CELINE Concepcion Cabrera, 23, was crowned 2018 Miss Marianas on Saturday evening in Hibiscus Hall at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.
Chloe Salvosa was first runner-up while Leisha Mendiola Deleon Guerrero was second runner-up.
“Next year, I am going to be attending school, focusing on my studies, hopefully, getting my degree,” Cabrera said in an interview after the pageant. “I want to say thank you so much to all my supporters, family and friends and to these wonderful girls [the other candidates] — thank you so much! It has been a great experience.”
She said her favorite memory of their pageant journey was sleeping over with the other contestants and getting to know them.
“It was challenging [taking part in the pageant]. It is definitely something to remember. I am very glad I went through with it and realized my dream.”
During the competition’s final Q & A, Cabrera was asked what the greatest achievement of the Marianas has been.
“In my opinion, the greatest achievement of the Marianas has been that many of today’s generation are attending [Northern Marianas College]. This is something that is very important. Education…is what I want to pursue…. I would love to educate our future generation because for me, knowledge is power.”
Along with the crown and the title, Cabrera won a one-year scholarship from Northern Marianas College. She said she intends to get a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
First runner-up Chloe Salvosa and second runner-up Leisha Mendiola Deleon Guerrero also impressed the judges with their answers to the same question.
Salvosa, a Marianas High School student, said: “The greatest achievement of the Marianas has been welcoming other people, other cultures to our island. Diversity — we promote diversity and I believe that it is strong. It is important to us because that is who we are — speaking our languages, practicing our cultures.”
Deleon Guerrero, an NMC student, said: “I believe the greatest accomplishment of the Marianas has been to bring more people to the islands and make the islands more diverse. It has brought more industries, more job opportunities, as well as more students and more people to help the community.”
This year’s other contestants were Eden Connor, Jaiden McPhetres Santos, Cris Nhoel Obaldo, Kaysha Aguon Cruz and Maricris Zapanta.
Cabrera also won the Best in Evening Wear, Best in Swimsuit, Best in National Costume awards as well as the Stellar Star which is given to the candidate who displayed the most enthusiasm, commitment and dedication as a contestant.
The Miss Friendship Award went to Jaiden McPhetres Santos who worked well with the other contestants and promoted the qualities of friendship. She also received the TRESemmé Best Hair Award.
Miss Photogenic was Chloe Salvosa. She was selected by media members based on beauty, immediate appeal, visual impact and natural projection.
As 2018 Miss Marianas, Cabrera’s other prizes included a $1,000 case from TRESemmé from Dickerson & Quinn International distributors; the use of a brand new 2018 Hyundai Elentra from Triple J Motors for a year; a brand new cell phone with one year of unlimited service and data from IT&E; a one-year membership and personal trainer sessions at Gold’s Gym; a one-year subscription to Marianas Variety; a coach bag from Pacifica Insurance; a gift from T Galleria; a gift pack from Tribe Marianas; a gift from McDonald’s Saipan; a gift from Making Memories; a gift from The Shack; a professional model portfolio from Daisuke Yanai; a four-piece luggage set from Stellar Marianas; a gift certificate from Pena House Boutique; one year, all-expense-paid representation at approved CNMI and international events with the Marianas Visitors Authority and Stellar Marianas; and one year of styling assistance by Pena House Boutique.
This year’s judges were Tina Esteves, Triple J Enterprises Marketing manager; attorney Janet H. King, 2001 Miss CNMI Universe; Broc Calvo, MVA marketing manager; Sherri Riggs, KSPN news anchor; and Kyle Guzman Ramirez, teacher, Department of Defense, Naval Base Guam.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/special-features/special-events/102508-celine-cabrera-is-2018-miss-marianas