Valentino Lanùs - new conductor for
Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 31            August 9, 2001

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Valentino Lanùs

The Costa Maya Festival committee regrets to announce that, for reasons beyond their control, international soap opera star Juan Soler will no longer be conducting the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant as previously planned. Nevertheless, the good news is the confirmation of another well-known television personality - Valentino Lanùs. Born Luis Alberto Lopez in Mexico, Distrito Federal, this 26 year-old is one of the most prominent young actors in Mexico. Many fans may remember this rising star from soap operas like "Maria Isabel," "Amor Gitano," "La Casa en la Playa" or in his current role as "Imanol" in "Mi primer amor a mil por hora."

    The committee also informs the general public that the Grand Costa Maya Raffle is still on. For only $10 a chance you will be able to enter the raffle for a three-bedroom house and lot located at the new marina area in San Pablo, which will be raffled sometime in December. A raffle booth will be available at the festival grounds to purchase tickets.

    The five contestants for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant have arrived in "La Isla Bonita" and will make their first public appearance on the island at "Noche Sanpedrana," to be held at Banyan Bay on Friday night, 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 soap opera star Valentino Lanùs. 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 with Gilharry 7. 

    Tickets for the festival are on sale 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.

    Only a limited amount of food or product booths are now available for $400. Interested persons wanting to purchase one may do so by contacting Mr. Wil Alamilla Jr. at 026-2180. 

    The Costa Maya Committee would like to thank the following businesses who join the list of sponsors of this year's festivities. Gold - Belize Port Authority. Special Silver - Thunderbolt. Silver - Texaco. Bronze - Amigo Travel and PACT. Pageant Sponsors - Moon Dancer, La Boutique Elegante, Island Kids, Sea Fan Gift Shop, Tanisha Eco Tours, Amber Jewelry, Moncho's Golf Cart Rental, Belize Biltmore Plaza, The Victorian Room, Mayaland Tours, Neon Plastics and Sol Caribe.
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