LibDay Queen candidates are presented to the public


The seven Liberation Day Queen 2019 candidates pose for a photo with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and 2019 Liberation Day committee chair Joe Ayuyu Jr. (Erwin Encinares)

The public had its first glimpse last Wednesday afternoon at the Saipan Mayor’s Office of the seven candidates who would be vying for the 2019 Liberation Day Queen tiara.

The seven candidates are Pernalyn Camacho, Lea Salalila, Rhe’ann Tudela, Angel Deleon Guerrero, Kiara Nekaifes, Nadine Kapileo, and Regiene Babauta.

The seven were joined by their parents Wednesday at the Saipan Mayor’s Office for the signing of their contracts to join the pageant as well as for the pinning of sashes, indicating that they are the pageant’s official candidates.

Last year’s Liberation Day Queen. Brinae Jessilyn M. Cruz, noted that she would be supporting the candidates in their journey toward the 2019 Liberation Day Queen crowning.

“We can dig deeper as to how we can fundraise and all that when we have our girl’s night. What I can say is that I know all of you guys are hardworking and dedicated, which is why you all joined,” Cruz said in a brief speech. “Thank you for joining and I extend my deepest gratitude to your parents as well. I know this would be a long journey, but it’s going to be worth it. You are going to have so much fun with it and it would be good exposure for yourself.”

The 2019 Liberation Day committee chair, Joe Ayuyu Jr., bid good luck to all the pageant candidates.

“We want to see all of you wearing the crown, like Brinae,” he said. “Some of you would be coming into this pageant shy and not so talkative, but what I can say is that you guys are [braver] than I am because, at your age…I wasn’t involved with doing things like this. You are definitely a step ahead.”

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said in an interview that this pageant would be a first step out of the candidayes’ comfort zones.

“This would be a good experience for them,” he said. “It is good experience for the girls to go out and meet the challenges of the community because that is how it is in the real world.”

The Liberation Queen pageant is a fundraiser for the Liberation Day festivities on July 4. The candidates would be given a fixed time to raise funds and whoever raises the biggest amount is declared the pageant winner.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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