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Maila’ Hålom

Guam Publications Inc. Volume 16 2014 Publisher Rindraty Celes Limtiaco

06 .....................All about Guam 08 ......................House hunting

Managing Editor David V. Crisostomo Visual Editor Cid Caser

09 ................Getting hooked up

Photo Editor Masako Watanabe

10 .........................Getting a job

Magazine Coordinator Karla Borja

12 .......................Get connected

Staff Writer Maria Hernandez

13 ......Navigating Guam?s roads

Staff Designer Anthony Gumabon

14,16, 17...................Education 18 ................................Daycare 20 ......................................USO

Advertising Director Jae Fermin Medina Digital Director Karen Gayle On the cover

22 .......................Fun in the sun 23,24 ................Village fiesta?s


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26 ....................Flavors of Guam 28 ................Typhoon readiness 29,30..................Guide to news

Maila’ Hålom is published annually by Guam Publications, which publishes the Pacific Daily News. Copyright 2014 Guam Publications. All rights reserved.


A l l

a b o u t

G u a m

All about Guam

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uam’s history is shaped by more than three centuries under Spanish, U.S. and Japanese control. The Spanish laid claim to the island, but the island was ceded to the United States in 1898. In 1941 the Japanese invaded and occupied the island until U.S. forces retook it three years later toward the end of World War II. All these influences have contributed to the diverse and colorful culture found here. lGeographic coordinates: 13°28’ N, 144°47’ E. lCapital: Hagåtña lTerritorial bird: Ko’ko — Guam Rail, a native flightless bird. l Territorial tree: Ifit, a dense, reddish hardwood. lTerritorial flower: Puti Tai Nobiu (Bougainvillaea). l Climate: Tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to June, rainy season from July to December; little seasonal temperature variation. lCoolest months: January to February. lWettest months: July to October. lHumidity: Averages between 72 and 86 percent. l Terrain: Volcanic in origin, surrounded by coral reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north,

low-rising hills in center; mountains in south. Time: One hour behind UTC plus 11 hours; Two hours behind UTC plus 12 hours. Guam lies west of the International Dateline and is one day ahead of Hawaii and the continental United States. It is the westernmost U . S . t e r r i t o r y. “Where America’s day begins” is a popular saying. l Indigenous population: Chamorro l Currency: U.S. dollar Wa r h i s t o r y Spain ceded Guam to the United States as part of the Treaty of Paris following the Spanish-American War in 1898. Guam was placed under the administration of the Department of the Navy and was used primarily as a coaling and communication station. That ended in 1941, when the island was invaded and conquered by Japan shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed.

The island was officially surrendered to the Japanese on Dec. 10, 1941. The occupation of Guam lasted for 31 months, until the United States liberated the island on July 21, 1944. Liberation Day On July 21, 1944 — celebrated on Guam as Liberation Day — American forces landed on the beaches of Guam, beginning the battle to retake the island and restore freedom and return democracy to the island and it’s people. Every year the people of the Island take great pride in celebrating Liberation. There is a carnival, packed with games and all sorts of food. It’s the perfect outing for a night with the family. The parade is also an amazing spectacle. All villages, many government agencies, private businesses and other organizations take great pride in constructing floats that showcase what is important to them.


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E s t a t e To learn more: Guam Association of Realtors: 477-4271 To start looking for homes log on to: The Guam Association of Realtors Web site, The




online:; and the paper’s classifieds are a great takeoff point for your search. TIPS FOR RENTERS Identify and prioritize what you are looking for. For example, let your realtor know what you value most: a central-location, proximity to work, a reasonable price, comfort, safety, family-friendly, etc. Look online at the MLS before you arrive on the island. Contact the agents for the places you are interested in. Convey to your agent what your priorities are. They will narrow down your list for you and select the top choices according to your interest so you won’t have to look at more than 5 to 10 places. Don’t bring your appliances from the mainland. Many places include a stove, range and refrigerator

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ith the number of real estate agents on Guam almost triple what is was a decade ago, around 400 real estate professionals are ready to help you find the right place to live. And while Guam’s real estate industry isn’t exactly booming, Deanna Palmer, associate broker with RE/MAX Diamond Realty, said it’s still a good time to buy a home – especially for first-time homebuyers. “It’s a buyer’s market,” Palmer said. “Many of the contracts that are written are at or below asking price.” Palmer says although interest rates are high-

er than they are in the United States, they are still low for the Guam market and all depend on the credit score and type of loan a person wants. She also said since the military build-up won’t happen for at least a few more years, it might be a good time for first-time homebuyers to take advantage of lower interest rates. Palmer advises those coming from off-island to carry or have electronic copies of all their last three tax returns and financial data to make the process of getting a loan a lot easier. She also said to start looking before you arrive t get familiar with the price range, and always choose a realtor you can trust.

if you’re looking at rentals. But most rental units don’t include a washer or dryer, so proximity to a Laundromat might be on your priority list. Check for homes with windows that are equipped with storm shutters. Guam’s storms can shake concrete homes, so when one of those super typhoons come this way, you’ll be thankful. Also check if your future rental has backup power and water. Air conditioning is essential with Guam’s humid temperature. Make sure your home has units in the places you want to keep cool or central air to circulate throughout the entire home. Be careful of scams when looking for rental units online. If a potential landlord asks for a deposit before you get a chance to see the unit or home in person, be aware that this is a hoax. The best way to find a place to live is through a real estate agent or word of mouth.

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hen moving into a new home, hooking up utilities is something at the top of your to do list. But before traveling to each of the necessary offices, make sure you have everything you need so you don’t have to make multiple trips. One thing you need to sign up for any Guam utility or municipal water service is proof of your new residence. This can come in the form of a property deed or mortgage agreement. If renting, bring along a proof of lease arrangement accompanied by a current landlord’s authorization for utility services. It is also a good idea to have photo identification with you when applying for any new utility service.

G UA M P OW E R AU T H O R I T Y As with other utilities, homeowners will need proof of ownership; and renters, proof of lease with current landlord authorization. Applicants can download applications at, but must visit the Harmon offices from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Hagåtña offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to submit necessary paperwork. New GPA applicants can contact the Authority’s Customer Services Call Center: 647-5787/8/9. Same day service is available for an additional $9. GPA also offers Billpay, which allows you to pay

your electrical utility accounts online. Billpay requires online registration. GPA customers can also pay by phone without any registration needed. Customers will also be able to track their usage on GPA’s new e-Portal the power agency is rolling out this year at www.myenergyguam .com. G U A M WAT E R W O R K S AU T H O R I T Y If you want to get water hooked up and you are renting, you need to provide lease agreement, written landlord authorization, ID, a service map location and a $52 deposit. For homeowners that need new water hookup a proof of ownership will suffice. New customers should come to the Tumon office to hook up water or the Julale Center in Agana. The documents can also be e-mailed to customer service at customer@guamwaterworks .org New hookups take three to five business days. If you bill says “Due Now” please pay immediately at the Tumon office. GWA customer service can be reached at 647-7800/03 or v i s i t To report water leaks

please call GWA’s 24-hour hotline at 646-4211 TRASH PICKUP Residents will need to register in person at their mayor’s office or at the offices of the Solid Waste Management Division during working hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Registered customers will receive a new 96gallon covered rolling trash cart, delivered to their homes. This cart should be large enough for a week’s worth of household trash for most families, especially if they recycle. Trash is collected weekly. With the new recycling program, residents also receive a 96-gallon cart at no cost. Pick-up for the recycling cart is on the same day as your trash pick-up, either the first and third week of the month or the second and fourth week of the month. If you move to your new home before the registration period begins in your village or after it has occurred, please visit the SWMD offices to register for collection services. Please bring a valid driver’s license or photo identification. There is no registration fee – only the monthly fee of $30.38. Maila Hålom

