Hundreds of kids flock to see Spongebob and pals


After a two-year hiatus, Docomo Pacific brought back the Kids4kids Carnival to the CNMI on Monday and yesterday, bringing with them Spongebob from Spongebob Squarepants, Diego from Go Diego Go, and Millie and Geo from Team Umizoomi, much to the delight of hundreds of children who trooped to the Royal Taga Hall of Saipan World Resort to see their favorite Nickelodeon characters.

Children of all ages, along with their parents and guardians, were treated to an hour of entertainment and games, as well as food and other fun stuff. Each kid also got to bring home a balloon-shaped Spongebob or Dora the Explorer.

“Their excitement is very pure, the energy. There’s nothing better than seeing a smiling child,” said Thomas Higa, Docomo Pacific’s chief commercial officer.

A total of about 2,400 people enjoyed the four shows during the two-day event. The usual ticket price is $7 but Docomo slashed the price on Saipan to just $3.50.

“Saipan is special today,” Higa said. “Because of the devastation here, we cut the ticket price in half…to help the families here because times are hard right now. The last thing we want them to worry about is a $7 price.”

Higa said that Docomo has always been about the community, especially the kids. Through their Kids4kids events, they are able to help more children.

“It’s for the benefit of children, children events to help the children. We use the money to do all the children’s events,” Higa said.

Part of the money from this event as well as their upcoming golf tournament may be used to help the local hospital’s pediatric ward, to set up television sets with cable connection to entertain kids.

Higa said they also are thinking of bringing their Christmas event for kids in Guam to Saipan.

“I definitely want to do the ‘Movies with Santa’ here. It will be the first time; we’ve done it three years successfully in Guam. I think it’s something that the kids here will appreciate,” he said.

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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