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Alfredo & Yvonne Villoria

 Business:  Maya Village Homestay Network
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Interesting Character


Originally from Hawaii, USA, the Villorias relocated to Belize many years ago. They run a small organic seed company, have a small botanical garden, coordinate the Maya Village Homestay Network, help with TASTE (Toledo Association for Sustainable Tourism and Environment) as well as many other activities that benefit others.
 

Anthony Martinez

Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Storyteller


Mr. Martinez is a talkative and charismatic storyteller.
 

Aurora Coe

 Business:  Circle C Hotel
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Herbalist, Storyteller


Aurora is a 'Granny Healer'. She learned about remedies using common herbs and plants from older generations and now shares her common knowledge with others.
 

Carol & Larry Smith

Business:  Sea Front Inn
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Historian, Herbalist, Storyteller, Interesting Character


Carol & Larry moved to Belize to serve as missionaries with YWAM nearly 30 years ago when very few "foreigners" lived in Toledo. Having made PG their home, they continue to serve people through their quiet interaction in the community. They are both great storytellers and Larry just happens to also be a midwife, or is it midhusband?
 

Charles E. Wagner

 Business:  St. Charles Inn
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Historian, Interesting Character


Mr. Heston was the first minister of government from the area and served as Minister of Works and Natural Resources. Also, he was an elected representative.
 

Chet Smit

Business:  Nature's Way Guesthouse
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Interesting Character


Chet Smit is a familiar name in PG because of his strong opinions and interactions with various local organizations.
 

Coolie Rebels

Business:  Tropical Sensations Band aka Coolie Rebels
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Music


Based in PG, this band can be heard locally and throughout the country or on one of their CDs.
 

Dolores Hoy

Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Arts & Crafts


Dolores makes jippy jappa baskets, stone carvings and carves calabash gourds with Mayan designs.
 

Dr. Alfred Lau

Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Interesting Character


Dr. Lau has spent over 40 years researching the rainforests of Central America and continues to share his knowledge with others.
 

Ermenio Marcos Norales

Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
Interesting Person
Historian


Mr. Norales tells stories about the political history of Punta Gorda.
 

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