The Costa Maya Festival is proud to present Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz (Miss El Salvador), the 19 year old who will be vying for the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2012 along with seven other Central American beauties.
Nathaly is 5 ‘ 7?, has brown eyes, brown hair and a bronzed complexion. Her first language is Spanish but knows basic English.
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 3, 2012) that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival taking place from August 2 to August 5, 2012.
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Sponsors are still welcomed for this year’s festival. Currently, Costa Maya counts Belize Tourism Board and Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. as the Grand Sponsor for the event. Diamond sponsors include the Bowen Group of Companies, Ramon’s Village Resort, Jose Luis Zapata Photography, Designing Solutions, Ambergris Today, The San Pedro Sun, The Reef Radio and Milo’s. Those looking to sponsor can contact Mr. Gach Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenting Miss Honduras and Los Pasteles Verdes for the Costa Maya Festival
It’s just around the bend – in exactly six weeks, the International Costa Maya Festival will be in town. Are you ready? The committee has been working relentlessly behind the scenes, lining up the entertainment and talent that will be gracing the island for three nights and one full day.
Kicking off the fun is the most anticipated events, the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant, which features beauties from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Anticipation is high as to who will take the crown this year, and residents have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the beauties. This week, we present to you the lovely Miss Honduras, Esthefany Maolyth Pineda Perez. She is 19 years old, stands at 5 feet, 5 inches, and measures 36-23-36. The hazel-eyed brunette enjoys exercising, and is pursuing a career in dentistry. She joins Miss El Salvador’s Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz in the race to win the prestigious title of Reina de la Costa Maya, a title currently held by Miss Mexico’s Valentina Cervera Avila. ¡Bienvenida Esthefany!
Los Pasteles Verdes
While Friday night’s fun and entertainment are being finalized, the committee will say that the younger audience better be prepared for a great surprise!
Providing the entertainment for Noche Internacional, August 4th, will be Latino Artists Los Pasteles Verdes. Los Pasteles Verdes was founded in 1973 by brothers Victor Hugo Acuña (guitarist) and Cesar Acuña (keyboardist), former musicians in ‘The Jeekstones and Los Benkers’. They were joined by singer German Laos, drummer Jorge Luis Principe, bassist Miguel Moreno and on the percussions, Juan Vasquez. A second singer, Aldo Guibovich, joined the group a year later.
Sunday, August 5th is family day, with Fiesta en la Playa. Be sure to head on over to the ‘playa’ to enjoy beach activities, music and dancing. There will be lots to eat and drink, and the entire family is invited. Be sure to start saving up for your tickets. This year, tickets are $120 (Adults), $50 (Kids) for the three day event, while Thursday’s entrance fee is $40 (Adults)/$15 (Kids), Friday – $40 (Adults)/$15 (Kids), Saturday $100 (Adults)/$50 (Kids) and Sunday is free.
Sponsors are still welcomed for this year’s festival. Currently, Costa Maya counts Belize Tourism Board and Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. as the Grand Sponsor for the event. Diamond sponsors include the Bowen Group of Companies, Ramon’s Village Resort, Jose Luis Zapata Photography, Designing Solutions, The San Pedro Sun, Reef Radio, Ambergris Today and Milo’s. Those looking to sponsor can contact Mr. Gach Guerrero at email@example.com.
The Costa Maya Festival presents Karen Elena Jordan Meitia, 23-year-old beauty representative from Panama who will be vying for the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2012 along with seven other Central American beauties.
Karen is the current titleholder of Miss International Panama 2012 that she won at the grand finale of the 45th edition of Miss Panama beauty pageant which is held in Panama on Friday, March 30, 2012. She is 5’ 7”, has dark brown eyes, brown hair and with a clear complexion. Her first language is Spanish. Karen has a degree in physiotherapy and is currently a graduate student in pediatric neurorehabilitation. Her hobbies include modeling, reading, tennis, volleyball, shopping, traveling and cooking.
She will join seven other contestants from around the Mundo Maya countries, including Belize, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica, at the Miss Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant (August 2, 2012) that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival taking place from August 2 to August 5, 2012.
“Turn Me On” says the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival as it confirms the participation of Caribbean Soca superstar Kevin Lyttle for Friday, August 3, 2012 at the festival that will run from August 2 to the 5, 2012.
The Costa Maya Festival committee wants to please all generations of music lovers and decided to bring in two international artists for this year’s festivities. Kevin Lyttle will light up the stage on Friday while Los Pasteles Verdes have been confirmed for the following night, Saturday, June 4, 2012.
