Former Senator, and Teacher, Pilar Cruz Lujan recently passed


Former Senator, and Teacher, Pilar Cruz Lujan recently passed.

Here’s PNC’s Althea Engman with on Lujan’s legacy

The Office of the Governor announced the passing of former senator and Democratic Party of Guam Chairwoman, Pilar Cruz Lujan at 92 years old who served the island as senator for 6 consecutive terms.

Before becoming a Senator, Lujan served Guam as a teacher, administrator, and in more positions across the Guam Department of Education. Lujan led the implementation of CHamoru language and culture education in our schools and became Chairwoman of the first Guam Education Board.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said, “We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of former Senator Pilar Cruz Lujan, a passionate educator who championed the institution of CHamoru language in public education, and a dedicated public servant who established our modern judicial system and led the transformation of our international airport.”

The Democratic Party of Guam joined Adelup, and Democratic Leadership in the Guam Legislature in mourning the loss of former DPG Chairwoman Pilar Lujan stated, “As a Senator, Chairwoman Lujan advocated tirelessly for the closure of the painful chapter faced by the People of during World War II. Her efforts and advocacy paved the way for us to finally close this painful chapter. Additionally, as a Senator in the 17th-22nd Guam Legislature, she spearheaded many key initiatives that set the course for our system of Government today. ”

Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes added that Senator Pilar C. Lujan. Senator Lujan was a strong voice of the people and a staunch advocate of justice. Senator Lujan was one of two women elected to the First Guam Constitutional Convention, playing a vital role in shaping Guam’s destiny.

Moreover, Speaker Therese Terlaje added that as lawmakers and government officials, we can only aspire to accomplish as much as Senator Pilar Lujan achieved in her lifetime, as she embodied the standard of public service that is expected by the people of Guam. Our condolences go out to her children Davina, Galen, and Rolenda and their families.”

Our prayers and condolences go out to former Senator Pilar C. Lujan’s family during these times.

We at PNC and the Sorenson Media Group express our condolences to Lujan’s friends and family


Picture credits: Guam War Survivor Story

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Althea Engman or as she is referred to as Thea joined the PNC team in August of 2021 as their youngest reporter and after a few months she was given the opportunity to be their weather girl. She currently attends the University of Guam while working at Sorenson. Her hobbies include dancing, creating content for social media, as well modeling on the side, she also is a big dog lover. Before working for PNC, she didn’t think about pursuing a career in journalism or a related field but it has helped her figure out a better career path. She covers a wide variety of news beats with a focus on legislation and lifestyle.