22 new U.S. citizens naturalized in 1st ever ‘drive-thru’ ceremony

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District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood presides over the first drive-thru naturalization ceremony held in October. (PNC Photo)

The District Court of Guam hosted a special Filipino American History Month Naturalization ceremony Thursday morning outside the courthouse, in light of COVID-19 safety measures.

The first-ever drive through Naturalization ceremony took place front of the District Court of Guam.

Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood and Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo welcomed Guam’s 22 newest U.S. citizens, who took an oath to bear faith and allegiance to the nation.

The Chief Judge said, “we extend our most sincere congratulations and well wishes, as well as prayers for health and safety during these unprecedented times to all of our new citizens.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.