Docomo Pacific and Tan Siu Lin Foundation headline the roster of sponsors for the 2011 Paskong Pinoy.
Bong Malasarte, president of United Filipino Organization which organizes the annual event, expressed yesterday his appreciation to the two establishments for stepping up to the plate and making the Christmas celebration of the Filipino community possible.
Malasarte disclosed that Docomo Pacific general manager James Nelson did not hesitate to sponsor the annual event when he got approached by UFO, the umbrella organization of some 30 Filipino groups in the Commonwealth.
Tan Siu Lin Foundation, on the other hand, has always been a staunch supporter of UFO and its many programs and events, said Malasarte.
“We are really very thankful to James Nelson of Docomo Pacific and Jerry Tan of Tan Siu Lin Foundation for their generosity despite the economic downturn that’s affecting all businesses and organizations in the islands,” Malasarte told Saipan Tribune.
Olive Yana, 2011 Paskong Pinoy program co-chair, said in a separate interview that arrangements for this year’s program are doing well.
Yana said 20 food vendors and 12 non-food vendors have already reserved their spots for the event which is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4pm to 10pm at Paseo de Marianas in Garapan.
Yana, UFO past president and now an adviser, said even the list of performers is also being finalized. Guests will be entertained with Filipino cultural dances to be showcased by various groups as well as Christmas songs to be rendered by singing groups such as the Umang Glee Club, she said.
Different competitions like the singing and Christmas lantern contests will also highlight the event.
“It’s going to be a Christmas celebration in true Pinoy style,” said Yana.
For more information about the program, call Olive Yana at 285-7893; for interested vendors, call Paul Madriaga at 287-4501 or Annamae Adaza at 483-5237.