Caribbean Christmas Colors a huge success

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 50            December 27, 2007

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Best Overall Display went to the Reyes Family.

For the third time in a row, the Aguilar family secures some prizes on the Third Annual Caribbean Colors; this time around, they won the prizes for the Best Theme.

Winners of last year’s Overall Display, the Alfaro family took home an Honorable Mention this year.

El Fogon won Best Business at this year’s San Pedro Sun Caribbean Colors. Their initiative in using recycled materials was also duly noted!

Located on Laguna Drive, the Calderon family won the award for Most Creative.

This year, a new prize was awarded. Hand picked by our readers and spectators, the Jurado family won the People’s Choice Award.

The Quijanos in DFC Subdivision won an Honorable Mention for their creativity.

It started out as something fun and nice to do, and after three years, Editor of The San Pedro Sun Tamara Sniffin loves that the annual Caribbean Christmas Colors is going strong. “This year was more fun and allowed from more local participation which is always great,” she commented.

    The two day event began on Thursday and not Wednesday as previously announced. “The rains would not cease and so we had to make the decision of waiting one more day for our judging,” she stated. On Thursday, San Pedro Sun staffers and their “three wise judges” – Jan Brown (Footprints), Wil Alamilla (ABC Preschool), and Jim Jensen (Liquor Box) were on hand to make the final decisions. The evening air was filled with fun as the lights twinkled in the night’s sky. This year, spectators tagged along and got the opportunity to make the route with the official judges. Because of their laughter, joy and desire to share in the experience, spectators were given the arduous task of deciding who would take the first ever Caribbean Colors People’s Choice.

    Every nook, cranny, corner and street was passed by and judges would “ooh” and “ahh” at the delightful decorations. At the end of the night, judges sat together and compared notes. Soon enough, they had compiled a list of winners. These winners were surprised on Friday as the same crew was joined by more spectators who all wanted to share in the experience. From house to house, the bunch went, singing their carols and having a wonderful time.

    This year, aside from the Best Theme, Best Overall, Most Creative and Best Business awards handed out, there were also three Honorable Mentions as well as the People’s Choice to hand out. The three Honorable Mentions went to Amigos del Mar (under the Business category) who won a $50 BC’s Bar Tab; Donatila and Enrique Quijano in the DFC Subdivision (under the Creative category) won a $50 Pier Lounge Bar Tab and a $50 Casa Pan Dulce certificate; while the Alfaro Family (under the Best Overall category) took home a Mata Chica Restaurant Dinner or Lunch for two with complimentary drink, a gift certificate courtesy of Seaduced and a prize from SP Hardware.

    Winners for the various categories are as follows: Best Overall Display went to the Reyes family of Laguna Drive. They encompassed all that was Caribbean Colors, a good theme, creativity, and uniqueness. For their wonderful display they won a lunch for two courtesy of Victoria House, Round trip ticket to Municipal courtesy of Tropic Air, Full day sailing to Caye Caulker for two courtesy of Searious Adventures, $50 certificate to Blue Water Grill, Wings gift prize and a Traveller’s gift box courtesy of Liquor Box.

    Best Theme went to the Aguilar family’s Winter Wonderland. For their imaginativeness they won dinner for two courtesy of Fido’s Italian Steak House, a round trip ticket courtesy of Maya Island Air, a cash prize from the San Pedro Town Council and a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Orange.

    Most Creative went to the Calderon Family of Laguna Drive and they walked away with a dinner for two courtesy of El Divino, a DVD player from Mr. C’s Furniture World, a gift from Castillo’s Hardware, and a full grooming courtesy of Pampered Paws.

    Best Business was won by the great works of father and daughter Norman and Tracy Eiley. With the use of traditional decorations, great imagination and some time in the wood shop, El Fogon won $400 worth of advertising in The San Pedro Sun and $200 cash from the Reef Radio.

    The last prize of the night was handed out to Emma Jurado and her family who were the fist winners of the People’s Choice Award. Juvinnie Sabido, who was one of the “People”, was on hand to present the family with a four-in-one tote bag set courtesy of Footprints, a gift from Graniel’s Dreamland and a lunch for two courtesy of Jungle Jack’s.

    Next year, The San Pedro Sun will hold its prize-giving, joy-sharing event again. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck in 2008!
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