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Getting ajob


inding a job on Guam can make you feel lost if you’re new to the island and don’t have personal connections. Without friends and family who may be able to refer you to a possible job lead, start with the Internet. There are at least four reputable sites that you can start with that will help you connect with an employer. The Pacific Daily News jobs finder service online,; the Guam Department of Labor’s job finder service,; the U.S. government’s; and can be your starting point. Before you send your resume to an employer, however, check what’s being said on the Internet about you through social networking sites and online in general. Human resource managers advise that you need to be prepared for questions that may come up if unflattering images or posts about you come up. Also make the time to go to the Guam Department of Labor’s One-Stop Career Center so your name can be placed on a list of jobseekers and so your resume can be available to a potential employer match. The One-Stop Center can match you with a potential employer, and any employer seeking to hire a foreign worker is required to ensure, through the local labor department, that there aren’t local workers qualified for the job. One important thing to keep in mind when trying to get a job on Guam: With the jobless rate at 13 percent when surveyed in March 2013, employers are likely to have the upper hand. So if you find a job that may suit your qualifications, act quickly. If your applications aren’t yielding success, volunteer with the various nonprofits that can help you make friends, connections and earn referrals. And while waiting for job leads to materialize, invest if you can in enhancing your skills, either by attending classes or gaining job-specific trades or attending workshops and seminars. Some of the training and education programs on Guam might even pay for your school or training if you’re on welfare, if you’re a senior citizen, or if you’re open to an apprenticeship program. Pick up the phone, pound the pavement, make friends and be involved in the community.

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The more you show you’re willing to be an active part of the local community, the better chances you’ll get to land your first Guam job.

TIPS TO GET AHEAD lGain experience and training for more types of

jobs. lUse more job search techniques, including


networking, print and online job ads and applica-

lGuam Department of Labor jobs site:

tions. lFederal government jobs site: lPacific Daily News jobs finder:

lBe flexible on the types of jobs, locations and

hours of work. A not-so-dream job may open other career paths not previously considered. lDress professionally, even if you’re only stop-

ping by at a human resources office to pick up an




lBe truthful when answering questions on em-

ployment applications. lLook up what information is out there on-

line about you, including on social media. Embarrassing posts can cost you your chance at a job. lVolunteer with community organizations.

You may get to know someone who can recommend you for a job as you volunteer. Sources: Chief Economist Gar y Hiles, Guam Depar tment of Labor; Pacific Daily News files

GET TRAINING, EDUCATION GCA Trades Academy: Guam Community College: University of Guam:

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ompetition in Guam’s phone, Internet and TV businesses remains robust despite the island’s small market size.

And with international industry players involved, consumers can shop around for relatively good deals. Some of Guam’s major telecommunications companies involved in “quad play,” which means they each offer landline phone, wireless phone, fast Internet and TV under one corporate roof and billing system – bundled services can be within reasonable reach, even for those with tight budgets. “Bundling” for three services – landline home phone, Internet and basic TV – costs between $65 and just a little under $100 a month, depending on the features and telecom provider, according to rates by some of the telecom companies as of November 2013. If you add monthly wireless phone service with some online features on your phone, and if you prefer really fast Internet and a huge menu of digital TV channels, bundling can cost you somewhere around $200, or maybe even much less, if you choose wisely. Read the fine print, if your selection is covered by contract terms, because it could cost you hefty penalties – possibly more than what you saved by bundling – if you terminate the services prematurely. Ask for month-by-month deals if you’re afraid of long-term contract commitments. DOCOMO PACIFIC and GTA remain the major players in providing a quadruple of digital TV, Internet, landline phone and wireless phone series after a series of telecom acquisitions over the past several years. Japan telecom giant NTT DOCOMO owns DOCOMO PACIFIC, and DOCOMO’S Guam presence got larger with its acquisition of cable TV and Internet company MCV Broadband in 2013, and two wireless phone and Internet companies a few years before that. Another Japan-based entity, Advantage Partners LLP, through three of its private equity investment funds, is the principal owner of GTA. Advantage Partners’ total capital commitment exceeded $4.6 billion as of 2013, according to GTA. If you want wireless phone and wireless Internet services in a separate contract or contracts from your other TV needs, IT&E and iConnect are the two other providers to consider. IT&E offers home phone, wireless phone and M a i l a ’

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liConnect Phone: 888-8888 Online: lIT&E Guam Phone: 922-4483 Online: TO LEARN MORE lThe Federal Communications Commission offers a guide on how to read your phone bill. If you have a complaint related to your phone bill, you can file a complaint using an FCC online complaint form, by logging on to You can also file your complaint with the

Internet, for a starting price of $99 a month. IT&E does offer TV viewing through Apple TV. Wireless phone and wireless online service provider iConnect complete the four main telecom providers, which are geared toward Guam consumers. Between all four, there’s also a wide range of unbundled options for pre-paid, or post-paid phone, data and long-distance services to choose from. The key is to shop around, ask questions, read the fine print and know what contract, or pre-paid option you’re getting into. Go to a public library or café to comparison-shop if you’re new on Guam and don’t have Internet access from home just yet. By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno Pacific Daily News

GUAM TELECOM COMPANIES lDOCOMO PACIFIC Phone: 688-2273 Online: lGTA Phone: 644-4482 Online:

FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322).

