Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Guam Council IRA Donates Books to GMH Volunteers Association Program

The Guam Council International Reading Association continues to support service projects, such as the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association Reading Program.  Reading resources were provided which encourages and inspires literacy in the children and adults at Guam Memorial Hospital.  Pictured L-R: GMH Gordon Mizusawa; GMHAVA President Jenny Cruz; IRA 2015-2016 President Evangeline Chaco; Catriona Melyan, GMH Volunteer; Anna Pangelinan, GMH Volunteer; and IRA 2015-2016 President-Elect Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Congratulations Newly-Elected PIBBA International Officers!

PIBBA Officers.  Pictured L-R:  Theresa "Ewy" Taitano, President-Elect; Alister Tolenoa, Historian; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; Nik Willson, Co-Webmaster; Frances Sablan, Secretary; Rosa Salas Palomo, Treasurer; and Arwelson proxy for Senator Shelten G. Neth, President-Elect.   

34th PIBBA International Conference a Success!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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


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…
I love you!
© mnrivera

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Guam Micronesia Island Fair - June 12, 13, 14

The Guam Micronesia Island Fair begins tomorrow.  In its 28th year, the annual festival will bring our neighboring islands together for a weekend of cultural sharing and preparation for the "Olympics of Pacific Arts."
"Bridging past, present and future — The Journey to FestPac" is this year's theme.
"The Guam Visitors Bureau and our Guam Micronesia Island Fair partners are looking forward to this weekend's celebration of culture, alongside our brothers and sisters from Micronesia," GVB General Manager Nathan Denight says.
"This GVB signature cultural event will also serve as a preview to the Festival of Pacific Arts, which Guam is hosting in 2016. We invite everyone to come to Gov. Joseph Flores (Beach) Park on June 12 to 14 to check out all the different vendors, cultural exhibitors, live art demonstrations and entertainment that are part of GMIF, " Denight says.
This weekend, expect delegations from Rota, Tinian, Saipan, The Federated States of Micronesia, and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands represented at the fair, as well as a Guam delegation.
The island delegations will share their culture through dance, singing and chant performances, as well as through food, arts and crafts and other goods available at the fair.
There's plenty to do at the fair with different kinds of vendors, artisans, even live-art demonstrations scheduled for the three-day celebration.
This weekend's fair also has a strong musical entertainment line-up with award-winning island reggae group The Mana'o Company, known for the hit "Drop Baby Drop," ready to perform.
Also on tap to perform are local groups, including Marianas Homegrown, Love & Håfa Adai, Stay Tuned, R&R, The Mount Carmel Phoenix Stage Band and Rising Tides.
• What: 28th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair
• Where: Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park at Ypao Beach, Tumon
• When: Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Schedule of events

Friday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School
• 1 p.m.: Kulu Natibu Dance Squad (AIJMS)
• 1:30 p.m.: Inetnon Southern High Chapter
• 2 p.m.: Guma' Kinalamten I Tatao Tano
• 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony
• 7 p.m.: Marianas Homegrown
• 8 p.m.: Love and Håfa Adai
• 9 p.m:. Fairgrounds close

Saturday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Pa'a Taotao Tano'
• 1 p.m.: Pohnpei
• 1:30 p.m.: Kosrae
• 2 p.m.: Natibu Dance Academy
• 2:30 p.m.: Palau
• 3 p.m.: Yap
• 3:30 p.m.: Konfrence
• 4:30 p.m.: Toni Quitugua
• 5 p.m.: Phoenix Stage Band
• 6 p.m.: Stay Tuned
• 7:30 p.m.: The Mana'o Company
• 9 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

Sunday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Pa'a Taotao Tano'
• 1 p.m.: Yap
• 1:30 p.m.: Guma Irensian Taotao Tano
• 2 p.m.: Guma Anitin I Taotao Tano
• 2:30 p.m.: Pohnpei
• 3 p.m.: Palau
• 3:30 p.m.: DanzJazz Entertainment Company + SSHS Dance Team
• 4 p.m.: Guma Ininan I Saina-ta
• 4:30 p.m.: Rose Martinez
• 5 p.m.: Southern High School's Vocational Band "Rising Tide"
• 6 p.m.: R&R
• 7:30 p.m.: The Mana'o Company
• 9 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

Source:  PDN