BIBA MES CHAMORU
Information from Pacific Daily News:
Residents are invited to celebrate CHamoru Month through various events scheduled over the coming weeks.
The Guam Department of Education's CHamoru Studies Division and Special Projects Division released a schedule of events.
- Geran Kaddon Pika will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at the Mangilao Night Market.
- A weaving competition will be held at 11 a.m. March 30 at the Agana Shopping Center.
If your group or organization has an event scheduled for CHamoru Month, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free CHamoru donuts at all Pay-Less locations on Saturday
Enjoy complimentary coffee and malasådas, buñelos aga' and buñelos månglo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9 at all Pay-Less locations.
GUPOT CHAMORU EVENTS AT AGANA SHOPPING CENTER
- Local vendors and local products from 3 to 8 p.m. March 8, 15, 22 and 29.
- Ukulele and guitar music by Local Jam from 4 to 5 p.m. March 8, and 29.
- Local woodcraft demonstrations by Island Crafts every Friday from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
- Titiyas demonstrations and sampling by Chief Hurao from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 22.
- CHamoru music by Jasmine Ragan from 2 to 4 p.m. March 16.
- Noire Heart Band from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. March 16.
- Live painting demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m. March 17.
- CHamoru Inacha'ikak Mamfok (CHamoru weaving competition) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 by all GDOE schools.
- Mes CHamoru by CAHA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31.
- CHamoru music by Maseha Hafa from 3 to 5 p.m. March 31.
INACHA'IGEN FINO' CHAMORU
Residents are invited to the Inacha'igen Fino' CHamoru or CHamoru Language Competition being held at the University of Guam on March 11 and 12.
Each year hundreds of students from both private and public schools throughout the Marianas gather to compete against each other in categories that test their knowledge of speaking, reading, writing and singing in the CHamoru language.
The theme for this year’s competition is “I Fino’ CHamoru: Lina’la’, Guinaiya yan Pås’,” or “The CHamoru Language: Life, Love, and Peace.”
The first day of the competition will take place on March 11 in the CLASS Lecture Hall and feature categories for individual contestants. On this day students will compete in the storytelling, oratorical, singing and poetry recitation categories.
The second day of the competition will take place on March 12 in the Calvo Field House. This day will feature large group elementary and middle school dance and chant competitions in the morning, and high school competitions in a dramatic performance, singing and language proficiency in the afternoon
. Each competitive event will be judged by members of the community who are fluent in the CHamoru language. For each category, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishers.
The Inacha’igen Fino’ CHamoru is made possible because of our generous sponsors, The Outrigger Hotel, The Guam Mayors’ Council and the Association of Mariana Islands’ Mayors, Vice Mayors and Elected Municipal Council Members, Sylvan Learning Center, Family Finance, International Distributors and Dr. John Ray and Sera Taitano. The biggest contributor to each year’s Inacha’igen is the UOG Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
The organizing committee for this year’s competition includes the following Chamorro Studies and Chamorro language faculty from the University of Guam: Michael Lujan Bevacqua and Siñot Joey Franquez (co-chairs), Siñora Rosa Salas Palomo, Siñora Teresita Flores, Siñora Ann Rivera, and Siñot Jimmy Teria.
This event is free and open to the public. The entire community is invited to come and watch this celebration of the indigenous language of the Marianas Islands and support efforts to preserve it for future generations.
GUAM HISTORY AND CHAMORRO HERITAGE CELEBRATION
Residents are invited to Umatac to celebrate the Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day Festival over the next two weekends.
The Humåtak Community Foundation will host a heritage walking tour, in which participants are educated by docents on the village's history, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9-10 beginning at the Magellan Monument.
There will also be a special tour to Fouha Bay, one of the many sites CHamorus believe to be spiritually powerful, according to Guampedia.
On March 4, a re-enactment of Magellan’s landing will be held on the bay.
Once celebrated as Discovery Day, the holiday is now Guam History & Chamorro Heritage Day, an annual government of Guam holiday.