Master chef cook-off champions Kevin Patubol, left, and Jonathan Borja, second left, of Hyatt Regency Saipan join Gary Sword and Department of Commerce Secretary Mark Rabauliman after receiving their $300 cash prize in last Saturday’s Inaugural Marianas Trench Fishing and Seafood Festival at the Garapan Fishing Base.
Different types of fish that can be caught in the waters surrounding the CNMI were on display.
Naked Fish’s Orly Abiera, second right, was third in the master chef cook-off.
Patrick Cepeda was the top winner in the amateur chef division of the cooking competition to win $300. Henry Sablan was second.
John Reyes was the recipient of a special award of $50.
Romeo Cabrera, left, and Sonny Encarnacion work on their dish. The duo was second in the master chef division.
Clockwise from left, Division of Parks and Recreation director Eli Cabrera, Gina Tomokane, A.J. Mettao, and Orrin Pharmin were the judges of the cook-off.
A foreign tourist samples one of the dishes competing in the cook-off.
Boiz2Mix’s third generation members.
From left, JDN members Nick Nekai, Nolas Caliga, and Dan Laniyo were one of the groups that performed. Not in photo is Joe Takai.
Hair clips with floral designs were also on sale.
Four-year-old Hiyori Okuma, left, gets her face painted by a Community Guidance Center staff.
Kika Tenorio, a member of MACPS (Manantigu Cultural Production Petlas Marianas Simiya Lina’la), performs with her group.
Skat prepares a traditional Samoan dish.
From left, MACPS advisers Celia Mercado and Frances Sablan with Gordon Marciano.
People get to sample the competing dishes in the cook-off.
A young Boiz2Mix member twirls the baton.
Marie Aguon, right, performs with other young dancers of Boiz2Mix.
Master carver Michael K. Finey, left, talks with two tourists about his artworks.
Isidro Songal, left, and Kheani Blas were among the third generation members of Boiz2Mix.
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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