Daniel L. Perez Elementary School Kids Prepare for FestPac


Today marks 200 days left until the Pacific Region’s largest cultural event: The Festival of the Pacific Arts. Artisans, performers, and cultural practitioners are just a few of those who are busy preparing for FestPac. In fact, even elementary school students are getting into the spirit of FestPac.

Guam – At Daniel L. Perez Elementary School in Yigo, students are learning about the 27 Pacific Island Nations and Territories that will be participating in the FestPac. Each class was to learn about one of the island nations or territories and then showcase the culture to different classes by performing, presenting facts about the island, or even telling a story, just as the many delegations come together to share and exchange their cultures at each FestPac.


Curriculum Coordinator Valerie San Nicolas says, “Today, we had our primary students, our kinder, first and second graders, and they walked around to see the third, fourth and fifth graders showcase their Pacific island or territory.”

DLPES Chamorro Teacher Jana Mendiola says, “It’s also for our students promote culture diversity and also to introduce them to the different islands that are coming so they’re not so shocked when they come for FestPac next year. Not every day they get to do something and show us their inner talent. A lot of them surprisingly do art work or dance but they really shined with this project.”
Mendiola and San Nicolas say this is just the beginning of their FestPac preparations. They say every month, they will plan fun activities for the students leading up to Chamorro Month and FestPac as the grand finale.