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Like the pieces of a puzzle, the stage backdrop changed scenes as the five beauty contestants also changed from their cultural costumes, swimsuits and to their evening gowns. The stage set the mood with murals of a coconut plantation, changing to a fishing village and finally setting the stage to what San Pedro has become – a Mecca of the tourism industry in Belize. And it was in this setting that Yakaralis Hernandez wowed the audience and judges into becoming our next Miss San Pedro 2011-2012.

Yakarelis and the four other contestants Josie Lopez, Trisha Acosta, Christine Syme and Joey Eiley graced the stage with their elegance, intelligence and beauty during the Miss San Pedro Pageant which kicked off the September Celebration here in San Pedro, on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

Pageant organizers promised a spectacular show and they delivered. The Pageant went under the theme “A Unique Paradise – An Island Fiesta”. It was a fiesta that depicted the vibrant growing industries such as Coconut Farming, Fishing and Tourism. Each contestant represented a particular fiesta or industry of the island – Josie Lopez dressed up in Carnaval Fete, Trisha Acosta honored the Lobster Festival, Christine Syme paid tribute to our Patron Saint Peter, Joey Eiley celebrated Belize 30th Independence with Red, Blue and White and Yakarelis Hernandez represented our fishing tournaments.

The contestants stepped on stage from a giant lobster trap to enchant the audience in the swimsuit competition which Sunrise Realty sponsored and all the contestants handled themselves very well during the question and answer segment that followed the evening gown competition. They were stunning and gave very intelligent answers.

During each segment of the pageant entertainment was provided by the San Pedro Dance Company and Truth in Motion. Judging the pageant were Gaylene Tesucum, Miguel Guerrero, Ivette Martin, Clive Meyers and Karen Burke Young.

Miss Congeniality and First Runner up was awarded to Christine Syme and Yakarelis Hernandez took the title of Miss San Pedro 2011-2012 including Miss Photogenic. Along with the title, Yakarelis will take with her any array of great prizes totaling $5,000 in cash and gifts. All other contestants will be getting great consolation prizes as well.

Yakarelis Hernandez will be officially crowned our new Miss San Pedro by outgoing Miss San Pedro Natasha Stuart on September 10, 2011, St. Georges Caye Day as San Pedro parades in honor of the Battle of St. Georges Caye, a national and bank holiday in Belize.

Joey Leonela and Josie in the introduction danceYakarelis Hernandez in the intro danceTrisha Acosta in the introduction danceChristine Syme and Yakarelis Hernandez Miss San Pedro 2010 - Natasha Stuart with the five beautiful contestants doing the introduction dance.San Pedro Dance Company reencated the coconut farming of the early days of San PedroSan Pedro Dance CompanySan Pedro Dance CompanyCuban Dancers entertain at the pageantCostume Competition - Josie Lopez dressed up in Carnaval FeteCostume Competition - Josie Lopez dressed up in Carnaval FeteCostume Competition - Joey Eiley celebrated Belize 30th Independence with Red, Blue and WhiteCostume Competition - Joey Eiley celebrated Belize 30th Independence with Red, Blue and WhiteCostume Competition - Christine Syme paid tribute to our Patron Saint PeterCostume Competition - Christine Syme paid tribute to our Patron Saint PeterCostume Competition - Trisha Acosta honored the Lobster FestivalCostume Competition - Trisha Acosta honored the Lobster FestivalCostume Competition - Yakarelis Hernandez represented our fishing tournamentsCostume Competition - Yakarelis Hernandez represented our fishing tournamentsMiss San Pedro Costume CompetitionMiss San Pedro Costume CompetitionYouth in Motion Dance GroupYouth in Motion Dance GroupSwimsuit Competition - Josie LopezSwimsuit Competition - Josie LopezSwimsuit Competition - Joey Leonela EileySwimsuit Competition - Joey Leonela EileySwimsuit Competition - Christine SymeSwimsuit Competition - Christine SymeSwimsuit Competition - Trisha AcostaSwimsuit Competition - Trisha AcostaSwimsuit Competition - Yakarelis HernandezSwimsuit Competition - Yakarelis HernandezMiss San Pedro Swimsuit CompetitionMiss San Pedro Swimsuit CompetitionMiss San Pedro Swimsuit CompetitionSan Pedro Dance CompanySan Pedro Dance CompanyYouth in Motion Dance GroupEvening Wear Competition - Josie LopezEvening Wear Competition - Josie LopezEvening Wear Competition - Joey Leonela EileyEvening Wear Competition - Joey Leonela EileyEvening Wear Competition - Christine SymeEvening Wear Competition - Christine SymeEvening Wear Competition - Trisha AcostaEvening Wear Competition - Trisha AcostaEvening Wear Competition - Yakarelis HernandezEvening Wear Competition - Yakarelis HernandezOutgoing Miss San Pedro - Natasha StuartYouth in Motion Dance GroupMiss Congeniality and First Runner up was awarded to Christine SymeYakarelis Hernandez took the title of Miss San Pedro 2011-2012 including Miss Photogenic.Miss San Pedro 2011 - Yakarelis HernandezNew Miss San Pedro - Yakarelis Hernandez with outgoing Miss San Pedro Natasha Stuart and contestantsChristine Syme first runner up and Yakarelis Hernandez Miss San Pedro 2011Mayor Paz with Miss San Pedro 2011 Yakarelis HernandezMayor Paz with New miss San Pedro and contestantsChristine had her fansChristine Syme and her crowd of supportersMayor Paz helping the Yakarelis come off the stageYakarelis greeted by her friends off stageYakarelis with a group of supporters

Video Highlights of Miss San Pedro Pageant

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3 Comments

  1. avatar

    The pageant was well put together.  The ladies were sensational.  Yakarelis was gorgeous.  And I loved the creativity of the backdrops depicting the changes in San Pedro's culture and economic development.  Kudos to everyone involved.

  2. avatar

    I think that Christine Syme should have won the pageant! She was awesome on stage and totally deserves to hold d title of Miss San Pero...la isla bonita queen 2011

  3. avatar

    I'm so glad you put this video together to share the highlights of a fabulous event. The girls all looked so gorgeous and I hope people can recognize the guts it takes to get up on stage and put yourself on display. Looks like La Isla Bonita put on yet another spectacular show! 

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