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Dive and Run on 100 Years of Guam’s History

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Here’s a little bit of history about Guam, popular with divers ’round the world but not too much with plain tourists like us.

Twenty-six years ago, the German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam’s Apra harbor That was April 7th of 1917, during World War I. Then, on August 27, 1943, the era of World War II, the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed and sunk right over the wreck of the Cormoran, laying 120 feet below sea level. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

This makes Guam having the only dive site in the world with wrecks from two world wars. So, in honor of this piece of history and the lives that perished on the SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary by holding memorial services on April 7, 2017, with wreath-laying activities at Apra Harbor and the Naval Cemetery in Hagatna, and a series of lectures and an exhibit during the weeklong celebration.

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Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will also happen on the same day, the fifth year running, together with the Hafa Adai Expo and Pick up event.

The 5th United Airlines Guam Marathon (or more known as “UGM”) happens on April 9th from 3:00AM until 11:00AM. The participant or runner packet pick up location will be at the Hafa Adai Expo which opens on April 7th from 12:00PM until 6:00PM, and will continue to be open to the public the following day, April 8th from 9:00AM until 6:00PM. There will also be a running clinic by Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist and UGH ambassador, lots of booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food concessions, official UGM and running merchandise shops, and other #OnlyOnGuam activities. Of course, there will also be shopping incentives and discounts to be given to all registered runners, visitors and local residents.

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Culminating all these activities is a BBQ Beach Party at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, located at Ypao Beach overlooking Tumon Bay, with live concert performances, beach games, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photos (you gotta do this – sunset selfie is a must!), food, drinks, and more entertainment.

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. For more information about the SMS Cormoran Centennial Commemoration and the 2017 UGM marathon, please visit www.unitedguammarathon.com or www.visitguam.com/SMSCORMORANGUAM. You can also visit and like GVB’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/visitguamph and GVB’s Instagram @visitguamph

Source: Tropical Productions Inc. (TPI) via Carmel Carpio

Photos from source.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Filipina Baby is 7th Billion Inhabitant

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Danica Camacho seen with her mother Camille

Newly-born baby girl Danica Camacho is the world’s symbolic seven billionth baby who was born at Fabella Maternity hospital in Manila, Philippines today, Monday October 31, 2011. India also greeted its version of the 7 billionth person on earth.

It took only a dozen years to make the leap from 6 billion. And according to the same projections found in this year’s State of the World Population report from the UNFPA, the population will top 9 million by 2050 and 10 billion by the end of this century.

Total population is still climbing, but the rate of growth peaked in the 1960s at about 2 percent. It has steadily declined since then, although it remains well above replacement level in places like sub-Saharan Africa, where it still tops 2 percent.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

Photo from The Christian Science Monitor

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

President Manuel L. Quezon is Israeli Hero, Too

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In 1945, at the end of World War II, Hitler and his Nazi had killed more than 6 million Jews in Europe. But in 1939, when the Jews and their families were fleeing Europe at a time when several countries refused to open their doors to them, the Philippines did the highly risky and the unlikely. Through President Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippines opened its doors and nation’s heart to the fleeing and persecuted Jews. Quezon offered to absorb 10,000 European Jewish refugees but only 1,200 Jews and their families made it to Manila.

Last 21 June 2010, or 70 years later, the first ever monument honoring Quezon and the Filipino nation for this “open door policy” was inaugurated on Israeli soil, at the 65-hectare Holocaust Memorial Park in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

Source: Alex Lacson through e-mail of Jun Benito

Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 9, 2010 at 4:30 am