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Tubera siblings, Durano win medals, scholarships in US competition

THREE CNMI performers who competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts 2018 held recently in Long Beach, California won medals and  scholarships.

Erica Faye Tubera, Lawrence Tubera and Cire Durano competed with hundreds of singers, dancers, instrumentalist, actors, models and other artists from 71  countries.

CNMI Team-USA members Erica Faye Tubera, brother Lawrence Tubera and Cire Durano display the CNMI flag with friends at the 2018 World Championship of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California.  Contributed photoCNMI Team-USA members Erica Faye Tubera, brother Lawrence Tubera and Cire Durano display the CNMI flag with friends at the 2018 World Championship of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California. Contributed photo

“I may not have earned many awards this competition, but I achieved one of my biggest dreams —  getting a scholarship,” Erica Tubera said.

She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from CSM Words and Music and a $15,000 scholarship from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art.

Erica Tubera, who just graduated from Marianas High School, said she wants to major in musical theatre.

Her brother and fellow singer, Lawrence Tubera, won a bronze medal in the Broadway genre, a silver in pop, and a gold in R&B/Soul/Jass genre. He was also selected to sing at the preshow.

Cire Durano, a dancer, won a silver in the lyrical genre.

Erica Tubera said when she found out she didn’t get into the semi-finals, she was  “shocked.”

“I thought I would get a medal, but I didn’t. I was emotional, but then they called my name up twice for scholarships. I believe that God was there for me,” she said, adding that she will compete again next year.

For his part, Lawrence Tubera said he failed to make it to the finals, but when he was chosen to perform at the pre-show, it “really brought up my mood because I knew it was a way to prove to the judges and everyone else that I deserved to be a finalist.”

He vowed to “keep practicing and dreaming.”

As for Cire Durano, who is a dance instructor at Saipan Music and Dance Studio, he said his participation in the event gave him “great experience.”

Like Erica and Lawrence Tubera, Durano thanked God, his parents and Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres for providing assistance.

“Without their help and support we would not have achieved our dreams,” Durano said.

Ester Sablan, Saipan and Music Dance Organization president, said she was very proud of Durano’s achievement.

 “It’s a big encouragement to our students because they idolize him very much,” she said.

She said Durano will be among the 22 senior dancers of SMADS who will compete in the international dance competition in Phoenix, Arizona this August.