VIDEO: Umatac Busy Preparing for “Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day” Festivities


Guam – In celebration of Discovery Day and Monday’s newly declared Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day, the history-rich southern village of Umatac is busy preparing for the festivities.

Umatac Mayor Johnny Quinata said along with cultural entertainment and good southern food, the annual mock landing of Magellan on the bay is to be expected.

He said, “We’re having rides and concession stands especially Chamorro food like empanadas and BBQ. On Saturday, we have the military coming down to show us all their equipment. On Sunday we’re having fireworks at about 7:15. It’s a holiday for all the people of Guam so come down and help us celebrate this day.”

In charge of the celebrations this year, Humatak Community Foundation introduces something new to the table. Co-chairman of the Discovery Event Fred Gofigan said members of the Umatac’s Heritage Youth Group will be posted at different historal sites around the village to share some history and conduct tours. 

Gofigan said, “One of the main highlights of the festivities this year is training our young people to be docents in different historical sites such as the outdoor library, church ruins, and the old Governor’s Summer Palace. They’ll be informing people about the historical significance of these locations here in our village. So it’s discover Guam, discover our heritage and discover our village.”

The opening ceremony takes place tomorrow night at Umatac from 6 – 10 PM. This weekend’s celebrations are from 10 AM to 10 PM and again the following weekend, March 7-9. The mock landing will be held on March 2 and March 9 at 1 PM with fireworks this Sunday at 7:15 PM.