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Coral Ocean Points hosts golf tournament, lunch for manamko’

THE manamko’ from Saipan and Rota enjoyed a day of fun, games and healthy food Thursday at Coral Ocean Point Resort Club as part of the Older Americans Month celebration, thanks to their host, the E-Land Group.

Noreen Guerrero, COP food-and-beverage manager, welcomed the manamko’ and the Office on Aging executives led by community development specialist Linda Torres at the golf course where the hotel set up a canopy and provided light snacks and refreshments for the two-hour golf game.

“We’ve been doing this for three years now,” Guerrero said, adding that it is one of the ways that E-Land Group/COP gives back to the community.

The manamko’ from Saipan and Rota pose after their ground-golf tournament at Coral Ocean Point Resort Club.

“It is very important for us to be of service to the community,” she said.

Other COP executives who assisted Guerrero in accommodating the manamko’ were human resource manager Margie Binuya, So Dam Han, Calvin Park and corporate social responsibility manager Jieun Ko.

Torres said the manamko’ from Tinian were not able to take part in the event.

As for the Rota manamko’, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog and various departments sponsored their airfare, according to Diane Quitugua, the secretary of the Inetnon Luta Council, and the representative of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig.

Rota senior citizens with their escorts.

“We are very thankful for everyone’s support and generosity,” Quitugua said.

When they arrived on Saipan, Wednesday, she said Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona hosted them for dinner at his house while House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita invited them to breakfast on Thursday morning.

Quitugua said each Rota congregant who came to Saipan was provided with a $50 stipend from their fundraising money.

She added that the number of congregants on Rota has increased from 15 to 32.

The manamko’ enjoy a lunch served by Coral Ocean Point Resort Club.

At COP, Quitugua said the hotel provided them free accommodations.

For lunch, the hotel served the manamko’ fresh fruit and vegetables, soup and Japanese food.

Guerrero said they prepared a healthy menu for the manamko’.

“We hope they are happy, and we’re going to do this again next year,” she added.

Saipan Senior Citizens Advisory Council president Rita Reyes smiles for Variety.

Manglona thanked the COP management for sponsoring the event for three years now.

“Our clients enjoy being here,” he said.

Also on Thursday, he announced the winners of the ground golf tournament — first place, Maxie Mereb with 11 points; second place, Concepcion Ulloa, 12 points; and third place, Antonia Reynolds, 15 points. Both Ulloa and Reynolds are from Rota.

Mereb and Ulloa also scored a hole-in-one at flag 6.

Coral Ocean Point Resort Club prepared a sumptuous, healthy buffet spread for the manamko’.  Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

Manglona expressed his appreciation to the E Land Group, especially Micronesia Resort Inc., chief executive officer and president Matthew Park, Max Concepcion Guerrero, Calvin Park, and Kiun Ko of Kensington Hotel.

He also thanked Lt. Governor Hocog for sponsoring the manamko’ from Rota and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter for being supportive.

Manglona also appreciates the hard work and dedication of his staff and personnel on Saipan, Rota and Tinian.