Tumon Sands Plaza holds Mid-Autumn Festival

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Last Friday; pop-up shops, entertainment, mooncakes, and pastries were at the Tumon Sands Plaza for the Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival.

The festival usually happens when the moon is at its fullest and celebrates life and good fortune.

The Mooncake Festival is the last event in conjunction with the Remembering Saigon: From Vietnam to Guam exhibit, which closes on September 15th.

PNC had a chance to interview Maximo Ronquillo–Board President of the Guam Philharmonic about the celebration and its meaning.

Ronquillo Jr. said, “During that time (the Chinese occupying Vietnam), a lot of Chinese culture and traditions passed down to the Vietnamese and so one thing that lasted throughout the ages and including the fall of Saigon with and the current government communist if you wish. They still recognize this Mooncake Festival as one of their major holidays in Vietnam.”

The Guam Philharmonic Foundation supports the award-winning Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra, which hosted Miss Saigon. Ronquillo urges any youth interested in auditioning in the performing arts to join the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra.

Ronquillo said, “We are still receiving auditions. If there’s any youth aged 25 and under that would like to be part of this award-winning team, we’d love to have you. If you saw Miss Saigon this past weekend, 85% of that orchestra is the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra.”

For more information, check out the Guam Philharmonic on Instagram at @guamphilharmonic, their website at guamphilharmonic.org, and the Remembering Saigon exhibit located at the Tumon Sands Plaza until September 15th.

Reach reporter Jannette Samson: jannette@spbguam.com

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.