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First Lady Diann Torres Foundation to launch its 5th book in October

LEILANI Attao, an incoming seventh grade student at Hopwood Middle School, on Monday received a plaque for winning first place in the First Lady Diann Torres Foundation’s Young Author’s Writing Contest in 2018.

First lady Diann Torres hands at plaque to Leilani Attao, who won first place in the 2018 Young Authors Writing Contest for her book, “Maolik Kontra Baba” or “Good vs Evil.” Contributed photo

Attao wrote “Maolik Kontra Baba” or “Good vs. Evil,” when she was in fifth grade at Garapan Elementary School.

During the presentation of the award at GES, first lady Diann Torres also showed a copy of Attao’s book.

“It took time for the book to be printed due to translation processes,” explained Claudia Flores, First Lady Diann Torres Foundation program coordinator.

“Maolik Kontra Baba” will be formally launched sometime in October, Flores said.

Attao wrote the book in English and her Chamorro and Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies teacher Elsie San Nicolas helped translate it in Chamorro with the assistance of the Chamorro and Carolinian Language Policy Commission.

Attao’s is the fifth book that the foundation has published.

In 2017, the foundation published “I Lina’ la Hu” by Coloma Castro and “Hafa Sinentete-mu?” by Adora Jay San Nicolas.

The third book, “I Duendis” by Cielo Cithalli Gutierrez Long, was published in 2018.

“The Stick Dance: A Carolinian Tradition,” written by Chacha Oceanview Middle School student Jude Litulumar was published in May this year.

“One of the Lady Diann Torres Foundation’s mission is to protect and promote the local language and culture through reading literacy,” Flores said.

The printing of “Maolik Kontra Baba” was sponsored by IT&E, Bridge Capital LLC, Saipan Shipping Co., Pacifica Insurance Underwriters Inc. and Bank of Guam.

Attao is an incoming seventh grade student at Hopwood Middle School.