First American Born Baby of 2012 is Jenna Carly Tudela; Born at 12:01am at Guam Memorial Hospital


Guam – Jenna Carly Tuedla became the first American born baby of the year when her mother delivered her at Guam Memorial Hospital at one-minute past midnight on New Year’s Day, 2012.

This is the second child for Christine and Joaquin Tudela.

Baby Jenna weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19 inches long.

Dr. Tom Shieh delivered the baby girl. He told PNC News the baby is doing fine and the mother is thrilled to have a baby girl to join their son.

The child and her parents are the recipients of a wide variety of gifts, valued at over $7,000, donated by Guam’s business community and Guam residents.

[photo courtesy Dr. Shieh, w/ family permission]

Archway Inc. has sponsored the “I LOVE GUAM NEW YEAR BABY” event for the past 7 years.

See the list of donations and read Archway’s release in FULL below:

2012 I Love Guam Baby “Where America’s First Baby is Born”

Guam Businesses Community continue to Donate Gifts to America’s FIRST Baby Valued over $7,000!

Guam is “Where America’s Day Begins”.  It is also where America’s first baby of the year is born.   For the seventh consecutive year, local businesses are celebrating this event by generously donating gifts to the baby and family of the first New Year baby born on Guam.

The “I LOVE GUAM NEW YEAR BABY” was started and organized by Archway, Inc. in 2005 and has grown significantly each year with participation from the local business community and private citizens.   

In addition to a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond from Archway Inc. and one from Bank of Guam, and a $300 Savings Account from Bank Pacific, other gifts include, hotel over night stays at the PIC for 4, meal certificates from King’s Restaurants (one weeks worth of meal certificates), Seafood Grill, PROA, and Burger King, a years worth of disposable diapers from FHP, and massage treatments from Mandara Spa.  Additional sponsors include, PayLess Super Markets, SM Department Store, DFS Galleria and IT&E.  AK TOYOTA has again given a new baby safety car seat so that the baby can leave the hospital in safety and comfort.   And PRIME COLOR has for the 8th time, continued to give a large flower arrangement to celebrate the baby’s arrival.   The gift package will have a total value of over $7,000.00.    

“Every year the business community of Guam continues to give unselfishly for this once a year event.   They have no problem with helping to start the newest baby born in America off on the right foot.   The lucky family gets time away from the kitchen, can relax a little with a hotel stay and even not have to worry about diapers for at least the first year.   The generosity and the true Chamorro Spirit of Giving is just no where else to be found.   We are so fortunate to be living here on Guam, not only is this where Americas Day Begins, but Where Americas First Baby is Born, according to Hank Rice, the Marketing Director for Archway Inc.   “At the end of the day it is all about helping out and welcoming the FIRST and newest American, born in the U.S.A.   No other State or Territory in the U.S. can claim this” he added.

This year’s turnout has been amazing with all the shortfalls in the economy, the people of Guam still find it in their hearts to come together and celebrate the newest member of our island by donating birthday gifts.   2012 looks to be a very bright start for a very lucky baby, who ever it might be!

It is hoped that one day this event will bring the spot light onto Guam more so than the military build up.

List of Gift Givers:

Archway Inc – $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond & Baby Gift basket

Bank of Guam – $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond

Bank Pacific – $300 Savings Account

AK TOYOTA – New Baby Safety Car Seat

PRIME COLOR – Flower Arrangement

King’s Restaurants – 7 days of Meal Certificates

Burger King – Baby Gift Basket

Mid-Pacific Distributers, Inc. – Congratulatory Banners and Beverage Product Assortment

Pacific Islands Club – 2 nights stay

FHP – a year’s worth of diapers

AON Insurance – 4 Baby Gift Baskets

SM Department Store

Pacific Daily News

PEPSI Cola – 3 cases of HanomWater

Planet Hollywood – Meal Certificates

D.F.S. – Ralph Lauren Layette Sets

SeaGrill – Meal Certificates

Mandara Spa – 50 Min. massage

Haagan Daaz -Ice Cream Gift Certificates

Proa – Meal Certificates

Sweet Relief – Gift Certificates

Cold Stone Creamery – Ice Cream Gift Certificates

Wendy’s – Meal Certificates

PayLess Supermarkets – Shopping Certificates

Governor Eddie & First Lady Christine Calvo – Assorted Baby Toys, clothes & necessities

Lt.Governor Ray Tenorio & Atty. Naoko G. Shimizu, Family and Staff – Baby necessities

OutBack Steak House – Meal Certificates

L.S.G. Catering – Cake Certificate

iT&E – 1 prepaid card and portable radio

JoAnne Camacho & the Hope Foundation

California Pizza Kitchen – Meal Certificates

MESKLA – Meal Certificates

MESKLA Dos – Meal Certificates

Singapura – Meal Certificates

AVIS RentaCar – Rent a car Certificate

Special Mention to:

Dickerson & Quinn International Distributers

Ambros Inc.

Archway Inc. would like to thank all of the Gift Givers for making this event so special.   Without their contributions it would not be as special as it has become.

Un Dangkolo Na Si Yu’os Ma’ase.