September 7, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: UOG, EC102


Prospective Master Storyteller

Ginen Application

Ginen i Hila i Maga'taotao Siha Association Membership Application

Christmas Caroling




Congratulations to the Newly-Elected 2015-2016 Ginen i Hila of Officers!  

President:  Antonia Masga Calvo

Vice President: Frances Blanco

Secretary:  Ewy Taitano

Treasurer:   Patricia Ann Quichocho

Historian:  Benita Lizama

Sgt.-at-Arms:  Annie Pineda

Webmaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Congratulations, Peter Robert Onedera, former Ginen/PIBBA International President, on being recognized as Sainan Minenhalom Sinangan Ginen I Hila’, or Master Storyteller, and the publication of your sixth book titled, “Tinige’ Hinasso."

Pictured L-R: Joseph Artero-Cameron, Department of Chamorro Affairs President; Onedera; Vincent Leon Guerrero, Chief Education Officer to Gov. Eddie Calvo; Senator BJ Cruz, Vice Speaker of the 33rd Guam Legislature; and Monica Okada Guzman, CAHA Board Chair.

Pictured L-R: Jacqueline Balbas, CAHA Program Coordinator; Onedera; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, FestPac Literary Arts-Publications Co-Chair & PIBBA/Ginen i Hila i Maga'taotao Siha Association Webmaster.

Literary Arts Workshop Snapshots

Snapshots from the Sept. 6 workshops conducted by the Guam Literary Arts Committee for the GUAM Festival of Pacific Arts 2016. The workshops were held at the University of Guam CLASS Lecture Hall and HSS. Presentations focused on Indigenous Language, Oratory (Storytelling), Fashion, History, Publications, and Theater.

Ginen I Hila’ I Maga’taotao Siha Association's MACHOSFLAKOS MADNESS storytelling slam held on May 5, 2014 at the Mangilao Senior Citizens Center was filled with exciting stories and a chance to recruit new members. Enjoy the following video and snapshots taken during this special event!


Click on the video below to view Ginen i Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association's "MACHOSFLAKOS MADNESS" on PhotoPeach.


CAHA/PREL Talk Story Workshop

CAHA/PREL Talk Story Workshop

The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (CAHA) and the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) in collaboration with the Literary Arts Group of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts Festival and the Guam Preservation Trust invite writers, storytellers and educators to a Talk Story Workshop. The theme for the workshop is the FestPac theme: “" What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific - Hafa Iyo-ta, Hafa Guinaha-ta, Hafa Ta Patte, Dinanna' Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku".

Presenters and topics for the workshop include Terrie Perez – Timeline/Storyline Process; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera – Historical Value of the Stories to be written; PK Harmon – Publication Matters; Leiana Naholowaa – Developing Program Topic of Stories; Dr. Monique Carriveau Storie – Techniques; Louie Gombar – Oral Presentation; and Antonia Masga Salas – Storytelling. Some stories resulting from this project will be featured in a PREL publication.

The workshop is FREE and scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3 & 10, 2014 at AV#1, RFK Library, University of Guam in Mangilao. Interested parties may register with CAHA by submitting their name and contact information via telephone at 300-1204 to 300-1208 or via email at For further information contact Jackie Balbas, CAHA Program Coordinator at the numbers and email previously indicated.

CAHA/PREL Talk Story Snapshots

CAHA/PREL Talk Story Snapshots

Thank you to those who joined us in celebration of our 10th Anniversary.

Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

10th Anniversary Celebration - Friday the 13th Zombie Walk



In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, Ginen i Hila’ i Maga’taotao Siha Association hosted its first FRIDAY THE 13TH ZOMBIE WALK on September 13, 2013. The event took place at the Paseo de Susana from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This event was free to the public, but donations were being accepted to benefit Rainbows for All Children - Guam.

Ginen i Hila'i Maga'taotao Siha Association was founded by Peter R. Onedera in 2003 and has been the literary arts delegation to the Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac) in Palau (2004); American Samoa (2008); and in the Solomon Islands (2012). The group is also preparing for its participation in Guam’s hosting of FestPac in 2016.

Thank you once again to all who joined us in this special event. For more information, please contact Peter R. Onedera at or at 486-3210.


This was the first group designated in an official capacity to represent the island as previous festivals normally consisted of visual artists, weavers, carvers, cultural singers and dancers. At the urging of J. Lawrence Cruz, former president of the Department of Chamorro Affairs and overall chairperson of Guam’s official delegation, Peter R. Onedera was contacted to form a group comprised of storytellers.

Thus, the following comprised the original members of the group:

Kevin James Camacho

*Peter John "Makahna" Duenas

David "Dave" De Leon Flores, Jr.

