|The crowd went wild at the performance of the
headliner act, Los Ilegales of the Dominican Republic
Saturday, August 23
Belizeans from all over stormed San Pedro to be a part of Belize
Night at the 6th Sea & Air Festival. The evening got off the an early
start and despite a short power outage, performing stars shone bright.
|Belize's Leomar Dancers
Mistress of Ceremonies was the ever entertaining, Lauren Burgess.
The Xaibe Dance group from Corozal, the first entertainers of the
evening, displayed the vibrant culture of their Mayan ancestors and were
followed by the Leomar Dancers of Belize who presented Creole and
Garifuna cultural dances.
The San Pedro High School Band, did San Pedro proud, with eminently
talented young people and great musical hits they had the energized
crowd on their feet and dancing early in the evening. Santino's
Messengers and Andy Palacio followed with a superb line of soca hits and
original punta music. Santino's Messengers and Andy Palacio participated
in the festival through the kind courtesy and sponsorship of the Belize
Tourist Board. A little after midnight Los Ilegales entered the festival
grounds and were greeted by a crowd of screaming fans. "Iligales!
Ilegales!" the crowd shouted, until the four illegals, in a puff of
smoke and under a kaleidoscope of colored lights, invaded the stage.
Ilegales performed for a little over an hour; their techno-merengue type
selections had the crowd bobbing up and down. Screaming girls pushed
closer to the stage hoping that one of the Illegals would touch their
hand or blow a kiss at them. Miss Costa Maya International Carol Aquino,
Miss Belize Gaylene Desiree Dawson and Miss El Salvador Angela Maria
Rodriguez danced on stage with the four entertainers. Ilegales will
surely be remembered for a long time here in Belize; with their flexing
hips, hyperactive shenanigans and bare chests they made the 1997 Sea &
Air Festival a success. Los Ilegales were partially sponsored by
American Airlines. Santino's Messengers and Andy Palacio entertained the
crowd until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and brought Belize Night to an
And an additional report on Saturday night emailed by Dorian Nuñez who
returned to school in Kansas on Sunday:
Vladimir, Rafael, Anthony and Jason "!LOS ILEGALES!" WOW! Saturday
night/Belize night literally exploded with San Pedro's most attended
event. The Festival grounds seemed to be overflowing with an
approximation of about 4,000 people. The gates had to be closed for the
grounds could not hold any more people.
Hundreds of people gathered at the festival grounds from all over
the country as San Pedro Town and the International Sea and Air Festival
hosted one of the hottest line-up of performers on Saturday, August 23.
Lauren Burges from Belize City was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the
night. First on stage were the Xaibe Cultural Dance Group and the Leomar
Dance Group respectively. They performed traditional and typical Mayan
and Creole dances, depicting two very significant cultures that make up
|Dancers of Belize
The New Combination Band was a definite hit, especially among the
younger crowd who always follow the band wherever they perform. The
audience enjoyed their variety of music but unfortunately, due to a
tight schedule, they could only perform for half an hour. Santino's
Messanger, along with Andy Palacio, also created quite a stir in the
crowd as people got up to dance.
Tension and total excitement started to rise an hour before the main
performance was to take place. The fans crowded in front of the stage
area waiting impatiently - Los Ilegales were on their way to the
Festival Grounds. They were picked up by boat at the Essene Way, where
they stayed and transported to the grounds under tight security. By then
hundreds of screaming people were ready. Boom!"La Fiesta" (also their
opening song) had begun. The Ilegales put on one of the best
performances ever seen by locals and tourists in the country. No one
paid attention to the pushing and shoving and the tremendous heat that
was felt. Total attention was on the four Santo Dominican boys who were
the leading factor of the Festival's success. Reports even came from San
Pablo that the screaming cheers of the contented ladies could be heard
all the way from the grounds. The show took about an hour and a half and
then the Ilegales had to leave. Vladimir, Anthony and Rafael arrived in
San Pedro on Friday and were given a tour of the town on golf cart. On
Saturday during the day Dorian Nuñez of The San Pedro Sun had the
opportunity to accompany the three guys on a river tour to Altun Ha and
a swim with the sharks and rays on the reef. Los Ilegales and their
managers were amazed by the beauty that Belize has to offer. They
expressed their joy in being at La Isla Bonita and commented that this
was their first experience in a place like San Pedro. Only two of them
were brave enough to encounter the sharks in the water. "This is an
experience of a life time," commented Anthony. "I had to go swimming
with these creatures or I would have not had another chance to do so."
The crowd was more than contented with the show. Santino's Messengers
performed again after Los Illegales and closed the night at 3 o'clock."
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