It's Official! We've 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.
From Our Viewers . . . In Their Own Words December 29 2015
From our viewers . . . . In their own words:
Paul M: Chamorro Yu! Thank you Pale. I am sending this video to my kids in Oregon.
Jesse A: We watched the documentary today as part of our Christmas day festivities! Pale' Eric did a fantastic job at retelling the story of our Chamorro heritage. The entire family will enjoy the succinct presentation and will hopefully reinvigorate the lost practices of our ancestors and even our grandparents! The DVD makes a great gift for all seasons, for Chamorros both on and off island! Banidoso yu na Chamorro! Si Yu'us ma'ase', Pale' Eric! Bonito chechomu!
Pauline C: What a treasure ... saw it at the Hagatna ASC Theater. This Labor of Love is an awesome tribute to our Chamorro Culture. Biba Pale Eric!! What a great idea ... will also share and watch the DVD with family today!
Fita R: Påle Eric...I know you're not giving me a commission on this comment but honestly, buying the DVDs for me and for the rest of my family is just about the best investment I've made in a very long time. "I Am Chamorro" is not just a phrase...it is our existence.
From a professional in the field of anthropology, archaeology: Dear Pale' Eric, I thought you did an amazing job pulling that film together. 4,000 years in 100 minutes!! I thought it was very balanced--explaining the way people are conflicted about self determination and whether to be joined with the CNMI, etc. I know the film will be cherished by Chamorros in the States and in Guam both." VERY GRATEFUL
Robert C: Truly enjoyed your film! Very insightful and touching at the same time. You ran the whole gamut of history and issues. I recommend everyone to watch it...you don't have to be Chamorro to enjoy the presentation. I bought 3 videos for Christmas gifts! Congratulations on a job well done Fr. Eric!
Get your copy of this epic film today! www.iamchamorro.com
What a Gift! December 23 2015
"I AM SO PROUD", says Tom Tabor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tabor Communications, Inc..
"From the moment the words - I AM CHAMORRO - appeared on a black, big-screen backdrop to open this film and the soothing, familial voice of Pale Eric welcoming us on this journey; to the closing credits where my sister dedicated this production to our parents, I was moved like never before… and changed.
This epic documentary chronicling the peoples of the Marianas, The Chamorros, my people, took me on a journey that left me filled with awe, pride, strength, empathy, sorrow, longing, connectedness, understanding and love. A life’s journey captured in 90+ minutes of the history of the ancients through contemporaries whose struggles with culture, identity and purpose mirrored and defined mine.
Our ancients were a strong, determined, proud, happy people whose legacy had been fractured and minimalized over thousands of years. This film captures a long story of strength, endurance and unity of our people. It reaffirms who we are, from where we came, that we can weather anything and accomplish much. It tells a story of the courage of a quietly determined and great people. This film reassembled a beautiful stained-glass storyboard of this fractured history.
This project also served another purpose, especially for those of us who have left the island. When you come off island, the desire to fit in, assimilate and change has a strong pull. The appearance of change can cast a shadow over who you really are. But there’s something especially unique about being from an island - you know and can identify your people. You can wrap your arms them and the culture, and it wraps itself around you. 4000 years of shaping a people, an identity that mirrors yours. Its right there and there’s no denying it. The long history of the Chamorros coupled with the lineage of our DNA makes this very real… it’s indelible, its genetic.
Traveling the world and living in an adopted homeland has often left me with a feeling of disconnect… a void of connectedness. But every time I’m touched by my island, and it’s not very often so when it happens it’s massively emotional, I realize why I am who I am. All of a sudden, I understand why I love the way I do; Why I laugh at the silliest of humor; Why I love family so deeply; why I love to touch, and kiss and hug; the root of my fears and foils; what nourishment I need for my heart and body. There are many proud people who share this with me; who have been brought up and raised the same way I was – we are alike - we are from Guam and we are Chamorro.
An eternal Si Yu'us Ma'ase to Joanne Tabor Modic and Pale Eric Forbes - What a gift".
