An evening of beauty, glamour and cultural satisfaction initiated the 2017 International Costa Maya Festival on Thursday, August third on the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Eight pretty girls representing the Central American nations and Mexico vied for the title of Reina de La Costa Maya 2017-18. At the top of the biggest pageant held in Belize, it was Miss Belize’s Michelle Estrella Nuñez who charmed the judges and captured the crown and title.

After a yr’s surprising hiatus, the Costa Maya pageant is again, and greater than ever. The evening began shortly after 8:30PM, with an entertaining present of shade, music and dance. Taking middle stage had been Miss Belize Michelle Nuñez, Miss Costa Rica Glennys Medina Segura, Miss El Salvador Iris Yazmin Guerra, Miss Guatemala Lesly Fernanda Flores Sagastume, Miss Honduras Andrea Nicolle Salinas Godoy, Miss Mexico Ximena Cardoso Gutierrez, Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph and Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe, who had been prepared to offer a present of a lifetime. Following a brief dance efficiency, Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, Eiden Salazar and Tanya Arceo formally launched the contestants.

Dressed in elaborate costumes depicting their nation’s tradition, traditions and heritage, every contestant fiercely walked on stage. Astounded by the attractive costumes, the gang cheered loudly. During this section, every contestant shared some phrases describing their apparel, and the judges, Ben Popik, Karen Bevans, Sandra Glower Solis, Augustin “Gus” Tabony and Charlie Croughwell, commenced scoring the pageant contestants’ efficiency.

While the beauties retreated backstage to organize for the subsequent section, the Ballet Folklorico de Quintana Roo carried out for the gang. With a routine demonstrating the wealthy Mestizo tradition, the group absolutely saved the viewers entertained.

The subsequent section within the pageant was positively one other crowd favourite; the swimwear section! Dressed in tropical swimwear, the delegates displayed each class and free spirit whereas onstage. Again, the judges had the troublesome process of scoring the contestants throughout this section of this system.

Upon their retreat from stage, the Ballet Folklorico de Quintana Roo offered dance routines as soon as extra, whereas the viewers awaited the Evening Gown Segment.

One by one, the eight beauties took the stage in stunningly elegant robes. Demonstrating grace and beauty, every charmed the viewers.

After every contestant had displayed their night robes, it was time for probably the most troublesome section of the evening: the Question and Answer section. Questions starting from international points to human rights, every delegate eloquently answered. As the women retreated, judges had been tasked with choosing a winner.
Traditionally, throughout this time, the reigning Miss Costa Maya would ship her farewell tackle. However, on account of unexpected circumstances 2015/2016 Reina de La Costa Maya Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle needed to return residence to Honduras. In her stead, Miss Belize’s contestant from final yr’s (cancelled) pageant, Miss Yadira Argueta and former Miss Costa Maya 2000, El Salvador’s Sandra Glower Solis had the honors of crowning and sashing the winners.

The contestants took to the stage and eagerly awaited the ultimate resolution. Taking the award for Best National Costume was Miss Belize, Michelle Nuñez, whereas the second runner-up title went to Miss Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph. Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe took the title of first runner-up.

Finally, the winner was introduced, after a bit of little bit of teasing from MC Eiden Salazar Jr.! Taking the 2017-2018 crown, title and honor of being Miss Costa Maya was Miss Belize Michelle Nuñez. The crowd erupted in applause and cheers as Michelle was topped.

Immediately following the pageant, Caribbean Kings Band kicked off the after get together. Attendees joined the newly topped Reina de la Costa Maya and different delegates within the night of celebration.
The San Pedro Sun congratulates Michelle on her win and desires her a profitable reign!

The International Costa Maya Festival continues on Friday, August 4th with the Opening Gala. Entertainment might be supplied by Feliz LT of Panama, Grupo Yerbaklan of Honduras, Super G of Belize and Caribbean Soca Queen, Alison Hinds! The viewers can even get pleasure from cultural displays from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico all through the evening. International Night might be on Saturday, August fifth with leisure from Grupo Crash from El Salvador; Stig da Artist, Larubeya and World Culture Band from Belize; and naturally La Sonora Dinamita de Lucho Argain of Colombia. Sunday, August sixth will see an all-day seashore get together at Central Park in addition to the Free Anniversary Fete with Gilharry 7 through the evening. Gates open at 7PM all nights, with the present beginning at 8PM.

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