Sokehs Government sponsors 2019 Rebellion Day activities

Sokehs Municipal Government

Sokehs 1The Sokehs Municipal Government sponsored another unique event this year for the 2019 celebration of Sokehs Rebellion Day.  The event, which was hosted on Saturday, February 23rd, was held at the Kolonia-China Friendship Gym at the Spanish Wall Park.  Nowadays, Rebellion Day has come to be more than just a municipal holiday and the event this year invited the general public to come for a 4pm Fun Run through Kolonia and sponsored a preview of Fr. Francis Hezel’s latest production which is a documentary on the Sokehs Rebellion.  The video, produced by Micronesian Productions and directed by Fr. Hezel and Eugenia Samuel, is a 45-minute docudrama which interviews several historians, including Dr. Rufino Mauricio, Damian Sohl, Enter Lawrence, and the late Tony Martin, to name a few.  It provides the historical facts as well as the local knowledge about the story of Soumadau en Sokehs and what transpired in 1910 to start the Sokehs Uprising.  The video also incorporates some re-enactments using local actors from Sokehs. Fr, Hezel flew down from Guam to be the guest speaker for the event, which drew about 200 people.

In his speech at the event, Chief Magistrate Hon. Michael Lieman stated that the Sokehs Government has focused the Rebellion Day event around the theme of rebelling against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which Pohnpei suffers from greatly and is technically still in a state of emergency for health due to NCDs. The Fun Run represents our “fight” against unhealthy lifestyle activities and shows the strength and spirit of our people.  The winners of the fun run were (men’s category; 1. Dennis Pedrus, 2. Branston Gilmete, 3. Kawfika Lieman, 4. Denzel Lawrence, 5. Js Joseph, 6. Michaelson Lieman, 7. Junior Robert, 8. Masaro Jr. 9. Jailo Robert, 10. MJ. Imar, and Women’s category; 1. Reloliza Saimon, 2. Meliza Bartolome, 3. Bartola Bartolome, 4. Josephine Bartolome, 5. Emilon Leit, 6. Francine Joseph, 7. Sera Edgar, 8. Sonia Neth, 9. Lora Edgar, and 10. Keilani Lorrin) and prizes were given out to the winners.  Special thanks to our donors for this event, Mrs. Maggie Samo of Prints and Signs Solutions, Dr. Merlynn Abello-Alfonso, & Congressman Ferny Perman, who all sponsored the T-shirts for the event, and to Micronesian Productions for facilitating the screening of the video.