Cabrera to vie for Miss Int’l tiara


The first batch of NMI Girl Scouts since 2014 spend quality time with Miss Marianas 2018 Celine Concepcion Cabrera, third from the left, before she leaves to compete in the 2018 Miss International pageant in Tokyo, Japan. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The reigning Miss Marianas will be leaving this month to vie for the Miss International crown.

Miss Marianas 2018 Celine Concepcion Cabrera is set to fly to Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 20 to try her luck at the Miss International stage.

“…The pageant itself is on Nov. 9… I will be there before the pageant starts. I will be there for three weeks,” said Cabrera.

According to Cabrera, her heart is set on being the first Miss Marianas to bring home the crown and title. “I know that many of our queens brought home the Miss Friendship award but, other than that, we have yet to bring back the crown, so I hope to be the first one

“…I am so blessed to have the opportunity to go out and represent our island…but my main goal is to bring back the crown,” she added.

Cabrera said she wants to put the Marianas on the map and garner global recognition for the islands’ beauty.

“I want our islands to be globally recognized as a beautiful place to live with its beautiful people, amazing culture and customs, and just everything about Saipan, Tinian, and Rota…I’d love for the world to know and that’s my goal for Miss International,” she said.

Although she is beyond nervous, Cabrera is turning the nervousness into excitement because she expects the experience to be once in a lifetime.

“Not many people can say that they ran in a Miss International pageant, so that’s going to be a great experience for me,” she said.

Cabrera has been training both physically and mentally with her crew.

“I have been training with my personal trainer [and] he has been a great help in this journey fitness wise. …Stellar [Marianas] has been wonderful in helping and assisting me [with] respect to categories like my question-and-answer. …Ernie Molina has been training me for my pageant walk and my poise,” she said.

Cabrera asks that the CNMI community continue to support her as she vies for the crown while representing the Northern Mariana Islands.

“I’d like to ask for the continued support of our community. Everyone has been so wonderful with their kind words. I have received so many messages, calls from my friends and family in the community, and they are just letting me know that they support me and they want me to enjoy my time and not be too nervous but to do my best out there,” she said.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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