“Iokwe, raan annim, kaselehlia, alii, aloha
Olomwaay, hafa dei, tuwoh, mogethin, Talofa”
.. Chorus of the “Song of PIBBA” written by Peter R. Onedera, Music by Joey Franquez.
On behalf of the Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association – Guam Chapter and the International Association
I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt Condolences to the families of
+ Dr. Bernadita “Benit” Camacho-Dungca +
The islands are saddened by the untimely passing of Dr. Dungca. An advocate and proponent of language and culture .. the Chamoru Language and Culture. The vast accolades attributed to her lifetime passion to promote, to perpetuate and to preserve are evident: co-authored, along with Donald M. Topping and Pedro Ogo, the Chamorro-English Dictionary, Chamorro Reference Grammar and Spoken Chamorro; wrote the “Inifresi”; Professor at the University Of Guam’s School of Education; Consultant to the Chamorro Language Commission, initiated the Chamorro Teaching Degree Institute, to name a few. Of the many organizations she is affiliated with, Dr. Dungca was a great supporter of PIBBA throughout her leadership as member and officer.
Dr. Dungca leaves behind a profound legacy that we all are grateful for. As a mentor, constituent, colleague, teacher, daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, friend, she is Saina to the many lives she’s touched in one way or another. Her wisdom, wit, laughter, guidance, smile we certainly will miss. Thank You, Lord, for allowing her to touch our hearts in ways she did.
May Eternal Rest Grant On To Her, O Lord, And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her And All The Souls Of The Faithfully Departed .. Rest In Peace. Amen.
Theresa “EWY” Taitano – President, PIBBA Guam Chapter – 2016-2018
President, PIBBA International – 2015-2016