After much waiting and speculating that there would not be another festival this year, the San Pedro Costa Maya Festival Committee met this week and has confirmed that Costa Maya Festival 2014 is good to go from August 7 to August 9.
The Costa Maya Festival will once again retain its shorter 3-day format with the Miss Costa Maya Pageant taking place on Thursday, August 7; multiple entertainers on Friday, August 8 and an international entertainer highlighting the last night of the festival on Saturday, August 9.
The festival committee has started cranking up its gears in organizing the event by contacting sponsors, booking entertainers and performers and booking the international artist who will be the highlight of the festival.
Belize will be hosting the annual International Costa Maya Festival from August 7th – 9th, 2014 on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. Pageant night is on Thursday, August 7th. Ramon's Village is the host resort for all of the Costa Maya participants! Make plans now to join us for this spectacular event!
Industria del Amor to Highlight Costa Maya Festival 2014
With the success of presenting Los Yonics at last year’s festival, the Costa Maya Festival Committee announces the confirmed concert performance of Industria del Amor during International Night of the festival that will take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
California’s Industria del Amor began in the late ’80s, scoring several minor hits in Mexico before breaking out in the early ’90s as a sort of mid-level soft-rock Tejano ballad hit machine. The group’s major hit single was “A Capa y Espada” and their albums continued chart throughout the years after. The group’s continuing popularity was confirmed with the release of two greatest-hits packages, 30 Inolvidables and 30 Inolvidables, Vol. 2, both of which were Top 20 Latin chart hits in 2003.
With the confirmed performance of Industria del Amor for international night, the festival committee now embarks on filling up the spots for the rest of the performers, entertainers and singers that will make yet another successful year for the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival.
All eight countries participating in the Miss Costa Maya Pageant (Reina de la Costa Maya) have confirmed that they will be sending over beauty delegates to compete for the coveted Costa Maya crown and the committee is looking to book entertainment for the younger generation.
More updates will follow as the Costa Maya Festival committee keeps updating. The Festival has been scheduled for August 7 to 9, 2014.
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Garifuna Collective to bring culture onstage! Also adding to the exciting Costa Maya lineup this year is the highly anticipated performance by Belize’s pride: The Garifuna Collective! The Collective will be bringing wonderful Garifuna drumming, lilting vocals and mesmerizing performances onstage for cultural night on Friday, August 8th. The evening is being planned to showcase an eclectic mix of performances, but surely the highlight will be the vibrant sounds of the Garifuna Collective.
The stage will be set with a variety of performances this year, ranging from the eclectic to the romantic, especially with headlining International Night stars “Industria del Amor”. Be sure to stay tuned to The San Pedro Sun both in print and online to learn about the latest addition to the exciting slate of performers set for 2014!
The committee extends a big ‘thank you’ to the sponsors who have lined up to promote and support this annual event. Those sponsors include Tropic Air, Matachica Resort, Victoria House, Heineken, Minister of Tourism, Cultural & Civil Aviation, Ramon’s Village Resort, Flowers Salazar & Associates, The San Pedro Sun, Ambergris Today, Fido’s, Jose Luis Photography/Designing Solutions, Reef Radio, Radio Love, Love FM/Estereo Amor, Great Belize Productions/Channel 5, San Pedro Belize Express, and The San Pedro Town Council.The committee would also like to take this opportunity to remind the general public that the International Costa Maya Festival® is a registered entity, and as such, asks businesses to refrain from using the name for their own purposes and promotions. To obtain permission to use the Costa Maya® name, kindly contact the festival committee at email@example.com.
Garifuna Collective To Perform at the International Costa Maya
The International Costa Maya Festival is almost here and the list of performers keeps growing. Adding to the lineup to this year’s Costa Maya Festival is the world renowned Garifuna Collective who will be performing on Friday, August 8, 2014.
The Garifuna Collective is Belize’s Pride and true cultural ambassadors. They group consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene. It has been six years since Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective released Wátina, an album that received unanimous acclaim and elevated the international profile of the music and culture of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community. On the cusp of tremendous fame, Palacio passed away suddenly at the age of 47 not long after Wátina was released, leaving many to wonder who would continue bringing the voice of his people to the world.
The Band has kept the great legacy of Andy Palacio and toured the world performing great Garinagu beats and promoting Belize’s rich culture. It will be an event like no other; be sure to be make it to this year’s International Costa Maya Festival. See you there!
Costa Maya Sponsors
Tropic Air, Mata Chica Resort, Victoria House, Heineken, Minister of Tourism, Cultural & Civil Aviation, Ramon's Village Resort, Flowers Salazar & Associates, San Pedro Sun, Ambergris Today, Fido's , Jose Luis Photography/Designing Solutions, Reef Radio, Radio Oye, Love FM / Estereo Amor, Great Belize Productions/Channel 5, San Pedro Belize Express, San Pedro Town Council.
