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Belize International Film Festival comes to San Pedro

Belize International Film Festival in San Pedro

Belize International Film Festival in San Pedro

San Pedro Sun – It was an all white affair, and held at the Reef Village Paradise Theater, the kickoff night for the three-day event in San Pedro started with a bang. Despite Antony Anderson having to cancel his appearance at the event, film-goers were still able to enjoy a fantastic night out. Darryl “Chill” Mitchell, a NAACP-award winner and actor was in the house. Chino and Michael Flores were also on hand as they promoted their film “Do It”.

The film shown on the first night was “SKIN”. Based on a true story about a white Aafrikaner family who were unaware of the Black ancestry, and the struggles they have with their daughter Sandra Laing when she is born with dark skin. Sandra is driven out of white society, and the film follows her 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation and her fight to find a place for herself in the ever changing world.

Immediately after the film, it was time to head to the White Party at the Reef Village Bar. People converged at the bar to enjoy bocas from The Palm Restaurant and drinks from Traveller’s Liquors. People got the opportunity to mingle and catch up with friends.

The remaining two days of the festival showed screenings of films such as Derrick Baños: Belizean Talent; 22 Years From Home; The Roe Effect; Personal Belongings; Lie; 7 Adventures of Sinbad; Fallen Gods; Chino’s Story; Who Killed the White Llama and Calypso at Dirty Jims.

The Belize International Film Festival 2010 runs from July 16 through July 24th, when an awards ceremony and Tribute to Haiti will be held at the Bliss Center. Movies will be shown at the Bliss for dates listed above.

Below is a short raw-style docu-film of the behind the scenes production on opening day. Many thanks to Daniel Velasquez for this short.

Jamila Herrera Crowned Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña

Jamila Herrera with outgoing Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña Jasmine Rodriguez

Jamila Herrera Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña

Ambergris Today – The Salvadoran Community of San Pedro has selected another queen to represent them for a second consecutive year.

The pageant, which is not a convention beauty pageant, but a popularity contest in the form of a bazaar was held at the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Saturday, July 17.

At the end of the night’s festivities Jamila Herrera won herself the title as the second Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña.

San Pedro Cancer Society’s “Dollar Drive” a huge success

San Pedro Cancer Society Fundraiser

San Pedro Cancer Society Fundraiser

San Pedro Sun – Saturday’s “Dollar Drive” fundraiser for the newly formed San Pedro Cancer Society was a huge success. Members of the group, along with volunteers donated chickens, rice and beans, salad, coleslaw and even cupcakes and other pastries for sale. During the sale, a Dollar Drive was held, with drivers donating amounts from $1 and up to the very worthy cause.

After a long hot day of hard work, the Board of Directors have confirmed that enough money was raised that the original goal was met, plus, more. With the extra funds, the organization can pay the legal fees to register the organization plus will have leftover to start a savings account.

That account will hopefully continue to grow so that many people can be helped. Members are still welcomed, and everyone is thanked for their HUGE support to this very worthy cause.

Dollar Drive Fundraiser for San Pedro Cancer Society

San Pedro Cancer Society Fundraiser

San Pedro Cancer Society Fundraiser

San Pedro Sun – The newly formed San Pedro Cancer Society is calling on the community to give a helping hand in their first fundraiser on Saturday, July 17. This fledgling group is hoping to register as an NGO (Non Government Organization), and to do so, must raise some funds to pay for the process. To do so, they are holding a Dollar Drive at Mr. Omar Arceo’s residence across from the Five-A-Side court. Starting at 11am, food will be on sale, as well as drinks. Those who come by are being asked to donate one (1) dollar ($1). If you wish to give more, it is gladly accepted. A gratuity pin will be given to donors as well.

The San Pedro Cancer Society was established to create a network of help for those who are affected and dealing with Cancer. The group works on a volunteer basis, and aims to provide educational information on cancer, along with support, both moral and financial, to those who are living with the dreaded “C”, and require treatment. Monies will also be used to support the invaluable Belize Cancer Center in Dangriga.

The board of directors include: President – Monica Prevett; Vice President – Jorge Aldana; Secretary – Rene Guzman; Treasurer – Miguel Perez.

Fundraising events will be held at least every other month, and a grand yearly gala is in the works as the main fundraising event of the year for the group. To join the society, or to find out more about how to help in the fundraising efforts, contact Monica at 631-6567 or Miguel at 610-1293.

Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña Candidates at Hidden Treasure

Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña

Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña Contestants

Ambergris Today – The six candidates of the Señorita Comunidad Salvadoreña were treated for a very special dinner at Hidden Treasure Restaurant on Tuesday, July 13, as part of their participation in this year’s event which will take place at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Saturday, July 17. The popularity pageant and festivities are organized to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Costa Maya Festival Presents Miss Guatemala

Gabriela Asturias Miss Guatemala for Costa Maya 2010

Gabriela Asturias Miss Guatemala for Costa Maya 2010

San Pedro Sun – With only a few weeks left before Costa Maya 2010 is here, we present to you 25-year-old Gabriela Asturias. The beautiful Guatemalan representative is a Social Communicator who stands at 5’ 5″, measures 34-24-35, has dark brown-eyes and hair. Gabriela enjoys dancing and reading, and is looking forward to representing her beautiful country at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant.

