The Resiliency Fest is happening this Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Marianas Business Plaza, in a celebration of the strength and resilience of the CNMI a year after Super Typhoon Yutu and two weeks after Super Typhoon Hagibis. Admission is free.
Organized by the Lady Diann Torres Foundation, the festival, which will be from 5pm to 10pm, will feature The John Dank Show and local artists like Studio 29:11, Saipan Music & Dance Studio, Goddhy, Dagu Diggers, and Big Jay Selepeo.
“It is a celebration of our strength and how resilient our people are,” first lady Diann Torres said. “We want to say, look, we have come this far. Some people are still recovering, some people are still in tents, but we are here. Our life, our spirit is still alive.”
There will also be a distribution of relief goods. Crisis counselors and representatives of agencies who can provide needed community services will also be there.
“Our crisis counselors…will be on deck to provide counseling for people who need it, and other agencies that can provide services in terms of mental health, of feeling good. We are working closely with partners that can give those services for free,” Torres added.
The foundation is also selling “resiliency shirts” for adults and children, as a fundraiser. The money that will be raised will be used to fund more community projects in the CNMI.
Remembering how the community gathered together and held each other during the typhoons that hit the Marianas, Torres said the event is also about unity. “Our focus is celebrating resiliency and uniting one and all. We’re celebrating resiliency. We are still here, we are alive. We are so strong.”
For more information on the Resiliency Fest, or to help LDTF, contact the foundation at (670) 235-5383.