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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yvette Bennett wins Miss Idaho US International crown

(First published at the Marianas Variety)  
SAIPAN’S Yvette Marie Deleon Guerrero Bennett has been crowned Miss Idaho U.S. International by the Idaho Committee for Miss U.S. International.
Yvette Marie Deleon Guerrero Bennett
Bennett, the first beauty contestant from the CNMI to capture a state-level beauty title on the mainland, will now compete against other state contestants at the Miss U.S. International pageant in Orlando, Florida from June 27-30, 2013.
The winner will represent the U.S. in the Miss International beauty pageant which will be held in Okinawa, Japan next fall.
In a statement, Bennett’s father Ambrose said he and his wife Lillian know that the entire CNMI is as proud as they are of their daughter.
“We thank all of you who supported our baby girl. Yvette told us it felt amazing and was so much of a surprise. It is a real opportunity to show her abilities and potential as a title holder,” Ambrose said.
Yvette, for her part, said: “I felt that all my hard work had been vindicated and this was well-earned recognition. It also inspired me to work even harder on my walk, my interview and my wardrobe to grab another even bigger opportunity.”
She said her title as Miss Idaho International has put her in an even better position as a role model and advocate for the youth of the nation to live a better and healthier lifestyle.
“Having the support of my family, friends and the community back home means a great deal to me and I must thank everyone who has supported me back home, especially the social media spreading the word around. It has been a lot of motivation for me to continue participating in these Pageant competitions,” Yvette said.
Ambrose said they are now working to get financial support for Yvette’s entrance fee and wardrobe for the national competition.
“Yvette needs the help of the CNMI so if you are willing to be one of Yvette’s sponsors please contact us at 670-256-6602 or you can stop at any First Hawaiian Bank and make a deposit of any amount in Yvette M. Deleon Guerrero Bennett’s account,” he added.
Sponsors can email b_vettie@hotmail.com after making donations so their names will be added to the list of sponsors.
According to an official letter from the Miss International Beauty Pageant in Burton, Michigan, Yvette and the other contestants will be judged on beauty, charm, personality and poise.
The International Cultural Association, producer of the Miss International Beauty Pageant, has been producing the Miss International Beauty Pageant since 1967.
The pageant, which started in Long Beach, California in 1960 and which is also called a Festival of Beauty and Olympics of Beauty, is not based on looks alone. The contestants are expected to serve as “ambassadors of peace and beauty, showing tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility.”

Santa Visits Saipan via Skype

ALL eyes were glued to the huge screen as the Skype ring tone reverberated in the American Memorial Park Visitor Center theater on Saturday afternoon.
Cedrick the Magician from Tinian was trying to contact Santa Claus in the North Pole while the audience waited. After a few seconds, Santa’s jolly face appeared on screen and he greeted everyone with his booming laughter. He said he was on his way to Saipan.
Cedrick the Magician impressed the young and not so young audience and had everyone mesmerized for 45 minutes as he performed on stage.
Cedrick, 20, is one of the backstage hands for the SandCastle Magic Show at the Hyatt, and it was his first performance in public on Saipan.
Cedrick’s Magic Show culminated with the arrival of Santa Claus. Chilren and adults got the chance to have their pictures taken with Cedrick and Santa Claus in the Visitor Center lobby after the show.
“I was a little bit nervous at first but after the first few minutes, I began to relax and was happy to see the audience enjoying the show,” Cedrick said.

Cedrick is the fourth of seven siblings. Cedrick’s mother Joji, a teacher of Grace Christian Academy on Tinian, said she had never watched any of Cedrick’s shows before.

“His father always comes with him but this time, I decided to come out and watch. I was more nervous than he was during the first few moments of the show but later on, I started to enjoy it,” Joji said.
She wanted Cedrick to be an engineer, but added that their family will always support him in his endeavors.
Cedrick’s father Conrad Libut said: “Doing magic is what he wants, and we are here for him.”
Cedrick became interested in the world of magic at 9 after he watched a special TV marathon show titled “World’s Greatest Magic.” He devoured every episode and decided then and there what he wanted to do in life — magic.
He now performs for various occasions such as birthday parties, baby showers, cocktail parties or even business get-togethers.

Cedrick the Magician also performed during the Brilliant Star School bazaar at the multi-purpose center on Dec. 9. For more information, call 789-9197, email contact@cedrickmagic.com or visit http://cedrickmagic.com.

