Guam Observes World AIDS Day With Torchlight Ceremony


Guam- As part of Guam and the international community’s efforts to observe December 1 as World Aids Day, the Guahan Project is holding a torchlight ceremony this evening at its office location.

Guahan Project Executive Director Al Silverio says they will be lighting 150 torches for those who lost their lives to aids and to also promote awareness about this global epidemic. The event will be from 6 to 7 pm at the Guahan Project office above Hornet Sporting Goods in Tamuning. Silverio says the community is invited to attend and that refreshments will be provided.

“In the past we’ve used candles to help memorialize people who were lost to this epidemic” said Silverio. “Over the years, we have made more dramatic statements. And we’re using torches this time around…symbolic as , in a way, that we’re passing along our information and our knowledge to younger generations so they can take on the work in the fight against HIV and AIDS.”

In addition to the ceremony, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Education also released the top three winners of the World Aids Day logo contest. The winners are Saren Formento and Christine Crisostomo from Okkodo High and Jean Carlo Mendoza from Simon Sanchez High School. The winning logo will be placed in the 2011 Prutehi Hao Protect Yourself campaign.