Caribbean Christmas Contest Lights up San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 51            December 28, 2006

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The Alfaro home was lit up in all ways imaginable - and won top prizes this year.

A sleeping Santa greets passersby at the Alfaros.

A very happy Wayne and Dennis Alfaro received some great prizes for their award winning home.

The lovely blue lights on the home, plus colored lights on coconut trees grabbed the Wally Nuñez home Most Creative.

Leni and Wally Nuñez happily accept their prizes from Miss San Pedro Liliana Nuñez and The SPSun Crew!

Editor's Choice went to the Campos family, who were very excited to receive their prize.

Best Presentation went to a very surprised China Wallace from the San Juan Area.

Winning for a second time (they took first place last year), the Aguilar Family commented that they were waiting for The Sun!

On Thursday, December 21st, 2006, The San Pedro Sun crew, joined by the three judges, made their way through the streets of San Pedro Town looking for the houses with the most creative Christmas decorations. Yes, it was time for the second annual San Pedro Sun’s Caribbean Christmas.

    Up and down the streets they went oohing and aahing in unison. With their “look at this” and “look at that” the judges definitely had a hard task ahead of them. At the end of the night, they rendezvoused at the Pier Lounge to tally up their final results.

    On Friday, with the help of Miss San Pedro Liliana Nuñez and friends, The San Pedro Sun went to the winner’s house to spread Christmas joy, cheer and fantastic prizes.

    From North to South, East to West, the crowd sang their carols, wished passersby a joyous Christmas and congratulated the surprised winners. Judges based the winners on the following Most Creative, Best Theme, Originality, General Presentation, Business and the Big Winners encompassed creativity/uniqueness/theme/creativity/uniqueness/

    theme/style/order/ and general presentation. The task proved to be a very difficult one because every street corner had at least one beautifully decorated home.

    The first family surprised and winners of Most Creative went to Wally Nuñez and family. “The blue lights really did us in,” commented a judge. Mr. and Mrs. Nuñez were hugely surprised at having won but were very appreciative of the gesture. Nuñez family won a dinner for two (2) at El Divino, gift certificate from Orange, and a gift prize from Seaduced.

    The party continued as the group went surprising many more. Next on their “hit list” were the Aguilar family. Winning for a second time (they took first place last year) the Aguilar Family commented that they were waiting for The Sun. When asked, “Did you think you were going to win this year again?” An enthusiastic response was, “yes!” The Aguilar’s won a hardwood folding table from Graniel’s Dreamland, Dinner or lunch for (2) at Mata Chica with a complimentary cocktail, and a cash prize from the San Pedro Town Council.

    The third house visited was the home of Romaldo Campos in the San Juan Area who took home the prize for The San Pedro Sun’s Editor’s Choice. “This certainly made our Christmas! We do it for the kids who tell us that if we don’t put any lights on, Santa won’t come. We did it for them,” exclaimed the thrilled winner. The family won a $50 gift certificate from Casa Pan Dulce, dinner for (2) at Fido’s Italian Steakhouse and a gift from Castillo’s Hardware.

    Best Presentation went to Dale and China Wallace also in the San Juan Area. She was more than surprised to receive the gift but exclaimed, “I didn’t think it was that good!” Her and her family are enjoying the following gifts: $100 savings account courtesy of Belize Bank, a gift certificate from Isla Bonita Gallery, and a gift prize from Wings.

    Best Business again went to Amigos del Mar. Their beautiful decorations cast a colorful glow in the calm waters of the Caribbean. Amigos del Mar won $400 worth of free advertising in The San Pedro Sun.

    Grand Prize Winners for this year were Wayne Alfaro and family, who took home the prize for Best Theme last year. Prizes that they won this time around were $200 cash prize from Reef Radio, Dinner for (2) at Rojo Lounge, Full day sailing to Caye Caulker for (2) courtesy of SEArious Adventures, and a round trip ticket to Belize City courtesy of Tropic Air.

    Other prizes handed out were $50 bar tab courtesy of BC’s, $50 gift certificate from Blue Water Grill, Full grooming at Pampered Paws, and $50 bar tab from Pier Lounge.

    The San Pedro Sun has in its plans to hold this prize-giving, joy-sharing event for many years to come. So, come 2007, decorate your homes and use creativity to win fabulous prizes, because come next year the prizes will be more fantastic.

    Judges for this cheerful occasion were Jan Brown from Pier Lounge, Wil Alamilla from ABC Pre-school and Bill Thornton, member of the San Pedro Lions Club.
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