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After having such a great time with PlayerXT in The Bahamas, Bullz-Eye.com was happy to join them again, this time in tropical Costa Rica for the opening event of their international search to find the most beautiful model in the Latin world, which will culminate in a spectacular event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in September 24-28. Publisher Gerardo Orlando and senior photographer Paul Miller were again on hand to enjoy the festivities and work with the stunning models.
As you can see from the photo above, the search got off to an auspicious start as the Costa Rica event resulted with the amazing Angie Quesada winning the title as "The Most Beautiful Latina Model in Costa Rica." Angie is only 18-years old, but she’s already a well-known model, dancer and singer in Costa Rica, and she has been featured in the prestigious Latin American calendar Piel Dorada. Her photo shoot with Paul Miller is now featured on Bullz-Eye.com in the Featured Models section of the site (Updated!). As the winner of the Costa Rica event, you can expect to see Angie in Las Vegas for the Latina search finals!
The Costa Rica event was staged by PlayerXT in conjunction with Telemundo, and the pageant was hosted by the Fiesta Casino and Thunderbird Resorts, and kicked off a comprehensive quest to find 30 Hispanic models in the Latin world to bring to Las Vegas for the greatest Latina search ever. The Costa Rica pageant was emceed by Telemundo's Rene Braga and Playmate Shallan Meiers, and they were assisted by some of the Racey Girls Bullz-Eye met in the Bahamas – Maya Rochelle, Myste Nicole and Lindsey Eller. Myste is Bullz-Eye’s Featured Model for June, 2009, and Maya and Lindsey will be featured in Bullz-Eye soon. The event and models were also featured in all four major Costa Rican newspapers. While in San Jose, the models helped host the 4th Annual Fiesta Cup Golf Tournament with Nick Costas, Director of VIP Services for Thunderbird Resorts and the Fiesta Casino.
The Fiesta Casino is one of the premier night spots in San Jose. The first multi-entertainment gaming center in the Costa Rican market, this casino includes slot machines, table games, an exclusive VIP card room, and a themed bar and restaurant with a state of the art entertainment facility with nightly live entertainment including professional dancers. This facility has a bar with a "pirate ship" theme, the waiters in costume, and a casino area with a "Mayan temple" theme. After the pageant, Bullz-Eye was given access to the exclusive high-roller area for a photo shoot with Ivana Alvarez, the second place winner in the model search event.
Following the weekend of festivities, it was time to leave San Jose and enjoy some of the amazing beauty of Costa Rica. The gang traveled to the exclusive Las Suenos Resort, and many of the models were shot by Bullz-Eye.com and other prominent photographers. Our host in the Los Suenos area was Mike Hardy, who has been selling and managing property for over 10 years in this prestigious destination resort area. The group stayed at Hardy's Casa Tropical, along with another premium property at Marabella. Both Los Suenos locations were incredible and we were able to get some amazing photos.
At the event we also had the pleasure of meeting Costa Rican television producer Hector Alfaro Dobles of CAWAMA Tropical Films. Hector has been producing the premier beauty pageant in Latin America for the past 10 years entitled Piel Dorada. Models fly in from all over Latin America to be part of his event. Hector managed to introduce us to the amazing Andreina Samudio, a beautiful model who also competes in surfing events all over the world. We had the opportunity to photograph Andreina in several locations, including Marabella. Check back for her full photo shoot on Bullz-Eye.com.
The Costa Rica event was the first of many that will be conducted by PlayerXT for their Latina model search. The entire summer search series, conducted in Latin countries around the world and in the United States, will be covered by Telemundo's Ritmo Deportivo. The summer search series will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico in June. In July, the search team will visit the South American countries of Columbia, Brazil, and Argentina. August will find them in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan. The search will end up in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico before heading to Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for the Grand Finals from September 24th through the 28th. Models will fly in from all over Latin America to be part of his event, and the Costa Rica winner, Angie, will be there as well.
Costa Rica was an ideal location for the first leg of this amazing Latina model search. The contestants were beautiful, and Bullz-Eye was able to get some amazing photography. Special thanks again to Roy Hahn and Curt Holstein of PlayerXT for organizing this great event. Bullz-Eye is looking forward to the remaining events and the finals at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas!