The Costa Maya Festival Committee is very excited to announce that this year's international entertainer will be Marisela.
(From Wikipedia) Marisela is a Mexican-American singer who was born in Los Angeles, California on April 24, 1966. Known as the 'Latin Madonna', Marisela recorded her first album at the age of 15 in 1984. She continues to release albums into the 21st century.
Marisela is one of the artists that will always remain a favorite in the hearts of her audience. Now in the heart of a new generation to come that is through their ancestors listening to her songs and becoming fans of her all over again. She is now known as "La Dama de Hierro."
Some of her hits that you might know include: Vete de Mi, Partir de Hoy, Yo No Te Quiero, Tu Dama De Hierro, Porque Tengo Ganas, Quisiera Detener El Tiempo, A Escondidas, Hazme Tuya, Arrepentida, Si Alguna Vez, (Sienteme, Amame, Quiereme), Asi De Facil, Enamorada Y Herida, Mi Problema, Completamente Tuya, Sola Con Mi Soledad, A Cambio De Que, La Pareja Ideal, El Chico Aquel, Sin El and Vete Con Ella among others.
The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival has officially announced its festival dates for 2011. The largest festival in Belize has been confirmed to run from August 4 - 7, 2011.
This year marks the Costa Maya Festival's 20th Anniversary! As such, there are some changes to its festival night schedule.
Meet the Miss El Salvador contestant for Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant 2011. The Costa Maya Festival is proud to present 20 year-old Andrea Bazant Sol from San Salvador, El Salvador.
Andrea is the current El Salvador Reina Mundial de Turismo, a student of communications whose hobbies include photography, Arabian dancing, design and art. She also speaks fluently in Spanish, English and French.
She will join seven other contestants from around the Mundo Maya countries, including Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica, at the Miss Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant (August 5, 2011) that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival taking place from August 4 to August 7, 2011.
Follow Andrea Bazant Sol, Miss El Salvador, closely by "liking" her on Facebook!! "Like" her and have updates not only on her participation on Miss Costa Maya International '11 but on her photo shoots, art pieces, photographs, and others as well! Here's the link! Check it out!
Siga a Andrea Bazant Sol, Miss El Salvador, de cerca con un "Me Gusta" en su página en Facebook! Así tendrás no solo actualizaciones en su participación en Miss Costa Maya Internacional '11 sino también en sus sesiones de fotos, obras de arte, fotografías, etc. El enlace para la página es el siguiente;
Mexico joins the distinguished group of beauties for this year’s pageant with its lovely representative, Valentina Cervera Avila. Valentina stands at 5’ 9”; her dimensions are 35-24.5-36 and she has brown hair and eyes. She enjoys hosting TV and modeling (including runway), as well as being in beauty pageants. She loves to read, and is a fan of sports, movies and technology.
Belize has finally chosen its representative at this year’s Reina De La Costa Maya pageant. She is Idolly Louise Saldivar. Idolly is a 21-year-old brunette with chocolate brown eyes who stands at 5’10”. Her dimensions are 32-25-35, and she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her friends. Idolly grew up in Belmopan where she entered and won the Miss Belmopan pageant at the age of 17. She was always interested in fashion, modeling and pageantry and the pageant was her first competition. Since then Idolly has modeled on various runways in Belize and recently she was one of the top models at this year’s Belize Design Week.
Idolly joins Crissia Calvo (Costa Rica), Andrea Bazant Sol (El Salvador), Ana Lucia Florentino (Guatemala), Linda Kennett (Honduras), Valentina Cervera Avila (Mexico), Gissell de los Ángeles Alvarez Ramirez (Nicaragua) and Marielena González Peña (Panama) in the quest to be the 2011 Reina De La Costa Maya. The pageant to be held live on Friday, August 5 at the Saca Chispas field.
The International Costa Maya Festival is happy to announce once again that this year’s hosts for La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant will be Mrs. Sandra Hoyos Mejia, legal specialist in Al Rojo Vivo and Mr. Eiden Salazar Jr., from the Reef Radio. Sandra did a spectacular and professional job last year and she also fell in love with San Pedro and the festival. She offered her services once again and the Costa Maya Festival Committee was happy to invite her back!
