2017 was a big year for Guam with lots happening and taking off. 🛫
From Guam bred talent putting us on the map, to big events here at home and even some international attention,this will be a year we won’t soon forget, but we know 2018 is going to be even bigger and better.
Here’s our list of things that took off and we want to see more of on Guam in 2018:
We witnessed local streetwear brands and artists lending their talent and leaving their mark on industry brands. Collabs became a signature move across industries with everything from beer to food. We even saw signature brands like Stüssy creating Guam lines.
Stüssy Guam Collab.
MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE
A movement of embracing culture, language and getting back to our roots gained major
momentum this year. From young activists leading the charge with the Prutehi Litekyan- Save
Ritidian protest to protect our cultural resources, to entrepreneurial crafters making everything
from beauty products with locally sourced ingredients, to jewelry and even apps and computer
programs. There was also a culture infused art renaissance with many creatives producing
works in the visual arts, music and literature in Chamorro language. And let’s not forget about
those who carried on traditions like suruhanu medicine and farming. The quest for true identity
and keeping the culture alive is a priority for many of us!
Art was everywhere this year. DIY paint studios were a booming business with places like
Canvas by Fawn, The Pink Elephant, and Creative Indeed hosting events and parties. Local
artists flexed their creativity on murals, museums and galleries and then there was GAX (Guam
Art Exhibit) the biggest gathering of Guam’s most talented to showcase their best work in a
street festival and unique exhibit. This all tied into the a local edition of the worldwide showcase
Pow Wow with some of the biggest street artists in the world converging on Guam and leaving
their permanent mark with iconic building murals.
ORIGINAL LOCAL MUSIC
Cover music has always been a fixture of the live music scene, but more than ever 2017
brought us original produced music recordings in all sorts of genres from rock to island to rap.
The Long Drive Home, The Dolls, The John Dank Show, and Jed were just some of the artists
who made a big impact this year.
GROUP FITNESS EVENTS
Group fitness challenges and events were on the rise this year. No longer just for elite athlete
snobs, these events are more about team building, fun, adventure and of course, partying after.
From triathlons, basketball tournaments, extreme events like Trench Challenge, the Guam
Ko’ko’ Road Race and United Guam Marathon these all proved that Guam is the best place to
train under the sun. Next year promises to deliver more events like these with the much
anticipated CrossFit competition Uproar coming in February, the return of United Guam
Marathon and much more.
FOOD TRUCKS/MOBILE DINING
The food truck scene has finally arrived and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! The mobile
food business is booming, you can find them posted everywhere from lunch hour spots to night
markets. Their menus are diverse - from healthy farm to table spots to burger joints to
international fare and even high end meals on wheels offering specials like Surf and Turf and
Z's Green Canteen.
UNO MAKING $$ MOVES
In 2018 Uno Guam will be your best source for everything popping off on Guam and beyond!
We’re coming at you in a new and improved digital centric way to let you know what’s
happening, where you need to be and what’s new. We’re trying new things, opening windows
to trends, and giving a voice to a new generation of Guamanians. More than a magazine, more
than a lifestyle brand, UNO is a voice for those making an impact and living the life. From
unoguam.com to our YouTube channel to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter plus big
events coming in 2018 - You need to follow us, share and get on board!