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George Zoller, Gina Draper are Manamko’ King and Queen

GEORGE Zoller and Gina Draper were selected as this year’s Manamko’ King and Queen, Saipan Seniors Advisory Council president Rita Reyes announced on Wednesday.

The Royal Princess is Josephine Dela Cruz and the four other princesses are Soledad Cabrera, Angela Wheat, Jusminda Guiao and Teresita Sorroza.

The Royal Prince is Carmelito Asuncion while the prince is Benhar Nigraiblosch

Reyes thanked all the candidates for participating in the fundraising event.

“We are proud of them because they all worked hard,” she said, adding, that they have raised about $12,000.

She said the will use the fund for various projects “that will make our manamko’ productive and happy.”

Zoller and Draper have yet to know their roles and responsibilities as the new Manamko’ King and Queen, but “what we know is that we should be good role models and set a good example.”

Saipan Seniors Advisory Council president Rita Reyes, right, introduces this year’s Manamko’ King and Queen and their princes and princesses.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Seniors Advisory Council president Rita Reyes, right, introduces this year’s Manamko’ King and Queen and their princes and princesses. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“It was very fantastic to learn about being a king,” Zoller said.

Draper said she is excited to join the annual Liberation Day parade and represent the manamko’ on Saipan.

Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona said the coronation night will be held on May 31 in the social hall of the Saipan Senior Citizen Center.

The council will provide the crowns, sashes and bouquets of flowers for the King and Queen and their princes and princesses, he added.

Manglona also invites the community to attend this Friday’s “Manamko’ on the Move” concert at the Saipan Senior Center.

The event will feature live performances, including a comedy skit and dance numbers. Talented senior citizens are among the performers, Manglona said.

Tickets are sold at $5 each at the Office on Aging in Chinatown.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and “amazing prizes will be give away during the raffle draw,” Manglona said.