By Dennis B. Chan |Posted on November 24, 2015
As part of their yearly community service to the elderly, Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan treated dozens of the man’amko yesterday to a Thanksgiving lunch to start the holidays.
This is their seventh year of hosting the lunch. Entertainment and raffle prizes were also provided yesterday at the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort.
Abner Acosta, general manager of the resort, said this is the hotel’s way of giving back to the elderly.
“Just to remember them,” Acosta told Saipan Tribune. “They are always in our hearts and prayers as a community.”
“This is just one of our yearly activities and personally I look forward to this because I get to see them every year,” he added.
Marie Salinas, one of the many man’amko at the lunch yesterday, said the event was a “surprise” for her.
“They woke me up to bring me over here,” she said. “Today is also my birthday. It’s like celebrating my birthday.”
Salinas and another man’amko, Jess Pangelinan, said they are thankful for the luncheon for this seventh consecutive year.
What else are they thankful for this holiday season?
“We are thankful to the Lord,” Pangelinan said. “We had a typhoon but nobody was killed. We are very thankful for that. We are very thankful for the federal government coming in and helping and giving us all kinds of assistance.”
Salinas also noted that this was the man’amko’s first get-together since the storm in August as the Aging Center has been closed.
“We haven’t talked to each other. We haven’t seen each other,” she said.
“We miss each other,” added Pangelinan.
“This is like an emotional get-together now,” Salinas noted. “Any occasion we get to see other is a happy occasion.”
This article was originally authored by Dennis B. Chan of the Saipan Tribune and published on November 24th 2015. All rights, recognition and acknowledgment belong to the author and the Saipan Tribune.