An eye-opening expo of Pacific Island culture, FestPac is probably the greatest forum for Pacific Island nations to recognize our similarities, and respectfully acknowledge the differences that make each of our island cultures unique.
I am honored to have been chosen as a Diaspora Delegate for Guam. The only draw back, if any, was not having enough time to witness more of history unfolding. Dancing, music, spoken word, art galleries, crafts, blacksmithing, weaving, body ornamentation, seafaring traditions, historic performances, and film premiers, FestPac and Guam were spilling over with culture.
Traveling back home to Guam and participating in such a life changing, island changing, event has helped me to better recognize my own identity. Showcasing the food of our culture, the Chamorro culture, alongside other principal chefs and delegates of Guam was priceless. I draw immense inspiration from the other chefs, as I witness first hand the passion that drives them, and how our Chamorro culture is so much a part of their everyday lives.
I am re-grounded by this trip, excited again to spread my culture through food, and confident, more so now, as we move forward with new growth. Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to everyone!