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Manamko’ celebrate Valentine’s Day

THE manamko’ at the Saipan Senior Citizens Center celebrated Valentine’s Day with love and entertainment.

Senior Citizens Advisory Council president Teresita Sorroza said everyone exchanged cards and flowers. “We were full of joy and everybody was happy,” she added.

Five couples were nominated to be the Valentine’s King and Queen. Garnering the most votes were husband and wife Tas and Luz Buccat.

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Valentine’s Day King and Queen Tas and Luz Buccat with Lito and Jacoba Asuncion who are celebrating their 25th anniversary.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Mrs. Buccat thanked her fellow manamko’ for supporting her and her husband. She also thanked her husband for always being supportive throughout their 47 years of married life. The couple received a gift certificate from the Kensington Hotel.

Sorroza said they also celebrated the 25th anniversary of couple Lito and Jacoba Asuncion.

“We had lots of fun, dancing and music” she said. “Everybody was wearing their best Valentine’s Day attire.”

Herman’s Modern Bakery provided the manamko’ with Valentine’s Day lunch.

Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona thanked the community and businesses for supporting the manamko’s programs.

In his 15 years of service at the center, he said, he has seen clients come and go. “Nothing is permanent so we should always be thankful and enjoy what we have,” he added. “We should show respect to and love for our partners and give them everything that they deserve.”

Manglona said he will continue to introduce and devise new programs to ensure that the manamko’s mental, physical and social health will flourish.

In the afternoon, the Hotel Association of Northern Mariana Islands led by Gloria Cavanagh and Nick Nishikawa donated $1,000 to the manamko’s advisory council.

Sorroza said they will use the money for their trip to Rota this year.

She thanked HANMI for its generosity to the senior citizens.

Manglona also thanked the Kensington Hotel, Imperial Pacific International and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter for their continuous support.

“He [Hunter] is always supportive, and the manamko’ appreciate it,” Manglona added.