Guam offers visitors more than couture browsing and shopping for all budgets. This relatively easy to navigate island laid out in a radius of cliffs and coasts, hills and highways will equally delight the nature lover, history buff and food enthusiast.
Major roads are signposted with routes to most destinations.
Maps can be picked up at hotels or tourist centers. This, along with walking tour itineraries and guides
to tour the island.
Still the best way to move around is to hire a car and a driver. It takes only about two hours to drive around the island, from north to south.
But you’ll obviously be stopping and want to see the places properly, so why not make a half-day or full-day trip out of it?
Despite its small size (544 sq km) and population (currently at 164,761), the US Territory of Guam is incredibly multicultural. You’ll feel right at home here after realizing that many kababayans work in hotels, shops, clubs… virtually all over.
The second largest ethnic group in Guam next to its indigenous people, the Chamorros, are Filipinos.
These young Pinoys, even if they hardly speak our language, will pepper their interactions with “poh” and “opoh.”
TIES THAT BIND
As with other Pacific islanders, Filipinos and Chamorros shared indigenous cultural and colonial histories long before pre-colonial times.
Year 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, leading the Spanish expedition to the East Indies, landed at Guam on March 6 to replenish their foot supplies before sailing to the Philippines on March 16 where he met his end at the hands of native chieftain, Lapu-Lapu.
After the defeat of Spain in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Guam and the Philippines both fell under American rule.
During World War 2, the Japanese occupation of the Philippines occurred between 1942 and 1945, while Guam’s was the period between 1941 and 1944.
Through the years, Guam’s Filipino population continued to grow.
Ties remain strong and in any event, fiestas especially, the Pinoy community is large enough to satisfy yearnings of home.
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Cebu Pacific flies to Guam every every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdayand Sunday. For bookings and inquiries, go to www.cebu.pacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888.
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The three-day stay in Guam was courtesy of Cebu Pacific and the Guam Visitors Bureau.