Tubera siblings win big in CNMI’s Got Talent


Ericafaye Tubera performs a soulful yet upbeat Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart, winning her the grand prize of $2,500. Other photo shows 9-year-old Lawrence Tubera being presented with his prizes after getting the judges’ nod for second place. (Daisy Demapan)

A pair of siblings beat out an array of other talented young singers and dancers on Saturday night to take top honors in this year’s edition of the CNMI’s Got Talent competition at the Pacific Islands Club Magellan.

Older sister Ericafaye Tubera played the piano with R&B spunk, performing a soulful yet upbeat medley of Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart to take the top prize in the annual contest, while 9-year-old Lawrence Tubera performed I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus with a youthful innocence that commanded the crowd’s attention and the judges’ nod for second place.

The siblings bagged separate wins for their solos, with Lawrence Tubera receiving the Governor’s Choice Award and first runner-up for a total of $3,000 and sister Ericafaye Tubera taking home the grand prize of $2,500.

The siblings, who credited their vocal talent to their mother, said they started singing when they were just toddlers. They said they will be using their cash prizes to help their family this holiday season.

The competition was again organized this year by international investment banking and asset management company Bridge Capital, LLC.

Second runner-up was 10-member band Out of the Ordinary, performing a mash-up of classic Christmas songs.

Third runner-up was Bonnie Gio Sagana with his inspirational take on the Magic of Christmas, while fourth runner-up Juliet Inocencio sang an emotional Merry Little Christmas.

Bringing soul to the floor with a vocal range similar to that of Adele’s was Best from Tinian winner Nikita Mendiola and her rendition of Mary Did You Know.

Ending the night with an intermission act was last year’s grand prize winner, Rhythm N’ Harmony, earning a special $1,000 gift from Bridge Capital.

CEO John K. Baldwin, COO Jody Jordahl, and director of business development Shawn A. Scott thanked their guests after reflecting on the recovery efforts, the inspiring talents of the night, and wishing for another successful year for everyone.

Daisy Demapan | Reporter

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