Costa Maya Festival presents Miss Panama! Another beauty joins the list of candidates looking to take home the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2014-15. Karol Salinas of Panama joins Ana Graciela of El Salvador and Maria Jose of Honduras in the lineup to take the stage on August 7, 2014.
Karol is 19 years old, and stands at 5’7”. She’s a gorgeous brunette who enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading and exercise. She is a second-year student majoring in Marketing/ Advertising and Sales Management, and is a professional model signed on to Physical Modelos since 2012. She’s participated in various national and international catwalks, and has landed covers of several publications including two editorials of Revista Mia and The Magazine, Woman Magazine and Couture Magazine.
Costa Maya Festival presents Miss Nicaragua Katherine Elizabeth Guadamuz Tapia is the fourth beauty joining the bevy of beauties seeking to take home the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2014-15. Katherine is proudly representing her country of Nicaragua, and she joins Karol Salinas of Panama, Ana Graciela of El Salvador and Maria Jose of Honduras in the lineup to take the stage on August 7, 2014.
The 5’5″ 18-year-old stands is a beautiful dark-eyed brunette who enjoys working out. She is studying Customs Administration and Trade, and also models. Katherine will be onstage alongside representatives of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama in a pageant that you just cannot miss!
Costa Maya Festival® presents Miss Belize! The Costa Maya Festival organization is pleased to announce that Belize’s representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant is the lovely Grisel Rosseli Carballo. Grisel is from the northern district of Orange Walk, and is no stranger to pageantry. In 2011 she was the first runner-up in Miss Orange Walk, and followed it up with a triumphant win of the title of Miss Diosa Maya 2013. The 22-year-old stands at 5’ 4” and has burgundy hair and brown eyes. She is an enthusiastic community activist, and is presently the Director of Public Relations for the Rotaract Club in Orange Walk Town. She loves playing football, enjoys modeling and she champions causes aimed at improving the lives of women and children. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at the University of Belize, and on the side, hosts “La Voz Kareoke” on the local television network in her hometown.
Costa Maya Festival® presents Miss Mexico! Mexico is pleased to announce their representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant: the lovely Elisa Espinosa Gómez. Elisa is a 24-year-old dark-eyed brunette who stands at 5’6”. The Marketing student enjoys traveling, socializing, movies, family time and Crossfit! Elisa joins Miss Belize Grisel Carballo, Miss Costa Rica Raquel Guevara Avila, Miss El Salvador Ana Graciela Hasbun Boscaino, Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado Muñoz, Miss Nicaragua Katherine Tapia, and Miss Panama Karol Salinas. All seven beauties await the announcement of the final contestant, Miss Guatemala. A spectacular pageant has been planned for August 7, 2014, and you do not want to miss it! Eight beauties will be onstage bringing dance and modeling skills, cultural costumes, elegant gowns and of course, will be answering some tough questions for judges tasked with choosing the next representative for our Costa Maya!
Miss Guatemala Contestant Announced for Costa Maya Festival Keyla Bermudez has been chosen to represent her country as Miss Guatemala Costa Maya at the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will be taking place during the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
At 22 years old and standing 5’ 7” tall, Keyla Bermudez has black eyes and dark brown hair. She is a Student of Public Accounting and Audit., loves reading and dancing. Keyla participated in the Miss Guatemala Pageant and won the title of Miss World Guatemala 2014.
Jerry Afemata, or as he is known on stage, J Boog, was born in Long Beach but raised in Compton, California USA. He is an American R&B and reggae singer of Samoan descent. J Boog discovered his passion for music when he was four and heard his older sister playing the piano. The day she brought home a Bob Marley song book, he felt something click when Bob’s iconic reggae sounds filled the house, and he has never been the same.
In 2011 Wash House would release a self-titled EP along with hisBack Yard Boogie album which featured the hit reggae ballad “Let Me Know.” This is his most recognized track, and cemented his name in the reggae world. His unique blend of music and lyrics will be onstage at Costa Maya 2014, where fans can enjoy and sing along to Let Me Know, Sunshine Girl, Let it Blaze and so much more!
The Costa Maya Festival® Committee is aiming to bring the best in entertainment this year, and has organized an amazing after-party to be hosted by the Reina de la Costa Maya®. Spinning the tunes into the wee hours of the morning will be Miami’s DJ JAX!
As one of the international DJ circuit’s very best, JAX has been keeping Miami’s top lounges, nightclubs, and poolsides, moving and grooving for over a decade. From posh poolsides at the world-famous Fontainebleau Hotel – to the weekly sold-out dance floors at Gavanna in Miami’s Design District – this true professional knows not just how to get the party started, but also how to keep it going and going and going!
Between his weekly residencies and frequent tours of South America and the Caribbean – JAX understands what creates memories, and in turn, drives repeat visits. He credits his attention to detail, ability to read crowds, knowledge of domestic and multicultural music, and tireless work ethic – which keep him in touch with what people really want from their night out.