Leonila "Lila" Torres Gombar

Louis "Louie" Gombar

Dorothea Zita "Doring" Jesus

David Joseph "Dave" Lujan

Theodore Joseph "Ted" Tenorio Nededog

*Peter Robert Onedera, President

Rosa Salas Palomo

Theresa "Ewy" Gumataotao Taitano

Upon its return from Palau, a majority of the members decided to continue the group and has done so to the present. Others who have, at one time, been a member of the group as well as new ones are listed here:

Beverly Ann Borja Acfalle

Anthony J.P. Ada

Bernadita "Bennett" Lujan Aguon

Charissa Lynn Aguon

Severina Atalig

Gloriette "Gena" Babauta

Felix Benavente

Lourdes Benavente

*Francisca Camacho Blanco, Vice President

Frank Lee Borja

*Anthony Lloyd Calvo

*Antonia Masga Calvo, President

Julius Cesar Sotomayor Cena

Grace Christman

Elizabeth Terlaje Cruz

Dr. Jose Quinene Cruz

*Dr. Arlene Salas Diaz

Maria Borja Dooley

Maria Esteves

Nickolas "Nick" Fegurgur

Terrie C. Flores

David "Dave" Tedtaotao Gofigan

*Lois Taitano Gumataotao, Historian

Peter Judicpa

Ronald Tenorio Laguana

Benita M. Lizama

John M. Lizama

Dawn Maka

Cira T. McMillan

*Mae Cruz Mendiola, Secretary

Nikita Mendiola

Rufina Mendiola

Selina Onedera-Salas

Anna Maria Palacios

*Simeon Manibusan Palomo

Daniel J. Pangelinan

Jay Baza Pascua

*Juanita T. Peredo

*Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda

*Patricia Ann "Patti" Quichocho, Treasurer

Rosa Mafnas Quidachay

*Toni "Malia" Ramirez

Elizabeth Reyes

Carmen D. San Nicolas

Joseph T. San Nicolas

Joseph "Poping" Santos

Emily Sablan

Frances Sablan

Dallas Taijeron

Maria Ana "Ann" Tenorio Rivera

*Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster

Dr. Marilyn "Mern" C. Salas

Vincent John "Vinnie" Salas

Steven Santos

Julia Henderson Shore

Sandy Marie Stilwell

Jovita Taimanao

Jerome Tomagan

Victor Tuquero


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

I Songsong Sinajana photo exhibit was off to a wonderful unveiling

Håfa Adai:

I Songsong Sinajana photo exhibit was off to a wonderful unveiling last night, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 6pm to 9pm.  Nostalgia, reconnection of and among those who came, talk stories of who, what, when, where, how, etc filled the air as the Exhibit Hall welcomed people from near and far to another major highlight of the 50th Golden Jubilee of St. Jude Thaddeus Church and the village of Sinajana.

A heartfelt congratulations to Hope Alvarez Cristobal, Andy Cristobal, William Hernandez and Bernie Aguon-Hernandez for the spectacular exhibit that promises to be a traveling one around the island and possibly abroad.

If you didn't get a chance to view them last night, here's your chance as the hours of exhibit will be from 10am to 9pm today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, October 25 & 26;  10am to 3pm on Saturday, October 27but will reopen again at 8pm to 10pm after the Na'taotao Tumano' celebration and the fireworks display;  Fiesta Sunday, October 28 from 12 noon to 8pm and the final day,Monday, October 29 from 10am to 9pm.

Again, to the wonderful committee chaired by Hope Alvarez Cristobal and to the Guam Visitors Bureau, sendångkolo na si Yu'os ma'åse'.

si peter r. onedera
chair, Jubilee Committee

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pupuengen Umestoria

There will be a non-alcoholic "Pupuengen Umestoria," an evening of round robin storytelling in English or Chamoru that is free and open to the general public. The event will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012, from 6pm to 8pm at the Statue of Liberty Park behind the Paseo Stadium in Hagåtña. Storytelling will be welcomed from individuals who may choose to share jokes, riddles, just-for-fun topics, embarrassing moments, personal and humorous experiences, ghost stories, superstitious practices, and for-adults-only subject matters. Members of Ginen I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association will lead the storytelling sessions and will provide light refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to provide their own lawn chairs, mats, mosquito coil, insect repellent, umbrellas in case of light rain, and hand fans. Please circulate among close friends, enemies, colleagues, acquaintances as there will not be any press releases or public services announcements.

Thursday, 18 October 2012



As part of the Sinajana Fiesta activities this year, you are cordially invited to the exhibit opening of I SONGSONG SINAJANA:  A PHOTO COLLECTION OF SINAJANA this coming WEDNESDAY, October 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sinajana Community Center exhibit hall.  The photo exhibit showcases the L. Ron Hubbard Collection of black and white photos of the resettlement of Sinajana village by WWII refugees from both old Sinajana, Hagatna and surrounding areas.  As a result of the WWII resettlement, this ancient village (indicated in 17th century records) became the largest village in Guam with many residents establishing themselves as parishioners of St. Jude Church.  The collection dates from late 19th century to post Urban Renewal period.  The exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Guam Visitors Bureau as a way of augmenting and enhancing Chamorro cultural celebrations.  Photos were also provided by Sinajana residents, the Capuchin Collection, and the Micronesian Area Research Center at UOG.

