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NMI Domatsuri team wins award in virtual Japan festival

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THE 2020 CNMI Domatsuri team received the Outstanding Award in the virtual 22nd Domannaka Festival held on Aug. 28-30, 2020.

Gordon Marciano, Chamolinian Cultural Village Inc. chairman and Pacific Development Inc. managing director, said the annual Japanese dance festival was held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Of the 378 participating teams in the virtual competition, CNMI Domatsuri made it to the top 20,” he added.

“The CNMI team with 30 members received the Outstanding Award,” he said.

The annual festival features the performances of dance groups from Japan and around the world.

Marciano said the CNMI team was also featured on the front page of the newspaper Chunichi Shimbun evening edition on Aug. 28.

The news article noted that the CNMI team has been participating in the festival for 17 consecutive years — 2003 to 2019.

 

 

The 2020 CNMI Domatsuri Team won an award in the virtual 22nd Domannaka Festival held on Aug. 28-30.

The article also quoted Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios as saying that although “we do not have any incoming flights [from Japan] and face the same worldwide difficulty right now, our relationship will continue.”

Also participating in this year’s Domannaka festival were Ghana, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, England and, for the first time, Australia.

“This was one tough promotional video to be made,” Marciano said, referring to the performance of the CNMI dancers.

Marciano thanked IT&E and Island Apparel for their continued support as well as CNMI Domatsuri’s partners: Jojo Alepuyo, KKMP radio, the Marianas Visitors Authority, 500 Sails, and the Liberation Day Committee.

Marciano said the 2020 CNMI Domatsuri team consisted of dancers from Island Warriors, Refaluwasch Warriors, Man Antigo, CCVI dancers, Simiyan Mananas Dancers, and Inatua Man Antigu Cultural Production Inc.

“A special shoutout to our community, parents, and sponsors for their continued support,” Marciano added.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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