Be the change you want to see in this world

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, July 20, 2017

REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WORLD WAR II UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

The Guam Museum, Guam Preservation Trust, UOG Anthropology, and UOG Sea Grant programs invite you to

REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WORLD WAR II UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM.

Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Guam Museum, Hagåtna
Fee: Free!

The Pacific Ocean contains a wealth of unique heritage. Beneath the depths of these waters are traces of human existence that span thousands of years and testify to the special human interaction with the coast and sea. This heritage includes ancient sunken villages, fish traps, sacred cultural sites, historical shipwrecks and aircraft, and "intangible" heritage related to voyaging, navigation, and utilization of the marine environment.

World War underwater cultural heritage in Asia-Pacific includes 3,800+ shipwrecks and aircraft, many of which tourists dive. These sites can also be "sacred" given that they can include human remains. They can also contain oil and munitions that may cause concern, particularly if sites are deteriorating.

This seminar includes a panel and specialized talks about the wonderful world of diving World War shipwrecks in the Asia-Pacific region and issues related to research and management.

For more information contact Marie Auyong (UOG Sea Grant) at auyongm@triton.uog.edu.

SCHEDULE DETAILS

10:00-11:00am: Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Panel. Nine presenters (eight listed below and a field school student) will provide a 5-min summary of his/her topic and answer questions .

11-11:30 am: Refreshments

11:30 am: "Underwater cultural heritage in the Philippines, including World War II shipwrecks." Bobby Orillaneda (Maritime Archaeologist, National Museum of the Philippines)

11:55 am: "Managing World War II underwater cultural heritage in Indonesia: Progress, challenges and opportunities." Zainab Tahir (Maritime Archaeologist, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia)

12:20 pm: "Underwater cultural heritage management in the Republic of Palau." Sunny Ngirmang (State Historic Preservation Officer, Republic of Palau)

12:45-1:45 pm: Lunch

1:45 pm: "Three-dimensional interpretation of World War II sites in Saipan."
Dr. Kotaro Yamafune (Maritime Archaeologist, President of APPARATUS, Japan)

2:10 pm: "Management strategies for underwater cultural heritage sites." Vicki Richards (Manager for Materials Conservation, Western Australian Museum)

2:35 pm: "Cast iron shipwreck cannon: Recovery and conservation." Jon Carpenter (Conservator, Western Australian Museum)

3:00 pm: Refreshments

3:20 pm: "Assessing artificial reefs and the natural environment." Kalle Applegate Palmer (High Tech High, California)

3:45 pm: "World War underwater cultural heritage in Chuuk and Guam." Dr. Bill Jeffery (Assistant Professor, UOG)

Happy 73rd Liberation Day, Guam!


Tomorrow marks Guam's 73rd Liberation Day! The island's annual liberation parade on July 21 is traditionally packed with crowds to celebrate Guam's freedom from Japan's cruel occupation. As part of our patriotism, we continue to celebrate and thank those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces to fight for the freedom that we enjoy today!

Happy 73rd Liberation Day, Guahan! Biba Guahan!

Guam ILA Receives ILA Honor Council Award for 2016-2017 at the ILA Conference in Orlando, Florida


The Guam Council ILA has been instrumental in promoting literacy on Guam since 1968 and was recognized as an HONOR COUNCIL of the International Literacy Association for its achievements in programs, membership, promotion, and community service.  Pictured L-R:  Manda Tenorio, Guam ILA Recording Secretary; Annette Leon Guerrero, Guam ILA Board Member; Tiffany Sears, ILA Florida; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, 2016-2017 Guam ILA President; Rose Cruz Castro, 2017-2018 Guam ILA President; Martha Sudo, Guam ILA Board; Lori DiGisi, ILA Board; and Elvina Johnson, Guam ILA Board Member.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Julia Naputi Rivera Wins Miss Fire Guam Title!

Congratulations, Julia Naputi Rivera, for winning the Miss Fire Guam title, Environmental Warrior Award, and 2nd Runner Up in the Native Costume! Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to all family and friends for all your love and support during her journey.


Julia Naputi Rivera, Miss Fire Guam, is all smiles with her family and friends during the 2017 Miss Earth Guam Pageant on June 21, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel.


Julia Naputi Rivera, Miss Fire Guam, is surrounded by family and friends during the 2017 Miss Earth Guam Pageant.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, and God Bless all fathers who make a difference in the lives of their children.

The following is a poem I wrote in dedication to my father.


My Tata


Tata

Tata…
I love you more than words can say
For all that you are
And all that you do
To provide for us all.
And your stern, yet caring ways
Instill us with a stamina to succeed
To reach beyond the limits
And keep going for victory!
So Tata,
Just know that I care too…
Hu guaiya hao!
© mnrivera

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Let us remember...





On this Memorial Day, let us remember all those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, who sacrificed their lives, so that we may be safe from harm. They will always be remembered!