The multi-page exhibit catalogue will be provided to the first 100 signed-in guests--one per family.

PLEASE COME, SEE and ENJOY OUR EXHIBIT of over 50 photos.  And, please kindly pass this invitation on to relatives, friends, off-island guests and military visitors.  The Exhibit Hall will also be opened from Thursday, Oct. 25 to Monday, Oct. 29, 10a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Peter Onedera, Chairperson & Ginen i Hila' i Maga'taotao Siha Assoc. President

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Ginen I Hila Meeting - Oct. 18

Our next meeting is this Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7pm at the Sinajana Community Center. The agenda will include nominations for the position of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and historian. Please attend and bring along a guest or two.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Ginen I Hila Meeting - Oct. 4

The Ginen I Hila meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2012 will include
on the agenda, nominations for the following positions of president,
vice-president, secretary, treasurer and historian for 2013. If
interested in being nominated, please be present so that you can
accept the nomination on the floor. Also, annual membership dues of
$10 will be accepted in order to be qualified to cast your ballot on the
November 1st meeting. The year 2013 is the tenth anniversary of Ginen
I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association. It should be a fun and interesting
year and good leaders will be sought after.

Again, the meeting is at 7pm and will be at the Sinajana Community
Center. Bring a guest or two for new membership.
The meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2012 will include on the agenda,
nominations for the following positions of president, vice-president,
secretary, treasurer and historian for 2013. If interested in being nominated,
please be present so that you can accept the nomination on the floor. Also,
annual membership dues of $10 will be accepted in order to be qualified to
cast your ballot on the November 1st meeting. The year 2013 is the tenth
anniversary of Ginen I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association. It should be a
fun and interesting year and good leaders will be sought after.

Again, the meeting is at 7pm and will be at the Sinajana Community
Center. Bring a guest or two for new membership.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Ginen i Hila Meeting - Sept. 20

Please be reminded that the next general membership meeting of Ginen I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association will be next week Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 7pm at the Sinajana Community Center. Please come and bring a friend or friends.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

FESTPAC Snapshots, Honiara, Solomon Islands

The FESTPAC held July 1-14, 2012 in Honiara, Solomon Islands was a success!  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this memorable event.  To view the entire album of photos, visit

Monday, 23 July 2012


TETEHNAN Performances, Membership Meeting, and Election of Officers

Congratulations on a triumphant and exuberant return from FESTPAC! Performances of TETEHNAN, the one act play that was performed at the June 24 showcase at the UOG fieldhouse and again to a full-house capacity audience at the National Auditorium in Honiara, Solomon Islands, will be presented at three separate performances at the main pavilion of the Chamoru Village this coming Sunday, July 29, 2012.  The first show will be at 7pm with the talents of Ju'ne Dani Sablan Hawkins and Patricia Ann Quichocho;  8pm with the talents of Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda and Juanita Toves Peredo;  and, at 9pm, with the talents of Benita Mesngon Lizama and Beverly Ann Borja Acfalle.  Please come in support of the Literary Arts delegation as well as to help out with the admission/donation table at the entrance, serving refreshments, and selling literary publications that we brought to FESTPAC.  Admission/donation to watch each performance is $10.  No tickets will be sold.

Also, please take note that our membership meeting will be on Thursday, August 2, 2012, 7pm at the Sinajana Community Center.  Please come and bring a new prospective member as we have a lot of items on the agenda for the evening.  As a final note, please plan on the election of new officers (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and historian) for the November 1st meeting.  Nominations will take place at the October 4th meeting.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Guam Preview and Showcase

Friends, Family, Relatives, Colleagues:

Please come and support Guam's Literary Arts Delegation comprised of ten of the most talented, enterprising, innovative and motivated members of Ginen I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association as they present and perform at this upcoming Sunday, June 24, 2012 Guam Preview and Showcase at the University of Guam Fieldhouse from 11am to 6pm.  Your admission of $20 will greatly assist in helping offset the airline expense of getting Guam's one hundred and forty member delegations to the 11th Festival of the Pacific Arts that will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 1 through 14, 2012.

