TanHoldings Joins 8th Annual “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes” Commemoration

TanHoldings recently participated in the 8th Annual “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes” commemoration, standing alongside government officials and emergency responders. This event, held at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, brought together leaders, first responders, and the community to honor the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks and recognize the dedication of present-day heroes safeguarding the CNMI and the USA. Governor Arnold Palacios, Lt. Governor David Apatang, TanHoldings CEO Jerry Tan, and various first responders gathered for the launch, emphasizing the ongoing importance of remembering and supporting these heroes who selflessly served their communities.

This event not only pays tribute to the heroes lost on 9/11 but also acknowledges the sacrifices and dedication of modern-day heroes, including firefighters, police officers, and first responders. It stands as a testament to their commitment in ensuring the safety of the CNMI and the United States. The funds raised during this event will continue to provide support to the community heroes, aiding them in recovering from the emotional strains that come with their noble decision to serve and protect.

Sponsorship Enthusiasm Fuels the Marianas Football Cup Revival

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In the revival of the Marianas Football Cup, the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) men’s and women’s national teams secured victories against Guam’s teams. The event, held at the Northern Marianas Soccer Training Center in Koblerville, featured four games that captivated the crowd. This marked a significant comeback for the tournament, serving as a platform for renewed rivalries and spirited soccer matches between NMI and Guam after a three-year hiatus. The overwhelming community support demonstrated the eagerness to embrace sports events once again since the pandemic, setting a positive tone for future sporting engagements in Saipan.

The recent Marianas Football Cup received support from various sponsors, including TanHoldings’ philanthropic arm, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, as well as business units D&Q International Distributors, Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan, and TakeCare Insurance Company, Inc., among others. This collaborative effort showcases the shared dedication of businesses and organizations towards fostering a vibrant soccer community in the region.

TanHoldings Supports Youth Development through 4-H Marianas

TanHoldings, through the Tan Siu Lin Foundation (TSLF), is honored to extend its support to 4-H Marianas and be one of the sponsors of the 4-H Camp Maga’lahi. As #friendsof4H, TanHoldings is grateful for the chance to empower and nurture the potential of the youth. Through this sponsorship, TanHoldings and TSLF show their commitment to fostering growth, education, and the holistic development of the younger generation, ensuring a promising future for the community.

The upcoming 2023 4-H Camp Maga’lahi is anticipated to be a memorable summer adventure for participants in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota as it offers an immersive experience for young campers, providing a platform to engage in various activities including swimming, hiking, and cultural exploration. Along with these adventures, campers are also given the opportunity to cultivate essential life skills such as leadership and teamwork. The engaging environment of the camp facilitates not only personal growth but also an appreciation for cultural diversity, creating a well-rounded and enriching experience for all.

TanHoldings Sponsors TakeCare Saipan International 2023

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TanHoldings expresses its honor in being one of the sponsors of the TakeCare Saipan International 2023, underlining their dedication to supporting the community through sports. This sponsorship showcases their ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of sportsmanship and unity within the region.

The TakeCare Saipan International 2023 is an event organized in collaboration with Badminton Oceania and the Northern Marianas Badminton Association (NMBA). It represents an addition to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar, featuring two new International Challenge tournaments in June—beginning with the Northern Marianas Open 2023 (June 6-11) and ending with the Saipan International (June 13-18). The involvement of TanHoldings in this event is a testament to their dedication to supporting sports and fostering community engagement, further reinforcing their position as a community-centric organization.

TSLF Awards Scholarships to 10 NMC Students

TanHoldings is proud to announce the ten recipients of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation (TSLF) Scholarship. Northern Marianas College (NMC) students Alyssa A. Alegre, Ejay Luis Aquirre, Ramhae Andrea Awit, Christine Jewelle Beceril, Patricia Ann Castillon, Rownel Jody Coloma, Brent Michael Espineda, Duncan Aaron Laxa, Patricia D. Pak, and Carmille Jade Perez were recently honored during a special reception ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan.

The TSLF Scholarship program is designed to provide students with invaluable opportunities to achieve their educational and career aspirations. Each scholarship recipient received $1,000 to support their academic journey. NMC extends its deepest gratitude to the Tan Siu Lin Foundation for their ongoing partnership in empowering students and supporting higher education in the CNMI community.

TanHoldings remains steadfast in its commitment to make a positive impact in the CNMI community, and the TSLF Scholarship program is just one of the many ways the company demonstrates its dedication to education and the development of future leaders.

