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Alex Noralez Elected President of National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch

The National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch held elections on September 17, 2016, where new board members were elected. The branch is excited to announce that Mr. Alex Noralez has been elected president.

“I am humbled that you entrusted the affairs of our people to me and pledge to work arduously along with the new elected officials and our community as we strive to unite our people and to promote our culture to the max,” stated Noralez.

National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch include:
President – Alex Noralez
Vice President – Virginia Melendez
Secretary – Eden Velasquez
Asst. Secretary – Elsy Guity
Treasurer – Elroy Castillo
Asst. Treasurer – Amanda Martinez

Earlier this month the Garifuna celebrations theme was announced for the upcoming holiday.

“Rísiti, Pántati, Gabafuti, Iúnrahowa meme la” which translates to (English):

“Rich, Proud, and Powerful let us continue to preserve it.”


Garifuna Settlement Day marks the larger arrival of Garifuna people to Belize in 1832, reenacted every year on the 19th morning as part of the official observance. Garifuna Settlement Day became a national public holiday in 1975.

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