Regional delegates on Guam to prepare for FESTPAC 2016 - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Regional delegates on Guam to prepare for FESTPAC 2016

Posted: Updated:

With the Festival of the Pacific Arts only one year away, Secretariat of the Pacific Community officials have arrived on Guam to prepare for the event. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is the oldest intergovernmental organization in the Pacific.

It was the SPC that initiated the very first FESTPAC in 1972. "They decided that in order for pacific island countries to maintain their rich cultural diversity, and to keep exchanges, and to learn from each other, they should hold a festival," explained Dr. Elise Huffer. It now takes place every four years, with Guam slated to host the upcoming event next year. FESTPAC will include participants from at least twenty seven different island communities.

In preparation, Dr. Huffer, SPC's culture advisor, arrived on Guam last Saturday. "We're pretty much at the one year kick-off for the festival, so we're just coming to meet with the organizing team to see how the preparations are going," she said. "This is just the first of several visits from the SPC to Guam in preparation for the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2016."

She and SPC pc deputy director Keituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara will meet with festival director Rose Ramsey and festival programming chair Monica Guzman, as well as various other government departments. "Besides the artistic aspects of the festival, there's a lot of other areas such as broadcasting, biosecurity, and health - so we're reviewing how that's going, what needs to be put in place - what SPC needs to do, what the host country needs to do," she said.

Venues, accommodation, programming, and charter flights must also be discussed. "Really, there's a huge range of areas to cover," she said.

Although the postponement of the Guam Micronesian Island Fair put a damper on the visit, Dr. Huffer says her team will accomplish as much as possible they leave May 19.

e will reduce the need for qualified elevator inspectors.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Chunggiwa Restaurant, Top Island Restaurant shut down

    Chunggiwa Restaurant, Top Island Restaurant shut down

    Courtesy: Google Street ViewCourtesy: Google Street View

    One Restaurant re-opens, and another closes. Top Island Restaurant in Tamuning was shut down with a grade of D. Public health inspectors found unclean employee practices, and an active roach infestation. Reports say the Person In Charge confirms they have not hired pest control services and apply pesticides on their own. Live roaches were found throughout the kitchen, and the front counter area. While dead roaches were found in the freezer, chillers, kitchen, front counter and dry st...

    More >>

    One Restaurant re-opens, and another closes. Top Island Restaurant in Tamuning was shut down with a grade of D. Public health inspectors found unclean employee practices, and an active roach infestation. Reports say the Person In Charge confirms they have not hired pest control services and apply pesticides on their own. Live roaches were found throughout the kitchen, and the front counter area. While dead roaches were found in the freezer, chillers, kitchen, front counter and dry st...

    More >>
  • Ray Tenorio, Tony Ada make gubernatorial run official

    Ray Tenorio, Tony Ada make gubernatorial run official

    A fifth gubernatorial candidate has now officially submitted his papers to the Guam Election Commission.  As has been long expected, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will be vying for the top seat at Adelup. His running mate is former Senator Tony Ada. So far, Tenorio is the lone Republican Gubernatorial hopeful. The team filed Thursday afternoon surrounded by supporters. Tenorio stated, "We believe in embracing everybody and everyone's voice and their consideration. Th...More >>
    A fifth gubernatorial candidate has now officially submitted his papers to the Guam Election Commission.  As has been long expected, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will be vying for the top seat at Adelup. His running mate is former Senator Tony Ada. So far, Tenorio is the lone Republican Gubernatorial hopeful. The team filed Thursday afternoon surrounded by supporters. Tenorio stated, "We believe in embracing everybody and everyone's voice and their consideration. Th...More >>
  • GPD: crime on Guam is decreasing

    GPD: crime on Guam is decreasing

    Guam's crime rate is going down - at least this is the trend, according to the Guam Police Department's 2016 Uniform Crime Report which covers years 2012 through 2016. GPD Chief of Police JI Cruz says that although they don't have the ideal number of personnel, they've transitioned from traditional to community policing which has had a positive impact on numbers. "With our strategy of policing and how we've analyzed crime, all things taken into consideration, we do feel that wit...More >>
    Guam's crime rate is going down - at least this is the trend, according to the Guam Police Department's 2016 Uniform Crime Report which covers years 2012 through 2016. GPD Chief of Police JI Cruz says that although they don't have the ideal number of personnel, they've transitioned from traditional to community policing which has had a positive impact on numbers. "With our strategy of policing and how we've analyzed crime, all things taken into consideration, we do feel that wit...More >>
Powered by Frankly