CTSI Logistics Guam Partners with Guam Community College for their First Truck Driving Transportation Boot Camp

TanHoldings’ strategic business unit, CTSI Logistics Guam, has been chosen as one of the partners of Guam Community College for their first Truck Driving Transportation Boot Camp. The event began last Monday, September 16, and will run until the end of November.

The fifteen selected participants for the boot camp will get their C-class license and certificates in work ethics, occupational safety and health, career readiness and CPR/basic first aid.

Apart from CTSI Logistics Guam, other logistics companies also participated in the event. This boot camp was held to address today’s workforce shortage in the truck driving industry in Guam.

POI Aviation Receives Quality First Award from United Airlines

It’s a double victory for the POI Aviation team as they were awarded by United Airlines with the Quality First Award for the 2nd Quarter of 2019 and their 3rd win for the Caring Challenge (June).

The Caring Challenge is given to stations who make a positive difference for the customers and for United Airlines while the Quality First award is given to business partners who manage their stations and provide services outstandingly.

POI Aviation continues to live up to their commitment to Work with your Heart and Serve with a Smile.

TSL Foundation Supports September 11 Commemoration


The Tan Siu Lin Foundation along with the staff and organizers of “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes” will start the ceremonies for remembering the attacks in the United States way back in 2001. The commemoration will start on September 11.

To remember and honor the memories of those who shed their lives in the 9/11 attacks, and to the heroes who saved many lives that day, veterans, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders, there will be a commemorating ceremony to acknowledge and appreciate their bravery.

Together with TSL Foundation, Triple J Saipan and IT&E are among the sponsors of this year’s We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes. With one voice, the commemoration of 9/11 the event is expected to be meaningful and memorable.

“Today and every day, we stand with our men and women in uniform. We are proud of our commitment to honoring and supporting our heroes,” said IT&E Customer Operations Executive director Rob Harrell.

2019 OSHA Safe and Sound Week Training


Kanoa Resort Saipan and Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan just completed “Safe + Sound Week” training spearheaded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last August 12-18, 2019.

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event every August that pursues to recognize and acknowledge the successes of workplace safety and health programs that seeks to give information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe and sound.

It’s a week of learning for the different departments such as the Kitchen Team, Housekeeping and Engineering Teams as they had discussions and trainings regarding their respective jobs and responsibilities.

The 5-day training serves as a reminder for the team members to strengthen commitment to safety in the workplace and their colleagues.

TSL Foundation Supports the 24th Governor’s Tournament of Champions

The Tan Siu Lin Foundation, the charitable arm of TanHoldings, provides continued support for the 24th Governor’s Tournament of Champions (TOC).

In the last eight years, the TSL Foundation has been supporting the said tournament. With that, they have been named as a gold sponsor of the TOC. Yesterday, TSL Foundation Executive Director Merlie Tolentino joined by TanHoldings executives handed the TSL Foundation’s $5,000 donation to the organizers of the TOC at the company’s Corporate Office in Beach Road. 

The two-day contest will be held on August 10-11, 2019 at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort with more than 200 registered players. 

“We are pleased to partner anew with the Governor’s Tournament of Champions organizers in bringing this premier golf tournament and helping raise funds for beautification projects on island and for non-profit groups that provide assistance to members of our community,” TSL Foundation Executive Director Merlie Tolentino said.

18 Students Finish TanHoldings Summer Internship Program

Eighteen students wrapped up their summer internship with TanHoldings last Tuesday at the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.

The 18 students were Chrisley Mari Abrigo, Christine Beceril, Christian Bravo, John Ezekiel Canape, Karl Codog, Jake Datu, Gwyneth Enriquez, Abigail Galang, Kelly Guevarra, Sue Ann Huevos, Magdalena Lieto, Kiara Manganti, David and Charissa Parco, Jedidah Peteru, Elijah San Jose, Hanna Santos, and Aerrol Velasco.

They have successfully completed their internship that ran from June 24 to Aug. 5. During the six-week program, they were assigned to a different TanHoldings affiliate each week. They were deployed to Century Insurance, CTSI Logistics, D&Q, Century Travel, iShop, Realty Management System, SeaTouch, Kanoa Resort, and Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.

