New Guam & CNMI Children’s Books Making Debut

Guam Kid's Book Titles

Chamorro ABCs and Ai Adai Guali’ek Everywhere are two Guam & CNMI Children’s books that were recently released as part of the Gerard Aflague Collection. Marianas-centric and full of illustrations, these soft-cover books provide the very young minds with plenty of visual delight. Teaching about Chamorro alphabets or telling a rhyming story about little gecko critters called guali’ek provides for new opportunities to bring the culture and island spirit into one’s homes.

Illustrated by Gerard Aflague, his wife Mary Aflague was also instrumental in providing editing support for these two titles.

Order these two titles on Amazon.com or through the Gerard Aflague Collection online.

In the coming weeks, the newest title to be released is called Little Chamorrita, Did I tell you? This book provides a parent a tool to explain to a young chamorrita just how much she is loved. Using tropical illustrations to get the message across, this soon-to-be-released title is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Be ready to order this new title in the coming weeks on both sites mentioned above.

Learn How to Make Chamorro Chocolate Party Favors for Guam & CNMI Celebrations

Click our video below to learn how to make Chamorro and Guam-styled chocolates today! Our new line of Chamorro chocolate, butter, and gelatin molds are featured in this short how-to video. Using one-of-three of our molds: Guam Seal, Hu Guaiya Hao (I Love You), or Si Yu’os Ma’ase (Thank You), you can easily make chocolate pieces for kids treats, as a fun children’s cultural project in the kitchen, for gift baskets, or as party favors for your upcoming fiesta, wedding, birthday party, or for that special romantic celebration.

Interested in ordering your very own molds? Click here > Gerard Aflague Collection

Si Yu’os Ma’ase is More Than a Thank You

Si Yu’os Ma’ase means thank you in Chamorro, the language of the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas (CNMI). It is also much more than that, because while it translates to a thank you, it is also a phrase that wishes God’s grace upon an individual when spoken or told to.

The Gerard Aflague Collection has taken this phrase and elegantly created a number of beautiful folded cards, note cards, and envelopes, with embossing and gold printing to impress those that receive it. Perfect for business, personal, and any occasion where you would want to send a message of thanks to others embodied in the Chamorro language.

It was my desire to create Chamorro Si Yu’os Ma’ase Thank You cards that embody an elegance that has not been created for islanders or islander connected folks across the United States to purchase online. This elegance is also a beautiful message on paper because it is a blessing as well as a thank you. Printed in gold foil, with embossing, these products are nothing short of beautiful.

Our products are perfect to attach to gift baskets, to send a message to that special someone, or to attach to party favors at weddings, baptisms, and engagement events. It’s also appropriate to send out to those that may have supported you during a loss. This is probably the best way to send your chen’chule to others since it is more than just sending money in an envelope, it sends God’s blessings as well. To add to our envelope collection, we also carry stationary to send out personal thank you letters to those you care about.

We offer an 8-set Si Yu’os Ma’ase Thank You product that includes a gold leaf, embossed folded card, note card, and matching envelope. We also have both personal sized stationary, and business sized stationary with matching envelopes that will allow for more writing space if your message requires more space than what a note card offers. If you need just notecards for gift baskets or to put on tables at a wedding with chocolates, we have that too.

Here are the links to our products.

Click here to order our 8-pc Set of Thank You Cards, Note Cards, and Envelopes
Click here to see our 12-pc Set of Si Yu’os Ma’ase Note Cards
Click here to see our 8-pc Set of Business Stationary and Envelopes
Click here to see our 8-pc Set of Personal Stationary and Envelopes

Below is one photo that embodies the elegance of this product line. Click the product links above to see more p

Guam & CNMI Si Yu'os Ma'ase Thank You Personal Stationary and Envelope

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Valentine’s Candy Island-Styled

Valentine's Candy Island-Styled

Looking for a unique way to woo your Valentine this coming February? Look no further! You can make your very own island-styled chocolate candy in time for Valentines. It’s very easy. Make these beautiful chocolate pieces under 30 minutes.

Step 1: Melt chocolate morsels over a double broiler
Step 2: Stir until melted
Step 3: Spoon into molds
Step 4: Tap to settle and remove bubbles
Step 5: Place in refrigerator for 15-25 minutes
Step 6: Tap them out of the mold and let them set

Nothing is easier with our molds. Click the picture to learn more and place your order. Limited number of molds. Retails at $9.95. Order more and get bulk discounts. Get yours while they last. Orders shipped out next business day. Need to inquire about specifics? Call us anytime at 703-508-9989. Si Yu’os Ma’ase.

A New Year 2014 with Exciting Plans!

We say good by to 2013 and count our blessings. We’ve grown beyond our expectations. We thank you for this. We’ve met so many milestones including having shipped to all the 50 states, Guam, the CNMI, and to many U.S. military bases world wide. Over 600 families and maybe even more carry our products in their home today. We’ve shipped thousands of our products to many customers across the worlds, and showcased our website to over 50,000 visitors on our website since we first opened our online store. Our line of products have grown exponentially, and we’ve broadened our presence to offer our products on GerardAflagueCollection.com, Amazon.com, and Ebay.com.

