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  Andy Palacio, A Long Goodbye  

Bishop O.P. Martin
"Andy Palacio loved the natural things we are blessed with here in Barranco; the sea, for example and the land."

Rafael Martinez, Friend
"I can say here his characteristic laugh, full of life, full of vigor and I think that's the way he would want us to remember him. He's with us, he lives in all of us. I must mention that I will always remember my best friend, my cousin and my compadre who has humility. Although he was a cultural ambassador, this icon, anybody can tell you Andy P, when you meet Andy P on the street he could reach to level of the smallest man and to the level of the man up there. That was Andy, alright."

Harold Arzu, Friend
"I remembered him at around the age of eight negotiating in Spanish on behalf of his father with traders from nearby Sarstoon. Some of his fathers marine products, eloquence was a gift that was born along with him. St. Peter College always had a good choir and Andy was a member but the only place one could experiment with secular music was in the clubs. He always had to be one step ahead of Father Kramer, Kami Palma, and Mike Espat not to be caught in the bar."

Yasser Musa, President NICH
"We are here music man, in you father's house; St. Joseph next to the red cliffs of Barranco. We are here to show the world that you deserve nothing less than this, dear brother. We are here music man, we are here Kami, Uani, Nita, Tara and Kamou, Elvis, Jacinta; they are all here joined by only a few thousand family members, friends and your beloved fans. We are all here music man to say our last goodbyes as you say your first hellos."

Prime Minister Said Musa "Andy has touched the hearts and the minds of Belizeans all over this country. Andy, deep down, was a teacher. He was a teacher not only for the Belizean children but a teacher to the world because he taught the world, through his music, about peace and about love and he taught us all about these things. And today we join him in his final forthcoming."


As reported by Channel 7 news Belize ---
He was the most interviewed Belizean, the most photographed, the most internationally recognized, the most locally loved, and now the most grieved for. More or less one week of national mourning for Andy Palacio culminated on Saturday in his home village of Barranco with a massive funeral. But as we found out on Friday night, there was some sweet to even out the grief of goodbye.

A large crowd in the thousands sang along as artists like Adrian 'The Doc' Martinez and Aurelio Martinez, Lloyd and Reckless, and other artists performed. The concert lasted just under an hour and the Belize City audience remained energetic.

The next day thousands more thronged to Barranco Village where the flag flew at half-mast. In the tent outside it was like a party as the Garifuna Collective entertained. But it was a funeral – and inside the church where traditional elements were mixed with a catholic funeral. Rafael Martinez, Andy's Best Honored, "I am honored to pay tribute to a man, a simple yet sophisticated man. I can still hear his laugh, full of vigor, full of life and I think that is the way he would want us to remember him. He lives in all of us so share the Andy Palacio experience. His favorite song was Amyegu, and Amyegu, for those of us who have read the English version of it, it tells and advocates for the Garifuna young men, women, children to nurture and cherish the language, to be very much aware of the Garifuna culture."

And his son sang that same song.

E. Roy Cayetano, "What I will remind you and promise to keep reminding you of, is that it is now up to us to preserve and build on that legacy. I appeal to you not to tarnish it with vicious gossip and unfounded rumors."

Yasser Musa, NICH President, "In Belize City you stretched back with your guitar and told the people, 'I am going home to Barranco.' You are home my friend. We didn't want you to come home this way. I am sorry Cleopha but this is how it is. I did all I could. Ask Mike, I did…no fancy machine, no modern medicines, no fast jet planes, could stop the wishes of your ancestors music man."

Michael Polonio, President - National Garifuna Council, "And least but not last we would like to thank Andy Palacio for everything that he has given to us."

And that's the spirit that the crowd took into the procession. And amidst those drums his body was lowered into the vault.

NICH has established special account that will be used for the Andy Palacio Education Trust in support of his children. All those interested in contributing to the trust fund can contact NICH. NICH is pledging $10,000 to the trust fund and asks all friends and supporters of Andy Palacio to make a contribution no matter the amount. The account is Andy Palacio Trust Fund - Belize Bank – 226236.

 
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