The following members comprise the Literary Arts Delegation:

1.  Acfalle, Beverly Ann Borja
2.  Hawkins, Ju'ne Sablan
3.  Leon Guerrero, Joey
4.  Lizama, Benita Mesngon
5.  Onedera, Peter Robert
6.  Palomo, Simeon Manibusan
7.  Peredo, Juanita Toves
8.  Pineda, Annie Margarita Babauta
9.  Quichocho, Patricia Ann
10.  Sablan, Frances Mary Manibusan

The following times and programs are under the auspices of our group:

1.  11am-11:30am, Opening Ceremony, Blessing, Chant and Song
2.  11:30am-12 noon, Fashion Pageant (Spanish influence)
3.  12:30pm-1:30pm, Lieweila (Film about the Refalawasch of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
4.  2pm-2:45pm, One-act play TETEHNAN featuring Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda and Juanita Toves Peredo
5.  3:15pm-3:30pm, Storytelling about Nature and Environment
6.  3:30pm-3:35pm, Lina'la' Lusong (Film)
7.  4pm-4:30pm, Storytelling, World War II (In their Own Words)

It would be nice to see you all there and please pass along this e-mail message to those you know.  Culture, arts, traditions, food, music and friendship are in store for those who come.

si peter r. onedera
chair, Literary Arts Delegation

Thursday, 14 June 2012


We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences for the following:
+Mrs. Rufina Mesa Borja, grandmother of Ginen I Hila' former president Beverly Ann Borja Acfalle, passed away,Thursday, June 14, 2012.  Rosary is being held at the family home in Sinajana/Agana Heights (borderline) at 12 noon with a tentative evening rosary that is still being worked out by the family.  Funeral arrangements are also pending.  Both evening rosaries and funeral are planned for St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Sinajana.

Also, +Mrs. Margarita Pineda Camacho, sister of our current historian Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda, passed away June 13, 2012 in the mainland.  Mass is held at 6 p.m. at the Our Lady of Assumption Church in Piti.  Funeral will also be held in the mainland.

In addition, Mrs. Ana Flores Artero, mother of Joseph Artero Cameron, president of the Department of Chamorro Affairs and head delegate to the 11th FESTPAC in Honiara, Solomon Islands, passed away on Sunday, June 10.  Nightly rosary is at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Yigo at 6 p.m. followed by mass at 6:30 p.m.  Funeral will be on Tuesday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Event Schedule

11-1130am opening chant by entire Guam delegation
1130am-12noon fashion pageant of Spanish period (literary arts)
12-130pm film "Lieweila: A Micronesian Story" (literary arts)
130-2pm Fanlalai'an (performing arts) chant
2-245pm Tetehnan (literary arts) one act play
245-315pm Pa'a Taotao Tano' (performing arts) pre contact
315-330pm storytelling (literary arts)
330-335pm short film (literary arts)
335-4pm Fanalalai'an (performaing arts)
4-430pm Guam Dance Academy (performing arts)
430-5pm Storytelling (literary arts)
5-6pm film "The Insular Empire" (literary arts)

Visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts groups will be displaying throughout the day. food and drinks will be sold as well throughout the day.

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Ginen i Hila's PUENGEN PINALÅCHA'YAN KOMBALÅCHI fundraiser on Friday, May 4, 2012, drew various supporters at the Hagåtña Riverside. Si Yu'os Ma'a'se' to all those who helped during the event!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ginen i Hila Dinner Fundraiser to be held May 12, 2012

Ginen i Hila's FESTPAC Dinner Fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Sinajana Community Center, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Ginen i Hila Fundraiser to be held May 4, 2012

Mark your calendar for Ginen i Hila's FESTPAC fundraiser on Friday, May 4, 2012 @ the Riverside Club.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Dan A. Kelin II Shares His Expertise with Ginen I Hila

Daniel A. "Dan" Kelin, II is a nationally recognized Master teaching artist, author, teacher trainer and Arts education consultant to organizations around the globe. He shared his expertise and provided tips on March 16, 2012 at the Latte of Freedom Cultural Center, as members of Ginen i Hila practiced their bilingual play titled SAINA DESTLÅDU written by Ginen i Hila President Peter Onedera. Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to all those who participated and brought refreshments for the occasion. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Ginen I Hila Meeting - March 1

The Ginen I Hila meeting started with the Kantan Ginen I Hila'.  The final report of the storytelling project at the Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Public Library was reported by Ginen I Hila Treasurer Patti Ann Quichocho.  Ginen I Hila President Peter Onedera announced updates on the FestPac 2012 and called on the various committees to provide details on the storytelling, literary, theater, games, and fashion.  Updates on the Culture in Harmony with Nature event were also discussed.  Dr. Arlene Diaz reported on the arts and crafts workshop and will provide us with an update on the venue during the next meeting.

President Onedera further requested that the Ginen I Hila members attend a cultural workshop at the Latte of Freedom featuring Daniel Kelin II on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For the Good of the Group (Minaolek I Gurupu), a special Penny for Your Thoughts sharing activity was coordinated by Ginen I Hila Historian Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda.  Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to all who attended!  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the meeting!