Micronesia's February 2018 Icons – Marianas Variety

IN Micronesia, islanders celebrate their cultural independence through the performing arts — vocals, instrumental music and dance.

These include numerous cultural expressions that reflect human creativity and are also found, to some extent, in many other intangible cultural heritage domains including rituals, festive events or oral traditions.

The following individuals help promote the importance of Micronesia’s balanced environmental culture and traditional lifestyle:

Best cultural photos — Bill Jayes of Pohnpei, Harry R. Fritz, Ongerung Kambes Kesolei of Palau, Edward San Nicolas of Guam

Best cultural lifestyle photos — Gordon Marciano of Saipan, Junhan B. Todino, Lori Lyn C. Lirio Bryan Manabat of Saipan, and Uduch Sengebau Senior of Palau

Best environment and lifestyle photos — Edward B San Nicolas, Jarred Ray, Iara Lee, Pedro Toves,

Best Underwater Film — Richard Brooks & Lightning Strikes Production, “The Sanctuaries of Palau”

Best environmental marine photos — Clams by Ike Anastacio, and Mangroves by Jewel Ngiraikelau,

Best environmental landscape photos — Ongerung Kambes Kesolei, Richard Brooks, Gordon Glasby, Antonio Cabrera and Dodge Roxas

Best Environmental Beauty Documentary — Escoannev Hocog “B&aexplaining” Trip to Palau,

Best Book/Author — William H. Alkire, “Coral Islanders”

Best sports and lifestyle photos — “6 get golden boot awards” by Roselyn Monroyo

Best Sports Documentary Film — Pohnpei Surf Club in the Caroline Islands of Micronesia,

Best sports photos — Jon Perez, James Sablan and Roselyn Monroyo


Fashion Design — Michael Pablo, Scott Weers, Marianas Tribes and Jesse Meno

Artwork — Peter Fala, Kyle IG, Felipe Quentin and Peter Santos

Tattoo Artwork — Patrick Masga

Advocates/Icons — Current CNMI,, 670 Rock Steady Shop, Born N Raised Clothing, Tattoo Art & Design Mega Vision by Dragon Edong,

Culture, tradition and lifestyle

Cultural Beauty Icons — Sharlene Imetengel ,

Cultural Beauty Advocates — Angaur Dancers by Ongerung Kambes Kesolei ,

Melvira Kazuma Culture Film,

Culture Icons — Jessie Kelmal, Irorou Masang, Elechong Darius and Zillah Wilter

Cultural Advocacy and Preservation — “Chamorro” by Brent Champaco, Pasquana Isaac, Maria Duenas, David Atalig, Tasi Indaleceo, Edward B. San Nicolas, Lola E. Gogue, Susan Oliveres, Alvina Guzman Branchaug and Peter Santos

Culture Lifestyle Film — By Ongerung Kambes Kesolei

Environment, health and nutrition

Best Environmental Film/Documentary — “Micronesia Suffers Climate Change Impact,”

Environment & Health Beauty Advocate of the Month — Loren Lacataria and Gordon Glasby

Chef of the Month — Peggy Hanser

Nutrition Icons — Maryann Calvo, Joleen Blas Sayog, Trish Frank Meno, Jacob Muna, Sasha Rollen, PJ Francisco, Nora Glasby, Bo Ngiraingas, Clint Wachi, Sing Miyozawa, Maryann Calvo, Peggy Hanser, Living in 680 and Joseph Camacho

Advocates — Sing Miyozawa, Harlan Derbai, Milla Millz Obeketang

Local Diet Advocates — Maryann Calvo and Marvin Bitlaol Wasisang

Environmental Advocacy and Preservation Icons — Richard Brooks


Athletes of the Month — Dolores Pua Rangamar, Connie Camacho, Angel San Nicolas

Advocates — Marianas Table Tennis Amateur Association, Team Guam, & NMB


Palau Polynesian Dancers

Best Performers: Darlene Aldan Demapan,

Jay Selepeo,

Best of W’s with Weena Mereb & Williander Ngotel,

Best Music Film by Taka Emesiochel,

Best Music by Taka Emesiochel,

Best Culture Film — Melvira Kazuma

Film Actress — Amanda Jo “AJ” Pelkey of Guam/Oregon

Filmmaker — Ongerung Kambes Kesolei a.k.a. OKK

Entertainment Beauty of the Month — Weena Mereb

Performers — Neil Fisher, Williander Ngotel, Weena Mereb, & Opee

Best Music Groups — The Best of W’s

Best Entertaining Film — Kambes Kesolei “Bealau Night Market” performers

Musical Artists of the Month — Taka Emesiochel

Best Comedy Film — “Sel Mark el Tuu” by Meellad

Comedians of the Month — Samoan Smurf

Comedy Advocates — Jon Juan, Ashley Eff, Sky Imetengel, Merv Melatk, Kingston Ace, Aileen Farley, Joseph Isechal, Simeon Adelbai, Mitsura D. Inoue, Ruth Thomas, Marino Kintaro

Youth and community

Youth & Entertainment — Gennezrah Edangel Gabriel

Youth Best Photo — Palau PEC Youth by Kosh Franz, Bradley Kumangai, & Sheila Kailang

Youth Best Film Work — by Kosh Franz “Gennezrah Edangel Gabriel”


Santy Asanuma, Glen Hunter, Dr. Takuya Nagaoka and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan

Journalists, 680 Belau Recipe, 680 Omengat, Pasifika Renaissance and Dr. Takuya Nagaoka, Honolulu Civil Beat, Belau Photo 101 with Kambes Kesolei and Harry R. Fritz, Tia Belau Kambes Kesolei, Kaselehlie Press Pohnpei with Bill Jaynes, MV editor Zaldy Dandan, MV sports reporters James Sablan and Emmanuel T. Erediano, Palau 2013, Belau Useful Information with Merv Melatk, Olilai Ikesiil, Palau Fitness Group with Nora Glasby, Saipan Tribune, Chamorro People on Facebook David Atalig, ChuukYouth, PEC Youth Bradley Kumangai, MV reporters Bryan Manabat and Junhan Todino, Island Times’ Phillip and Leilani Reklai, Merirei Media LLC, Sha Merirei, Palau Town Hall News Work with Marilyn Rideb, Pacific Daily News, and Chamorro Mingles

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