Exciting plans are up our alley for the Gerard Aflague Collection for 2014 as we anticipate and think up new and interesting things to offer many customers who have continued to support us since 2012. We’ve heard from many of you and the message is clear. You want us to think of new and unique products that we have continually provided over the months and years. We don’t plan to disappoint you. In fact, we think that the following things we have in store will be unique and exciting.

Plans for 2014

  • Offer a variety of plastic and silicone molds in a variety of Guam and Chamorro themes to create beautiful chocolate, butter, and hard candy pieces
  • Offer food products that many Guamanians throughout the world are seeking at a reasonable price
  • Offer digital products including Chamorro ringtones, chants, and music singles on GerardAflagueCollection.com,  iTunes, Amazon.com, etc.
  • Offer CDs of singles, Chamorro chants, and more
  • Offer Chamorro and English translations of the rosary and novenas in book form and as digital e-book for smartphones
  • Offer premium designed and classy Chamorro greeting and thank you cards
  • Offer stone products for porch and entry way greetings, as kitchen aides, and more
  • Offer Chamorro and Guam designed packaging and gift boxes for use as partner products, but also to sell to other seeking Guam-themed packaging for their gift giving
  • Offer more affordable stickers, decals, and related products
  • Offer a wider choice of newly designed blankets, illustrations, and more
  • Offer Guam and Chamorro themed metal belt buckles and leather products
  • Offer Guam and Chamorro themed key-chains, luggage tags, and magnets
  • Offer a line of Chamorro chants on a variety of products representing the unique and rich language of the native people of the Marianas

While we have even more planned, we can’t divulge too much on this blog article. We just ask that you visit us regularly to see what we have launched since the last time that you have been on our online stores.

Order Your Guam 2014 Calendar Today!

The 2014 Guam Tropical Images Calendar by Rueben Olivas is now available to order on Gerard Aflague Collection online. Order during our pre-order period and save $3.00. Click here to view product details and order this calendar. After the pre-order period of December 27, 2013, the calendar will be sold at the regular retail price of $12.95. We ship to the islands, to all 50 states, and to U.S. military bases worldwide.

ImageThis beautiful Guam calendar, with 13 strikingly vivid and creative perspectives, frames the island of Guam creating a wonderment of tropical beauty.

This is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. The Gerard Aflague Collection in collaboration with Guam’s famed photographer, Rueben Olivas, brings the island’s imagery alive as he sees it from his perspective.

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The 12 Days of Chamorro Christmas Song

Hey. I was thinking. Isn’t it just 12 days left until Christmas? Well then. It’s time to break out the guitar, and some vocal chords and join in with us as we sing the 12 Days of Chamorro Christmas (in the islands). My children and I share their talents with you all. So that you can sing along, I’ve pasted the lyrics below. Gather the young kids around the computer, press play, and start singing. Just be silly, and enjoy time together during this special time of year. Felis Nabidat to each and everyone of you.

After you try your act at singing with your kids (or significant other), check out our 12-Days of Chamorro Christmas Card, Apron & Women’s Shirt all on http://GerardAflagueCollection.Com – Enjoy!

The Lyrics to the 12-days of Chamorro Christmas – Written by Gerard Aflague

1. On the first day of Christmas my nana gave to me – a gayu on a coconut tree

2. On the second day of Christmas my nana gave to me – two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

3. On the third day of Christmas my nana gave to me – three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

4. On the fourth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

5. On the fifth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – five bi’na’du, four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

6. On the sixth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

7. On the seventh day of Christmas my nana gave to me – seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

8. On the eight day of Christmas my nana gave to me – eight big ayu’yu, seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

9. On the ninth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – nine quick gue’li’ek, eight big ayu’yu, seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

10. On the tenth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – ten chi-chi-rika, nine quick gue’li’ek, eight big ayu’yu, seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my nana gave to me – eleven dancing pung’lao, ten chi-chi-rika, nine quick gue’li’ek, eight big ayu’yu, seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas my nana gave to me – twelve pink ali-ling, eleven dancing pung’lao, ten chi-chi-rika, nine quick gue’li’ek, eight big ayu’yu, seven swimming ha’gaan, six sailing sak’man, five bi’na’du…four fat fanihi, three ko’ku birds, two carabao, and a gayu on a coconut tree.

Felis Nabidat!

Felis Nabidat Ornament

Christmas Ornament in a Felis Nabidat Motif

Christmas island-style. If you are like me, having grown up in Guam, there are a few things that remind me most of the holidays in the island. I thought I’d spend a moment to share it with you all.

1. Buenelos Dago – Those yummy deep-fried doughnuts that are dipped in sugar water. Yes. My mom (Julie) introduced me to the practice of getting the root crop, grating it in the kitchen, and preparing it to roll off my hand while squeezing it into the hot oil. So yummy and delicious. You know you got to have some. But what is one to do when you don’t have access to dagu around here neck of the woods? Krispy Kreme comes close but not close enough. Lol.

