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Hundreds attend Marianas Strong concert

HUNDREDS of people turned out for the Marianas Strong Concert, organized by the 2019 Inauguration Committee, at the Marianas Business Plaza in Susupe on Saturday.

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Ten performers, including three  from Guam, showcased their talents during the free, seven-hour concert which started at 3 p.m. 

During the event, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios expressed appreciation to the organizations that have partnered with the CNMI government in the ongoing relief and recovery efforts.

 These are the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Marianas Young Professionals. Each received a plaque of appreciation from the CNMI government.

“It is a tremendous honor for FEMA to be here supporting the survivors of Yutu,” FEMA deputy regional administrator Bill Roche said.

He noted that FEMA has been helping in the recovery efforts for more than 80 days now. “We are here for the long haul. We have a lot of work to do. We really appreciate the patience and resilience of the CNMI.”

For his part, American Red Cross-NMI chapter executive director John Hirsh expressed his appreciation to the Commonwealth government and other organizations that partnered and collaborated with the Red Cross. 

According to Matthew Deleon Guerrero, chairman of 2019 Inauguration Committee, they decided to hold a community event where everybody could come together to celebrate.

“We also wanted to make sure that we recognize the ongoing recovery efforts,” he added.

At the concert site, there were booths dedicated to relief efforts. Karidat, Empty Vessel Ministry, the Marianas Young Professionals and the American Red Cross distributed clothes, hygiene products and other supplies to community members.

“We also have food vendors, and the proceeds will go to non-profit agencies that are active in the recovery efforts,” Deleon Guerrero said.

The opening act was local comedian Chinaman who performed a skit.

The other local performers were Friend Zone, Uprooted, Young Goddhy, JJ Concepcion, Big James Selepeo and Yobei Parker.

The Guam talents were Dan Deleon Guerrero, Joe McCarrel and Mix Plate Band.

The concert ended at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display.