Palau Community College Expresses Condolences To Family Of FestPac Participant

Palau Community College
Koror, Palau

May 27, 2016

Palau Community College expresses its deepest condolences to the family, relatives, and friends of the late Murais Sebangiol.

Sebangiol was an employee of Palau Community College where he worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Physical Plant Division. He began working at the college in 2008. Sebangiol is from the state of Melekeok.

During his time at PCC, Sebangiol joined the non-instrumental navigation program in order to learn about the traditional practices of seafaring without the use of modern instruments.

Under the tutelage of Navigator Sesario Sewralur, Sebangiol and the other navigation students learned how to sail the oceans using tradition- al techniques such as analyzing wind conditions and navigating by the stars.

Sebangiol was able to apply his traditional seafaring knowledge by joining the crew of the Alingano Maisu which began its journey from Palau to Guam in March of this year. The voyage was part of the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts or FestPac.

As a crew member of the Alingano Maisu, Sebangiol spent the last two-and-half months sailing to the following islands: Ngulu, Woleai, Ifalik, Lomotrek, Satawal, West Fayu, Saipan, and Guam.

He had reached the island of Guam in time for the opening ceremony only to meet his untimely passing.

The board of trustees, president, administration, faculty, staff, and students of Palau Community College would like to recognize Mr. Sebangiol for his great achievement of sailing many miles to reach Guam. His presence will be greatly missed on the college campus, even more so by the crew members who had the opportunity to sail by his side.

All of our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lorelei Meltel, his daughter Maecey Sebangiol, his son Eusenio Sebangiol, and his granddaughter Lucy Meyar.

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Extending my deep and heartfelt Sympathy to people of Republic of Pelau, and especially to family of Pelau's Traditional Navigator at his best role model of his legacy will maintain with the spirit of Pelaus peoples, and their pride culture. Respectfully.

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