The grand prize winner of Saturday’s 2013 Las Vegas Night is well loved by her staff, who are eagerly awaiting her return early next month.
Saipan Tribune spoke with Day Star Fish Store fishermen Mags Yunting and Dante Trasanio early Sunday morning and both said they are happy that their employer, Maria Racquel Manalo, won the top prize in the Rotary Club of Saipan’s signature fundraiser at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan last weekend. It’s a choice between $10,000 cash or a 2014 Toyota Yaris.
Trasanio said they found out that Manalo won after one of their customers drove to the fish store around 1am Sunday morning and told them about their employer’s good fortune.
Yunting and Trasanio immediately contacted Manalo in the Philippines, where she is attending a church seminar.
“We were so happy that she won that we even jumped for joy. We couldn’t even sleep last night after one of our loyal customers drove by and told us that [she] won,” said Trasanio in Tagalog.
When they called, Yunting said that Manalo at first wouldn’t believe them but after some thorough convincing, the 49-year-old widow finally realized it was no joke and told them that her prayers had been answered.
Yunting and Trasanio confirmed that Manalo’s winning ticket was sold to her by McDonald’s Saipan general manager Marcia Ayuyu. Both said Ayuyu is one of their loyal customers and makes it a point to check their fish whenever she jogs at the Beach Road Pathway.
Yunting and Trasiano said the 7-year-old Day Star Fish Store is doing well lately. In fact, a number of restaurants around the island primarily buy their seafood from the store.
“Virtually all restaurants in Garapan buy fish from us,” said Yunting.
In related news, Ayuyu said she is most likely the top ticket seller of this year’s Las Vegas Night after she sold $8,000 worth of them.
The top ticket seller gets to win a roundtrip ticket to either the Rotary Club district meeting in Tokyo, Japan, or the Rotary Club international meeting in Brisbane, Australia, later this year.