Stellar Marianas announces new officers

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(Stellar Marianas) — In time for the for the upcoming Miss Marianas Pageant slated for next March, Stellar Marianas announces its new set of officers for this pageant year.

As a nonprofit volunteer organization, Stellar Marianas relies on individuals willing to commit their time and energy in ensuring our young women continue to have this empowering opportunity to represent their home on local and global stages.

Joining as president as well as stage, program & décor director is Michelle Lin Sablan, owner of Pena House Boutique, a longtime major sponsor, she continually volunteered for Stellar Marianas and looks forward to providing a strong and active platform for our young women.

As a business owner, she also would like to focus on promoting local businesses, products, and services as well as all that is unique about the Marianas.

“As a nonprofit organization, we work hand in hand with many of our business and government partners to not only help promote their products and services, as well as promote the Marianas, but to also provide a positive opportunity for our women and our local talents,” she said.

Shirley T. Sablan, president of Pacifica Insurance and the 2014 Businesswoman of the Year joins as vice president as well as judges & hospitality director, and is brimming with ideas on how to strengthen the organization’s network and resources so that it remains a vibrant community outlet.

“We have a great network of generous sponsors and an amazing team of volunteers who are excited to help provide this lifetime opportunity and experience for our young women,” she noted.

Lee Tenorio, Commonwealth Health Center public information officer, joins as treasurer as well as public relations & sponsorship director.

“As a newly appointed member of the committee, I look forward to working with a group of individuals dedicated to the engaging and encouraging women in our community to strive for greatness in all aspects of life,” says Tenorio.

Stellar Marianas announces its new team of officers and directors, from left, national director Jaki Fujihira, president Michelle Sablan, vice president Shirley Sablan, treasurer Lee Tenorio and secretary Victoria Bellas, along with a new team of directors, invite eligible contestants to join the 2021 Miss Marianas Pageant this March.  Photo by Island Image & Motion

“Additionally, I am excited to work with this year’s new candidates who not only exude beauty and grace, but also who excel in leadership, are committed to women empowerment, and who are dedicated to being an uplifting role model for the people of the CNMI,” he added.

Jaki Fujihira, also a longtime volunteer, print account executive at Marianas Variety, and a small business owner, will be handling two roles as national director and community events coordinator.

“I decided to become a volunteer because I believe in Stellar Marianas mission in Sharing Talent, Empowerment, Learning, Leadership, Achievement and Radiance in the Marianas,” smiled Fujihira.

“I am also a member of the Marianas Young Professionals, and Registrar & Troop Leader for the Girl Scout of the NMI. My goal always is to help create confidence in each person, as themselves,” she adds.

Victoria Bellas, Associated Students of Northern Marianas College senator, is Stellar’s secretary.

“It has been an absolute pleasure serving as secretary for the past two years and I have come to be so attached to the organization and what it represents. I have witnessed so many talented and generous people come together in the hopes to inspire and empower the young women of the CNMI,” Bellas said.

Joining the Stellar team are Jojo Alepuyo, video and photographer director, Bonny Cruz, health and fitness director, Tiana Reyes, runway director, Michelle Atalig, poise & etiquette director, Grace Velena, beauty director, Monique Sablan, speech and communications director, Kevin Razon, choreography director and Pete Sablan, security & logistics director.

Applications for the 2021 Miss Marianas Pageant are still available at Pena House Boutique and Pacifica Insurance with the deadline to turn in by Nov. 14, 2020.

If you are interested in volunteering, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send an IG message  to @missnorthernmarianas

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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