Charter Day is the largest public event at the University with nearly 5,000 people visiting the campus throughout the day.
Guam – The University of Guam celebrated their 48th Charter Day today with the theme of “Triton Spirit: One University, Many Voices”.
True to its name, from the many voices of the University, we learned a lot from Charter Day. Since it’s Mes Chamorro, we first checked out the CHamoru Language Competition.
UOG Professor Michael Bevacqua says, “It’s a really great chance to showcase the beauty of the Chamorro language, all for the youth. Have the youth do the demonstrations, let them sing the songs, recite the poems, write the essays.”
UOG Professor Michael Bevacqua explains that more than two dozen schools from around the island are competing against each other on their knowledge of singing, writing and dancing in Chamorro.
Daniel L. Perez Elementary School Teacher Senora Benita Lizama explains how they prepared for their performance today. “A lot of practices. Basically, what I did was I had all the fourth and fifth graders and throughout all the training, I chose the vest voices and you’re looking at them right here,” she says.
Fifth Grader Jonathan Relativo expresses, “I feel relieved that we did it. I don’t feel nervous anymore.”
We asked why learning the Chamorro language was important.
Fifth Grader Joanna Laguana answers, “When we grow up, we can look back and speak the language if they talk back to us in the future.”
We even spoke to the winner of Chamorro Speech. Marianas High School Luis Cepeda says, “This is my second time. I’m excited now. Last year was my first time. It’s starting to become fun. I won first place for Speech. I did good.”
We then head to the Agriculture building where we learned about soil erosion. UOG Graduate Student Erica Pangelinan says, “So I’m going to take this and make waves. We’ll see that it’s completely eroded and we see that happening a lot in Talofofo Bay.”
We also found out that trees are our friends in preventing erosion. Pangelinan says, “You see here that it’s coming apart. When you hit this, it’s not as much because the trees are holding it together so that’s one solution. Plan trees so we can prevent erosions from happening.”
We then checked out the Water Spa, where they taught students about health and nutrition.
UOG Asst. Professor Dr. Tanisha Aflague says, “We’re launching our Five-Two-One-Almost None campaign. That stands for five fruits and vegetables, no more than two hours of screen time, one hour of physical activity and almost none sugar, sweets or beverages.”
Lastly, we found out how to catch rhino beetles. UOG Researcher Donamila Taitaino tells us, “We’re doing a live demonstrations of a rhino beetle at every stage of its life, so that people will be aware of what they look like, how they look like and what do they do.”