Chamorro Documentary Nearly Finished July 06 2015
Two and a half years ago, I was introduced to a special lady and a special project for the Chamorro community. Joanne Tabor Modic hosted a popular Chamorro history workshop in Torrance, California in 2011 and 2012. It was led by Capuchin Friar Eric Forbes, better know as Pale’ Eric from Guam. In that first phone call with Modic, she shared with me the vision of the “I AM CHAMORRO” documentary, which would be a compilation of the 26 years of research that went into Pale’ Eric’s history presentations.
It was because of the demand for the workshops, sitting at the Modic’s kitchen table, they decided to create a film to be able to reach the larger community. It would be a film that could be featured in the Smithsonian — something for Chamorros and for all people to see and learn about the Chamorro culture. It sounded overwhelming and it sounded expensive, but with Modic’s enthusiasm and Pale’ Eric’s stature in the community, I was immediately on board to support the project in any way that I could.
Many people have heard about this project by now. I have not been the only one so inspired. The Manhita Chamorro nonprofit organization was formed in February 2013, and its fundraising was successful enough to start the filming in early 2014. A lot of funds came one T-shirt sale at a time. Some came from generous donor organizations.
On her first trip to Guam for the project, Modic recalls a phone call she received in Hawaii from the President of the Bank of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero. The bank was committing to be a presenting sponsor of the film. Soon afterward, the Guam Legislature also committed to be a presenting sponsor. After the funds that had already come from the stateside community and others, the sponsorships brought the project to life.
The first filming was in Redondo Beach, California in October of 2013. In 2014, the crew filmed on Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan over a period of nearly three weeks. The crew, also known as Click Productions, has been a great fit with the project according to Modic. While following Pale’ Eric’s direction, they have contributed new technologies and filmmaking expertise to enhance the production. On Guam they worked with Shooting Star Productions.
The film is meant for the youth, for those that must constantly explain where they’re from. Like one of our dancers who introduced herself as a person from Guam while in school. One of her classmates commented, “Is that a real place? Are you a real person?”
The film is meant for the Chamorro boy in California who said he had identified himself with the Chinese community. But he wasn’t Chinese and kids had told him he didn’t belong there. He didn’t know where he belonged. He didn’t know who he was.
The film is meant for Chamorros who live in the states, as well as the Chamorros who live on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It’s also meant for the world, who often doesn’t know what a Chamorro is.
“My father was sent to Guam, along with many other American military, to liberate it,” says Modic, “This film is for them, too.”
The final filming was on June 28 in Long Beach, California where Chamorro dance groups, Kutturan Chamoru and Uno Hit were rehearsing with instructor, Heidi Quenga. In between the dancing, students and organizers were interviewed.
The Manhita Chamorro organization expects to release the movie trailer teaser no later than October. The movie itself should be completed by Christmas.
“This documentary is to tell about their islands in the Pacific and the origin of our ancestors through the eyes and the research of Pale’ Eric Forbes,” says Modic, “And it will live forever. This, you can pass to the next generation.”
More information about the project can be found at www.IAMCHAMORRO.com.
Paul M. Calvo, Calvo's Insurance, Calvo Enterprises, Inc. and Pay-Less Supermarkets Our Newest Ruby Sponsor June 26 2015
Manhita Chamorro is very happy to announce that Mr. Paul M. Calvo, Calvo's Insurance, Calvo Enterprises, Inc. and Pay-Less Supermarkets are our newest Ruby Sponsors by generously donating $15,000 to Pale` Eric's I AM CHAMORRO documentary project.
Un dangkulo' na si Yu'us ma'ase for your most generous donation and on-going support.
As many of you know, Pay-Less Supermarkets is the sole distributor of our I AM CHAMORRO t-shirts on Guam. Please visit any one of their stores to purchase any one of our tees.
As a Ruby Sponsor you receive your:
• Name included in DVD film credits
• Donor's recorded message during film's credits
• Logo included on back of event t-shirts
• Link on www.iamchamorro.com
• Acknowledgement as Ruby sponsors at all events, galas and fundraisers
Please contact email@example.com for more information about the various ways of financially supporting this groundbreaking documentary project. Si Yu'us ma'ase'
In Post Production June 23 2015
Manhita Chamorro is pleased to announce that post production is under way on the “I Am Chamorro” documentary.
The script is in and our team is working on putting together what will be the first feature length documentary of the Chamorro people on Guam, the CNMI and the US Mainland.
