Oscar Pehho, 27, one of the island fashion
show models graduated from Eurofashion modeling school. Pehho
was chosen Mr. Honduras in September 2002 from about 50 male
models that take part in the competition every year. Eduardo
Savldath from la Ceiba organizes that show to recognize Honduras'
Out of 200-300 models in Honduras, 30
percent are men. There is little recognition given to male
models as the profession is recognized as feminine. Practically
all models working in Honduras need to have other jobs to
support themselves. Some work as physical trainers, some work
in retail, others are in the university.
By 8pm the parking lot in front of the
Coxen Hole petrol station begins to fill with anticipating
spectators. Trying to get better glimpses of the models, a
small group of children watch the event from an earth mound
behind the stage. Cars line both sides of the Coxen Hole bypass,
and the general mood is merry and peaceful. At 9pm there are
around 2,000 people who came out to see the fashion show.
The one meter high wooden stage was
erected for the models to present their clothes. To the left
of the stage a 30 foot inflated balloon of "Flor de Cana"
glowed in red light. A carnival atmosphere surrounded the
show as entire families watched the models from flatbeds
of their pickup trucks. Other people sipped cold drinks or
A 20 foot bus served as a changing room
for models who had to display as many as seven clothes arrangements.
The Luna y Mar tags dangled from the skirts and pants presented
on the stage. The crowd cheered even louder as models presented
the underwear and swimwear collection.
"We tried to do this for everyone
from our hearts. And we are waiting anxiously for
the next event like this," said Rodney Martin after the
show. "There was tremendous positive support from the
Mrs. Edwards said that she was impressed
how the crowd received the show. Mrs. Edwards has seen other
events that didn't go as smoothly. "Here they [the spectators]
didn't boo or throw things
Sitting in back of a pickup with her
daughter and husband, Margarita Romero, 34, from Coxen Hole
looked at the first fashion show in her life. "I think
they should continue to bring more of this type of shows,"
said Mrs. Romero. Mrs. Romero's favorite part of the show
was the women's swimwear. "This is the first time I saw
something like this," she said.
Model Rodney Martin relaxes on the beach before the hectic
portion of the day begins.
the show, Suyapa Edwards arranges the clothes of Karla Carter,
22, a model and marketing student from San Pedro. Oscar Pehho,
27, a male model from San Pedro looks on.
TIMES for HIGH
Saturday, March 22, Roatan airport welcomed ten models from
San Pedro and the United States who came here for the summer
Luna y Mar fashion show. The models checked into a hotel and
had a few hours to relax before the hectic schedule kicked
in. The guys relaxed before a busy day by sunbathing on the
beach and swimming. The girls stayed inside and socialized.
The final trying of the clothes took
place at the Parrot Tree home of the show organizer, Mrs.
Suyapa Edwards. Among the creative chaos of the day, models
looked over and tried on their assigned clothes. Ms. Edwards
tried to include a variety of models with different backgrounds.
Finding models with ties to the Bay Islands wasn't easy.
Rodney Martin, 22, was the only model
that hails from Roatan. Rodney hopes more people from Bay
Islands that would try their talents in modeling as he did.
"I was born here, I am part Roatanian and part San Pedran,
and I really love it here," said Martin. Martin took
the opportunity of a brief visit to the island to visit some
of his family that is living in Coxen Hole.
Martin was born in Coxen Hole and lived in Roatan for five
years before moving with his family to San Pedro. Martin works
for "Classic" model agency on weekends and has a
full time job as a fitness trainer at a spa. He was approached
by the agency to join and has been a model for seven years.
"If a woman takes care of herself,
even if she's 28 years old, she can still become a model,"
said Rodney, "Men mature more slowly and there are many
30, 32 year old models work [in the fashion industry]."
According to Martin the most important
thing is to take good care of your body by proper training
and healthy diet. To stay in "modeling shape" Martin
does both aerobic and strength training at least three times
The agencies have catalogs of model
photos that event organizers can chose from before a show.
Most of the models come through courses in fashion schools.
There are quite a few such schools in San Pedro. A typical
modeling course lasts six months and is followed by a work
in different fashion events
to gain experience and get a foothold in the fashion industry.
is it good for?
