"Our Language & Culture are The Roots of Our Lives"

Hafa Adai! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 37th Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 25-29, 2018 in the beautiful island of Saipan, CNMI. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and CNMI Chapter

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.

We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be given a special discount. However, you must present your conference registration form and make the reservation at your local United Airlines office during the travel period of June 18, 2018 to July 6, 2018. The travel must also be completed by July 6, 2018. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1805. Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.

Please visit the PIBBA website later for more updates.


Snapshots of last year's 36th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Pohnpei

PIBBA 2013 Conference Video

Click on the video below to view the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Guam on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An Interview with PIBBA International President-Elect Cheta Anien

1. What made you join PIBBA?

When I got my job as a Marshallese Language Arts Specialist, PIBBA started to grow in my mind bit by bit. I got involved with PIBBA for the very first time when I went to Kosrae for the 8th Annual PIBBA Conference way back in mid 1988. At this time, Dr. Robert Underwood was the keynote speaker and his speech was so inspiring it got me hooked, and I love my job to this day.

2. How long have you been a member of PIBBA?

I’ve been a member of PIBBA for 21 years, and I feel great for this wonderful opportunity!

3. Has PIBBA made an impact in the Pacific island entities?

I am not sure about the rest of the neighboring entities, but I want to share that RMI started to see the importance of preserving its own culture and language through the same vision and mission shared by PIBBA. To this day, the invigoration of the Marshallese culture and language has been done through many local festivities.

4. Why should others join PIBBA?

I think others should join PIBBA if they want to keep their cultures and languages alive and strong. We, the Pacific people, are seen as special and very unique people in the way we do things differently such as birthday celebrations, burial ceremonies, first born child, respect for the elderly, etc. We need to be together as strong PIBBA families to make PIBBA grow and grow for the sake of our future generations, and they will do likewise.

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