More updates will follow along with the release date of our first teaser trailer anticipated in early fall.
Stay tuned to our website for additional information or to give a monetary donation to this worthy cause.
Si Yu’us Ma’åse
Calling On All Chamorros May 23 2015
Hafa Adai! The film shoot on Guam, the CNMI and San Diego have successfully been completed. Post production work is now underway. Pale' Eric Forbes' documentary which will cover, in broad but essential strokes, the entire history of the Chamorro People, will be released later this year.
We continue to seek donations for on-going production costs. Though a donation in any amount is welcomed and deeply appreciated, we are calling on all Chamorros to consider making a family donation of $1,000 which entitles your name to appear in the film's credits. Consider your donation an investment in your culture and in your children and grandchildren's future knowledge of their culture. Don't let this opportunity slip by as it doesn't come around often. Act now! Be part of a tangible means of touching the hearts of thousands of people for many years to come.
Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Manhita Chamorro and mail it to P. O. Box 3203, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 or click on the donate button on our webite www.iamchamorro.com..
Un dangkulo na si Yu'us ma'ase' and thank you very much!
Check Out Our Men's and Women's T-Shirts May 13 2015
We have a full line of I AM CHAMORRO and CHAMORRO YU' t-shirts for men and women. They are artistic in design, made of cotton and comfortable to wear. And, the proceeds from your purchase will benefit Pale' Eric's DOCUMENTARY project.
Check us out and get yours in time for summer! Invite your family and friends to support our project too.
Si Yu'us ma'ase'
MANHITA CHAMORRO, a non-profit Chamorro cultural organization founded to produce, with Pale' Eric Forbes, a documentary of the history of the Chamorro People is pleased to announce that its presenting sponsor for the I AM CHAMORRO DOCUMENTARY is the BANK OF GUAM, The People's Bank.
The documentary, released in all formats including DVD and blue ray formats, is a story of the history of the Chamorro People, the indigenous natives of Guam and the Mariana Islands in Micronesia . An ancient people, the Chamorros have endured centuries of colonization, war and calamities. Today, Guam remains an important strategic possession of the United States in the Pacific. Till now, no comprehensive documentary has been made concerning the history of our Chamorro people. This documentary will make a monumental and historical difference for our people and generations to come. It will be a work of art, masterfully filmed and edited by Hollywood professionals.
"We are so grateful for Bank of Guam's support", says Pale` Eric Forbes, Chairman of Manhita Chamorro's Board. "Our stories are similar in that we both conceived a dream, started from humble beginnings and, because of their support, will see our dream become a reality.
The Bank of Guam is known by all as a strong supporter of Chamorro culture and language. Their contribution and the contribution of all our corporate and individual sponsors represents an investment in our culture and in our children and grandchildren's future knowledge of our culture."
About the Bank of Guam
Bank of Guam was first conceived as a dream and aspiration in the early 1970s by its founder and former Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jesus S. Leon Guerrero. During the time he was a vice-president in Guam for Bank of America, Mr. Guerrero grew concerned that the banking needs of many within the community were not being adequately met.
Because of his dedication to the people of Guam and the other islands of the region, he resolved to take the risk of starting a new, locally organized bank. After securing a commitment for deposit insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mr. Guerrero literally went door-to-door, offering Bank of Guam stock for sale. When the Bank was officially chartered on March 13, 1972, what had started as a dream became a reality.
From its humble beginnings in a pre-fabricated building in the heart of Hagatña, Bank of Guam quickly grew into one of the island's most prominent success stories. As Guam 's economy expanded, the Bank prospered, taking an increasing share of the market for both deposits and loans. Despite the setbacks of the recession during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a more permanent structure replaced the original facility as the Bank's headquarters and additional branches were opened to better serve its growing customer base.
The People's Bank
2014 marked the 42nd Anniversary of the Bank of Guam. Now with a network of 24 branches and over 80 ATMs throughout the Western Pacific, Bank of Guam has consistently proven itself to be a successful, dynamic organization with the sophistication to handle the most complex of its customers' domestic and international financial needs. At the same time, it has maintained its status and perspective as a community bank, treating each customer with personal attention and sensitivity. That is why customers know Bank of Guam as "The People's Bank"… personal in style, international in capacity.