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Navigatingthe island's roads


n Guam, getting around isn’t as easy or practical as hopping on to the next available public bus, or taxi. And walking to and around the business and commercial districts can be a safety risk without sidewalks in some areas and with crosswalks miles apart in some places. Guam also has limited bike lanes, and sudden rain might make biking to work a challenging daily routine. With Guam’s mass transit system needing improvements on routes, frequency and reliability, chances are you’ll be late for a job interview if you rely on it. So to go on a job hunt, and to keep your job when you do get one, you’ll need a car or find someone who’s willing to carpool. Some employers require that you have your own car as a condition to accepting a job offer. If you’re on a budget and don’t have established job and credit history to qualify for a car loan, your best bet is to scour classified ads, such as on In addition, you’ll see, along Marine Corps Drive, some of the used-car car lots. On less-traveled but still busy roads, such as Routes 8, 10 and 16, you may also find parked cars being sold by individual vehicle owners. Driving your first Guam car means you’ll need to know how to get a Guam driver’s license, get your car insured and register the vehicle. Getting a Guam driver’s license Stop by the Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation along Route 16 in Barrigada, which is

open weekdays, except during holidays. Also check out the department online if you qualify to schedule an appointment. Go to cheduleApplication.aspx. Make sure you have a working printer so you’ll have a printout to show to the department’s driver’s license application

Getting your car registered Getting a driver’s license is a pre-requisite to getting your car insured before it can be registered. The department lists accredited vehicle insurance companies on this site, l help/participating_insurance.html. In addition to having your vehicle is insured, the vehicle must pass a safety inspection before you go to the department’s Motor Vehicle D iv i s i o n . G o t o help/ participating_inspection.html for a list of auto shops that are authorized to conduct vehicle safety inspections. Speed limit: 15 to 35 mph After clearing the driver’s license and vehicle registration process, know that the maximum speed limit for cars and trucks are 35 mph on Guam’s main roads,15 mph in residential areas; and 15 to 25 mph in school zones, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration.

desk on your appointment date. You might need to take a written driver’s test, a road test, or both – depending on whether you’ve had a previous driver’s license and whether it was issued in the United States or from a foreign land. It’s best to call the department at 635-7699 or stop by the department’s office. Getting a driver’s license for the first time can take weeks to months. It will be much quicker if you have a U.S.-issued driver’s license.

DRIVER’S LICENSE, VEHICLE REGISTRATION lWhere to go: Guam Department of Revenue and

Taxation, Route 16 in Barrigada, near the Airport Road overpass/underpass intersection lHours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

except local and some federal holidays lPhone: 635-1761/1762 lOnline:

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here’s no feeling like stepping into a new school for the first time: the excitement of making friends and the terror of being the new kid. Before that day arrives, there are a few steps that parents need to take before registering their child for school. If you’re thinking of enrolling your child in the public school system, the first step is to find out what school district you fall under. That information is available at your village mayor’s office. The mayor’s office will be able to provide you will residence verification required to register for the school. Parents can contact the schools directly to find information about registration deadlines and paperwork needed for enrollment. Identification For Head Start applicants, students will need a birth certificate or passport or military ID; and verification of parental income. The Head Start Program provides comprehensive services to lowincome families, with a priority given to preschool aged students starting Kindergarten the following year. You may contact the Head Start office for details. For K-12 applicants, students will need whatever documents are required by a school’s prinM a i l a ’

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cipal for establishing proof of age, such as those described above or other documents like school records or immunization records. Birth certificates must be official, with either an embossed raised seal or official ink stamp. Any birth certificate bearing alteration marks may be deemed unacceptable. Children enrolling in kindergarten for the first time will be able to if they are 5 years old on or before July 31 of the school year. Immunization Students need an official immunization card, or a statement on official medical letterhead which has been signed by duly authorized medical personnel, or a copy of (or original) school health records, any of which clearly show the dates on which the child has received the required vaccinations and clearances. For more information, parents may call the Guam Department of Education at 475-0462.

Public Schools Guam Department of Education Website:

Adacao Elementary School Phone: 300-6500/1035 Mascot: The Hilitai Website: Agana Heights Elementary School Phone: 477-5798/8040/60 Mascot: Bumble Bees Website: Astumbo Elementary School Phone: 635-4363/70 Mascot: Butterflies Website: B.P. Carbullido Elementary School Phone: 734-4341/4230 Mascot: Ko’ko’ Bird Website: Capt. H.B. Price Elementary School Phone: 734-2159/7766/7 Mascot: Lancheros Website: e/price Chief Brodie Elementary School Phone: 647-4536/4554/4444 Mascot: Busy Bees


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E d u c a t i o n n continued from page 14 Website: C.L. Taitano Elementary School Phone: 475-4502/3/4/5/6 Mascot: Deerling Website: D.L. Perez Elementary School Phone: 653-2646/0404 Mascot: Friendly Fanihi Website: Finegayan Elementary School Phone: 632-9364, 635-0687, 633-1521/2/4 Mascot: Flying Fish Website: H.S. Truman Elementary School Phone: 565-5195/2533 Mascot: Golden Eagles Inarajan Elementary School Phone: 828-8641/2 Mascot: Chiefs Website: J.M. Guerrero Elementary School Phone: 633-6066/632-1540/7102 Mascot: Dolphins Website: J.Q. San Miguel Elementary School Phone: 477-9368/70/1 Mascot: Eagles Website: L.B. Johnston Elementary School Phone: 646-8871/5046/49 Mascot: Angels Website:

Liguan Elementary School Phone: 300-1680 Mascot: Siheks M.A. Sablan Elementary School Phone: 565-2238/2946 Mascot: Stars Website: M.A. Ulloa Elementary School Phone: 632-5176/8090 Mascot: Carabaos Website: M.U. Lujan Elementary School Phone: 789-1535/3651 Mascot: Dragons Website: Machananao Elementary School Phone: 635-4381/2 Mascot: Marlins Website: Merizo Martyrs Memorial School Phone: 828-2562/8779/8680 Mascot: Dolphins Website: Ordot-chalan Pago Elementary School Phone: 477-9645, 472-4687 Mascot: Ants Website: P.C. Lujan Elementary School Phone: 734-3971/2 Mascot: Satellites Website: Talofofo Elementary School Phone: 789-1171/1386/3218 Mascot: Tigers

Website: Tamuning Elementary School Phone: 646-8648/8058/9 Mascot: Whales Website: Upi Elementary School Phone: 633-1382/74, 653-1371/2 Mascot: Tot Tot Website: Wettengel Elementary School Phone: 632-7770/7870/7970 Mascot: Binadu Website:

Middle Schools Agueda I. Johnston Middle School Phone: 472-6785/6947/5053 Mascot: Pirates Website: Astumbo Middle School Phone: 300-2610 Mascot: Dragons F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School Phone: 653-2080/3732/1725 Mascot: Hawks Website: Inarajan Middle School Phone: 475-0673/4/2 Mascot: Warriors Website: Jose Rios Middle School Phone: 475-2412/2426 Mascot: Voyagers Website: Luis P. Untalan Middle School Phone: 735-3110/9/28 Mascot: Wildcats Website: Oceanview Middle School Phone: 565-2961/3292/4002 Mascot: Knights V.S.A. Benavente Middle School Phone: 632-1226/5647/8086 Mascot: Roadrunners Website:

High Schools George Washington High School Phone: 734-29112 Mascot: Geckos Website: J.P. Torres Alternative School Phone: 565-5291

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Guam Adventist Academy Phone: 789-1515 Mascot: Angels Website:

Southern Christian Academy Phone: 565-7020/5 Mascot: Dolphins Website:

Okkodo High School Phone: 300-1870, 635-1176 Mascot: Bulldogs Website:

Harvest Christian Academy Phone: 477-6341 Mascot: Eagles Website:

St. John’s School Phone: 646-8080 Mascot: Knights Website:

Simon Sanchez High School Phone: 653-2313/3625 Mascot: Sharks Website:

Mount Carmel Phone: 565-3822/5128 Mascot: Phoenix Website:

n continued from page 16 John F. Kennedy High School Phone: 642-2100 Mascot: Islanders Website:

St. Paul Christian School Phone: 637-9855 Mascot: Warriors Website: St. Paul Christian School North Campus Phone: 653-1311/12/13 Mascot: Warriors

Southern High School Phone: 479-2103 Mascot: Dolphins Website:

St. Thomas Aquinas Phone: 473-7821 Mascot: Lion Website:

Private Schools

Temple Christian School Phone: 477-9507 Mascot: Eagle

Academy Of Our Lady Of Guam Phone: 477-8203 Website:


Asmuyao Community School Phone: 475-9276, 482-1847 Mascot: Cougars Website:

Notre Dame High School Phone: 789-1676/7/1745/17 Mascot: Royals Website:

Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School Phone: 472-6670/477-4010 Mascot: Obispos Website:

Saint Anthony Catholic School Phone: 647-1140 Mascot: Raiders Website:

Dominican Catholic School Phone: 653-3021/3140 Mascot: Veritas Website:

Saint Francis Catholic School Phone: 789-1270/1350 Mascot: St. Francis Crusaders Website:

Evangelical Christian Academy Phone: 734-3241 Mascot: Doves

San Vicente Catholic School Phone: 735-4240 Mascot: Braves

Father Duenas Memorial School Phone: 734-2261/3 Mascot: Friars

Santa Barbara Catholic School Phone: 632-5578 Mascot: Spartans

Department of Defense Education Activity Website: Commander William C. McCool Elementary / Middle School Phone: 339-8676/8 Mascot: Seahawks Andersen Elementary School Phone: 366-1511/2 Mascot: Dolphins Andersen Middle School Phone Number: 366-3880/5973 Mascot: Dragons Guam High School Phone Number: 344-7410/11 Mascot: Panthers

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Day care


arents shopping around for a day care that will provide their children with a nurturing and safe environment have a variety of options to choose from in villages throughout the island. For parents looking for a day care center for their children, the most pressing concern is cost. Many day care centers have a variety of options to accommodate parents schedules and budgets. Tina Leon Guerrero, owner of Tina’s Learning Center in Mangilao said many parents are sending their kids to day care on a part time basis. “Finances are important to them,” Leon Guerrero said. She also said parents need to make sure whatever day care they choose is licenced, that their staff are certified and that they meets recent legal requirements. The law was intended to protect and promote the welfare and positive development of the children being served. As of 2011, staff at the island’s day care centers are required to undergo a physical exam every year to ensure they’re in good health. They’re also required to post the following documents in a prominent and visible location to be viewed by the public at all times: lLicence to Operate a Child Care Facility lSanitary Permit lCopy of Health Certificates lDaily Schedule M a i l a ’

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lFire Evacuation Plan lFire Extinguisher Signs lEarthquake Preparedness Procedures lExit Signs lEmergency phone numbers and procedures, lInspection reports from government agencies, including the Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Guam Fire Department.

A current listing of licenced child care centers can be found at the Department of Public Health and Social Services. See, the Pacific Daily News’ digital telephone directory for a listing of day care facilities on island.

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place of solace for the island’s military members and their families can be found in the heart of Tumon. The Guam United Service Organization, also known as the USO, is located on the ground floor of the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumong. This USO offers a comfortable and welcoming environment, a “home away from home.” The center offers a wide array of amenities including an Internet café, long-distance telephone access, gaming consoles, lounging areas, light snacks and refreshments, and their world famous, homemade chili. All a member needs to do is sign in, show an ID and they can enjoy the facilities free of charge. Leigh Leilani Graham, director of the Guam USO,said the military is an intergral part of the community and the USO plays a vital role in their quality of life. “We’re open 365 days a year for everyone to enjoy,” she said. Being located in Tumon military members can enjoy the indoor activities and easily enjoy the outdoors by walking out the door. Take a short walk or a trolley to the many white sand beaches that line the village shore. The USO is an official part of the newcomer tour hosted by Naval Base Guam and Ander-

sen Air Force base each month and people are encouraged to take the tour. Opening its Tumons doors in 2006 the USO Guam has provided comfort and relaxations to thousands of troops on island, The center is open all year and for the holidays, the centers routinely transform into celebration spots, complete with events, dinners and care packages. With over 160 locations around the world, the USO is uniquely positioned to keep families and friends connected to their cherished servicemen and women when they are


away from home. USO Hours of Operation: lSunday through Thursday 0800-2200, Friday and Saturday 0800-2400. Call 647-4876 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering or donating to the USO. G o to their website at or their Facebook

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ou’re now on an island — living here temporarily or making it your home. It’s inevitable you’re going to run into some surf and sand or at least see some from your drive to and from wherever you’re headed. Guam’s coastlines are covered with beaches worthy of a day soaking up rays or swimming through the crystal blue waters. From a day at the beach barbecuing and tossing around a football in the sand to diving in the deep blue, there are countless activities you can enjoy while at one of many of Guam’s beaches. There are plenty of public beaches to stretch your towel down on where visitors and residents, alike, will frequent. Some of those locations, including the popular Ypao Beach and Matåpang Beach in Tumon have lifeguards but a majority won’t. While the water may appear calm and inviting, never underestimate the power of the ocean. Be mindful of possible conditions, like currents and marine life, including jellyfish. And even if it’s cloudy out, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with sunblock, hats and other forms of protection. After a day at Guam’s beaches, don’t forget to clean up after yourself so you can enjoy another day in the sun and sand. By Lacee A.C. Martinez

SUN PROTECTION UV Index lUse the UV Index forecast to help protect yourself from harmful Ultra Violet exposure. (A higher UV Index on a scale from 1 to 11-plus means more skindamaging UV radiation is reaching the earth.) lCheck the UV Index — published daily in the Almanac weather section of the Pacific Daily News. Cover up lWhen you are out in the sun, wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. lIf you can see light through the fabric, UV rays can get through, too. Be aware that covering up doesn’t block out all UV rays. Use sunscreen lSunscreen is a product you apply to your skin for protection against the sun’s UV rays. However, it’s important to know that sunscreen does not provide total protection against all UV rays. lSunscreens are available in many forms — lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wipes and lip balms, to name a few. lWhen choosing a sunscreen product, be sure to read the label before you buy it. Many groups, including the American Academy of Dermatology, recommend products with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30. The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays provided by the sunscreen — a higher number means more protection. lWhen using an SPF 30 sunscreen and applying it thickly, you get the equivalent of a minute of UVB rays for each 30 minutes you spend in the sun. So, one hour in the sun wearing SPF 30 sunscreen is the same as spending 2 minutes unprotected. M a i l a ’

