Costa Maya presents: Miss Nicaragua

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 23            June 18, 2009

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Miss Nicaragua, Maritza Rivas.

Supa G.

Adrian Uribe.

Quien es esa niña, who’s that girl?
Señorita mas fina, who’s that girl?

She is no other than 21-year-old Nicaraguan beauty – Maritza Rivas. Contending this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya International, Maritza has a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management and Development which according to her, is crucial for her home country of Nicaragua. “Tourism is the future of my country, all it takes is envisioning it,” she explains.

        The effervescent Maritza is well known for her energy and sense of humor. She describes herself as spontaneous, charismatic, very happy, loves to laugh, enjoys sharing and making people feel good about themselves.

        Coming from a big family, Maritza enjoys time spent with them and her closest friends. Having four siblings, Maritza’s mother had to fulfill the role of both mom and dad, since her father passed away. Her four-year-old brother has Down’s syndrome to which she comments, “I know people suffering from this condition can incorporate themselves within the community. They can hold conversations without any impediment. Society just has not given them the opportunity to develop. That is my goal, to assist people with different capacities in incorporating themselves into society.”

        A model since she was 16-years-old, Maritza confesses that she would love to continue in that career. Participating in pageants has helped her learn how to compete, always striving to be better. She says that she has all the tools required to be queen, intellectual and physical, and she is certain not to disappoint.

        Maritza plans on perfecting her English and specializing in Marketing or Finances, as a career. Other Maritza tidbits include: *Her favorite color is Orange *Her favorite dish is Carne Asada *One of her favorite scents is of the mango, of which she explains, “It is a sweet fruit, of much color… that is how I am, multifaceted.” *She loves to dance to everything, except tango and flamenco *Her biggest dream is to be a professional in her field, recognized for her achievements and dedication to all her objectives *Her favorite personal quote: Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you *Favorite general quote: “Everything in life is winning, and winning is learning to get up after every fall”.

        Maritza joins Salvadoran beauty Raquel Guadalupe Fuentes Bonilla and representatives from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize in this year’s much awaited pageant. To be held on Thursday, August 6th, 2009, the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant will be very well contested. Who will take the crown?
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