First published at the Marianas Variety

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cutz & Colours grand opening today

MEMBERS of the community are invited to attend the grand opening of Cutz & Colours His & Hers Salon, formerly Mercy’s Salon, at 10 a.m. today at the RJ Plaza Building in Dandan.
Marcia Ayuyu
Cuts & Colours owner Marcia E. Ayuyu, wife of businessman Joe Ayuyu, yesterday said she is very excited about the chance to pamper the community in her new venture.
“We are very excited to start serving our customers in our new and more spacious location,” Mrs. Ayuyu said.
Cutz & Colours moved to another unit right next to RJ and ReMax offices which are also owned by the Ayuyu’s.
The new unit has a reception area with comfortable benches. The main salon area is big and comfortable and has the latest equipment, a private room for the facial treatments, and a cozy massage room with two beds. A small gurgling water fountain adorning the wall and dim lights add to the blissful ambiance of the place.
“We really would like to make our customers feel at home, relaxed and pampered,” Mrs. Ayuyu said.
Cutz & Colours has three experienced beauticians and one masseuse to cater to customers’ needs. The beauticians have been with Mercy’s Salon which opened in 1986.
Promos and discounts
As a special promotion for the grand opening of Cutz and Colours, a 30 percent discount will be offered for all services today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mrs. Ayuyu said those who cannot spare time for services like hair trimming, manicure and pedicure, facial treatments and other services today can come in and pay upfront to get the 30 percent discount and set up a later appointment.
Beginning today and until Dec. 31, each customer who comes in for any service will get a raffle coupon. The raffle drawing will be at 1 p.m. Attractive prizes are at stake. The raffle ticket holders need not be present to win.
Cutz & Colours offers haircut for men and women, hair styling, coloring, rebonding, make-up, facial, manicure and pedicure, foot spa, and massage therapy —your choice of sports massage or Swedish massage.
Cutz & Colours offers special group discounts for weddings, anniversaries, graduation and all other occasions.
“Just come in and we will tailor a package to suit your needs,” Mrs. Ayuyu said.
Cutz & Colours is offering a promotion of $45 for a three-session massage at one hour per session. A customer can opt to buy a coupon and have the massage at two sessions for an hour and a half each session or $20 for a one-hour massage.
Gift certificates are also available. Companies can buy gift certificates as corporate giveaways especially for the Christmas season.
Cutz & Colours is located beside Remax Office at the RJ Plaza Building in Dandan. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations or inquiries, call 235-1990.

Tourism from the students’ viewpoint

THE images of blue skies and white sand beaches flashed on the huge white screen mounted on the wall. Lively music filled the room as over 250 students from different schools have their eyes riveted on the screen watching familiar scenes come to life.
Jinky Kintaro of Saipan Southern High school shares her experiences of traveling to Japan as a My WAVE Club member.
Jinky Kintaro of Saipan Southern High school shares her experiences of traveling to Japan as a My WAVE Club member.
In a few minutes, the screen was filled with life and laughter as students and other people were caught on video enjoying the beautiful scenery that a lot of people from here just take for granted.
Seen from the eyes of these high school students, ordinary scenes from everyday life became more interesting and colorful, and that’s how the members of the Marianas Tourism Education Council’s MY WAVE club from Saipan Southern High School want to promote Saipan to the rest of the world.  
The video which was shown during the annual MTEC Summit held at the Pacific Islands Club last month was produced in a DVD called “I Love Saipan” by members of the SSHS MY WAVE Club. Aside from entertaining the other MY WAVE Club members from elementary, junior high and high schools in the island, it also inspired them to think of ways to promote tourism.
MTEC president Vicky Benavente earlier commended the SSHS MY WAVE Club for the DVD production and appreciated their understanding of the importance of tourism as the island’s prime industry.
SSHS MY WAVE Club is led by its energetic president Bertran Palacios who encouraged the students to keep their ears and eyes open to see what they can contribute to bring more tourists to the island.
Officers of MY WAVE Clubs from other schools also did their presentations on how they plan to promote tourism.
Here are some of the plans and projects of the MY WAVE Club members:
·  Beach and roadside clean ups
Saipan Southern High School My WAVE Club president Bertran Palacios answers questions.  Photos by Raquel C. Bagnol
Saipan Southern High School My WAVE Club president Bertran Palacios answers questions. Photos by Raquel C. Bagnol
·  Reaching out to the visitors
·  Having a sunny disposition toward the island and its visitors
·  Advertise Saipan to a greater level through the internet, TV, radio and print
·  Preserve the beautiful sites and attractions throughout the islands
·  Improve health services and accommodations
·  Improve the attitudes of hotel staff and those in the tourism industry toward everybody, not just tourists
·  Make it easier for tourists to move around like having more manageable hotel bookings, bus schedules, etc.
·  Work toward a cleaner environment.
MY WAVE, which stands for Marianas Youth Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically is one of MTEC’s way of promoting tourism among students and get active involvement.
MTEC is a non-profit organization which aims to educate the public on the importance of the tourism industry. MTEC and the Marianas Visitors Authority began its annual outreach to the different private and public schools last month.