim B. Clark Director of Federal Relations and Intergovernmental Relations for Los Angeles County

 Sandra Gillett of A Taste of Belize in Los Angeles

Photos: #1,2,4,5,10,11,12 are by Photographer, Francis Estrada

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