“STAY Covid-19 free” was this year’s theme for the Pacifica Insurance Underwriters 8th Annual Pacifica Art Contest.

There were a total of 177 entries collectively from all categories which included traditional, digital and three dimensional. The digital and physical three-dimensional or 3D categories were newly added to the contest this year.

Placing first in their respective categories were Mount Carmel School’s Maria Guerrero for traditional category one, Saipan Community School’s Byul An for traditional category two, Saipan International School’s Chia Hui Whang for digital and Brilliant Star Montessori’s Ashlynn Han for three dimensional.

 “This year’s theme resonates with all of us. The world has never been smaller than it is today, as we face this global pandemic together working in unison to put an end to this deadly virus. We are completely blown away by the artworks shared in this year’s contest. You can feel the pain and the strength simultaneously expressed in every piece. We are extremely grateful to all artists and volunteers who had a hand in this,” said Shirley Sablan, company president.

The judges for this year’s Contest were:

 Traditional Category. 2021 Miss Marianas Savannah Lynn Delos Santos, Kagman High School art teacher Yolani Camacho and journalist/writer Ulysses Torres Sabuco

Digital and 3D. 2020 Miss Northern Marianas Earth Maria “Ria” Terlaje, Northern Marianas College marketing manager Raynard Travilla and Saipan Music and Dance Studio choreographer Rhine Russell

Some reaction from our judges:

 “I had so much fun judging every single piece. Every single piece art piece that was submitted was so beautiful and it was so difficult to judge everyone. I myself, love to paint and I love to draw too but I’m definitely not as talented as some of the pieces I was judging, and it was just so nice to see young artists submit their work. I hope that Pacifica Insurance’s art competition every single year just encourages more and more young artists to put out their work because just simply putting time, effort, your heart and soul into a piece already makes you a winner. And thank you again, and congratulations to all the winners, I hope you’re proud of yourself because I definitely am proud of you,” Savannah Delos Santos said.

 “This year I judged the 3D and digital art contest, I really enjoyed looking at the different interpretations that our community members had on this pandemic and how they turned them into art pieces. With all the circumstances that Covid-19 brought to our islands, these artists found great and beautiful ways to turn a negative situation into something more positive. So, each of these artworks was a true representation of the hope and the resiliency in our people, especially in our youth which filled me with lots of joy in a judge,” Ria Terlaje said.

 “In my opinion, all participants are so creative that it gives me a bit of hard time to judge. I am proud to see so many artistic individuals in this island,” Rhine Russell said.

Pacifica Art Contest is a visual arts competition designed to nurture and support local talent and the arts. The contest has gathered over 2,000 artworks since it was first introduced in 2014.

With the additional two categories, which now allows artists to submit their art in a digital format and as a 3D physical piece, Pacifica Insurance hopes that more artists will participate in its annual art contest.

 “The world has gone digital. We have all grown accustomed to producing art using applications on our phones, tablets, etc. However, we can never replace the effect that a physical art piece gives us as we touch, feel, and appreciate it in person. Expanding our art contest with physical 3D was an essential and exciting move for us,” Shirley Sablan said.

Artworks from every category were judged on four criteria: creativity and originality, quality of artwork, clarity of theme, and overall presentation.

The traditional category mediums included pen, paint, charcoal, oil pastel, crayons, and color pencil.

The digital category allows an artist to submit their artwork digitally. The artwork can be in the form of a digital photograph, video (not to exceed 30 seconds) and two-dimensional art.

The physical 3D category allows an artist to submit an art piece in a physical 3D form that can be judged in person. The judge must be able to judge the creativity and feel the texture and vibrancy of the physical piece.

The other artists who made it to the top 10:

Traditional 1

Erielle Mendoza

Daniel Nae

Sofia Cariaso

Sayema Sidur

Althea Lauron

Geeliana Deleon Guerrero

Brianna Deleon Guerrero

Kazzandra Drilon

Jae Hun Choi

Traditional 2

Yang Sheng Shi

Earle San Nicolas

Marisa Wang

Tian Jiao Xu

Tian Si

Isa Nishitani

Juliana Vergara

Jhazmyn Nichole Valiente

Dayul Kwak


Summer Wania

Angelina Laxama

Anvrei Batobatan

Eianne Ladao

YuJeong Son

Ezra Alfred

Jing Lin

Ralph Molinar

Greatshen Martin

Physical 3D

Louis Ogo was one of two artists who had an art entry for the 3D category. A video featuring his life-size entry will be featured on Pacifica’s company social media pages.

Pacifica Insurance invites the public to visit its office in Susupe to view and enjoy all top placing art pieces of this year’s art contest, which will be on display throughout the holiday season.

To view top placing art entries online, log on to www.pacificains.com/artcontest

You may also find them on Pacifica’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube social media pages.

For general information about Pacifica Art Contest, email Pacifica Insurance at piui@pacificains.com or visit its office located at the Joeten Center in Susupe during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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