Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November Issue

IN this issue, IL Magazine focuses on the work of not only one but several artists who have somehow redefined what our culture is all about. So small an island yet little did everyone know that there’s a multitude of artists who consider Saipan their home and their source of inspiration.

For our cover story, IL Magazine features lifestyle journalist Marconi Calindas who, unknown to his readers on island, is also not just a performing artist but also a visual artist. Having nurtured his talent since childhood, Marconi has rekindled that passion for the arts when he relocated to Saipan in 2004.

Then there’s the Holiday Sale where artists will converge to show some of their opuses and offer them for sale at a very reasonable price. As the holiday season is fast approaching, readers are invited to visit the artists’ booths and consider getting their opuses as gifts for loved ones this season.

For this issue, IL Magazine also wishes to share with the readers one of the many theories about the Amelia Earhart mystery. Although the famous American aviatrix has long been considered by many on island to have been incarcerated and died here, it will help to shed light on her disappearance if we consider other theories as well. Recently, Dr. Thomas King, who used to be with the island’s Historic Preservation Office, is now connected with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery as their senior archeologist, went to Saipan this August to deliver a lecture on their expeditions to Nikumaroro where they believe lies the answer to the Amelia Earhart mystery.

As promised last issue, we provide in this issue a continuation of our article on the PSS History Institute beginning with the waning days of the Spanish administration of the islands and the subsequent purchase of the islands by the Germans in 1899.

Contributor Clarissa David shares with IL Mag’s readers this issue her impressions of the tattoo convention.

Our columnist Katie Busenkell discusses some tips on animal safety while conservationist Ken Kramer shares with our readers his article on an agricultural library.

The islands truly have a lot to offer, not just us who live here, but also tourists who come and go. We have artists who have found their muses here whose works show the world what the islands are all about.

Let us celebrate their works. Let’s hung them on our walls. Wear them like our second skin. Display them as we would our family heirlooms. Listen to their music. Appreciate their impressions of the world we live in. Without their creativity, island life would be a drab.

Happy reading!

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