TanHoldings EVP Assumes Role as Board Chairman of Guam Visitors Bureau

TanHoldings proudly congratulates its Executive Vice President George Chiu on his appointment as the new Chairman of the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Board of Directors.

Expressing gratitude to the members who participated in the selection process, GVB President & CEO Carl T.C. Gutierrez acknowledged the candidates for their unwavering commitment to the visitor industry. In collaboration with Vice President Gerry Perez, Gutierrez emphasized their diligent efforts over the past few months to focus on Guam’s recovery, ensuring a brighter future for the tourism sector.

With a shared vision of fostering a new golden age of tourism, Gutierrez stressed the importance of working harmoniously and inclusively, guided by the laws of Guam. This collaborative approach aims to ensure that tourism not only thrives but also benefits all stakeholders involved.

POI Aviation Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

POI Aviation, the ground handling business unit of TanHoldings, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, affirming their dedication to continuously improving performance and delivering services that adhere to the highest standards in safety and quality.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification, granted by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company, holds significant importance in an industry where safety and security are paramount concerns. It validates POI Aviation’s adherence to precise quality management system requirements and demonstrates their ability to provide services that align with customer needs while complying with regulatory standards.

Attaining ISO 9001:2015 certification underscores POI Aviation’s dedication to continuous improvement and their commitment to ensuring the highest levels of safety, performance, and customer satisfaction. By meeting these internationally recognized standards, POI Aviation reinforces its position as a trusted industry leader, delivering reliable and top-quality services to its clientele.

POI Aviation Bags Gold in UA Program

Pacific Oriental Inc. Aviation, known as POI Aviation, has proudly attained gold status in the United Airlines Core4 Pillar Program. This recognition encompasses safety, work safety, and security, highlighting POI Aviation’s commitment to excellence in these crucial areas. United Airlines’ Core4 Pillars, which embody safety, caring, dependability, and efficiency serve as guiding principles for the organization.

Ivan Quichocho, POI Aviation Vice President, expressed pride in the team’s accomplishment, attributing the gold status to the results of rigorous audits assessing their business practices, adherence to safety and security protocols, consistency, and workplace and customer safety measures. Quichocho emphasized the team’s consistent high performance in meeting the targets of safety and security which contributed to their exceptional audit results. Looking ahead, Quichocho outlined the team’s aspiration to achieve platinum status in the upcoming quarter, demonstrating their commitment to continuous improvement.

Expressing gratitude, Regional Safety Manager for United Airlines David Baker and United Airlines General Manager Justin Marion commended the POI team for their invaluable partnership with United in delivering safe, caring, dependable, and efficient services to customers. This recognition not only affirms POI Aviation’s dedication to maintaining the highest standards but also underscores their role as trusted leaders in the aviation industry. As a business unit of TanHoldings, POI Aviation’s achievement in the United Airlines Core4 Pillar Program demonstrates the group’s commitment to excellence across its diverse portfolio of industries.

TSLF Supports the Tinian Pika Festival with a $5,000 Donation

The Tinian Pika Festival, set to captivate attendees with its vibrant celebration, has received a significant boost of support from the Tan Siu Lin Foundation (TSLF). The foundation has pledged a donation of $5,000 to contribute to the success of the much-anticipated event. Mayor Edwin P. Aldan had the honor of receiving the donation check from TSLF’s Director Merlie Tolentino and TanHoldings’ CEO Jerry Tan.

Scheduled to take place on February 18-19, 2023, the 19th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival, known as “Pika Fest” among locals, is a remarkable showcase of the island’s distinctive donni’ hot pepper. The Chamorro word “pika” carries dual meanings of “spicy” and “excellent,” both of which aptly describe the festivities that await attendees. The event attracts locals and visitors alike, who come together to immerse themselves in a fusion of culture, flavors, and vibrant performances.

The support extended by the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings highlights their commitment to fostering community spirit and promoting the cultural heritage of Tinian. By donating to the Tinian Pika Festival, the foundation aims to enhance the festivities and provide an enjoyable experience for everyone in attendance.

TanHoldings and TSLF Supports NMI Junior National Badminton Team in Pacific U15 Invitation Team Challenge 2023

An exciting opportunity for the young players of the Northern Mariana Islands has been made possible through the support of Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings along with Badminton Oceania, Northern Marianas Sports Association, and the Governor’s Office. The NMI Junior National Badminton Team is set to showcase their skills on an international stage as they participate in the Pacific Under 15 Invitation Team Challenge 2023, held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Team Challenge will be held simultaneously with the Victor Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships 2023. This synchronization provides a unique platform for under 15 players to immerse themselves in an international competitive environment. They will have the privilege of playing alongside the continent’s most talented Under 19 players, with technical officials, live scoring, medal presentations, and all the thrilling elements that define a high-stakes tournament.

