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Mar 5, 2006
Hafa Adai from Guam,


March 1st marks the beginning of Chamorro Month.  Chamorro Month is a time when we commemorate our culture.  During this time, people would wear the traditional Chamorro attire.  Yesterday, I've taken out all my traditional Chamorro attire inlcuding my shell necklaces and marmars.  Every year, we would have a theme to promote for Chamorro month, and our theme is always in our native language.  This year, however, the theme is in English.  And this year, we included the singing of America's National Anthem with the singing of our Guam Hymn.  This year's theme is "Promote Peace and Love within Our Lives." 


The significance behind this theme is to recognize the ethnic diversity on our island.  No matter what language and culture people are from, all ethnic groups should get along with each other.  This is why this year's theme for Chamorro Month is in English rather than in Chamorro.  At the opening ceremony of Chamorro Month, Chamorros and Micronesians stood side by side along with other ethnic groups.  It was a beautiful ceremony. 


On another note, one of the things that impressed me about Charter Day (which occurs during Chamorro Month)  at the University of Guam was their promotion of cultural diversity.  During Charter Day, there would be different booths displaying the Chamorro culture, the Palauan culture, the Chuukese culture, the Filipino culture, the Korean culture, etc.  There would also be cultural arts and crafts, artifacts, and food sold at the booths.  Different cultural dances would also be taking place on stage.  When one browses through these booths, one can see that despite our language and cultural differences, we really are pretty much the same in many ways. 


I dangukulo si yu'us ma'ase and salamat po! 

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Posted: Mar 5, 2006 5:45am
Mar 5, 2006
Hafa Adai from Guam,


March 1st marks the beginning of Chamorro Month.  Chamorro Month is a time when we commemorate our culture.  During this time, people would wear the traditional Chamorro attire.  Yesterday, I've taken out all my traditional Chamorro attire inlcuding my shell necklaces and marmars.  Every year, we would have a theme to promote for Chamorro month, and our theme is always in our native language.  This year, however, the theme is in English.  And this year, we included the singing of America's National Anthem with the singing of our Guam Hymn.  This year's theme is "Promote Peace and Love within Our Lives." 


The significance behind this theme is to recognize the ethnic diversity on our island.  No matter what language and culture people are from, all ethnic groups should get along with each other.  This is why this year's theme for Chamorro Month is in English rather than in Chamorro.  At the opening ceremony of Chamorro Month, Chamorros and Micronesians stood side by side along with other ethnic groups.  It was a beautiful ceremony. 


On another note, one of the things that impressed me about Charter Day (which occurs during Chamorro month) at the University of Guam was their promotion of cultural diversity.  During Charter Day, there would be different booths displaying the Chamorro culture, the Palauan culture, the Chuukese culture, the Filipino culture, the Korean culture, etc.  There would also be cultural arts and crafts, artifacts, and food sold at the booths.  Different cultural dances would also be taking place on stage.  When one browses through these booths, one can see that despite our language and cultural differences, we really are pretty much the same in many ways. 


I dangukulo si yu'us ma'ase and salamat po! 

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Posted: Mar 5, 2006 5:33am
Feb 21, 2006
Hafa Adai from Guam,


George Ray Tweed was an American radioman who escaped capture from the Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation of Guam.  Tweed became a war hero in the United States, with photographs and stories of him in life magazine.  Newspapers called him "the ghost of Guam," and he was used in war bond drives.  Tweed's status as a hero, however, was tarnished in the eyes of many Chamorros when his memoirs, Robinson Crusoe, USN, was written and published in 1945 with journalist Blake Clark. 


In his book, Tweed had accused Father Duenas of betrayal.  A majority of Chamorros resented this accusation against Father Duenas, whom they considered to be a martyr and whose death may well have been caused by Tweed's remaining free.  Later, Tweed retracted his accusations against Father Duenas and blamed coauthor Blake Clark for the errors in the book.  Furthermore, Tweed never returned to Guam after 1946.  Tweed's book later became a Hollywood movie, No Man Is an Island in 1962.  The movie, however, was filmed in the Philippines with supporting actors speaking in Tagalog, much to the amusement of the Chamorros who saw the film.   


