Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, left, gets flowers and leis from performers as an early birthday gift last Saturday at the closing ceremony of the 71st Liberation Day Festivities at the Garapan Fishing Base. Apatang celebrated his birthday the following day, Sunday. (Photos by Jon Perez)
A female performer gestures in one of the cultural dances that were featured last Saturday.
Local and foreign tourists alike enjoyed the various cultural dances that were performed.
KKMP’s Mama Lou, second left, accepts the fourth place check in behalf of the Kkosch Refaluwasch Carolinian Affairs Office during the announcement of the winners in the float parade competition.
Two representatives from United Filipino Organization, second left and second right, join, from left, Skywalker Communications Group managing director Dr. Hu Bo, Liberation Day non-profit group president Louis Rodgers, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, and Royal Court Queen Christine Roque for a group photo after receiving the third place check.
A representative from the Papago Familian Lancheros receives the second place check in behalf of their group.
Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion and Special Projects manager Martin Duenas, holding check, display the $4,000 after their agency ruled the float competition.
Polynesian dancers closed out the night’s performances.
Fireworks lit up the sky for 20 minutes.
Float competition chair Joe Palacios announces the winners.
Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.
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