Thursday, May 28, 2009

I "Survive" another CBS Iconic TV show!!

Read about it in this article written by the #1 Entertainment News Reporter in San Antonio. This article was in the Sunday, May 23, 2009 San Antonio Express News.

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San Antonio's Rita Verreos, our "Survivor" alumna, recently got wild and crazy on another CBS show, "The Price is Right."

Verreos, a mom, model and pageant coach, said she nearly knocked down host Drew Carey. Then she flirted with him — in Spanish no less. The episode airs at 10 a.m. Friday on KENS.

It started as a birthday present to her mother, Raquel Verreos, who also lives in San Antonio: two tickets to Los Angeles. Their first order of business was to get on "The Price is Right."

Mom certainly dressed the part, Verreos said. "She wore a T-shirt that said 'It's my birthday. I'm 75 today,' cute skinny jeans with rhinestones and a little red cowboy hat. She looked adorable."

Verreos was encouraged by her mom also to make a "look-at-me" T-shirt. "It said, 'The third time is the charm,' " she told me, explaining she'd been in the show's audience twice before but wasn't picked.

First time was 30 years ago, when she was about 10. Then-host Bob Barker had walked up to her seat to talk to her. "But we had just moved here from Venezuela and I didn't speak any English and couldn't understand him," Verreos said with a groan.

This time, however, she and her mom were determined to make up for prior disappointments. They exhibited lots of personality so they'd stand out among the hundreds waiting. It worked, at least for Rita.

When the taping started, she was called to the stage. "I was the first contestant!" she said. "I went ballistic." She wouldn't reveal how she did on the item bids but did say she spun the wheel and didn't go home empty-handed.

Verreos also hoped she hadn't hurt Carey. "I was so excited I jumped on him. But he seemed OK. He was cracking up the whole time."

After giving shout-outs to her mom in the audience and then to her kids in San Antonio, she looked up at Carey and noticed how strikingly blue his eyes were.

"I told him: 'Que bonitos ojos tienes!' (What beautiful eyes you have!)," Rita recalled. "He said 'I don't understand what you said but it sounded really good.' "

When it was over, she said, "I had the same feeling I had after my first parachute jump. My adrenaline was pumping. I couldn't believe I had made it on such an iconic American show." Though she would have preferred her mom to have been picked on her birthday, she added: "I know my mommy and she couldn't have been happier that her daughter got chosen."

She returned to San Antonio a much different Rita from the woman of "Survivor: Fiji" two years ago who got cut several weeks into the televised competition. When viewers watch "Price is Right" Friday, she promised, they'll see "an energetic Rita, not the starved, dehydrated one on 'Survivor.' "

Best of all, Verreos has a more positive TV catchphrase ringing in her head these days: "Instead of 'The tribe has spoken,' I keep hearing 'Rita Verreos: Come on down!' "

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The BEST Spa in San Antonio!

I am so happy to continue for a second year as the "Image/Spokesperson" for Stadia Med Spa. Owned by the Spurs Facial injury Dr. Jaime Garza, who is the BEST that San Antonio has to offer. Look at the website for EVERYTHING that this Spa offers: I have been using their laser hair removal faithfully for the past year and am BEYOND happy with the results. I recommed both technicians, April and Laura. Once in a while, I get some miraculous free time and pamper myself to a pedicure and manicure, Kim is AMAZING with those. Here I am with a fellow Reality Show participant, Haley Scarnato who looks wonderful and was very sweet to me as she always is when we run into each other here and there. She was getting ready to go to LA for the American Idol Finale, how exciting! Coincidentally, I couldn't attend this Season's Survivor Tocantins finale because I was attending a far better, much less gruelling event...this one!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rita supports Julian Castro for Mayor of San Antonio

Rita Verreos, Survivor: Fiji Contestant, for Julián Castro from Castro For Mayor on Vimeo.

I first became aquainted with Julian's brother, Joaquin on a visit to the Capital, Austin, about 4 years ago. I was accompanying a group of girls that I was Coaching for the Miss Latina Crown beauty pageant. Upon my return from SURVIVOR FIJI, I was asked to be the Queen at a Fiesta event...Julian was my King! Thus began my friendship and support of the Julian brothers. I am confident that he is going to be the next Mayor of San Antonio so, please, vote for him on Saturday, May 9th!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

On the cover of Latin Connection Texas Magazine 09

A HUGE "Gracias!" to Mr. Wayne Zamora for this Honor of featuring me on the cover of this wonderful magazine. For the article, please visit: and click on the this cover to open and view the magazine. The photo was taken by Kevin Geil and I was styled by the extremely talented Michael Quintanilla, Fashion Editor of the SA Express News, Hair and Makeup was done by "House of Styles," San Antonio.