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Liberation float winner to defend title next year

HERMAN S. Santos, team leader of the Papago Lancheros, winners of this year’s Liberation Day float competition, said they are already looking forward to defending their title next year.

“We will try to make it even better next year,” said Santos after he received the $4,000 prize in the Saipan mayor’s conference room on Friday.

He said their participation in the Liberation Day parade has been a family affair since the 1980s.

“Cooperation and hard work are the key ingredients of our success,” he said, adding that their floats always showcase indigenous materials.

“This is for the young generation to learn about our culture,” he said.

On Saturday, Santos said they held a family party to celebrate their victory at Sugar Dock Beach.

On Friday, at the Saipan mayor’s office, he was accompanied by Belen Santos and Tony Santos to claim their prize.

Herman S. Santos, Belen Santos and Tony Santos pose with Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Liberation Committee chairman Matt Deleon Guerrero, Liberation Queen Peyton Gomez and her Royal Court during the award ceremony for the Fourth of July float competition.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

The second prize of $3,000 was won by the Department of Corrections and was received by Lianna Peters Quitugua and Fredrick Billy while the $2,000 third prize went to the Carolinian Affairs Office and was received by Diego Pua. The $1,000 fourth prize won by Tan Holdings Inc. was received by Mario Mayuga.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and Liberation Committee chairman Matt Deleon Guerrero said the concession booth winners were:

The Rabauliman family, first prize, $400 cash; 22 Ram, second prize, $300; and Local Taste, third prize, $200.

The committee also presented the cash prizes for the raffle draw winners:

First prize, Solely B. Kaipat, $5,000; second prize, Alvin Sablan, $3,000; and third prize, Steve Pixley, $2,000.

Also participating in the award ceremony were 2017 Liberation Queen Peyton Gomez, the members of her Royal Court, Liberation Queen Committee chair Laila Boyer and committee members Farah Younis, and Joann Aquino.

Mayor Apatang said other prizes should be picked up at the vendors’ establishments. He urged winners who have yet to get their prizes to call the mayor’s office at 234-6208.