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El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra performs in San Ignacio Town Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Members of El Salvador Military Symphonic OrchestraHaving performed in Belmopan and other parts of Belize, the El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra played a number of classical and marching tunes on Tuesday night of this week at the Cayo Welcome Center. Present for the musical night was the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, John August, as well as the Ambassador of El Savador to Belize, Rolando Roberto Vizuela Ramos.


In his discourse for the night, Ambassador Rolando Ramos said that it has been an interesting occasion to participate in this year’s September Celebrations and went over the contributions that Salvadorans have had in the past.
“Belize is like a second country to us…we feel proud when authorities in Belize say Salvadorans are hard working and diligently contributing to the economy of Belize”, said Ramos.

Ambassador Rolando Ramos also congratulated the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, John August, and his Councilors for the “great work” that was invested in the Cayo Welcome Center.

Mayor John August also spoke briefly stating that these types of events are what build friendship between Countries.

“We share a warm friendship and that is expressed by the people from El Salvador who have made Belize their home”, said Mayor John August.

The musical notes played on Tuesday night by the orchestra featured notes from Francisco Antonio Lorra from Santa Ana in his ‘El Carbonero.’ Another musical piece came from Alvaro Torres, whose work in ‘El Re-encuentro Patria Querida’ was reflected across the almost acoustically curved Cayo Welcome Center stage.

In a report filed to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in December 8, 1991, Dr. Tommi Montgomery stated that Belize had become a nation of immigrants and had experienced an upsurge in immigration, most notably from El Salvador and Guatemala since 1980. This massive immigration from El Salvador reached a maximum point in 1985; with migrants coming mostly from Chalantenango, La Paz and Santa Ana in El Salvador. Up to December of 1991, these said Salvadoran migrants, in search of a more peaceful existence, had proceeded to settle in over 44 communities across Belize.