Kevin Lyttle is a soca artist hailing from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who had a worldwide monster hit with the addictive soca ballad "Turn Me On", which was recorded by Lyttle and the dancehall artist Spragga Benz. His strong live performances of soca influenced by dancehall and contemporary R&B made the song a hit throughout the Caribbean. The single was released in the U.S. in 2004 and the video was added to MTV on 24 May 2004. "Turn Me On" eventually went gold in the U.S. and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Miss Belize Contestant for Costa Maya Festival 2012
This week the International Costa Maya Festival proudly presents Miss Belize, Karen Jasmine Middleton, the 19-year-old beauty representative from the district of Corozal will be vying for the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2012 along with seven other Central American beauties.
She will join seven other contestants from around the Mundo Maya countries, including Panama, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica, at the Miss Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant (August 2, 2012) that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival taking place from August 2 to August 5, 2012. (Click here for Miss Costa Maya Pageant 2011 Review)
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The list of beauty pageant delegates continues to grow, and we present to you the lovely Miss Nicaragua, Ivey Jellisa Alvarez Hunter. She is 20 years old, and stands at 5’ 8”, has dark brown eyes and hair. She is an International Relations & Diplomacy student who speaks both English and Spanish.
Ivey joins other beauties from Belize: Karen Middleton, Costa Rica: Mariela Aparicio, El Salvador: Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz, Honduras: Esthefany Maolyth Pineda Perez, and Panama: Karen Elena Jordan Beitia. These lovely ladies will be joined by delegates from Guatemala and Mexico, on Thursday, August 2nd as they compete for the title of Reina de La Costa Maya, which is currently held by Mexico’s, Valentina Cervera Avila.
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Presenting Miss Costa Rica for Costa Maya 2012!
With the current line-up for the International Costa Maya Festival including Los Pasteles Verdes and Kevin Lyttle, the news is only getting hotter as the highly anticipated announcement of delegates for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant keep coming. This week we present to you the gorgeous Mariela Aparicio, and she hails from the land of Pura Vida, Costa Rica!
Mariela is a lovely dark-eyed brunette model and cosmetologist who enjoys listening to music, traveling and exercising. She stands at 5’ 7” and measures 34-23-35. All eyes will be on her and the other beauties from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama on Thursday, August 2nd. Mariela joins Miss Belize: Karen Middleton, Miss El Salvador: Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz, Miss Honduras: Esthefany Maolyth Pineda Perez and Miss Panama: Karen Elena Jordan Beitia, in the race for the title currently held by Miss Mexico, Valentina Cervera Avila.
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This year the International Costa Maya Festival promises to be bigger and better. Two international performers have been booked for audiences to enjoy and the list of performers is growing and top notch artists are being booked. The following are just a few performers who will be taking center stage at this year’s International Costa Maya Festival. Berne Velasquez
The International Costa Maya Festival is happy to announce that Belizean Performer, Berne Vasquez, will be shaking things up once again at this year’s International Costa Maya Festival. We all remember Bern’s highly energetic and rhythmic performance from Costa Maya Festival 2010 and we all are looking forward to another performance from one of our own.
Corozalsa is a salsa/merengue band that has worked hard for the past two years understanding the intricate rhythms of this genre of Latin music and has now blossomed into a salsa band in Corozal Town. Forming this band has been the life-long dream of Mr. Andy Rosado, who has a passion for Latin music. Corozalsa is the first full fledge salsa band to be formed here in Belize.
His musicians are from all over the country of Belize, who were willing to take on the challenge. This band is under the watchful eye of their professional conga player, Mr. Mario Antonio Punchard and their lead singer is the talented and charismatic Mr. Harold Nava. They are all excited about representing Latin music here in Belize and are looking forward to “rocking the crowd” at La Costa Maya Festival this 4th of August in San Pedro Town.
The Costa Maya Festival would not be the same if Grupo Crash would not perform. They have become an essential part of the Costa Maya Festival as they have been perfuming year after year with dynamic and energetic performances. Let us all welcome back, Grupo Crash, to The International Costa Maya Festival 2012 and to our Isla Bonita. Jael Jourianne August
A new face to the International Costa Maya Festival is Jael Jourianne August. Jael will be performing live during pageant night, Thursday, August 2nd.
At the tender age of 4 she enrolled in the Belize National Dance Company which laid the foundation for her as a stage performer. She toured with the Ozzy & Friends Performance Show in 2011 and participated in this year’s National Festival of Arts held by the Institute of Creative Arts. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she attended the Institute of Creative Arts/NICH Summer Arts Institute Vocal Workshop under the tutelage of Ms. Kellie Cadogan, singer and vocal trainer from Barbados.
This year she is once again in training, attending Vocal Technique classes at Belize School of Music under the guidance of vocalist/classical trainer, Mr. Gavin Courtenay. She is also an aspiring member of the Belize National Youth Choir.
