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33rd Annual International PIBBA Conference

June 22-26, 2014

Luta (Rota), CNMI

I Lingguåhi, I Kuttura, I Haligi I Taotao-ta

The Language, The Culture, The Pillars of Our People
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Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and CNMI Chapter
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Hafa Adai! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 33rd Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 22-26, 2014 in the beautiful island of Luta (Rota), CNMI. We hope to see you there, and please stay tuned for more information.
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The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.
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Snapshots of last year's 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference Snapshots in Guam


PIBBA Proclamation Signing


Coconut-weaving session: Using the Indigenous Art of Coconut Weaving to Improve Language Arts and Mathematics Skills



PIBBA Exhibit Participants



PIBBA Fellowship in Action!



FSM Delegation during the Opening Ceremony


Calling of the Kulo during the Pa'ok Ceremony

Pa'ok Masters take a pose with PIBBA participants

Click on the video to hear the PIBBA Song!

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 http://iraguam.blogspot.com/.



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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PIBBA Discount on United Airlines Airfare



We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be given a special discount.  However, you must make the reservation at your local United Airlines office on or before at least 3 days prior to departure.  Travel is to commence on or after June 14, 2014.  The travel must be completed on or before July 2, 2014.  When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1408.  Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.
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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: pacificfestival2016@gmail.com
• 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 25, 2014

Lina'la-ta - A Musical Odyssey - March 29

PIBBA CNMI Chapter announces its conference theme

PIBBA Luta/CNMI announced the following as its conference theme: I Lingguåhi, I Kuttura, I Haligi I Taotao-ta (The Language, The Culture, The Pillars of Our People).  The Carolinian translation is forthcoming.  Stay tuned for more PIBBA Conference information.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

PIBBA Guam Conducts Story Hour at Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Library

In celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day, the PIBBA Guam Chapter conducted the Saturday Story Hour at the Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Public Library on March 22, 2014.  The children were treated with cultural stories and poems.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

PIBBA Guam officers and members take a pose with Guam Public Library System staff and Saturday Story Hour participants on March 22, 2014.  PIBBA Guam shared cultural stories and poems in celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day.  Pictured back (standing) L-R:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao, PIBBA member; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Antonia "Toni" Salas, PIBBA Guam Vice President; Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate; Benita "Benit" Lizama, Ginen I Hila; and Frank Aflague, GPLS Staff/Saturday Story Hour Coordinator.  Pictured in the front are the story hour children and their parents.
 
PIBBA VP Toni Salas reads her CHamoru tasi story to the children.


PIBBA member Lois Taitano Gumataotao recites her CHamoru poem on fishing that she co-wrote with Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA webmaster.
 
Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate and future PIBBA member, shares her food story during the Read Aloud time.

Pictured above is the PIBBA sign that was posted at the entrance of the Hagatna Public Library.