When Japan occupied Guam in 1941, six American men escaped into the jungles of Guam.  Five of them were later captured and executed by the Japanese.  The last American who was never captured was George Tweed.  With the help of the Chamorros, he managed to escape capture.  The Chamorros understood that they were taking a great risk to themselves and their families in helping him.  The Japanese soldiers tortured and even executed Chamorros for information of Tweed's whereabouts.  Chamorros who knew nothing about Tweed were also tortured and executed.  As more and more Chamorros were brutalized, Agueda Johnston (a Chamorro woman married to a Stateside American) who provided Tweed with food, asked him to surrender himself to the Japanese.  Tweed refused and hinted to Johnston that the Americans would not hesistate to kill a woman if she turned him in.  That was the last time Agueda Johnston spoke to Tweed. 


Father Duenas and his nephew were among those who were tortured and later killed to reveal information about Tweed.  The irony of this tragedy is that at the time Father Duenas and his nephew were undergoing torture, Tweed was already being rescued by the US Navy.  Tweed signaled US ships with a mirror on the coast of Toguac, and he was taken aboard the USS McCall. 


After the war, the Americans recognized George Ray Tweed as a war hero, but to many Chamorros, the real heros were those who were brutalized and gave their lives to protect him.  George Ray Tweed was a farmer in Oregon and later died in a car accident in 1989 at the age of eighty-nine.  
 

Si Yu'us Ma'ase yan buenos noches.
Selene

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Posted: Feb 21, 2006 4:38am
Dec 22, 2005
Hafa Adai from Guam,


One of Guam's son was killed in combat in Iraq.  His name was Richard Aguon Naputi Jr. from the village of Talofofo.  He is also the 11th person to die in Micronesia.  The war in Iraq has been a very controversial conflict since it started.  Guam and Micronesia were among the Coalition of the willing along with the Philippines, Australia, and Japan.  Although everyone agrees that Saddam Hussein was a monster, no one quite agrees on whether he should go or not.  Some agree to taking out Saddam, but only with the approval of the United Nations.  Others say that other alternatives other than war should be used first.  Everyone has their reason.  The thing is....it's very easy for the civilized world to say those things in the comfort of their own homes.  They're not the ones facing the oppression and brutality of Saddam Hussein. 


In 1996, about 6000 Kurdish refugees from Iraq were housed on Guam before being sent to the US mainland.  I met one of those refugees when they were here.  Two of the female Kurds had their babies born here, and their children automatically became American citizens.  How does one tell those Iraqi Kurds to wait until Saddam Hussein dies?  If that happens, Saddam's son, who is more brutal than his father, will then take over the throne. 


The stories of our own past has always been passed down from one generation to the next.  The fact that we celebrate our own liberation also serves as a reminder of the value of freedom.  As I learned about the atrocities committed on the Kurds by Saddam, my mind would often wander to another time and to another dictator.  My uncle was beheaded in front of his family.  His children had to watch their father killed before their eyes.  My grandfather was beaten while trying to save a 12 year old  boy being abused by the dictator's soldiers.  My grandparents and their children were placed in concentration camps, where they were supposded to be executed with a bullet to the head.  Is it any wonder then why someone like me would find it difficult to tell that Kurdish refugee to wait until Saddam dies?  Survivors like my mother and father know what it is like to live through brutal oppression and through war.  And of the two, they already know which one is the worst. 

Freedom always comes at a very high price; therefore, freedom should always be cherished.  It is because of those people who sacrificed their lives in the past that I now have my freedom today.  To the people in the US armed forces, may God bless you always and we pray always for you and your families.  God keep you in His care and we pray that you all come home safe.  With Christmas around the corner, we also pray for the war to end and for peace to reign. 

The Sons of Micronesia, you will never be forgotten and will always be in our memories and hearts.

