By REINA S. PEREZ
The Filipino community on Saipan capped the celebration of their country’s 115th Independence Day with a Filipino-style fiesta, Pistang Pinoy, at the Garapan Fishing Base on Sunday that saw the staging of the first ever Pinoy Super Gay Model contest.
The daylong festivities started at noon and saw the Garapan Fishing Base transformed into a perya (town fair), with many booths selling food, trinkets, souvenirs, and other items. The United Filipino Organization, which spearheaded the event, lined up a host of entertainment, contests, and games.
Gerry Mesina, the High Pitch Band, Rolly Capayas, Uncle Ben’s Dream Academy Stars, and other groups and individuals provided entertainment on stage. Games and contests included a children’s art contest, tug of war, a sack race, and other fun games.
The highlight of the program was the 2013 Pinoy Super Gay Model Contest, the first time that a gay modeling contest was held as part of the Pistang Pinoy celebration. The contest featured 17 contestants who duked it out for the Best in Catwalk, Star of the Night, Darling of the Crowd, Best in Fantasy, Best in Talent, and Best in Evening Gown awards.
By the time the night ended, Contestant No. 14, Maria Venus Raj, was crowned the overall winner. She also won the Best in Fantasy and the Best in Evening Gown awards.
The Darling of the Crowd was Contestant No. 5, Milkshake, while the winner of the Catwalk prize was Contestant No. 3, Bernadette Cleopatra Marquez.
The Star of the Night award went to Contestant No. 11, Venus, who also won the Best in Talent prize.
Judges for the contest were Eli Arago, senior vice president of Tan Holdings, Haidee Eugenio, a member of the University of Philippines Alumni Association and Saipan Tribune reporter; Michael Temperante of Joeten Enterprises, Rowena Altures, president of the CNMI Nursing Association; and Ulyssis Sabuco. The tabulators were Irene Santiago of MIFICPA and Flor Miranda, UFO’s auditor.
UFO president Annamae Adaza sends her appreciation to the major sponsors, donors, souvenir book advertisers, and to all the member organizations, officers and volunteers for their dedication and hard work.
“As the saying goes ‘coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success’ which is true enough with UFO. We did a successful show that the community appreciates and will talk about. Everyone played an important role and all efforts, whether big or small, are recognized and appreciated. Thank you my UFO family,” Adaza said.
She encouraged the Filipino community to support the UFO candidate for the 2013 Liberation Queen, Melody Johnson. For tickets to help support Melody Johnson, call Adaza at 483-5237.
Major sponsors and donors for this event are as follows: Docomo Pacific, LBC Mabuhay, Western Union, TSL Foundation, KWAW 100.3FM, Allen School of Dance & Performing Arts, Avon, Adrialen Dela Cruz, Antalia De Guzman, Brabu Pharmacy, Chalan Kanoa Beach Hotel, Coca- Cola, Crispin and Socorro Huliganga, Danny and Remy Buniag, Digital Motion, Dolphin Wholesale, Eli Arago, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Fong’s Bakery, Gemma Batusin, Genpro International, Gerry and Edna Encio, Jhem’s Restaurant, June and Ladvir Canape, Joe and Evelyn Itibus, Kristo Rai Parish, Robert Barcelo of New Paradise Florist, New SM Mart, Pacific Islands Club, Saipan Music & Dance Studio, Saipan World Resort, Smile Marianas, Sun Palace Hotel, Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, Yuichiro’s Printing Design, 3Hi-Res Designs, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Nancy Baldoz of Island Florals & Gifts, Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort, Liza Taylor, MARPAC, Micronesian Brokers Inc., Natasha, NVM Enterprises, National Office Supply, McDonald’s, Dandan Postal, D&Q, Don Pedro Restobar, Kautz Glass Co., Saipan Tribune, Marianas Variety, and Beach Road Magazine.