|Ninfa Juan |
Belize, Belize, Belize! Abounding in natural beauty, Belize has just released the name and pictures of its contestant for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. 20-year-old Tourism Management student Ninfa Juan has accepted the honor of representing her home country alongside the six other beauties from the Mundo Maya countries.
The five foot seven inch tall Ninfa enjoys writing poetry, dancing and traveling in her free time. She is currently attending school at Sacred Heart College in the Cayo District. The brown eyed, Essence of Belizean Beauty Model has held the title of Miss Cayo 2003-2004 and one of her poems was published and awarded the Editor’s Choice and Poet of Merit by the International Society of Poets in 2003. Beauty and brains are blended so perfectly in Ninfa that she will definitely do a fantastic job during the pageant.
Q & A with Miss Belize
Q: What is your career ambition?
A: To be a business woman with my own boutique and art shop where I can design my own clothes, jewelry and also promote local Belizean products. I would also like to be a writer of novels and poetry.
Q: What do you know about yourself that you did not know a year ago?
A: If I am not happy about something in my life or myself I can change for the better, anything is possible.
Q: What one friend or relative has had the most influence in your life and why?
A: My mother has had the biggest influence in my life. She has shown me that the true beauty of a woman shines from within her values, hard work, independence and purity of heart.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the Mundo Maya where would it be and why?
A: I would not replace my beloved country Belize for anywhere else in the world. It is a country that has been richly blessed by God and Mother Nature. It is also one of the few places on earth with such diverse cultures, each vibrantly alive, yet together in harmony as one nation.
Q: What is your most valuable material possession and why?
A: My computer is the most valuable material possession for me. Technology is everything in the world today. It is constantly growing and we need to keep up with it. It is necessity for me as a student and I know it will continue to be so in the workforce and throughout life.
Q: What do you believe is the biggest problem facing the world today?
A: I believe the biggest problem facing the world today is the lack of values and love for each other enough, there would be fewer diseases, war, prejudice, poverty and less destruction of the earth which is a gift of God. Instead we would nurture our earth and help our people prosper.
Q: Why do these types of pageants and events are important?
A: These types of pageants and events are important because they help us to promote our country as the perfect tourist destination that it is. They also give us the opportunity to showcase our knowledge and concern for the well being of our environment, people and cultures. Furthermore, this is also a way of building effective and friendly relationships with other countries.
Q: What do you hope to get out of participating in this pageant?
A: After this pageant I hope to have learned more about the culture and traditions of the other Mundo Maya Countries, as well as their relationship with my country and how we can make it stronger and more effective. On a more personal note, I also hope to walk away from this pageant a more confident person knowing I have represented my country to the best of my ability.
Q: What do you think is the most important thing a family should have?
A: The most important thing a family should have is love and unity with one another and God no matter what.
Q: How would you describe your country to a foreigner?
A: Belize is the jewel of the earth and everything paradise should be. There are Majestic Mountains, ancient Mayan temples, rich rainforests, cascading waterfalls, sandy beaches, cooling rivers, and awe-striking caves. Plenty of history, mystery, adventure and relaxation, there is something for everyone. And best of all, there are our diverse but vibrant cultures all living in harmony with one another. Think paradise think Belize!
Q: Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?
A: The most interesting place I have ever been would have to be a cave in the Cayo District called Actun Tunichil Muknal, which means cave of the stone sepulcher is a huge sacrificial underground cave where Ancient Mayan artifacts and human remains can still be found just the way they were left there. It is interesting to explore and contemplate the mystery of their ancient beliefs and customs.
Q: You are still very young and learning... but what do you think is the best lesson life has ever taught you?
A: The best lesson life has ever taught me is that through God all things are possible.
The Costa Maya Committee would like to thank the following sponsors: Diamond – Ramon’s Village Resort (official Resort for Reina de la Costa Maya Internacional); Platinum – Belize Tourism Board, San Pedro Town Council, Reef Radio, Tropic Air, Krystal Shipping, Love FM; Gold – The San Pedro Sun, Ambergris Today, Belize Bank, Moncho’s Golf Cart; Maya Island Air, Radio Excitos, Radio Limite; Silver – Amigos del Mar Dive Shop, Mr. C’s Phones and Liquor Box, Victoria House, Belize Social Security Board, Pier Lounge, Rick and Stephanie Dalton, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Pete’s Enterprises, Captain Morgan’s Retreat, Reef Runner Glass Bottom Boat; Bronze – Castillo’s Hardware, Alliance Bank, Milo’s Ice, Refri Tech, BC’s Bar and Grill, Pepperoni’s Pizza, Southwind Properties, Sonya and Gene Lewis; Hotel Sponsor – El Pescador, Holiday Hotel, Martha’s Hotel, Blue Tang Resort, Nellie’s Property Management, Mayan Princess, SunBreeze Hotel, Coral Beach Hotel, Corona del Mar, Coconuts Hotel, Caribe Island Resort; Pageant Sponsor – Elvis Kitchen, Radisson Fort George Hotel, Secretaria de Turismo de Othon P. Blanco, Wet Willy’s Bar & Grill; Moon Dancer Boutique, Orange Walk Cultural Revival Camp; Restaurant – Caliente, Mickey’s Place, Fido’s Courtyard and Silver – Belize Real Estate, Blue Water Grill.
If you or your business would like to be a sponsor for the Costa Maya International Festival, kindly call Gach Guerrero at (661) 7779.