1.    Richard Aguon Naputi Jr.
2.    Derence Jack
3.    Wilgene Lieto
4.    Christopher Jude Rivera Wesley
5.    Michael Aguon Vega
6.    Yihjyh Lang Chen
7.    JayGee Meluat
8.    Skipper Soram
9.    Ferdinand Ibabao
10.  Jonathan Pangelinan Santos
11.  Steven Bayow 


Si Yu'us Ma'ase. 
Selene

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Posted: Dec 22, 2005 11:45pm
Dec 21, 2005
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year everyone!!!!  Felis Natibidat, Felis Anu Nuebu!!!

Si Yu'us Ma'ase,
Selene

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Posted: Dec 21, 2005 8:31pm
Dec 21, 2005
 Hafa Adai from Guam,

As I was watching the television series Law and Order last night, I heard a loud squeak and saw a little gray mouse run across my living room!    I have a mouse in my house!  So, I went and got Fuzzy.  Fuzzy is a gray cat that actually belongs to my neice.  Both my neice and Fuzzy moved in with me about two years ago.  Of course, Fuzzy and my dog Chase get along quite well most of the time.  I say 'most of the time' because sometimes, Fuzzy has this paranoid feeling that Chase is out to eat him for dinner. 


At any rate, I got Fuzzy into the living room.  A few minutes later, there was another loud squeak.  Fuzzy heard the squeak and raised his head.  He looked in the direction of the squeak but didn't even bother to investigate the sound.  He simply just laid there, yawned, then went back to sleep.  Something is defintely wrong with that cat if he can't even recognize the sound of his arch-enemy.  Because of that, I've decided then and there that there should be no more smoked ham, chicken breast, and canned tuna for Fuzzy.  From now on, it's plain cat food. 


Today, I went into Ace Hardware Store looking for a mouse trap since it's obvious that Fuzzy is more into eating and sleeping rather than hunting.  Shopping at a hardware store is very different than shopping for clothes and shoes at the mall.  For one thing, I have trouble finding  the mouse trap in the hardware store.  I figured it would be under the aisle for "Kitchen."  After all, the mouse is in my house.  After searching through the entire "Kitchen" aisle, I couldn't find any mouse trap.  I found kitchen sinks, brooms, mops, replacement parts for sinks, etc..but no mouse trap.  So, I finally asked for help.  The sales clerk directed me to the "Lawn and Garden" aisle.  DUH!!!!  I never figured it would be located under "Lawn and Garden."  After all, the mouse is inside my house, not in my garden.   


Well, I now have a mouse trap.  After watching so many Tom and Jerry cartoons as a kid, I figured that the mouse love cheese rather than meat.  So, I got some swiss cheese and set my trap.  The only problem I have about mouse traps is:  WHY DIDN'T ANYONE WARN ME THAT THOSE THINGS ARE DANGEROUS????  Where is the warning label that says "Danger to humans:  mouse trap can snap your finger when trying to set up??"    It's a good thing I didn't purchase the bigger mouse trap.  It probably would have taken my finger off.  I put the trap in a place where Fuzzy can't get into.  After all, I want to trap the mouse, not Fuzzy.  By tomorrow, I will check on my trap. 


Si Yu'us Ma'ase yan buenos noches. 
Selene

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Posted: Dec 21, 2005 8:15pm
Dec 18, 2005
Hafa Adai from Guam,


I grew up in an extended family system.  My grandparents had 12 children.  My mother was the third from the oldest.  After the children were grown, my grandparents ended up with 33 grandchildren.  I am one of those 33 grandchildren.  We're already more than enough to make our own baseball team.  Seven of those grandchildren were born and raised in the US mainland, and we did not meet them until the 1970s when they decided to visit the family in Guam.  Two of my aunts married Stateside Americans, and they moved to the States where they had children.  Therefore, I grew up with 26 cousins.  Most of them were boys.  In fact, 20 of them were boys and there were only 6 of us girls in the extended family here. 


