Devon sings shows off some of his winning moves in the kendama competition in the elementary division in last Saturday’s Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival at Kammer Beach.
Cody Dela Cruz, left, competes against Jasper Borja in the kendama elementary division. Dela Cruz was second.
Aiden Borja finished third in the kendama elementary division. A kendama is a traditional Japanese toy that has three cups, a ball tied in a string, and a spike.
Brandon Santos, left, cheers on his opponent in the high school division of the kendama competition.
Brandon Santos was the high school kendama champion.
One of the competitors in the kendama high school competition performs one of his tricks.
Cheryl Castro, left, prepares to husk the coconut in the women’s husking and grinding contest.
Rita Sanchez quickly grates the coconut in the women’s husking and grinding contest. She and teammate Emily Manglona was the fastest pair.
Ana Cabael yearly joins the festival and has her own booth that sells clothes and toys.
Local band the Trio—Arlan Agador, Nikita Mendiola, and Julian Hofschneider—serenaded the crowd with a variety of acoustic songs.
The XO female group entertained the crowd with a hip hop dance number.
Joshua Q. Castro (Zoszengzung) and Fakiezero had a lively rap performance.
The Natural Hi—composed of sophomores and seniors at the Tinian Junior and Senior High School—showcased their singing talents.
Competitors in the female hot pepper eating contest wait for the signal before munching a bowl of hot soba laced with three tablespoons full of Tinian hot pepper.
Lucia Ayuyu raises her arms after winning the female hot pepper eating contest.
Johnson Delos Santos, left, talks with Luis Mundo as Sheila Cruz busies herself in preparing her dish in Sunday’s Estofao Pika Cooking contest.
The Rhythm Boys compete in the Dragon Boat race.
Members of the Saipan Music & Dance Studio poses for a group photo after their performance.
A part of the crowd that watched the activities of this year’s Pika Festival
A child enjoys the giant slide that was set up in the west side of the venue.
Carla Aldan poses with her entry in the Estofao Pika Cooking contest.
Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.
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