Esther Muña , CEO of the Commonwealth Health Corporation was recognized as 2020 Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year at the chamber’s annual dinner on Jan. 30 at the Saipan World Resort.

Photos by Iva Maurin

(From left) are Maxine Laszlo, executive director of the chamber; and previous BPOY awardees Gloria C. Cavanagh, general manager of Pacific Islands Club Saipan; Vicente “Ben” Babauta, formerly with DFS; Velma Palacios, head of network for IT&E in the Northern Marian Islands; Michael S. Sablan, vice president of Triple J Enterprises Inc; Muna; Jerry Tan, CEO of Tan Holdings; Merced M. Tomokane, vice president and regional manager for the NMI for Bank of Guam; and Victoria I. Benavente, director of the NMI Department of Labor.


(From left) Janice Tenorio, customer service manager of IT&E; Vincent Torres, attorney with Torres Brothers LLC; and Keith Stewart, president of Pacific Rim Constructors.

Phillip T. Mendiola-Long, CEO and managing member of Sherman Consulting LLC; was recognized at the Feb. 3 Saipan Chamber of Commerce membership lunch at the Hyatt Regency Saipan as the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Phoenix award. Shown are (from left) Frankie Eliptico, interim president of the Northern Marianas College; Nicole Babauta, director, U.S. Small Business Development Center of the Northern Mariana Islands; Mendiola-Long; and Aurelia Gutierrez Long, wife of Phillip and director and nurse practitioner at the Isla Community Health Center in Tinian
Photo courtesy of Phillip Mendiola-Long


The A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority Guam hosted a ribbon cutting for Phase 1 of the International Arrivals Corridor on Feb 26.

Photos by Justin Green

(From left) Samuel V. Shinohara, managing director of United Airlines; Debra J. Kaae; and Leonard K. Kaae, senior vice president and general manager of Black Construction Corp., contractor for the corridor, and Debra’s husband.

(From left) Sen. Amanda Shelton; Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero; and Sen. Tina Rose Muna Barnes.