Raquel Badillo is Miss San Pedro 2009-2010

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 34            September 10, 2009

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The new Miss San Pedro 2009-2010.

First runner-up Yasmira Torres.

Miss Congeniality Miss Virgen Cornejo.

All the beautiful ladies were absolutely stunning and gave a great performance on Saturday night.

Ambergris Caye has a new beauty ambassador. She is no other than Raquel Badillo, who this past Saturday won the coveted title of Miss San Pedro 2009-10. Chosen among five other beautiful delegates, Raquel represented Ramonís Village, and will be officially crowned this Thursday at Central Park. †††

    Held at the Old Football Field, this year the Miss San Pedro Pageant celebrated Belizeís outstanding flora and fauna. After much hard work and preparation, the show was under way and Master of Ceremonies Eiden Salazar called all six delegates to the stage for their opening number.† Dressed in colorful dance attire, Yasmira Torres, Crysty Baptist, Raquel Badillo, Yanira Torres, Virgen Cornejo and Yamily Vasquez joined outgoing Miss San Pedro Lizette Vasquez onstage, and showcased their best rhythmic moves. †††

    In between segment changes, a flurry of entertainment showcased Belizeís talent. The San Pedro Dance Company, Mexican choreographer Renan Azcorra, The Showtime Dancers, Lara and her impressive fire dance and Barbaraís Dance Group all performed to the audienceís delight. The second segment of the night had the ladies donning Jaguar print full body swimsuits. With palm fronds in hand, the girls continued to depict the theme of Wild and Free. †††

    As the evening unwound, grace, elegance and poise filled the stage as the ladies sparkled in their best evening gowns. They were truly dazzling, and their confidence beamed through as did their smarts, which was displayed in the question and answer session. ††† Undertaking the difficult task of selecting the new Miss San Pedro was a distinguished panel of judges made up of the following: Flor Marin NuŮez, William Neal, Tanisha Vernon, Laura Esquivel and Dr. Adrian Heusner. Prior to the announcement being made, Miss San Pedro 2008-09 Lizette Vasquez bid her final farewell and graciously thanked all those who assisted her during this year of reign. †††

    Tension filled the air as the moment of truth came near. And, the winners were: taking the Miss Photogenic title was no other than Raquel Badillo who took home a Photo Frame from Designing Solutions, a 24 hour golf cart rental from Captain Gís, Statuette from Granielís Dreamland, a bouquet and Sash. Miss Congeniality went to Virgen Cornejo, who received roaring applause from the audience and Lunch for two at Reef Restaurant, 24 hour golf cart rental from Ultimate Golf Carts, Statuette from Granielís Dreamland, a bouquet and sash. †††

    The big announcements followed: First runner-up went to Yasmira Torres who represented Fidoís Courtyard. She took home $500 from the San Pedro Town Council, a Portrait and Frame from Belicolor, $200 savings account from Atlantic Bank, $150 cash from Scotia Bank, Silver Earrings from Sagittarius, $200 Gift Certificate from Marinaís Store, $100 Savings from St. Francis Xavier, $50 Gift Certificate from Saraiís, a Gift Package from The Beauty Club, 24 hour Golf Cart Rental from Island Adventures and $100 Gift Certificate from Blue Water Grill. †††

    The crowd waited with bated breath as The Master of Ceremonies announced Raquel Badillo as Miss San Pedro 2009-10. Upon his announcement, the crowd went wild, cheering and clapping for their new beauty representative. Along with the coveted crown and title, Raquel took home $3,000 cash from the San Pedro Town Council, a Blue Hole Trip from Amigos del Mar, a Photo Shoot from Jose Luis Zapata, a crystal photo frame from Gecko Graphics, a Cellular Phone from Cellular Plus, $250 Savings from Belize Bank, Gold Jewelry from Mel Spain, three months membership from The Train Station, $150 gift certificate from Rapidito Loans, $200 Savings account from 1st Caribbean Bank, $100 Gift Certificate from Saraiís, $250 Gift Certificate from Miloís Center, a Gift Package from Sexiís Boutique and $100 Gift Certificate from Red Ginger. †††

    The San Pedro Sun joins the community in congratulating Miss Raquel Badillo as the new Miss San Pedro.

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