A special cultural show was put on stage by performers from the Pu Tian Tong Le art group at the Saipan World Resort last Thursday night.
About 23 performers from Beijing, China showcased their talents in various cultural dances and skills.
Prior to the hour-long energetic and colorful performances, Saipan Mayor David Apatang welcomed the guests to the CNMI.
“The people of Saipan and I are honored to extend a warm hafa adai and welcome to Pu Tian Tong Le art group. I am very happy to meet you all. Its always a great opportunity to learn from people of different cultural background,” Apatang said.
The event was organized by Top Development, Inc. in partnership with the Marianas Visitors Authority.
The father of TDI’s Fang Hai Tao, who is a community leader in Beijing, organized the group because “they realized a lot of the Chinese people like Saipan because of the beauty and the hospitality of the local people.”
“The purpose of bringing this group is to introduce the Chinese culture to the CNMI,” Fang said in Chinese.
“My father came to Saipan many times. He loves Saipan, the nature, beauty, and environment. The local people are very nice and friendly,” he added.
Fang, who has been on Saipan for 28 years, hopes to have more projects like this in the future.
According to MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas, MVA assisted the group in bringing the performers in Saipan.
“We assisted a little bit with the arrangements for them to come here. We extended an invitation to them to come here. With that invitation they were able to kind of fundraise for their airfare,” Duenas said.
The group also made a public appearance at the Taste of the Marianas last Saturday.
“The MVA is always looking for opportunities to promote cultural exchange and this is why we support this kind of activity. We hope this will not be the last and hope that they come back,” Duenas said.