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MHS students rake in medals at Tumon Bay Music Festival

MARIANAS High School students won 12 medals, including six gold ones at the Tumon Bay Music Festival in Guam, which ran from March 1 to March 10. 

Students from Guam and CNMI get the chance to showcase their musical talents during the 10-day festival. 

MHS started collecting medals on March 2, when MHS Rhythm N’ Harmony competed with five other groups in Choir competition held at Kahida Hall, Guam Plaza Hotel. 

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.

On March 3,  MHS dominated the Solo and Small Ensemble Competition held at St. Joseph Episcopal Church. 

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

Miguel Aninon and Clarisse Torio won the silver award for vocal duet. 

Miguel Aninon and Erica Tubera won gold for vocal duet.

Marianas High School Chorale wins gold at the Tumon Bay Music Festival. From left, Jackylyn Batu, Miguel Aninon, Charisse Ramos, Macy Manzanares, Erica Tubera and Clarisse Torio.  Contributed photoMarianas High School Chorale wins gold at the Tumon Bay Music Festival. From left, Jackylyn Batu, Miguel Aninon, Charisse Ramos, Macy Manzanares, Erica Tubera and Clarisse Torio. Contributed photo

In the vocal solo event: Leonard Manuel, Charisse Ramos, Erica Tubera won gold. 

Silver awardees for vocal solo event were Miguel Aninon, Clarisse Torio, Jackylyn Mae Batu and Clayton Izuka. Macy Manzanares received the bronze award in the same event. 

According to Aninon, this is the seventh year MHS has sent students to Guam to compete at the music festival. 

The MHS Glee Club has won the festival sweepstakes award five times in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012. 

In an interview, Macy Manzanares said participating in the Tumon Bay Music Festival was both exciting and nerve-wracking. 

“My teachers told me not to be scared. My mom told me I was already a winner, no matter if I got a shiny medal or not. She told me the most important thing was to enjoy and learn from the experience,” Manzanares said. 

She added the music festival gave students the opportunity to gain recognition and to make the CNMI proud. 

“We all practiced and worked hard to prepare for this. I am very grateful to God, to my supportive family and friends, the Public School System, Mr. Harold Easton, MHS Speech & Drama teacher, and Ms. Ruthi Fruit, MHS Chorale Director, and all the people who recognized, encouraged and supported me throughout this worthwhile experience,” said Manzanares, a freshman at MHS.