Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) announced exciting developments for the upcoming 31st Annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair (GMIF 2019), scheduled for May 29 – June 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except for Sunday when the fair ends at 6 p.m.
Themed “Celebrating Peace & Friendship in the Pacific”, GVB will welcome delegates and artisans from Rota; Federated States of Micronesia – Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap; The Marshall Islands; and Palau.
The Guam delegation will be represented by cultural masters and artisans through the Guam Council of Arts and Humanities (CAHA). CAHA has confirmed the participation of Master Ifit Carver Robert Taitano; Master Blacksmith Francisco Lizama; Master Carver Greg Pangelinan; and Master Weaver Philip Sablan.
GMIF 2019’s Opening Ceremony is scheduled for May 29 at 6:00 p.m.
This year, GMIF 2019 will be part of a summer-long celebration of peace, friendship, culture, and history through the 75th Guam Liberation festivities. GMIF 2019 will kick off the Diamond Anniversary of Guam’s Liberation, themed “A Legacy of Peace and Friendship”, and host the fair in one of the most historic parts of our island – the Plaza de España.
“We chose the Plaza de España for very important reasons,” said Pilar Laguaña, GVB Pres. and CEO. “The Plaza is one of the most historic landmarks on our island and bringing GMIF into the heart of our capital would encourage everyone to enjoy other historic locations in the vicinity. We also wanted to restore some of the liveliness in what was once our social center of yesteryear.”
Laguaña thanks Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio, Honorary Co-Chair of the 75th Guam Liberation Committee, for inviting GMIF to kick off the summer calendar of Liberation celebrations, which will be centralized at the Chamorro Village.
“We want to be sure everyone on island knows they’re invited to enjoy GMIF and Liberation festivities to their fullest. Mark your calendars and join us each day at GMIF. Let’s celebrate our island’s culture and history together all summer long,” she added.
More information can be found at visitguam.com, @visitguam on Facebook, and @visitguamusa on Instagram.
About the Guam Micronesia Island Fair
Dates: May 29, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Time: Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Wed. – Sat., May 29 – June 1) and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sunday, June 2)
Location: Plaza de España, Historic Hagåtña
For more information: visitguam.com and @visitguam on Facebook, @visitguamusa on Instagram
The Guam Micronesia Island Fair is the Guam Visitors Bureau’s annual signature cultural event that has celebrated the vibrant cultures of Micronesia for more than 30 years. Experience firsthand the customs and traditions of Micronesia during this five-day festival that will feature master carvers, blacksmiths, traditional seafarers and navigators, jewelers, weavers, dancers, and musicians. The event is a family-friendly, free event that welcomes all to attend. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.