Saipan Tribune is 2019 Christmas Village champ

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The Saipan Tribune’s Upside Down cottage was awarded first place during the Lady Diann Torres Foundation Christmas Village awarding ceremony yesterday at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. (KIMBERLY A. BAUTISTA)

The Saipan Tribune’s entry took home the first-place prize during the 2019 Lady Diann Torres Foundation’s Christmas Village awarding Wednesday night at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.

Saipan Tribune, which made its debut in this year’s Lady Diann Torres Foundation Christmas Village, took the event by storm with its unique, Upside Down Christmas concept, earning them the first-place trophy along with a $400 cash prize.

Torres said in an interview that Saipan Tribune’s concept for their cottage was new, different, and unique and they deserved the win.

Following Saipan Tribune in second place was the former reigning champion, the Saipan Mayor’s Office, whose Lego House also won it a $300 cash prize.

In third place was the Department of Correction’s igloo cottage. The department took home a cash prize of $150.

The People’s Choice award was given to Department of Public Works for the number of votes received from members of the community. They were awarded a $150 cash prize.

According to Torres, although the village was much smaller compared to the last Christmas Village, she still thinks the village turned out great and is happy that businesses and departments still decided to participate despite the many events going on in the community.

“We had a little bit less than two years ago but it was still a good turnout. We had 23 this year and two years ago, we had 29. We had some companies pull out because there was a lot of things going on in the community and were busy with their own thing,” she said.

The Lady Diann Torres Christmas village will be open until Jan. 6 and it will be open every day from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays. On the weekends, the village will be open from 6pm to 11pm.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista 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 kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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