Tomczyk, Managing Editor
can be a tricky thing. When I was seven, the school rules
required me to wear a pale blue polyester shirt. This absence
of fashion freedom was an element of education in socialist
Poland, where I grew up. At least I was allowed to commiserate
with my other "fashion oppressed" students. Since
then I have never worn a uniform: I avoided the army, service
industry and team sports.
I tend to see that the best dressed
people in the world are French and Italians, the worst dressed
are Russians and Germans. Hondurans are left somewhere between
But living on a tropical island should
serve as no excuse for dressing sloppy as many of well dressed
people among us prove. Dressing effortlessly, or what seems
effortless, is an element of style. Usually the best dressed
people seem like they aren't really trying to be in vogue
they just are.
The Bay Islands fashion statements are
made on the beaches and on dusty streets. The Italian Gucci/Fendi
devotants, the brand-name/high-tech backpackers, the Sunday
hat & skirt look, the draw string khakis & leather
sandals combo, even the Hawaii (shirt) & Bermuda (shorts)
ex-pat are some of the more common looks. Any of these combinations
can work well or be considered a complete fashion failure.
Esthetics is a relative thing and different
cultures perceive beauty in different things. There are however
a few universal rules that apply in any culture. Neatness
is a part of good fashion; even though I've seen plenty of
very neatly, yet terribly dressed people. Dressing for the
occasion is key as out of context dressing is a give away
of "bad taste." Some fashion don'ts include: high
heals on the beach, wrinkled rain jackets in church, or people
trying to look "too sexy" for who they are.
with your body proportions, not against them. On the other hand,
don't be intimidated by your height. If you are a gorgeous slender
six foot goddess, two inch heels will not make that much difference.
not wear sandals and socks. Why? Please, just trust me
don't. On the other hand, rules are made to be broken and color
clashes, material clashes, are there to be explored by the fashion
Image is everything and even though the
best dressed army in the world doesn't necessary win wars, one
certainly likes watching them on parade.
Uniforms can boost or sage morale. It
was quite an event, when in 1960s first American army troops
began wearing berets: headwear until then associated with melancholic
French painters. The green berets or Army Special Forces brought
respect and hardened edges of this woolen head accessory. After
30 years the beret has become the official gear of the US armed
and impractical for desert warfare.
Why should anyone care about fashion?
The answer is simple
Fashion is here to inspire us, make
us creative and distract us from the mundainess of everyday
life. Art, and High fashion is an art form, is here to make
us think beyond the requirements of life and about its meaning.
TEXT by Thomas Tomczyk
March 29, in front of Eldon's department store in French Harbor,
ladies from Pentecostal Church of God got together and cooked
some delicious island food. Glenda Doggett, 56, a missionary
with the Church shares a hug with Myra Rieman, 35, a cookout
volunteer from French Harbor. The pair has cooked to raise money
for the church "quite a few times" before. The money
raised from this weekend cookout will pay part of the bill for
chairs at a new sanctuary that the group will be opening in
Planet lands on Roatan
anticipated disco opens doors in French Harbor
aboard and journey to Mars without even leaving Roatan. Red
Planet, the island's first high-tech theme-based disco opened
last Friday night in the building that formerly housed Bolongos.
With coordinates on French Lagoon, between French Harbor and
French Key, the trendy night spot was completely remodeled
into a galaxy that combines science and fiction.
Armed with a degree from the Hospitality
College at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida,
Alfonso SeLin Monterroso returned to Roatan to manage the
disco for his father, Alfonso Monterroso. The younger Monterroso
coined the idea to let the décor transport the experience.
The unique layout and design elements
were based on ideas Monterroso captured during his visits
to hot spots in resort cities such as Cancun, Mexico. "I
realize that drinking can be a relatively boring experience
in drab surroundings," Monterroso explains. "We
wanted to give our patrons a visually pleasing experience."
The club's theme is decidedly high-tech,
from the pulsating state-of-the-art sound system to the bevy
of intelligent lights, including XP3s that dance to the music.
The multilevel room boasts a rotunda designed dance floor
that resembles space craters, while dimensional planets, stars,
comets and other galactic bodies hover overhead.
