The new Costa Maya Festival “Reignited” lived up to the expectations of festival goers on opening night, Friday, July 26, 2019, as the festival kicked off with the Miss Costa Maya Pageant (Reina de la Costa Maya). It was a lengthy pageant, culminating past 1a.m., but was by far a very entertaining show with plenty of great dance performances and the pageantry show of eight gorgeous beauty queens from around the Latin/Central American region.
Miss Costa Rica, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes, impressed with her poise, elegance, intelligence and strong stage presence to win her the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya 2019. Following in second place was Miss Mexico, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes and Miss Belize, Jenelli Shanice Fraser in third place. The titles of Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic were given to Miss El Salvador, Debora Raquel Guadron Rauda and Miss Costa Rica, respectively. The title of best Cultural Costume was awarded to Miss Guatemala, Nallely Paola López Juárez.
Also participating in the pageant were Miss Panama, Katherina Aurora Rios Cabrales, Miss Nicaragua, Diana Sofía Loáisiga Ramos and Miss Honduras, Kerelyne Isell Campigoti Webster. The stage was filled with bright colors as the eight contestants left the audience in awe with their cultural costume presentations, playfully flirted in their swimsuits and captivated everyone’s attention with glamorous evening gowns. Entertainment was provided by Alma Caribeña dance troupe and Blonde Productions from Mexico and Belizean Marlyn Vansen.
Master and Mistress of Ceremonies were Eiden Salazar and Iris Salguero and judging the pageant this year were Norico Gamero, Emilio Perrera, Javier Alamilla, Diandra Burgos and Marivel Gomez. Outgoing Miss Costa Maya 2018, Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo (Miss Honduras) gave a heart-warming farewell speech before having the honors of crowning the new Miss Costa Maya. Congratulations to Miss Costa Rica!
Pageant Hosts Iris Salguero and Eiden Salazar
Miss Belize, Jenelli Shanice Fraser
Miss Costa Rica, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes
Miss El Salvador, Debora Raquel Guadron Rauda
Miss Guatemala, Nallely Paola López Juárez
Miss Honduras, Kerelyne Isell Campigoti Webster
Miss Mexico, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes
Miss Nicaragua, Diana Sofía Loáisiga Ramos
Miss Panama, Katherina Aurora Rios Cabrales
Outgoing Miss Costa Maya 2018, Mary Cruz Cardona Galindo
Pageant Judges – Emilio Perrera, Diandra Burgos, Norico Gamero, Javier Alamilla and Marivel Gomez