2. Lumot and Novenas - Yes. Break out those stored boxes of three king statues, baby Jesus, the donkey, the nativity, and the Christmas lights. The spider webs are wiped away, stacks of boxes are arranged to take on fresh lumot, that green carpet-like stuff that our uncles went into the jungles to harvest. It was the coolest thing, but smelled like mildew. Hmmm. Then there are the many days of prayers and singing. You know the routine….let me refresh your memory: Fanmato Manhengge, Dan Dan i Pandaretas Na Fan Palang’pang, Puenguen Yu’os, Puenguen Jesus, and on, and on. They were great cultural songs that reverberate into my soul even until this very day. I think for those of us that are in the mainland, we need to get our fix of a novena. Wishing that I could be taken back to my childhood to share my experiences with my own children.

3. Nino Jesus Taken House to House - Okay. So for those of you islanders, you remember the cue right? The alter boys coming down the street, sometimes taken on the back of the beds of pickups. Then they go knocking house to house with the Baby Jesus in hand, and a little white cloth smelling like Auntie Charo’s perfume. The doorbell rings, and one by one, we gather to pay our respects and kiss the forehead of the Baby Jesus. Oh did I forget to mention that they’d ring the tiny bell to alert the neighborhood that they were coming? Yup. Those were the days.

What were your memories of home in the islands during the holidays? Share it with us in your comments below. Let us all relish in the memories that we can share with each other.

 

 

Aside

For one day only, Gerard Aflague Collection is offering 10% off on all products in the store – including items already on-sale. That’s right, discounts apply automatically and will be reflected at checkout. This offer is good on Friday, November 29, 2010, beginning midnight Eastern Standard Time through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Now is the perfect time to get that island-styled gift for family and friends including our iKamyu coconut graters, Finadene and Kelaguen Made-Easy Measuring Mugs, our 4″ and 2″ Guam Seal and other Cookie Cutters and Stamps, our Guam-styled blankets, apparel, and hundreds of other items to numerous too mention.

The first 10 customers to order on our website on BLACK FRIDAY will receive a FREE beautiful 18×24 folded 2011 Guam satellite map included with their order.

Customers who order $100 worth of products (before discounts) during our black Friday offer, will also receive a FREE surprise gift with their purchase (to be included as part of their shipped order).

Don’t know what your family or friends want? You can  buy a gift certificate for them so that they can buy what they want. These gift certificates can be used for anything in the store, and it never expires.

Black Friday on Gerard Aflague Collection

Worldwide Guam Events Calendar

This Worldwide Guam Events Calendar is sponsored by Gerard Aflague Collection – your online source for unique Guam-themed products shipped worldwide.

Do you have a Guam event that you would like to publish for all to know about? Whether your Guam event is in the mainland, Guam, or across the globe, we’d like to share it right here. Send us an email about your event including the essentials such as the event name, date and time, points of contacts, cost, and other important details. We will publish your event and list it here for free.

Events for July 2013

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California – Port Hueneme 5th Annual Chamorro Celebration of Guam’s Liberation
Date:
July 20, 2013, Saturday – 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Location: Bolles Field Park, Building 1401, 1000 23rd Ave., Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Place: Naval Base Ventura County
Cost: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated at entrance.
Note: Games for children and adults, Guam memorabillia, arts & craft display, entertainment & camaraderie. Entertainment by Pacific Legends, Joe Taimanglo Jr., Pete Arceo, Phil Dejapa, Island Rain, and dance groups.
Contacts: Pete and Marian Arceo – 805-485-0912; Carl and Cindy Aguon – 805.263.0525; and Linda Alig – 805.469.9861

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California – San Diego
10th Annual Guam Liberation Celebration
Date:
July 20th, 2013 –  9am-4pm
Location: 2400 Admiral Baker Rd #3604, San Diego, California
Cost: Free
Important: No pets or glass allowed on premises. Bring food and water.
Contact: GuamLiberation@gmail.com

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California – Ventura
5th Annual Guam Liberation

Date:  July 20th, 2013
Location: Bolles Field Park, Building 1401
1000 23rd Ave, Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Time: 10am-6pm
Cost: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated at Entrance
Entertainment: Will be provided.

POC:
Pete and Marian Arcea 805-485-0912
Jaime and Vanessa Arroyo 805-485-0912
Carl and Cindy Aguon 805-263-0525

Base Access List
Greg Gamboa 805-276-5879

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California – Yuba City
Date:
July 13th, 2013 – 1pm to 8pm
Location: St Isadore’s Church, 222S., Clark Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991
Contact: yubasutterchamorroclub@hotmail.com

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Georgia, Ft Benning – For all Georgia and Alabama interested attendees
Date: July 13, 2013 – 12:00pm -6pm
Location: Uchee Creek Army Campgrounds
7 Uchee Creek Rd, Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Contact: Dee Crisostomo – (706) 601-9622 – crisostomo252@hotmail.com; Larry Mendiola – (209) 613-4489; or Frank Fegurgur – (706) 570-1005

