Malessu' vs. Malesso'


This is part of the U-vs-O debate.

Chamoru? Or Chamorro?

Guåhu? Or guåho?

Since Chamorros are (in the main) used to writing in Chamorro, no system is going to be easily accepted by the great majority of people. An official orthography exists, but the majority of people writing Chamorro do not access it. Many who do have disagreements with the official orthography.

Of the small number of people who write in Chamorro (compared to the vast number of people who hardly ever write in Chamorro), many will write it as they hear it.

And the fact is that some Chamorros favor the U sound when they speak. Listen to them. 

But a good number of other people, especially the older ones, favor the O sound when they speak. Listen to them.

I'm in favor of allowing people to spell it as they speak it, for the time being, because I don't think we have arrived yet at a commonly accepted orthography. We have an official one. But not a commonly accepted one yet.

But there is a bigger difference between a U and an A, compared to a U and an O.

Malessu'/Malesso' has a minor difference between them, in my opinion, compared to kampanåyu and kampanåya.

Call a guy fulånu is the same as calling him fulåno.

But call him fulåna and there may be trouble.


KAMPANÅYU? KAMPANÅYA?...That is the question.


 Now how does one say "bell tower" in Chamorro?If you go down to Malesso' and look for the signs at the bell tower, you will become very confused. You will see it called Kampanåyu, with a U.

And you will also see it spelled Kampanåya, with an A.

Even the village name gets spelled two different ways. With an ending U, or with an ending O.

So which is it?

Well, the word is borrowed from Spanish and the Spanish word for bell tower is
campanario. The word for "bell" itself is campana, which we also borrowed in Chamorro - kampåna.

Since the Spanish word
campanario involved the Western Y sound in the last two syllables - RIO - the Chamorro is going to have difficulties with that since we don't have that Western Y sound. We change it to our own DZ sound represented by the Western Y letter. Thus, Yigo and Yoña are pronounced Dzigo and Dzoña.

The Wonderful & Informative post by: @paleric

Fest Pac, Guam: A Voyagers Welcoming

An  assemblage of photos taken on the Sakman Fanhigayan.

Navigators from across the Pacific disembark upon Guam's shores to celebrate and share culture and arts for the Festival of the Pacific Arts. 


Photo Credit: Che'lu Noly

Ginen i mås Takhalom

Ginen i Mas Takhalom

Last week Saturday  was a Great Celebration of Chamorro Arts and Culture.

A gallery of work presented by some of Guam's most gifted artisans. The Barcinas sisters (Lia, Rita & Arisa), Dr. Patricia Taimanglo & Philip Sablan (Taotaomo'na Tatu')

Hosted by the Hotel Outrigger, Guam

Photo Credit: Lia Barcinas, 
Amber Word, 
DonaMila Taitano 
Dave Sablan (taotaomona tatu') on FB

Mamfok Guahan

The Art of Weaving = Mamfok

A sneak peek of the intricate items that will be displayed for Fest Pac 2016

The Gifted work of si Sinot Joe "Dagu" Babauta

Bridge to Bridge

Right of Way

San Antonio Bridge (Tollai Åcho)

We have very few left on the island, but the bridges of Guam built during Spanish times were made for their times, meaning, they were very narrow.

Traffic was light to begin with and the only vehicles were bull (or karabao) carts. A few elite people, like military officers, might ride a horse.

So when motor cars made their appearance on Guam in the early 1900s, there was trouble when two cars going opposite directions wanted to use the same narrow bridge at the same time.

A rule was agreed on : cars heading towards the center of Hagåtña had the right of way.

Cars leaving the center of Hagåtña had to move to the side and give way to the other one.

Man's laws are never perfect. The question remains : When inside Hagåtña, and two cars want to use the same bridge, like the one above, who goes first?

When in Malesso...
The unwritten Law in Malesso states that, Who ever approaches the bridge first has the right of way :)

Blog Post from @paleric

Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut COCONUT Bars

Looking for a new homemade dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? One that’s fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, but can also be thrown into a backpack on your next hike?

These dark chocolate coconut and Brazil nut bars are pretty to look at, easy to make, stay fresh for weeks and are filled with healthy fats, flavanols, and selenium. What more could you possibly want from dessert?
The idea to use a silicone ice cube tray for shaping chocolate comes from this recipe for dark chocolate snack bites. Pouring warm chocolate into a small ice cube tray yields nicely shaped, nicely sized chocolate squares.

The possibilities here are endless. Any type of nut or seed, dried fruit, sea salt, spices like cinnamon or turmeric…they can all be used to embellish the flavor of dark chocolate.

Servings: 15 small chocolate squares
Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 2 to 3 hours for chocolate to set

  • 1.25 ounces (about 1/2 cup) unsweetened coconut flakes (56 g)
  • 8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate (230 g)
  • 1 ounce Brazil nuts (about 8 whole nuts), chopped (36 g)
Recipe Tip: For easiest removal, lightly oil the silicon ice cube tray.
Preheat oven to 350 °F.

Spread coconut out on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Pulse in a food processor a few times to chop the coconut flakes into smaller pieces.

Use a serrated knife to chop the chocolate into tiny pieces. Put half the chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining chocolate. If needed, continue heating the chocolate in 15-second intervals and then stirring, until completely melted.

Stir the coconut and chopped Brazil nuts into the chocolate. Pour the chocolate into each cube in the tray (using a bowl with a pour spout makes this easier). The chocolate will come about halfway up each cube. If desired, ingredients can also be pressed onto the top of the chocolate squares (like coconut flakes or dried fruit).

Put the tray in the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set, 2 to 3 hours.
Carefully remove the chocolate squares from the tray. Store in an airtight container in the pantry, or in the refrigerator if your house is warm. The chocolate bites will keep for several weeks.