10 May 2018
- By Junhan B. Todino – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE 2018 Liberation Day Committee on Wednesday presented the five candidates in this year’s Liberation Queen fundraising pageant during a pinning ceremony held at the Saipan mayor’s new office in Susupe.
The candidates are Brinae Jessilyn M. Cruz, 14; Lovely Joey B. Loyola, 15; Connie B. Mendiola, 14; Milagro Omar Palacios, 14; and Taylor Chong Sablan, 17.
Brinae Cruz, an 8th grade student at Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School, was the 2016 Queen of San Antonio Parish. She is currently the president of her school’s Student Council.
She said she joined the pageant because she wants to meet new people. “Also, to encourage other young women to open up and take part in future pageants and community events.”
Lovely Loyola is a 9th grader at Marianas High School where she is a member of the cheerleading club. She is also on the Tan Holdings national soccer team.
She joined the pageant “to break out of my shell and socialize with my community.”
Connie Mendiola, a 9th grader at Saipan Southern High School, likes to sing and dance. She is a member of the Student Council, My WAVE Club and Math Court.
Mendiola said she joined the pageant to “get more involved with the community, gain experience as a public figure and boost my self-confidence.”
Milagro Palacios, a 9th grader at MHS, likes cultural dances and biking with her little brothers. She is a member of the Chamorro club, Polksai.
“My friends and family urged me to join this year’s pageant,” she said.
Taylor Sablan, an 11th grader at Kagman High School, said she joined the pageant because she wanted “to be part of our CNMI community.”
She added, “This year’s Liberation event will open doors for me, allowing me to get involved, give back and meet new people.”
Her favorite saying is, “The only limitation is yourself.”
Monique Sablan, this year’s Liberation Royal Court Committee chair, said the final counting of the tickets sold by the candidates will be held on June 30.
The 2018 Liberation Queen and her Royal Court will be crowned on July 1.
Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang thanked the candidates’ parents for encouraging their daughters to participate in the pageant.
He told the candidates that the pageant “is a great opportunity for them to learn and meet with the public.”
Also present in the pinning ceremony on Wednesday were 2017 Liberation Queen Peyton Gomez, 2016 Royal Princess Coryn Achas and Louis Rodgers, president of the non-profit Liberation Committee.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104323-5-vie-for-2018-liberation-queen-title