Gov. Eloy S. Inos administered the oath of office Friday night to Carolinian Affairs Office executive assistant Jose Tilipao Limes, who laid out his plans to further preserve and strengthen the Carolinian culture and traditions while proudly showcasing them to visitors.
Limes took the oath of office, with his wife Soledad holding the Bible, before a large crowd at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.
In an interview shortly after, Limes said he is thankful for those who came to witness his oath taking and listen to his plans, which include further preservation and strengthening of Carolinian heritage and traditions.
“I would also like to develop Carolinian cultural grounds here, which would include salt-making demonstrations and other demonstrations of Carolinian culture,” he said, adding that he also plans to set up a large aquarium as part of efforts to promote cultural tourism.
Catherine Perry Anderson, serving as mistress of ceremony, reminded the crowd that every individual has the responsibility to teach their young about the local culture.
She said people should not rely solely on the Carolinian Affairs Office to do it all alone. “It begins at home,” she added.
Limes’ oath-taking was held some two months after Inos appointed him to fill the post vacated by Angie Iginoef-Mangarero, when the latter retired.
Limes’ appointment does not require the Senate’s advice and consent. Article 3, Section 18 of the NMI Constitution requires the appointment of an executive assistant for Carolinian Affairs.
Inos, in appointing Limes, said the latter “is a respectable member of the Carolinian community” and has “vast knowledge of customary practices and traditions,” has “years of experience in government service [which] will serve as a tremendous asset to the Carolinian Affairs Office and the people we serve.”
The governor had also discussed the increasing demand of tourists to experience more cultural activities during their visits to the CNMI, and Limes’ speech, delivered in the vernacular, embraced that vision.
Limes is a long-time educator and former vice principal of Garapan Elementary School, as well as the curriculum writer for the Carolinian bilingual program. He is also a well-known musician and local radio personality. He has been actively involved in numerous civic organizations such as the Youth Advisory Council, the Zoning Board, and the Arts Council, among others. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Guam.
Also present during Friday night’s ceremony were Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider, Cabinet members, lawmakers, Carolinian Affairs Advisory Board chair Dave Attao, government personnel, families, friends, and supporters.