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


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Ginen Group Reactivated!

Congratulations Ginen i Hila i Maga’taotao Siha Association for a successful meeting and election of new officers on June 12, 2015!  The newly-elected officers are as follows:

President:  Antonia Masga Calvo
Vice-President:  Francisca Camacho Blanco
Secretary:  Mae Cruz Mendiola
Treasurer:  Patricia Ann Quichocho
Historian:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao
Webmaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

Kudos to all, and may we continue to share the amazing stories from the beautiful island of Guahan!

Ginen meeting in action!

Si Yu'os Ma'ase' 2012-2014 Ginen Officers!

Pictured L-R:  Patricia Ann Quichocho, Treasurer; Antonia Masga Salas, Vice President; Peter Robert Onedera, President; Julia Henderson Shore, Secretary; and Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda, Historian.

Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to the outgoing 2012-2014 Ginen I Hila officers, and congratulations to the following 2015 officers:

2015 Ginen I Hila Officers:
Antonia "Toni" Masga Calvo, President
Francisca Camacho Blanco, Vice President
Mae Cruz Mendiola, Secretary
Patricia Ann "Patti" Quichocho, Treasurer
Lois Taitano Gumataotao, Historian
Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster

34th Annual PIBBA Conference - Kosrae, FSM

34th Annual International PIBBA Conference
June 23-25, 2015
Utwe Elementary School
Kosrae, FSM

Kahs ac Facsin Lasr:  Orekmakihn Ohiyen Luti Ma Wo Emet in Sang Ahkwoye Kapkapwack Ke Etwacack
Promoting Language and Culture:
Effective Practices for Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Research

Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and Kosrae Chapter
Kosrae DOE
Office of the Governor

Tuwoh! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 34th Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 23-25, 2015 in the beautiful island of Kosrae, FSM. We hope to see you there, and please stay tuned for more information.

The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.



We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be
given a special discount. However, the travel must be completed on or before July 2, 2015. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1511.
Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.


Guam Micronesia Island Fair - June 12, 13, 14

The Guam Micronesia Island Fair begins tomorrow.  In its 28th year, the annual festival will bring our neighboring islands together for a weekend of cultural sharing and preparation for the "Olympics of Pacific Arts."
"Bridging past, present and future — The Journey to FestPac" is this year's theme.
"The Guam Visitors Bureau and our Guam Micronesia Island Fair partners are looking forward to this weekend's celebration of culture, alongside our brothers and sisters from Micronesia," GVB General Manager Nathan Denight says.
"This GVB signature cultural event will also serve as a preview to the Festival of Pacific Arts, which Guam is hosting in 2016. We invite everyone to come to Gov. Joseph Flores (Beach) Park on June 12 to 14 to check out all the different vendors, cultural exhibitors, live art demonstrations and entertainment that are part of GMIF, " Denight says.
This weekend, expect delegations from Rota, Tinian, Saipan, The Federated States of Micronesia, and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands represented at the fair, as well as a Guam delegation.
The island delegations will share their culture through dance, singing and chant performances, as well as through food, arts and crafts and other goods available at the fair.
There's plenty to do at the fair with different kinds of vendors, artisans, even live-art demonstrations scheduled for the three-day celebration.
This weekend's fair also has a strong musical entertainment line-up with award-winning island reggae group The Mana'o Company, known for the hit "Drop Baby Drop," ready to perform.
Also on tap to perform are local groups, including Marianas Homegrown, Love & Håfa Adai, Stay Tuned, R&R, The Mount Carmel Phoenix Stage Band and Rising Tides.
• What: 28th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair
• Where: Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park at Ypao Beach, Tumon
• When: Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Schedule of events

Friday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School
• 1 p.m.: Kulu Natibu Dance Squad (AIJMS)
• 1:30 p.m.: Inetnon Southern High Chapter
• 2 p.m.: Guma' Kinalamten I Tatao Tano
• 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony
• 7 p.m.: Marianas Homegrown
• 8 p.m.: Love and Håfa Adai
• 9 p.m:. Fairgrounds close

Saturday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Pa'a Taotao Tano'
• 1 p.m.: Pohnpei
• 1:30 p.m.: Kosrae
• 2 p.m.: Natibu Dance Academy
• 2:30 p.m.: Palau
• 3 p.m.: Yap
• 3:30 p.m.: Konfrence
• 4:30 p.m.: Toni Quitugua
• 5 p.m.: Phoenix Stage Band
• 6 p.m.: Stay Tuned
• 7:30 p.m.: The Mana'o Company
• 9 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

Sunday• Noon: Fairgrounds open
• 12:30 p.m.: Pa'a Taotao Tano'
• 1 p.m.: Yap
• 1:30 p.m.: Guma Irensian Taotao Tano
• 2 p.m.: Guma Anitin I Taotao Tano
• 2:30 p.m.: Pohnpei
• 3 p.m.: Palau
• 3:30 p.m.: DanzJazz Entertainment Company + SSHS Dance Team
• 4 p.m.: Guma Ininan I Saina-ta
• 4:30 p.m.: Rose Martinez
• 5 p.m.: Southern High School's Vocational Band "Rising Tide"
• 6 p.m.: R&R
• 7:30 p.m.: The Mana'o Company
• 9 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

Source:  PDN

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Ginen Meeting - June 13

A Ginen i Hila meeting will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at King's restaurant in Tamuning.