VIDEO: “Legends and Heroes” Celebrated at 27th Micronesia Island Fair Which Kicks Off FRIDAY

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Guam – Prepare for a weekend full of cultural performances, artisans, food, live music and exhibits as the 27th Annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair kicks off tomorrow.

The theme for this year’s event is “Legends of Micronesia”. Performers and artists will incorporate legends into their work and showcase the unique culture of the Micronesian Islands. 

Guam Visitors Bureau General Mananger Karl Pangelinan said this year, prepare for more than just a fair, prepare for an islandwide party. He said, “Traditionally, the GMIF will bring out our neighboring islands and showcase our culture but this year there’s so much more to the fair than I’ve ever thought there will be. We have some interesting delegations on island. We have a delegation from Japan and media from across the globe that will be here this weekend.”

Along with great local talent, the Micronesia Island Fair will also feature an all-star lineup with Grammy-award winning reggae group Inner Circle, Kapono and Marianas Homegrown. 

Last year, GVB’s signature event had about 20,000 attendees and this year they expect it to be even bigger as the fair will also be hosting the “Heroes Homecoming” celebration for the 600 Guam National Guard Soldiers that recently returned home from deployment. 

Heroes Homecoming Organizer Phillip Santos said, “We have a portion of the day where we’ll be having special entertainment and a parachute jump at around 3 pm. A huge Guam flag will be displayed on that jump so I encourage everyone on the island to come down and support the guard members.”

Free public parking will be located on either side of Ypao Park and at John F. Kennedy High School. A free shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday will be available from JFK into Tumon at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

READ the news release from GVB below: 

The 27th Annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair gets underway tomorrow, Friday April 25th.

The theme of this year’s event is “Legends of Micronesia” and delegations of performers and artists will celebrate the unique culture of the Micronesian Islands through Sunday. [see the schedule of events below].

The Guam Visitors Bureau, United Airlines and DFS Galleria Guam are the sponsors of the Fair.

“We are excited for our local community and visitors to truly experience the magic of Micronesia,” said GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan. “GMIF has been a cultural hub to share a piece of the islands all in one place. As we celebrate our legends in 2014, it is our hope to create more stories that can be told for many generations to come.”

A full plate of food and beverage vendors, artisans, exhibits and entertainment will be situated along the grounds of Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Beach (Ypao) Park in Tumon. The public can look forward to an all-star lineup featuring Grammy-award winning reggae group “Inner Circle”, Kapono and Marianas Homegrown. Matua Sablan, Shiabe Pangelinan, Osten Sarulu will also take the GMIF stage in a special Chamorro Music Legends Tribute. 

[L-R:  Karl Pangelinan – GVB General Manager, Paula Monk – United Airlines Senior Sales Manager – Guam & Micronesia, Phillip Santos – Heroes Homecoming Organizer & Nathan Denight – GVB Deputy General Manager at the 2014 Guam Micronesia Island Fair press conference held April 24th at the Guam Visitors Bureau.]

In addition, the GVB signature event will host a “Heroes Homecoming” celebration in special recognition of the nearly 600 Guam National Guard soldiers that recently returned from their deployment to Afghanistan. Those festivities will take place on Saturday, April 26.

The 27th GMIF would not be possible without the support from its gold sponsors: Bank of Guam, Miller Lite, IT&E, Westin Guam, Pacific Island Club, Hertz and the stations of KUAM. Additionally, GMIF bronze sponsors include Guam Plaza Hotel, Hilton Guam, Pepsi, Cycles Plus, Mr. Rubbishman, No Ka Oi, Pacific Daily News, Matson, Paradise Limousines and iRecycle.

Free public parking will be located on either side of Ypao Park and at John F. Kennedy High School. A free shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday will be available from JFK into Tumon at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

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