Niurka and Gabriel Soto headline 2003 Costa Maya Festival

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 24            June 26, 2003

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Gabriel Soto
Niurka Marcos

The stage is set once again for major entertainment as the 2003 International Costa Maya Festival draws near. Announced as headliners for the event are Cuban entertainer Niurka and Mexican celebrity Gabriel Soto who are sure to draw a crowd to this year's festivities.

     In addition, all five Mundo Maya countries (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize) have confirmed their participation. The Costa Maya Festival will be held from August 7th to the 10th at the Old Football Field in San Pedro.

     The big star for International Night, Saturday, August 9th is 35-year-old, Cuban singer and actress Niurka Marcos. Niurka who resides in Mexico City has acted in several telenovelas (soap operas) including: "Salome" (2001) Karicia, "Nunca Te Olvidare" (1999) Alcatraz, "Tres Mujeres" (1999) Yamil, "Gotita de Amor" (1998), and "Vivo por Elena" (1998) Myrtha. Her musical talent is featured on the album  "Quiero Vivir" (2000).

     The host for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant is Mexican actor, model and singer Gabriel Soto Borja Diaz. Gabriel Soto is a former Mr. Mexico, and he was second runner-up in the "Mr. Mundo" contest. The telenovelas he has acted in include: "Las Vas del Amor" (2002) Adolfo, "Amigas y Rivales" (2001) Ulises "el feo," "Mi destino eres T" (2000) Nicols, "Carita de Angel" (2000) Rogelio Alvarado Gamboa, and "Alma Rebelde" (1999) Vlademir. Apart from acting in telenovelas, Gabriel is also a singer in the group "Kairo," whose music includes "Libres" and "Pasiones".

     This year's Costa Maya sponsors are: Diamond San Pedro Town Council and Ramon's Village (Official Resort of the festival); Platinum - Tropic Air, Mash Hardware and Belize Tourism Board; Gold Moncho's Golf Cart Rental; Silver Belize Social Security Board, Milo's Ice and Milo's Money Exchange; and Bronze Polo's Golf Cart Rental, Jaguar's Temple Nite Club, Coral Cable Vision, Rehab Lounge and Moon Dancer Boutique.

     Hotel Sponsors - SunBreeze, Mayan Princess, Holiday Hotel, and Paradise Resort Hotel; Restaurant Sponsors Caliente, Elvis Kitchen, Fantasy Garden, Rico's, Celi's, Fido's Courtyard and Mickey's Place.
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