In celebration of Woman's month, we invite you to celebrate the life of Tomasa Novelo de Paz. An outstanding woman who opted to share her gift and skills to benefit her community.

Friday, March 31 at 7 PM - 11 PM
San Pedro House of Culture

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To end the celebration of Women's month, the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) hosted an exhibit on the life Tomasa Novelo de Paz on Friday, March 31st. Novelo, who was better known as Chichi Tom, is one of the oldest ancestors of San Pedro Town, and throughout her life, she was recognized for being an outstanding woman.

Novelo was born in San Pedro Village on March 7, 1864. This was the time when many fled to Ambergris Caye as refugees from the Caste War in Yucatan, Mexico, and her family were one of the first families believed to have migrated to San Pedro from Valladolid, Mexico. Historians believe that the first permanent residents of San Pedro were four families who arrived in 1848-1849.

Guillermo "Mito" Paz of SPHC, who is also related to Novelo, welcomed all of the guests to the program. "We gather here tonight to recognize a woman who is possibly related to all of San Pedro. She was a great woman, and we want to celebrate her life. Chichi Tom had a lot of family, and everyone loved her," said Paz.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun