Guam – Queen of Chamorro Music Flora Baza Quan will be giving a lecture at the University of Guam as part of its continuing speaker series The Chamorro Experience gi Fino Chamorro.
The lecture will take place at 5:30 in the CLASS Lecture Hall on November 14. The purpose of this lecture series is to share the stories of Chamorros today, in the Chamorro language in order to help preserve its role as an essential part of our island’s heritage.
Flora Baza Quan, is best known for her Chamorro language hits “Hagu,” “Puti Tainobiu” and “Y Chamorro.” Prior to becoming a pioneer in the Chamorro music industry, she made history by being the first Chamorro to win an international beauty competition, when she was crowned Miss Asia in 1971. In addition to her musical accomplishments she worked for many years as the executive director for the University of Guam Endowment Program and conducted oral history projects for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Ms. Quan will discuss her experiences as a singer and also share the stories behind many of her famous songs. Her lecture is being sponsored by the Office of the President of UOG, the CLASS Dean’s Office and the Chamorro Studies Program.
This is event is free and open to the public. A Question and Answer session will take place after the lecture.
After Ms. Quan, the final speaker for this series will be Ed Benavnete, Chamorro teacher and former Maga’lahi of Nasion Chamoru who will speak at 5:30 on November 20th.