Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Editor's Note

In this issue, IL Magazine features Bryan Jones’ photography and John Jenkins’ music.

Landing on the cover of IL Magazine’s July-August issue is seasoned photographer Bryan Jones’ photograph of a couple on Padre Island, in Texas—one of the photos he took as part of his Oasis Yoga 1980 Calendar project.

Jones was forced to leave his Bali home at the height of the political upheavals in Indonesia and found a home on Saipan in the late ’70s. He has since been teaching photography classes and sharing his talent with the island community.

On the other hand, educator John G. Jenkins rediscovered his love for music while living on Saipan. Winning the first Saipan Pop Music Festival with his own composition “I’m Missing You,” Jenkins knew in his heart that music is another passion other than teaching that he would like to explore further. And explore further he did by studying voice lessons and just recently, recording his own compositions in the Philippines.

Also, in this issue, take a look at what the $2.3 million Saipan Wax Museum has to offer. Akio Kaneshima, its owner, never doubted that his dream of sharing the rich history of the islands through his museum would ever take off ground.

PAWS’ Rio Sawhill continues the series on training dogs with kindness and patience.

On a personal note, I would like to bid farewell to my friend Dennis Bognot who has chosen to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate your efforts in the three years you spent with IL Magazine as its advertising account executive. To Dennis, goodluck!

Readers and supporters, behold IL Magazine’s offering for the month.

Enjoy reading!

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