Student representatives from Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School took the Håfa Adai Pledge on March 1, 2019 in celebration of Mes CHamoru. Guam Visitors Bureau Culture and Heritage Officer, Dee Hernandez, administered the pledge signing that kicked off the school’s Chamorro Month festivities.
Student representatives from Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School took the Håfa Adai Pledge on March 1, 2019 in celebration of Mes CHamoru. Guam Visitors Bureau Culture and Heritage Officer, Dee Hernandez, administered the pledge signing that kicked off the school’s Chamorro Month festivities.

Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School kicks off Chamorro Month with the Håfa Adai Pledge

by Josh Tyquiengco
Guam Visitors Bureau

(Friday, March 8, 2019) — The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) had the pleasure of welcoming more than 500 students from Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School as the newest members of the Håfa Adai Pledge Kids program on March 1, 2019 at the school’s campus in Ordot-Chalan Pago.

It was heartwarming to see the Chamorro culture thrive as the students demonstrated a total of four cultural performances during the kick-off ceremony for Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School’s Mes Chamorro festivities. The immersion of the Chamorro language was evident as the student body listened and responded to Señora Sheila Paulino’s opening remarks spoken in fluent Chamorro.

Guam Visitors Bureau Vice President, Bobby Alvarez, stressed with the students the importance of language and the Håfa Adai pledge during his opening remarks speech.

“Håfa Adai exudes love, friendship, warmth and respect. Language is so important to our culture. When you say Håfa Adai to friends, family and stranger, you are keeping our culture alive! So say it with your heart and with a smile,” shared Alvarez.

On behalf of the Guam Visitors Bureau, we thank our school partners, such as Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School, for their determination and effort towards perpetuating and promoting Guam’s unique culture through the island’s youth in celebration of Chamorro Month!


Student representatives from Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School posed with their signed Håfa Adai Pledge Kids Program certificates at the March 1, 2019 celebration of Mes CHamoru. Guam Visitors Bureau Vice President, Bobby Alvarez, Guam Visitors Bureau Culture and Heritage Officer Dee Hernandez, and Guam Visitors Bureau Public Information Officer, Josh Tyquiengco, assisted with the administration of the signing ceremony.

 

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