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36th Annual International PIBBA Conference

OUR PACIFIC VOICES!

June 25-29, 2017

Madolenihmw High School
POHNPEI, FSM


Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and Pohnpei 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 Chair:


Senator Shelten G. Neth, President, PIBBA International

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.... For information, e-mail Senator Neth at chairman@mail.fm or pibba.international@gmail.com


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Download Presentation Form
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Download Exhibit Form


Download Indigenous Teacher of the Year Packet


Download Pioneer of the Year Packet





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 during the travel period of June 18, 2017 to July 8, 2017. The travel must also be completed by July 8, 2017. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1705.
Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.

Snapshots of last year's 35th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Guam


PIBBA 2013 Conference Video

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

Saturday, July 27, 2013

32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference a Success!

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

 
The 32nd Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference held in the beautiful Pacific island of Guam was a success! The conference theme, “Indigenous Rights:  Sacred and Secret ~ Direchon I Taotao Siha: Sagråda Yan Sikretu” was highlighted in each of the conference days from July 21-24, 2013. Each day featured the gathering of everyone singing the PIBBA song, which includes all the languages of the region, such as the following chorus: “Iokwe, Raan Annim, Kaselehlia, Alii, Aloha, Olomwaay, Hafa Dei, Tuwoh, Mogethin, Talofa.”

Among the entities that attended the conference this year are Pohnpei, CNMI, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kosrae, and Chuuk.  The mission of PIBBA is to bring these entities together to promote cultural and language activities by disseminating information, involving communities, and encouraging quality education programs through the western Pacific.

The first day of the PIBBA Conference began with a march in the 69th Liberation Day Parade on Marine Corps Drive.  Each entity wore their PIBBA shirts and waved their flags proudly.  They were later hosted with a welcome dinner hosted at Lemai Café by GDOE CHamoru Studies and Special Projects Division and CHamoru Language Teachers, and Former PIBBA, International President Linda T. Edward and Family and Friends.

The second day of the PIBBA Conference was held at the Latte of Freedom Multipurpose Cultural Center, Hall of Governors Museum, R. J. Bordallo Governors Complex, Adelup.  An opening ceremony included a Parade of PIBBA Family with State and PIBBA Flags, and Song, Opening Chant by Fanlalai’an, Fanohge CHamoru, and Inifresi.  Opening Remarks were made by Rosa Salas Palomo, PIBBA, Guam Chapter President and 2013 PIBBA Conference Co-Chair.  Official Welcoming Remarks were said by Palomo and PIBBA Guam President-Elect, Dr. Arlene Diaz, in behalf of Peter Robert Onedera, PIBBA, International President, 2012-2013 and 2013 PIBBA Conference Co-Chair.  There was also a presentation of the Legislative Resolution by Vice-Speaker Benjamin Joseph Franquez Cruz, Mina’ 32 na Leheslaturan Guam; Keynote Speech by Attorney Julian Aguon, International Human Rights Lawyer, with focus on A Canvas to Cover the Ocean; announcement in preparation of I Pa’ok by Mr. Glenn Manglona; and Plenary Speech by Ms. Theresa Cruz Arriola, FEST PAC 2016 Chairwoman, Guam Visitors Bureau Board Member with focus on Autronesian Languages.  In addition, a special lunch was hosted by the Department of Chamorro Affairs at I Sengsong Chamorro/Chamorro Village.  The day ended with the I Pa’ok, A CHamoru Cultural Experience at the Angel L.G. Santos Memorial (Latte) Park, Hagåtña conducted by Glenn Manglona, Thomas D.Mendiola, Daniel Barcinas with the assistance of Dr. Greg Tainatongo, and Toni ‘Malia’ Ramirez.                                                                  

The third day of the conference was held at Okkodo High School in Dededo.  Continental breakfast was hosted by Senator Jovita M. Taimanao, CNMI.  Exhibits and a special PIBBA Silent Auction were held.  The FEST PAC 2016 Panel began its discussion with Monica Guzman, Chair, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities;

Frank Rabon, Master of Chamorro Dance; Colleen Weller, Visual Arts Subcommittee; Jaweena Sablan Mendiola, Performing Arts Delegate; American Samoa and Solomon Islands; and John Ibanez, Vice Chair, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities, Co-Chair, Literary Arts Subcommittee.
                                 
Sessions included I Fiñañagon I Fino’-ta Ta’lo, I Hinagong-ña Mo’na, The Conspiracy Behind the Fall of the Soudolours; Ma Adahen I Fino’ Chamorro- Preserving of the Chamorro Language at the Post Secondary Level; K5 – 3rd Grade Dual Language Arts (DLA) – A Promising Program in Chuuk; The CNMI Public School System Chamorro Heritage Studies Program at a Glance; The Sacred and Secret of Pohnpei Clan; 4-6 Dual Language Arts (DLA) – A Promising Program in Chuuk; Using the Indigenous Art of Coconut Weaving to Improve Language Arts and Mathematics Skills; The Indigenous Hierachy of Responsibility as Associate to Traditional Titles; Teaching Post-WWII Guam History with Chamorro Songs; Funds for the Improvement of Education (FIE) Report; 7-8 Dual Language Arts (DLA) – A Promising Program in Chuuk; Communicating Events, Telling Time by Animals and Plants; Art as Behavioral Intervention; Cultural Handicrafts and Recyclable Materials; Få’in Mariånas (Rice in the Marianas); Culturally Relevant Mathematics Activities; and more.  A special Fiesta Lunch Plate was hosted by Dr. John Ray and Mrs. Serafina C. Taitano and the Young Men’s League of Guam (YMLG) Ladies Auxiliary.

