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A lot of people know Angel Nunez as a high school teacher and Principal and today he is being known as TV host of the San Pedro Morning Show.  But did you know that he is the emcee with the longest record in Belize to date?  His passion as Master of Ceremonies began back in 1971 when he began teaching at San Pedro high and was secretary of the village council under Chairman Enrique St

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If there is one place that has left a landmark in San Pedro and that has undergone lots of transformation, it has got to be Fido’s.  It started as Fido’s Hotel and was part of the chain of Coral Beach Hotels. The Original Fido Nuñez then transformed it to Fido’s Place with restaurant and bar which became a central point for tourists from all over.

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The Elsa P belonging to Tio Pil (Felipe Paz Sr.) has got to be the cargo/passenger boat with the longest history. Way back in the 1950’s and into the 60’s, the Elsa P was a sailing boat.

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If you are wondering where the end of the town is you would have to go all the way up north to Boca Del Rio Bridge, cross it and then continue up north to as far as Tranquility Bay Resort. This is how expanded San Pedro Town is.

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Amigos Del Mar is very close to being “Twenty Five Years Ago”, like our columnist would say, or perhaps it already is.

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This is a picture of the beach of San Pedro in the late 1960’s when tourists were beginning to discover the village of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.

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This gentleman is standing on the street between Fido’s and Manelly’s Building and as you look beyond there is the Lion’s Den and Island Plaza.  To the right is Chico Gomez’s Coral Beach Hotel. Even farther down is Pete Salazar’s home and the office of Pete’s Enterprises, and Malak’s Hardware Store and Traveler’s to the left.

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From an early age San Pedro has grown to love Jeff. He first hit the spotlight at a tender age when he started imitating famous personalities like Michael Jackson and Ritchie Valens. At every festivity at Central Park, Jeff won the hearts of the audience with his great impersonations in singing and dancing.

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Very often we have a de ja vu or repeat story on some incident or the other. In this flashback series of photos taken by renowned photographer Kay Scott in the 1980’s we re-live the same story of the recent find of skeletal remains in the mangroves of North Ambergris Caye. This Flashback was supposedly of a sailor Lawrence Dombrowski of Florida who disappeared on New Year’s Eve of 1987.

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There was not one Carnaval year in San Pedro that we did not see The Mestizos dancing on the streets of San Pedro.  Groups like Mestizos, Maya Indians, Cubans and Americans  and other cultures were normally staged on Sunday for Day One of Carnaval.  The second day usually staged the Rebels, Hippies, Negritos, Rock and Roll, El Torito (Bull fight) Twist, Mambo and similar current

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Carnabal is perhaps as old as San Pedro or at least over one hundred years ago for sure.  This is a historic flashback moment as it takes us back to one of the first expatriates to Ambergris Caye. We are referring to Mr. Vernon Hamman  who took this photo and who settled on Ambergris Caye in the middle of the 1950’s.

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What… what is this? The Teacher’s demonstration going on countrywide for government to adjust their salaries? Wrong. Then could it be Sanpedranos marching in support of their political candidate for upcoming town council elections on March 2015? No, look again at the sign.

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This little corner of old San Pedro village in the 1970’s is totally different today.  The children could enjoy first of all a large campus for sports as we see Lisa Forman and Miguel ‘Sykes’ Guerrero in the forefront. Children’s sports days were very common and popular. No five a side court, no buildings for classrooms, not even a fence.

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The Mexico’s smallest man has been to San Pedro.  He is Margarito Esparza Nevares born on June 10, 1936 in Sinaloa Mexico and is 27.5 inches small (about 2 feet). He is a well rounded artist having performed as a comedian, singer, composer and television conductor.

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If there is anyone who enjoys Christmas, it must be grandparents who delight in seeing the children opening their gifts.  No, it must quite likely be the parents wrapping gifts and hiding them under the beds and the Christmas tree.  Or could the happiest persons be the teenagers concentrating in clothing, fashion, and going to party all night long.  I am now certain that even as

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“Hark the Herald Angels sing, Glory to the newborn king, Peace on Earth….”  Throughout the history of our little village of San Pedro, the re-enactment of the birth of Jesus has always been a popular dramatization.  And while it was a bit difficult to find a St.

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Confirmation and First Holy Communion are currently going on in San Pedro Town.  They are the second and third sacraments administered by the Catholic Faith and received by children at about the age of ten.  They are big events in the life of children and needless to say there is a lot of preparations for them to include a nice white dress and as well as white pants and shirt.  S

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Lions is about service to those less fortunate.

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In this Flashback picture on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, we look back 29 years ago on what was San Pedro's first Township celebrations. Pictured here is the Salazar residence on Front Street (Barrier Reef Drive), now the location of a more modern building that houses Friki Tiki Gift shop and Belize Bank International, just across Fido's.

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It used to be the No. 1 sport for sports aficionados. It used to attract hundreds of young children and teenagers to become athletes, and hundreds more young and old, men and women as fanatics of the event. Five-A-Side used to fill up Central Park for hot soccer action every Friday and Saturday nights.

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