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Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day next week

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Down at Adelup, a proclamation was signed kicking off Chamorro Month. 

After being eliminated several years ago because of fiscal constraints, it's back, a day in the month of March set aside to celebrate Guam's rich history.  Acting Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation declaring Chamorro Month this morning. The return of the annual holiday was a movement started by Senator Tommy Morrison and then Senator Chris Duenas in 2014.  An executive order was subsequently signed declaring the first Monday in March as "Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day".

"Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day is a compliment to Mes Chamorro that has been ongoing for many years," explained Senator Morrison. "And it is my hope that we can help our community to enrich themselves enlighten themselves on the unique history."

This year's Silebrasion Chamorro starts this weekend and last until April. During this time wide range of festivities showcasing our island's uniqueness have been scheduled. This year's theme is Fatmata Fanhasu Nihi Ta Bonsomona I Taotao-Ta which is translated "Wake Up Think Let Us Advance Our People For The Better".

Department of Chamorro Affairs president Joseph Cameron said, "I think we have a responsibility as residents whether you are Chamorro or not Chamorro to embrace Chamorroness if I can say that in an English word embrace us embrace us Chamorros always." This year over  20 events are scheduled as the Department of Chamorro Affairs has partnered with many GovGuam agencies. One of the biggest events is the Chamorro Language Competition, others include the Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Festival in Umatac and many more. "We also have at the Agana Shopping Center throughout this month exhibits that are going to be provided by all the GovGuam agencies it's a competition of Chamorro type exhibits - also this year we have the museum exhibit at the Fine Art Gallery in Agana CAHA we are creating a mini museum as well we also have a fishing derby, we have also the pig derby gosh there is a slew list ," he said.

For a list of the events scheduled to commemorate Mes Chamorro visit http://dca.guam.gov.  
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