"Our Language, Our Culture, Our Identity,
We Stand Tall"


Mark your calendar for the 38th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Palau!


Stay tuned for more details!


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 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1902.


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


Click on the videos below to view the 37th Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Saipan, CNMI

PIBBA 2018 - Part 1

PIBBA 2018 - Part 2

PIBBA 2017 Conference Video

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

Click on the video to hear the PIBBA Song!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

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)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

UOG Culture and Learning Forum

The University of Guam's Enrollment & Student Services in collaboration with the School of Education and Human Resources Office held a meaningful Culture & Learning Forum on October 19, 2012 with focus on "enriching and contextualizing teaching and learning in Pacific Island settings to improve achievement."

Participants were enlightened by various cultural speeches. Among a few of the highlights are the following:

"I have my own story, my own identity, and I need to accept that," said Dr. Isebong Asang, Palau Community College. Asang said that it's essential to have "knowledge, history and truth specific to Palau." MESULANG, Dr. Asang, for the inspirational speech!

Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt shared that we must genuinely focus on ethnomathematics, the language of numbers. He said that it "requires different people around the world, and in this case the Pacific, to adapt (relevant mathemathetics)."

Traditional ethnomathematics in the Pacific involve "navigators of the past, navigators of the present, and values to live on," Goetzfridt said. He stressed the traditional ideas of patterns and that if the indigenous mathematics is unable to be carried out, it is done through imperial colonial means.

Our traditional mathematics need to be preserved in education, because it is the essence of communal identity. In fact, the UH Project MACIMISE is doing research to recover mathematical ideas and curriculum ideas to be used in schools. This will allow us to imagine with purpose and resolve for our own ethnomathematical identity. To get an insight of the experience on one of the UH candidates' first phase of Project MACIMISE, visit http://projectmacimise-rivera.blogspot.com.

Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan, SOE Dean focused on "Sieving Through Asian and Pacific Island Data on Culture Variation and Achievement." He mentioned about the importance of STEM. He further shared videos and websites to provide explicit, yet meaningful visuals pertaining to its relevance. Check out Pathway2.stemdegree.org for more information.

Students in the videos shared powerful messages, such as the following: "I'm just as good as anyone else in college." Another student said, "I deserve to be here. I work just as hard as anyone here."
The CARE was also highlighted and its relevance in research regarding Asian Americans, risk factors of AAPI students, and other critical areas of research. Laanan also presented statistics and terminologies, such as MSI-Minority serving institution and AANAPSI-Asian Americans Native Americans Pacific Islanders.

Laanan expressed the need to expand knowledge, broaden awareness, and build institutional capacity. He shared DOE and UOG data to stress the critical needs. He mentioned that of the 31,000 students in DOE, there is a high ESL population. This entails that we are faced with the challenge to meet the unique needs of ELLs.

Unfortunately, Guam's latest SAT10 performance data shows low scores. This makes us question what's happening in these areas. "What are we going to do about it? How do we serve these students? What do we do to ensure that they understand?" Laanan asked.

He presented student demographics, trends, enrollment by ethnicity, gender, and status. He also shared that for the UOG English placement, 2/3 placed in developmental English (EN085 and EN100).
Laanan further shared retention and graduation tracking by program statistics, so that we can reflect and analyze the data. He then showed a Robert Feldman video that mentioned we need to take action, so that we don't endanger college student success. We need to provide opportunities for first year experiences before college students arrive on campus.

Dr. Michael Bevacqua focused on decolonization. He said that Guam is a colony and shared the expansive definition of decolonization. He stated that some people think that "if he (colonial power) ever leaves, all the things disappear" or "so long as the colonizer is in power, you are out of luck."
He questioned, "What is the role the university should take in regards to this situation?" He stressed that we should "look more regional for things," because it's important that we tap on our own resources that are within reach.

UOG President, Dr. Robert Underwood, also highlighted the importance of culture and education. "Education is one through which cultural knowledge is formulated," he said.

Underwood said, "It takes the strength of soul for a child to struggle, to travel, to succeed." He reminded participants to make a difference. "As you navigate, you must help them learn," he said.
He highlighted culture as a process and that we must understand where those places are. Underwood further questioned, "What do we do about our students? What do we know about our students? Did we do anything about it (data performance)?"

Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the forum!

Dr. Robert Underwood, UOG President, says his speech on culture and learning.

Dr. Isebong Asang, Palau Community College Professor, conducts her presentation titled, "Palauan Epistemology: Implications on Teaching & Learning."

Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan, SOE Dean, conducts his presentation titled, "Sieving Through Asian and Pacific Island Data on Culture Variation and Achievement."

Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua conducts his presentation titled, "Decolonization at the University of Guam."

Larry Gamboa, UOG Chief Human Resources Officer, welcomes the participants of the Culture & Learning Forum.

Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt conducts his presentation titled, "Ethnomathematics in Micronesia."

Thursday, October 18, 2012



As part of the Sinajana Fiesta activities this year, you are cordially invited to the exhibit opening of I SONGSONG SINAJANA:  A PHOTO COLLECTION OF SINAJANA this coming WEDNESDAY, October 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sinajana Community Center exhibit hall.  The photo exhibit showcases the L. Ron Hubbard Collection of black and white photos of the resettlement of Sinajana village by WWII refugees from both old Sinajana, Hagatna and surrounding areas.  As a result of the WWII resettlement, this ancient village (indicated in 17th century records) became the largest village in Guam with many residents establishing themselves as parishioners of St. Jude Church.  The collection dates from late 19th century to post Urban Renewal period.  The exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Guam Visitors Bureau as a way of augmenting and enhancing Chamorro cultural celebrations.  Photos were also provided by Sinajana residents, the Capuchin Collection, and the Micronesian Area Research Center at UOG.

