June 7, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tamuning, McDonald's


Put Si Tata Storytelling Event Snapshots - 
June 14, 2018 at Cali's Cafe, Mangilao

Prospective Master Storyteller

Ginen Application

Ginen i Hila i Maga'taotao Siha Association Membership Application

Mother's Day Storytelling at Chamorro Village

Mother's Day Storytelling on May 10, 2018 at Chamorro Village

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


Sunday, 27 December 2015

Week-In-Review … December 20 - 26, 2015

12/22/2015 Tuesday > CHRISTMAS CAROLING at GMH, 3:00 pm . Met at the Main entrance Lobby ..... Joey Leon Guerrero, Juanita Peredo, Frances Blanco, Ann Rivera, Ewy Taitano, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Annie Pineda, David Gofigan, Patti Quichocho, Toni Calvo (and granddaughter Mia) and Benit Lizama ..... Ms. Maria Perez, GMH Public Relations, met and guided the group to the 3rd floor and 4th floor wards.  

12/25/2015 Thursday > CHRISTMAS DAY ...Day for Family and Friends to share in this Blessed Occasion … We hoped all of you celebrated in ways that brought Peace, Love and Joy to everyone.

What's UP for THIS WEEK:

There was a Literary Arts Author's Night   / Open Mic  event set for the last Tuesday of December however was cancelled due to venue closure;

Dr. Rivera (Literary Arts Committee member) had announced:

The following is our latest list of those who will be sharing their stories/poetry:

Annie Pineda, Patti Quichocho, Kisha Borja-Quichocho , Johanna Salinas, Ewy Taitano, Benit Lizama, Ann Rivera, Juanita Peredo, Joey Leon Guerrero (Tentative), Toni Calvo (Tentative), Dr. Rivera & the rest of the Literary Arts Publications Delegation (Back-up)
We are also excited that members of the Ginen i Hila' i Maga’taotao Siha Association will share a special Kanta treat that will lift your spirits, touch your heart, and get you into the mood to ring in the New Year 2016!  Un Dangkulo Na Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

... soon there after had sent this message:

Hafa Adai Team,

Dispensa, I recently received a message from Denise regarding the closure of the Guma' Tasa Coffeehouse this week.  Thus, I regret to inform you that our Literary Arts Authors Night/Open Mic event will be cancelled.  Please let others know of the cancellation.  I apologize for any inconvenience.

We express our deep gratitude to Denise for graciously allowing us to host our monthly FESTPAC activities.  Felis Påsguan Nochebuena yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu!

Saina Ma'ase',
si Dr. R :)

Stay Tuned for further Updates.

Looking Ahead >>>

January 17th, 2016 Sunday @ 4:00 pm >> FestPac Literary Arts Committee Meeting .. Sinajana Mayor's Office // Contact 477-4234 or for details

~ Calendar of Events ~

Library Readings ... will continue at the Nieves Flores Memorial Library during March / Mes Silebrasion Chamoru

Historical Significance ... of this organization will be compiled and presented

Comedy Show .. "FRIHONADAS YAN BABARIAS" ... will form a G-rated performance for kids & family AND adults

"IN THEIR OWN WORDS" ... "A Day In The Life"

"Puengen Na'Ma'nao" … October

UNIFORMS ... T-shirts, skirts, blouse/shirt, vests .. Color (tan / light brown)
RECRUITMENT ... to expand on membership

>> Information will be forthcoming for these events

Other Information >>>

WHAT'S.APP chat group (Administrator:  Lois Gumataotao) .. another means to communicating with each other .. Let us know your preferred cell phone contact.

Club DUES Please submit your dues as soon as you can

SI YU'OS MA'ASE' .... 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Ginen News - 12/21

12/15/15 Tuesday > Christmas Dinner / Social .. was held at Carmen's Restaurant in Hagatna.  Toni & Tony Calvo, Annie Pineda, Patti Quichocho, Frances Blanco, Juanita Peredo, Joey Leon Guerrero, Ewy Taitano, Benit Lizama, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Malia Ramirez all enjoyed the Hispanic Cuisine, "Describe/Guess Who This Person Is-Exchange Gift", shared and reminisced "Talk Stories", sang Christmas Songs.  'Calendar Of Events' was discussed and a working schedule was outlined (see below).

What's UP for THIS WEEK:

December 22nd 2015 Tuesday .. CHRISTMAS CAROLING at Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) .. Meet at the Entrance Lobby .. 3:00 p.m. .. Bring 2 friends to join us!

