The mural currently being painted on the high-rising west wall of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium is progress nicely, according to local artist Luis Ogo.
“So far so good,” Ogo said during an interview yesterday. “Do not worry, this will all be done and completed in time. We should be done by the last week of the month or first week of June.”
In detailing his project, Ogo explained that the mural will feature various sports, with sports on land being painted on one half and marine sports on the other half.
Sports to be featured include swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, basketball, weightlifting, boxing, basketball, volleyball, and javelin throwing, among others.
Ogo stressed that the centerpiece of the mural focuses on representing the two indigenous groups on island—Refalawasch and Chamorro.
“There is the mwar mwar that will represent the Refalawasch and a concept of the Latte Stone representing the Chamorro. My concept on the Latte Stone is a native holding up the top half of the stone, signifying strength and power,” he said. “There will also be stars to represent the United States.”
Ogo said he chose to paint the mwar and Latte Stone to also recognize the two local cultures. He said he will also paint the flags of participating islands from the region along the border of the mural.
“The Micro Games is about competition in sports, but also it’s about bringing together everyone from different islands and they get to share their culture. It’s about unity among Micronesia,” Ogo said.
Joining Ogo in painting the mural are Epi Cabrera, Jay Sanchez, Dexter Mendiola, and Jack Camacho. The crew began working on the project on May 1.
The project is sponsored by the Council for Arts and Culture.
“This is very rewarding,” Ogo said earlier of having the opportunity to showcase his and each member of his crew’s talent. “It’s the first time ever for us, and we’re just looking to make a contribution to the CNMI for the Micro Games. We’re doing this not only for ourselves, but for the community.”
“This is a way for us to expose our art and talent to the community, while also beautifying the area. We’re trying to promote the local artists. There are a lot of local people out there with talent,” he added.
Over 1,400 athletes, coaches, and officials from the region are expected to compete in the Micro Games, which will be held on Saipan from June 23 to July 2.