Liberation Festival to be extended


The Liberation Day festival grounds remain wet and muddy as a result of now Super Typhoon Maria that impacted the CNMI last week. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The 2018 Liberation Day festivities, which were put on hold due to the hazardous weather circumstances brought by now Super Typhoon Maria, will be extended.

Last week, Super Typhoon Maria, that has now made its way to Japan’s Ryukyu Islands in the course of one weekend, brought hazardous winds and pouring rain to the island of Saipan that forced the Saipan Mayor’s Office and the Liberation Day Committee to completely take down the Liberation Day festival setup and to cancel it until further notice.

Although it brought sadness to Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and the committee to cancel the festivities, Apatang wants to ensure the community that the festivities will go on and will be extended.

“We have to extend it [the festival] for the community…we will sit down with the committee and discuss further where we will go from here,” he said.

During an interview with Apatang last weekend at the Kuentai Association’s annual Memorial Service, Apatang said that it is more than likely that it will take a couple of days before they can even restore the festival grounds due to the flooding brought by Maria.

“The grounds are still wet you know and we need to wait for it to dry up before we start putting the tents and the stage area back up,” he said.

The Liberation Day Committee will be meeting today to discuss further plans for the Liberation Day Festival and the Liberation Day parade.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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