BIO for Sandra Hoyos Attorney specializing in family cases. Columnist and television entertainer. Co-hosts the variety show “Siempre Contigo” by Channel 41 AméricaTeVe, based in Miami, which is one of the largest in the Latin world. She has a weekly segment on Thursdays in the program “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste” (Telemundo). She is cubanomericana (American-born daughter of Cuban), married to a Guatemalan Singer Mario Mejia and has four children. (Visit Costa Maya Festival Website for more on Sandra Hoyos and List of Festival Sponsors)
Costa Maya Entertainment Line Up!
*Thursday, August 4, Opening Gala - 8:00PM Adults $40.00 Children $15.00
*Opening Ceremony Belize Dance Company Flag Dance: Country’s Delegates and Grupo Crash (Salvador) Solista de Honduras Kesekese Presuncion– Mexico
Noche de Comedia - Nacasia
After Party under the Belikin Tent
*Friday, August 5, 8:00pm Adults $40.00 Children $15.00
Miss Costa Maya International Pageant Guest Hosts: Sandra Hoyos de Tele Mundo / Eiden Salazar Jr. of Reef Radio Co-Announcers: Marlenie Cuellar & William Neil of Channel 5 Entertainment: San Pedro Dance Group (Belize) / Shawn Saldano (Belize) Instruments of Love (Belize) Kesekese Presuncion– Mexico
Delegates: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize
Mega Concert Grupo Crash (Salvador) Gil Harry 7 Band, (Belize)
*Saturday, August 6, 8:30PM Adults $100.00 Children $50.00
International Night Grupo Crash (Salvador) Ascenthium Rock Band (Belize)
Mariesela - International Artists
*Sunday, August 7, 11AM – 6PM FREE
Costa Maya en la Playa Triathlon / Talent Competition / DJ Concert
Season Pass – Adults $120.00 Children - $50.00
Adults – 13 and over Children: 6 – 12 Infant: 9 months – 5 (Free)
The Belize Tourism Board, this week, became the grand sponsor for the Costa Maya Festival, something that the festival committee is very happy and appreciative for. The sponsorship promises to greatly assist the festival in ensuring proper funding for activities of the festival.
Although the festival commences until next week Thursday, the festive activity starts today with the arrival of the pageant contestants. And after today, the beauty contestants are whisked away into a whirlwind of activity that will allow the community to meet and interact with them. In turn, San Pedro extends its warm welcome and its charm toward the international delegates.
Here are some of the highlighted events before pageant night and the festival: Thursday: Welcome dinner at Fido's Restaurant and Bar. The contestants will have dinner and given a warm welcome to San Pedro by the crowds at Fido's. Make sure you join the fun.
Friday: Mayan Buffet night at Elvi’s Kitchen. The contestants experience the amazing Mayan Buffet signature of the Famous Elvi’s Kitchen.
Saturday: Noche Tropical at Ramon's Village. The contestants from Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are formally introduced to the community during a fashion show and cultural presentation on the beach. The contestants will model clothing by Moondancer, official sponsor of the pageant. Preliminary judging will also take place as the ladies showcase in a cultural costume presentation. The event is open the public, free of cost and starts at 7p.m. See you there!
Sunday: Day trip to Caye Caulker. The contestants are treated to a day of fun in the sun, sea and a tour of our neighboring island of Caye Caulker, whose village council has proudly sponsored the visit.
Monday, August 1: Saga Humane Society fundraiser and Captain’s Casino Night. The contestants and World Series of Poker player Badih Bounarha will be hosted to an evening of gambling and entertainment at the newest entertainment spot on the island. Night includes: * Guests will be treated to a night of glamour and gambling from 7pm-10pm for a $20Bze entrance fee. * Captain's Casino promotional ticket value $10US to use for play * Free Drinks for all players- cash bar available * Free Appetizers– mini pizza, shrimp cocktail, beef and pork sliders * Raffle drawings * Free boat to Captain Morgan's arrive Fido's Dock @ 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm. – Free return to town on coastal express
After Monday the ladies commence the vigorous training for pageant night, but they will still be out and about visiting gift shops, boutiques and dining all around the island at restaurants that have proudly sponsored the festival.
