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Jul 6, 2012

Meet the delegates for Queen of the Jewel (Miss Belize)

Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy

The Miss Belize pageant is now known as Queen of the Jewel. Freelance reporter Duane Moody caught up with the current queen and the delegates as they were preparing for Saturday’s pageant.

 

Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy, Delegate, Miss Belize

“My name is Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy and I am representing Port Loyola Belize City. Originality; creativity. I’m bringing my multicultural and intercultural inter-faith background. I grew up muslin, I was also a Rastafarian; I grew up in Belize which is strictly Roman Catholic in lots of school. So I’m a very open person and I also grew up with different cultures in Belize.”

 

Charlyn Flowers

Charlyn Flowers, Delegate, Miss Belize

“Hi my name is Charlyn Flowers and I am representing the beautiful town of Punta Gorda. I’m going to bring my style, my fascination, my imagination; everything I imagine for what I want Belize to be in the future. You want to bring something no one would believe or imagine that you would have brought to the table.”

 

Audralee Enriquez

Audralee Enriquez, Delegate, Miss Belize

“My name is Audralee Enriquez and I’m representing Freetown, Belize City.”

 

Duane Moody

“Audralee, what is it that you’re going to bring to the table that’s different from the rest that you feel is going to secure you that title?”

 

Audralee Enriquez

“Well I believe that I will bring passion as well as dream and diversity and I’m sure of that.”

 

Christine Dominguez

Christine Dominguez, Delegate, Miss Belize

“My name is Christine Dominguez and I’m representing Corozal. I’ve been in other pageants before so it’s not like this is my first time being on stage so I have the advantage of having confidence and knowing how to work the stage and present myself. And I also believe I have the confidence in doing great.”

 

Negrill Crawford

Negrill Crawford, Delegate, Miss Belize

“My name is Negrill Grace Crawford and I am representing orange Walk Town.”

 

Duane Moody

“What do you think is going to seal you the title?”

 

Negrill Crawford

“Apart from being gorgeous as all the other eight delegates are, I think it goes much deeper than that. You have to have intelligence, intellect, you have to be goal oriented, ambitious and I believe that I possess these qualities and these are needed in order to promote Belize.”

 

Arbunie Clare

Arbunie Clare, Delegate, Miss Belize

“Hey my name is Arbunie Clare and I’m representing Carmelita Village, Orange Walk District. I’m bringing style and passion to the stage. I cannot say that the other girls are not bringing it because we are all bringing it. But yes I’m bringing style and passion to the stage.”

 

Jessel Lauriano

Jessel Lauriano, Delegate, Miss Belize

“Hi my name is Jessel Lauriano and I’m representing the Albert Division in Belize City. I definitely believe I have what it takes to be the next Queen of the Jewel because I’ve been in an international pageant and that has definitely given me more experience than the other girls in the pageant.”

 

Jenna Bernard

Jenna Bernard, Delegate, Miss Belize

“My name is Jenna Cecilia Bernard and I’m representing Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is bringing a marvelous performance. We are ready; I am ready. I got my dance steps, I got my moves, I got my walk, I practice every night, I rehearse. I am ready, ready. I’m ready to give it my all and show the best.”

 

Destinee Arnold, Delegate, Miss Belize

“Hello, my name is Destinee Arnold and I am representing Roaring Creek Cayo.”

 

Destinee Arnold

Duane Moody

“What is Roaring Creek bringing to the table for this competition and will possibly seal you the title?”

 

Destinee Arnold

“Well, Roaring Creek is bringing me. Well I definitely think that I have confidence—well people say I’m beautiful, so you know I’ll just go along with that—I can walk and I can talk. So Roaring Creek is bringing something big.”

 

Duane Moody

The search in on to find Miss Belize, now dubbed the Queen of the Jewel.  To be the next beauty and tourism ambassador to Belize, these nine delegates from the districts will vie for the prestigious title in less than twenty-four hours in several categories: opening number, national costume, swimwear, evening wear, question and the anxiety driven question and answer segment.

 

Opal Enriquez

Opal Enriquez, National Director, Miss Belize Organization

“They can expect a lot of noise. These young ladies are from all over Belize. We did a nationwide search to cast this year’s pageant. We decided to feature the beauty of Belize from not just our country but through our women. So every year the cultural theme will change. As you know last year, it was women of Belize representing various cultures. This year, we’ve gone with destination Belize and each delegate has been asked to design a costume that represents one of our tourist attractions here in this country. They want to be the face of the country which is what we are actually looking for. So we are looking for someone who is, like my mother would say, well-read, well-bred and well-rounded; someone who has something to offer and is going to be a viable contributor to the advancement of this country.”

 

Annlyn Apolonio

A year and a half ago, the title was won by Annlyn Apolonio. She gave an advice to the nine vying for her crown.

 

Annlyn Apolonio, Outgoing Miss Belize

“It has been a humbling experience. I mean who would have thought a girl from Lake Independence would make it this far—and not only just in Belize make an impact, but go internationally and leave a lasting impression. It is more than just beauty. I have advised the girls to own the stage, it’s yours, it is your time to shine—it’s your time to show Belize that you have what it takes to be the next Miss Belize. Having confidence in themselves; that will take them a long way. And putting forth their best; they are in competition with yourself.”

 

The delegates anticipate a night of glamour, poise and prestige.

 

Negrill Crawford

“Trust me I am bringing it. So if you are not going to be here, you need to watch it on the TV. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so it will be here on the stage starting at eight o’clock and you will see what I have up.”

 

Christine Dominguez

“It will be a spectacular event because we have nine beautiful delegates who will be competing for the next miss Belize, also known as the queen of the jewel.”

 

Audralee Enriquez

“They will expect a fun, fun night. Entertainment; I am sure the ladies are as prepared as I am. So they will have a good show.”

 

Arbunie Clare

“This is going to be big trust me. It’s like fun! All the girls are nice, they’re beautiful and the group dance is like so beautiful.”

 

Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy

“People coming out to the pageant can expect a great show. These girls are good girls. I’m about to cry—oh my god—I became really good friends with them. [sobs] They can expect a good show. There are really good representatives here and if I don’t get the crown, I have a few that I feel really deserve.”

 

The pageant starts at eight p.m. at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Duane Moody for News Five.

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4 Responses for “Meet the delegates for Queen of the Jewel (Miss Belize)”

  1. Storm says:

    Good luck to all these beautiful Belizean women. Too bad they can’t all win!

  2. jahkid says:

    Roaring Creek all the WAY!!!

  3. lopez says:

    Where is Belmopan, being the capital and no candidate? Good luck to all these princess.

  4. drose flowers says:

    THERE ARE IS NO BELMOPAN CANDIDATE BECAUSE THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY LOCKED UP ALL THE BEAUTIES FOR HIMSELF.

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