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September is Chamorro and Carolinian Cultural Heritage month

ACTING Gov. Victor B. Hocog on Monday signed a proclamation designating September as Chamorro and Carolinian Cultural Heritage Month.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. and Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.

Hocog also honored the local chief  Ladahao, a Maga’lahi, who lived in a village along the southwestern shore of Saipan in the 17th century. He refused to accept Spain as the new ruler of the islands.

Acting Gov. Victor Hocog signs a proclamation designating September as Chamorro and Carolinian Heritage Month at the Carolinian Utt while Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. and Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel applaud.Acting Gov. Victor Hocog signs a proclamation designating September as Chamorro and Carolinian Heritage Month at the Carolinian Utt while Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. and Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel applaud.

Tagabuel said they will celebrate Heritage Month in different schools. “We want to make sure that we continue to promote our culture, starting with the children.”

He added that they will also host other community events, including the 32nd death anniversary of the 13 fishermen who were lost at sea on Sept. 23 and Chief Aghurubw Day on Sept. 29.

Tagabuel said the Chief Aghurubw Day celebration is likely to be held at Micro Beach to allow more people to join the event.

The Dumatsuri Refaluwasch Warriors perform a traditional dance during the proclamation signing event at the Carolinian Utt.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioThe Dumatsuri Refaluwasch Warriors perform a traditional dance during the proclamation signing event at the Carolinian Utt. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The annual celebration was usually held on Managaha, where the remains of the Carolinian chief were buried.

Chief Aghurubw and his people sailed from Satawal to Saipan and established the first Carolinian settlement on island in 1815.

Tagabuel said they will still pay respects to the statue of Chief Aghurubw on Managaha if this year’s celebration is held on Saipan.