May proclaimed Older Americans Month

A proclamation was signed yesterday morning at the Office on Aging to dedicate the month of May to all man’amko, or elderly, of the CNMI.

The proclamation designated May as Older Americans Month and was established to celebrate the elderly that are still alive in our community today. The document was signed by acting governor Victor B. Hocog.

One of the longest cultural beliefs of the island is that the elderly are to be treasured and respected.

The Commonwealth is determined to keeping this belief alive and has dedicated the whole month of May to the man’amko.

The man’amko will be taking advantage of May by filling it with different events that will lead to the coronation of the new King and Queen of the Office on Aging.

The community is also encouraged to take part in the appreciation of the elderly that are still in the community.

The proclamation encouraged adults to re-evaluate the meaning of aging this month and allow the elderly to share their experiences.

The month of May will be full of activities hosted by the man’amko and Office on Aging.

On Monday, May 1, the man’amko will be at the Chamolinian Utt for a roadside waving that will be followed by a picnic.

Tuesday, May 2, will be the start of the Bingo Black out for the man’amko. Bingo will be held at the man’amko center and will start at 10am.

On Wednesday, May 3, the center will host a 1950s-1960s-themed party. For more details, feel free to call Linda Torres at 287-7861.

On Thursday, May 4, the center will host a movie, bingo, and billiards night. Practice will also be held for the man’amko fashion show. The fashion show practice will start from 10am to 11am. For more details, feel free to contact Linda Torres from the man’amko center at 287-7861.

On May 8, the center will have a dance and karaoke contest. For more details feel free to contact Linda Torres from the man’amko center at 287-7861.

On May 10 the man’amko will be taking over jobs in the government, according to Walter Manglona, the center’s director. For more details on that, feel free to call the man’amko center.

On May 12, the man’amko center will have their Flores De Mayo Fashion show. The fashion show is the center’s main event for the entire Older Americans Month. The event will start at 5:30pm at the center. On the following day, May 13, another fashion show will be held at the Taste of Marianas. For more details, feel free to call Linda Torres from the man’amko center at 287-7861.

On May 17, the center will hosts it billiard tournament that will be held at the center. For additional information, feel free to contact Linda Torres from the man’amko center at 287-7861.

On May 19, the center will have its conference on aging. The conference will be held at the man’amko center. For additional information, feel free to contact Linda Torres from the man’amko center at 287-7861.

The center will also be hosting a dance class on May 30 starting at 10am. Volunteers from the Commonwealth Health Center will also be there to join the man’amko.

May 31 will be the coronation night of the new Man’amko King and Queen who will inherent the crown and tiara from King Carmelito Asuncion and Queen Soledad Cabrera, respectively. Details regarding the coronation night are to be announced.

KIMBERLY A. BAUTISTA Author

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