Cultural show, raffle prizes at Lunar New Year party

VARIOUS cultural groups will perform during the two-night Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas at the Garapan Fishing Base Feb. 16-17, working committee president Gordon Marciano said.

They will also give away cash during the raffle draw: five $1,000 prizes and gift certificates, he added.

Marciano said they have already sold 10,000 tickets, but they’ll still be available during the Thursday Market. Tickets are $1 each, and you do not need to be present to win during the raffle drawing on Feb. 17.

Among those who will perform during the event are Korean, Japanese, Palauan, Chamorro and Carolinian groups as well as the Shanghai Sinma Acrobatic Troupe.

There will also be a presentation on Chinese calligraphy, Marciano said.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang expressed his appreciation to the various cultural groups for taking part in the event.

Also attending Wednesday’s working committee meeting in the mayor’s conference room were Police Sgt. Arnold Seman, Police Officer 3 Daniel Maliuyaf and Police Officer 1 Johnny Guerrero.

Seman said they will deploy four police officers on bikes and two four-wheeled gators at the activity ground.

He said they will also ask the Department of Public Safety Boating Safety Section to deploy the police patrol boat and jet ski in the lagoon where there will be free canoe rides for tourists and residents.

For the Marianas Barkus Dog Parade, event coordinator Jamika Taijeron said they are expecting 25 to 50 participants. Registration is ongoing at

The costume parade starts at 5 p.m. in the Carolinian Affairs parking area and will proceed to the activity ground at the Garapan Fishing Base.

The mayor’s animal control program manager Spencer Merchadesh said they will have six dogs ready for adoption at the site, and they will also register dogs.

Catherine Perry Harris, another event coordinator, said they will recognize the 200 Public School System students for their exemplary performance. The student achievers are from kindergarten to 12th grade and they represent all public schools in the CNMI, she added.

It is a tradition in Chinese and other Asian societies tfor individuals who excel in their various professions and undertakings to receive a red envelop containing a monetary gift during the Lunar New Year celebration.

Instead of a red envelop, the PSS students will receive gift certificates and priority seats at the event.

The organizers say they still need more sponsors.

The sponsors, so far, are the Marianas Visitors Authority, T Galleria-DFS, the Saipan, Tinian and Rota legislative delegations, IT&E, PTC, Ocean Vista, Saipan Ocean View Hotel, Hotel Galleria, MSOA, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Saipan Mayor’s Office, Historic Preservation Office, Public School System, Marianas Variety, Saipan Tribune, KKMP, KSPN2, Saipan Chinese News, Pacific Galleria, PDI, CCVI, Seahorse, Skywalker, Young Time and Deepstar Submarine.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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