Island Snapshots – June 2023



Lt. Gov. David M. Apatang pose with the CNMI’s tourism industry stakeholders in front of the Office of the Governor last May 3, 2023, after proclaiming the month of May as Marianas Tourism Month. Joining Apatang were Marianas Visitors Authority acting chair Gloria Cavanagh, MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion, MVA board members, MVA management and staff, local dignitaries, and members of the Saipan Southern High School MyWAVE Club. (OFFIE OF THE GOVERNOR)

In anticipation of Mother’s Day and the spirit of bringing joy and awareness of the positive impact mothers have in our lives, the CNMI Office of the Governor, first lady Wella S. Palacios, and the CNMI Office of Women’s Affairs recently presented gift baskets to Karidat Social Services, Department of Corrections, and the Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation HOPE Recovery Center, for distribution to mothers who avail of the services of those respective departments and organizations. From left to right: Karidat Social Services staff, Karidat Social Services executive director Lauri Ogumoro, special assistant for Women’s Affairs Barbara T. Sablan, Karidat Social Services staff, special assistant for Administration Oscar M. Babauta, Department of Corrections Commissioner Anthony C. Torres, and Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation special assistant Diego M. Sablan.

Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, second from left, and Lt. Gov. David M. Apatang, rightmost, pose with Marianas Visitor Authority officials after swearing administering the oath of office to Jamika R. Taijeron and Sachiko N. Gerrard to serve on the MVA board of directors. (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR)


Instructor James Bamba, in hat, conducts a coconut frond-weaving class with students of Sinapalo Elementary Chamorro class on May 15, 2023, on Rota. The class was organized by the Marianas Visitors Authority in celebration of Marianas Tourism Month and included teaching the significance of heritage tourism. (MVA)

Margarita DLG Camacho was the lucky winner of a 55” HiSense TV through the Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc. Giveaway that ran during the months of April and May. Also in the photo is Camacho’s husband, Ricardo Camacho, and members of the staff and management of the company. Pacifica Insurance is a full line agency offering insurance coverage for homes, cars, businesses, and specialty lines on Saipan, Rota and Tinian. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

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