The participation of the NMI Junior National Badminton Team in the Pacific U15 Invitation Team Challenge is an extraordinary opportunity for young athletes of NMI to gain valuable experience and exposure on an international level. The Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings have been instrumental in making this journey possible for the region’s talented badminton players. Their steadfast support and commitment to youth development have paved the way for these aspiring athletes to showcase their skills and represent the Northern Mariana Islands with pride.

TSLF Donates $5,000 to the Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation

TanHoldings, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, continues its commitment to community development through the philanthropic efforts of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation. In a gesture of support for sports and youth engagement, the foundation recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation. The occasion took place during the conclusion of the 2022 Marianas Village Cup held at the TSL Sports Complex.

During the ceremony, the Tan Siu Lin Foundation further emphasized its dedication to fostering athletic talent and promoting basketball across Saipan. Recognizing the importance of providing resources to local basketball clubs, the foundation contributed basketball equipment valued at $1,000 to several clubs, including the Ol’Aces, MadFlex, Rollers, Sixers, and Titans.

The partnership between TanHoldings and the Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation reflects the shared vision of promoting sports development and fostering talent within the region.

TanHoldings President and CEO gets appointed to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo appointed TanHoldings President and CEO Jerry Tan to the national U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) last Friday, January 13.

Along with 31 other individuals from around the country, Tan will advise the Commerce secretary regarding the effects of government policies on the tourism and travel industry of the USA. They will also provide counsel on current issues to maintain its sustainable growth, given that the tourism industry is the nation’s economic engine.

The 32 appointees, Tan included, are considered organization and business leaders in the travel industry. They are regarded as representatives of the state and the groups that are directly involved in the American tourism landscape.

“The U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board plays a vital role in providing expert recommendations and industry insight to optimize the American travel experience. I look forward to working with new and returning members,” said Raimondo.

A wide range of issues and policies have been handled by the TTAB including travel facilitation, visa policy, infrastructure, aviation security, tourism research, climate, and economic sustainability.

TanHoldings Takes Part in the 71st Operation Christmas Drop

In the spirit of Christmas, TanHoldings, through Cosmos Distributing Co. and Mariana Express Lines, is honored to be part of the 71st Operation Christmas Drop.

This annual tradition is a partnership between the military forces and private organizations with the goal to transport and drop necessities and gifts to remote regions throughout the Pacific.

This year, around 200 boxes will be airdropped to 57 different islands until Friday, December 9. TanHoldings continues to look forward to participate in meaningful activities such as these.

Saipan Celebrates EAFF’s 20th Anniversary

Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) President Jerry Tan, along with local dignitaries Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Delegate Gregorio “Kilili” Sablan welcomed the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) to Saipan to honor and celebrate their 20th anniversary last November 11.

EAFF Executive Committee members, staff, and guests were at the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan to witness the momentous occasion. NMIFA officials, members, and other NMI soccer stakeholders also graced the event.

In his speech, EAFF President Du Zhaocai recognized the NMIFA not only for its various achievements but also for the people behind the federation’s success.

Jerry Tan also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the EAFF for sharing this milestone to the Northern Mariana Islands and its soccer community. For him, the unconditional support of the EAFF is the reason why NMIFA continues to grow.

“It means a lot to us for the EAFF family to come down and visit not just to celebrate this anniversary but also to take a look at what we have done for NMI soccer,” Tan said.

Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub Opens at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

With the purpose of providing a more flexible learning experience for the School of Hotel and Tourism (SHTM) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub has been opened last October 18, 2022 with the unwavering support of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation.

Containing specialized software and state-of-the-art digital equipment for the tourism and hospitality industry, the innovation hub aims to continuously foster the creativity of SHTM students by providing the necessary resources to aid their growth as budding professionals. This makes the hub one of the major facilities of the university.

The innovation hub was officially opened by Dr. Tan Siu Lin, Founder of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation; Mrs. Jennifer Su Tan, Tan Siu Lin Foundation Hong Kong Executive Director; Dr. Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean, Chair Professor and Walter and Wendy Kwok Family Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management.

The SHTM of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University treats the opening of the Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub as a turning point towards their development and determination to progress along with the changes brought by the digital age.

