Thursday, June 05, 2014

PIBBA giya Luta

It is the summer, but my schedule is still packed. The Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) is having their annual conference this month in the island of Luta (Rota). Gos malago' yu' mohon na bai hu hanaogue, lao chatsaga' yu'. The PIBBA Conference falls at the same time as the opening of the Guam Humanities Council exhibit "Sindalu: Chamorro Journey Stories in the US Military." I worked as the writer and researcher for this project and so I have to be on island for when it begins. But if it wasn't for this I would submit an abstract and go to Luta for sure. As I often say, any excuse to travel to Rota is a good excuse. Sen gefpago na tano'. Achokka' dikike' i mineddong-na sen dangkolu' i ginefpago-na.

Below is the call for papers with other info on the conference. If you are interested please submit an abstract or at least just attend.


I Lingguåhi, I Kuttura, I Haligen I Taotao-ta
Mwaliyasch, Kkoosch, Alleghul Aramasasch
The Language, The Culture, The Pillars of Our People

June 22-26, 2014
Luta (Rota), CNMI

Masa-Aki Emesiochl, President
2013-2014 President, PIBBA International

Senator Jovita Taimanao
Conference Chair

            The Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International is a non-profit organization.  It exists to promote bilingualism and biculturalism in the Pacific; to establish channels of communication for disseminating information relevant to bilingual-bicultural policies in the Pacific; to foster community involvement in the development and implementation of bilingual-bicultural philosophy in the Pacific; and to encourage the implementation of quality programs of bilingual-bicultural instruction in our Pacific Island schools and communities.
            PIBBA International 2014 invites presentations related to research and practice in bilingual education from the Pacific Islands to share their knowledge, skills, and expertise with conference attendees, as well as to coordinate, preserve, and develop strategies.  Collaborative presentations that include IHEs and LEAs, and teachers/professors and students are encouraged. 

If you have any questions, please contact Senator Jovita Taimanao, 2014 International Conference Chairperson at, or Phone: (670) 532-9451/2, Fax: (670) 532-9454
P.O.  Box 537, Rota M.P.  96951

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