Guam is prepping for next year’s Festival of Pacific arts by transforming the island’s capital, which would also serve as the main stage for the event.
Guam – The island’s capital is going through a major makeover, from the upgrading of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica and the Guam library, to the building of the new museum, and now…creating a fishing platform in the Hagatna marina.
This morning, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the Paseo de Susana Recreational Park for a new fishing and viewing platform. Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative President Manny Duenas says this would only strengthen the island’s fishing tradition. Duenas says, “We’re all getting old. We want our young people to stay away from drugs, from games. We want our kids to come out, see and utilize the environment. We’re here to enjoy our resource. This is to put fish on the table, to provide a dish that we are accustomed to for 4000-year tradition.”
The almost $550-thousand dollar project is to construct a 136ft. by 15ft. ramp and fishing platform in order to provide fishing access to the Hagatna Marina. It will also serve as a venue for fishing activities during the Festival of Pacific Arts, which Guam will be hosting next year for the first time in Fest Pac history.
Senator Rory Respicio says, “This administration and this island is clearly moving forward. Thank you everybody, it’s a great day my congratulations to all thats involved in this project.”
The fishing platform is just one of the many plans for the revitalization of our island’s capital, Hagatna, in preparation for Fest Pac.
Governor Eddie Calvo says, “What you’re going to see in Fest Pac is thousands of people from all over the Pacific coming to Guam, not Tumon, Hagatna. There will be a beautiful museum, I see the church now the cathedral being upgraded, and I’ve been fully supported of that Legislative building that will be coming back as well and fully renovated. This will be, Hagatna, the capital city bar none in the whole Pacific. A capital city that reflects a proud history, a proud tradition and a proud people.”