Custom made black lacquered box-like
cocktail tables, with red tile tops, feature inner accent
lighting. Bi-level seating on sofas is available around the
dance floor's perimeter, in addition to bar stools and lots
of floor space for mixing and wall flowering.
Other seating options include swing
benches that hang on chains just off the dance floor. And,
if you're craving a quieter, relaxed tropical environment,
hexagon shaped picnic tables are out back on the waterfront
deck overlooking French Key.
Red Planet is an unparalleled step forward
in the evolution of theme "drink and eatertainment
on the Bay Islands. The ambiance and technological accents
are for the most part stunning and exciting. It provides the
immersive environment that will catapult guests to a whole
new universe of escape.
provide pre-recorded music. Fast food and sandwiches are available.
Business hours are from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. There is a
50 Lps. entry fee. Red Planet can be reached at 998-1120.
Network and Globalnet struggle to keep up with demand
Mitch Cummins, owner of Paradise Computers,
came to Roatan for only a year ago, but was thinking about
the Bay Islands wireless potential for some time. "You
just can't rely on phone lines here, so the only way you could
do it is to string your own wire which is cost prohibitive,"
To start a wireless network Cummins
partnered up with Globalnet from San Pedro Sula, an oldest
ISP (Internet Service Provider) in Honduras. Globalnet has
140-150 wireless customers on the mainland plus many more
dial-up users and, according to Cummins, there are already
20-25 wireless customers in Roatan.
The other wireless Internet provider
is Tropico Network. The company traces its roots to a humble
Internet café in La Ceiba. Jurgen Peters, Tropico network's
owner, bought a wireless radio company in 1997 and growing
ever since. Currently Tropico boasts 130 wireless subscribers,
with 50 on Roatan alone. Some of the first subscribers go
back to 1997 when the company got a foothold in French Harbor.
Jurgen Schafer, 42, is the main representative
for Tropico Network on the Island. The company present on
Roatan for two years and on in Utila even longer. Schafer
says that the customer demand for wireless service is better
then expected. The company is present in several Central American
countries, but still does its best business in wireless and
satellite dish installation in Honduras.
Both companies are growing fast. "The
response is even better than we anticipated," Paradise
Computers boss explained ." We originally thought if
we could get 40 within six or nine months that would be good...
be we will have 40 within first couple of months."
There are people that Globalnet didn't
look on as potential customers that are signing up for wireless
service. When asked how many customers he was thinking of
having within a year Cummins said laughing, "I'd like
to have all of them." An 80 customer range is the company's
more realistic goal.
In December 2002 the first five Globalnet
customers were connected to the network on Roatan and continued
with testing equipment. Cummins says there is technically
not a lot of difference between his service and Tropico Network.
"We think our equipment is better, Jurgen (Tropico's
Owner) thinks his equipment is better... but it's like comparing
a Ford to a Chevrolet," explained Cummins. According
to Cummins, both Island companies have similar base technology
and use the same radio protocols. There are some technical
differences in how the radio network is fed.
Globalnet is working on switching over
to fiber-optic link to provide a faster and more stable link
for it's customers. For a residential customer Globalnet guarantees
a minimum of 32K Internet speed connection and provides a
more usual 100k-200k range much of the time.
Globalnet connects to a satellite dish
in Coxen Hole and feeds the signal through a series of towers
located throughout the Island. The West End- West Bay tower
that is currently erected will be the fourth one on the Island.
The coverage provided by Globalnet will reach from West End
to Punta Blanca.
On Roatan, Tropico Network has a satellite
dish between West End and West Bay. The signal is then relayed
by a series of microwave towers to subscribers throughout
are also wireless subscribers in Utila, but the interest in
wireless service in Guanaja hasn't been sufficient for the
company to consider expanding there. "By the end of the
year we will have a few changes," Schafer said about
the current pricing structure for subscribers.
Globalnet charges a monthly fee of $75
and $150 for an improved speed allowing for a voice over connection.
Even though Globalnet's and Tropico Network's installation
prices have been coming down, they are still well over a $1000.
"A healthy competition is good
for the client and can be good for us," said Tropico's