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7-year old singer wins talent contest awards

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Bernice Shane Sabino, a second grade student at Green Meadows School, is this year’s grand prize winner in the 3rd CNMI’s Got Talent search held during the Bridge Capital LLC Christmas party at the Pacific Islands Club- Magellan’s Restaurant on Saturday night.

Bernice Shane Sabino sings “O Holy Night.” Bernice Shane Sabino sings “O Holy Night.”
Sabino’s soulful rendition of “O Holy Night” bested 11 other competitors, including Marianas High School Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club, in the talent search. She won the $1,500 grand prize while Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club received the second prize of $1,200.

Sabino also won the $1,000 Governor’s Award which she received from Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

Marianas High School Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club with 18 members and under director Paul Dujua and advisor Harold Easton, also won the Best Group Award of $1,000.

Sabino and MHS Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club had to perform in a final “showdown” to decide who would be this year’s champion.

Cloency Zuriel Chua’s piano performance won the mini-grand prize of $1,200.

The duet of Marianas High School’s Noel Jimenez and Nikki Carape was first runner-up and received $500.

Glushko’s Academy of Performing Art’s “White Christmas” ballet performers were second runner-up and received $400.

Kui Lee of Saipan International School performed an entertaining song rendition and received the third runner-up prize of $300.

The Rota Dance Crew was fourth runner up and went home with $200, while the fifth runner up was the Isa (rainbow) family group composed of John Aldan Ichihara and grandchildren Nichole Sablan and Joel Carreon who won $100.

The other contestants in the 2013 CNMI Got Talent search were the Saipan Southern High School Manta Ray Concert Band, piano teacher Ji Hae Yeom and the Saipan Music and Dance Studio.

The Friends of the Arts performed an intermission number.

Marianas High School Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club.  Photos by Raquel C. BagnolMarianas High School Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club. Photos by Raquel C. Bagnol

Bernice Shane Sabino, daughter of Bernard and Sheryl Sabino, started singing at the age of two and some of her videos have been posted on YouTube.

She was crowned Little Miss Philippines-CNMI 2012 and was also named Best in Talent for her version of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” She is a member of the Saipan Music and Dance Studio.

The judges for the competition were Justice Perry Inos, attorney Duncan Stowe from the Commonwealth of Dominica, Tinian Mayor Donald Flores, businesswoman Nenita Ta and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Perry Tenorio.

The contestants were judged on the following criteria —audience response, stage presence, originality, personality and overall performance.

Bridge Capital co-manager/owner Shawn Scott told the Variety they are glad to unearth more talent this year and hope to increase the prizes in the coming years.

“We have a very impressive set of talented competitors this year and we had a hard time choosing the finalists from all the applications we received,” Scott added.

Lucky raffle ticket holders went home with attractive prizes such as laptops, iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, cash and a 50-inch TV and home theater system. Brad Ruszala was the event emcee.

View more photos of the event in our gallery