Costa Maya is finally here!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 31            August 4, 2005

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Costa Maya “feva” is here and tonight, Thursday August 4, 2005, the most-awaited event in San Pedro, the 2005 International Costa Maya Festival comes to life at the Old Football Field. Kicking off the festivities will be the ever-glamorous Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. The event is scheduled to commence at 8:00 p.m. and this particular night will showcase representatives from seven Central American countries.

   Pageant hosts for what is expected to be a spectacular event will be, Michel Olivarez and the lovely Lilian Villanueva. At 26 years old, Michel Olivarez, is considered one of Mexico’s hottest and sexiest males. Although he did not win in the Big Brother series, he will soon be spicing up many Mexican soap operas. As a youngster, Olivarez had always had a passion for modeling; he grew up modeling in Spain, Japan, and Milan. Olivarez is originally from Spain, is known for being a heartthrob and has won fans through the various works he has done and tonight will surely win over Belizean hearts. Michel is set to arrive on “La Isla Bonita” today on Tropic Air around noon.

   The show of Eduardo España, better known as Doña Margara Francisca, is scheduled for Friday. Doña Margara Francisca is a comedic character that Lalo España plays in the highly watched television program Otro Rollo in the cable network Univision. Lalo España is set to arrive on Friday at around noon, as well.

   Los Legendarios which is considered the best Reggaeton band in Central America and rising stars will delight the crowd as well on Friday night.

   The grand headliners for this one-of-a-kind festivity, the Kumbia Kings will hold a special two-hour show. So, get your tickets ready and head to the show grounds early to secure a wonderful spot to view the show. The Kumbia Kings are scheduled to arrive via boat on Saturday at approximately 1:00 p.m. Shortly after arriving, they are set to have a mini-parade through the streets of San Pedro which has also become a traditional part of the Costa Maya Festival.

   Sure to delight many, among local Belikin beer, it has been confirmed that Superior, Mexican beer will be sold, along with Heineken and Miller. Get your chill cups ready to enjoy these tasty libations.

   So, get your tickets today at Fantasy Graden, Milo’s Store, Emerita Muñoz, Jubiland,, Wally’s Electrical Supply, Rock’s, Amigo Travel, Ambergris Store, Warpaint, Angel Valdez, Island Magic, Pier Lounge, Sea Turtle Gift Shop and Lala’s Store. Tickets prices are $95 per adult, and $45 per children for four days or $20 per day and $65 on Saturday. Welcome all to the Costa Maya Festival 2005!

Reina de La Costa Maya Pageant delegates make a splash in San Pedro!

   The stunning delegates taking part in this elegant night full of poise and beauty have been hosted to several events held in their honor.

   On Tuesday night, the stunning beauties and the public gathered at the Central Park to celebrate a special occasion. Miss El Salvador and Miss Honduras received an extra warm welcome as members of their homeland, who currently call San Pedro home, organized a special night for the Central American beauty queens. The Honduras and El Salvador Associations made up of people living in San Pedro organized a special welcome evening for the honored guests. All of the beautiful representatives were made to feel at home as they were serenaded by the San Pedro Dance Company and other entertainers.

   Last Saturday, six contestants including; El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala were officially given their respective sashes at the “Noche San Pedrana,” a special ceremony that was held at Ramon’s Village. This ceremony has been a traditional part of the Costa Maya festivities, where each participant is introduced to the San Pedro community. Unfortunately, the Belize delegate Opal Enriquez was unable to attend the affair. Music was provided by Will and The Caribbean Shells and The San Pedro Dance Company entertained the crowd.

   Each of the contestants was presented with her sash by Miss San Pedro Roxanna Bradley and reigning Costa Maya Queen Marisol Rojas Avila. The seven enchanting ladies were given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community. They all stated that they were thrilled to be in San Pedro taking part in the pageant.

   Mayor Elsa Paz then took the stage and gave a heartfelt welcome to the people and all the delegates. Paz stated, “Our presence here tonight symbolizes unity that the countries have build and on behalf of myself, Honorable Manuel Heredia, Ramon Nuñez, and the community, we invite you to explore the wonders and natural beauty that the island holds.” Miss Costa Maya 2004, Marisol Rojas Avila delighted the gathering with her presence and exclaimed that she has had a great year as Reina De La Costa Maya. In her speech, she said, “I am very excited and thankful for all the love and support the people have given me, over the past year, I have been very blessed and I’m honored to have held the title of being Reina de la Costa Maya.”

   The contestants then demonstrated their best dance moves as they danced the night away and were kind enough to pose for pictures. The night turned into a memorable one, as it was a night filled with poise, personality and beauty.

   On Sunday, the ladies took a trip to Chetumal, Quintana Roo as invited guests for a buffet at one of the most prestigious hotel in Chetumal, The Holiday Inn. Municipal President of Othon P. Blanco, Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid invited the organizing committee of the pageant and its contestants to visit their beloved country of Chetumal, San Pedro’s sister city. General Director of Tourism, Noemi Canto de Conde was responsible for organizing and coordinating the events that took place. On their trip, the ladies, as well as the committee were taken to the Museum of Maya Culture, a tour of the city, and finally taken to Club Vela for a dinner. During this sitting, Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid was overjoyed with the gratitude and appreciation from the seven gorgeous ladies. The representative of the seven countries surely were impressed by the natural beauty, its history, culture and promised to promote Chetumal in their countries as one of the finest places to visit.

   Among the many places the girls have visited while in Belize is the Old Belize Museum on the Western Highway. This gave the participants a taste of Belize and what its history and culture is all about. The also took a trip to Maruba Resort Jungle Spa taking in the beautiful scenery and getting in touch with nature.

   Get to the festival grounds early to secure a good spot to take in the show. Pageant begins at 8:00 p.m. See you there!!!

Farewell Message from Marisol Rojas Avila, Miss Costa Maya 2004

Queridos San Pedranos:

   Estoy encantada de poder dirigirme ante ustedes a través de este medio.

   Quiero decirles que todo el amor y la calidez que ustedes transmiten me dejo un enorme recuerdo de lo bello que ha sido esta experiencia, donde Dios me dio la oportunidad de representar a mi país y a mi cultura en un certamen y poder llevar en alto el nombre de mi México lindo.

   Yo hice un intercambio al salir de esta isla el año pasado, me robe el corazón de los San Pedranos pero a cambio les deje el mió.

   Gracias por todas sus atenciones y pueden estar seguros que San Pedro y los San Pedranos siempre estarán en mi corazón.

   Un beso y un saludo afectuoso de su amiga Marisol Rojas Avila.

Beloved San Pedro,

   I am pleased to have the opportunity through this medium, to bid a proper goodbye.

   I want you to know that all the love and warmth that you’ve shown has left an unforgettable memory of this beautiful experience. God gave me the opportunity to represent my country in a pageant and to be able to carry in high regard my beloved Mexico.

   I made an exchange just by leaving my country last year: I stole the hearts of the people of San Pedro but in exchange I left them mine.

   Thank you for all your attention and you can be sure that San Pedro and its people will forever be in my heart.

   A warm kiss and goodbye from your friend Marisol Rojas Avila.
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