For more than three months, one of the island’s local attractions every Thursday night was temporarily closed due to ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor. Last Thursday, the Garapan Thursday Night Market finally reopened, attracting many passersby to the location.
KKMP radio station owner Gary Sword emceed the reopening and expressed his excitement stating, “They just called me today and said that we got power and so we said, let’s open tonight.”
According to Commonwealth Arts Council director Angel Hocog, “we had to wait for recovery to take effect and get [the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.] to hook up our power. It was just this week that it happened because CUC had to prioritize the power lines.”
Not surprisingly, “we’ve actually received calls from many interested vendors. They were asking if we can expand but we are overwhelmed already with the number of vendors with the space we have,” Hocog said.
Regular vendors such as Java Joes, Furusato Restaurant, Cheap Cut BBQ, Jhem’s Restaurant, Snowy Ice Cream, Canton Restaurant, Kim’s Tofu, Royal Fast Food, M&D BBQ, Hula Girl, and many more were greeted by hungry patrons that night.
The Sinser Dancers from the North opened the night at 6pm, with entertainers Majesty, Luis La Porte, and Out of the Ordinary John bringing the opening night to a close at 9pm.