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[Travel] The Guam Micronesia Island Fair 2015

July 1, 2015
The 28th Guam Micronesia Island Fair was held last June 12 – 14, 2015 and I was there together with #teamphilippines to witness the amazing cultural gatherings of the islands and people in Micronesia.
The GMIF is the largest festival in Guam and the Guam Visitors Bureau invited media practitioners and influencers from different countries to experience a different festive celebration.  

Click Read More to read my Guam Micronesia Island Fair experience

The fair kicked off at the Gov Joseph Flores Beach Park in Tumon. It was a beautiful Friday afternoon. Global Media Guests were all wearing red shirts and vest – a special gift kit by the Guam Visitors Bureau. 🙂
 Delegations from different Micronesia Islands such as Pohnpei, Kosrei, Marshall Islands, Yap, and Palau opened the event with a colorful, vibrant parade. I felt myself dancing to the beat of the drum while I struggle in my little space in front of the stage. 

Guam Visitors Bureau General Manager Nathan Denight expected that the event would attract a lot of visitors – and it did attract the people in Guam. The following day, we experienced “traffic” in Guam as everyone seemed to go to the fair. There was live music at night which was really festive. It seemed like the whole island was in a party mood.
The kick-off event ended with the exchange of gifts from different Micronesia Island delegates. The fun fare continued until the sun went down. There were cultural shows and live performances. 
We went around the stalls and checked cultural showcases of skills and talents from different Micronesia Island groups. That night, we were specifically hunting for the TURKEY LEG!!!
We found the famous TURKEY LEG!
It costs $10 for a big slab of TURKEY LEG! I found a hard time eating it because I might break my braces but the experience was good because we bought one each and imagine us roaming around the park with a Turkey Leg on one hand. It is cooked well and you just have to bite at the right part to enjoy the best of it!
Here’s my picture enjoying Turkey Leg!
Thank you Tito Myke Soon for the pic.
Read his GMIF Story here. 
The Guam Micronesia Island Fair also featured petting zoos, carabao rides and other adventures. You would have guessed, I did not visit the petting zoo and say “hi” to the  gallinaceous turkeys. I just couldn’t seem to look at them and have a big bite of TURKEY LEG!
It was a very festive fair. I wish we could have stayed longer. I love the feel of the fair and the greens at the park (well, I love strolls at the park. Period). Despite the crowded place, everyone seemed to have a light, vibrant vibe. 
This ladies and gentlemen was just a preview of what’s coming up next year! Guam will host the Festival of Pacific Arts. The FestPac is held every four years and it is the largest Pacific festival that brings together people of the Pacific to unite and strengthen respect for one another. 

The 27 Pacific Island Countries and Territories expected at the festival are: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam (2016 Host), Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
The Festival of the Pacific Arts is to be held on May 22- June 4, 2016.

**Thank you Guam Visitors Bureau, Alouatta Inc and Pacific Star Hotel for letting me experience this festive event!

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