Yap Festival To Honor Contribution Of Chamorro Population

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Yap State Government Colonia, Yap, FSM

May 28, 2012

The 2nd Annual Homecoming Festival that will take place at the Yap Living History Museum on Saturday, June 16, will highlight the history and contributions of the Chamorro population in Yap during the past decades.

The Chamorros came to Yap to work as teachers and government officials and helped to establish the first church on island.

The Chamorros settled along a major bay in where it has now become the seat of the government or has become Colonia or the state center.

That major bay has been named after them and is now called "Chamorro Bay."

The Yap Visitors Bureau said people will gather at the museum site at 8 a.m. on June 16 before proceeding to attend a commemorative Mass at St. Mary’s Church at around 9:10 a.m.

The opening of the festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a traditional stick dance to be performed by dancers from Weloy at the museum site following the Mass.

Speakers have been invited to share their reflections on their lives when they first arrived here, especially their experience during that period.

Aside from traditional dances, there will be sport events, a photo exhibit and canoe excursions during the festival.

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