‘Upside Down Christmas’ gets two thumbs up

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THE Lady Diann Torres Foundation gave away a total of $1,000 cash prize to the four winners of this year’s Christmas Village competition.

With the theme “Upside Down Christmas,” Saipan Tribune bagged the first prize and won $400.

The $300 second prize went to Saipan Mayor’s Office for its Minecraft Lego House.

The North Pole of the Department of Corrections placed third while Santa’s Candy Land of the Department of Public Works won the People’s Choice award. Both departments received $150 each.

Compared to previous years, first lady Diann Torres said there were fewer participants in this year’s Christmas Village.

She said they had the most number of participants in 2017 — 29 government agencies and private companies.

This year, she added, there were 23 participants. “There are a lot of other things going on in the community and everybody is busy,” she said as she expressed appreciation to the participating government agencies and business establishments.

The Christmas Village is open every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during weekdays and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

This year’s participants:

1) Governor’s Office – Nativity Scene

2) Department of Public Works – Santa’s Candy Land

3) Marianas Visitors Authority – Skymark

4) Saipan Mayor’s Office – Minecraft Lego House

5) Department of Corrections – The North Pole

6) Department of Fire, Emergency and Medical Services – Santa and Sparky

7) IT&E – Christmas Gazebo

8) Indigenous Affairs Office – Flintstones

9) Lady Diann Torres Foundation/Pacific Insurance/Bank of Guam – Hot Cocoa/Cupcake

10) Northern Marianas College – Joy to the World

11) Commonwealth Utilities Corp. – Gingerbread House

12) Department of Community and Cultural Affairs – DCCA Ville

13) Bridge Capital – Chamorro House

14) Joeten-Kiyu Public Library – Whoville

15) Department of Public Lands – Santa’s Sleigh

16) Saipan Tribune – Upside Down Christmas

17) Tan Holdings – Best Gift Ever

18) CTSI – Whimsical Christmas

19) LDTF – Project Haligi

20) Tudela Enterprises – Snoopy’s 1st Christmas

21) Youth Affairs Office – Youth Pride

22) Carolinian Affairs Office – Navigating Our Waters

23) Department of Public Safety – Christmas Caroling

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