MCS’ Class of 1990 team wins inaugural grill-off

Posted on Oct 23 2019

Mount Carmel School alumni pose for a picture shortly after the first-ever MCS Grill Off awarding last Saturday at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe. (MARC A. VENUS)

A team representing Mount Carmel School’s Class of 1990 took home top honors last Saturday at the first-ever Grill Off competition held by the AlumKnight Association at the Philcom Pavilion in Susupe, across the Guma Hustitia.

The team “Happy Grill More,” composed of MCS alumni John Blanco, Mark Flores, and Joe Torres, captured first place with their grilled pork ribs, red rice, and macaroni salad. The trio took home a chopping board that recognizes them as the winners of the Grill Off, plus a gift bag.

The team “Smoke’s on You,” composed of Class of 2006 members Lee Tenorio, Cil Camacho, Queanna Sablan, and Naomi Tagabuel, took second place in the competition, while the team “Holy Smoke,” composed of Class of 1990 alumni Donna Flores, Becky Sablan, Lynette Villagmoez, and Nerissa Benavente, took third. The two placers received a gift bag, courtesy of Pacifica Insurance Underwriter, Inc., and a decorated cooking spoon.

“Slab by Silly!” consisting of Class of 2013 alumni Victoria Deleon Guerrero, Michelle Masga, John Saludez, and Ken Taguchi finished fourth and received a gift bag.

A total of four teams participated in the Grill Off.

This year’s selected meat for the competition was pork ribs. Teams were judged based on the meat’s appearance, taste, texture, moisture, tenderness, aroma, creativity, and overall impression on a 5-point scale for each category.

“This competition was a great way of bringing our alumni together and promoting the school and its alumni association,” Blanco said.

Although this was a first-ever event, the possibility of making more like this could happen in the future, said MCS AlumKnights Association vice president Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan.

She said they came up with the idea of a grilling competition to avoid a fundraising event, as they understand that families are still recovering from the previous typhoons and that finances are tight at the moment. “Time is precious and family is precious. Removing that financial barrier to bring people together was really important for us,” Pangelinan said.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at
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