CDA launches @wearecnmi Instagram account


The Commonwealth Development Authority launched on Monday a “rotation curation account”—@wearecnmi—on the photo and video-sharing platform Instagram. This, according to CDA’s Carline Sablan, will allow a new host to represent the community by taking turns each week posting photos that “feature how we live, work and play in the CNMI.”

The inaugural host of @wearecnmi account is Shirley Sablan, executive vice president and general manager of Pacifica Insurance Underwriters Inc. She resides in Saipan.

A post on the account has a video of Sablan’s son playing in the waters of one of the Saipan’s beaches. Posts also feature the smiling faces of the island’s key businesses in the CNMI, shots of nature, and CNMI historic memorials.

Carline Sablan said that CDA’s objectives with the project are to document through photos and videos what life and life is in the CNMI. It is “to encourage involvement, celebrate diversity, build community pride, increase reach and visibility of the CNMI as a place to say, visit and to businesses.”

“The hope is that hosts will open up and share different aspects of life in the CNMI for followers from our community and across the world to see,” she said.

Three days into the project, the account already has accumulated 280-plus followers.

“As CDA’s first host,” Shirley Sablan said. “I had a huge task to increase @wearecnmi’s followership, since I was pretty much starting from ground zero. Thus far, I love every minute of it. I encourage everyone eligible to sign up as hosts to provide different perspectives of our beautiful islands.”

CDA hopes to interest a diverse range of residents to serve as hosts.

Eligibility requirements for hosts are, one, must be a CNMI resident; two, must have an existing Instagram account and be familiar with application; and three, must agree to the terms of use for the account.

To register or get more information, contact Carline Sablan at CDA AT 234-6245, ext 314 or

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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