Pageant night is on Friday, August 5 and by then the festival is already in full swing. Season pass tickets and tickets for only concert night for international artist Marisela on Saturday, August 6, are already on sale at these following outlets:
Reef Radio/Beauty Club, Emely Salazar 664-7592/650-7484 Ilna Nunez, Carlos Salon 602-2308 Milo’s Center, Rilma Givini 226-2196 Milo’s Ice 226-2033 Wally’s Electric, Leni Nunez 226-2408 Post Office, Angel Valdez 226-2250 Marisa Salazar, at Office 664-7492 Emerita Munoz 226-2085 Efrain Guerrero 602-5055 La Divina Providencia, Suzana 226-4205 (Escalante) El Patio Restaurant 226-3898 Island Gear 226-4327 Regina Brown 629-1742
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It’s always tons of fun for islanders and visitors when Costa Maya rolls around. Part of the enjoyment is the visual feast provided by the presence of the beauties vying for the Reina de la Costa Maya crown. This year, we have eight beauties from the Mundo Maya Countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
After their arrival via Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, the girls got a chance to meet each other, check into their hotel, and then, it was time for their grand welcome dinner at Fido’s Courtyard. After dinner the ladies introduced themselves, and afterwards, guests were thrilled to get their pictures with the beauties.
The fun is on with the lovely beauties of Costa Maya 2011. The eight delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama have been taking in the sights, enjoying the sun, sand and sea with specially planned activities that take advantage of everything that Ambergris Caye and its neighbor Caye Caulker has to offer.
After starting their week-long activities with dinner and welcome at Fido’s, the beauties awoke to a nice sunny day. Their schedule included a Sea Trek trip with Discovery Expeditions, whereby they got to enjoy the underwater world using the patented Sea Trek helmets that Discovery provides exclusively. After enjoying the fish and corals underwater, all eight ladies lounged, snacked and enjoyed the sunshine on board the Sea Symphony before heading back to town to prepare for their night’s activities.
Idolly, Crissia, Andrea, Ana Lucia, Linda, Valentina, Gissell and Mariaelena were officially presented at Noche Tropical, held at Ramon’s Village Resort. The resort has been a major contributor to the pageant, and festival as a whole, since the inception of the festival. It was fitting then, that Noche Tropical (Tropical Night) was celebrated at the grounds of the resort. The delegates presented themselves in barefoot elegance, modeling various types of clothing, and of course, mingling and enjoying the cool Caribbean Night.
Following the night of fun, the activities continued with a wonderfully relaxed sail on-board SEAduction with SEAduced captains Sylvin and Manuel. The girls got to delight at the Mayan-named Hol Chan Marine Reserve, after which they got up close and personal with a most friendly shark at Shark Ray Alley. The catamaran then pointed south-west to La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker, where Village Chairman Alberto Villanueva Jr. awaited the arrival of the beauties at the dock at Rainbow Restaurant.
A delicious seafood meal had been prepared for the girls, and everyone dug in with gusto. Talk and laughter filled the air, and patrons delighted at the surprise drop-in. After yummy food and drinks, it was time to enjoy the island via Golf Cart with Rainbow Taxi Service. Champ and company drove the ladies around the village, stopping to get the girls ice-cream cones along the way, and in general, showcasing why Caye Caulker is known as La Isla Cariñosa.
The beauties will be preparing for their grand show scheduled for Friday, August 5th at the Old Football Field. Only one will be crowned Reina De La Costa Maya – who will the winner be?! Be sure to swing by the festival grounds and find out!
Miss Belize Idolly Saldivar share a photo op with Costa Maya contestants. (Photos courtesy of San Pedro Sun)
The island paradise of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is once again hosting
the annual International Costa Maya Festival, which opened with a gala on
Thursday, August 4.
This 18th festival is
featuring the Belize Dance Company, Mexico’s Kesekese Presurcion, a comedy
presentation by Nacasia and an after- party under the Belikin tent on the
festival grounds. On opening night the country delegates performeda flag dance which included the Grupo Crash
of El Salvador.