Through the TanHoldings internship program, the students were able to expand their career skill sets by having hands-on experience in the different businesses of the TanHoldings affiliates.

Last Tuesday, TanHoldings executives led by CEO Jerry Tan handed certificates of completion to the interns.

“Appreciating and respecting one’s work is something you can’t easily learn unless you experience doing it. I am glad that our interns experienced things that their hardworking parents do, the jobs are not easy and would require dedication for one to keep doing them,” President and CEO Jerry Tan said.

Third Asia Pacific Airlines 757F Arrives in Hawaii

Guam-based Asia Pacific Airlines’ third 757-200PCF (25140, ex-OpenSkies) arrived in Honolulu (HNL) on Sunday and has started conformity inspections with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airline told Cargo Facts that it is expecting the aircraft to be able to enter service next Friday.

Unit 25140 completed conversion with Precision Aircraft Solutions at the Flightstar facility in Jacksonville (VQQ) and was redelivered last month [FAT004931], after which it was flown to Fort Worth (FTW) to be painted in an updated livery. It then went to San Antonio (SKF) for a number of tech mods and upgrades, including a flat panel display system in the cockpit.

Asia Pacific Airlines is now ready to complete the renewal of its freighter-only fleet. The carrier has a single 727-200F left (22462) which it plans to retire by the end of this year. The three 757Fs, in combination with the airline’s ETOPS 180 certification, make non-stop flying between HNL and Guam (GUM) possible. Asia Pacific Airlines previously told Cargo Facts that the aircraft will also operate ad-hoc charters from GUM to destinations such as Hong Kong (HKG) and Macau (MFM).

The carrier is likely to continue looking at opportunities to grow its fleet further, either with more 757s or, potentially, 767s.



TSL Foundation’s Commitment to NMTI’s Fundraiser

Tan Siu Lin Foundation donates $1,500 to Northern Marianas Trades Institute’s (NMTI) 4th Annual Gala held on July 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.

The yearly event is an opportunity which NMTI gives awards that are named after some great people of the community.

Agnes McPhetres, the chief executive officer of NMTI fundraiser expresses her deepest gratitude to CEO Jerry Tan and the foundation members for their financial support to NMTI gala.

“Throughout its existence, the TSL Foundation has always donated to various charities, organizations, sports events and other community events. They are truly an active community stakeholder. The CNMI is blessed to have them doing business here locally,” she added.

NMTI believes that trade education can only be done through hands-on experience and instruction.

TanHoldings Ranks First in Float Contest


TanHoldings wins this year’s Liberation Day parade float competition with the theme of “Marianas Strong” to represent how the CNMI residents rose amidst the Super Typhoon Yutu aftermath.

The TanHoldings float is composed of a traditional hut, called an “utt”, held by a giant hand representing the entire Marianas.

The United Filipino Organization ranked second place, featuring a vehicle wrecked by the Super Typhoon Yutu. Eusebio Borja and family took third place, portraying an old school bull cart called ‘karetan guaka’. Completing the fourth place was the Government’s Office float that is made in collaboration with the Carolinian Affairs Office, featuring devastated homes and its CNMI residents working together after the typhoon.

A total of 14 floats were exhibited in the parade, eight of them were competitive floats with 6 non-competing floats.

CEO Jerry Tan Serves As Grand Marshal For Liberation Day Parade

TanHoldings President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Tan serves as the parade grand marshal in this year’s Liberation Day.

As per Mayor David Apatang of Saipan, Jerry Tan deserves this honor and recognition for his selfless service to his community. Through the Tan Siu Lin Foundation, he made an extensive difference to the lives of the underprivileged students and other residents living in the area.

“Immediately after Super Typhoon Yutu, Jerry immediately led efforts to bring relief goods for residents on Saipan and Tinian, pledging $1 million to our recovery. We thank him for his great contributions to the Marianas,” Apatang said. 

CEO Jerry Tan is eager and passionate on giving back through reaching out to less fortunate people in his community. He is also a sports enthusiast and a part of several sports association in Saipan as he aims to promote healthy lifestyle.

In his statement, CEO Jerry Tan expressed his gratitude for being chosen as the grand marshal of the Liberation Day parade.

“I wish everyone will have a meaningful celebration, especially since we’re also celebrating this year the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan. Happy Liberation Day CNMI!” he said.

