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Monday, April 21, 2014

Man’amko lift spirit of holiday shoppers

Senior citizens from the Aging Center sing yuletide carols to shoppers at Joeten Center in Susupe on Tuesday night. (Clarissa V. David) Senior citizens at the Aging Center serenaded shoppers and handed out candies at the Joeten Center in Susupe Tuesday night.

Sixteen man’amko, accompanied by program coordinator Walter Manglona, donned Santa hats and red shirts to add holiday flavor to their performance. The group sang traditional Christmas hits in Chamorro, Carolinian, and English.

Manglona, congregates Ben Laniyo and Jesus Pangelinan, as well as local musician Lino Olopai played the ukulele while Teddy Guiao came dressed as Santa Claus.

The man’amko carolers also gave away mini candy canes and other sweet treats to the store’s holiday shoppers.

Maria T. Salinas, Saipan Seniors Advisory Council president and one of the carolers, said Tuesday that they chose Joeten Center in Susupe as their venue since the store has showed great support for the man’amko.

The store is one of several establishments that carry the man’amko’s Christmas CD, which costs $15 each and is selling fast, said Salinas.

She disclosed that the man’amko, through the stores and other sellers, already sold most of the 500 copies of the CDs that were made in efforts to raise funds to improve programs and activities at the Aging Center.

“Our caroling is also a way to boost the sales for the CD,” Salinas told Saipan Tribune. “By making our presence felt at Joeten store, we can encourage people to buy our album and greet them Merry Christmas as well.”

Salinas said the carolers rehearsed for two weeks and their efforts paid off when shoppers thanked them, with some even donating a few dollars since they cannot afford to buy the CD.

Tanapag resident Carmen Andon, who was among the shoppers at the store on Tuesday evening, said the elderly singing Christmas carols at the store is timely this season.

Andon’s daughter, 6-year-old Isa, enjoyed the free candy canes.

“We hope this activity continues every year and I wish each one of the man’amko the best of health,” said Andon, a regular Joeten shopper.

According to Salinas, the group also visited the Commonwealth Health Center on Monday, singing Christmas songs to the staff at the information and billing section and the dialysis center.

“Christmas happens only once a year, so we want to encourage the man’amko to enjoy the holiday and think happy thoughts,” she said.

Salinas thanked the community, particularly Joeten for supporting their fundraising activity by selling the Christmas album.

“I hope they sell all the CDs,” she added.

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