Liberation Day slogan contest opens


Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, left, enjoys a light moment with Skywalker Communications Group managing director Dr. Hu Bo and 2016 CNMI Liberation Day Festivities chair Christopher Leon Guerrero in their meeting last Friday held at the Saipan Mayor’s Office conference room. (Jon Perez)

Individuals who want to join the slogan contest for the 2016 Liberation Day Festivities can start submitting their entries today with the deadline of submission set on Feb. 29.

This year’s theme and the 500-word essay must center on the 71st anniversary of World War II in the CNMI, the impact to the survivors, and how it shaped the people of the CNMI.

“Entries in the slogan competition must reflect that theme. The purpose of being liberated and the life of the CNMI people after the war,” said Liberation Day chair Christopher Leon Guerrero.

Last year, Jihan Buniag’s “Peace in Diversity” was the winning slogan earning her $500. The winning entry will also win $500 this year.

Names of those who will be joining will be taken out once judging starts to avoid conflicts of interest to the panel that will be tasked to select this year’s slogan.

The winning slogan will be printed on all Liberation Day promotional materials, including the tickets to be sold for the Liberation Day Royal Court, paraphernalia, and banners.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said they decided to start early to give the contestants more time to prepare and the committees to make adjustments in planning the festivities.

“We have already assembled the committees that are working on the proposed activities for the 2016 Liberation Day Festivities. We again thank the Skywalker [Communications] Group for their commitment to partner with us,” added Apatang.

Skywalker managing director Dr. Hu Bo said they never considered a short-term partnership with the Saipan Mayor’s Office with the Liberation Day Festival.

“The Liberation Day festivities are faor the CNMI people and we vowed to be part of it every year. We are always happy for our contribution to the festival. We are looking at a commitment of multiple years. We will be a part of it a long time,” said Bo.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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