ABOUT THE COVER
Clarice Mhae T. Cañarejo, 19, is a hopeful graduate next semester from the Northern Marianas College with dual associates degrees in nursing and national resource management. Her parents are Federico Cañarejo and Maria Cecilia Cañarejo. Photo taken at the World Resort Saipan.
Photo by Bill Bezzant email@example.com
6 Special Feature
KFC/Taco Bell celebrate milestones
8 Special Feature Celebrating at PIC
12 Featured event
Glimpses Publications include Guam Business Magazine, Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, Beach Road Magazine and R&R Pacific
A Christmas Village
13 Events calendar December happenings
Cusina de Mary Restaurant
Pancit malabon and double chocolate cheese cake
20 On the Road
Event photos and special messages
23 Holiday wishes
PUBLISHER Maureen N. Maratita MANAGING EDITOR Jackie Hanson ASSISTANT EDITOR Joy White REPORTER Lara Ozaki PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Rosanna Dacanay SENIOR DESIGNER Vikki Fong DESIGN & PRODUCTION Conrad Calma Jr. Keisha Marie Gozum Josiah Almosara SALES MANAGER Annie San Nicolas ACCOUNT MANAGER Minda Castro MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong
Youth share their hopes for the season
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Songs of the season As the holidays draw near, Saipan’s choirs are ready to lift spirits through caroling and songs to remind audiences of the meaning behind the celebrations.
Olomwaay Family Choir Olomwaay means “thank you” in Carolinian/ Refaluwasch Members: 20 members, ages 10 and older Founded: November 2011 by the Kaipat family Crowd favorite: A medley of favorite local Carolinian/ Refaluwasch songs including “Eschaai Att,” “Ighila Awarto,” and “Aramas” Place of performance: Saint Jude Parish in Koblerville at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month; at 8 a.m. on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month; at 6 p.m. mass on the first Friday of the month; and 6 p.m. healing mass on the first Thursday of the month. OFC also performs by request at other churches, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, reunions and special masses, such as the Episcopal Ordination Mass for Bishop Ryan Jimenez, and occasionally at the hospital and the homes of the elderly and sick during the holidays. “We believe that singing is yet another form of praying. We view ourselves as His instruments. Consequently, this motivates and inspires us to continually strive to do our best to serve and praise Him through our Music Ministry. Therefore, we hope that OFC’s music will continue to touch and move our fellow parishioners and fill them with the Holy Spirit.”
Olomwaay Family Choir
• • • • • • • Kristo Rai Children’s Choir Members: 16 active members, from ages six to 18 Choir leaders: Evelyn Lopez and Gloria Balila Founded: 2008 Music selection: Songs change every week based on the readings and the season, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter Place of performance: Kristo Rai Church every Sunday “We hope to make the congregation feel that they are an important part of our mass and encourage them to sing with us. We hope to make them understand the readings more through the songs that we choose to sing each Sunday.”
Kristo Rai Children’s Choir Photos by BRM
• • • • • • • Voces Youth Choir
Members: 10 members, ages 8 and above Founded: 2012 Crowd favorite: “Peace (Lamb of God)” and Voces signature song, “I Will Sing Forever” Place of performance: 5 p.m. every third and fifth Sunday of the month at Mount Carmel Cathedral; and 8 a.m. every first Sunday and 10 a.m. every third and fifth Sunday of the month at Saint Jude Parish. “We choose songs that are dear to us and relate to themes of the mass. We hope that how we feel about the songs will radiate to the congregation and they feel inspired.”