TanHoldings Conducts 5K Walkathon for its 50th Anniversary

All roads led to TanHoldings’ 5K Walkathon!

In celebration of TanHoldings’ 50th Anniversary, a walkathon was held to promote one of the group’s advocacies: getting fit.

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Held in Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, Rota, Saipan and Yap on three dates from September 6-8, 2022,  the walk drew 815 attendees composed mostly of employees, joined by friends and family members.

It was a meaningful way to celebrate the milestone, have fun, and get fit all at the same time. This event wouldn’t be possible and successful without the active cooperation and teamwork of the participants involved.

September Declared as “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes Month”

With an aim to support the bereaved families of the tragic incident, both the public and private sectors gathered this year as 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which took place last September 11, 2001.

TanHoldings Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Human Resources Catherine Attao-Toves and TanHoldings President and CEO Jerry Tan joined Gov. Ralph DLG Torres as he signed a proclamation declaring September as “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes Month” last September 8, 2022 at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport. Acting Saipan mayor Ana Demapan-Castro, Transportation Security Administration director Gary Myers, and TanHoldings Corporate Business Development Vice President Alex Sablan were also in the proclamation signing.

“The events of September 11, 2001, profoundly affected us all, showing our nation’s resilience in the face of tragedy, unifying and strengthening our resolve against global terrorism; and each year, citizens across our nation honor and remember those who lost their lives during these tragic events… and we continue to offer support to the families who lost loved ones in the devastating events of that day through prayer and reflection,” Torres said.

“We want to always bring into the attention of the community so that even the young people can remember what happened 21 years ago. This is important not only for us adults but also young people to understand what sacrifices happened in this event,” said Tan.

The proclamation signing was followed by the “We Will Never Forget” motorcade on September 10 at the American Memorial Park to commemorate the lives of those who passed away performing their sworn duties.

TanHoldings Participates in the 78th Guam Liberation Day Parade

After the two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Liberation Day celebration is finally back and alive in Hagåtña. With the central theme “The Strength to Overcome, the Faith to Persevere,” the 78th Guam Liberation Day celebration last July 21 was hosted by the Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Office of the Governor, and the Guam Visitors Bureau. Part of the festivities was the Liberation Day Parade wherein floats of various villages and organizations were at display. The TanHoldings team gladly participated in the parade with their gold-themed float decorated with ornamental plants and containing the logos of their various SBUs. With everyone’s teamwork, the TanHoldings float bagged the People’s Choice Award for the business category.

TSL Foundation Donates to SCC’s Scholarship Program

 

As part of their support for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s (SCC) scholarship program, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, TanHoldings’ charitable arm, has signed up as a gold sponsor for the Chamber’s annual golf tournament.

Merlie Tolentino, Executive Director of Tan Siu Lin Foundation, presented a check amounting to $2,500 to SCC officials headed by its president Joe Guerrero. A part of the proceeds from the event will be allotted for the Chamber’s scholarship program which helps local students in pursuing higher education.

Tolentino said that they will continue to help give local students opportunities to further their education since these will help hone their knowledge, skills, and values for the future. Guerrero on the other hand, thanked TanHoldings and Tan Siu Lin Foundation for the continued partnership and support, not only to SCC, but also to the rest of the NMI community.

TanHoldings Celebrates Earth Day 2022

With its purpose to raise awareness and protect the environment as part of their corporate social responsibility practices, TanHoldings virtually celebrated Earth Day last April 22, 2022. The online program aims to advocate for this year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest in our Planet”.

Speakers from various Strategic Business Units such as POI Aviation, D&Q International Distributors, and AB Risk Solutions hosted the virtual program wherein relevant videos were played to inform the audience regarding the prevalent problems the Earth is facing, specifically plastic pollution.

                                                                                                       

The highlight of the event is the launch of the “Zero Plastic, Make it a Habit” campaign, encouraging the Strategic Business Units to look at ways on how plastic consumption can be reduced in their respective units. Activities related to quarterly-themes were launched to sustain engagement within the group.

“Much is needed from us, not just as a business, but also as individuals; because every day, our choices have a direct impact on our environment. Let’s enjoy and learn from this virtual celebration and let’s be on our way to reducing plastic use across all our business units,” says Jerry Tan, CEO and President of TanHoldings.

They ended the program by asking team members to express their commitment through submitting their own environmental pledges via an online form.

Earth Day is one of the biggest celebrations honoring the birth of the environmental movement. It takes place annually on the 22nd of April.