TanHoldings Team Joins Annual Island-Wide Clean Up

TanHoldings together with its Strategic Business Units took part in the recent annual island-wide cleanup in Saipan initiated by the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ).

A total of 177 volunteers from the TanHoldings group participated in the said activity. The team members from each strategic business units were assigned to different locations within the island. It was indeed a successful cleanup as the volunteers managed to retrieve a total of 106 bags of trash.

The annual island-wide cleanup was held in celebration of the Environmental Awareness Month.

TSL Foundation Supports Anti-Diabetes Awareness Campaign

TanHoldings and its charitable arm, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, extended their support and donated for the Diabetes Awareness Project of the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club.

Last month, Tan Siu Lin Foundation Executive Director Merlie Tolentino handed the donation to the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club President Annamae Adaza and former president Eli Arago at the TanHoldings Corporate Office.

The Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club held the Diabetes Awareness Project seminar last May 26 at the Hibiscus Hall of the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. The project aims to spread awareness and encourage people to take a step in preventing the disease. Aside from the seminar, the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club also provided reading materials to the attendees.

Diabetes and its complications “are definitely a cause of concern not only in the CNMI but the rest of the world and getting valuable information about the disease out to the community could help prevent the loss of limbs and lives.”, TSL Foundation Executive Director Merlie Tolentino said.

TSL Foundation Donates for the 73rd Liberation Day

TanHoldings and its charitable arm, Tan Siu Lin foundation showed their solid support for the celebration of the 73rd Liberation Day by donating $15,000 to the event committee.

After the recent Super Typhoon Yutu that hammered the island, the planning of Liberation Day festivities has been placed on the edge as the community is still recovering from the unfortunate aftermath. Given the situation, the TSL Foundation readily extended their support to help make the Liberation Day festivities possible.

The $15,000 donation was handed by TanHoldings Chief Executive Officer Jerry Tan and Tan Siu Lin Foundation Executive Director Merlie Tolentino to acting Saipan Mayor Antonia Tudela Manibusan last Wednesday at the Saipan Mayor’s Office. According to the Liberation Day Planning Committee, the TSL Foundation donation is the biggest that they’ve received so far which makes them a platinum sponsor.

“When things get tough, when people need help, it’s time to step up,” President and CEO Jerry Tan said.

POI Aviation Wins Quality First Award from United Airlines

Left: The management team of POI with Justin Marion – United Airlines Guam Airport Operations Manager and David Baker – United Airlines Saipan Station General Manager. Right: The team is all smiles after the awarding.

The POI Aviation team has been awarded the prestigious Quality First Award by United Airlines for the first quarter of 2019.

The said award is given to the top performing business partner managed station. Saipan Station ranked number one out of sixty stations in the Asia Pacific region.

United Airlines, represented by David Baker – United Airlines Saipan Station General Manager and Justin Marion – United Airlines Guam Airport Operations Manager, thanked the POI team for being partners of United Airlines in delivering safe, caring, dependable and efficient service to customers.

The award came in the heels of their Customer Satisfaction Award also from United Airlines – an award based on positive customer comments on how they were handled by a station for the months of January and March.

Tan Holdings and POI Aviation Vice President Ivan Quichocho sums it up in his acceptance speech last May 21 as he shared the award to the management team and staff: “Look at what we have overcome. We are still recovering (from Super Typhoon Yutu) but despite the personal challenges we face, you are able to set it aside and perform at the highest levels. I can never be more proud.”

The results demonstrated the company’s commitment to quality. POI Aviation is indeed creating a new culture of Work with your Heart, Serve with a Smile.

TSL Foundation Donates to Joeten Memorial Golf Classic

Tan Siu Lin Foundation extended its support to Joeten Daidai Foundation by donating $10,000 for the 2019 Joeten Memorial Golf Classic.

This charitable tournament is a part of the celebration of Joeten’s 70th anniversary and aims to provide assistance to students who want to have further learning outside the island and step up to help the community in the future.

Aside from scholarship grants, Joeten Daidai Foundation also supports Karidat, the Commonwealth Cancer Association/Marianas March Against Cancer, and other several groups.