Saturday, July 28 Noche Tropical at Ramon’s Village Get the opportunity to see and meet the contestants up close
Thursday, August 2 Miss Costa Maya International Pageant Hosted by Jennifer Chiong Past Miss Costa Maya & Eiden Salazar Entertainment by: Jael August – Singer Corozal Community College Dance Company Natalie Arceo – Singer Nu Generation Dance Company After Party (to be announced)
Friday, August 3 Opening Gala and entertaiment Opening Ceremonies – Speakers Flag Presentation by Nu Generation Dance Company Berne Velasquez – Singer/Entertainer Ballet de Camara de Quintana Roo Grupo Crash – Dance Group Nu Generation Dance Company The Remaining Band
Kevin Lyttle – International Artist After Party with Tuff E Nuff Sound
Saturday, August 4 Grupo Crash – Dance Group Ian Manuel Somosa – Impersonator Corosalsa Band from Corozal
Los Pasteles Verdes – International Artist After Party to be announced
Sunday, August 5th Fiesta en La Playa - Party with the DJ’S Greasy Pole Beach Volleyball and Beach Games Sailing Race (this will be by the sailing school of San Pedro) DJ Mauricio (more to be announced)
Grand Sponsors Belize Tourist Board Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Bowen Group of Companies San Pedro Town Council
Diamond Designing Solutions Jose Luis Zapata Photography (Official Photographer) Love FM Milo’s Group of Companies Ramon’s Village Resort NICH Reef Radio
Platinum Ambergris Today San Pedro Sun Kristal Shipping Great Belize Production
Gold San Pedro Belize Express Belize Border Management Tropic Air Maya Island Air Moncho’s Golf Cart Rental Radio Oye Wine de Vine
Silver Mata Chica Discovery Expedition Atlantic Bank International Bank Ltd. Pete Enterprises
Bronze Refri Tech Wally’s Electrical Services Las Terrazas Black Coral Victoria House Captain Sharks News Exchange Magazine Suya Tours Belize Telemedia
Friends Xanadu Resort Annies Pastries
Hotels Holiday Hotel Victoria House Sun Breeze Hotel Sun Breeze Suites San Ignacio Hotel Spindrift Hotel Blue Tang Inn
Restaurants Fido’s Courtyard Pineapples Restaurant Caprice Bar and Grill Mickey Place Hidden Treasures Mango’s Grill
Costa Maya 2012 outlines the events for this year’s Festival
The International Costa Maya Festival is Belize’s biggest festival, and it is held right here on La Isla Bonita. Featuring international and local artists, it is a celebration of music, pageantry and culture. Already, there is a buzz about the upcoming Reina de la Costa Maya pageant, as well as international artists Los Pasteles Verdes and Kevin Lyttle. But throughout the three nights of festivities, there will be lots to enjoy, and a variety of music and dance performances to keep everyone happy.
Below is a schedule of planned events:
Thursday, August 2nd: Pageant Night
Hosted by Jennifer Chiong (Miss Costa Maya 2008) and the enigmatic island MC Eiden Salazar (Reef Radio), the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant will certainly be a crowd pleaser. Entertainment for the night will include performances by Jael Jourianne August.
Jael has been onstage since the tender age of four, having enrolled with the Belize National Dance Company. She toured with the Ozzy & Friends Performance Show in 2011 and participated in this year’s National Festival of Arts held by the Institute of Creative Arts. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she attended the Institute of Creative Arts/NICH Summer Arts Institute Vocal Workshop under the tutelage of Ms. Kellie Cadogan, singer and vocal trainer from Barbados. She is also an aspiring member of the Belize National Youth Choir.
Natalie Arceo will be stirring souls with her melodious voice onstage once more at Costa Maya on Thursday night as well. Natalie is a powerhouse vocalist, with a range of styles that certainly make her a crowd pleaser. Also hitting the stage for interpretive dance and show will be the Corozal Community College Dance Company, as well as the Nu Generation Dance Company. Of course, the grand finale will be the crowning of the new Miss Costa Maya! The after-party will be under the Belikin tent, so bring your dancing shoes to party into the wee hours.
Friday, August 3rd: Music and Culture Night
The official opening ceremonies will be led by guest speakers and honorees, and followed by the traditional Flag presentation, done by the Nu Generation Dance Company. Providing traditional Mayan dances will be the Ballet de Cámara de Quintana Roo. Nu Generation will also be back on stage performing their smooth moves for the crowd. The popular Grupo Crash from El Salvador will be back this year with their fantastic choreography and high energy.
