FOR its grand finale on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the 22nd Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden, the “Road to 80” CNMI Covid-19 vaccination campaign announced its grand prize winners.

The campaign first kicked off in July in an effort to have at least 80 percent of the eligible CNMI population vaccinated by this Saturday, Aug. 28.

At the grand finale, one vaccinated individual per island — Rota, Saipan, and Tinian — was randomly selected to each win $2,500 in cash. The winners were Trixia Gabrielle Litulumar of Saipan and Anita Geraldine Dela Cruz of Rota. The Tinian winner is a minor and his or her name was not announced.

Jacqueline Teregeyo won $5,000; Pedro Casisi, $15,000; Amir Hossain, a Yamaha FRP W-17AH boat; and Pablo Delos Santos, a Nissan Rogue Sport.

The Nissan Rogue Sport was made possible through the joint contributions of Bridge Capital LLC; J.C. Tenorio Enterprises, and Tan Holdings Corporation.

“It’s really important that we be community-minded, that everyone looks out for one another, and that everybody gets vaccinated. We’re very proud to be involved in this organization,” said Bridge Capital, LLC vice president/general manager Bart Jackson.              

J.C. Tenorio Enterprises vice president Bo Palacios, for his part, said, “For over 70 years, Joeten has cared about the well-being of our people. We want to be here for another 70 years and we want you guys to be here for another 70 years, so we’ve encouraged people to get vaccinated every which way, and this is one of the best ways to do it. So, thank you guys for getting vaccinated and spreading the message. We can still make it to 80, we can make it to 90, we can even make it to 100, so if you know somebody who’s not vaccinated, go out and tell them to get vaccinated.”

“Get vaccinated,” said Tan Holdings Corporation chief executive officer and president Jerry Tan. “The fact that we are here tonight, last night, and tomorrow night in this big crowd is because everybody is going out to be vaccinated. I don’t know if you know, [but] even compared to our neighboring island of Guam, they started to have a lot of new restrictions again. There’s no way that they’re going to have Taste of Marianas like this on Guam today. So, the fact that we are here tonight, we have to thank the [CNMI Covid-19] task force [and] every one of you for getting vaccinated. We’re proud to be part of this project. For those of you who are not vaccinated yet, go and get vaccinated. This is the only way we can beat [Covid-19],”

Weekly winners

Beginning Friday, July 16, 2021, weekly winners were chosen at random to bring home these cash prizes: $1,000 for the first week; $1,500 for the second; $2,000 for the third; $2,500 for the fourth; $3,000 for the fifth; $3,500 for the sixth; and $4,000 for the seventh and final week.

The weekly Friday drawings were open for those who are fully vaccinated or registered to be fully vaccinated by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2021.

Individuals who had already been vaccinated in the CNMI were automatically entered in the raffle.

Winners were contacted by phone and email using the information provided on https://www.vaccinatecnmi.com

To claim their prizes, winners need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated.

The winners of the first six weekly Friday raffles were Myrnalynn Babauta and Joseph Dalupo, $1,000; Eun Jeong Cho, $1,500; Vicente Iriarte, $2,000; Edgardo Sagun, $2,500; Ericson Faustino, $3,000; and Jesse Joshua Deleon Guerrero, $3,500.

On Friday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m., SSG Michael Ryan was randomly selected in the last drawing of the weekly Friday raffle, winning a $4,000 cash prize.

An additional $1,000 cash prize was also raffled off, with Chavo Guerrero of Saipan winning among thousands of people vaccinated in the CNMI.

The campaign also visited Tinian to encourage the eligible population to get vaccinated, as well as to give away special prizes solely for the people of Tinian.

On Tinian, Patricio Fieldad won $1,000; Moses Reyes, $100; Mary Loise Atalig, $100; Marlena King, $100; Jayver Cruz, $100; Sheila Marie Borja, $100; and Shawn Lee Nicolas Borja, a brand-new Samsung S20 with two months of free service from IT&E CNMI.

The campaign took a similar trip to Rota, announcing various special prize winners there as well.

On Rota, Jane Padernal won $1,000; Bernie Fujihira, $500; Don Smith, $250; Ed Marvin Maligson, $250; Don Ogo, $100; Vicente Atalig, Jr., $100; George Bisala, $100; Delia Marie Barcinas, $100; and Vincent Manglona, $100.

In addition, the campaign hosted various social media challenges, encouraging community members to “like” the campaign’s official Facebook page, as well as to share specific posts on said Facebook page.

Winners of the social media raffles included Tracy Suda, Elden Buhay, and Maria Venus M. Angeles who each won $500 in cash.

In-kind prizes, such as $500 worth of cards from McDonald's of Saipan and $500 worth of gas cards from Mobil were also raffled.

The campaign received a $10,000 contribution from the administration for the campaign prizes.

The “Road to 80” Covid-19 vaccination campaign is a public/private partnership among the CNMI Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Bridge Capital LLC, City Trust Bank, Helios Engineering Group, HBR International, IT&E, Joeten Enterprises Inc., the Marianas Visitors Authority, McDonald’s Saipan, the Mobil stations of Oleai, Chalan Kiya, and Kagman, Naked Fish Bar & Grill, POI Aviation, Tan Holdings Corporation, Turnkey Solutions, and several other contributors.

The Covid-19 vaccine is available for persons 12 years of age or older. To register and schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, visit https://www.vaccinatecnmi.com or call 682-SHOT (7468) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. any day of the week.

As of Sunday, 77.8 percent of the eligible CNMI population, or 32,995 individuals, had been fully vaccinated.

The CNMI needs 915 more individuals to be fully vaccinated in order to reach its 80 percent herd immunity goal.

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