2010 Humanities Awardees Honored
2010 Humanities Awardees Honored November 01, 2010
THE Office of the Governor and the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities recognized and honored five individuals for their outstanding contributions to the humanities during a ceremony at the Fiesta Resort & Spa on Friday evening.
This year's awardees were Don Farrell for Preservation of CNMI History, Donald B. Mendiola for Preservation of Traditional Cultural Practices, former Chief Justice Jose S. Dela Cruz for Research and Publication in the Humanities, Sudi Napalan for Outstanding Humanities Teacher, and the late Dr. Mau Piailug for Lifetime Achievements in the Humanities.
Farrell was awarded for helping organize the public forum "The Manhattan Project and Tinian: An Educational Symposium and Memorial." The project featured lectures from authors and scholars who offered an in-depth look at the Manhattan project and the importance of Tinian in World War II history.
Farrell, a retired educator, said he has made preserving and promoting the colorful history of the island his passion.
Mendiola was awarded for his publication of "Amot Chamorro," a reference book that aims to preserve knowledge and practice of herbal remedies, and for his contribution to the preservation of traditional healing in the CNMI.
Mendiola said he did not expect to win any recognition.
"I do things not to be recognized but because I love to do it," Mendiola said.
Former Chief Justice Dela Cruz was awarded for his recently published book "From Colonialism to Self-Government:
The Northern Marianas Experience" which offers an interesting look into the islands' cultural and political history.
Napalan, a teacher at Saipan Southern High School, was awarded for her significant contributions as an educator who promotes literacy by teaching students a love of reading and literature. She created Reading Rave, a literacy program in which students read, discuss and share books with fellow students. Master navigator Dr. Piailug received a posthumous award for promoting and preserving traditional navigation.
The council also gave recognition to the 2010 Humanities Supporters and donors: Angil Design, Bridge Capital, DFS Saipan Ltd., Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation, Bank of Saipan, Garment Workers Trust Fund, Guam Refinery, Mobil Oil Mariana Islands, Norma Marfega, Moylan's Insurance Underwriters, Pacific Development Inc., Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Tropical Laundry, Michael A. White & Winzler and Kelly.
Also recognized were former council board members Charles P. Reyes Jr., Alvaro A. Santos, Richard Moreno and Felicidad T. Ogumoro.