Marking the official reign of Raquel Badillo as Miss San Pedro 2009-10, the Coronation Ceremony was held last Thursday as part of the St. George’s Caye Day festivities. Outgoing queen Lisette Vasquez handed over the cape, scepter, and crown to Miss Badillo as she took over the post as the island’s newest beauty ambassador. After the ceremony, students from across the island paraded through the streets of town.
The SPTC kept the festivities going with a beach party at Holiday Hotel where eager spectators awaited the arrival of the fishing boats who took part in this year’s St. George’s Caye Family Fishing Day Tournament. The setting of the sun led the anglers on shore where the weigh station awaited. Winning top honors at this year’s tournament were 1st place – Ramon’s Village, 2nd place – Sulema, captained by Armando Gonzalez while third place was captured by Baby Robert captained by Roberto Bradley.
The festivities continued with activities which involved students from the various schools around San Pedro Town. They were proud to showcase talent whether it be singing or dancing but all of them were eager to showcase their Belizean pride. Students took to the stage at the Old Football Field last Friday where they participated in the Talent Show. With costumes bearing Belize’s National Symbols or outfits flashing the red, white and blue, students displayed their natural gifts to the island. On Tuesday, their knowledge was tested as they took part in this year’s Spelling Bee. At the end of many rounds, Alyssa Arceo of Island Academy took home the first prize while San Pedro Roman Catholic School’s Marlyn Mora and Odalis Doris took second and third places respectively.
On Saturday, the Salvadoran community celebrated alongside fellow Central Americans their country’s respective Independence. With fantastic food, amazing cultural presentations and Salvadoran pride, the night proved to be a wonderful exchange between countries.