Note: You may bring a dish, but one is not required. If going through the Army base, you will need a driver’s license and registration, and proof of insurance. If one is interested in camping on the grounds, early reservations must be made (and a military identification is required) by calling the Uchee Creek Army Campgrounds Morale Welfare and Recreation center (http://uchee.benningmwr.com), or call 706-685-3060, extension 200, 201, or 202. There is also military lodging on base.  Hotels are also available in the outskirts of the campgrounds. Alcohol not provided, however it is allowed on the campgrounds. You are welcomed to bring your own drinks and/or alcohol. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Hawaii, Oahu
Hafa Adai Club of Hawaii (HACH)
Date:
Saturday, August 10, 2013 – 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Huey Park at Wheeler Army Airfield Base, Wahiawa OAHU
Chamorro style Potluck, Entertainment, Music, Band, Guam Arts & Crafts, Games & Raffles.
Contact: 671moon@gmail.com

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North Carolina – Fort Bragg (Open to all interested persons)
Date: July 20, 2013 – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm (Tables open at 12 noon)
Location: Woodland Park (794 Armistead St.) Ft Bragg/Pope, NC
Contact: George Carr – 910.868.3453 or email alii@nc.rr.com

Important: Non-military personnel must enter through All-American Processing point. 17+yrs must have valid photo ID to gain access into Ft Bragg. For food donations, please contact George Carr (food preparation will be done the night before the event at the residence of George and Rocky Carr – 5551 Hedrick Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina) – Volunteers are welcomed for preparation night. You are encouraged to bring your tents and chairs.  If you would like to bring a prepared dish, bring it directly to the event. Beer may be brought into the event location, however, glass containers are prohibited. Hotel accommodations (Fairfield Inn, Holiday Express, Embassy Suites, Comfort Inn, etc.) are available close to the event. Make reservations early. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Ohio – Fairborn
Date: Saturday, July 20,2013 – 1:00 pm to dusk
Where: Fairborn , Ohio Community Park
Contact:  Timothy Meno
Phone 937-305-5366 or email at timothy.meno@hotmail.com
Notice: Bring any local Guam food. Contact Timothy if you are unsure what to bring. Attendance is currently between 70-100 people.
##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
Date:
  July 20th, 2013
Location: Copperas Cove Civic Center
1206 W Ave B
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
Time: 11am

Point of Contacts
Chairman – Joseph Ada 254.200.0289
Entertainment – Zina Sarrosa 254.200.0029
Raffle Ticket – Roy Fowler 512.250.3175
Vendor – Leah Mantanona 254.238.7519
Food Committee – Tony Lujan 254.699.0485

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Texas – San Antonio
Date: July 13th, 2013, Saturday – 11am-6pm
Location: Comanche Park #2, 2600 Rigsby Ave., San Antonio, TX 78222
Contact: Danny San Nicolas at 210-865-2938, or Mike Aquino at 210-863-8329
Fiesta Type: Potluck
Note: For those coming from outside of San Antonio, we ask that you just bring drinks or what you desire. For those that would like to donate any food items please contact Danny San Nicolas at the above number, or contact Rose Aquino at 210-862-8324. Beer is allowed at this park, however, glass containers are prohibited. Entertainment, prizes, and a raffle will be held.
##This listing was verified on May 30, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Virginia – Alexandria

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:00pm – 7:00p
Location: US Coast Guard TISCOM Park, 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA  22315
Point of Contact: 2013 Liberation Picnic Chairperson is Charlie Gulac (703) 323-6694; assisted by Teresita Guevara Smith; Benny Taitague; and  a whole team of Guam Society Members who are focused on making this a fantastic event for all who attend.

What (to Bring):  This is a pot luck event.  Bring a dish/dessert to share & one 2-liter bottle of soda.  Note that beer will be provided. Please DO NOT BRING outside alcoholic beverages to the event – the installation/base is enforcing its ‘No Outside Alcoholic Beverages’ policy for these type of events.

- If you’re bringing meats to BBQ, please arrive not later than 10:00am – Please note for health reasons, do not bring meat that has been marinated and set aside for more than 12 hours prior to the event.
- Do bring your picnic chairs, tables, canopies – and most of all your cameras.
- DO RSVP to get access to the Base/Installation – RSVPs must be received by Monday, July 15, 2013 – simply send an email to info@guamsociety.org with the names of those who will be attending.  We may be limited this year in how many guests are allowed to enter the facility – so please RSVP soonest.

ENTERTAINMENT:
- The year, the Guam Society is proud to have several cultural performances lined up for your entertainment:
- The Kutturan Chamoru Foundation performers (from California) will be performing as they have done so every year for the past several years – performing Ancient Chamoru and Spanish Period dances from our rich cultural heritage
- D Island Tropics (from California)
- Isa Pasifika Dancers (Washington, DC)
- The Rosario Family Dancers (Edgewood, MD)
- Music will be provided by the Tropic Sounds Band with band members from the Guam Society of America

ACTIVITIES:
- Volleyball – come out with a team or put together a 4-man team for 4-on-4 Volleyball Play
- Children’s Games/Activities
- Presentation of the 2013 Guam Society of America Scholarship Recipients
- 50/50 Raffle
- Prize Raffle
- Meet with relatives and friends — the Liberation Picnic is a great time for impromptu reunions – you’ll just never know who you’ll meet up with at the event.
- Vendors are welcomed to attend – please coordinate with Terri Smith (teresita.smith@dodiis.mil); note:  no sale of large food plates; however island specialties like doughnuts, empanadas, pastit, donne dinanche, snow cones, are just fine – but please check with Terri first.  There is no fee for vendors; however, the Guam Society does ask that vendors donate a gift/item of at least $25 to be sued for the Liberation Picnic raffle.  All booths will be set up in one location – again, see Terri Smith for placement/location.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR 2013 GUAM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW IT AT THE PICNIC.  THE GUAM SOCIETY WELCOMES ALL NEWCOMERS TO OUR EVENT AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN THE SOCIETY AND BE A PART OF THE OLDEST GUAM CLUB/ORGANIZATION IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.
Directions to US Coast Guard TISCOM Park, 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA. 22315.

From I-495 in Virginia (DC Beltway), Take Exit 176 to Telegraph Rd. South –about 4.4 miles; Turn left into Coast Guard Base –park is on left. 

From the South, take I-95 North and exit at 166A to Ft. Belvoir.  Take the Telegraph Road Exit, turn left at the light and go 3.5 miles north, park is on the right.

NOTE:  Due to security requirements  for entrance, attendees will need a photo ID, drivers of vehicles will need proof of insurance in case vehicles get randomly inspected.

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Virginia – Hopewell
Motto: Stories of Courage and Faith
Date: July 13th, 2013, Saturday – Begins at 12 noon. No end time established.
Location: CRYSTAL LAKE PARK, 3502 RIVER RD, HOPEWELL, VA 23860
Fiesta Type: Potluck (Please bring a side dish, water, soda, beer and wine to share).
Other notes: Games, door prizes, entertainment, fun, and music will be provided. Dancing encouraged.
Music: Maryland’s “Pacific Islanders” Band
Party Preparation: Anyone donating BBQ meats may drop off food items by Friday, 8:00 pm, July 12, 2013 at Joe and Mary O’s residence at 551 Briarwood Circle, Hopewell, VA.
Contact: islanderseastcoast@gmail.com or call Barbara Kelly at 804-720-6494, or Rose Aguigui at 407-916-9489
##This listing was updated on June 25, 2013 with the contact person for this event. Venue location changed as reflected above.

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Washington, Bremerton
Guam Liberation Day 69th Anniversary Dinner Dance
Date: July 20, 2013 – 5:30 pm – Midnight
Location: Sons of Norway, 1018 18th St, Bremerton,Wa  98337
Note: This is an all adult event. Minimum entry age is 21.
Contact: Mercie S. Jesus at 360-876-1174 (Public Affairs Officer) or
President, Guamanian Club of Bremerton and Vicinity (GCBV), Manny A. Flores, 360-874-0565, or email him at mfloresis@wavecable.com.
##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

Note: Call Mercie or Manny for tickets, or pay at the door. Tickets are limited as there is a 300 capacity limit. Tickets are $18 advance, and $20 at the door.  Cash and checks (from local banks) are accepted. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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ikamyu: World’s State-of-the-Art Coconut Grinder

coconut grinder

Probably the world’s most innovative coconut grinder ever. This product will eventually be printed in any design imaginable for any customer or niche market.

ikamyu – the newest product for the Gerard Aflague Collection – is the most innovative, unique, and modern coconut grinder and art deco piece ever designed.

Coconut grinders are a traditional kitchen-aid for many islanders and them some. It is a valuable tool to assist to grate or grind fresh coconut shavings from adult coconuts for many island-styled desserts, as well as for many soups, and other traditional island-cuisine.

While efforts are now being made to patent ikamyu – we expect to make it available for online purchase sometime in July, and then we will begin shipping this product across the world, including to all zip codes in the United States, including all territories, and to U.S. bases worldwide.

Because our first production batch is limited, we plan to begin accepting pre-orders starting around July 7th or so, to allow folks to reserve their very own ikamyu. Prices will be announced on our website at the time that we begin accepting pre-orders.

I kamyu means “the grinder” in the language of the Chamorro people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. ikamyu is the brainchild of Gerard Aflague who will be marketing this product exclusively on GerardAflagueCollection.Com.

While many Pacific Islanders own their very own traditional wooden or multi-part constructed coconut grinder – we feel that our new state-of-the-art product will peak the interest of many would-be customers, simply because of the many features that rival the traditional coconut grinder.

Many hours of thought went into redesigning a traditional coconut grinder, and hours of prototyping and testing went into developing it into a product that is in fact truly a proud invention that is nothing less than genius.

We are very excited about this product and know that many of you are looking forward to owning your ikamyu. To contact us about this product, please email us at sales@gerardaflaguecollection.com.

2013 Guam Liberation Day Event Listings

The Gerard Aflague Collection, Guam’s premier online store for over 600 Guam and island-themed products, is publishing the 2013 Guam Liberation Day Events across the world. This may not be an all inclusive list.

If you want to add your event to be listed here, please email us at gerard.v.aflague@gmail.com. Events are added within 24 hours.

The information on this page may change at the discretion of the event coordinators themselves. We suggest that you contact the appropriate individuals below for details concerning each event.

