Miss Marianas

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Miss Northern Marianas
Motto Celebrate Beauty, Celebrate Marianas
Formation 1976
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Saipan
Location
Membership
Miss International
Official language
English
President
Laila Boyer
Staff
Stellar Marianas Group
Website Official page

Miss Marianas is the national Beauty pageant in Northern Marianas.

History[edit]

In 2003, the Miss CNMI committee decided to drop the Miss Universe license and instead, send the winner to Miss World. The runner-up of Miss Marianas has traditionally competed at the Miss International pageant.

In 2015, Miss Marianas will return in new concept from Stellar Marianas Group and will select the winners in 2015 early.[1]

In 2015, Jian Joyner, a sophomore majoring in liberal arts at Northern Marianas College and a tutor at Salty Saipan Corporation was crowned as Miss Marianas during the pageant at the Hyatt’s SandCastle on Thursday night where she also won the Stellar Star Best in National Costume and Best in Swimsuit awards. According to Marianas Variety, part of Joyner's prize is an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Miss Earth 2015 pageant and the Miss International 2015 Pageant from Delta Air Lines and the Marianas Visitors Authority.[2]

Titleholders[edit]

Year Miss Northern Marianas Represented Notes
1976 Candelaria Flores Borja As Teo
1977 Margarita Benavente Camacho San Vicente
1978 Julia Salas Concepcion Chalan Kanoa Dist.#1
1979 Barbara Torres Chalan Kanoa Dist #3
1980 Angelina Camacho Chong Garapan
1981 Juanita Masga Mendiola Tinian
1982 Sheryl Sonoda Sizemore Chalan Kanoa Dist #1
1983 Thelma Mafnas Sadog Tasi
1984 Porsche Salas Chalan Kanoa Dist#4
1985 Antoinette Marie Flores Susupe
1986 Christine Guerrero Capital Hill
1987 Luciana Seman Ada Fina Sisu
1988 Ruby Jean Hamilton Gualo Rai
1989 Teresa Wamar San Antonio
1990 Edwina Taitano Menzies Tinian
1991 Sharon Rosario Chalan Lau Lau
1992 Imelda Antonio Puerto Rico
1993 Victoria Taisakan Tudela San Jose
1994 Elizabeth Tomokane Gualo Rai
1995 Karah Kirschenheiter Capital Hill
1996 Kathleen Williams Garapan
1997 Melanie Sibetang Oleai
1998 Helene Yun Lizama Dan Dan
1999 Cherlyn Cabrera Chalan Kanoa Dist#1
2001 Janet Han King Tinian
2002 Virginia Ann Gridley Chalan Kanoa
2003 Kimberly Castro Reyes Gualo Rai
2004 Tracy Lynn Del Rosario Koblerville Did not compete
2006 Shequita Deleon Guerrero Bennett Kagman
2009 Sorene Maratita Kagman
2015 Jian Joyner Saipan
2016 Peachy Quitugua Saipan

Big Four pageants[edit]

Representatives at Miss Universe[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss Marianas Universe represents her country at the Miss Universe.

Year Miss Northern Marianas Represented Placement Special Awards
1976 Candelaria Flores Borja As Teo Unplaced
1977 Margarita Benavente Camacho San Vicente Unplaced
1978 Julia Salas Concepcion Chalan Kanoa Dist.#1 Unplaced
1979 Barbara Torres Chalan Kanoa Dist #3 Unplaced
1980 Angelina Camacho Chong Garapan Unplaced
1981 Juanita Mendiola Tinian Unplaced
1982 Sheryl Sonoda Sizemore Chalan Kanoa Dist #1 Unplaced
1983 Thelma Mafnas Sadog Tasi Unplaced
1984 Porsche Salas Chalan Kanoa Dist#4 Unplaced
1985 Antoinette Marie Flores Susupe Unplaced
1986 Christine Guerrero Capital Hill Unplaced
1987 Luciana Seman Ada Fina Sisu Unplaced
1988 Ruby Jean Hamilton Gualo Rai Unplaced
1989 Soreen Villanueva  ????? Unplaced
1990 Edwina Taitano Menzies Tinian Unplaced
1991 Sharon Rosario Chalan Lau Lau Unplaced
1992 Imelda Antonio Puerto Rico Unplaced
1993 Victoria Taisakan Tudela San Jose Unplaced
1994 Elizabeth Tomokane Gualo Rai Unplaced
1995 Karah Kirschenheiter Capital Hill Unplaced
1996 Kathleen Williams Garapan Unplaced
1997 Melanie Sibetang Oleai Unplaced
1998 Helene Yun Lizama Dan Dan Unplaced
1999 Cherlyn Cabrera Chalan Kanoa Dist#1 Unplaced
2001 Janet Han King Tinian Unplaced
2002 Virginia Ann Gridley Chalan Kanoa Unplaced
2006 Shequita Deleon Guerrero Bennett Kagman Unplaced

