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

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

Click on the video to hear the PIBBA Song!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Condolences for the Taitano Family

The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to PIBBA International President-Elect Ewy Taitano on the passing of her brothers John Francis and Michael Anthony.  John served with the Guam Police Department and passed away on March 13, 2015.  Michael served with the Port Police and is a U.S. Army veteran.  He passed away March 28, 2015.  May Ewy and her family members be comforted with loving memories and knowing that her brothers are now resting in the loving and peaceful arms of our Savior.  May their souls and the souls of all our faithful departed rest in peace.

Onedera honored as Master Storyteller; Launches sixth book

Congratulations, Peter Robert Onedera, former PIBBA International President, on being recognized as Sainan Minenhalom Sinangan Ginen I Hila’, or Master Storyteller, and the publication of your sixth book titled, “Tinige’ Hinasso."

Pictured L-R:  Joseph Artero-Cameron, Department of Chamorro Affairs President; Onedera; Vincent Leon Guerrero, Chief Education Officer to Gov. Eddie Calvo; Senator BJ Cruz, Vice Speaker of the 33rd Guam Legislature; and Monica Okada Guzman, CAHA Board Chair.

Pictured L-R:  Jacqueline Balbas, CAHA Program Coordinator; Onedera; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera,  FestPac Literary Arts-Publications Co-Chair & PIBBA/Ginen i Hila i Maga'taotao Siha Association Webmaster.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

PIBBA Pohnpei Launches Website

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Webmaster
University of Guam Professor

PIBBA Pohnpei Chapter launched its website on March 19, 2015.  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera is the webmaster.  She cites her Rosario and Neth Peneinei who reside in Pohnpei as the inspiration behind her volunteerism to maintain the website.  BIBA PIBBA!
The new PIBBA Pohnpei URL is

PIBBA Guam Volunteerism at the Hagatna Public Library

Saina Ma'ase', PIBBA Guam, for promoting the native Chamorro language, poetry, stories, and arts and crafts with the children of Guam on March 21, 2015 at the Hagatna Public Library. Special thanks goes out to local author Joaquin Nangauta Naputi for the use of his Island of Guam Coloring Book, which was used for the arts and crafts portion of the Saturday Story Hour. BIBA PIBBA!  BIBA CHAMORRO!  Enjoy the following snapshots!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference Presentation

NABE Conference Presentation:  The Asian-Pacific Islander Special Interest Group (SIG) Institute was held March 6, 2015 at the 44th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education Conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin, Presenter and API SIG Co-Chair-Idaho State University; Professor Rosa Salas Palomo, API SIG Chair-University of Guam & Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International Treasurer; Dr. Clara C.  Park, NABE Executive Board Member At-Large-California State University-Northridge; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Presenter-University of Guam, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences & PIBBA Webmaster.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

34th Annual PIBBA Conference - Kosrae, FSM

34th Annual International PIBBA Conference
June 23-25, 2015
Utwe Elementary School
Kosrae, FSM

Kahs ac Facsin Lasr:  Orekmakihn Ohiyen Luti Ma Wo Emet in Sang Ahkwoye Kapkapwack Ke Etwacack
Promoting Language and Culture:
Effective Practices for Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Research

Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and Kosrae Chapter
Kosrae DOE
Office of the Governor

Tuwoh! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 34th Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 23-25, 2015 in the beautiful island of Kosrae, FSM. We hope to see you there, and please stay tuned for more information.

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, the travel must be completed on or before July 2, 2015. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1511.
Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.