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Marianas-Chan and more at International Festival of Cultures

(MVA) — The 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures returns on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Garapan Fishing Base for another full night of festivities.

Inclement weather last Saturday, Sept. 9, forced the postponement of the Parade of Cultures and ethnic costume fashion show until the final festival night on Sept. 30. However, entertainment and other festivities pushed through, including a special performance by Marianas-chan Jebro Leon and his dance partner Aliyah Pua, who will help promote The Marianas later this month at JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo.

The  Chamorro  community  performs  at  Marianas  Visitors  Authority’s  3rd    Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.

The Chinese community performs chi gong at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.

Marians-chan Jebro Leon and Aliyah Pua dance to Marianas classic “Jet Plane” at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.

Leon and Pua return to the stage this Saturday, along with another full line-up of entertainers: Japanese Community at 6 p.m., Chuukese and Pohnpeian Community at 6:30 p.m., Palauan Community at 7 p.m., Korean Community at 7:45 p.m., Bangladeshi Community at 8:15 p.m., Filipino Community at 8:30 p.m., and Refaluwasch Community at 8:45 p.m.

Food sales, arts and crafts sales, photo booth, free roast pig, and hands-on cultural demonstrations at the various ethnic booths will be held from 5-9 p.m.

Representatives of various ethnic communities in the Marianas display their traditional attire during the opening of the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.

Imperial Pacific International demonstrates pig roasting and serves free samples at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.

The Federated States of Micronesia community serves up Micronesian favorites at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.  MVA photos

“Rain is considered a blessing in many of our island cultures, but we are all looking forward to better weather this weekend and a strong turnout for the International Festival of Cultures,” said MVA Community Projects Manager Martin Duenas. “Whether you sit and enjoy the entertainment, want to ask questions and learn about different cultures, or just want to pick up a quick dinner, we invite everyone to stop by.”

Slated to participate in the festival are the communities of Korea, China, Japan, Chamorro, Carolinian, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Palau, Bangladesh, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and the Philippines. Additional supporters are IT&E, Imperial Pacific International CNMI LLC., Skywalker, and PDM Promoters.   For more information, contact MVA community projects coordinator Janerlinse Seman Sablan at jsablan@mymarianas.com or 664-3210.