MVA may soon move

MVA secures property in Garapan

Marianas Visitors Authority board of directors chair Marian Aldan-Pierce presides over a meeting last Tuesday, during which MVA managing director Christopher Attao Concepcion announced that a piece of land in Garapan has been secured for a future MVA building. (Ferdie de la Torre)

The Marianas Visitors Authority may soon have its own permanent building after it secured a property on the grounds of the CNMI Museum of History and Culture in Garapan.

MVA managing director Christopher Attao Concepcion disclosed during the MVA board meeting last Tuesday that the CNMI Museum board of governors voted last Friday to give MVA a portion of its 8,867-square-meter lot where the MVA could build a permanent site.

With the granting of title to the property, a memorandum of understanding is needed to be signed between MVA and the CNMI Museum, said Concepcion, who is also chairman of the museum board.

He said the property is large and MVA only needs a small portion for its future building.

Concepcion said they’re working with an in-house architect to come up with a design that would complement with the building that’s already there.

“I’m pretty sure that requires a certain land survey so we can draw our borders and put or assign a lot number and things like that,” he said.

Concepcion said the MVA has had no permanent home for 43 years now. MVA currently leases an office building in San Jose/Oleai.

MVA board director Cinta Kaipat underscored the need to build a permanent structure for MVA with a design that will reflect the CNMI’s culture.

Concepcion agreed, saying that is the plan.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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