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Daniel Deleon Guerrero lends a helping hand through music

CHAMORRO singer Daniel Deleon Guerrero returned to Saipan to help in the recovery efforts through his music.

He was one of the performers at the Marianas Strong concert held at the Marianas Business Plaza on Jan.12. 

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Daniel Deleon Guerrero performs during the Marianas Strong concert at the Marianas Business Plaza in Susupe on Saturday.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

He said he did not hesitate when concert organizers asked him to perform.

Although he left Saipan in the early 1970s, Deleon Guerrero still considers the island his home.

He said he felt sad when he learned that Saipan and Tinian were hit by one of the strongest typhoons in U.S. history. He felt sadder when he saw the damage sustained by both islands.

“I saw my friends, relatives and neighbors suddenly homeless. I still get emotional whenever I see a house in ruins,” Deleon Guerrero said.

He was performing on Guam when Typhoon Yutu battered Saipan and Tinian.

“I learned that there were many people that needed help.” He participated in   concerts organized on Guam to help raise money for the typhoon victims in the CNMI.

“When Guam needed help, you came together to help us. One thing about the Marianas: wherever you may be, when it comes to tragedy, people come together to help. It takes a tragedy to see the work of God — the love of God,” he said.

In 1973, to pursue his dream to be a singer, Deleon Guerrero left Saipan and went to Hawaii, California, Tennessee, Missouri and other part of the U.S.

“In my younger days, I formed a band called ‘Daniel and the Dinosaurs.’ We played in Nashville. I was the only islander there.”

His stint in Missouri and Tennessee gave him the opportunity to sing and play with popular country singers, including John Conlee.

But among the celebrities that he had met, he said it was Philippine folk singer Freddie Aguilar who made an impact on him.

“I was on Guam. He was there at the opening of a Filipino restaurant. We were introduced and we played together,” he said.

“I would say he is one musician who influenced me the most. His song ‘Anak’ [Child] is my favorite,” he said.

“Freddie Aguilar told me that we [performers] have a purpose here. We were put [on stage] to help and not be selfish,” Deleon Guerrero added.