Representatives at Miss International[edit]

Traditionally second title of Miss Marianas Universe will be crowning as Miss Marianas International to compete at Miss International pageant. Sometimes the winner of Miss Marianas Universe competed at the pageant.

Year Miss Northern Marianas Represented Placement Special Awards
1983 Margarita Tenorio Benavente Saipan Unplaced
1984 Mary Celeste Sasakura Mendiola Saipan Unplaced
1985 Antoinette Marie Flores Susupe Unplaced
1986 Lisa Aquiningoc Manglona Saipan Unplaced
1987 Luciana Seman Ada Fina Sisu Unplaced
1988 Gloria Patricia Propst Saipan Unplaced
1989 Teresa Wamar San Antonio Unplaced
1990 Edwina Taitano Menzies Tinian Unplaced Miss Friendship
1991 Christina Rasa Salas Saipan Unplaced
1992 Christina Vincoy Borja Saipan Unplaced
1993 Tayna Castro Belyeu Saipan Unplaced Miss Friendship
1994 Mary Michelle Manibusan Gualo Rai Unplaced
1995 Elaine Tudela Gualo Rai Unplaced
1996 Kathleen Williams Garapan Unplaced Miss Friendship
1997 Maria Theresa "Marites" Acosta Saipan Unplaced
1998 Sonya Palacios Pangelinan Dan Dan Unplaced
1999 Miyuki Coretta Hill Okinawa Unplaced Miss Friendship
2001 Rowina Taimanao Ogo Saipan Unplaced
2002 Christine Juwelle Cunanan Saipan Unplaced
2003 Nancie Rae King Ripple Saipan Unplaced
2004 Kenyelyn Litumular Arriola Saipan Unplaced
2006 Shequita Deleon Guerrero Bennett Kagman Unplaced
2009 Sorene Aldan Maratita Kagman Unplaced
2015 Jian Joyner Saipan Unplaced
2016 Peachy Quitugua Saipan Unplaced
2017 TBA TBA TBA

Representatives at Miss World[edit]

Year Miss Northern Marianas Represented Placement Special Awards
2003 Kimberly Nicole Reyes Gualo Rai Unplaced Top 21 at Miss World Talent

Notes[edit]

  • In 1981, the newly crowned queen, Juanita Masga Mendiola relinquished her title to further education. Her successor is unknown as of this time.
  • In 1989, newly crowned queen Soreen Villanueva was dethroned for reasons undisclosed, and eventually was succeeded by Teresa Wamar who competed at the Miss International Pageant.
  • For the competing years 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2008 no pageant was held.
  • In 2003, Kimberly Castro Reyes was crowned Miss Marianas Universe of that year. Eventually however, she was unable to compete at the national competition in Panama City, Panama that year due to a miscommunication between the pageant's then-organization The Northern Marianas Beauty Pageant Association (NMBPA) and Miss Universe. Outrage and protest had resulted from this by the community and the winning contestant's family and friends. Instead, she was eventually sent to compete at Miss World 2003 in Sanya, the People's Republic of China.
  • In 2004, Tracy Del Rosario was crowned Miss Marianas World for that year. It was the only time since the U.S. territory's pageant participation, that a winner of the pageant would be crowned a different title other than Miss Marianas Universe. The year before, crowned Miss Marianas Universe-winner Reyes had been expected to compete at its national pageant but was instead sent to Miss World. This was the last year the NMBPA held the pageant license for its competing territory. They disbanded quickly after the year's pageant.
  • Since 2005, a new non-profit pageant and talent organization Stellar Marianas currently directs and holds the license to the Miss Marianas Universe.
  • Sorene Maratita, Miss Marianas Universe 2009, did not compete in Miss Universe 2009 due to lack of sponsorship and funding. She will only compete in Miss International.

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