About Pale` Eric Forbes
A MAN OF GOD......A MAN FOR HIS PEOPLE
Pale' Eric Forbes, whose cultural advocacy and research credentials are well-known, will not only narrate the documentary but will also decide its content, which will cover, in broad but essential strokes, the entire history of the Chamorro People, from our remote origins in the past to the present reality including the story of those Chamorros who live outside the Marianas.
Pale' Eric was born and raised on Guam . From an early age, he made Chamorro culture, language and history his passion. After obtaining a BA in History from San Francisco State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley , CA , he became a Capuchin Franciscan priest. He returned to Guam and has worked in the Marianas ever since. For 26 years, he has interviewed countless people and researched in archives and libraries all over the world, gathering a huge collection of historical data.
He is an acknowledged historian of the Chamorro people, especially in the area of local church history and is frequently called on to write articles and speak at cultural events. He maintains a Chamorro culture blog, www.paleric.blogspot.com. For several years, he created a buzz in California giving Chamorro culture workshops that created a hunger for more knowledge as people's pride and Chamorro consciousness were re-awakened.
This past year, he received KUAM TV's 2013 A'adahen i Kottura (Cultural Guardian) Award. Wherever he goes, he creates excitement and enthusiasm among our people.
A documentary of the history of the Chamorro People, the indigenous natives of Guam and the Mariana Islands in Micronesia . An ancient people, we have endured centuries of colonization, war and calamities. Today, Guam remains an important strategic possession of the United States in the Pacific. Till now, no comprehensive documentary has been made concerning the history of our people. This documentary will make a monumental and historical difference for our people and generations to come.
Supporting sponsors for the I AM CHAMORRO Documentary project include, Guam Food Services, King's Restaurants, Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Chuck E. Cheese, AM Insurance, Mitsubishi Motors - Guam Auto Spot, Guam Visitors Bureau, Tan Holdings, DFS Saipan, Triple J Saipan, Pay-Less Supermarkets, Che'lu Inc, .St. Jude Fiesta Group, Barrigada San Roke Group of Southern California, Family Finance, Santa Rita Fiesta Group, Bay Area Women's Group and numerous $1K individual sponsors who reside on Guam and in the U. S. Mainland.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, we continue to seek donations from corporate and individual sponsors in order to make this groundbreaking documentary a reality. For details about the various ways of financially supporting this documentary, please contact Joanne Tabor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be a part of this needed re-awakening of our pride and knowledge of our Chamorro story which will touch the hearts of thousands of people for many years to come.
The Buzz TV: Pale Eric Forbes & Joanne Tabor January 17 2014
TV Interview on The Buzz with Pale Eric Forbes & Joanne Tabor.
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Pale Eric Forbes and Joanne Tabor with Ray Gibson 1.14.14 January 17 2014
Interview between Ray Gibson, Pale Eric Forbes and Joanne Tabor about the I Chamorro dvd project. Click on the image to listen.
Letter of Support from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo December 14 2013
Manhita Chamorro Receives Grant from GUAM VISITORS BUREAU December 14 2013
GUAM VISITORS BUREAU CULTURAL HERITAGE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH committee just awarded MANHITA CHAMORRO another sizeable grant towards the historical I AM CHAMORRO documentary film narrated by Pale` Eric Forbes.
Un dangkulo’ na si Yu’us ma’ase and thank you to everyone at GVB who made this possible.Manhita Chamorro is currently aiming its efforts at raising funds to produce this “Smithsonian quality” cultural preservation documentary based upon Pale’ Eric Forbes’ 26 years of research spanning 5 countries and the Marina Islands. Everyone and anyone who would like to see this project become a reality is asked donate. The time is now.
A'adahen I Kottura Honor is awarded to Father Eric Forbes. November 14 2013
What a wonderful acknowledgement of his passion, hard work and dedication in preserving Guam's culture and history. This passion is evident by his desire to create a cultural preservation documentary titled I AM CHAMORRO. Currently in the fundraising stage, the documentary aims to preserve the diverse and unique history of the Chamorro people dating back over 3,000 years. His intent is to educate current and future generations of Guam's rich and diverse history.
Congratulations Pale` Eric on this well deserved award!