On the final day of the conference the exhibits and silent auction culminated.  The highlight was the 2012 and 2013 Indigenous Teacher of the Year and Pioneer of the Year Awards announced by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA TOY and POY Co-Chair and Senator Shelten Neth, 2011-2012.  The memorable Proclamation Signing by Lt. Governor of Guam, Ray Tenorio, was also held.  In addition, the presentation of appreciation gifts to the delegations were held, as well as the annual PIBBA International Meeting.  The election of the 2013-2014 PIBBA International Officers included President Masa-Aki Emesiochl; Theresa “Ewy” Taitano, Secretary; Rosa Salas Palomo, Treasurer; Frances Sablan, Historian, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster.

A historic tour of Guam conducted by Anthony ‘Malia” Ramirez, Department of Parks and Historian, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Recreation Office bus transportation was provided by GPT, assisted by Dr. Greg Tainatongo.  The night ended with a closing ceremony at the Carnival Grounds, Tiyan, and dinner was sponsored by the Mayors Council of Guam.  Moreover, an In Memoriam Candlelight Ceremony was conducted by Teresita C. Flores and Lois Gumataotao, as well as the passing of the Key to Incoming PIBBA, International President by President Peter Robert Onedera.  The closing remarks were made by PIBBA, Guam Chapter President-Elect, Dr. Arlene C. S. Diaz; and the participants enjoyed the sights, sounds, and rides of the carnival grounds until midnight.

Deep gratitude goes out to all PIBBA Conference steering committee members, and all the entities that joined us to make the 32nd Annual PIBBA Conference a memorable event that will always be remembered! Un Dangkulo Na Si Yu’os Ma’ase’! Kalahngan! Kommol tata! Kinissow! Mesulang! Kammagar!

32nd PIBBA Annual International PIBBA Conference Information

Hafa Adai! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held July 21-24, 2013 in the beautiful island of Guam. The theme is "Indigenous Rights - Sacred and Secret ~ Direchon i Taotao Siha - Sagrada yan Sikretu." We hope to see you there, and please stay tuned for more information.
CONFERENCE LOCATION HAS MOVED TO OKKODO HIGH SCHOOL
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*2012 TOY recipients will also be recognized during the ceremony.
*2012 POY recipients will also be recognized during the ceremony.
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We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be given a special discount of 10% on the lowest published fare or 5% on the applicable resident fare. However, travel period for this offer is July 14-July 28, 2013. When making the reservation, simply mention the reservation code *GC1309*. Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.

Friday, July 19, 2013

28th Pacific Educational Conference a Success!

PEC 2013 Guam Delegation

The 28th Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) held in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was meaningful! The theme was “What Matters Most: Every Child, Every Single Day.” 89 Guam Delegation members participated, and many of them had the honor of presenting their educational workshops at the conference hosted July 16-19, 2013 at the Marianas High School. Their presentations included the following: Guam IRA’s Go Green Movement for Our Future, Understanding SAT10 Scores Using Percentile Scores, I’ve Got Character! The Colors of Us, A Presentation on an Alternative School Setting, Implementing STEM Education, Building Skills to Create a STEM Classroom Environment, Infusing STEM through Problem-Solving Activities, Professional Adult Learning Puts the ‘Learning’ Back in PLC’s, Academic Through a Healthier School Environment, Success for All (SFA) Solutions Network, Parent Family Community Outreach Program, Developing SMART Goals and Curriculum Maps, JFK High School Literacy Project: Every Child, Every Day, Literacy Techniques to Connect Reading and Writing to All Curriculum, Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions, Design Challenge: Modeling a STEM Approach, John Hopkins Talent Development Secondary Program - Oceanview Middle School, Southern High School’s RISE to Closing the Achievement Gap, My Personal Best for the Sake of the Rest, and Using Images, Sound, Touch and Movement in the Early Childhood Classroom.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

REGISTRATION

ONSITE REGISTRATION: Saturday, July 20, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. ****************************************************************** On-site registration will take place at the Guam Center for Independent Living in the R.K.Tropical Plaza in Tamuning. All those who have pre-registered with or without payment are also instructed to go to the GCIL to make their payments. ALL conference materials for paid registrants, pre- or on-site, will be distributed at the GCIL. The PIBBA, International t-shirts and umbrellas will be provided all registrants. The PIBBA, International t-shirt is the attire to be worn at the 69th LIberation Day Parade. The Parade is the start of the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference. ****************************************************************** Directions to the Guam Center for Independent Living: From Hagatna, go north to Tamuning. Begin to make a right turn signal as soon as you see the vacant BLOCKBUSTER building on your right side. This is right after the former Cinema Theater. There is a sign just before the turn that says Guam Plaza. This turn is immediately before ENGEL'S APPLIANCE REPAIR SHOP and directly across GANGMAN MARKET. Make that right turn, then make a slight left turn passing the building that has the signage SUNSHINE on the wall. You will enter a parking lot where you may park. Enter the mustard colored building with the signage FUSION (a dancing school), and look for the green sign on your right side with the label GUAM CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING. The R. K. Tropical Plaza houses apartments on the upper floors, the furniture store DRAGONFLY, and a Thai restaurant. ****************************************************************** If you get lost, please call any of these numbers for further directions: 727-5522, 637-4548, or 685-6685. Reporting time for the Parade is between 7 - 7:30 a.m. Marine Corps Drive. It is usually blocked after this time. Proceed to the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governors Complex in Adelup (the Governor's Office) and look for the PIBBA, International flag. Please carry your island entity flag if you have one.