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Sep 4, 2017

Aliyah Ysaguirre is New Queen of the Bay

One of the highlights of the September celebrations is the seventy-seventh National Queen of the Bay competition. The traditional pageant has been running for decades and still draws a multitude. This year, the event was held at Birds Isle where the young ladies competed in swimsuits, answered questions and did the famous curtsy. But as the win goes, the culture capital topped again. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.



“The judges have determined your fates; there is no turning back now. One of you is the first runner up and the other is the new Queen of the Bay. First runner up Queen of the Bay Orange Walk, Esmeralda Cal; the winner is Aliyah Ysaguirre.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

After several rounds of competition including introduction and costume, the swimsuit segment, the talent, the curtsy, the march and the dreaded question and answer segment, Aliyah Ysaguirre captured the title as the seventy-seventh Queen of the Bay designate. The Stann Creek delegate won over the judges and the audience and also captured the title as Miss Eloquence during the competition. It’s a third consecutive win for Stann Creek.


Aliyah Ysaguirre

Aliyah Ysaguirre, 2017 Queen of the Bay Designate

“I feel really proud because tonight I made history. This is the first time ever that Dangriga has won a three-peat; back to back to back. That’s a lot and I feel so proud of myself right now. It was a lot of pressure and right now I just feel overwhelmed with a lot of emotions. This has truly been an experience of a lifetime and the journey has just begun.”


For the first time in the history of the pageant, all the delegates, except for one, had won their district Queen of the Bay pageants. As champions, they brought out the best in patriotic talents; most talented was Orange Walk’s Esmeralda Cal.


Cal went on to win Miss Photogenic and tied for National Costume with Santa Elena’s Amy Reyes…


Meanwhile, Reyes also captured the title of Miss Charming… Cal, Reyes and Ysaguirre as finalists were joined by Toledo’s Quela Arzu, who was the second runner up in the pageant.

Taking home the most titles for the night, Cal says that the hard work paid off.


Esmeralda Cal

Esmeralda Cal, 1st Runner Up, Queen of the Bay

“I got four sashes; I am first runner up, I got Miss Photogenic and Miss Most Talented and I also got the Best Costume along with Miss Santa Elena.”


Duane Moody

“Talk to us about that; the hard work to reach this success.”


Esmeralda Cal

“It was a lot of work. Since I had my pageant quite a while before, I had been practicing since then. Going to Chetumal to buy my costume; getting everything done, planning together, studying cause we had to study the interview questions and just trying to prepare for the best.”


….but as the Queen Designate says the journey has just begun. Following her coronation on September tenth at the Memorial Park in Belize City, Ysaguirre intends to advocate for persons, primarily children, living with various disabilities.


Aliyah Ysaguirre

“My platform and like the other delegates was about working with the inspiration center, promoting special needs children and the work that they are doing. So after this, I intend to work with them, be an advocate, help out all the special needs children because I really have a passion for working with children.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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