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The celebration of mes chamoru in march has become a historical, cultural and literary fun-packed month. There is almost too much to do now, with only one month to celebrate our traditions.

One of the events scheduled this month is guam history day when middle and high school students will present their topics centered on “conflict and compromise in history.” the 2018 theme is decided by the national history day program in washington, D.C. Students will have five categories to present their findings; research paper, exhibit board, video documentary, performance and website design.Guam’s history the competition is at the university of guam.

I am not able to judge this year, but I wondered if anyone has selected the namesakes of schools and facilities as a research topic.

Given the complexity of guam’s historic past and present, and its melting pot customs that have become traditions, imagining the conflicts and compromise that occurred, it’s a natural theme. This made me wonder about the practice of naming schools and facilities after extraordinary individuals in guam’s history, and if students and staff know their institution’s namesake well.

I was invited to present the history of guam – chamoru to the student body at baltazar pangelinan carbullido elementary school, in barrigada, on march 14.Elementary school six classes of about 80 students per class, came from 8:30 a.M. To 2:30 p.M., and I presented a powerpoint presentation (PPP) to kindergartners through fifth-graders – about 480 students, their teachers and aides.

The well-adjusted students were attentive and impressive. They listened and asked questions and used their experiences to relate to my presentation. They were delighted when the sakman in my PPP sailed from sulawesi, indonesia, to guam.

They learned that latte and stone are synonymous. A guma latte is not a latte stone house – it’s a latte house. The mitati and hotnon ladriyu were introduced from mexico during the jesuit mission, for their food preparation.Elementary school

At the beginning of each session, I asked, “what is the name of your school?” they replied in elementary staccato, “B. P. Car-bu-llido ele-men-try sch-ool.”

Carbullido’s photo is placed prominently on the wall at the office. The bio states he was the youngest principal, served in the second and eighth guam congress, a lieutenant colonel in the guam militia, a rotarian with the rotary club of guam, and founding member of the young men’s league of guam. He also was an entrepreneur.

Jocelyn taitague santos, one of three chamoru language teachers, became curious about knowing the namesake of schools.Guam’s history during our break, she went to the office and looked up the schools with namesakes, called around to those unfamiliar to her. She said there were 14 schools with namesakes. But could not find anyone who knew what the “J.Q.” in the sanchez elementary school at humåtak represented.

I called joe quinata at the guam preservation trust, who is from humåtak, and he said, “francisco quinata sanchez,” was the school’s namesake. Use of initials deprives us of the historical value and identity of the individual and their contribution to guam’s history. The insistence on using ypao beach, rather than the park’s correct name, shown on a massive sign at the entrance of the park, “governor joseph flores beach park,” is an example.Elementary school flores was guam’s first local governor.

Another namesake that is beginning to disappear is tony palomo. Gov. Eddie baza calvo chose tony as the hagåtña museum’s namesake, but people refer to the facility as anything but senator antonio M. Palomo guam museum & educational facility. Please do not abbreviate the facility’s name. Honor tony palomo and all other namesakes by memorializing their name whenever you speak or write about the institution named for them. It’s our legacy.