Voces Youth Choir
KFC/TACO BELL: 40 Years of Extraordinary Service By Joy White
This December, the KFC/Taco Bell family will be celebrating 40 years of being part of the Saipan community and ensuring each guest receives an extraordinary dining experience, high quality quick service food with a focus on complete meals for the whole family and convenient and affordable menu items. KFC restaurant opened its doors in 1976. Taco Bell joined the family in Dec. 2007 and is also celebrating its 9th anniversary. “I am proud to be working at a place I love with passionate people doing what I enjoy,” says Yole Aldan, restaurant manager. “We always work hard as a team to come up with creative and productive ways and sharing the success. After 10 years at the company I can proudly say that I am as happy as the day I was hire and thankful for the opportunity and support the company has given me.” She says she is also proud that the company has served the community for 40 years and has maintained its goal to satisfy guests and provide an experience that goes beyond expectations. Some of the restaurant’s milestones and successes include: • A major renovation in 2007 to welcome Taco Bell. • Several technological improvements over the years, including new kitchen equipment, the installation of modern software for the point of sale system, the installation of a rational Combi oven, new walk-in freezes and warehouse, the addition of a TV menu screen and new fountain drink dispensers. • The launch of a brand awareness campaign, targeted ad campaign, new business logo and sign development • The launch of a social media campaign with the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. • Implementation of a Employees Incentive Program. The first three employees of the month were Aisle Conel in August, Sean Palma in September and Jerome Perez in October. The business also gives back to the community through special 10% discounts for senior citizens and service men and women and donations to and
support of projects and activities of schools and private and public organizations. KFC/Taco Bell is a company under the Jones & Guerrero Co. Inc. umbrella. The restaurant has more than 25 employees working at its location in the Town House Shopping Center in Chalan Kanoa. KFC/Taco Bell is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
“I started coming to KFC in the 1970’s. At the time, they didn’t have Taco Bell yet. KFC is tasty and the customer service is efficient and professional. I will continue to patronize KFC for many more years. Happy anniversary!” - John White, Chalan Piao resident Photos by BRM
Celebrating Christmas and New Year at PIC By Paul Dujua
Festive dining experiences are planned at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan for a wonderful Christmas celebration with family and friends. The Magellan restaurant will serve a festive spread on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Details are as follows: Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Price: $37 per adult, $18.50 per child Holiday dishes: Thyme and sage roasted turkey with prunes and chestnut sausage stuffing, herb-crusted prime rib with a rosemary red wine reduction sauce, cranberry glazed roasted ham leg and island-style suckling pig. Dec. 25 Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Time: Christmas Brunch Buffet Price: $31 per adult, $15.50 per child Holiday dishes: Herb-crusted certified Angus beef steamship round, pepper-crusted roasted ham leg, rosemary and sage roasted turkey, tempura station, Korean marinated beef short ribs. Dec. 25 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Dinner Buffet Price: $37 per adult, $18.50 per child Holiday dishes: Thyme-rubbed roasted turkey with ginger cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy, herbroasted prime rib beef, island roasted pig and apricot orange glazed roasted ham leg.
Chefs at Seaside Grill will prepare five-course dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which will include a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne with the purchase of two adult dinners. Details are as follows: Dec. 24 Five-Course Christmas Eve Dinner Time: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 8
Menu: Appetizer – Gazpacho with oyster and basil oil; pea soup with crabmeat; zucchini-asparagus prawn salad with calamansi vinaigrette; Entrees – Blackened Island “Onaga” with lobster cream sauce or Eye Fillet of Beef with onion marmalade; Dessert – white Christmas semifreddo with chestnut praline. Price: $75 per adult, $35 per child Dec. 25 Five-Course Christmas Dinner Time: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Menu: Appetizer – White beans velouté with chorizo and prawns; leeks and potato soup; prawns-cucumber salad with citrus segment; Entrees – Miso-glazed salmon with Dashi broth or fillet of beef with horseradish cream; and chocolate truffle cake. Price: $75 per adult, $35 per child
On Dec. 25, S.E.A. Dance Crew will present the annual PIC Christmas Show at 8:30 p.m. at Charley’s. Admission is free. On Dec. 31 PIC will host a New Year’s Eve Countdown, dubbed the “Superheroes Gala,” at the hotel’s beachfront. Guests may choose to have Cocktails at $70 per adult and $15 per child or the Gala Dinner at $130 per adult and $30 per child. Cocktails include bottomless beverages from the standard bar and an appetizer buffet. The Gala Dinner is a five-course scrumptious meal highlighted by a lobster and steak main course. Entertainment includes the S.E.A. Dance Crew, PIC Band, Russian showman Konstantin Beletskii and Russian performer Kachuk Valeria. At the stroke of midnight, fireworks will light up the sky. The Magellan will serve a New Year’s Eve dinner and special holiday spread for brunch and dinner on Jan. 1. For more information and reservations, please call 237-5126 or 237-5104.
