- Published on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 00:00
- Written by By Junhan B. Todeno - Reporter
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AN 18-year-old student of Northern Marianas College was crowned 2012 Liberation Queen on Monday night.Lydee Rose Sablan Pangelinan Sablan said she will begin carrying out her tasks to serve the community as the “ambassador” of the Saipan mayor’s office.
She credited the support of her family and community members for helping her win the crown despite the limited time available to sell her tickets for the fundraising pageant.
This year’s Royal Princess is Maria Angelica B. Malasarte, 16 an incoming junior student of Saipan Southern High School.
Loria Dee A. Hocog is the First Princess; Carmelyn T. Agulto, the Second Princess; and Sussane Park, the Third Princess.
Liberation Queen Committee Chairwoman Tina Concepcion said the Royal Court will be on a float during today’s parade, which starts at 10 a.m. at National Office Supply on Beach Road.
Joni Francesca Cruz Castro, the 2011 Liberation Queen, will be in a separate VIP vehicle.
In her farewell walk during the coronation of her successor on Monday evening, Castro’s audio message was played while she greeted the audience at the festival grounds in Garapan.
“Through the year I’ve learned many new things, traveling off-island to represent and to promote our island culture, attending notable events, and most especially meeting new people,” she said.
Castro congratulated the new Liberation Queen and said: “This honor also comes with duty as well.”
2011 Liberation first runner-up Mariah I. Ada, and Liberation Royal Princess Nizelynn T. Masayos were also presented to the crowd.
Concepcion said the pageant raised over $19,000 from the 4,025 booklets of ticket issued.
Only 90 booklets were returned, but the committee will continue to sell tickets at the Liberation festival grounds, she added.
She said all candidates will get 20 percent from the total sale of the tickets.
The raffle drawing starts tonight at 8 p.m. The grand prize is $2,000; the baby grand prize, $1,500; and first prize, $1,000.
There are also consolation prizes.
In his remarks during the coronation, Liberation Committee Vice Chairman Gordon Marciano emphasized the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle.
The island’s no-smoking, no-alcohol program for Liberation Day is now being seriously considered by other Pacific islands, he added.
“Lot of families need not worry about their children when somebody is smoking around,” he said.
The committee has effectively implemented the no-smoking, no-alcohol and healthy family policy at the festival grounds, he added.
Saipan Mayor Donald G. Flores and his wife Cecilia attended the event with Rep. Edmund Villagomez, Covenant-Saipan, and Senate Floor Leader Pete P. Reyes, R-Saipan.
The Umang Glee Club of Koblerville Elementary School led the singing of the national and CNMI anthems after Pastor Eric Abragan of Life in the Son Church offered the invocation.
During the coronation, Leonard Manuel, a member of the Umang Glee Club, serenaded and presented roses to the candidates.
Th JROTC Color Guards of Kagman High School posted the colors while former rep. Rosemond B. Santos and Mikeala Manglona served as mistresses of ceremony.
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