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36th Annual International PIBBA Conference

OUR PACIFIC VOICES!

June 25-29, 2017

POHNPEI, FSM


Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and Pohnpei Chapter


The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.


PIBBA Conference Chair:


Senator Shelten G. Neth, President, PIBBA International

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.... For information, e-mail Senator Neth at chairman@mail.fm or pibba.international@gmail.com


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Download Presentation Form
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Download Exhibit Form


Download Indigenous Teacher of the Year Packet


Download Pioneer of the Year Packet





We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be
given a special discount. However, you must make the reservation at your local United Airlines office during the travel period of June 18, 2017 to July 8, 2017. The travel must also be completed by July 8, 2017. When making a reservation, mention reference code GC1705.
Click here to view details of the special United Airlines discount.


Snapshots of last year's 35th Annual International PIBBA Conference

PIBBA 2013 Conference

Click on the video below to view the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Guam on PhotoPeach

Click on the video to hear the PIBBA Song!

Click on the video to hear the PIBBA Song!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!


Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Effective Resources

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Minagof Nochebuena ~ Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Saturday, 17 December 2016

PIBBA Guam Gathering - Dec. 17


Si Yu’os Ma’ase’ to all the PIBBA members who attended the meeting/Christmas celebration on December 17, 2016 at the Main Restaurant, Guam Reef Hotel.  Smiles, laughter, gifts, fun, and games made the gathering a joyful one!  Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!  




Sunday, 4 December 2016

Annual Book Donation at IRA Community Book Fair - Dec. 3

On December 3, 2016, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center.  The organizations that received the book donation include the Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Island Girl Power; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association. 


Guam IRA Donation to organizations on Dec. 3, 2016:  Pictured L-R:  Mariana Guzman, PIBBA member; Juanita Blaz, Island Girl Power Director; Toni Calvo, PIBBA member; Theresa "Ewy" Taitano, PIBBA Guam President; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA President; Lois T. Gumataotao, PIBBA Secretary; Julia N. Rivera, Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer; and Benit Lizama, PIBBA member.

PIBBA Guam Brings Christmas Cheer at the Annual IRA Community Book Fair


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Annual Community Book Fair - Dec. 3


Join us for IRA's Annual Community Book Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2016!

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Venue: Agana Shopping Center

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Condolences for the Gumataotao Family


The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Kenneth "Ken" Taitano Gumataotao of Agana Heights, sister of PIBBA Guam Secretary, Lois Taitano Gumataotao. Ken left this Earth on Nov. 5 at the age of 55.

Nightly rosary is being held at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Agana Heights. The viewing will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 4:30 p.m. at the Guam Memorial Park.  The funeral services will be held on Monday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Agana Heights.

Ken will always be remembered. God Bless him and his family.  May he rest in peace.

Condolences for the Edward Family


The PIBBA family extends it deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of former PIBBA International President, Linda Aguon Teodosio Edward.  She left this Earth on November 2, 2016 at the age of 59.

Mass and rosary is being said nightly at 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yigo.  The funeral is on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in To’to beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The funeral mass is at 1:00 p.m and the burial is at the Guam Memorial Park in Barrigada. May her soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. 


Friday, 7 October 2016

Condolences for the Masga Family


The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Cristina Songsong Masga of Toto, mother of former PIBBA Guam Vice President, Antonia "Toni" Masga Calvo.  Masga left this Earth on October 2 at the age of 75.

Mass of intention will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Toto.  Mass will be held at 5:45 a.m. Oct. 6 and 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 9.  Rosary is being said nightly at 7 p.m. at 128 Nando St. in Toto.  Rosaries will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 9.  Last respects will be paid from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on October 11 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Toto.  Mass for Christian burial will be offered at noon.  Interment will follow at the Guam Memorial Park in Leyang, Barrigada.  She will always be remembered. God Bless her and her family. May she rest in peace.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Condolences for John Rosario

The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of John Rosario of Pohnpei, cousin of former PIBBA Teacher of the Year, Dr. Gregorio Tainatongo, and uncle of PIBBA Webmaster and former PIBBA Pioneer of the Year, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.  Rosario left this Earth in the early morning of July 27, 2016, Pohnpei time.  He will always be remembered. God Bless him and his family. May he rest in peace.


We will always remember in our hearts, John Rosario...

John Rosario and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera at a Rosario Family Gathering in Pohnpei



Rosario Family Gathering/Sakau Ceremony in Pohnpei.  Pictured L-R:  Francisco Rosario; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Marcus Rosario (seated); Augusta Rosario; and Clara Rosario.  In spirit was Dr. Rivera's great-great grandfather, Ignacio Rosario Tainatongo.  

Monday, 27 June 2016

PIBBA Conference Media Coverage

Press releases on the 35th Annual International PIBBA Conference were published in PDN and The Post. News coverage was provided by The Post and KUAM. The URLs on the coverage are listed below:

The Post Coverage:

*Article titled, “Conference tackles classroom diversity, indigenous language”, URL: www.postguam.com/news/local/conference-tackels-classroom-diversity-indigenous-language/article_13b0a396-2bb7-11e6-a0fc-afa669b6e744.html

*Article titled, “Bilingual conference on Chamorro”, URL: www.postguam.com/news/local/bilingual-conference-on-chamorro/article_4379e810-2d53-11e6-917b-d305dff30fdc.html 

KUAM Coverage:

Story titled, “Conference perpetuates indigenous Pacific languages”, URL: www.kuam.com/story/32150399/2016/06/06/conference-perpetuates-indigenous-pacific-languages

Congratulations PIBBA Guam TOY and POY!

Congratulations to this year's Indigenous Teacher of the Year (TOY) and Pioneer of the Year (POY)!  Joey Leon Guerrero was selected for the prestigious 2016 TOY and Joey Franquez was selected for the distinguished 2016 POY.  Leon Guerrero and Franquez both serve as Chamorro teachers for the Guam Department of Education.  They were also instrumental in chairing various activities for this year’s 35th Annual International PIBBA Conference.  In addition, Franquez composed the music to the PIBBA Song lyrics written by Peter R. Onedera, former PIBBA International President.  



PIBBA Guam Indigenous Teachers of the Year URL:  http://pibbaguamindigenousteachers.blogspot.com

Thursday, 9 June 2016


Leon Guerrero Named 2016 Indigenous TOY

Joey Leon Guerrero
2016 PIBBA Guam Indigenous Teacher of the Year


PIBBA Guam Indigenous Pioneers of the Year URL:

Thursday, 9 June 2016


Franquez Named 2016 Indigenous POY

Joey Franquez
2016 PIBBA Indigenous Pioneer of the Year