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Snapshots of this year's 37th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Saipan, CNMI

PIBBA 2017 Conference Video

Click on the video below to view the 36th Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Pohnpei

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

PIBBA Conference to be hosted in the RMI

For information on the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference, please read the details below.

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29th Annual International
PIBBA Conference


Tuesday-Friday, June 22-25, 2010
Marshall Islands High School

Sponsored by:
Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and RMI 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.

PIBBA Conference Chairs:

Cheta N. Anien, President-Elect, PIBBA International
Emman Rokjan, President, PIBBA RMI Chapter

For information, contact Cheta N. Anien at (692) 625-5261/5262 or e-mail or


Pictured above: Proclamation signing for the 28th Annual International PIBBA Conference at the Governor's Conference Room. L-R front row seated: Carmen Weaver, Rosa Salas Palomo, Lt. Governor Mike Cruz, Governor Felix Camacho, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. Back row L-R: Teresita Flores, Maria Cruz, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Carol Cepeda, Marife Fernandez, Mye Ganan Flores, Risa Salas Miguel, Zander Refilong, Joseph Mafnas, and Antonia Salas.

Pictured above: The 30th Guam Legislature presented a legislative resolution commending the celebration of the 28th Annual International PIBBA Conference on June 22, 2009 at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Pictured above L-R: Dr. Robert Underwood, UOG President and first PIBBA President; Masa-Aki Emesiochl, first PIBBA President-Elect; Juanita Manibusan, PIBBA Conference Co-Chair & 2008-2009 President of PIBBA Guam Chapter; Rosa Salas Palomo, PIBBA Conference Co-Chair & 2008-2009 PIBBA International President-Elect; Senator Tina Muna-Barnes; Frances Sablan, CNMI head delegation; Marilyn Salas, 2008-2009 PIBBA International Secretary; Alister Tolenoa, Kosrae head delegation; and Shelten Neth, 2008-2009 PIBBA International President.

Pictured above L-R: Zander Refilong, PIBBA steering committee member; Lt. Governor Bill Tosie of Kosrae; PIBBA President Shelten Neth; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA steering committee member.

Pictured above L-R: Teresita Flores, PIBBA steering committee member; Joe Mafnas, PIBBA steering committee member; Frances Sablan, PIBBA secretary; Alister Tolenoa, Kosrae delegation; and Carmen Weaver, PIBBA steering committee member.

Pacific Educator Fall 2009 Issue

The Fall 2009 issue of Pacific Educator is now available via PDF download at As mentioned in PREL's announcement, the "Pacific Educator features articles focusing on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) legislation, classroom applications for teachers, and PREL program updates from throughout the U.S.-affiliated Pacific and continental United States."

In particular, this issue includes topics dealing with standards for Guam and FSM, professional practice in Palau, preparing principals in the Pacific, Pohnpei's digital library training, social entrepreneurship & the arts, special tributes to Drs. Tom Barlow and Rita Inos, and Yap's transitional year of grade 5! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Condolences for Orfa Camacho Crisostomo Salas

The PIBBA family extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Orfa Camacho Crisostomo "Orfan Chele" Salas, mother of Drs. Marilyn Salas and Arlene Diaz, our PIBBA familia and former PIBBA International Officers. Orfan Chele formerly of Hagatna, resided in Agana Heights and was called to her eternal rest on November 4, 2009 at the age of 84. She will always be remembered. God Bless her and her family. May she rest in peace.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, November 13 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Agana Heights, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Mass will start at 1:00 p.m. Interment service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Guam Veteran's Cemetery in Piti.