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California – Port Hueneme 5th Annual Chamorro Celebration of Guam’s Liberation
Date:
July 20, 2013, Saturday – 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Location: Bolles Field Park, Building 1401, 1000 23rd Ave., Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Place: Naval Base Ventura County
Cost: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated at entrance.
Note: Games for children and adults, Guam memorabillia, arts & craft display, entertainment & camaraderie. Entertainment by Pacific Legends, Joe Taimanglo Jr., Pete Arceo, Phil Dejapa, Island Rain, and dance groups.
Contacts: Pete and Marian Arceo – 805-485-0912; Carl and Cindy Aguon – 805.263.0525; and Linda Alig – 805.469.9861

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California – San Diego
10th Annual Guam Liberation Celebration
Date:
July 20th, 2013 –  9am-4pm
Location: 2400 Admiral Baker Rd #3604, San Diego, California
Cost: Free
Important: No pets or glass allowed on premises. Bring food and water.
Contact: GuamLiberation@gmail.com

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California – Ventura
5th Annual Guam Liberation

Date:  July 20th, 2013
Location: Bolles Field Park, Building 1401
1000 23rd Ave, Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Time: 10am-6pm
Cost: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated at Entrance
Entertainment: Will be provided.

POC:
Pete and Marian Arcea 805-485-0912
Jaime and Vanessa Arroyo 805-485-0912
Carl and Cindy Aguon 805-263-0525

Base Access List
Greg Gamboa 805-276-5879

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California – Yuba City
Date:
July 13th, 2013 – 1pm to 8pm
Location: St Isadore’s Church, 222S., Clark Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991
Contact: yubasutterchamorroclub@hotmail.com

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Georgia, Ft Benning – For all Georgia and Alabama interested attendees
Date: July 13, 2013 – 12:00pm -6pm
Location: Uchee Creek Army Campgrounds
7 Uchee Creek Rd, Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Contact: Dee Crisostomo – (706) 601-9622 – crisostomo252@hotmail.com; Larry Mendiola – (209) 613-4489; or Frank Fegurgur – (706) 570-1005

Note: You may bring a dish, but one is not required. If going through the Army base, you will need a driver’s license and registration, and proof of insurance. If one is interested in camping on the grounds, early reservations must be made (and a military identification is required) by calling the Uchee Creek Army Campgrounds Morale Welfare and Recreation center (http://uchee.benningmwr.com), or call 706-685-3060, extension 200, 201, or 202. There is also military lodging on base.  Hotels are also available in the outskirts of the campgrounds. Alcohol not provided, however it is allowed on the campgrounds. You are welcomed to bring your own drinks and/or alcohol. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Hawaii, Oahu
Hafa Adai Club of Hawaii (HACH)
Date:
Saturday, August 10, 2013 – 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Huey Park at Wheeler Army Airfield Base, Wahiawa OAHU
Chamorro style Potluck, Entertainment, Music, Band, Guam Arts & Crafts, Games & Raffles.
Contact: 671moon@gmail.com

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North Carolina – Fort Bragg (Open to all interested persons)
Date: July 20, 2013 – 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm (Tables open at 12 noon)
Location: Woodland Park (794 Armistead St.) Ft Bragg/Pope, NC
Contact: George Carr – 910.868.3453 or email alii@nc.rr.com

Important: Non-military personnel must enter through All-American Processing point. 17+yrs must have valid photo ID to gain access into Ft Bragg. For food donations, please contact George Carr (food preparation will be done the night before the event at the residence of George and Rocky Carr – 5551 Hedrick Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina) – Volunteers are welcomed for preparation night. You are encouraged to bring your tents and chairs.  If you would like to bring a prepared dish, bring it directly to the event. Beer may be brought into the event location, however, glass containers are prohibited. Hotel accommodations (Fairfield Inn, Holiday Express, Embassy Suites, Comfort Inn, etc.) are available close to the event. Make reservations early. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Ohio – Fairborn
Date: Saturday, July 20,2013 – 1:00 pm to dusk
Where: Fairborn , Ohio Community Park
Contact:  Timothy Meno
Phone 937-305-5366 or email at timothy.meno@hotmail.com
Notice: Bring any local Guam food. Contact Timothy if you are unsure what to bring. Attendance is currently between 70-100 people.
##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
Date:
  July 20th, 2013
Location: Copperas Cove Civic Center
1206 W Ave B
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
Time: 11am

Point of Contacts
Chairman – Joseph Ada 254.200.0289
Entertainment – Zina Sarrosa 254.200.0029
Raffle Ticket – Roy Fowler 512.250.3175
Vendor – Leah Mantanona 254.238.7519
Food Committee – Tony Lujan 254.699.0485

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Texas – San Antonio
Date: July 13th, 2013, Saturday – 11am-6pm
Location: Comanche Park #2, 2600 Rigsby Ave., San Antonio, TX 78222
Contact: Danny San Nicolas at 210-865-2938, or Mike Aquino at 210-863-8329
Fiesta Type: Potluck
Note: For those coming from outside of San Antonio, we ask that you just bring drinks or what you desire. For those that would like to donate any food items please contact Danny San Nicolas at the above number, or contact Rose Aquino at 210-862-8324. Beer is allowed at this park, however, glass containers are prohibited. Entertainment, prizes, and a raffle will be held.
##This listing was verified on May 30, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Virginia – Alexandria

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:00pm – 7:00p
Location: US Coast Guard TISCOM Park, 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA  22315
Point of Contact: 2013 Liberation Picnic Chairperson is Charlie Gulac (703) 323-6694; assisted by Teresita Guevara Smith; Benny Taitague; and  a whole team of Guam Society Members who are focused on making this a fantastic event for all who attend.

