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Lady Diann Torres Foundation launches ‘Maolik Kontra Baba’

(LDTF) — The Lady Diann Torres Foundation will launch its fifth children’s book during the International Festival of Cultures on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Paseo De Marianas.

Leilani Attao, the winner of LDTF’s Second Annual Young Author’s Language in Literacy Writing Competition and the author of the newly published book “Maolik Kontra Baba,” translated as Good versus Bad, will be signing copies during the festival.

The book signing will be held at the CNMI canopy from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Copies of “Maolik Kontra Baba” will be sold for $10each of which proceeds will go toward the next Language in Literacy Young Author’s Writing Competition event.

Attao wrote “Maolik Kontra Baba” when she was in fifth grade while attending Garapan Elementary School. She is currently in seventh grade at Hopwood Jr. High School. A synopsis of the book tells us a fictional story that took place in Alamagan where the protagonist, Taga, had a strange encounter with the evil Birak that lead him to his moral dilemma of good vs bad.

Leilani Attao holds her newly published book at Garapan Elementary School with her family, first lady Diann Torres, CCLHS teacher Elsie Johnson, GES vice principal Derwin Johnson, GES principal Leila Yumul, and Claudia Flores.  Lady Diann Torres Foundation photoLeilani Attao holds her newly published book at Garapan Elementary School with her family, first lady Diann Torres, CCLHS teacher Elsie Johnson, GES vice principal Derwin Johnson, GES principal Leila Yumul, and Claudia Flores. Lady Diann Torres Foundation photo

“Leilani authored a well written book that makes for an exciting read for all ages,” emphasized first lady Diann Torres. “We are excited to include ‘Maolik Kontra Baba’ in our library of young author’s children’s books published through my foundation.”

First lady Diann Torres encourages all aspiring young authors to participate in the upcoming 2019 Young Author’s Writing Competition. The competition will welcome authors in grades 4 to 12. Books must be written in either Chamorro or Carolinian with an English translation. Books written by authors in grades 4 to 8 must not exceed 250 words while those in grades 9 to 12 are limited to no more than 500 words. More details about the 2019 Young Author’s Writing Competition will be made available in the coming weeks.

LDTF extends its sincerest gratitude to its generous program sponsors and partners that include IT&E, Bridge Capital, Bank of Guam, Pacifica Insurance Underwriters Inc., Saipan Shipping, Indigenous Affairs Office, Chamorro and Carolinian Language Commission, Carolinian Affairs Office, and the CNMI Public School System’s CCLHS Teachers.

It is through these partnerships and support of sponsors that LDTF is able to continue the good work of promoting the Chamorro and Carolinian languages through short stories.

For more information about the LDTF Language in Literacy Young Author’s Writing Competition, email LDTF at ladydianntorres@gmail.com or call 235-2383 (LDTF).