Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TEAM 2014 Conference - Oct. 24-26


The 2014 International Conference on TEAM is an interdisciplinary forum that invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, practitioners, administrators and students.  This conference that is organized by UOG Research, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Programs in collaboration with partner institutions in the Philippines is scheduled for October 24, 25 and 26. 
Deadline for submission of abstracts in the following sub-themes is on June 30, 2014.  The abstract of not more than 250 words will be peer reviewed and results will be emailed to senders after two weeks.  Email your abstracts to the contact persons below. 
Contact Person:
Main Theme: 

New Directions in Technology, Education, Assessment andManagement 

Innovative uses of technology
Outcomes-based assessment
Computer mediated instruction
Multiple assessment strategies
Distance and blended learning
Cognitive and Affective assessments
Assistive technology
Assessment of critical and creative thinking
Social media platforms
Project assessment and evaluation
Technological advancement and challenges
Program reviews and evaluation

Best practices in teaching and learning
Management in higher education
Values education in school
School management
At-risk learners
Shared governance
Competency-based programs
Accreditation and Accountability
Language and culture studies
Leadership and management strategies
Environmental education
Project management

Important Information:
For Foreign Partcipants:
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $200.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $250.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $300.00 (USD)
For Local Participants
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $100.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $150.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $200.00 (USD)
  • Registration fee includes:
    • Conference reception on the first day
    • 2 lunches at the Hyatt
    • Morning and afternoon teas 
    • Conference bag 
    • Program booklet
    • For Foreign Participants : An invitation letter for visa application will be provided after payment of registration fee

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guam Nikkei Appreciation Night II - Oct. 10

The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA), with the Guam Community College (GCC) Culinary Program, is hosting its second Appreciation Night event on October 10, 2014, from 4pm-8pm, at the GCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium to raise funds for erecting a monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Yigo.  This monument will honor those Issei, or first generation, Japanese who settled in Guam in the early 1900s, but perished during WWII without given proper burial or recognition. 

The GNA overall fundraising goal is $15,000.00 to construct the monument.  

GNA is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to instill the Japanese culture, art, traditions, history, lineage, and customs to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.  The Association is open to anyone who is interested in this primary goal. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guam FestPac 2016 Literary Arts Workshop on September 6

The Guam Literary Arts Committee for the GUAM Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 is calling all interested artists to participate in our workshops on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the University of Guam CLASS Lecture Hall.

The schedule is as follows:

Opening Remarks - 10:00 to 10:15

Indigenous Language - 10:15 to 10:45

Oratory (Storytelling) - 10:45 to 11:15

*Fashion - 11:30 to 12:30
*History - 11:30 to 12:30
*Publications - 11:30 to 12:30
   *These are concurrent presentations, and participants may elect to participate in only one of the three workshops.

Break - 12:30 to 1:00

Theater - 1:00 to 1:50

Closing - 1:50 to 2:00

These workshops are FREE and open to the public. Due to the limited space, we kindly ask that you please register to participate at: Literary Arts Committee Workshop Registration. For more information, please contact Literary Arts Committee Chairwoman, Selina Onedera-Salas,

Friday, May 16, 2014

News Release: 2nd FestPac Workshop, Connect Me * Create Me*  Promote Me Series

Visual Arts Committee: Create Me…Preservation and Quality Arts Workshop

This workshop is the second in a set of three being offered by Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities with funding from the Guam Visitors Bureau and support from Guam Preservation Trust and Guampedia. The workshop is being offered to keep Guam artists current with plans for the Festival of the Pacific scheduled for 2016 on Guam, and improve their knowledge on how they can better prepare their works for a professional display.

