Guam Visitors Bureau announces plans for the Guam Micronesia Island Fair
(May 16, 2019 – Hagåtña) – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) announced today exciting developments for the upcoming 31st Annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair (GMIF 2019), scheduled for May 29 – June 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except for Sunday when the fair ends at 6 p.m. Themed “Celebrating Peace & Friendship in the Pacific”, GVB will welcome delegates and artisans from Rota; Federated States of Micronesia – Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap; The Marshall Islands; and Palau.
The Guam delegation will be represented by cultural masters and artisans through the Guam Council of Arts and Humanities (CAHA). CAHA has confirmed the participation of Master Ifit Carver Robert Taitano; Master Blacksmith Francisco Lizama; Master Carver Greg Pangelinan; and Master Weaver Philip Sablan.
GMIF 2019’s Opening Ceremony is scheduled for May 29 at 6:00 p.m. A detailed program and event schedule will be posted soon on the Guam Visitors Bureau’s website. GMIF 2019 is a family-friendly, free event, and all are invited to attend.
This year, GMIF 2019 will be part of a summer-long celebration of peace, friendship, culture, and history through the 75th Guam Liberation festivities. GMIF 2019 will kick off the Diamond Anniversary of Guam’s Liberation, themed “A Legacy of Peace and Friendship”, and host the fair in one of the most historic parts of our island – the Plaza de España.
“We chose the Plaza de España for very important reasons,” said Pilar Laguaña, GVB Pres. and CEO. “The Plaza is one of the most historic landmarks on our island and bringing GMIF into the heart of our capital would encourage everyone to enjoy other historic locations in the vicinity. We also wanted to restore some of the liveliness in what was once our social center of yesteryear.”
Laguaña thanks Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio, Honorary Co-Chair of the 75th Guam Liberation Committee, for inviting GMIF to kick off the summer calendar of Liberation celebrations, which will be centralized at the Chamorro Village.
“We want to be sure everyone on island knows they’re invited to enjoy GMIF and Liberation festivities to their fullest. Mark your calendars and join us each day at GMIF. Let’s celebrate our island’s culture and history together all summer long,” she added.
GVB will continue to announce new developments leading up to the fair.
“We ask that our tourism partners work with us to provide our visitors with daily GMIF information and the schedule of events. This is a great time for us to share the culture of our region. Our visitors will truly enjoy this opportunity to immerse themselves in the largest cultural event of the year,” Laguaña concluded.
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