Hundreds Attend Guam I’ Taotao Peace Festival

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Government House opens doors for first time in years

By Dance Aoki

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 2, 2013) – Hundreds of Guam residents filled the parking lot of the Government House for the Guma I' Taotao Peace Festival.

It was the first time in years the Government House has opened its doors to the public.

Mariestella Aguon of Umatac brought her daughter to the Government House in Agana Heights Saturday to see the Christmas lights on display.

"I think it's beautiful," Aguon said as her daughter played with a plaster goat on display.

Aguon said it was nice to be able to see the Government House since it's not usually open to the public.

"I remember the last time I came here was like in elementary (school), like on a field trip," Aguon said. "It's nice for the public to be able to come inside and see everything."

In the early evening light, Gov. Eddie Calvo and first lady Christine Calvo sang DÃ¥ndan I Panderetas before the decorative lights were ceremoniously turned on and fireworks exploded over Agana Heights.

The Calvos then welcomed Guamanians through the doors of Government House to see rows of Christmas trees decorated in sparkling holiday fare.

Beyond the glass doors leading to the patio of the house, visitors could see the lawns decorated in towering lights, glowing reindeer and displays from each village.

Foster families

David Johnson of Asan said he came to the event to see the lights, but also to support Christine Calvo's mission of providing foster care to children on Guam.

"My wife and I are foster parents, and the first lady cares about foster care, so we came to support her," he said.

Johnson said he and his wife welcomed a foster child into their family for about eight months before the girl was reunited with her biological family.

"Last year, our foster daughter came to an event (hosted by the first lady) and loved it," he said.

He said he would love to foster another child in the future.

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