Central American beauties take center stage during "Noche Sanpedrana"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 32            August 16, 2001

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Reina de la Costa Maya contestants with reigning Queen

Glamour and beauty were the order of the day and they took center stage during "Noche Sanpedrana" last Friday. Held in Rico's Restaurant at the Villas at Banyan Bay, hundreds of residents of San Pedro had the opportunity to meet the contestants for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. Considered by many as the social event of the year, this specific evening was designed to give sponsors, businesspeople and the entire community the opportunity to mingle with these beauties before pageant night.
Pageant contestants prepare to tour the island

    The true Central American charm and charisma was obvious in the four contestants and the reigning Miss Costa Maya, Sandra Glower Silis of El Salvador. Unfortunately, the fifth contestant representing Mexico, Evelyn López Pacheco, was unable to attend as she fell ill. Miss López Pacheco is being substituted by Xenia Cervera Santoya. This seventeen year-old beauty hails from the state of Quintana Roo where she holds the title of Miss Bachilleres 2001. 

    At a brief ceremony, Mayor Alberto Nuñez took personal pleasure in welcoming the contestants to "La Isla Bonita" and wished them a most enjoyable stay in San Pedro. The participants then eloquently introduced themselves before receiving their official sash from Miss San Pedro 2000-2001 Adaly Guerrero, assisted by the reigning Miss Costa Maya. The Director of the festival, Melanie Paz, then gave the vote of thanks.

    Adding a touch of local flare to the evening were dance presentations by the San Pedro Dance Company and Barbara's Dance Group. San Pedro's own "numero uno" musical entertainers Wil Nuñez and Dale Wallace serenaded the contestants and entertained the crowd with their melodious music. Those attending then took the opportunity to steal a kiss or engage in a quick chat with the contestants, in an attempt to make their own judgment on who the new Costa Maya Queen would be.

Mexico's new contestant Xenia Cervera Santoya

    Since their arrival to Belize, the contestants have engaged in a variety of activities including a visit to Altun Ha Maya ruin, Maruba Jungle Spa and Resort, a tour of San Pedro Town, a picnic at Basil Jones, a visit to "Temptation Island," special appearances at local nightclubs, parasailing and a snorkeling trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Doing an excellent job as chaperons for the contestants are Charlotte Romero, Maribel Gomez, Marisa Salazar, Ian Noble and Santiago Vasquez. 

    Tonight these beauties will each represent their individual country with much pride.  If you have reserved your ticket, see for yourself. If not, better get there early and remember the pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. The Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant will be conducted by soap opera star Valentino Lanùs. Who will the winner be? Whoever it may be, each is worthy of the title. Good Luck Ladies!

    The Costa Maya Festival commences this evening. The following is the schedule of events: 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 See Saca Tec 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, Formula Ancestral of Guatemala, San Pedro Dance Company, Barbara's Dance Group and Gilharry 7. Sunday, August 19th - Belize Jump Up with Gilharry 7.

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