Vocalists Reign Supreme in 2023 CNMI’s Got Talent

Dec 19, 2023 | Featured News, Saipan Tribune

Vocalists stole the spotlight at Bridge Capital LLC’s 13th Annual CNMI Got Talent, held at the Kensington Hotel in San Roque last Saturday.

Jessel Antonio, 30, and Francis Peter, 10, clinched first place in their respective categories, also securing the “Most Christmas” award and each taking home $3,000. Antonio’s rendition of “O Holy Night” and Peter’s medley of “Hallelujah” and “Auld Lang Syne” won over both the audience and judges in the adult and 16-and-under divisions.

Touched by her win, Antonio expressed gratitude, stating, “I feel so grateful and I will thank God for this opportunity. This prize is for our kids and our family.”

Peter, aiming to spread joy, shared, “Win or lose, it was for fun.”

In the 16-and-under category, Juliana Kai Ortiz won second runner-up and the Governor’s Choice Award. Cousins Kayden Manglona and Kassidy Garcia claimed first runner-up and the Best of Rota award.

For the adult 17-and-up category, Heaven Murphy secured first runner-up with an original composition, while acapella group DYNMX took second runner-up and the Founder’s Choice Award, moving Bridge Capital CEO John Baldwin emotionally.

Baldwin commended the night’s exceptional talent, stating, “Tonight’s show is the best ever… it never ceases to amaze me the amount of incredible talent that is available in the CNMI.”

Bridge Capital Vice President Bart Jackson expressed satisfaction with the event, welcoming performances from Rota and Tinian, emphasizing, “We had a great event, great performers, and a great crowd.”

The event surpassed expectations with 320 attendees, making it a memorable night for all involved.

Reference: Saipan Tribune

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