The Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant arrived in Belize City on July 25th 2007. While in Belize City they enjoyed an excursion provided by Discovery Expeditions who took them on an eco-adventure tour at Peccary Park. This included an ATV ride through the jungle, plus a kayak and jungle adventure. The girls stayed overnight in Belize City, after which they traveled to San Ignacio and stay at the new boutique hotel Ka'ana. San Pedranos got a chance to meet the girls on Saturday (July 27th) for Noche San Pedrana, sponsored by The Reef Radio.
Official photographer for 2007's event is Shamir Guerrero and Greg Vernon is the 2007 pageant coordinator. He wanted a fresh new look for the pageant, while Goodmark Jeweler's Belize offered a beautiful jewelry set for the grand prize winner. Ramon's Village is the Official Resort of the Costa Maya Festival, and Delta Airlines remains as the official airline.
Miss Belize, Maria Jeffery
Maria Jeffery, Miss Belize Universe 2007-2008, represents Belize for the 2007-2008 La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant.
The 25-year-old, five feet, ten inch Belizean beauty is a nurse and one day hopes to become the Head Nurse of her native country. Maria states that in the future she plans to be even more involved with charitable work. Her interests include reading, fishing, sports, dancing, cooking, painting, camping gardening, supporting great causes involving children, traveling, modeling and nursing. However, she enjoys fishing, traveling and sharing nursing tips and information the most.
Miss Nicaragua, Daniela Lacayo Sequeiro
Her name is Daniela Lacayo Sequeiro, she is 25-years-old and is representing Nicaragua at this year's Reina de la Costa Maya. The brown eyed and haired beauty has her degree in administration and enjoys reading, adventure tourism and going to the movies. A confessed adrenaline "junkie", she boasts of the many extreme sports Nicaragua possess. Sports, that when time allows, Daniela loves to partake on.
Daniela strongly believes that pageants help people to grow as people and to help unions and friendships formed between countries. The Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant is one that she plans to fight and work hard in representing her Nicaragua. A country full of warmth and hospitality is her native land with Marina Puesta del Sol, located in Chinandega in Nicaragua, is her most favorite place.
Daniela's philosophy in life is that everything in life has its price and one has to work and fight hard to achieve their goal. And that is precisely what she has done to achieve her goals - fight for her dreams. The young beauty ambassador hopes that one day she will be the owner of her own business, a business within the tourism field.
Miss El Salvador, Marta Elena Martinez Vidal
Making her first appearance on a Belizean stage is the beautiful El Salvador representative, Marta Elena Martinez Vidal. The seventeen year old beauty enjoys shooting hoops and playing the violin. Marta is her final year of high school and hopes to become a great fashion designer. If Marta had the choice to live anywhere within the Munda Maya countries, she would love to be on Belizean soil. "Belize has an immense Mayan treasure, and internationally known for its second largest barrier reef in the world. With its friendly people, mix of cultures, and all of its glorious characteristics, Belize is definitely a beautiful place to live in."
Having her dad as her hero, Marta states that she has learned much from him, "He has helped me with his teachings and has helped prepare me to face my future challenges. As young as I might be, I have learned to win and lose, that is important in life."
Miss Guatemala, Maria Jose Zavala Orellana
Representing Guatemala is Maria Jose Zavala Orellana, 22-years-old, a model and law student presently in her final university year. Describing her country, Maria states that it is beautiful and rich in flora and fauna. "It is full of culture and traditions that make it even more special. It is an honor to represent my beloved nation."
Miss Honduras, Saida Etelina Centeno Martinez
This 21-year-old beauty ambassador is currently a student and enjoys walking. She is a humble, friendly young lady who loves to make friends. She is a bit shy, but upon conversing, instantly captivates you with her wit and poise. Her determination will certainly make her a strong contender at this year's pageant.