Photos By: Dylan Vehrs
For close to three decades now, the Guam Micronesian Island Fair has been bringing together the best of Micronesia, showcasing what our island sisters throughout the Pacific have to offer. After our island took a break last year as we hosted the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, brought back GMIF -- bigger and better than ever.
"Love of Culture"
Attracting hundred of residents and visitors alike, this year's GMIF theme is "Love of Culture," highlighting the pride that the islands of Micronesia have in their heritage and history. "We invite our brothers and sisters of the Pacific to celebrate our 'Year of Love' theme and our love of culture through an event that we've held for nearly 30 years," GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight said in a release. "We look forward to welcoming our own residents in Guam as well as Rota, Tinian, Saipan, the Federated States of Micronesia, also the Republics of Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, and Palau again at this year's fair.
Change of Scenery
After years of being held at Gov. Joseph Flores Beach Park, better known as Ypao Beach Park, GMIF was celebrated at the Paseo De Susana in Hagatña and the surrounding areas which served as the home to FestPac last year. One of the pros of the new location? GMIF kicked off on a Wednesday, right in time to catch Chamorro Village's popular night market. "We're excited to bring back GMIF while we're still feeling revitalized and inspired from FestPac," Denight said. "The location change from Tumon to Hagatña will allow us to celebrate in our island's capital, take advantage of the festival, and offer other new features.
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