2011 GSA Liberation Picnic Photos

Photos from the 2011 Guam Society Liberation Picnic held at TISCOM Coast Guard Base, Alexandria, Virginia.  The event was chaired by Captain (Retired, USCG) Juan T. Salas along with co-chairs, Lou Barrett and Terri Guevara Smith.  Attended by over 800 GSA members and their families, friends and guests, the picnic celebrated the 67th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam from Japanese occupational forces during World War II.  It included entertainment by the Kutturan Chamorro Dancers led by Heidi and Joey Quenga, the Rosario family
dancers, and Chamorro music by local Chamorro Band, Tropic Sounds.  The GSA presented its annual scholarship awards, including the Brigida Reyes Guzman Lizama Scholarship awarded to Jonathan Blas, an endowment to the Guam Community College, and a 2012 joint
scholarship for the Guam Society and University of Guam’s 60th Anniversary.  Along with the traditional Chamorro food and dancing, the event included a cha-cha contest (won by Missy Uncangco and her dad, Mr. Acquininoc and a kamyu (coconut grating) contest won by Joe
Evangelista.  The GSA also signed the Hafa Adai pledge with the Guam Visitor’s Bureau.  GVB representative, Therese Arriola, was present
to recognize the Society for its efforts in promoting Guam and the Chamorro culture.   VIP Guests included:  Guam Congressional Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo and her daughter Debbie Bordallo; former delegate and retired Brigadier General (USMC) Ben Blaz; Dededo Village Mayor Melissa Benavente Savares; 2010 Guam Liberation Queen Rayanna Lujan Rojas;  2011 Sons & Daughters of Guam Club, Inc. Liberation
Queen Mariana Pangelinan Dimla and 2011 GSA Cherry Blossom Princess Paige Ruff.    The GSA would like to thank all of its members and their families and guests, all of the vendors, the Kutturan Chamorro Dancers, and all the volunteers who made this year’s Liberation Picnic
a fun-filled and memorable event.

Photos by Domingo C. Limo, Catherine Yerenas, Kerri
Pate, and Nerissa Sabas Carter