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lPeople often do not apply a thick enough layer of sunscreen, so the actual protection they get is less. lBe sure to apply the sunscreen properly. Always follow the label directions. Most recommend applying sunscreen generously. When putting it on, pay close attention to your face, ears, hands, arms and any other areas not covered by clothing. If you’re going to wear insect repellent or makeup, apply the sunscreen first. lBe generous. Ideally, about one ounce of sunscreen (about a palm-full) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the average adult. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every two hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. lProducts labeled “waterproof ” may provide protection for at least 80 minutes even when you are swimming or sweating. Products that are “water resistant” may protect for only 40 minutes. Source: American Cancer Society

WATER SAFETY TIPS lStay within the reef line. lNever enter the water unless you know about hazards, water depth, rocks and currents. lIf you’re caught in a current, don’t waste energy fighting the current. Swim with it diagonally until you no longer feel the current pull, then swim to shore. lSwim parallel to the reef, and if you see a spot that looks safe, try to swim b a c k i n . I f t h e wate r i s rough or you don’t see a good spot, wait for rescuers. lWhen surf is 6 feet or h i g h e r, i n e x p e r i e n c e d swimmers should stay out of the water, and experienced swimmers should exercise extreme caution. l Never swim, dive or surf alone. lWear gloves before p u t t i n g yo u r h a n d s o n anything. There are a few dangerous creatures such as stone fish, lion fish, crown of thorns and eels that you might want to watch out for. lIf you are an inexperienced snorkeler, it is best recommended that you use a life vest in the water at all times. lMake sure you have some type of protection on your hands and feet if you lCheck warning signs or flags indicating hazardous conditions. Don’t go out just before or after a typhoon, which usually brings along hazardous surf conditions. lNever go out after someone who is swept over the reef. lIf unexpected situations occur, do not panic. lNever leave a child unobserved around water. lKeep a phone nearby so that you can call 911 in an emergency. lKnow if a trained lifeguard is on duty. lRecognize and follow posted rules. lLearn basic water safety, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. lDon’t go in the water under the influence of alcohol or drugs. BEACHES

Some of the beaches have pavilions that can be reserved for gatherings. Call the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Park Reservations division at 4756288. There is a minimal deposit to reserve your space, as well as a refundable mandatory cleaning deposit fee. Be advised that all beaches under the purview of the local government are alcohol-free zones. Public parks are also secured daily. lAsan Beach Park offers an enormous grassy field perfect for holding large-scale functions or simply exercising. It is also a War in the Pacific National Historical Park, as it provides valuable history as a key location in the World War II. lGov. Joseph Flores Beach Park, better known as Ypao Beach, has sand volleyball courts, pavilions with barbecue pits, and walkways for walkers, runners and joggers. lEast Hagåtña Bay is a popular site for commercial and private personal watercraft operators. Fishermen also can be seen here casting lines and nets, known as talayas, during certain fishing seasons. lFamily Beach is at Cabras, off the Glass Breakwater in Apra Harbor. There’s a picnic area, and it’s a good place from which to see the harbor’s activities. lGabgab Beach is located on Navy Base Guam. Easy access to great snorkeling and diving. l Gun Beach and Fafa’i Beach can be reached by a rough, unpaved road at the end of San Vitores Road, after the entrance to the Nikko Hotel Guam. At the end of the road is Gun Beach, walk around the point to reach t h e m o re s e c l u d e d Fa f a’i Beach. Snorkelers and divers should exercise caution as the current here can be deceptive. l Matapang Beach Park can be reached by turning left in the Holiday Inn Resort Guam parking lot. Calm waters make this beach popular. l Nimitz Beach is in Agat; there are pavilions and a park-like experience. l Ritidian Point, home to the Guam National Wildlife Refuge. No barbecue pits or fires allowed and you must take out your own trash. Although the beach is beautiful, the currents are dangerous. lTagachang Beach is in Yona. It’s rocky and secluded, so take precautions and watch out around you. Lock your car and wear shoes. lTepungan Beach in Piti, near the Piti Bomb Holes, is a popular snorkeling and dive site. ETIQUETTE Respect for people and the environment is the best way to keep the beach a great place to go. Guam’s beachgoers are allowed to bring dogs, picnic lunches, balls and other outdoor toys. Dogs should be kept on a leash and any droppings should be picked up — not buried. The balate’ and other sea animals are protected in marine preserves. Clean up all trash after your beach visit. Source: Maila Hålom

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Celebratingpatron saints Agana Heights Mayor’s Office: 472-8285/6/6393 Saint: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. When: Always follows Thanksgiving weekend History: Before World War II a number of families in both Sinajana and Tutuhan had their own chapels. When the Japanese forces sent the Catholic missionaries as prisoners to Japan and took over the Cathedral, Father Oscar Calvo kept the Blessed Sacrament at the Cruz chapel. Father Calvo said mass there whenever possible. When Bishop Apollinaris W. Baumgartner arrived with Father Paul and Father Anselm, they would each go to Tutujan to say Mass. Since the bishop believed that it was the only place on Guam that the Blessed Sacrament had been preserved throughout World War II and the occupation of Japanese forces, he called the chapel, “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.” Agat Mayor’s Office: 565-4338/2524/4330/4336 Saint: Our Lady of Mount Carmel When: July History: In Carmelite tradition, Mt. Carmel had been a place devoted to monastic-style prayer. They built a monastery and it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whom they called Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. According to Carmelite tradition, a scapular—a small piece of rough wool cloth—was given in a vision by the Virgin Mary to the monastic Simon Stock, living in England in the 13th century. The scapular is associated with Mary’s promises of protection and salvation for the devoted wearer. Asan Mayor’s Office: 472-6581/479-2726 Saint: Niño Perdido When: Last Saturday in December History: The feast day of Niño Perdido refers to the Day of the Lost Child. The tradition refers to a biblical account in the Gospel of Like called Finding in the Temple. For the three days, the young Jesus stayed at a temple in Jerusalem, unbeknownst to his parents. When they finally found him, he was teaching and preaching about God’s word in Jerusalem. Maina Mayor’s Office: 472-6581/479-2726 Saint: Our Lady of Purification When: First weekend in February History: Our Lady of Purification is the title given to the Virgin Mary. The feast of Our Lady of Purification commemorates Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law by submitting

herself to the Temple for the ritual purification. As a woman born without original sin, Mary did not need this purification. Yet, she submitted out of humility and obedience to the Law. Barrigada Mayor’s Office: 734-3737/3859 Saint: San Vicente Early April When: History: San Vicente Ferrer was a Dominican friar who is noted for his work as a missionary and logician. At 18 years old, San Vicente committed himself to the service of God in the Order of St. Dominic. For three years, he read only the scriptures and knew the whole Bible by heart. Soon after his solemn profession, he was appointed to read lectures of philosophy. At the end of his course, he published a treatise on Dialectic Suppositions. For twenty one years he traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, Aragon, Castile, France, Switzerland, and Italy, preaching the Gospel and converting thousands of people.

Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office: 477-1333, 472-8302 Saint: Sacred Heart of Jesus When: June History: The Feast of the Sacred of Heart of Jesus is a religious devotion to Jesus’ physical heart as a symbol of his perpetual love for humanity. The devotion highlights Jesus’ undying love, compassion, and eternal suffering. In religious art, the Sacred Heart is illustrated as a flaming heart shining with divine light, wounded by a lance, and encircled by a crown of thorns. Ordot Mayor’s Office: 477-1333, 472-8302 Saint: San Juan Bautista When: Late June History: San Juan Bautista is the Spanish-

language name of St. John the Baptist, a preacher and religious figure who led a baptism movement. He is believed to have baptized Jesus Christ. Christians often refer to him as the forerunner of Jesus, as he announced Jesus’ arrival and had previously been followed by some of Jesus’ early followers. Dededo Mayor’s Office: 632-5203/5019, 637-9014 Saint: Santa Barbara When: Early December History: Santa Barbara was a maiden of great beauty whose father locked her in a tower to keep away suitors who did not like. He always wanted to keep her from indulging in her habit of constantly helping the poor. She spent years in the tower and received her food from a basket attached to a rope. One day, a stranger put a book about Christianity in the basket. Santa Barbaba longed to learn more. When she refused to renounce her new faith, her father grabbed her beautiful long hair and beheaded her. A moment later, lightning struck the father and killed him. Hagåtña Mayor’s Office: 477-8045/47 Saint: Our Lady of Camarin When: December 8 History: Our Lady of Camarin, also known as Santa Marian Kamalen, is the patron saint of Guam. Though there are many legends surrounding the origin of the Santa Marian Kamalen statue, oral tradition explains that a fisherman from Merizo spotted the statue floating in the water alongside two gold-spotted crabs. The statue of Santa Marian Kamalen is made of wood, except for the ivory face and hands. On December 8, thousands of Catholic residents honor the patron saint with a procession around the island’s capital. Inarajan Mayor’s Office: 475-2509 Saint: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary When: March 19 History: St. Joseph is the husband of Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus Christ He was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been married, he knew the child was not his but was unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. In accordance with the law, he was supposed to divorce Mary, but he was concerned for her suffering and safety. He is considered the patron saint of workers, fathers, unborn children, and immigrants. n continued on page 24 M a i l a ’

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Malojloj Mayor’s Office: 475-2509 Saint: San Isidro When: Weekend After Mother’s Day History: San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers. Legend has it that while the saint was praying, two angels ploughed the land for him. According to legend, San Isidro miraculously made a spring gush by banging the ground while he ploughed. The water from the spring restored the health of Prince Felipe of Spain. In 1528, Empress Isabel ordered a hermitage to be built in honor of San Isidro. Mangilao Mayor’s Office: 734-2163/5731 Saint: Santa Teresita When: Last weekend of September History: Santa Teresita is the Spanish name of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Nicknamed the “Little Flower of Jesus,” she became a French Carmelite nun when she was just 15 years old. Though she died of tuberculosis at age 24, she left behind an autobiography that has inspired thousands of people spiritually and religiously. “The Story of a Soul” is a collection of Santa Teresita’s autobiographical manuscripts, letters, poems, and prayers. Merizo Mayor’s Office: 828-8312/2941/8772 Saint: San Dimas When: April History: San Dimas is described in the Gospel of Luke as the “Penitent thief.” According the Scripture, San Dimas was one of the thieves crucified with Jesus. Unlike the other thief who mocked Jesus for claiming he was the Son of God, San Dimas asked Jesus for forgiveness and to remember him in his kingdom. Mongmong Mayor’s Office: 477-6758/9090 Saint: Nuestra Señora de las Aguas When: Last weekend of January History: Nuestra Señora de las Aguas is translated to Our Lady of the Waters. This title was given to the image of Mary for having saved a priest who was in danger of shipwreck. Toto Mayor’s Office: 477-6758/9090 Saint: Immaculate Heart of Mary When: June History: The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the devotional name given to the Virgin Mary for her virtues, her love for Jesus, her virginal love for God the Father, and her love for all humanity. In traditional images of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the heart is pierced with seven wounds or swords, which represent the seven sorrows of Mary. Flowers may also be

wrapped around the heart. Piti Mayor’s Office: 472-1232/3 Saint: Assumption of Our Lady When: Last weekend of August History: The feast of the Assumption of Our Lady celebrates the taking up of Mary’s body into heaven. The Assumption of Our Lady recalls the glorification of Mary’s flesh at the end of her early life and teaches that M a r y r o s e t o h e ave n s o o n a f t e r d e a t h . Santa Rita Mayor’s Office: 565-2614/4337 Saint: Santa Rita When: Third weekend of May History: Santa Rita is the Spanish name for St. Rita of Cascia, an Augustinian nun noted for her austerity, devotion to prayer, and charity. At 12 years old, she was married to a cruel and harsh man and later had two sons. When her husband was killed in a brawl 18 years later, she tried to enter the Augustinian convent in Cascia. At first they refused her due to the requirement that all nuns be virgins, but in 1413, they allowed Santa Rita to enter. In the midst of chronic illness, she received wounds that resembled the crown of thorns. Upon her death, many miracles were reported instantly. Sinajana Mayor’s Office: 472-6707, 477-3323 Saint: St. Jude Thaddeus When: October History: St. Jude Thaddeus was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, not to be confused with Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ. In his New Testament letter, St. Jude highlights the importance of staying faithful and persevering during difficult times. Thus, St. Jude is the patron saint of desperate causes. Tamuning Mayor’s Office: 646-5211/8646, 6479816/9820 Saint: St. Anthony When: June History: St. Anthony of Padua was a Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. St. Anthony is known as the “hammer of heretics” for his powerful preaching and great knowledge of scripture. In religious art, the saint is often pictured with the infant Jesus. He is the patron saint of lost things and missing persons. Talofofo Mayor’s Office: 789-1421/3262 Saint: San Miguet When: September History: San Miguet is the Chamorro language name given to St. Michael the Archangel, who is described in Holy Scripture as “one of the chief princes.” St. Michael was the leader of the forces of heaven in their success over the evil powers of hell. Known as the protector of the Church, the saint is the patron

