Liberation Day 2017 July 04 2017
This year's theme is ågradesi which means to appreciate or value. It was July 21, 1944 when the US forces retook our precious island of Guam from the Japanese after weeks of fierce fighting in the Second Battle of Guam. The Japanese captured Guam from the U.S. in the 1941 First Battle of Guam during the Pacific campaign of World War II.
Let's show our appreciation and give thanks to all those who fought or lost their lives defending our freedom.
You can show your appreciation and Chamorro pride by purchasing one of our beautifully designed I AM CHAMORRO t-shirts. Wear it proudly to your local Liberation Day celebration. You'll be glad you did!
Article submitted by Sandy Uslander to the Guam Pacific Daily News.
The "I Am Chamorro" documentary started out in 2013 as the most significant private project of its kind. More than a year after its completion, it continues to share the unique story of the Chamorro people to the world. Last week, "I Am Chamorro" won the special mention in the cultural legacy category at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon.
Manhita Chamorro, the organization formed to create "I Am Chamorro," submitted the documentary as part of their ongoing effort to reach larger audiences. Among more than 100 applicants, the film was one of 36 selected to premiere on April 23.
The decision to enter the film was not in the original design for the project, admits Executive Producer Joanne Tabor Modic, “We decided, ‘lets share this beautiful production.’”
As a result, the documentary was validated as a notable contribution to the festival.
The DisOrient Film Festival is in its 12th year as a volunteer-run film festival committed to presenting honest portrayals of the diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander American experience, according to the DisOrient website.
The judges and audience of the DisOrient Film Festival were generally unfamiliar with the Chamorro culture. The public was able to learn more through a question and answer session following the premiere. Associate director of the festival, Pamela Quan told the "I Am Chamorro" crew that she watched the full-length movie four times and was brought to tears each time.
On April 23, Pale’ Eric Forbes and members of Manhita Chamorro were called to the stage to accept the award. Pale’ Eric spoke for the film, noting that "I Am Chamorro" is a film by the Chamorro people and for the Chamorro people, supported by those both on the islands and on the U.S. Mainland.
Since the award, an Oregon public access station has requested to show the film for one month this year. Other public broadcasts also are anticipated. This brings the film into the homes of hundreds, even thousands, who would otherwise not be exposed to the Chamorro culture.
“We are always such a small part of any particular population,” says Modic. “This is a way to bring the heart of the people of the Pacific and Guam to the world.”
It's Official. I AM CHAMORRO Documentary Has Been Selected February 23 2017
Our I AM CHAMORRO documentary has been chosen as an official selection for the 12th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon in 2017. The festival will take place at the Bijou Arts Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon on April 21st-23rd, 2017.
Heartfelt thanks and un dangkulo na si Yu'us ma'åse' to everyone who believed in us and supported our efforts. This would not have been possible without you!!!!
Biba Chamorro!!!!! Feel free to share this good news with your family and friends.
Get Ready for Mes Chamorro February 19 2017
Mes Chamorro (Chamorro Month) is celebrated annually in the month of March. Chamorros around the globe proudly celebrate Guam's culture, heritage and people.
We are gearing up for Mes Chamorro by offering our I AM CHAMORRO t-shirts for $5 less than it's regular price. That's right . . a t-shirt that normally sells for $20 will be reduced to
And, if you want to know about your island, it's people, traditions and history - purchase our I AM CHAMORRO DVD OR BLU RAY too. DVD is $20/BluRay $30.
Help us to spread the word. Tell your family and friends about our sale so everyone can wear their I AM CHAMORRO t-shirt WITH PRIDE pride during the month long celebration and throughout the year.
Our sale begins March 1st and ends on March 31st. Biba Mes Chamorro. Biba Guam.
T-Shirt Christmas Sale December 01 2016Take advantage of our t-shirt sale while supplies last. All I AM CHAMORRO t-shirts are 50% off their regular price now through January 1, 2017 so get your orders in asap.
Early Christmas Shopping October 26 2016
Want to do some early Christmas shopping? Come visit our I AM CHAMORRO table at St. Jude Fiesta on Oct 29th. We'll have all our merchandise for your shopping pleasure.
Everyone is invited to attend. If you are unable to attend then visit our website www.iamchamorro.com. On-line shopping is convenient as your merchandise will be mailed to your front door.
St. Jude Fiesta
October 29, 2016
at 3:00 P.M.
Holy Trinity Church (Hall)
405 Ballard Street
El Cajon, CA 92019-2123
3:00 Novena, followed by Mass
6:30 Music & Dancing
Guam Liberation Day 2016 July 15 2016
For many, LIBERATION DAY brings back memories of what our people went thru during WW2. The I AM CHAMORRO documentary includes the words of +Regina Reyes, abused by the Japanese; +Jesus Torres who joined others in attacking a fleeing Japanese squadron; Francisco Williams who shares how upset the Sumay people were after the war when they were forced by the US military to leave their homes.
Why not gather as a community to watch the I AM CHAMORRO documentary to learn what our people endured and enjoy a history lesson on culture, traditions, language and everything Chamorro!
Available for purchase now at Padre Pio Gift Shop (Agaña), both Bestseller locations (GPO and Mic Mall) and the Friary (Agaña Hts).
Order online at www.iamchamorro.com