The multi-page exhibit catalogue will be provided to the first 100 signed-in guests--one per family.

PLEASE COME, SEE and ENJOY OUR EXHIBIT of over 50 photos.  And, please kindly pass this invitation on to relatives, friends, off-island guests and military visitors.  The Exhibit Hall will also be opened from Thursday, Oct. 25 to Monday, Oct. 29, 10a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Peter Onedera, Chairperson & PIBBA International President

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Guam will host the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference

Get ready for the upcoming PIBBA Conference in Guam in July 2013! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Guam Micronesia Island Fair Eventful

Hafa Adai!  Despite the rain, the Guam Micronesia Island Fair was meaningful.  It is the annual signature cultural event of the Guam Visitors Bureau with presentations of the vibrant cultures of Micronesia. This year’s theme, Celebrating 25 Years of Unity Through Culture, commemorates and reinforces the solidarity we have shared through our arts and traditions.

Participants were able to experience the culture and arts of Micronesia on October 5, 6 and 7.  Delegations from the Federated States of Micronesia, Rota, Saipan and Tinian and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands and Palau, gathered on Guam to commemorate the region’s largest cultural event. They had the opportunity to meet Micronesia’s master carvers, blacksmiths, traditional fishing experts, jewelers, weavers, dancers, musicians and chefs.


Source:  Guam Visitors Bureau
Images:  Pacific Daily News

Saturday, September 15, 2012

PIBBA International Officers Present at West Visayas State University Conference

PIBBA International Officers Dr. Jose Q. Cruz (Historian) and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera (Webmaster) presented their papers at the West Visayas State University Research Conference on Globalization and Sustainability held Aug. 14-16, 2012 at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Iloilo, Philippines. Salamat!

Pictured L-R:  Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Dr. Catherine E. Stoicovy, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.
Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

PIBBA Gathering

Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) members gathered together for a banana split treat upon the arrival of Senator Shelten G. Neth, PIBBA Immediate Past President, at the Haagen Dazs parlor at the Fiesta Resort in Tumon, Guam.

Monday, July 2, 2012

PIBBA Announces Newly-elected Officers!

Congratulations newly-elected PIBBA International Officers! Front row L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Historian; Rosa Salas Palomo, Treasurer; and Shelten G. Neth, Immediate Past President. Back row L-R: Illuminanda "Lumi" Bermudes, Secretary; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; and Masa-Aki Emesiochl, President-Elect. Not pictured is Peter Onedera, PIBBA International President.

31st Annual International PIBBA Conference Snapshots

Pohnpei cultural presentation during the PIBBA Conference

PIBBA morning gathering prior to the Keynote speech

L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Elcid Joseph, Rickson Higgins, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz.

L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Zander Refilong, Senator Shelten G. Neth, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.

PIBBA participants gear up for the conference

Dr. David Hough, PIBBA Keynote Speaker

PIBBA participants gather together after the evening keynote speech by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.

Congratulations newly-elected PIBBA International Officers! Front row L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Historian; Rosa Salas Palomo, Treasure; and Shelten G. Neth, Immediate Past President. Back row L-R: Illuminanda "Lumi" Bermudes, Secretary; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; and Masa-Aki Emesiochl, President-Elect.

Rosario family gathering with Dr. Rivera, Clara Rosario, and Dr. Greg Tainatongo.

Pohnpei passes the key to Guam for PIBBA's next Conference in 2013. L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz and Joseph Villazon, Director of Pohnpei Department of Education.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dr. Mauricio scheduled to attend the 31st PIBBA Conference

Click on the image above to view the acceptance letter from Dr. Rufino Mauricio, Secretary, Department of Education, FSM National Government.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Condolences for Angustia Baza Tainatongo Rivera

The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Angustia Baza Tainatongo Rivera, our PIBBA friend and sister of PIBBA Guam Chapter and International Member, Dr. Gregorio "Greg" Tainatongo and mother of longtime PIBBA supporter and GDOE educator, Eloise "El" Rivera Sanchez. "Auntie Uta/Angie" left this earth on April 15, 2012. She was 77. She will always be remembered. God Bless her and her family. May she rest in peace.

Rosary is being said at 6:00 p.m. at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, Ordot. Last respects will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on April 28, 2012 at San Juan Bautista Church. Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. and interment will follow at the Guam Memorial Park, Leyang Barrigada.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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 June 13, 2012. When making a reservation, mention the respective reservation code for your island.  Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

PIBBA Story Hour and Cultural Presentations a Success!

The PIBBA Guam Chapter continued its service in celebration of CHamoru Month at the Hagatna Public Library's Saturday Story Hour on March 24, 2012 with coconut weaving conducted by Dr. Greg Tainatongo & grandchildren, stories by Bobbie Benavente & Liz Langas, chants by Toni Salas & Lois Gumataotao, cultural activities by Zan Refilong & Professor Palomo. The PIBBA Guam Chapter also conducted cultural presentations at the Navy Exchange with Professor Palomo's White Lady story, Malia Ramirez's Puntan & Fu'una legend/song/dance, and Dr. Rivera's Guahan/Mangga/Flores poem presentations, with the assistance of Mye Ganan-Flores and Bobbie Manibusan. What a busy, yet rewarding cultural day! BIBA PIBBA! BIBA MES CHAMORU! Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this culture-packed day!