(October 7, 2015 – Adelup, Guam) The Festival of Pacific Arts Coordinating Committee, along with Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Honorary Festival Chairperson First Lady Christine Calvo and the Guam Visitors Bureau announced today the addition of three exclusive Latte Level sponsors – KUAM, GTA and Pepsi. Each Latte sponsor has pledged its support with $100,000 contributions.
KUAM has signed on as the electronic media sponsor for the festival.
GTA is the official telecommunications sponsor.
Pepsi has signed on as the official ice and water sponsor of the festival.
These companies join the Bank of Guam, United Airlines, T-Galleria by DFS, Ambros, Inc., Matson and the Pacific Daily News as Latte Level sponsors of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts to be hosted on Guam from May 22 – June 4, 2016 at the Paseo de Susana Park in Hagatña.
“Thousands of artists from throughout the Pacific, and enthusiasts from throughout the world will congregate on Guam for this two-week event,” the Governor stated.
“The 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts is the largest event Guam has hosted in decades. It is important that we come together as a community to welcome the world to our island.”
The Festival of the Pacific Arts is known as the “Olympics of Pacific Arts” and will be the largest cultural event Guam will host. It is held every four years by a different host country in the Pacific. The 2016 festival will feature delegations from 27 participating Pacific island nations, with the delegate count already estimated at 2,700 artists and performers.
“Hosting an event of this size and magnitude would not be possible without the support of the business community. We thank these Latte Level sponsors for supporting culture and the arts,” said FestPac Chairman and GVB General Manager Nathan Denight.
“We look forward to working with them in innovative ways to engage the community about FestPac.”
During today’s press conference, Governor Calvo shared news that work to renovate the Paseo Stadium’s recreation center and seating area has started. The government recently gave the notice to proceed to the contractor.
“The Guerrero Softball Field also is going to see improvements, all of which are being made so we can roll out the red carpet to our visitors, but this work also will be enjoyed by Guamanians for years to come,” Governor Calvo stated.
The theme for FestPac 2016 is “Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, Håfa Ta Påtte, Dinanña’ Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku,” which translates into “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share – United Voices of the Pacific.” This large-scale cultural event gives Guam an incredible economic and socio-cultural opportunity to showcase the arts and culture of the island, as well as the region, through various exhibits, forums, performances and workshops. The festival’s website will be used as the hub for FestPac information and announcements, and the public can learn more by visiting www.guamfestpac2016.com.
The Guam FestPac Coordinating Committee was established In September 2011 through Public Law 30-83. Led by Festival Director Rose F. Ramsey, Special Assistant – GEDA Mark Mendiola, Chairperson Nathan Denight, Treasurer Joseph Artero-Cameron and Secretary Monica Okada Guzman, the Coordinating Committee is made up of leaders from the community — Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D; Senator Tina Muna-Barnes; Senator Tom Ada; Senator Mary Camacho Torres; Mayor Carol Tayama; Mayor of the Village of Agat; Rose F. Ramsey, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Guam; Mark Mendiola, Special Assistant – GEDA; Robert Lizama, Former Mayor of Yigo; Joseph Artero-Cameron, President, Department of Chamorro Affairs; Monica O. Guzman, Chairperson, Council of Arts & Humanities; Jon Nathan Denight, General Manager, Guam Visitors Bureau; and Lawrence Jay Alcairo, Speaker, 33rd Guam Youth Congress.
For More Information:
The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency