February 9, 2020

“Where is Guam?” was trending on Google search in August 2017 when North Korea was threatening to nuke the island. Many Americans then learned about Guam for the first time.

The small island drew the world’s attention, and those who didn’t know already have since learned that it is U.S. territory. The devastation left by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also educated the world about the political situation of these territories.

"It's sad that these unfortunate...

January 27, 2020

Ohala Adoptions founders Lori Boss, Traci Anderson and Kelley Larsen

The number of children waiting to be adopted has dramatically risen in recent years. There are 280 children currently living in Guam’s foster care homes, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

Ohala’ Adoptions, Guam’s first adoption agency, builds a bridge between families looking to adopt and children in need of homes. And amid the recurring debate on abortion, the agency also provides a “compassionate choice” for young single m...

December 5, 2019

In a reversal of roles, talk show host Andrea Pellacani finds herself in the hot seat as she answers questions about her job at Newstalk K57 and her life outside the radio booth. Pellacani, the voice behind K57’s midday broadcast, is known for her intrepid opinions on current events.

But once the microphones are turned off, she admits to shunning the crowd for quiet spaces A childhood friend once teased Pellacani, “I would be shocked if you took that job.” To which, she responded: “Challenge acc...

November 7, 2019

Former Guam resident Dana Kiyabu, David Koresh’s sixth wife, talks about her upcoming memoir revealing her life inside the Waco cult’s compound

 Who would have thought the infamous Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh had ties to Guam?

“I was David’s sixth wife,” said Dana Kiyabu, who grew up on Guam. She is a former member of the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Tx.

Kiyabu made a three-day stopover on Guam in October and showed up in a church in Dededo. The Pacific Island Times had a ch...

October 4, 2019

 In the digital age, with technology being more accessible, making a film seems so much easier. Today more and more aspiring filmmakers try to make it big by submitting entries to international film festivals. As YouTube essayists claim, “Any loser with a camera-phone can make a film.”

Yet, filmmaking is not a one-man piece of art. Although Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane prove that iPhones can create compelling stories, their success is due to experience and team effort.

Whi...

September 11, 2019

She was well on her way to reach the top of her world. With lofty goals within reach in just a few more years, she had no other plan for her life. Caren Deleon Evangelista was sure this was exactly where she was supposed to do.

But last year, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It derailed everything and put all of her plans on hold. Despite such life-altering event, the 38-year-old Evangelista remained positive. “It was a huge turning point in my life,” said the sergeant first c...

August 14, 2019

 In a café full of laughter and jazz, a quiet man in an orange robe reflects upon his spiritual journey. Since 2005, Adrienne Palacios has been on a path to self-enlightenment through Buddhism.

Originally from Saipan, Palacios moved to Thailand, his mother’s home country, where he learned to make peace with his pain and became the first Chamoru monk. “Pre-monk life, my heart was in pain from different experiences throughout my youth,” he said. “Only a person in pain can cause pain in another. Whe...

July 7, 2019

 Teaching American history in venues as varied as the University of California-Berkeley and San Quentin Prison, now Northwestern University professor Daniel Immerwahr began to sense that traditional American history and the normal maps of the nation failed, or one might say, served to conceal its true dimensions.

Immerwahr is the author “How To Hide An Empire: A Greater History of the United States.” Released in February, Immerwahr’s book is a pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas p...

May 3, 2019

Saipan — When something seems not right, CNMI Rep. Cristina “Tina” Sablan is the first to blow the whistle. On April 12, she asked the CNMI House leadership to place on session agenda the Office of Public Auditor’s opinion that thumbed down a House resolution allowing legislators to drawn down up to $5,000 in monthly allowances from their office allocations. Her request was shut down by the House leadership.

 As a member of the minority bloc, pushing her advocacy for a responsible government is n...

April 3, 2019

When David Greene asks young people where they get their news, they give him names of supposed news organizations that he doesn’t recognize. In this age when anybody can access WordPress or similar platforms, creating a “news” site has become an easy hobby for many. And for those with their own political agenda, the internet offers a democratized platform for spreading “fake news” or propaganda.

 “We have to work really hard to reclaim what news is and what the definition of that is,” said Greene...

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