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Young people support International Festival of Cultures

(MVA) — The 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures continues for two more Saturdays this month, highlighted by the participation of young people.

On Sept. 16, the Chinese Association brought in dozens on young people from their school to perform songs and demonstrate martial arts. The Chamorro Association booth featured young members preparing attire made from coconut fronds and other natural material for their stage performance.

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Rexzon Calage, left, and Ethan Somol prepare to perform as part of the Chamorro community at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 16, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base. Children of the Saipan Awaodori Team represent the Japanese community at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 16, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.
Marnickka, right, and Mercilia Villagomez Teigita are adorned with Yapese floral leis at Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd  Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 16, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base. Northern Marianas College Korean language class students display traditional Korean attire at the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 16, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base.  MVA photos

Six-year-old Marianas-chan Jebro Leon and his partner Aliya Pua shared the song and dance “Jet Plane” they will perform later this week at the JATA Tourism Expo in Japan. Korean language class students of Northern Marianas College donned traditional attire for the Korean community, and young people of other cultural communities participated throughout the evening.

The festival continues this Saturday, Sept. 23, with another full line-up of entertainers: Chamorro Community at 5:30 p.m., Japanese Community with a kendo demonstration at 6 p.m., Filipino Community at 6:30 p.m., Chinese Community at 6:45 p.m., Korean Community at 7 p.m., Chuuk and Pohnpeian Community at 7:45 p.m., Hawaiian Community at 8 p.m., Bangladeshi Community at 8:30 p.m., Filipino Community at 8:45 p.m., and Refaluwasch Community at 9 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 to 9 p.m.

“This year’s festival is meeting our mark to create more cultural exchange, and we’re happy to see that,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion.   “Whether its young people proudly wearing the traditional attire of other cultures or people being adventurous and trying new ethnic foods, it is a true celebration of mutual respect and appreciation.”

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 the Office of the Governor, the Indigenous Affairs Office, the Carolinian Affairs Office, IT&E, Imperial Pacific, Skywalker, PDM Promoters, Power 99, KKMP and PDI.  

For more information, contact MVA community projects coordinator Lynn Seman Sablan at jsablan@mymarianas.com or 664.3210.