Happy Holidays from your friends at PIC!
Salon opens to bring the latest in beauty treatments to the Saipan By Joy White
D2D Supplies Corporation has branched away from its main business of delivery, wholesale and manpower services to open Be.You.Tiful Salon. Be.You.Tiful Salon managed by Maria Cielita D. Cascasan and her sisters, Lalaine Divina Felipe and Suzette Divina Cruz. “We started to think of opening a salon because we are fond of going to the salon to pamper ourselves. We thought of bringing in to the island [the latest in] fashion when it comes to nail care, hair color and treatment,” Cascasan says. The opening of the salon allowed the siblings to share their love of beauty by providing affordable quality service. The salon has two employees, but hopes to expand and offer more employment opportunities in the beauty industry. Located on Beach Road in Chalan Kanoa, the salon sees a lot of foot traffic.
Photos by BRM
“Customer satisfaction is our main thrust. All services or work we do, we compliment with love and passion to be able to come out with the best result,” Cascasan says. She says the company also hopes to give back to the community in several ways. “We may plan to partner with agencies to conduct a seminar or ‘How-to’ session at least once a year. Expertise is what builds trust among customers,” Cascasan says. In addition, the company hopes to support a local charity group or sports team. As an entrepreneur, Cascasan’s advice to others looking to open their own business is “to just love what you are doing and focus on the things you want.”
A holiday experience at A Christmas Village
Presented by the Lady Diann Foundation
(From left)Villa Hocog, Lieutenant Victor Hocog, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, First Lady Dianne Tudela-Torres and 2016 Miss Marianas International Peachy Quitugua, with the Torres’ three youngest children, at the opening ceremony of A Christmas Village on Nov. 26.
(From left) Jeffrey Quitugua, Lianna Peters Quitugua, Swain Cancgo and Ton Laniyo, all with the Department of Corrections at the Jack Frost Christmas Town. Not in photo is DOC Commissioner Georgia Cabrera. The picture frames hanging around the front are made by female inmates as part of their program.
Alyssa King, Shani Cabrera and Chirsten at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. booth, Candy Land.
'The Grinch' inside DPS 'Whoville House'
Saipan Mayor’s Office staff present the North Pole and Santa’s House.
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This holiday season, Christmas dreams come to life at the Lady Diann Foundation’s Christmas Village. Residents will be able to observe the Nativity, travel to Santa’s house and visit the Grinch at Whoville House. Various businesses, organization and government departments have erected booths celebrating the season at the Christmas Village located next to the Pedro P. Tenorio MultiPurpose Center. The village will be open for visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “The children are [the inspiration behind the creation of the Christmas Village.] The Christmas Village is for all the children in our community,” says Northern Mariana Islands First Lady Diann Torres. “Last Christmas wasn’t all that great for everybody so this will make up for that.” The Saipan Mayor’s Office will be presenting the North Pole, home of Santa Clause and his elves. “We decided to do villages in connection with the Saipan Mayor’s Office taking care of the different villages, secondary roads and the members of the community on the island. That’s what inspired us,” says Larissa Flores and Terry Camacho, who assisted in the decoration of the booth. Children are invited to have their photos taken at the Jack Frost Christmas Town, presented by the Department of Corrections. Visitors can take home the photos along with picture frames handcrafted by female inmates. “Under Commissioner Georgia Cabrera, the officers decided to include the inmates as part of the program so they can also get involved,” says Lianna Peters Quitigua. Children will be able to enter a two-story Whoville house at the Department of Public Safety’s booth. The booth also features the Grinch. DPS is like the Grinch, Officer Patrick Arriola says, because the department issues citations and traffic violations, stealing the fun like the Grinch. “But in the movie where the Grinch invited the Christmas spirit in, just like us police officers. We are human beings as well. We understand and we reach out there to the community and try to keep everybody safe,” he says. Other attractions include Candy Land by the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.; gingerbread houses by the Department of Public Works and Saipan Stevedore, Inc.; the Imagination Station by Kanoa Resort Saipan; Santa’s Church by the Department of Indigenous Affairs; Latte House by Bridge Capital LLC, Candy Cane Lane by Department of Youth Affairs, Building Homes Building Hope by CARE CNMI, Frozen by IPI, the Nativity by Joeten Enterprises, Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop by Marianas Visitors Authority, House of Angels by Rep. Angel Demapan, the People’s Bank by Bank of Guam and Hunter’s Cabin by Lanchun JACQ. Other supporters include the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, the Women’s Affairs Office, the Veterans Affairs Office, Steven Brownstein Entertainment, Skywalker Communication, Pacifica Insurance, the Office of the Governor, Fiesta Resort Saipan, Marianas High School Class of 1998, Rufina LLC, IT&E and Tan Holdings/Tan Siu Lin foundation.
