Dr. Dungca was the author of the Inifresi and a co-writer for the first Chamorro dictionary.
Guam – One of the island’s well-known Chamorro culture and language advocate Dr. Bernadita Camacho Dungca has passed away at the age of 75.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says she joins the people of Guam in mourning Dungca, who dedicated her life to the preservation of the Chamorro culture and language. Dungca was the author of the Inifresi and was known for her role in publishing the first Chamorro dictionary. Bordallo says as a life-long educator and professor at the University of Guam, Dungca worked timelessly to pass down her knowledge to future generations. Bordallo says she thanks Dungca for her years of service to the community and that she will be greatly missed.
Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann remembers Dungca as a strong woman of faith. He said that as a long time resident of his village, Dungca was a wonderful Adult Confirmation teacher, lector, and benefactor at St. Jude’s Church. Hofmann says his thoughts and prayers go out to her son John, her grandkids, and the rest of her family.