Thursday December 25th .. It's Christmas Day... Rejoice for Christ is in our presence .. Be Blessed in Body, Heart and Spirit in His Graces for each moment in time We shall be renewed, refreshed, and remember the Reason for the Season .. Have a very Merry Christmas

~ Calendar of Events ~

Library Readings .. will continue at the Nieves Flores Memorial Library during March / Mes Silebrasion Chamoru

Historical Significance .. of this organization will be compiled and presented

Comedy Show .. "FRIHONADAS YAN BABARIAS" .. will form a G-rate for kids & family AND adults

"IN THEIR OWN WORDS" .. "A Day In The Life"

"Puengen Na'Ma'nao" .. October

UNIFORMS .. T-shirts, skirts, blouse/shirt, vests .. Color (tan / light brown)
RECRUITMENT .. to expand on membership

.... Information will be forthcoming for these events ...

Other Information >>>

WHAT'S.APP chat group (Administrator:  Lois Gumataotao) .. another means to communicating with each other .. Let us know your preferred cell phone contact.

Club DUES Please submit your dues as soon as you can

SI YU'OS MA'ASE' .... 

"Ginen I Hila' I Maga' Taotao Siha"  Officers 2015-2016

President:  Toni Calvo  ..  Vice-President:  Frances Blanco  ..  Secretary:  Ewy Taitano  ..  Treasurer:  Patti Quichocho  ..  Historian:  Benit Lizama  ..  WebMaster:  Dr. Matilda Rivera  ..  Sergeant-At-Arms:  Annie Pineda

Saturday, 12 December 2015


December 15th, 2015 .. Tuesday .. 7:00 pm .. CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER ..

Reminder >> Please acknowledge your joining us for this social event by confirming with Ms. Patti.

Bring your CHRISTMAS EXCHANGE GIFT ($25 max .. those members who pulled names)

There will also be surprise activities!


Friday, 11 December 2015

Ginen Weekly Update

We will be having weekly updates to inform the membership and those interested in knowing "What's Happening" with our organization.

A meeting was held on December 3rd, 2015 at Foody's / Shell Gas Station in Barrigada.  In attendance:  Toni & Tony Calvo, Frances Blanco, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Ewy Taitano, Benit Lizama, Patti Quichocho, Anne Pineda, Juanita Peredo, Joey Leon Guerrero, Malia Ramirez.

OFFICERS for the year .. November 2015 - November 2016:

President:  Toni Calvo
Vice-President:  Frances Blanco
Secretary:  Ewy Taitano
Treasurer:  Patti Quichocho
Historian:  Benit Lizama
WebMaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Annie Pineda

December 7th, 2015 - Monday 8:00 pm >>> MAISA The Girl Who Save The Island / an Animation and Live Action movie  .. Premier Showing .. at the Tango Theater at the Agana Shopping Center in Hagatna ..... Come early .. Showtime is at 8:00 pm.

December 8th, 2015 - Tuesday 6:00 pm >>> NOBENAN SANTA MARIAN KAMALEN .. Invitation extended by Anne & Patti to attend their annual PROMESA TO SANTA MARIA .. 5:30 pm .. Nobena will start at 6:00 pm .. at their home in Barrigada.

December 15th, 2015 - Tuesday 7:00 pm >>> CHRISTMAS SOCIAL / PARTY .. at Carmen's Restaurant in Hagatna (in the side room, right side from the restaurant) .. We will be having an EXCHANGE OF GIFTS .. Calendar of Events will be planned out this evening as well.)

December 22nd, 2015 - Tuesday 2:00 pm >>> Christmas Caroling at Guam Memorial Hospital .. Meet at the Main Lobby area by 2pm

Will start a WHAT'S.APP chat group (by WebMaster) .. another means to communicating with each other .. Let us know your preferred cell phone contact.

Will be getting UPDATES of Current Events (by Secretary) .. on a weekly basis or as Updates are relayed throughout.

We will  need to meet to come up with a CALENDAR OF EVENTS for this Year  .. This will be done during our Christmas Social (12/15)

Exchange of Gifts .. Names were pulled.  If you would like to join in on this festive event, Please contact Ms. Patti. 

