Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2021. 12:27 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology (MOECST), and many other cultural stakeholders under its purview, have joined in mourning the passing of culture icon, literary artist, and educator, Myrna Manzanares (M.B.E.).
The MOECST joined along with the Institute for Social & Cultural Research (ISCR), Institute of Creative Arts (ICA), National Institute of Culture & History (NICH) to express sadness at Manzanares’s passing and reflect on her contributions to Belize.
“Myrna Manzanares was a cultural ambassador, well known in Belizean and international cultural communities. Throughout the years she played an important role in safeguarding and promoting the Creole culture and, by extension, all cultures of Belize. Her life’s work encouraged the inter-ethnic harmony of our Belizean people,” the Ministry said.
The MOECST briefly highlighted some of Manzanares’s notable achievements which included co-founding the National Kriol Council in 1995; being honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) “for services to education, culture, and social development,” in 2008; Ms. Manzanares was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire “for services to education, culture and social development,” being awarded Belize’s Outstanding Women Awards in 2008, and being named one of the first-ever Artists Emeritus by the National Institute of Culture and History in 2018.
“As we take this time to mourn her passing, we are also grateful for her many contributions to culture and education. On behalf of the MoECST family, we say “Thank you, Ms. Myrna!” May her soul rest in peace and may perpetual light shine on her,” the Ministry added.
Manzanares passed away inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Tuesday, December 21, while battling an undetermined health condition.