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Artist of the Day – David Matus

David A. Matus is a carnival costume designer who has been in the Belize Carnival scene for over 23 years. He has created countless costume designs to represent Belize both locally and internationally, in carnivals, and in pageantry.

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Artist of the Day – Ernestine Carballo

Ernestine Carballo is one of Belize’s most recognized and awarded Soca artists. She has won the Soca Category of the National Song Competition in 2018 with her song “I Love You Soca”, in 2017 with “On the Road”, in 2015 with “Till Di Sun Come Up”, and 2011 with “Carnival Is Here”. She is responsible for the Carnival Road March Song of 2010 and 2011, has won Artist of the Year 2011 and 2012, the Break Out Tune of 2010 and 2011, Best Soca Artist of 2011/2012, Best Soca Song of 2011-2012 and Honoree of 2011/ 2012. Female Artist & Performer of 2015/2016, and Carnival Song Champion of 2015/2016. In 2018, Ernestine performed at the 3 days “September Festival Weekend” in Belize Featuring Beenie Man, Alison Hinds, and Nailah Blackman. She has also been a featured artist for MUSIC WEEK held by the “Office of The Music Ambassador”.

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The Artist of the Day, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy

Ms. Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy is an international writer, performance artist, renaissance woman and yoga instructor. She is multifaceted and engages in various artistic fields, attributing this to her passion for creative expression.

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The Artist of the Day, Felene Cayetano

Felene Cayetano is an author, mother, publisher, librarian, and editor. Her migration from Belize to Los Angeles at the age of 9 was a key factor that led her to writing poetry in primary school before easing into writing short stories. This love of writing was balanced by a love of reading which gave her the vocabulary to voice her experiences and an appreciation for libraries.

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The Artists of the Day, YATA

Youth Advocacy Through Arts ” YATA “, was established in 2013 and is perhaps the only Youth Theatre Company active in Belize. The group currently has 6 productions in their repertoire since inception. Initially, a social arts organization with plays that highlight issues affecting marginalized communities, the company has evolved into cultural development through the arts.

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Puffy Fry Jacks – they are a thing!

“You had me at Fry Jack”
We had no idea a puffy Fry Jack was so essential, until so many chimed in asking for a recipe guaranteeing the ‘puff’. We think we have a winner with this one!

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She wears her heart on her sleeve

My Maya heritage is full of intricate details (just look at our archaeological sites!) and rich folklore that could be converted into skin art. So, I did it. My artist, Wimpas Sosa of Belizean Ink Tattoo Shop, is a phenomenally talented artist who can take a stick figure attempt at an idea, and find a way to bring one’s dream into reality.

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Giving your child the gift of travel!

Vacationing has evolved, especially for families, and many are choosing to travel with their children at a young age. As a first-time mom, I took my child on her first in-country trip at five months and on her first vacation to another country at 15 months. There is a joy to traveling with your children, but it does come with its challenges and additional expenses.

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Handmade shopping bags are a great alternative to single-use plastic ones

Even if it’s just switching from plastic shopping bags to cloth or canvas, it’s a step in the right direction. It becomes the easiest thing if you have something fun and sturdy, but foldable and ready to toss in your general use purse or backpack. Pull it out when your groceries start adding up at the counter, and you eliminate the need for a plastic bag.

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