Guam is “Where America’s Day Begins” and the first baby born on Guam has the distinction of being America’s first baby born in the New Year due to the island’s geographic location.
The first baby of the new year is Elena Jean Elizabeth Iglesias, the daughter of parents Marlena Iglesias and Eugene Ripple, born 7 seconds after midnight at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The attending physician was Dr. Thomas Shieh.
The “I Love Guam NEW YEAR BABY” is a program created by Archway, Inc. to recognize this unique claim to fame. Since its inception, this initiative has grown each year with increased participation from local businesses.
“The birth of a new baby is a joyful event that brings hope and excitement for the years ahead. Celebrating the I Love Guam New Year Baby helps to spread happiness and share the spirit of optimism for 2021 with the island. Even in these difficult and challenging times brought on by the pandemic, our partners once again showed their generosity and commitment through their kind donations. It shows the strength of our community and desire to support one another, and we can’t thank our loyal partners enough for being a part of this event year after year”, commented Mika Caldwell, Vice President of Archway, Inc.
The “I Love Guam NEW YEAR BABY” is the lucky recipient of a prize package valued at over $6,500 to include an assortment of baby supplies, gift baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants and retail stores, free fuel, and cash.
Special thanks to the following generous donors:
= 2020 NY Baby-Oz Carlin Young Gift Basket $350.00 value
= 2017 NY Baby-Kylie Ray Tesalona Gift Basket $100.00 value
= AB Risk Solutions Gift Basket $300.00 value
= Ambros, Inc. Year Supply of Huggies Diapers/Huggies Wipes and gift basket $750.00 value
= Archway, Inc. $500 Cash $500.00 value
= Asia Pacific Financial Management Group $100 Gift Certificate to Payless Supermarkets $100.00 value
= Atkins Kroll Baby Car Seat $185.00 value
= AVIS $100 Gift Card to Kmart $100.00 value
= Bonita Baby Gift Basket $150.00 value
= Burger King Gift Basket $150.00 value
= California Pizza Kitchen $50 Gift Certificate $50.00 value
= Crust Pizzeria & Pasta $50 Gift Certificate $50.00 value
= Dickerson & Quinn 6 cases of Luvs Diapers/1 case of Always Pads/2 cases Gain
= Laundry Detergent $350.00 value
= GTA $150 Gift Certificate $150.00 value
= I Love Guam Gift Basket $200.00 value
= Infusion Coffee & Tea $100 Gift Certificates $100.00 value
= Island Color & Copy Hard Cover Photo Book & Announcement Cards $260.00 value
= Island Skin Spa $50 Gift Card $150.00 value
= Lonestar Steakhouse $50 Gift Certificate $50.00 value
= Micronesian Brokers Gift Basket $150.00 value
= SPPC – 76/CIRCLE K $250 in fuel $250.00 value
= The Guam Daily Post 1 Annual E-Edition Subscription to The Guam Daily Post/1 eco bag containing $2,085.88 value
= Spots on the Rock hiking guide, and 2 Post face masks/ Full Page full-color Ad
= Triple J Enterprises Gift Bag $100.00 value
= VI & MIKI Children’s Boutique $100 Gift Certificate plus Diapers and Baby Supplies $200.00 value