Condolences for the Jesus Family

Dorothea "Doring" Jesus

The Ginen i Hila' i Maga'taotao Siha Association family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of former Ginen member, Dorothea "Doring" Jesus (formerly Castro), of Chalan Pago.  She passed away at the age of 68 from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

She is a retired Guam Department of Education teacher and was part of the FESTPAC delegation to Palau in 2004.  May the perpetual light shine upon her, and may her soul rest in peace.






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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


Friday, 1 January 2021

Biba Anu Nuebu!

 May the year 2021 bring you much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Happy 76th Liberation Day!

This Tuesday marks Guam's 76th Liberation Day! The island's annual liberation parade on July 21 is traditionally packed with crowds to celebrate Guam's freedom from Japan's cruel occupation. As part of our patriotism, we continue to celebrate and thank those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces to fight for the freedom that we enjoy today!

Happy 76th Liberation Day, Guahan! Biba Guahan!

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Condolences for the Jesus Family

Dorothea "Doring" Jesus

The Ginen i Hila' i Maga'taotao Siha Association family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of former Ginen member, Dorothea "Doring" Jesus (formerly Castro), of Chalan Pago.  She passed away at the age of 68 from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

She is a retired Guam Department of Education teacher and was part of the FESTPAC delegation to Palau in 2004.  May the perpetual light shine upon her, and may her soul rest in peace.  

Friday, 13 March 2020

FESTPAC 2020 postponed due to COVID-19

Due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, FESTPAC 2020 will be postponed until 2021. Stay safe everyone!

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

FESTPAC Delegates Announced

The 100 delegates selected for the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FESTPAC) in Hawaii are comprised of 54 positions in the performing arts; 34 positions in demonstrations exhibitions, special events and activities; and 6 in literary arts.  The remaining 6 seats will be occupied by the governor's office, head of delegation, and 4 Program Chairs.

The FESTPAC helps perpetuate indigenous culture, language, practices, and arts!  A total of 162 applications were received.  The delegates selected include the following:

Performing arts delegates
  1. Soledad Andrew
  2. Rosalynn Aquiningoc 
  3. Noah Castro
  4. Terry Castro
  5. Joseph Certeza
  6. Amialynn Chaco 
  7. Amy Chargualaf
  8. Jenifrey Deleon
  9. Lekisha Duenas
  10. Logan Denuas 
  11. Jermaine Gamboa
  12. Rayah Julian
  13. Dana Kim
  14. Johanna Kim 
  15. Alvina King
  16. Adam Llanes 
  17. Raymond Lujan
  18. Eliza Manglona
  19. Jessi Mediola
  20. Litasha Mediola
  21. Shawn Mendiola
  22. Ashley Paulino
  23. Loucel Paulino 
  24. Pulani Peredo
  25. Jonathon Perez
  26. Sherri Perez
  27. Richard Quitugua 
  28. Rudolph Rivera II
  29. Christpher Sablan
  30. Rico Sablan
  31. Cameron San Agustin 
  32. Shannon San Nicolas
  33. Shayna San Nicolas
  34. Donovan Santos
  35. Rufae Santos
  36. Fu'una Sanz
  37. Barbara Tainatongo
  38. Rita Taitague
  39. Brian Terlaje
  40. Vincent Topasna
  41. Jerome Torres
  42. Sandra Torres
  43. Tiara Treltas 
  44. Kyana Tuncap

Performing arts, chant delegates
  1. Leonard Iriarte
  2. JoeLyn Borja
  3. Tamara Cruz
  4. Rhea Lizama
  5. Koby San Nicolas
  6. Irene Acfalle
  7. Brandon Cruz
  8. Maria Leon Guerrero
  9. Andrew Martinez
  10. Juanita Sgambelluri 

Literary arts delegates
  1. Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero
  2. Jeremy Cepeda 
  3. Dr. Laura Souder
  4. Siobhan McManus
  5. Arielle Lowe
  6. Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

Demonstrations and exhibitions, special events and activities delegates
  1. Ronald Acfalle 
  2. Ronald Huaro Acfalle
  3. James Aevermann 
  4. Joseph Babauta
  5. Arisa Barcinas 
  6. Julie Benavente 
  7. Mikolene Cabrera
  8. Gerald Cruz
  9. James Cruz
  10. John Damian
  11. Roman Dela Cruz
  12. Romand Duenas 
  13. Alea Dugan 
  14. Cara Flores
  15. Christina Flores
  16. Joseph Guerrero
  17. Fransico Lizama
  18. Richard Manglona
  19. Mark Muerer
  20. Greg Pangelinan
  21. Byron Paulino
  22. Jeffrey Quitugua 
  23. Christopher Rowland
  24. Kenneth Sabalborro
  25. David Sablan
  26. Phillip Sablan
  27. Ko San Nicolas
  28. Hila'an San Nicolas 
  29. Mika Sanchez
  30. Aaron Santos 
  31. Kie Susuico
  32. Robert Taitano Jr. 
  33. Martha Tenorio
  34. Tomas Torres