Historical sites also on Beautify CNMI’s agenda

Cause-oriented group Beautify CNMI has also identified historical sites in the CNMI as another one of their concerns citing their importance to the island’s culture.

Former representative Cinta Kaipat, with the help of Angelo Villagomez and other members of the community, is trying to revive Beautify CNMI in order to raise awareness on how to keep the islands clean and attractive both from local and foreign tourists.

Aya Matsumoto, another passionate community volunteer, had voiced the importance of the CNMI’s historical and cultural sites in promoting history. She hopes that the community would preserve it.

Finding ways to preserve monuments, buildings, and other important places that have historical value in the CNMI is also being discussed by the group.

The monuments and other sites in the CNMI are part of the CNMI’s history and are also tourist attractions especially to those who are into World War II memorabilia.

Villagomez, in an email to the individuals who attended the meeting early this month, said he had talked to Matsumoto regarding World Heritage Sites.

“I’ve learned that there is a draft proposal for listing the Mariana Trench on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. This is a pretty big deal. It was written by someone in Hawaii, and Gen Cabrera helped with some of the data,” said Villagomez.

The group also wants to educate the public not to vandalize establishments, historical monuments, and other cultural sites in the CNMI. They are hoping to have murals painted in some of the abandoned structures where school kids could participate.

Foreign divers must also be reminded to keep the seas clean and free from any marine debris that could damage the corals.

The group also planted two trees early this month at Oleai Beach to commemorate Beautify CNMI’s first 10 years and to kick off their second decade of renewed commitment of service to the community.

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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