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Marianas Variety, Thursday, November 30, 2006
Recyclable materials decorate Christmas trees
By Emmanuel T. Erediano
Variety News Staff
ONCE described as “beautiful but dead,” Paseo de Marianas came alive yesterday as hundreds of students, their parents, teachers and school principals decorated 15 Christmas trees with recycled materials in a competition organized by the non-profit group Paseo de Marianas Promoters.
Rep. Absalon Waki, Covenant-Saipan, Paseo de Marianas Promoters manager Misako Kamata, Beautify CNMI!’s Angelo Villagomez and Fiesta Resort & Spa Hotel general manager Jackson Yen are the judges in the contest.
Fourteen schools and a youth center participated in the contest, and the judges watched the participants decorate their trees until they finished at 6 p.m.
The winners will be announced on Dec. 21.
The Christmas decoration contest is among the activities of the Paseo de Marianas Promoters which aims to transform the area into a family-oriented commercial park.
The use of recycled materials is the group’s way of showing support for another non-profit group, Beautify CNMI!, “a coalition of concerned citizens, private groups, and government entities united to enhance the CNMI’s natural beauty and foster community pride in its residents and visitors.”
During yesterday’s competition, Koblerville Elementary School students, parents and teachers used egg shells as Christmas balls, CDs, and cups to decorate their tree.
Kagman Elementary School used aluminum soda cans, empty water bottles, soft drink straws, and sticks.
The Guerrero T. Camacho Elementary School’s tree was decorated with paper, cardboards, styrofoam and water bottle caps.
Some teachers from the participating schools said it took them three days to conceptualize their entries.
Teachers said they were happy to see parents actively involved in the competition.
Saipan Tribune, Wednesday, November 30, 2006
Beautify CNMI! sets upcoming activities
Beautify CNMI! is set to begin work on its holiday activities:
- San Antonio Beach on Saturday at 8am. Volunteers are asked to use Aguas Street (road between the school and PIC). The cleanup will head north toward Chalan Piao. This event is the monthly DEQ cleanup brigade.
“Want to be famous? We will be filming our first Beautify CNMI! commercial at this event,” said Beautify CNMI!'s Angelo Villagomez.
- Garapan Tourist District on Sunday at 8am. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the American Memorial Park. This is Beautify CNMI's third cleanup of the tourist district. It is being led by volunteer group MOVER.
- Navy Hill Lighthouse on Sunday at 10am. “You asked for it, you got it. Dr. Khorram’s daughter, Nava, asked us if we could clean this historical area up. How could I say no? We are going to pick up trash, remove some weeds, and if allowed, paint over some graffiti,” said Villagomez.