Gabriela will be joined on the Costa Maya stage in San Pedro by delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama. At the end of the night, only one will be crowned by outgoing Reina de la Costa Maya Maritza Rivas, of Nicaragua. Who will be our new beauty representative? You just have to be there for the grand moment!

Belize’s own Berne Velasquez opens for Angel y Khriz

Berne Velasquez opens for Angel y Khriz

Berne Velasquez opens for Angel y Khriz

Also lined up for entertainment is Belize’s own Berne Velasquez. This Belizean musician, model and entertainer will be on stage Saturday night, August 7, bringing the hype and melodies before International artists Angel y Khriz come on stage.

Berne’s music combines rap and reggae, a collaboration has captured the attention of Hip-Hop as well as pop music aficionados world wide. Musically influenced by pop icons Bob Marley, Tupac, and Stevie Wonder, Berne has had the fortune to perform on stage with Reggae and Dancehall greats, including Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Shaggy. And he will be on La Isla Bonita to bring his music to those in attendance.

Sunday’s family day will contain some fun and giggles for the children as Ozzy and Chispin will be on hand to keep everyone entertained. These two clowns will be at the fair grounds on Sunday, August 8.

San Pedro CPR Training- July 19, 2010

The BTIA is pleased to announce that the CPR Training in San Pedro is scheduled for Monday, July 19, 2010 at the Sunbreeze Hotel conference room. The training runs from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. Each participant is responsible for their own lunch. The Blue Water Grill which is located at Sunbreeze Hotel will be offering a 10% discount for any participant who decides to have lunch there and this includes a free soda or juice.

Participants, please note that you need to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions in order to receive the American Heart Association- Heart Saver CPR ID Card. Attached is a copy of the schedule for the day. Kindly make all payments prior to the training either by direct deposit to our account which was sent to you in the invoice or by cheque.

Teresita Perez
Membership & Information Officer
Belize Tourism Industry Association
Tel No: 501-227-1144
Fax: 501-227-8710

San Pedro through the eyes of our children

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Photo Journalism Project

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Photo Journalism Project

San Pedro Sun – Hol Chan Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an educational summer program that teaches children about reef ecology and conservation. For the past few weeks the Coral Reef Ed-Ventures have been hosting students of San Pedro in a Reef Conservation Program.

Students have been actively participating in a Photo Journalism project which encourages them to take photos of their environment in which they live and what meaning each photo holds for each of them.

The general public was invited to the Central Park on Friday July 9th, 2010, to enjoy the students’ foray into photojournalism.

Lighthouse Christian Radio’s 6th Anniversary

Lighthouse Radio Summer Sports Camp

Lighthouse Radio Summer Sports Camp

Ambergris Today – “It has been our pleasure and honor serving Ambergris Caye with Christian Broadcasting these past six years with 24 hours/7 days a week of Bible teaching programs, variety of Christian music, Local, National, Regional and International News and weather!” says the Lighthouse Christian Radio Team.

In celebration, the radio has put together four-weeks of Sports Camp in the month of July for the children of Ambergris Caye from Monday – Friday from 8 AM – Noon at the Old Football Field. Ages 7 – 14 are welcome to join in for the rest of the month with opportunities to win prizes on July 30.

Join Lighthouse Christian Radio at Central Park every Friday Night at 7pm for Family Movie Night in the Park. This Friday, July 16 the movie will be “Fireproof” with special activities for children of all ages. For more information, call 226-4673! “Shining the Light in Darkness 24/7”

San Pedro Sailing Club invites you

San Pedro Sailing Club

San Pedro Sailing Club

San Pedro Sun – The San Pedro Sailing Club is a not-for-profit club that is run solely by volunteers. These volunteers organize and facilitate racing and social events for anyone who wishes to participate. Andrew Milner and Kate Corrigan moved to the island a couple of months ago and were surprised to discover that in a place that had perhaps the best sailing waters in the world, there was no sailing club.

With a Facebook page set up to drum up interest, the Club was born. The Clubhouse was donated by Graham and Ruth Verralls of Caribbean Villas, in the form of Catamaran Bar. The first race was held last Sunday (July 11) and it was a great success. At 10:00am, eight sailors on board 4 Hobie Cats (2 donated by Paul of Sailsports Belize) set off from Catamaran Bar’s pier, heading north to Palapa Bar, and back. “The wind speed and direction, 15 knots from the north east, made for a challenging beat (tacking upwind) to the Palapa Bar. The strong breeze ensured a short race and the competitors were back to the finish line just after an hour from starting,” said Andrew. It is his and the club’s hope that everyone will become involved in the club, and turn up to enjoy this fun event. Sailors and spectators are all welcome to join in the fun.

Weather permitting the San Pedro Sailing club will be holding a race every Sunday, with a briefing and sign in at 9am for a race start at 10 am. This Sunday’s upcoming race starts at the same place on the beach at Catamaran Bar, heading to Palapa Bar, where lunch will be had, and then a sail back to the starting point. Be on the lookout for more updates and plans, and become a fan of the club on Facebook, under San Pedro Sailing Club. Call 632-4101 (Andrew) for any more information.

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