The Our Laolao campaign is giving community champions opportunities to tell why they believe the place is special and deserves special care. The OurLaolao campaign is striving to capture people’s stories about why they cherish the bay and in the process, inspire everyone to help keep Laolao Bay litter-free for future generations. Once you know how much your neighbor cares about the place, it’s hard not to respect it.
On any day of the week, you’ll find divers exploring its vibrant coral reefs, fishermen throwing net or spearfishing, kids cooling off in the bay’s swimming hole located just inside the reef, and families barbequing under the cover of its thick jungles. The reason is Laolao is one of the most important cultural and environmental sites in Saipan.
Community shares why Laolao Bay is special through photographic images
Over 100 online viewers cast votes selecting siblings Patrick Jerome Jr. W. Santos and Amanda Marie W. Santos, and Mike Ronesia as the winners of the Our Laolao Photo Contest. The contest honors the one-year anniversary of the Our Laolao-Litter Free on Land and Sea campaign, a collaborative effort between CNMI government agencies and organizations to reduce litter in Laolao Bay and the greater Saipan community.
Two students from Kagman Elementary School are the first winners of the Our Laolao Story Contest. Brothers Michael and Michail Villagomez worked together on their entry titled “Memories of My Katu Family,” which was based on narratives of family members.