Youth holiday fair to head to Kobler, Chalan Kanoa


The three-day 2018 Youth Holiday Fair over the weekend is headed toward Koblerville and Chalan Kanoa after its first celebration in Kagman.

Shelane Borja, the Office of the Governor’s special assistant for youth affairs, told Saipan Tribune Saturday evening that the fair would continue at the Chalan Kanoa Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, and at the Koblerville Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, from 6pm to 9pm on both days.

“We want to…make [the fair accessible to] those without transportation and those having a hard time going to [other sites],” she said.

Borja noted that the fair started off at Kagman to get in touch with the nearby shelterees at the Kagman Emergency Shelter, which is the former juvenile detention center that was repurposed into an emergency long-term shelter after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated most of the southern area of Saipan.

“We wanted a way to meet the people in the north, especially in Kagman, for those in the shelters,” she said, adding that the fair is open to the public.

The packed Kagman Community Center Saturday evening is a bar that Borja would like to raise in Chalan Kanoa and Koblerville.

“Thank you to the community for coming out and availing of this event, as well as being here to spend time with their families, friends, and everyone,” she said. “[We want] to bring the Christmas and holiday spirits to families and the community as a whole, especially to the youth.”

Borja said her office worked with the Public School System to get some shelterees to the event.

The fair featured booths of government and non-government agencies, such as the Division of Youth Affairs, Community Guidance Center, the Garrett Lee Smith program, Saipan Young Professionals, Marianas Young Professionals, Commonwealth Office on Transit Authority, and the Lady Diann Torres Foundation, to name a few.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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