while Ms. Gladys Garcia translated in Spanish.
The contestants, Berthalidia Melendez, Arainee Swaso,
Eden Velasquez and Ella Carr, were judged in various categories. They were
scored on their fluency in the Garifuna language; how well they danced to the
beat of the drums during cultural dances, talent presentation, and a question
and answer segment. The contestants' first appearance and introduction speech
took place while dancing to the beat of Hungunhungu. In this portion of the
pageant they were joined by the reigning Miss Garifuna San Pedro, Elsy Soriano.
This was followed by the Chumba, the second creative Garifuna dance , and then
by the Punta. The Mata Muerte and Wanaragua, or John Canoe Dance, were then
performed by invited guests, giving the audience another sample of lively
Garifuna dances. The contestants' last appearance was to the beat of the
When the moment of truth arrived, it was Ella
Carr who was named Miss Garifuna San Pedro 2001-2002. Ella received two
roundtrip tickets to Houston and a host of other prizes. Berthalidia Melendez
was named first runner up and Eden Velasquez placed second. All the participants
received marvelous consolation prizes and bouquets.
judges for this year's pageant were Ms. Sylvia Arana, Mrs. Isabel Cayetano, Mr.
Charles Alvarez and Mr. Justin Arana. The San Pedro Garifuna Council would like
to take this opportunity to thank the drummers Derrick Nasario, Duwayne Castillo
and Ranny Alvarez; the singers from Belize City; the John Canoe Dancers from
Dangriga; chief organizer Mrs. Julia Martinez; trainers Julia Martinez, Sally
Maximo and Iris Velasquez; tabulators Hermojenes Acosta and Shawmella Kelly;
bartenders, gate workers and sponsors Castillo's Hardware, Nancy's Store, San
Pedro Town Council, Amigos del Mar and Black & White Reggae