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Palau Celebrates 22nd Independence Day

Palau marked its 22nd Independence Day with traditional fireworks display after the formal opening ceremony at the capitol complex in Ngerulmud, Melekeok last night on 1 Oct 2016.

A series of activities were held leading up to the main celebration event in Ngerulmud with dance and musical entertainment provided. The Independence Day events continued on Sunday, 2 Oct, with a boat race and various activity booths including food vendors at both sides of the JPF Bride

Guam-based dancers were part of the performance on independence day at Ngerulmud.

Starting Monday evening, 3 Oct., the European Film Festival will commence at the Palau Community College Assembly Hall.

More than 2,000 people filled up Ngerulmud grounds in the evening to watch the 15-minute fireworks display.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., delivered his Independence Day remark by reflecting on the theme “A rengeasek a cheotelel a klukuk er kid” – All that we do today builds the foundation for our youth tomorrow.”

The president said that since Palau gained its independence 22 years ago, there’s more to be done. “Challenges remain. Therefore, this Independence Day we should also reflect on the future – the future we want to build for our children and grandchildren,” Remengesau said.

Palauan contemporary dance highlighted the daytime activities at Ngerulmud.

“The next generation will one day take the reins of leadership in this country, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they have all the tools they need to succeed,” the president said as he related various programs and policies relevant to the youth.

The Independence Day festivities started a week earlier with a softball tournament at the Meyuns Softball Field, canoeing, swimming and walk and pick.

On the Ngerulmud celebrations, a 75-years old Japanese professional singer. Mr. Shinji, performed two Japanese songs about Palau to the delight of the crowd at Ngerulmud. A group of Guam dancers travel down to add more varieties to the celebrations.

Peleliu women showing appreciation with "sengk" to Mr. Shinji after his singing performance.

“Our youth are the future of this country. You are the ones who carry forward the story of our unique and beautiful islands. You are -- each one of you -- precious to your parents and your country. It is our responsibility to help you reach your full potential,” Remengesau added.

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