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Umatac celebrates Guam History & Heritage Festival

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Over 100 residents and tourists took a trip to the southern village of Umatac where the village is celebrating their rich heritage and history in honor of Mes Chamoru (Chamorro Month). Chairman of the Umatac Community Foundation and program leader for heritage youth Joe Quinata told KUAM News, "In Humatac there are multiple festivities events that are happening primary event really is to share our heritage we have about 33 youth that have studied the history of Humatac have picked their sites. We have six sites and they picked their sites to focus on and at this festivities, these events, you will see them at these sites sharing the history of that sites".

"The first site that you go to is FQ Sanchez School. It's a significant site because it was designed by world renowned Richard Notra."

You will also see the palazio which was the governor's summer palace and Guam's only outdoor library. but that is not all according to Quinata since the 1930's Umatac residents have re-enacted the landing of Ferdinand Magellan putting on a theatrical show for visitors. "The re-enactment has been a feature of this festivities the reason why it is a traditional feature is because Humatac during the Spanish period has been really alive and well it use to be the port of call at one point for two years it was the capital of Guam and so the significance of that particular period of history is really our focus for Humatac."

Quinata says every year the youth in the community put together a theatrical telling of the story of Magellan's landing and the villagers response so that visitors can understand that point in Guam's history. He said, "You're going to see our huts burning and lots of crying and really that is the history of Guam when Magellan landed here."

There is still time to make your way down to experience the rich history of Umatac as the festival continues on March 68 from 12pm to 6pm. 
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