A winner every time, Miss Belize
2003-2004, Miss Leilah Pandy, received yet another title this month as
she was named 3rd
runner-up in the Mesoamerica International Beauty Pageant.
Held recently in Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA, Pageants Belize proudly released this welcome news late last
week. In addition, Miss Belize earned the title Miss Academic for
receiving the highest score on a test that covered: history, geography,
mathematics, grammar, spelling and expression. In recognition of this
achievement, she received a trophy and a sash.
CarnaVe, a world-class celebration of
Latin music and culture, honored the beautiful women competing in the
pageant. Contestants were awarded points for their evening gown,
swimsuit, costume and response during the question and answer segment.
Excitement mounted as Miss Belize was named one of
seven semi-finalists and, following the next round of competition, one of
four finalists in the pageant.
In the end, it was Miss Venezuela, Goizeder Azua, who
was crowned Miss Mesoamerica International 2003. Miss Peru, Claudia Ortiz
de Zevallos, was named first runner-up, and Miss Mexico, Erika Honstein
Garcia, second runner-up in the pageant.
The Miss Mesoamerica Pageant was created in 1992 by
Francisco Cortez to honor the Maya culture. The inaugural pageant,
situated on the steps of the Maya ruins of Tazumal, welcomed seven
Central American nations: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador,
Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
In 1993, the pageant was renamed Miss Mesoamerica
International and opened its doors to
contestants from throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In 1998 and 1999,
the pageant was cancelled due to Hurricane Mitch, a storm that devastated
many parts of Central America. The pageant continued the following year
with the participation of 29 countries.
In 2001, despite another hurricane, the pageant proved
more successful than ever, eliciting worldwide media coverage. Reflecting
the increasing global scope of the pageant, contestants included women
from such far-away nations as Estonia, South Africa, and the Philippines.
Competing for the 2003 Miss Mesoamerica International
crown were representatives from: Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Brazil,
Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras,
Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Nicaragua, Belize, Spain, the Dominican Republic and the United States of
September is certainly Belize's month for
celebrations. Pageants Belize and all Belizeans congratulate Miss Belize
2003-2004, Leilah Pandy, for "A job well done!" representing our country
in this prestigious international pageant.
Best wishes from all to Miss Belize/Miss Costa Maya
2003/2004, Miss Leilah Pandy! Viva Belice!