Striving for a common goal to serve the community, the TSL Foundation gladly donated to the said fundraising event which will be held on June 22 at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.

TSL Foundation executive Merlie Tolentino and TanHoldings Corp. Community Relations director Carline Sablan handed the donation last Friday at the TSL Plaza.

“The Tan Siu Lin Foundation shares Joeten Daidai’s mission to give back to the community. Both foundations also put their trust in education, as proven in the scholarships we grant to CNMI students, annually,” President and CEO Jerry Tan said.

TSL Foundation Donates for the Reconstruction of Tinian Church

TanHoldings and its charitable arm, Tan Siu Lin foundation showed their support to the Tinian community by donating a total amount of $100,000 to the typhoon-struck island. TanHoldings and the TSL Foundation aim to help the people of Tinian to rebuild the San Jose Social Hall and church that were heavily damaged when super typhoon Yutu hammered the island October last year. The project is estimated to cost between $300,000 and $500, 000 and the rebuilding of the church would amount to $1.7 million.  


Given the longstanding relationship of TanHoldings with the Tinian community, they readily extended their help to spearhead and sustain the rebuilding of the San Jose Social Hall. They are the first group to donate to the reconstruction. They are also seeking help from their partners from Guam to give aide to the said project. 


San Jose Parish priest Rey Rosal and Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan also expressed their sincere gratitude over the TanHoldings donation during the opening of the 63rd San Jose Fiesta Celebration last Friday. 

“When we split the donation among CARE CNMI, American Red Cross-NMI Chapter, Mass Care, and other affected groups, there was $100,000 left and we decided to hold on to it. Now, we know why we kept the $100,000—it has a purpose, to help the people of Tinian,” President and Ceo Jerry Tan said. 

TanHoldings Provides Transportation Assistance to Team Members

TanHoldings gives back to its team members last February 2019 as individuals received Transportation Assistance. A total of 158 team members have availed of the initiative, initiated by CEO Jerry Tan, intended to aid repair any damage to the members’ vehicles caused by Typhoon Yutu.

The initiative ended on the 28th of February. This initiative is TanHoldings way of helping the team members alleviate their burden from the havoc caused by Typhoon Yutu.

Dove Continues to Empower Women through Renewed Commitment

Dove, through its distributors Unilever International and D&Q Saipan, has renewed its commitment to put forward women empowerment by extending its annual sponsorship amounting to $10,000 to the flourishing CNMI’s women soccer program. The brand, known for its campaign to uplift women through various engagements and activities around the world, has turned over the check last April 24, 2019 at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Kloblerville.

Unilever International Assistant Business Development Manager Anne Kathryn Ching, D&Q Saipan resident manager Max Kretzers, and regional sales manager Marilyn Marron handed over the $10,000 check to Northern Marianas Football Association (NMIFA) officials led by TanHoldings President Jerry Tan. Present in the event also are the staff from NMIFA and members of the CNMI women’s soccer training team to receive the check.

“Since Day 1, NMIFA has been fully committed to the development of women’s soccer. We’re so glad that we’re able to organize regular leagues for two seasons (spring and fall), strengthen our national team, send many of our girls to international competition, and encourage more girls to join the program. All these would not be possible without corporate support—without Dove, Unilever, and D&Q Saipan. Without them, we will not be able to take our program to the next level. We are very grateful for their generosity and with our partnership, I can confidently say that our women’s soccer program has a bright future,” TanHoldings President Jerry Tan said.

TanHolidngs’ JP Run Calls for Community Superheroes

To be called a superhero, one must exude supernatural powers unknown to humanity. In the case of the JP Run 2019, it only requires a cape and a mask to become a superhero. Held every year to commemorate the passing of a former TanHoldings Executive, John “JP” Pangelian, who died of cancer, JP Run aims to help the Marianas March Against Cancer (MMAC), the fundraising arm of Commonwealth Cancer Association (CCA), gather participants from the community to support the activities of CCA.

“We are all heroes for supporting a good cause—the MMAC and CCA. We are inviting everyone to come out and join the JP Hero Run,” says TanHoldings Community Relations director Carli Sablan.

This year, the JP Run will be held on May 18, 2019 at the Garapan Fishing Base. Participants will receive an event T-shirt plus cape and mask and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Manila.


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