In my family alone, I am the only girl.  I don't have any sisters.  I have two younger brothers.  Being the oldest, it was my duty to teach my younger brothers to fly straight and walk right.  However, that was not an easy task.  For some reason, boys don't really like being taught the errors of their ways by a female.  The rule in my family was "the younger should never show their tongue to the oldest, and the oldest should never raise their fist against the younger."  That means, I had to find a way to teach my younger brothers to fly straight and walk right without resorting to force or violence.  Another rule in the Chamorro family is "anything bad that happens to the youngest, the oldest is to be in trouble for it."  Keeping my youngest brother out of trouble was hard.  The kid was accident-prone and ended up in the hospital more times than I can count.   It wasn't my fault that my youngest brother thought asprin was candy and swallowed the whole bottle when he was only 2 years old.  Besides, I was only 6 years old at the time, and I didn't give him the asprin.  It was my 5 year old brother who gave it to him. 


Having my first cousins around constantly was like having so many brothers and sisters.  It is also the responsibility of all adults in the extended family system to discipline the children, not just the parents.  Na famta i direchon i taotao tano.  It takes an entire community to raise a child in the right way. 


Every child is taught to respect all elderly persons by smelling their hand regardless of whether they are related to them or not.  This custom of smelling the hand of the elderly is called manngingi and is taken seriously in our culture.  The Filipinos also have a similar custom.  The only difference is that the child must take the hand of the elderly person and put it on their (the child's) forehead as a sign of respect.  Because I have both Chamorro and Filipino heritage, I was taught both ways. 

Si Yu'us Ma'ase
Selene

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Posted: Dec 18, 2005 6:15am
Dec 12, 2005
Hafa Adai from Guam,

Last night, I was watching a TV show called "Three Wishes."  The goal of the entire show was to fulfill the wishes or dreams of children.  One boy, in particular, was so fascinated with dinosaurs.  He knew everything about dinosaurs, and his dream is to participate in an archaeological excavation of a dinosaur.  That was easily arranged, and his dream came true.  I predict that this child will grow up to an archaeologist one day.

The show reminded me of another little boy, but all he wanted was a black leather organizer.  Many years ago, I was one of the Advisors of the Future Educators Club.  At our Induction Ceremony, I arranged the raffle prizes on the table.  Later, I noticed a little boy lingering too long at the table of raffle prizes.  I came up behind him.  He held a black leather organizer, which was one of the raffle prize I placed on the table.  The kid looked through the pages and touched its leather covering. I can see that he admired it very much.  I heard him say a prayer as he clutched the black leather organizer to his chest.  He was asking God to help him win the black organizer.  Such a simple request coming from a child's heart. 

The little boy turned around and saw me.  He told me that he liked the black organizer and had always wanted one like it.  Then he asked me if God heard his prayer.  I said, "God will answer your prayer one way or another."  One of my teacher friends overheard me and pulled me aside.  "How could say that to him?" She asked, "What if he doesn't win that black organizer."  I simply told her, "God heard his prayer, and He will answer it one way or another." 

Before the induction ceremony started, we sold raffle tickets to everyone.  Many people purchased several tickets hoping to win more than one prize.  I only bought one ticket.  After the induction ceremony, my co-advisor conducted the raffle drawing.  The first prize was two free tickets to Tarza Waterpark.  It was the little boy who won that prize.  My teacher friend who sat next to me said, "Well, if he doesn't win that black organizer, at least, he has two free tickets to Tarza Waterpark."  I looked at my friend and said, "He will get that black organizer one way or another because God heard his prayers."  My friend asked me what I meant by "one way or another."  I couldn't answer that.  I only knew what I felt. 

About twenty minutes later, the black leather organizer was being raffled out.  I could feel my friend next to me tensed up.  The ticket was drawn, and the number was called.  I automatically looked at the only ticket I bought and realized that it was MY number!  I was the winner of the black organizer!!!!  Now, I know what I must do.  I went on stage and retrieved my prize.  The little boy who admired that black leather organizer finally got it because I gave it to him.  I did not keep my prize.  The kid hugged me and offered me his two free tickets to Tarza Waterpark in exchange, but I refused to take his winning tickets.  He gained two prizes that night. 

I went back to my table and sat down.  I looked at my teacher friend who had a surprise look on her face.  "You see, oh ye of little faith," I said to her, "I told you that God will answer his prayer one way or another."
 
Si Yu'us Ma'ase,
Selene

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