The eight beauties
competing for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant on Friday, August 5, began
arriving on the island last Thursday and will have time to enjoy this fabulous
Miss Costa Maya Belize,
Idolly Louise Saldivar, will represent the jewel along with seven other
contestants from Central Americaand
Miss Ana Lucia Mazariegos
Florentina is representing Guatemala, Linda Beatrice Kennett - Honduras, Andre
Bazant Sol - El Salvador; Gisella de los Angeles Alvarez Ramirez - Nicaragua;
Crissia Maria Sanchez Calvo - Costa Rica; Marielena Gonzalez - Panama, and
Valentina Cervera Avila - Mexico. The 2010 Costa Maya Queen Gabriela Asturias
of Guatemala will crown the winner of this year’s pageant.
Sandra Hoyos of the Spanish
television network Telemundoof Miami and Eiden Salazar of Reef Radio will
bethe co-hosts for the show, along with
co-announcers Marleni Cuellar and William Neal of Channel 5.
Also performing during the
cultural interludes will bethe San
Pedro Dance Group and Shawn Saldano of Belize, the Belizean duet Instruments of
Love, Kesekese Presurcíon, Grupo Crash, and Belize’s own Gilharry Seven band.
A highlight of the Festival
will be Mexican-American singer Marisela in concert on Saturday night, August
6, at which she will sing many of her hits includingLa
Completamente Tuya, Amor Mío Carino Mío, Enamorada y Herida, Muriendo de Amor,
Sola con mi Soledad, Ya No, El Chico Aquel, Mi Problema and Pareja Ideal.
Sanpedranos extended a warm
welcome to the international delegates, who were whisked away into a whirlwind
of activity, beginning with a welcome dinner at Fido’s Restaurant and Bar last
The contestants got to
experience the amazing signature Mayan buffet of the famous Elvi’s Kitchen on
Preliminary judging began
as the pageant delegates showcased their cultural costumes at a Noche Tropical
at Ramon’s Village on Saturday night, August 30.
They were formally
introduced to the community as they modelled clothing by Moondancer, official
sponsor of the pageant, during a cultural presentation on the beach.
The Caye Caulker Village
Council proudly sponsored a day of fun in the sun for the contestants as they
toured that sister island on Sunday.
The contestants also got to
meet World Series of Poker finalist Badih Bou Narha at the Captain’s Casino as
Captain Morgan’s Resort hosted them for an evening of gambling and
entertainment in a fund-raiser for the Saga Humane Society on Monday night,
The public also got to mingle with the ladies
as Captain Morgan’s provided free hourly boat rides on the coastal express
departing from Fido’s dock.
Reef Radio hosted the
delegates on theirMorning Show from
Tuesday to Friday August 2-5, as they began theirtraining for the pageant, but they also had
opportunities to visit the many gift shops and boutiques and to dine all around
the island at restaurants which sponsored the festival.
The festival concludes on
Sunday, August 7 with Costa Maya en la
Playa featuring a triathlon competition, games and a DJ concert.
Noche Tropical lived up to its name, partly due to the excellent organization by Ramon’s Village that hosted the delegates of the Costa Maya pageant on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The contestants were officially presented with their sash, modeled clothing of pageant sponsor Moondancer boutique and were judged for their cultural costume which they presented to those in attendance.
It was a magical night for both the contestants and attendees of Noche Tropical (previously Noche Sanpedrana) as Ramon’s Village and the Costa Maya Pageant organizers set up runway lights and accommodations on the beach for a great night of entertainment. (Ramons's Village is the official sponsor of the Costa Maya Pageant and hosts the delegates during their week-long stay on the island.) The food and drinks were excellent (signature of Pineapples Restaurant and Purple Parrot Bar), the music provided by DJ Habo, lights by Mauricio Mejia and entertainment by the San Pedro Dance Company. Master of Ceremonies Horacio ‘Chito’ Guerrero did a great job and Mr. Ramon Nuñez extended a special invitation to the ladies to Ramon’s Village and La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Belize. They all came together for a fun-filled evening.
The contestants of the Costa Maya Pageant were delighted with the island’s hospitality and enjoyed every minute of the event. They showcased the beautiful clothing at Moondance boutique and were judged for their presentation and cultural costumes. This preliminary judging will be added to their score sheet on Pageant Night, August 5 when they will also display their official cultural costume, different from Noche Tropical.
The contestants danced the night away after the San Pedro Dance company invited them to a limbo competition. For more Information, Galleries and Ticket Sales and Season Passes visit the Official Costa Maya Festival Website.