Continuing through December to Jan. 8
Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 30
A Christmas Village, presented by First Lady Diann Torres Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Location: next to the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center
Christmas in the Marianas Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Paseo de Marianas Events: • Dec. 3 - Christmas tree decoration competition and christmas caroling competition • Dec. 10 - Skit competition • Dec. 17 - Parade of Floats and costume show • Dec. 30 - Japanese Mochituski Festival
Dec. 9 J Boog, Anuhea, Mike Love & The Jimmy Weeks Project Concert live in Saipan Time: Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. Location: Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort Admission: $40 for general admission; $75 for V.I.P. tickets
Dec. 9, 10 and 11 Carolers take to the stage at Christmas in the Marianas on Dec. 23, 2015. The annual holiday celebration will return to downtown Garapan this December. Photo courtesy of Marianas Visitors Authority
The Friends of the Arts Christmas Show: "When You Believe" – An evening of inspirational music Produced by Harold Easton and directed by Paul Dujua Time: 7 p.m. Location: Marianas High School Dolphin Theatre
Suman de Leche
Chef Mary Ann Q. Lizama
Maryann and James Lizama Zebuechon (roast pork)
Puto Pandan with salted egg Filipino Grilled Plate Cajun Seafood
Tiendasita Plaza, Chalan Piao
Baked Ham in Orange Marmalade
Pancit Malabon (noodles)
Local chef opens eatery on Beach Road By Joy White
Cucina de Mary, or “Mary’s Kitchen,” is the culmination of one woman’s dreams to share her passion for cooking and food with the community. Mary Ann Quistadio Lizama is to have a Dec. 15 soft opening of her restaurant, located in the Tiendasita Plaza on Beach Road, across from Hopwood Junior High School. The small eatery, which can accommodate about 10 to 15 customers, will feature Lizama’s specialties, including malabon pancit guisado and Native Cake with a twist. Cucina de Mary will also feature local favorites and healthy options because Saipan residents are very health conscious, she says. While dishes are healthy, Lizama promises the food is still delicious. “I feel that my business is unique [because we offer] local and Filipino dishes with twist that goes with it and makes it different. Our target clientele now is our young kids because of our location [near the high school], but we cater also to outside clients,” she says. Cucina de Mary 14
also offers catering for all special occasions. Lizama is assisted by family in the restaurant’s operations but plans to eventually hire as demand increases. Lizama says she hopes that in the next couple of years, the restaurant will expand and the food that she prepares will be loved by the community. “I’ll try to be positive about my business, and I always pray to God to guide me and show me what to do to succeed. […] I am really excited,” she says. Lizama attended the Guam Community College Culinary Arts Program. “My greatest inspiration is my passion for cooking and my sincere desire to share my joy and style of cooking with everyone. It really feels good to have someone taste my food and see them very happy doing so,” Lizama says. Cucina de Mary’s business hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Photos by BRM
Sauce 3 tablespoons of annatto powder Fish sauce Oil 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 red onion, minced Â˝ cup of smoked fish, flaked 3 tablespoons of cornstarch 2 to 3 cups of water Directions Noodles 1. Boil water in a pot and cook rice noodles according to packet instructions. 2. Once noodles are cooked, drain and then set aside.