Adding a little bit of rock will be The Remaining, a cover band that will be performing songs from Paramore, Evanescence, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Cranberries and much, much more! They will be followed by the ever energetic, always rhythmic Berne Velasquez. Following him will be the highly anticipated Kevin Lyttle. Lyttle hails from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and he found stardom with his 2001 soca ballad “Turn Me On”. He will definitely be turning on the heat Friday night at Costa Maya! Tuff E Nuff sounds will be adding fuel to the fire after Lyttle’s performance, making for an after-party to remember.
Saturday, August 4th: International Night/Noche Internacional
Grupo Crash will once again be warming up the stage with their energetic performances on Saturday night, and they will be followed by San Pedro Dance Academy. Grupo Divash, a Guatemalan dance troupe, will be performing on stage as well. Former Miss Costa Maya Gabriela Asturias is a member of Divash, and she will be onstage once again, this time, providing fantastic entertainment! Afterwards, El Salvador’s Ian Manuel Somosa will be serenading the crowd with his covers of popular ballads.
Belize’s very own Corozalsa will then take the stage with their unique salsa/merengue style. Corozalsa has worked hard for the past two years understanding the intricate rhythms of this genre of Latin music and has now blossomed into a salsa band in Corozal Town. It is in fact, the only full-fledged to be formed here in Belize.
Of course, they all lead up to the International Artists, Los Pasteles Verdes from Peru. Los Pasteles Verdes are renowned throughout Latin America, especially after their first hit “Angelitos Negros”. This hit preceded their debut album “Recuerdos de Una Noche”. Other significant hits include “Hipocresia” and “Esclavo y Amo”. It will be a soulful night indeed.
Sunday, August 5th: Dia De Playa
Taking advantage of the sun and sand, Costa Maya will once again hit the beach with fun games, lots of good music and of course, cool drinks and yummy food for a fun family day. There will be beach volleyball and other games. Be sure to swing by and enjoy!
The gates will be opened at 7:00PM every night, and everyone is urged to be seated by 7:30PM. Tickets are available at the following prices: Season Pass – Kids: $50, Adults: $125. Thursday Night: Kids – $20, Adults – $45; Friday Night: Kids – $30, Adults – $60; Saturday Night: Kids – $20, Adults – $75. Sunday is a free fun family day! Get your tickets at any of the usual outlets: Milo’s Center, Milo’s Ice, Wally’s Electrical (Leni Nuñez), Angel Valdez (Post Office), The Reef Radio, Emerita Muñoz, Oh Danny Boy Tours, La Divina Providencia, Caye Supplies and with Cruzita Salazar (behind Rocks). You can also call the Costa Maya office at 226-4163 to find out more.
Celebrating the culture and ancestry of the Maya and the completion of the Maya Calendar 13th Baktun-under and highlighting the beauties of the Mundo Maya World, Belize is once again proud to host the the International Costa Maya Festival from August 2nd – August 5th, 2012 on the beautiful island of San Pedro.
The International Costa Maya Festival, first held in 1992, was organized to unify the Mundo Maya world, bringing together representatives from across Central America to showcase their Mayan Ancestry, which has now become one of Belize’s most anticipated annual events. This year, the Costa Maya Committee has put together a full and pulsating list of entertainment and events to satisfy friends and family alike.
Today, to kick start the events will be the amiable arrivals of the 8 beautiful delegates vying for this years’ Reina Del La Costa Maya title. The lineup for this year are Miss Belize – Karen Jasmine Middleton, Miss Panama – Karen Elena Jordan Beitia, Miss Honduras – Esthefany Maolyth Piñeda Perez., Miss El Salvador – Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz, Miss Nicaragua – Ivey Jellisa Alvarez, Miss Guatemala – Alessandra Manzur Franco, Miss Mexico – Natalia Villanueva and Miss Costa Rica – Mariela Aparicio. Upon arrivals, the delegates will be transported to the San Ignacio Resort and Hotel where they will be hosted for dinner and enjoy a mythical Maya Tour along with an official photo-shoot early tomorrow morning.
On Friday, July 27th, the delegates will depart for their official arrival to La Isla Bonita which they will call home for the next 10 days.
The Costa Maya Committee and the people of Belize would like to welcome them all to our country and wish them all the best in this year’s pageant. The Committee also invites the Belizean public to keep abreast of all the new and exciting announcements for this year’s festival such as the Opening Gala and Live Entertainment segment, Live Performances by Kevin Lyttle and Peru’s “Los Pasteles Verdes”, Fiesta en La Playa- along with the DJs and Beach Volleyball Party and other beach activities.
For more information on the schedule of events and specifications of this years’ festival, fee free to contact the Costa Maya Office at telephone numbers, 226-4163 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.