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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Macalintal reigns supreme in bartending tilt

This year’s NMBA Bartenders’ Competition 10 participants hold up their certificates of appreciation in a souvenir shot with the Northern Marianas Bartenders Association officers and guests. (Marconi Calindas) March 4 was a victorious night for Fiesta Resort & Spa’s resident bartender, Raymond Macalintal, who once again reigned supreme behind the bar during the Bartenders Cocktail Competition dubbed "Sauza Tequila Challenge."

Macalintal’s concoction, called "Green Revolution," also bagged the Best in Taste plum, tied with Marianas Resort’s Alain Basco. Macalintal also won the showmanship award.

Third place went to Pacific Islands Club’s Jess Acuavera, while the only female participant, Dayann De Leon of Aqua Resort Club, won second place in the event. First place went to Tang’s Bar’s bartender, Ed Flores.

Other participants in the competition were Mauro Sabate Jr. of Fiesta Resort Hotel, Charlton Lipa of Aqua Resort Club, and Marvin Salamat of Pacific Island Club. Individual participants were Ramil Estaquio and Joseph Solmarin.

Judges for the overall contest were Johnny’s Bar and Grill owner Koji Takeda, KZMI sales manager Bob Webb, Hard Rock Cafe operations manager Tufer Sendon, and UFO president and RP Enterprises owner Roland Pamintuan. The judges for Best in Taste included Chito Cristobal, bar manager of Ocean Side Dinner, and Ed Manano, bar manager Manic Inn Bar and Boutique.

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