Paskong Pinoy, organized by the United Filipino Organization, will have a change of venue this year as the annual Christmas celebration of the island’s Filipino community will be held at Garapan Central Park in December.
UFO president Annamae Adaza said the 2013 Paskong Pinoy will be on Dec. 14 from 2pm to 10pm and she is inviting the island community to come out and take part in the one-day event.
“As a way of thanksgiving and celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ with the entire CNMI community, UFO will once again will be having its annual Paskong Pinoy celebration. We will try to replicate the way it is celebrated in the Philippines with fun-filled Christmas carols filling the air and a festive occasion for the entire family to enjoy.”
Docomo Pacific will once again be the major sponsor for Paskong Pinoy this year.
Adaza said this year’s Paskong Pinoy will feature a Kalokalike contest modeled after a popular segment in ABS-CBN’s Showtime.
She said Kalokalike, which has a talent portion, would have pre-screening on Nov. 17 from 2pm to 4pm at Don Pedro Restaurant in Garapan next to Gene’s Barbershop.
Adaza said prizes at stake in the Kalokalike contest are $500, $300, and $200 for first, second, and third place, respectively. The contest is open for all ages.
Aside from the Kalokalike competition, the 2013 Paskong Pinoy will also have a lantern-making contest and a Christmas singing competition for adults and children.
The former’s prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. The singing competition’s children’s division is open to 7-15 years old, while for adults the age is 16 years old and up. Prizes are $100, $75, and $50 for first, second, and third places, respectively for both categories.
Adaza said UFO will also be offering several children’s games, raffle drawings, and Philippine cultural dances.
To this end, she is inviting all local cultural dancers to perform during the event.
“It’s not only for Filipinos but for the entire CNMI community. So join us in the celebration,” said Adaza.
For registration for any of the contests, call Nelle Atalig at 233-3854 or 989-3858.
Vendors wanting to rent a booth during Pistang Pinoy can call Flor Miranda at 785-978 or Lynn Dela Cruz at 789-8386. Tent rental for food is $40, while non-food vendors are charged $30.
Those who want to perform, meanwhile, can call Minda Castro at 235-4286.
UFO is also inviting more sponsors and donors to support the 2013 Pistang Pinoy event.
“We are really hoping that a lot of companies will support us knowing that we are also giving it back to the community through our prizes. Since it’s a CNMI event, hopefully we can invite some performers from Tinian and Rota they are also welcome to join our contests.”
For any inquiry, contact Adaza at 483-5237 or UFO secretary Mario Mayuga at 285-1021. (Mark Rabago)