Location:  Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica National Museum, Hagåtña

Program Schedule 
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome - Monica Guzman
Overview on Visual Arts, Workshop Brief - Ron Castro, Jen Ooka
9:15 a.m. Historical overview of Visual Arts on Guam  - Judy Flores
What We Own, What We Have, What We Share
9:30 a.m. Break Out Sessions
   2D – Discussion on materials and framing: Panel members: Ron J. Castro, Dawn Reyes, Ric R. Castro, Henry Klickner  (Art & Frames)
3D – Discussion on professional set up of exhibition, curating, displays, pedestals by Lewis Rifkowitz, Moneka Flores, Velma Yamashita  
Film - Developing a story line and finding funding: Raph Unpingco and Bal  Aguon. Production and post production: Don Muna, Tom Tanner,  Burt Sardoma
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Continuation of Break Out Sessions (2D, 3D and Film)
11:30 a.m. Project Management Overview/ Panel Discussion
11:45 a.m. Evaluation and Wrap Up

Friday, May 2, 2014

FESTPAC - May 22-June 4, 2016

CAHA/PREL Talk Story Workshop

The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (CAHA) and the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) in collaboration with the Literary Arts Group of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts Festival and the Guam Preservation Trust invite writers, storytellers and educators to a Talk Story Workshop. The theme for the workshop is the FestPac theme: “" What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific - Hafa Iyo-ta, Hafa Guinaha-ta, Hafa Ta Patte, Dinanna' Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku".

Presenters and topics for the workshop include Terrie Perez – Timeline/Storyline Process; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera – Historical Value of the Stories to be written; PK Harmon – Publication Matters; Leiana Naholowaa – Developing Program Topic of Stories; Dr. Monique Carriveau Storie – Techniques; Louie Gombar – Oral Presentation; and Antonia Masga Salas – Storytelling. Some stories resulting from this project will be featured in a PREL publication.

The workshop is FREE and scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3 & 10, 2014 at AV#1, RFK Library, University of Guam in Mangilao. Interested parties may register with CAHA by submitting their name and contact information via telephone at 300-1204 to 300-1208 or via email at For further information contact Jackie Balbas, CAHA Program Coordinator at the numbers and email previously indicated.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

UOG Theater's Production of Pagat

University Theater closes its 2013-2014 season with the play Pågat, written by local writers Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua and Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, directed by Michelle Blas, and featuring choreography by Vince Reyes of Inetnon Gef På’go. Pågat explores the complexities of cultural identity and change through the lives of four modern young adults and the memories of a cast of spirits, who share key moments in the history of the Chamoru people. The play is set in a latte site in the jungles of Pågat. The play also conveys the essence of the word Pågat, which means to advise or give counsel, as both the modern characters and the ancient spirits help each other work through personal struggles with identity, culture, and destiny.

DATES: April 24-26 and May 1-3

TIMES: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Play starts at 7 p.m.

PLACE: University of Guam Fine Arts Theater

ADMISSION: $10.00 general admission, $7.50 students and seniors and FREE for all UOG and GCC students with student ID or schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the UOG box office on performance nights.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Guam’s storytelling group, Ginen I Hila’ I Maga’taotao Siha Association invites the general public to a MACHOSFLAKOS MADNESS, a night of storytelling slam on any subject matter to be held at the Mangilao Senior Citizens Center on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7pm.

The group welcomes new members as it is preparing for its major role as the Literary Arts Committee of the 2016 hosting of the Festival of the Pacific Arts on Guam.  The group also plans a 70th Anniversary of Liberation event entitled a Night of Tears In Their Own Words with reflections of the dark days of World War II and a Halloween Puengen Na’ma’å’ñao at Camp Te’a in Ipan, Talofofo.

The MACHOSFLAKOS MADNESS will feature first time storytellers who will be chosen at random or by volunteering at the gathering on May 5.  For additional information, current president Peter R. Onedera may be contacted at, 477-4234, 486-3210;  vice-president Antonia Masga Salas at, 727-2232;  or treasurer Patricia Ann Quichocho at, 988-5900.

