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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 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, November 28, 2015

Issei Memorial Snapshots at South Pacific Memorial Park - November 28, 2015

The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA) held an Unveiling Ceremony for the Issei Monument erected to pay tribute to the men who started Guam’s first community of Japanese-Chamorro families in the early 1900’s. Many came as copra plantation workers, merchants, farmers, fishermen, and laborers. They came from various prefectures near Tokyo in such areas as Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma. They married Chamorro women, learned the Chamorro language and adopted the Catholic religion as required in order to fully establish domicile. While some returned to Japan, the ones listed on the monument stayed and their legacy continues with generations of families today. All of them have died and the GNA cherishes their contributions to Guam’s rich history that we know today. The Unveiling Ceremony, which brought together many of the Guam Issei descendants, was held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, Yigo, Guam. Through fundraising efforts and with support from the Consul General of Japan, Sumitomo Construction, Landscape Management Service (LMS), Architects Laguaña and the South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, the 5’ granite monument stands on a concrete base and lists the 53 names that the GNA believes are Guam’s Issei. Issei is the Japanese language term used in America to to specify the Japanese people who were first to immigrate.

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The Guam Nikkei Association was chartered in 2012 with the primary purpose of perpetuating the history and lineages of those born from Japanese ancestry who are presently bona fide residents of Guam, educating the community about the impact and contribution of first generation Japanese and their descendants on the social economic fabric of Guam and to inculcating Japanese culture, art, traditions and history to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.











Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FESTPAC Literary Arts Author Reading at Guma Tasa - Nov. 24

Enjoy the following Author Reading Snapshots compliments of Storytelling Chair/Ginen member Louie Gombar!

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera starts the night off with her poems Guela Dear and Biba Kumpleanos.

Dr. Monique C. Storie shares her imagery poetry piece.


Lei Naholowaa shares three of her poetry pieces.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Guam Nikkei Association to Unveil Memorial In Tribute to Guam’s 1900 Issei Patriarchs

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM (November 22, 2015) – The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA) is proud to announce the Unveiling Ceremony for the Issei Monument erected to pay tribute to the men who started Guam’s first community of Japanese-Chamorro families in the early 1900’s. Many came as copra plantation workers, merchants, farmers, fishermen, and laborers.  They came from various prefectures near Tokyo in such areas as Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma.  They married Chamorro women, learned the Chamorro language and adopted the Catholic religion as required in order to fully establish domicile.  While some returned to Japan, the ones listed on the monument stayed and their legacy continues with generations of families today.  All of them have died and the GNA cherish their contributions to Guam’s rich history that we know today. 
The Unveiling Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, Yigo, Guam

Through fundraising efforts and with support from the Consul General of Japan, Sumitomo Construction, Landscape Management Service (LMS), Architects Laguaña and the South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, the 5’ granite monument stands on a concrete base and lists the 51 names that the GNA believes are Guam’s Issei. Issei is the Japanese language term used in America to specify the Japanese people who were first to immigrate.
The GNA would like to invite descendants of these Guam Issei to the unveiling.
For more information please contact Monica Okada Guzman at 727-1879.
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The Guam Nikkei Association was chartered in 2012 with the primary purpose of perpetuating the history and lineages of those born from Japanese ancestry who are presently bona fide residents of Guam, educating the community about the impact and contribution of first generation Japanese and their descendants on the social economic fabric of Guam and to inculcating Japanese culture, art, traditions and history to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.   

Issei Memorial Ceremony - Nov. 28


Thursday, November 19, 2015

PIBBA Guam gathering with Senator Neth of Pohnpei

The PIBBA Guam Chapter hosted a gathering for Senator Shelten G. Neth, PIBBA International President-Elect, on November 19, 2015 at Sam's restaurant at the Cliff Hotel.  It was a night of fellowship and sharing of knowledge, culture, language, and joy!  BIBA PIBBA! Enjoy the following snapshots!



Thursday, November 12, 2015

GINEN I TANO' SUNDAY MARKET STREETFEST - November 15

The historic streets of Inalahan will come alive this Sunday!
Vendors and shoppers are invited to Inalahan's GINEN I TANO' SUNDAY MARKET
STREETFEST this Sunday, November 15, from 9am to 2pm.  Located on San Jose
Avenue in front of the G.Flores Museum and Hotnu Bakery, this month's
event will feature Guam's Traditional Artists who are preparing to
participate in Festpac 2016.  Carving Subcommittee Chair George Francisco
has secured confirmations from 11 traditional artists who will participate
with local carvings and body ornamentation.  During the event, Judy Flores
and volunteers will assist artists fill out the official CAHA application
forms to join the Guam Delegation of Traditional Artists.  Artists may
apply to join as participants with full delegate status and
responsibilities of staying with the Festival delegation; or they may
apply to join as Exhibitors.  Exhibitor status will bestow the status and
responsibilities to demonstrate and exhibit at scheduled times, but do not
allow artists to stay in the delegation lodgings nor provide meals.   This
ruling by the Festpac Organizing Committee allows artists to participate
while attending to home-care responsibilities such as tending to animals,
gardens, and family members.

In addition to Hotnu breads and Pizza, fundraising fiesta plates will be
sold by the Mae Taitague-Laximana families.  Other vendors are welcome to
sell fresh produce and Chamorro food delicacies.  All vendor booths are
free; however, advance registration is encouraged to insure that there is
space available under the canopies.  Space will be reserved for those who
register by calling Bobbie Mantanona at 988-6044 or by email to
bjean@guam.net, or judyflores@guam.net.

New local Consignment items are:
2016 Calendars with photographs by Reuben Olivas
Color Guam Activity Books by Taliea Leon Guerrero Strohmeyer
Acrylic Paintings by Arthur Manglona

New vendor and exhibition booths include:
Richard Mostan's Textured Acrylic Paintings
Local Designed Table Skirts and Aprons by Lola Pinaula
Sakman model exhibit by Sakman CHE'LU member Tony Borja.

Additional vendors will be accepted until all spaces are filled.  Tables
and chairs are limited, so vendors should bring their own.  Vendors are
allowed to set up their own pop-up canopies
along the street. With permission from Mayor Doris Flores Lujan, San Jose
Avenue in front of G.Flores Museum will be closed from 8am to 2:30pm.
One-way traffic will flow from the Obing Flores house on San Jose Avenue
at the ball field intersection towards G.Flores, turning left to flow back
to the Pale' Duenas/coastal roadway in front of Gef Pa'go.  Public parking
is available along the bayside before and after Gef Pa'go and around the
San Jose Church.