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Manamko’ movie a challenge to the youth

THE fundraising movie that features senior citizens is a challenge to the younger generation, Carolinian culture and arts practitioner Lino Olopai said.

Olopai, who watched “The Forgotten Island,” said the students can learn something from the film.

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Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chairman Luis John Castro buys a ticket for  “The Forgotten Island.”  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

He challenged the youth to produce their own movie or short films that promote local culture, customs and traditions.

The movie produced by Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona was screened on Wednesday with episodes of “Adventures of Pedro Malas” at the Regal Cinemas Saipan.

Linda Cabrera, who brought along her 10-year-old granddaughter Alana Camacho to see the movie, said the manamko’ are “unique” in their ability to promote the island’s culture.

Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chair Luis John Castro, who also saw the movie, said he always looks forward to a good show  from the manamko’.

“They may be old but not in spirit or energy,” he added.

Teresita Sorroza, president of the Saipan Seniors Advisory Council, said they have seen repeat moviegoers.

“They are still excited about the movie, especially now that we included  short films,” she added.

Manglona thanked those in the community who continue to support the manamko’.

“Everyone seems to enjoy the show, and I hope more people will come and watch the movie,” he said.

The film will be screened again on Aug. 8, 15, and 22.

He also thanked the sponsors —  E-Land Group and McDonald’s — as well as those who contributed to the production of the movie.

“I  thank our [Department of Community and Cultural Affairs] Secretary [Robert Hunter] for all his support throughout this project. And I thank our manamko’ for being awesome!,” he added.

He said his office will continue to create innovative programs and activities to keep the manamko’ active and healthy.

To learn more about the programs and services of the Office on Aging, go to or call 233-1321/22.