What (to Bring):  This is a pot luck event.  Bring a dish/dessert to share & one 2-liter bottle of soda.  Note that beer will be provided. Please DO NOT BRING outside alcoholic beverages to the event – the installation/base is enforcing its ‘No Outside Alcoholic Beverages’ policy for these type of events.

- If you’re bringing meats to BBQ, please arrive not later than 10:00am – Please note for health reasons, do not bring meat that has been marinated and set aside for more than 12 hours prior to the event.
- Do bring your picnic chairs, tables, canopies – and most of all your cameras.
- DO RSVP to get access to the Base/Installation – RSVPs must be received by Monday, July 15, 2013 – simply send an email to info@guamsociety.org with the names of those who will be attending.  We may be limited this year in how many guests are allowed to enter the facility – so please RSVP soonest.

ENTERTAINMENT:
- The year, the Guam Society is proud to have several cultural performances lined up for your entertainment:
- The Kutturan Chamoru Foundation performers (from California) will be performing as they have done so every year for the past several years – performing Ancient Chamoru and Spanish Period dances from our rich cultural heritage
- D Island Tropics (from California)
- Isa Pasifika Dancers (Washington, DC)
- The Rosario Family Dancers (Edgewood, MD)
- Music will be provided by the Tropic Sounds Band with band members from the Guam Society of America

ACTIVITIES:
- Volleyball – come out with a team or put together a 4-man team for 4-on-4 Volleyball Play
- Children’s Games/Activities
- Presentation of the 2013 Guam Society of America Scholarship Recipients
- 50/50 Raffle
- Prize Raffle
- Meet with relatives and friends — the Liberation Picnic is a great time for impromptu reunions – you’ll just never know who you’ll meet up with at the event.
- Vendors are welcomed to attend – please coordinate with Terri Smith (teresita.smith@dodiis.mil); note:  no sale of large food plates; however island specialties like doughnuts, empanadas, pastit, donne dinanche, snow cones, are just fine – but please check with Terri first.  There is no fee for vendors; however, the Guam Society does ask that vendors donate a gift/item of at least $25 to be sued for the Liberation Picnic raffle.  All booths will be set up in one location – again, see Terri Smith for placement/location.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR 2013 GUAM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW IT AT THE PICNIC.  THE GUAM SOCIETY WELCOMES ALL NEWCOMERS TO OUR EVENT AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN THE SOCIETY AND BE A PART OF THE OLDEST GUAM CLUB/ORGANIZATION IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.
Directions to US Coast Guard TISCOM Park, 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA. 22315.

From I-495 in Virginia (DC Beltway), Take Exit 176 to Telegraph Rd. South –about 4.4 miles; Turn left into Coast Guard Base –park is on left. 

From the South, take I-95 North and exit at 166A to Ft. Belvoir.  Take the Telegraph Road Exit, turn left at the light and go 3.5 miles north, park is on the right.

NOTE:  Due to security requirements  for entrance, attendees will need a photo ID, drivers of vehicles will need proof of insurance in case vehicles get randomly inspected.

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Virginia – Hopewell
Motto: Stories of Courage and Faith
Date: July 13th, 2013, Saturday – Begins at 12 noon. No end time established.
Location: CRYSTAL LAKE PARK, 3502 RIVER RD, HOPEWELL, VA 23860
Fiesta Type: Potluck (Please bring a side dish, water, soda, beer and wine to share).
Other notes: Games, door prizes, entertainment, fun, and music will be provided. Dancing encouraged.
Music: Maryland’s “Pacific Islanders” Band
Party Preparation: Anyone donating BBQ meats may drop off food items by Friday, 8:00 pm, July 12, 2013 at Joe and Mary O’s residence at 551 Briarwood Circle, Hopewell, VA.
Contact: islanderseastcoast@gmail.com or call Barbara Kelly at 804-720-6494, or Rose Aguigui at 407-916-9489
##This listing was updated on June 25, 2013 with the contact person for this event. Venue location changed as reflected above.

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Washington, Bremerton
Guam Liberation Day 69th Anniversary Dinner Dance
Date: July 20, 2013 – 5:30 pm – Midnight
Location: Sons of Norway, 1018 18th St, Bremerton,Wa  98337
Note: This is an all adult event. Minimum entry age is 21.
Contact: Mercie S. Jesus at 360-876-1174 (Public Affairs Officer) or
President, Guamanian Club of Bremerton and Vicinity (GCBV), Manny A. Flores, 360-874-0565, or email him at mfloresis@wavecable.com.
##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

Note: Call Mercie or Manny for tickets, or pay at the door. Tickets are limited as there is a 300 capacity limit. Tickets are $18 advance, and $20 at the door.  Cash and checks (from local banks) are accepted. ##This listing was verified on May 16, 2013 with the contact person for this event.

