Parents and guardians interested in having their child join the Marianas Visitors Authority’s “Marianas-chan” (Marianas child) auditions are reminded to register by Friday, Dec. 30. Applications are available at www.mymarianas.com, and the MVA is offering $1,000 cash and other prizes to the winner of the auditions on Jan. 7, 2016.
“Marianas-chan” will be featured in various MVA marketing and promotional activities in Japan in 2017, beginning in February. In addition to the $1,000 cash prize, travel expenses and a stipend will be provided to “Marianas-chan” and their parent or guardian for promotional activities held in Japan and the CNMI.
“We are excited to find a cute and outgoing ‘Marianas-chan’ who will be the new face of the Northern Marianas in Japan for one year,” said MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the winning family, so we encourage those interested to contact our MVA offices on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota if they have any questions and to ensure they make Friday’s application deadline.”
“Marianas-chan” will visit Japan to promote tourism and make television appearances, and his or her image will be issued in promotional material and merchandising.
Contestants will have the opportunity to demonstrate any special talent or skill at the live auditions in Saipan. Applicants must be 4-6 years old, reside in the Northern Mariana Islands and be a U.S. citizen. Additional criteria are specified on the application. Interested contestants from Tinian and Rota are invited to submit an application with a 1-2 minute video of the contestant to firstname.lastname@example.org for call back to the Jan. 7 audition in Saipan. (MVA)