Contributed by Chef Maryann Quistado Lizama
Ingredients and materials Materials Mortar and pestle Muslin cloth or fine sieve Noodles 500 grams of thick rice noodles Water Toppings, as desired Shrimps, unpeeled Squid, sliced into rings Crushed chicharon, or Pork crackling Spring onions, chopped Hard-boiled eggs, sliced Fried garlic Lemon, sliced
Toppings 1. Boil shrimp and squid in the two cups of water. Once cooked, drain the seafood, reserving the liquid in a separate container. 2. Shell the shrimp and set aside. 3. Pound the shells with a mortar and pestle to extract the juice. 4. Place pounded shells and its liquid in a muslin cloth or fine sieve over a container. 5. Pour the water used for boiling on to the pounded shells and drain it in a container. Set the liquid aside. Sauce 1. Mix annatto powder and fish sauce, in a pan. Add oil and sautĂŠ garlic and onion. 2. Add flaked smoked fish. 3. In a separate container, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water. Dilute until smooth. 4. Add cornstarch to the pan. 5. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer until sauce thickens. Add water if sauce becomes too thick. 6. Once the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Final preparations 1. Place noodles in a big bowl and pour sauce on top and mix to distribute sauce evenly. 2. Top with cooked seafood, pork crackling, spring onions, eggs, fried garlic and lemon.
Crust 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Line the base of spring form tin with baking parchment. 3. Mix the melted butter and graham crackers until well blended, then press firmly onto the base of the tin. 4. Bake melted butter and graham crackers for 10 minutes.
Contributed by Chef Maryann Quistado Lizama
Ingredients and materials Crust 85 grams of hot melted butter plus a little extra for greasing 14 pieces of chocolate graham crackers, finely crushed Cheesecake 3 packs of 300 gram cream cheese, room temperature 200 grams of golden caster sugar 4 tablespoons of cocoa, sifted 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract Three large eggs 284 milliliters of sour cream 100-gram bar or dark chocolate, melted 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk 284 milliliters of double cream Garnish Block of chocolate Wafer sticks Materials 25 centimeter spring form tin Baking parchment Electric mixer Swivel potato peeler
Cheesecake 1. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric whisk until smooth and creamy, then whisk in the cocoa, vanilla, eggs, sour cream and half of the melted chocolate. 3. Stir enough milk into the remaining chocolate to make a sauce consistency. Set aside until ready to decorate the cheesecake. 4. Put a little melted butter on some kitchen paper and use it to butter the sides of the cake tin. Pour in the cheese mixture. Smooth the top. 5. Bake for 10 minutes 6. Turn the heat down to 230 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes, until filling is set. Filling should have a wobble in the center. 7. Turn off the oven, leaving the cheesecake in the oven with the door open a crack. 8. Leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for two hours. Then, chill until ready to serve. Decorate Cheesecake 1. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and strip the lining paper from the base. 2. Lightly whip the cream until it just holds its shape. 3. Swirl the top and drizzle the top with the reserved chocolate sauce, rippling the sauce through the cream with the end of a spoon. 4. Serve as is or pile with chocolate curls and wafer sticks on the side. Making Chocolate Curls 1. Take a large chocolate block and firmly run a swivel potato peeler down the smooth back of the block so that the curls of chocolate flake away from the bar.
On the Road
Happy 1st birthday to Juan ‘Yuan’ Carlos Labao, shown with his parents, Lau and Carl, and friends at Raraina, Aqua Resort Hotel on Nov. 12. Photos by BRM
“Happy 2nd birthday to beautiful baby Khaiceel. You are our precious gem and we will be here to support you always to grow and become a successful person. God bless and we love you, Princess,” With love from Daddy, Jonas; Mommy, Reza, and brother, Khaleel RJ. Contributed photo.
“Happy birthday, Karen Ann Alla,” With much love from sons Leonard Manuel Alla, Mathew Alla and Kyle Alla; and brother, Mark Feliciano. Photo by BRM
Clarisse Ann Canarejo, who was featured on the cover of December BRM, with Saipan World Resort staff Rogel and Jonathan. 20
“Happy holidays, CNMI,” From the Canarejo family
On the Road The 2016 NMI Athletics All Schools Cross Country Championships was held on Nov. 19 at LaoLao Bay Golf Resort. Photos by BRM
“Happy birthday to my beloved wife, Maryann, on Nov. 20. From your loving husband.” from James Lizama of Kagman
Outgoing Pacific Islands Club (PIC) Hotel Manager Hiroki Sugie, second from right, who has served on the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands Board for several years, receives a plaque of appreciation from the Board of Directors of the HANMI at PIC on Nov. 23. From left are HANMI Vice Chairman Nick Nishikawa, Chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh, Sugie, and Treasurer Mike Johnson. Contributed photo.