of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness. Tumon Mayor’s Office: 646-5211/8646, 6479816/9820 Saint: Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores When: Second weekend of January History: Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores was a Jesuit missionary who is credited for bringing Christianity to Guam in 1668. On his way to a mission in the Philippines, Blessed Diego stopped by Guam and promised to return. He founded the first Catholic Church on island. In April 1672, Chamorro chiefs Mata’pang and Hurao murdered Blessed Diego after had baptized Mata’pang’s newborn daughter without his permission. Thus, Blessed Diego is recognized as a Catholic martyr. Umatac Mayor’s Office: 828-8258/2940 Saint: San Dionisio When: October History: San Dionisio is the Spanish language name of St. Dionysius the Areopagite. He was the judge of the Areopagus, the highest court in Greece. After he converted to Catholicism, St. Paul gave him the title of Bishop of Athens. San Dionisio eventually followed St. Paul in missionary travel. In the year 96, he was martyred through beheading under the reign of Emperor Domitian. Yigo Mayor’s Office: 653-9446/9119 Saint: Santa Lourdes When: Second Weekend of February History: Our Lay of Lourdes the devotional title given to the Virgin Mary in honor of the Marian apparitions that occurred in Lourdes, France. A Marian apparition occurs when the Virgin Mary supernaturally appears to one or more people. The most famous apparition in Lourdes occurred when the Virgin Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized as St. Bernadette. Yona Mayor’s Office: 789-4798/1525 Saint: St. Francis of Assisi When: First weekend of October History: St. Francis of Assisi is the founder of the men’s Franciscan Order and the women’s Order of St. Clare. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant and had the attitude of the average young man—arrogant, conceited, and feeling invisible. After having a dream that he believed was from God, he left the worldly life of wealth to live a life for God. St. Francis is noted for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Nativity Scene. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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o get a glimpse into traditional family and religious culture on Guam, you’ll want to check out fiesta, held each month in the different island villages. Since the Spanish first colonized the island several hundred years ago, Guam residents have been predominantly Catholic. Churches celebrate their patron saint with an accompanying fiesta, typically thrown at the church for those who attend Mass and at village homes on Sundays, says Carlos Paulino, and Inarajan resident who celebrates two fiestas each year. At the homes, expect a seemingly endless buffet table of local foods prepared by friends and family members for the guests who visit the fiesta. There are a couple of rules to follow, but in general, Catholic or not, friends or not, you’re invited to celebrate, Paulino says. “Nobody is turned away. It’s open to the public,” he says. “People come down and we prepare lots of food and drinks.” A fiesta Mass is usually held on a Saturday and guests at the Mass are invited to eat at that dinner called the “na’taotao tumano’ “. The next day, many villagers put up canopies and open up their homes and tables for their own fiesta celebrations. Because it’s a tradition, Paulino says his family members, including his six children, usually pitch in to contribute for and drinks. Guests aren’t required to bring anything but if you’d like to offer a case of drinks or anything else, you’re welcomed to do so. To - g o Because there’s an abundance of food prepared for guests, there’s often plenty of leftovers, for those who’d like to take food to-go. “We’d rather people see it take food than it to go to waste,” Paulino says. “The family prepares a lot of food. But during almost closing, - the family will ask to pack something.” Before you consider taking any food home, allow the host to first offer. Before that even happens, they wait at least a couple of hours beM a i l a ’

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fore making the offer, allowing other guests to have at the feast before letting people take “balutan”, or wrap food to go. Many villagers have games and other entertainment at their fiestas so don’t be shy when you’re there.

When you’re all danced out and full from the feast, thank your host and leave with a little bit of insight into Guam food and culture. By Lacee A.C. Martinez

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he Pacific Ocean can generate some of the most intense storms in the world and Guam’s location makes it a target for typhoons. Although heavy rains aren’t an unfamiliar sight for Guam, residents are always wary of the torrential rains and damaging winds that typhoons can bring to the island. Here are some ways you can make yourself typhoon-ready. Maila Halom

TYPHOON TERMS lTropical disturbance: A moving area of thunderstorms in the tropics that maintains itself for at least 24 hours. lTropical depression: A tropical cyclone with rotating wind circulation and maximum sustained surface winds of no more than 38 mph. l Tropical storm: A tropical cyclone with winds from 39 to 73 mph. l Typhoon: A tropical cyclone with strong, pronounced winds in excess of 74 mph. lSupertyphoon: A tropical cyclone with winds exceeding 149 mph. BEFORE A STORM Securing YOUR HOME lSeepage: Cover beds and other items with plastic sheeting to protect from water seeping in around windows and doors. lSurge: Use surge protectors on major appliances and phone lines to avoid power spikes. lKit: Stock up on supplies such as candles, batteries, fuel for stoves and lanterns, toiletries and disposable plates and flatware. l Organize: Arrange flashlights, lanterns, candles and lighters in places where adults can easily find them. lWater: Have several gallons of purified water on hand. l Debris: Secure all loose items such as garbage can lids, potted plants, gardening tools and other materials that could become airborne during high winds. lTin: Tie down tin-covered roof extensions with cables. lFlood: Do not put valuable items and appliances on ground level to protect them from any flooding. lPower: Have the main breaker or fuse box and the utility meters raised above the flood level for your area. This way, if your home floods, water will not damage your utilities. l Buy typhoon insurance: If you have one, make sure it is current. Securing YOUR CAR l Fuel: Fill your vehicles’ tanks with gas. Cover: If you do not have a covered garage, move your vehicle away from trees or structures that may topple or collapse. lInsurance: Check with your insurance provider if typhoon damage is covered. If you paid for a premi-

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um that covers only liability, it is likely you do not have typhoon insurance coverage. DURING A TYPHOON l Stay inside and away from windows. Watch tel-

evision or listen to radio bulletins. If you are in a lowlying area or do not have a concrete home or storm shutters, consider seeking shelter elsewhere. lStay inside, even when the eye of the typhoon is passing and all appears to be calm, as heavy winds will soon follow from the opposite direction. lFill in holes around doors with old towels or blankets; if these gaps are left open, it may lead to flooding. lTurn off and unplug all appliances. Shut off the main gas valve and power switch. Use surge protectors on major appliances and phone lines to avoid power spikes. AFTER A STORM Be mindful of the following safety tips when returning home after a flood or severe storm: l Check your home before you go in. Carefully check outside your home for loose power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks or other damage. If you see damage, a building inspector or contractor should check the building before you enter. lTurn off the electricity. Even if the power company has turned off electricity to the area, make certain your house’s power supply is disconnected. lIf you suspect a gas leak or smell gas, leave your home immediately and call the gas company from a neighbor’s house. l Enter carefully. If the door sticks at the top, it could mean your ceiling is ready to fall. If you force the door open, wait outside the doorway in case of falling debris. lCheck the ceiling for signs of sagging. Wind, rain, or deep flooding may wet plaster or wallboard. It is very heavy and dangerous if it falls. lMake sure the electricity is off and hose down the house to remove health hazards left behind by floodwater mud. Remove water quickly using a mop or squeegee. STAY INFORMED If power and Internet connection is available, get weather updates by logging on to: l Pacific Daily News: lNational Weather Service Forecast Office, Guam: lGuam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense: NOAA Weather Radio NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. The radio program broadcasts on frequencies 162.550 and 162.400 in the Mariana Islands. Weather radios can be purchased at local electronics stores, mail order catalogs and various other locations. l NWR TRANSMITTER CALL FREQ (MHZ) l Guam (Nimitz Hill) WXM-85 162.400 l Saipan (Mount Tapochau) WXM-86 162.550 CONDITIONS OF READINESS

