Costa Maya 2001 - two weeks away!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 30            August 2, 2001

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With only two more weeks before the International Costa Maya Festival 2001, a great sense of euphoria is present among the residents of San Pedro. Already the five contestants for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant have confirmed their participation for this long awaited event. The contestants are Melina Diaz of Belize, Erika Lizeth Ramirez of Honduras, Evelyn Esther Lopez Pacheco of Mexico, Mirella Maria Oñate Castillo of El Salvador and Evelyn Lopez of Guatemala. All contestants are scheduled to arrive in Belize on Wednesday, August 8th with the exception of Mexico's representative who will arrive on Monday, August 6th. These young beauties will make their first public appearance at a sashing ceremony at the Belize Biltmore Plaza on August 8th. The festival committee has also announced that "Noche Sanpedrana," a night reserved for sponsors and businesspeople of the community to interact with the contestants, will be held at Banyan Bay on Friday, August 10th.

    The committee has worked diligently over the past weeks and confirmed the following entertainers: Thursday, August 16th - Reina de la Costa Maya Festival featuring international soap opera star Juan Soler. Entertainment will be provided by Grupo Apolo from Guatemala, San Pedro Dance Company, Barbara's Dance Group and Griga Boys. Friday, August 17th - Cultural Fiesta with special presentations by Ballet de Mauricio Bonilla from El Salvador, Formula Ancestral of Guatemala, Mariachi San Felipe from Mexico, San Pedro Dance Company, Barbara's Dance Group and Orquesta Brava from Honduras. Saturday, August 18th - International Night featuring actress/singer Laura Leon accompanied by her musical band and dancers, IKC Folklorico of Mexico, San Pedro Dance Company, Barbara's Dance Group and Gilharry 7. Sunday, August 19th - Belize Jump Up Night with the exciting Gilharry 7. 

    Tickets for the festival will be available today and will sell for: Season Passes - Adults - $85/Children - $40. Day Passes - Adults - $20/Children - $10. International Night Passes - Adults - $50/Children $20. Tickets can be purchased at Martha's Ice, Amigo Travel, Wally's Electrical Store, Manuel's Tropical Cooking, Fantasy World, Lala's Store, Milo's Store, Island Magic, Ambergris Store and Nellie's Laundromat.

    Persons interested in purchasing a food or product booth, may do so by contacting Mr. Wil Alamilla Jr. at  telephone number 026-2180. Cost per booth is $400.

    The Costa Maya Committee would like to thank the following sponsors who have pledged their generous support. Cash Sponsors: Diamond - Belize Tourism Board, Coca Cola, Cuello's Distillery, San Pedro Town Council and Ramon's Village. Platinum - Belize Electricity Limited, Maya Island Air, Ministry of Finance, Reef Radio, Estereo Amor/LOVE FM, Krystal Shipping, NOVA and Tropic Air. Gold - San Pedro Sun and Atlantic Bank. Silver - Belize Bank, Angelus Press, Palace Casino and Southwind Properties. Bronze - Belize Telecommunications Limited, Social Security, Amigos del Mar, Maple Plastics, Triton Properties and Milo's. Friend of Festival - Pirate's Lantern, La Diosa Spa, Searious Adventures and Cars ėR' Us. Hotel Sponsors - Paradise Resort Hotel, Blue Tang Inn, Paradise Villas, Mayan Princess, Martha's Hotel, San Pedro Holiday Hotel, SunBreeze Hotel, Ramon's Village, Belize Yacht Club, Coconuts Hotel, Victoria House, Banana Beach, Caribe Island Resort and Spindrift Hotel.
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