Mexican Star Mauricio Islas arrives in San Pedro

Mauricio and the Reina de la Costa Maya contestants and 1998-1999 Queen Astrid Ramirez

Hundreds of fans were on hand last Sunday to greet novela superstar Mauricio Islas as he arrived from Corozal. The Mexican superstar visited San Pedro in his capacity as emcee for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. As he was escorted by Deputy Mayor, Eiden Salazar Jr. via golf cart, many had a chance to steal a kiss from the famous soap opera star.

Mauricio was then transported to the Villas at Banyan Bay where he had time to freshen up from his flight and get ready to proceed to the Holiday Hotel for dinner with the contestants of the Costa Maya Pageant. The San Pedro Sun caught up with him later in the evening at the Holiday Hotel before his dinner engagement. After several moments of pleasantries, we asked if he would mind us taking some photos of him and the Reina de la Costa Maya contestants for the newspaper, which he readily agreed to. To show the popularity of this international superstar, when he stood for his photo shoot with the San Pedro Sun, the rest of the crowd went wild. The crowd lined up behind with flashbulbs going off left and right as they vied to get a photo of him for their own personal files. On Monday, August 16th, coincidentally Mauricio's birthday, he spent time relaxing at his hotel and visiting sites around the island. In the evening, a special birthday dinner was enjoyed with some new acquaintances at Elvi's Kitchen.

Mauricio was mobbed by fans as he arrives in San Pedro
On Tuesday, a special breakfast took place at Micky's Place in honor of the superstar. This breakfast, given by Hon. Patty Arceo and his Worship Mayor Alberto Nuñez, hosted invited guests Eileen Jamison and Felix Ayuso of the San Pedro Sun, Mauricio's entourage and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hess of the United States. During breakfast, Mauricio commented on the great island atmosphere and the friendliness of its people. He said that the warmth he has felt is overwhelming.

Mauricio was invited to San Pedro to host the festival's opening night when the pageant takes place. Unfortunately, the first night was rained out and had to be cancelled until Wednesday, August 18th. Mauricio, who was scheduled to leave for Miami on this date, was gracious enough to re-arrange his schedule to fit the Costa Maya program. Mauricio's co-host for the evening was lovely Mrs. Wilema Alamilla Gonzalez, a former Miss San Pedro. The judges for the evening were Mariam Roberson from Belize, Carlos Morales from Guatemala, Fabiola Rodriguez from Venezuela, Peirro Vasquez from Grupo TACA and Janet Woollam from Canada. A full report of the pageant will follow in next week's edition of the San Pedro Sun.

The general public is thankful for Mauricio's participation in this year's festival and for his warm gestures and kindness to his fans.

Mexican Star Mauricio Islas arrives in San Pedro

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