When a storm is headed Guam’s way, the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense issues conditions of readiness to alert residents. The conditions of readiness are based on the onset of damaging winds of 39 mph. Under Condition of Readiness 4, or COR 4: lDamaging winds may arrive on island within 72 hours. l Normal day-to-day activities are expected. Under Condition of Readiness 3, or COR 3: l Damaging winds may arrive within 48 hours. l Review or update your family disaster plan. lBuy and replenish supplies for your disaster supply kit. l Fill your cars’ gas tanks. l Secure outdoor objects. lPrepare household for long-term power and water loss. (Do the laundry, outdoor cooking, etc.) lTune in to radio and/or television. Under Condition of Readiness 2, or COR 2: l Damaging winds may arrive within 24 hours. l Close and secure shutters. l Fill containers with water. l Move vehicles to a secure and protected area. l Review family disaster plan with entire family. l Seek emergency shelter if your home is not fully concrete or prepared to withstand damaging winds. lTune in to radio and/or television. Under Condition of Readiness 1, or COR 1: lDamaging winds are occurring or expected within 12 hours. l Only mission-essential personnel and vehicles are allowed outdoors. lTune in to radio and/or television. GENERATOR SAFETY Turn off the main breaker or breakers to all houses or buildings connected to your generator. This prevents a backfeed of power from the generator into the islandwide power system, which could injure or kill power workers. l Keep generators in a well-ventilated area, away from air-conditioning units and ducts. l Protect generators from exposure to water. lNever refuel generators while they are running. Allow generators to cool off before refueling. l Never obstruct the generator’s exhaust muffler. l Do not overload circuits. lDo not let the generator run out of fuel while running or air will get into the hoses. l Keep the fuel system clean. lLook for generators with an oil shut-down switch. lChange the oil after every 200 hours of use. Some generators also have oil filters that should be changed periodically. l Check the fan belt. l Check for leaks in the filters and make sure the air filter is clean.

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Complete news source A: T he Pacific Daily News is Guam’s only daily newspaper and delivers throughout Guam, the Marianas. The PDN is owned by Gannett Co. Inc., a large, diversified news and information company. Gannett is the United States’ largest newspaper publisher. The company’s daily newspapers include USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, with a circulation of approximately 1.7 million. The PDN Web site — — is visited by hundreds of thousands of reade r s a r o u n d t h e wo r l d . O n, you’ll find the latest breaking news and updates throughout the day. You’ll also find announcements from political leaders, businesses, nonprofit organizations and people like you who want to share their information. Visit to sign up for the latest in news, traffic, water and power updates via text alerts. But it’s more than just an online area to learn about what’s going on here on Guam. It’s a place for you to share your news, pictures, blogs and opinions, as well as calendar your upcoming events.

GET PUBLISHED Visitors to have access to social media tools that allow readers to blog, share photos, keep up with friends and sound off in our comments sections. We also provide tools that allow readers to submit their stories, photos and letters to the editor for publication online and in print. Readers can also search our online events calendar to find out what’s happening around the island.

GUIDE If you have a story to tell, an opinion to share, a news tip to leave or an event you’d like to let the public know about, this guide can help. The following is a list of frequently asked questions of the newsroom, followed by a directory of sections and departments at the paper to help you get your information to the right person.


We’ve tried several times to get our news into the PDN without success. Is there anybody we can talk to? Yes. Discuss it with the particular section editor, but if you don’t know who that is or if you don’t get a very good answer from that person, call David Crisostomo, the managing editor.

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Mail: (Section), Pacific Daily News, P.O. Box DN, Hagåtña, Guam 96932. The section could be News, Lifestyle, Business, Sports, etc. If you’re not sure, just use News. You can also fax it to 477-3079. Drop it off. The PDN is in Hagåtña in the DNA Building, 244 Archbishop Flores Street. It’s best to make a follow-up call to make sure the right person received your press release.

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I N F O R M AT I O N C E N T E R MAGAZINES, SPECIAL SEC TIONS AND WEEKLIES The Pacific Daily News staff produces several quarterly and annual magazines. The two annual magazines are the Bridal Guide, which is published to help couples plan the wedding of their dreams; and the other is this, Maila Halom, a guide to Guam for locals and new residents. Pika is the section’s monthly entertainment guide that’s included in the daily paper on the first of every month. There are happy hour, movie and boonie stomp listings, and features on where to catch performances of local bands. Pika also covers music, fashion, club openings and the local arts scene. A weekly supplement in the paper includes: Bayanihan, a publication geared to Guam’s Filipino residents, which is published on Saturdays. BUSINESS The section covers a wide range of topics, from mom and pop stores to local multi-million industries like the retail landscape, tourism, business and economic trends on Guam, the Pacific region and around the world. Phone: 479-0414 E-mail: SPORTS The section covers all sporting activities. Ron Ige is the sports editor. Sports Notes Sports Notes is a daily collection of events, meetings and notices. Contributions from resi-

dents are welcomed. Call 479-0420. Otherwise, forms are available at the Pacific Daily News. Write Sports Notes on mail, fax and dropped-off items. Phone: 479-0420 E-mail: WHO’S WHO Publisher and President: Rindraty Celes Limtiaco, 479-0100. Fax: (671)472-1512. E-mail:

ONLINE Online Director: Karen Gayle, 479-0222, e-mail:

PRODUCTION Operations Director: Bill Windham, 479-0600, e-mail:

NEWS Managing Editor: David V. Crisostomo, 479-0400, e-mail: Community Editor: Duane M. George, 479-0415, e-mail:

Administrative Assistant: Carmelita Blas, 479-0102. Fax: (671) 472-1512.

Visual Editor: Cid Caser, 479-0429,

Human Resources Principal Business Partner: Edna Nery, 479-0106. Fax: (671) 472-1512.

Local News Editor: Steve Limtiaco, 479-0419, e-mail:

Market Development Director: Jason Sakazaki, 479-0500. Fax: (671) 472-5045.

Assistant Local News Editor: Oyaol Ngirairikl, 479-0417, e-mail:


Photo Chief: Masako Watanabe, 479-0425, e-mail:

Controller: Gerald “Jake” Woo, 479-0300. Fax: (671) 472-1512. Billing questions: 479-0301.

ADVERTISING Advertising Director: Jae Fermin Medina, 479-0200 General ad information: 479-0203 Classified ads: (671) 472-1PDN Classified fax: (671) 472-4641 Classified e-mail: Ad fax: (671) 477-0359

Sports Editor: Ron Ige, 479-0420, e-mail: Magazine Coordinator: Karla Borja, 479-0421, e-mail: Projects/Data Editor: Steve Limtiaco, 479-0419, e-mail: News tips hot line: 475-NEWS.

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