‘Taste’ ends with contest winners


Taste of the Marianas ended last week with the announcement of the winners of multiple contests held throughout the festival.

Soon after the final night of the festival opened, the winners of the 2017 Tourism Month Graphic Art Design Contest were announced.

The contest, which was open to both public and private school students from 6th to 12th grade, garnered the participation of 23 contestants.

Carrie Pangelinan won first place with her picture of Obyan Beach, earning her $150 and $150 worth of Taste of the Marianas tokens. Kryzha Parungao bagged second with a picture of the Coral Ocean Golf & Resort, earning her $100 and $100 in tokens, while Louisie Zheng Li placed third for her submission of Ladder Beach, earning her $50 in both cash and tokens.

Fourth and fifth place recipients were Kennedy Vila and Timothy Retirado, respectively, who earned $25 and $25 in tokens each for their submission of Suicide Cliff.

D’Elegance Café won the booth design contest, earning it free booth space at the 20th Taste of the Marianas next year.

Coming in second place was Mariana Resort and Spa, who received a 75-percent discount in booth fees for the next Taste, while third place Kanoa Resort and fourth place Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan received a 50-percent and 25-percent discount in booth fees, respectively, for next year’s Taste.

MVA managing director Chris Concepcion was pleased with the outcome of the festival, stating that this year’s festival is record breaking and exceeded past year’s token sales.

“We are extremely pleased with the turnout and the crowd has been overwhelming [for this year],” he said.

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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