Art Contest

Pacifica 2020 Art Contest

Past Art Contests:


Category 1:

Winner: Erika Pascual
Erika Pascual

Seo Hee, Lee Seon I Park Noah Lee

Seo Hee Lee

Seon I Park

Noah Lee

Seiyul Hong Seok Hun Lee Ji Hye Jeon

Seiyul Hong

Seok Hun Lee

Ji Hye Jeon

Maryn Trianni Serin Chung Marjorie Agana

Maryn Trianni

Serin Chung

Marjorie Agana

Category 2

Winner: Mikeala San Nicolas

Mikeala San Nicolas

Jing Lin Maureen Doculan Hee Jeong Kim

Jing Lin

Maureen Doculan

Hee Jeong Kim

Cerijean Mangubat Kathy He Adrien Ocampo

Cerijean Mangubat

Kathy He

Adrien Ocampo

Mar Joelviloria Nakia Reyes Victor Castro

Mar Joelviloria

Nakia Reyes

Victor Castro


Mikaela San Nicolas and Erika Pascual top this year’s Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc’s Pacifica Art Contest.

San Nicholas bagged first place for category two or age division 12-17 years, while Pascual secured the top spot for category one or age division 6-11 years. 

Pacifica’s approach to this year’s Contest was different given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Instead of holding a full-fledged contest, which normally involved the active involvement of students, school administrators, teachers and contest coordinators, the company decided to revisit top entries dating back to 2014.

With over 1,500 entries to date since the establishment of Pacifica Art Contest, the company dedicated this year to all artists who took part in previous years’ annual contests by giving them another chance at winning.

A former student of Kagman High School, Mikaela San Nicolas was only 16 years old when submitting the winning art piece in 2014.  Pascual, a then student of Hopwood Jr High School, was only 11 years old when submitting her winning art piece back in 2017.

There were two rounds of judging this year to determine the final outcomes.  A total of 60 pieces went through the first round.

The second round of judging came down to the top twenty, which were comprised of pieces by artists:

2 SEO HEE LEE Category 1
3 SEON I PARK Category 1
4 NOAH LEE Category 1
5 SEIYUL HONG Category 1
6 SEOK HUN LEE Category 1
7 JI HYE JEON Category 1
8 MARYN TRIANNI Category 1
9 SERIN CHUNG Category 1
10 MARJORIE AGANA Category 1
12 JING LIN Category 2
14 HEE JEONG KIM Category2
16 KATHY HE Category 2
17 ADRIEN OCAMPO Category 2
18 MAR JOEL VILORIA Category 2
19 NAKIA REYES Category 2
20 VICTOR CASTRO Category 2


This year’s judging panel included J.C. Tenorio Ent., Inc. Corporate Projects Manager Somia Quan, Marianas Variety Sports Reporter James Sablan and our 2019 Miss NMI Earth Leisha Deleon Guerrero.

“It was nice to see artwork from students of different ages and their unique approach on the themes.” said James Sablan from Marianas Variety “You could tell how many different styles were used from colored pencils to crayons and paint. You could see the fun they had creating these masterpieces.”

“It was an honor to judge the many wonderful artwork submissions. The talent we have in the CNMI is so inspiring for the future. I think using submissions from the previous years was a great idea as it shows how businesses and people in our island community have had to adjust and adapt to keep traditions alive in the ever changing environment of a global pandemic,” said Somia Quan.

On Leisha’s part, she expressed that “being a part of the 2020 Pacifica Insurance Art Contest was absolutely an honor and a blessing. While examining each art piece created with such vibrancy, meaning, technique, and hard work, I realized how incredibly gifted our islands are with such young passionate artists. Despite our current situation, we were able to celebrate the talent and creativity within the Marianas. I believe that going forth with this year's art contest was made significant because it allowed us to look past the negative aspects of this global pandemic and recognize these young artists within our community. This event is not only a contest but highlights our unity in such circumstances, serving as a reminder about the true meaning of Christmas. I hope that we continue to lift and support one another, especially in these challenging times, and that everyone sees the beauty in each masterpiece created by these artists as I did.”

The judging was executed electronically to ensure everyone safely distanced and avoided unnecessary commute, although all pieces will be made available at Pacifica’s office in Susupe for personal viewing throughout the holiday season.

“The challenges we, as a community, continue to face during this pandemic has been the driving force behind this year’s art contest,” said Pacifica president Shirley Sablan “There is no better time than now to further encourage collaboration, boost strength and ignite hope.  The art pieces that came out of our art contest was intended for this very purpose.  It was designed to help spark that glimmer of hope and to also remind us to ‘rest assured’ as everything ultimately works out in our favor, if given the chance”.

Sablan extends her heartfelt gratitude to all artists, school administrators and teachers, judges and contest coordinators for taking part in what she considers years of extremely successful contest events.

The annual Pacifica Art Contest have featured art pieces focused on the slogans “Rest Assured, it’s Christmas” and “Faith & Hope Post Super Typhoon Yutu.” Art pieces were judged based on creativity and originality, quality of art piece, clarity of theme, and presentation.

To add to the excitement, and for the first time ever, top placing artists from this year’s contest will be featured on Pacifica Reacts, a reaction video produced by Julia Espino and Riane Capalad. Details about this video can be found on Pacifica’s social media pages and the full video may be found on our YouTube channel at