75th Liberation celebration posts deficit; entertainment costs high

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Pia Mia was one of the biggest entertainment draws of last year's 75th Liberation celebration. The OPA's latest audit released Sunday found that the Guam Island Fair Committee did not comply with Guam procurement rules and regulations for purchases of major goods and services for the 75th Liberation Day celebration held last year. (PNC file photo)

The celebration of the 75th anniversary of Guam’s Liberation cost more than previous celebrations and the higher cost of entertainment had much to do with that.

In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, Mayors’ Council of Guam president Melissa Savares said that there’s a $150,000 deficit after all the costs and revenues for the 75th Liberation celebration were totaled up.

Savares said entertainment costs accounted for a significant amount of the total costs.

Unlike previous celebrations, this year’s celebration featured more off-island entertainers and celebrities.

First and foremost was the biggest entertainment draw of the celebration — Pia Mia. Then, there’s David M. Cruz III, the newest matchmaker on BRAVO TV’s The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Also gracing the celebration were several stars and celebrities from the Philippines and Hawaii.

Not counting talent fees, Savares said significant amounts were spent for these entertainers’ food and lodging as well as transport costs.

But it’s not just entertainment costs that were higher.

Savares stressed that because this year was the 75th anniversary of Guam’s Liberation celebration, there were simply more expenses spent because the scale of the celebration was bigger to commemorate the 75th year milestone.

She added that most proceeds from the Liberation Queen’s Committee were transferred to the Guam Island Fair to help pay down vendors.

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