The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GPLS Presents Certificate of Appreciation to PIBBA Volunteers

PIBBA Volunteerism at Hagatna Public Library: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Guam members were awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation on April 15, 2014 by the Guam Public Library System (GPLS) for sharing cultural stories and poems in celebration of Chamorro Month. Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster and UOG Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Terry Leon Guerrero Kennimer, GPLS Library Technician Supervisor; Frank Aflague, GPLS Program Coordinator; Antonia Salas, PIBBA Guam Vice President and UOG TESOL student; and Lois Taitano Gumataotao, PIBBA member and LBJ Elementary School ESL Teacher/Coordinator. Not pictured are Benita Lizama; Dr. Arlene Diaz, PIBBA Guam President; and UOG TESOL students Beauty Letewasiyal and Jenny Castro.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Guam IRA - Promoting Literacy in the Pacific - April Newsletter

As part of our mission to increase the literacy skills of our students in the Pacific, it's important for us to be abreast of the latest literacy news available. In light of this, click on the image below to view the Guam Council IRA April 2014 Newsletter. If you are unable to view the newsletter, visit

The Guam Council of the International Reading Association helps educators and parents alike discover the wonder and the worlds to be found in books. Guam IRA is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the development of reading programs for children and adults. They are a group of people who work together to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Call for Submissions

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta
What We Own, What We Have

The Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC), Guam 2016 Literary Arts committee is currently accepting unpublished work from the original writer or artist for its inaugural publication, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta until April 30, 2014. The publication will be the first in a trio of volumes whose purpose is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region. Volume one focuses on publishes and unpublished writers and artists who are currently residing in Guam. We are seeking quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written in English or any other Pacific language (with translations into English), as well as visual art that work within the theme, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, or, in English, What We Own, What We Have.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, a maximum of 10 pages.

Prose: Submit up to 3 prose entries with a maximum of 2,500 words each, double-spaced. Longer works may be considered; please query first.

Artwork: Submit up to 5 pieces of visual art.

Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the work on a cover sheet rather than on the work itself.

Please advise us if you are submitting the same work(s) to other publications, and let us know if the work is accepted by another publication. The editors will publish only previously unpublished work submitted by the original author or artist.

Submissions via email
• Send electronic submissions to this email address:
• Submit poetry and prose as Microsoft Word documents.
• Submit artwork in .jpg format (minimum 72 dpi). Artwork accepted for publication will need to be resubmitted in a larger format (minimum 300 dpi).

Works accepted for publication will appear in a print edition of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta and may reappear in print and/or be archived online as part of the library exhibition during FESTPAC 2016.

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta is published by the Guam FESTPAC 2016 Literary Arts Committee through a grant from Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). The purpose of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, and subsequent volumes, is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PIBBA Guam Donates to I'na'chaigen Fino' Chamoru

Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to the PIBBA Guam members who volunteered their time and gave a food donation for the I'na'chaigen Fino' Chamoru event held March 10, 2014 at the University of Guam.  Kudos to all involved!  Enjoy the following pictures!

PIBBA Guam members donate their time during the I'n'chaigen Fino' Chamoru.  Pictured sitting:  Barbara Manibusan.  Standing L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Liz Reyes, PIBBA PIO; Dr. Arlene Camacho Salas Diaz, PIBBA Guam Chapter President; and Mye Ganan-Flores.  Not pictured are Lois Gumataotao, Rosa Salas Palomo, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. 

PIBBA Guam members meet with the Chamorro Studies Division representatives during the I'n'chaigen Fino' Chamoru.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Barbara Manibusan; Jimmy Teria, Chamorro Studies; Dr. Arlene Camacho Salas Diaz, PIBBA Guam Chapter President; Liz Reyes, PIBBA PIO; and Mye Ganan-Flores.  Not pictured are Lois Gumataotao, Rosa Salas Palomo, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PIBBA-NABE Network- 43rd Annual NABE Conference

The Asian-Pacific Islander Special Interest Group (SIG) Institute was held February 14, 2014 at the 43rd Annual National Association for Bilingual Education Conference hosted in San Diego, California. Pictured L-R: Rosa Salas Palomo, API SIG Chair and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International Treasurer; Bianca Koshiba, Republic of Palau; Emily McCue, Idaho; Nancy U. Renguul, Republic of Palau; Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Presenter-Guam Education Board Chairperson and PIBBA Guam Chapter Historian; Theresa Ililau, Republic of Palau; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Presenter-University of Guam, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and PIBBA International Webmaster; and Chief Janet Ebil Orrukem, Republic of Palau.