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25 new US citizens sworn in

TWENTY-FIVE new American citizens were sworn in by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona during a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday.

They are: Saint Michael Barriga Achas, Geraldine Avinom Cabrera, Ronaldo Plazo Catap, Edel Garcia Cudia, Minda Doronila Culen, Remedios Salenga Cruz, Marivic Mendoza de Leon, Ramir Castro Deleon, Francisco Isla Delos Reyes, Natalya Deryabina, Roberto Jaurigue Guevarra, Joel Mallari Javier, Gil Jin Lee, Conrado Tayag Libut, Joji Napoli Arenas Libut, Marilyn Oronce Mendoza, Eden Arellano Mercado, Jennet Cayubit Navarro, Cecilio Agustin Pagarigan, Felicidad Pijaro Pagaringan, Kimi Saito Reyes, Yingshi Jin Romolor, Jung Soon Park Sabalan, Honesto Servida, and Eduardo Reyes Taruc.

The 25 new American pose for a photo with guest speaker David M. Sablan, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigration officer Elias Machado.  Photos by Bryan ManabatThe 25 new American pose for a photo with guest speaker David M. Sablan, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigration officer Elias Machado. Photos by Bryan Manabat

Beniel Alveza Lontoc also applied for U.S. citizenship but was not present at the naturalization ceremony.

The new U.S. citizens came from Russia, China, South Korea, and the Philippines.

It was U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigration officer Elias Machado who asked the court to accept the new citizens.

Retired local business executive and author David Mangarero Sablan was the guest speaker.

Sablan, who said he became a naturalized U.S. citizen on Guam in 1955, encouraged the new Americans to learn more about the history of the United States and what makes it a great nation.

Among the new citizens are Marilyn Oronce Mendoza and her daughter Marivic Mendoza de Leon.

An educator, Mendoza said she first arrived on Saipan in 1991. “I feel so blessed and excited to be a U.S. citizen,” she added.

De Leon said she is both

“overjoyed and proud.” She added, “I waited for this for a very long time.” She was only 8 years old when she first arrived on Saipan.

“This is very significant for me,” she said noting that she was sworn in with her mother and husband, Ramir.

A Public School System teacher, Eden Arellano Mercado said she is very happy to become a U.S. citizen. “It comes with new opportunities and also obligations,” she added.