McDonald’s, Triple J sponsor Liberation Day activities

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, third left, with his special assistant, Henry Hofschneider, left, and grant writer Luise Villagomez, right, pose with MariaValentina Haberman, second right, and Tracy Guerrero, second left, both of Triple J, and Joe Ayuyu Jr., third right, of McDonald’s in the mayor’s office conference room, Wednesday. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

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THE Saipan mayor’s office on Wednesday received $1,000 each from McDonald’s Saipan and Triple J for this year’s Liberation Day celebration.

McDonald’s Yigo area supervisor Joe E. Ayuyu Jr. said it is the pleasure their company  to support community events.

“We’re just happy to support, especially in uncertain times like these,” he added.

Liberation Day is an opportunity for the community to come together and have some sense of normalcy amid a pandemic, he said.

McDonald’s marketing manager Ana Olaes said their employees may be joining the motorcade on the Fourth of July.

“It’s about time to have at least a little enjoyment,” she added.

MariaValentina Haberman, CNMI Triple J marketing manager, said the company is strongly committed to giving back to the island community.

“We are a big supporter of the annual Liberation Day activities,” she said, adding that Triple J has been a part of the community for over 30 years now.

“We are here forever so whatever the community event, we’re right there in the background with manpower and monetary support,” she added.

Although 2020 has proven to be more challenging than any other time in recent history, Triple J’s commitment remains unchanged, she said.

Mike Sablan, Triple J Enterprises Inc. vice president, said they are “pleased to be able to again support the mayors of Saipan, Tinian, Rota and the Liberation Day Committee, who, together, coordinated the upcoming virtual festivities to honor those who made our freedom possible and to remember the resiliency of our local people 74 years ago.”

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang thanked McDonald’s and Triple J and other sponsors for always supporting the Liberation Day activities.

He said the sponsors are also helping implement the beautification program of the mayor’s office.

“They have been a great help for us,” he added.

This year, Apatang said his office has partnered with Gary Sword of KKMP and Pacific Development Inc. managing director Marciano Gordon to organize the Liberation Day program.

The motorcade, which will start at the Mariana Resort at 10 a.m. on Saturday, is expected to draw motorists from the private and government sectors, he added.

The public can watch the festivities online. More details will be announced soon.

The theme for the 74th Liberation Day commemoration is “Strength in Unity — Marianas Strong.”

After the Battle of Saipan ended in 1944, the local people were held in protective custody by the U.S. military in Camp Chalan Kanoa.

On July 4, 1946, they were finally allowed to leave the camp.


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