MHS choir wins anew at TBMF


The Marianas High School Rhythm ‘N’ Harmony prevailed once again at the 14th Annual Tumon Bay Music Festival, garnering the top prize a record-setting fourth year in a row and their 6th Sweepstakes Trophy so far.

Last Saturday, during the Tumon Bay Music Festival awarding ceremony, it was announced that the Marianas High School singing group was awarded, for the fourth consecutive year in a row and the sixth overall, the Sweepstakes Trophy award.

The same group won the same award in 2017, 2016, and 2015. They also won the trophy in 2012 and 2013.

The Sweepstakes Trophy is given to the ensemble that gets the highest rating from all categories, both choir and band ensembles.

The Marianas High School choir went up against four different choirs.

During this part of the TBMF, schools, churches, and community choirs perform a 20- to 25-minute repertoire as either an adjudicated or showcase (non-adjudicated) ensemble in front of an audience filled with friends, family, and the community-at-large at KAHIDA, Guam Plaza Resort & Spa.

MHS Rhythm ‘N’ Harmony came head-to-head with the Majesty Choir, Majesty Elementary Choir, La Voce-the Voices of SSHS, St. John’s High School Glee Club, and the Magnifico Choir.

MHS Rhythm ‘N’ Harmony includes Clarisse Torio, Mikaella Cunanan, Charley Sablan, Jenine Perena, Lesly Ibarra, Eden Conner, Rinisa Torres, Aira Velasco, Donna Galvez, Angela Barbo, Naomi Billimon, Miguel Aninon, Leonard Manuel, Clayton Izuka, Roland Balajadia, James Reyes, Khristian Itaas, and Jefferson Cunanan.

The Marianas High School Rhythm ‘N’ Harmony Glee Club wasn’t the CNMI’s only representation at the TMBF from March 1 to March 10.

The MHS Chorale, composed of Miguel Aninon, Charisse Ramos, Clarisse Torio, Jackylyn Mae Batu, Erica Tubera, and Macy Manzanares, also represented the CNMI. The group won gold in the Small Ensemble event.

The Yonsei Academy on Saipan also sent a delegation that also won at the festival.

Kimberly Bautista | 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 kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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