San Diego Chamorro Culture Festival

The San Diego Chamorro community held their first Chamorro Cultural Festival this past Saturday, March 20th, 2010 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Market Creek Plaza off of Euclid Avenue.

Chamorro Culture Festival Billboard at Market Creek Plaza

For those who have not yet visited the Market Creek Plaza, the plaza is a part of the Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation

and run by community teams.  These teams were made up of residents (over 3,000) in the area and the project overall is a fine example of how empowering residents of a community with the voice to improve its neighborhood can result in the creation of jobs and improving the local neighborhood economy.

We arrived at the festival just in time to hear the introduction of the Master of Ceremonies, Robert Santos a familiar Chamorro face and local news journalist with KGTV Channel 10.

Robert Santos, News Journalist of KGTV San Diego Channel 10

Robert Santos proceeded by announcing and introducing the Imahen TaoTao Tano dance group performance, one of the more visible Chamorro cultural groups who perform regularly at the different Pacific Island Festivals.  The performers were a mix of youth and adults sharing their Chamorro culture and language through song and dance and is under the direction of Rosemary Mantanona.

It was great to see the community support and booths related to health, education and Chamorro cultural solidarity as well.

Chamorro crafts, food and vendors were displayed in the many booths at the festival.  We took advantage of grabbing a combo plate of beef, chicken, red rice, and noodles as well as the chicken kelaguen from one of the food booths!  It was a beautiful San Diego day to enjoy the festival, meet up with old friends and relatives and enjoy the Chamorro culture!

Tana Lepule President of PIFA, Velma Gajo & Greg Perez

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