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
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
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
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.