Adept in all things, JAX OWNS his nights – creating a roller coaster of emotion for his fans, while driving bar revenues and word of mouth to all-time highs for venues. With a musical catalog ranging from modern domestic and international hits – to cross-generational pleasers, Jax tailors his sets to the specific needs of every event. And he will be here in person getting everyone to shake it till the AM!
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International Costa Maya Update: Starting this Friday, July 18, 2014 - Miss Photogenic competition featuring the 8 delegates of Miss Costa Maya 2014. Voting will be done on Facebook. The top 3 winners will receive a gift basket each, which will feature art from local artist Mirza Perez of Azrim Kreashans, among other gifts. Stay tuned for more information.
Empezando este viernes el 18 de julio, en Belize Pageant Updates: La competencia de Miss Fotogénica con las 8 delegadas de Miss Costa Maya 2014. La votación se realiza en Facebook. Las 3 primeras ganadoras recibirán una cesta de regalo cada una, que tendran arte de artista beliceña Mirza Perez de Azrim Kreashans, y también otros regalos. Estén atentos para más información
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Costa Maya Pageant Delegates arrive on La Isla Bonita The International Costa Maya Festival is one week away and the delegates for the pageant are beginning to arrive. First to touch down on Belizean territory was Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado. Shortly after arriving at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, the beauty ambassador was transferred to Ambergris Caye on board Maya Island Air.Second to arrive was the jewel was Mexican delegate Elisa Espinoza. The very charismatic Espinoza came through the Corozal Municipal Airstrip in Ranchito and was transported to La Isla Bonita shortly after. Next to arrive on Ambergris Caye this morning was Miss Guatemala Keyla Bermudez. The beauty Ambassador paused to take photographs with employees at Maya Island Air before escorted to meet the other delegates.
Delegates from Central America and Mexico are now in San Pedro for the annual Reina de la Costa Maya Festival. The pageant is one of the main events of the annual festival that seeks to promote culture in the Spanish speaking region. The Belizean delegate is from orange Walk, she hopes to keep the title in Belize. Duane Moody and Chelsea Wagner caught up today with the Belizean beauties.
Chelsea Wagner, Reporting
For over a month, the organizers of the International Costa Maya Festival have been posting on their website information on the delegates from the Central American countries and Mexico who will participate in the 2014 La Reina De La Costa Maya. The pageant, which opens the festivities, is scheduled for next Thursday and the delegates have already landed in La Isla Bonita for a week of preliminary activities. The title is currently held by Belize’s Destinee Arnold who today arrived from the U.S.
Destinee Arnold, La Reina De La Costa Maya 2013
“It is actually a pretty level playing field right now so I think that we are going to expect some surprises. Some girls that we didn’t expect things from is going to be blowing up that stage. So I am just really excited to see what all they have to offer. My platform was basically just giving back and making sure that I carry on the Mayan legacy and I think I have accomplished that. I hosted a huge toy drive in America and I brought back all the toys in Roaring Creek and gave back all the toys and did a raffle giving out money. So I think that was my main event and I am really proud of it. Right now I am just working on new projects….making it bigger and better.”
Twenty-two-year-old Grisel Carballo from Orange Walk is this year’s representative for Belize. Carballo recently won the Miss Diosa Maya International and says that she is ready for the festival.
Grisel Carballo, Belizean Delegate, La Reina De La Costa Maya 2014
“Costa Maya is a pageant that I always wanted to do and last week I was in California training with her and I think that based on that, I’ve been preparing myself all along.”
“Now we know that you’ve competed before. How do you think that will help you with this competition on an international stage?”
“Last year, I represented Belize at Miss Diosa Maya International which was a pageant held in Merida. It was based on the Mundo Maya countries. It was my first international pageant and it was the first time I actually brought home the title for Belize. As a Belizean my aim and as a norteña because I am from Orange Walk, I hold the Mayan culture to heart. One of my aims that I look forward to in this competition is not only representing this culture that sets us apart from so many things. It is a civilization that has been worldwide and it has made an impact and I hold that dear to my heart. So that is what I will go for being of direct Mayan descent and I am very proud to represent Belize.”
Arnold gave some advice to the delegates as they embark on the preliminary activities and prepare for the international stage.
“I think that you just mainly have to bring out your inner beauty. I think that’s really what San Pedro is looking for. They are looking for a girl that they can relate to, who they can hold a conversation with and just someone that shows that pageants are just more than the outer beauty. Someone that they can just sit down and laugh with and not think that oh I’m with a beauty queen right now. They just want to fall in love with you.”
The other delegates are: Miss Guatemala, Keyla Bermudez; Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado; Miss El Salvador, Ana Hasbun Boscaino; Miss Mexico, Elisa Espinoza; Miss Costa Rica, Raquel Guevara Avila; Miss Panama, Karol Salinas; Miss Nicaragua, Katherine Guadamuz Tapia. Reporting for News Five, I am Chelsea Wagner.