Next Meeting ..  To Be Announced

Friday, 4 December 2015

Congratulations to the Newly-Elected 2015-2016 Ginen i Hila 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

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Ginen Election, Membership Renewal & Recruitment - Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. @ Foody’s Barrigada Shell Gas Station

Please join us this Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Foody's Barrigada Shell Gas Station, as we will be having an election of officers, membership renewals, and recruitment of new members. Kindly spread the word and share this with current, past, and prospective Ginen members. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


FESTPAC Literary Arts Author Reading at Guma Tasa - Nov. 24

Enjoy the following Author Reading Snapshots compliments of Storytelling Chair/Ginen member Louie Gombar!

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera starts the night off with her poems Guela Dear and Biba Kumpleanos.

Dr. Monique C. Storie shares her imagery poetry piece.

Lei Naholowaa shares three of her poetry pieces.

Thursday, 12 November 2015


The historic streets of Inalahan will come alive this Sunday!
Vendors and shoppers are invited to Inalahan's GINEN I TANO' SUNDAY MARKET
STREETFEST this Sunday, November 15, from 9am to 2pm.  Located on San Jose
Avenue in front of the G.Flores Museum and Hotnu Bakery, this month's
event will feature Guam's Traditional Artists who are preparing to
participate in Festpac 2016.  Carving Subcommittee Chair George Francisco
has secured confirmations from 11 traditional artists who will participate
with local carvings and body ornamentation.  During the event, Judy Flores
and volunteers will assist artists fill out the official CAHA application
forms to join the Guam Delegation of Traditional Artists.  Artists may
apply to join as participants with full delegate status and
responsibilities of staying with the Festival delegation; or they may
apply to join as Exhibitors.  Exhibitor status will bestow the status and
responsibilities to demonstrate and exhibit at scheduled times, but do not
allow artists to stay in the delegation lodgings nor provide meals.   This
ruling by the Festpac Organizing Committee allows artists to participate
while attending to home-care responsibilities such as tending to animals,
gardens, and family members.

In addition to Hotnu breads and Pizza, fundraising fiesta plates will be
sold by the Mae Taitague-Laximana families.  Other vendors are welcome to
sell fresh produce and Chamorro food delicacies.  All vendor booths are
free; however, advance registration is encouraged to insure that there is
space available under the canopies.  Space will be reserved for those who
register by calling Bobbie Mantanona at 988-6044 or by email to, or

New local Consignment items are:
2016 Calendars with photographs by Reuben Olivas
Color Guam Activity Books by Taliea Leon Guerrero Strohmeyer
Acrylic Paintings by Arthur Manglona

New vendor and exhibition booths include:
Richard Mostan's Textured Acrylic Paintings
Local Designed Table Skirts and Aprons by Lola Pinaula
Sakman model exhibit by Sakman CHE'LU member Tony Borja.

Additional vendors will be accepted until all spaces are filled.  Tables
and chairs are limited, so vendors should bring their own.  Vendors are
allowed to set up their own pop-up canopies
along the street. With permission from Mayor Doris Flores Lujan, San Jose
Avenue in front of G.Flores Museum will be closed from 8am to 2:30pm.
One-way traffic will flow from the Obing Flores house on San Jose Avenue
at the ball field intersection towards G.Flores, turning left to flow back
to the Pale' Duenas/coastal roadway in front of Gef Pa'go.  Public parking
is available along the bayside before and after Gef Pa'go and around the
San Jose Church.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Storytelling at Guma Tasa

Si Yu'os Ma'ase' for a memorable night of storytelling with FestPac authors and Ginen officers/members on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Guma Tasa, Mangilao.  BIBA GINEN!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

FestPac Literary Arts Auditions - Sept. 19 at the Lujan House

Opportunities to audition for FestPac is scheduled for Sep. 19, 2015 at the Lujan House in Agana. Oral storytelling has been given the time slot of 1:45 to 3:15 P.M We hope to see you there!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Ginen Meeting - Sept. 9

Join us for our next Ginen meeting on Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m. at King's Tamuning.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts Guam Literary Arts committee is
accepting, through October 15, 2015, original, unpublished work for its
upcoming anthology, Local Voices. Quality poetry, fiction and non-fiction
written in English or in a Pacific language (with translations into
English) are wanted. Writers may submit up to five (5) poems and three (3)
prose pieces. The maximum length for each piece is 15 pages of typed,
single-spaced text. With your submission, include a cover sheet with your
contact information.

Send submissions to For more information on
entry guidelines, contact Publication sub-committee chairs, Dr. Monique
Storie at or Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera at