On Saturday, January 30th, 1999 the Novelo's Convention Center in Santa Elena, Cayo was filled to capacity to witness the first ever Rainforest International Pageant. Participants from Belize, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama vied for the prestigious title. The six contestants adorned the stage in their casual, swimsuit, cultural and formal wear. During the cultural session, Miss Belize Theresita Sosa elegantly depicted the Barrier Reef. After the question and answer session, three semifinalists were chosen: Miss Guatemala, Paula Ayuso: Miss Dominican Republic, Silvia Navarro: and Miss Panama, Guendoline Stevenson. After another question and answer session, Dominican Republic's Silvia Navarro was selected Miss Rainforest International.
Miss Navarro receives a trip to Houston courtesy of Taca Airlines and
other assorted prizes. A grand victory dance in honor of the new queen
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