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands held its CNMI Top Chef Competition on Nov. 2 at the Saipan World Resort to benefit the Empty Vessel Ministry. Photo by Bill Bezzant
On the Road
from the businesses of Saipan.
MARG'S Kitchen staff
MarPac consumer division staff
Saipan World Resort food and beverage department staff
KFC-Taco Bell staff and supervisors
The staff of Townhouse and J&G wish the community happy holidays. (From left) JM Salamon, Rhoda Cabrera, Rhose Artienda, Lenore Ramos, Imelda Valiente from the J&G corporate office and Rodmar Diaz.
ARMATECH staff and management Photos by BRM
Youthful holiday dreams
NMI students tell BRM what they hope for this Christmas season. Eloise Rose Enrico Lopez Daughter of Ronaldo Caparas Lopez and Evelyn Enrico Lopez and sister of Rheeza Mae Lopez Freshman at Northern Marianas College Scholarly and community achievements: Fulfilled dream to attend a world-wide educational conference by participating in a two-week Close-Up conference in Washington, D.C.; Marianas High School President’s Education Award Program (Outstanding Academic Achievement), June 2016; MHS Service Learning Award, June 2016; MHS Mayor’s Award from the Office of the Mayor Municipality of Saipan, June 2016; American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute hospitality and tourism graduate, February 2016 ; Volunteer at various events including MHS Junior Achievement, Liberation Day festivities, NMC Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, 4-H Program, AmeriCorps, MHS Chorale, MHS Give Club, Empty Vessel Ministry, United 4 Saipan, MHS Conservation Action Plan Committee and Secretary of MHS Student Council.
BRM: What are your Christmas wishes? Lopez: “My Christmas wish is [for everyone] care and to share even if we don't have much. Giving something always make us feel good inside.” BRM: What gifts you would like to receive this Christmas? Lopez: “The gifts I want are to become a motivational speaker and to teach future-leaders of the CNMI.”
BRM: If you could share a meal with any four individuals on Christmas day who would they be? Lopez: “My Mama, Papa, my sister, and my grandma, whom I wish is still alive today.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Erica Faye Santos Tubera Daughter of Erma Santos Tubera and Florante C. Tubera and sister of Lawrence and Justin Tubera Sophomore at Marianas High School Community and scholarly achievements: Competed in and received awards at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska; 2015 CNMI's Got Talent grand winner; Second runner-up in the 2016 Miss Teen Pusong Pinoy Pageant. BRM: What is your Christmas wish for the community and the world? Tubera: “My biggest Christmas wish right now is to have my parents' papers fixed so that they do not have to leave this island. It will be a very huge conflict to our family if everything goes wrong and they have to leave the island. Another Christmas wish is to have my whole family travel to the Philippines together for the first time to celebrate with my family in the provinces. Lastly, I wish that there will be world peace because so many things have happened this past year, such as the presidential elections which concerned me [very] much.” DECEMBER 2016
Holiday Wishes Bonnie “Gio” Sagana Son of Boni Sagana and Emeralyn Maglanque. Student at Hopwood Middle School Community and scholarly achievements: Citizenship Award, Leadership Award, A Honor Roll, Best In Subject, vice president of the student council, 2015 CNMI Voicefest Grand Winner, Liberation Day competition Grand Winner; CNMI Got Talent 5 third place winner; 2016 Regional Thespian-CNMI Winner; and Golden Ticket winner at International Thespian Broadway Society international winner in Denison, Texas with Superior Rating, beating 446 national competitors BRM: What is your Christmas wish? Sagana: “To grant better status for all foreign workers here in the CNMI. As for myself, my wish is to help out the people in need — that could make this my favorite year.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Photos by BRM
Roland Victor Soriano Balajadia Son of Emily Soriano and Rolando Balajadia Junior at Marianas High School Community and scholarly achievements: Competed with Rhythm 'n Harmony Glee Club at the 2015 and 2016 Tumon Bay Music Festival and at the 2014, 2015, and 2016International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, winning the solo musical category in 2014. BRM: What is or are your Christmas wish? Balajadia: “To have my family back together again, as my dad is currently in the Philippines.” 24
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