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Tinian celebrates San Jose fiesta

TINIAN is expecting more people, especially from off-island,  to take part in this year’s  San Jose fiesta celebration, event coordinator and fiesta committee chairman Joseph M. Hocog said on Wednesday.

The lack of hotel rooms and cars for rent will be a challenge, but he said Tinian residents are ready to open their houses to visitors.

This year’s fiesta theme is “Homegrown” which Hocog said emphasizes the importance of local residents’ contributions to the community whether in the arts, culture, or public service.

To foster strong community involvement during this year’s celebration, Hocog said the mayor’s office will offer a variety of fun activities for families: karaoke singing, sandcastle building, a tug-of-war, a fiesta scavenger hunt, a sumo tournament and a chacha dance competition.

He said they are encouraging the participation of families in the tug-of-war, adding that they want to recognize the “strongest family” on island.

Hocog said other sporting events include a canoe race, a fishing derby, a cockfight derby and the annual Tour de Tinian 100K Bike Race featuring bikers from Korea, the Philippines, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

The  celebration starts today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. with live entertainment at the fiesta activity ground next to Kammer Beach.

San Jose Parish Priest Fr. Rey Rosal, in a separate interview, said they have been hosting pre-fiesta events since last week.

These included the first ever San Jose Goodwill Softball Tournament for parishioners, youth ministry members and other Catholic devotees.

The San Jose team topped the tournament which was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Tinian baseball field.

Rosal said they also held a 5K walkathon and offered free blood pressure and blood sugar checks  on Saturday.

The free health services were provided by nurses and other healthcare personnel of the Tinian Health Center, he added.

On May 6, the festivities will begin with an 8 a.m. Mass at the San Jose Church followed by a procession around San Jose village.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104155-tinian-celebrates-san-jose-fiesta

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