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Meet Micronesia’s beautiful people

IN the Micronesian region, beauty remains essentially rooted in traditions and island legends.

The Miss & Mr. Micronesia titles are awarded to individuals who highlight, enhance and encourage Micronesian beauty through culture, tradition and fashion.

Miss Mesekiu is a traditional title that symbolizes the love and relationship of mother and daughter as well as honor, endurance and respect.

According to Palauan legend, a young lady who dishonored her mother’s wish jumped into the ocean and turned into Mesekiu also known as Dugong or Lady of the Sea.

In a similar Chamorro legend, a young lady turned into a mermaid or Sirena after disobeying her mother’s wishes.

Miss Surech is another traditional title that symbolizes true love. On Guam, there’s the legend of Two Lovers Point while in Palau, there’s the similarly tragic story of Surech and Dulei.

As for Miss Traditional, it is a title given to a woman of beauty who symbolizes the inner cultural essence of motherhood.

Miss Micronesia 2019 — Maria Asia of California/Saipan

Mr. Micronesia 2019 — Glen Hunter of Saipan

Miss Mesekiu 2019 — Visia Ise-Fritz of Palau

Miss Surech 2019 — Xyla Olebuu of Palau

Mr. Dulei 2019 — Xyrus Salii Debold, U.S./Palau

Miss Micronesia Culture 2019 — Malani David & Dana Chong of Pohnpei

Culture Man 2019 — Qzon Edgar Radford of Pohnpei

Miss Micronesia Traditional 2019 — Erin Graham-Walter, hubby as male traditional and their child of the year, Palau

Miss Micronesia Allure Beauty 2019 — Colleen Hobson, U.S./Palau

Allure Male — Giordan Harris of the Marshall Islands

Micronesia Fashion Beauty 2019 — Maryann Arriola of Saipan

Male Fashion — “Chicko” of Chuuk

Culture Beauty Icons — Haina Ubedei, Klilty Precious Olgeriil, Tamae Jeremiah, Wileen Niro, Ongael Walter, Jenna Mersai, Mesiual Sebangiol, Sanya, Melisa Rdechot, Shelby Kyota, Yuki Ngotel, Iyool Basilio, Jenna Mersai, Ebibei Solang, Ubi Alonz, Lorna Val, Emerei Kumangai, Mesiual Sebangiol, Daniela Sikong, Jella Renguul, Aliil Renguul, D. Nolan, Leicie E. Ongalibang, Lao Kika, Tara Higa, Ihra Polycarp, Lei Uriik Kumangai, Sarahly Okada, Tamae Adachi, Ngelulei Ililou, Lorna Val, Lavender Bsenge and Mirair Antonio.