Guam – The senators of the 35th Guam Legislature took the Håfa Adai pledge on Friday to further their commitment to serving the island community with the Håfa Adai Spirit and to incorporate the CHamoru language and culture into their everyday practices.
The commemorative event at the Guam Congress Building marked the 10th anniversary of the pledge.
Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes spoke about the emotion she felt during the Inifresi, which was performed and led by the Håfa Adai Pledge Kids from the M.U. Lujan Elementary School’s Cultural Arts Club. She also spoke about the importance of the perpetuation of the CHamoru language and family values.
“I was listening to the children sing and share blessings about our elders and thanking God for the blessings that our elders have left for us on this planet. And we talk about the perpetuation and what truly the Håfa Adai spirit brings. It brings the value of respect. It brings the value of family. It brings the value of hospitality and welcoming our visitors that visit us,” Muna Barnes said.
Senators Clynt Ridgell, James Moylan, Joe San Agustin, Regine Biscoe Lee, Kelly Marsh-Taitano, and tourism committee chair Therese Terlaje also attended the pledge.