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Island-Styled Guam and CNMI Outdoor Gear Coming Soon

The Gerard Aflague Collection is rolling out new Guam and CNMI styled island gear such as tents, chairs, table covers, and picnic blankets to name a few. We will have 12 island-themes to choose from. To see the latest product details, soon to be released prices, and designs, please check us on our website (we plan to announce more details as we get closer to roll-out).

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New Island-Styled Outdoor Products Coming Soon!

We are growing our line of island-styled products. We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering custom designed 10×10 ft pop-up tents, chairs, privacy screens, and matching accessories. To keep you informed, we decided to launch a page to provide a status of our progress, FAQs, and a catalog of 12 designs that will be offering in addition to custom designed orders.

We will be offering 12 different designs, accessories, and will also take custom orders for non-profits, sports teams, clubs, etc.

Click here to be brought to our online store to find out our latest on this exciting product offering!

Guam Tents, Chairs, and Accessories. Coming soon!

Buy Guam Gifts and Souvenirs Online

Find an array of Guam gifts, Guam products, and Guam souvenirs online at the Gerard Aflague Collection. The Gerard Aflague Collection is the premier online store for the purchase of a multitude of products in a one-stop shop. Hundreds of products are at your fingertips when you are looking for that birthday or Christmas gift with island-flavor.

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Gifts that are available at the Gerard Aflague Collection online store include Guam hats, Guam aprons, Guam wood products, Guam patches, Guam auto products, Guam apparel, Guam decals, Guam cutting boards, and much more.

In this image, a new product is shown which is a mortar and pestle with a lasered Guam Seal on the front face of the mortar. Buy this and over 400 products online today!


Order Tamper Proof Prescription (Rx) Pads for Guam, CNMI (Saipan, Rota, Tinian), FSM, and Palau Physicians

If you are a physicians office in the islands of Guam, the CNMI (Saipan, Rota, Tinian), the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau, and are looking to order affordably priced tamper prescription (Rx) pads, the Gerard Aflague Collection can help you. 

With new laws governing the dispensing of prescription medications especially for controlled substances, and for programs under the Medicaid program, many medical offices need to comply with many state and federal laws that require these pads to be manufactured with minimum tamper-resistant characteristics from an approved printer.

Portrait Prescription RX PadWhile you may be able to source tamper-proof, Medicaid compliant prescription pads on island, you may be paying too much for them. One medical group ordering from our company has said that they were paying almost three-times when they ordered from a vendor on Guam. This may even be higher for other islands outside of Guam.

If you are a physicians offices needing affordable tamper-proof prescription pads, please contact the Gerard Aflague Collection today to get a quote by filling out the online custom quote request form. The Gerard Aflague Collection is a mainland broker of printing services that assists to obtain your Rx compliant pads. We assist to place the order, inspects them, and package them in water-proof plastic, before sending them via USPS Priority mail to your physician’s address. Your product will be trackable, insured, and sent within 5-10 days after we have packaged them for remittance.

Rx pads are customizable with numbering, additional prescriber, name and addresses, etc.

Order one or two-part (carbon) tamper resistant physician prescription pads that are Medicaid compliant, customized for your medical practice.

Security features include:

-Opaque “Rx” image in background
-Watermark on back visible at 45 degrees
-Micro printed border
-Copy and erasure resistant background
-Thermochromatic ink box (printed on back) outlining security features
-Thermochormatic “Rx” disappears when rubbed or heated
-VOID appears on any reproduction

Landscape Tamper Proof Prescription Pads

Note: Physicians offices will be required to provide the physician’s DEA license number which will be verified and checked prior to the order being placed and printed. We will only ship orders directly to the physician’s office or medical group address after verifying that this is in fact accurate.

We also can source EMR Prescription paper with these same security features for your physician office’s needs.

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Affordable Printing Options in Guam, the CNMI, the FSM, and Palau


Printing in the Islands Can Be Expensive

Do you need the best priced and most affordable printing for your products destined for Guam, the CNMI, the FSM, and Palau? Many customers in the islands who seek high-quality four-color offset printing, digital printing, specialty printing, and large format printing have come to understand that it is generally expensive to obtain printing services on island among the few printers that service the islands, when compared with printing companies off-island. In one example, a customer found that printing was almost three times more than what was available in the mainland United States. In another example it was ten times cheaper in Asia. This is one reason why folks seek competitive quotes elsewhere.

Off-Island Options May Seem Like a Deal, But It Can Also Bring Unexpected Challenges and Expenses

While one can get printing services in Asia, including the Philippines and Hong Kong as examples, many will find that the quality may be sub-standard (i.e. Philippines) while the expense to ship it back to the islands may make the effort a wash, or even cost more in the end because of higher international DHL and FedEx shipping rates (i.e. Hong Kong or Korea), not to mention the customs fees and taxes that one may need to pay upon importing such goods into the islands (which can encompass an additional percentage of the cost of the goods, plus expensive overtime charges for goods that need to be cleared in an expedient manner, or outside of regular service hours).

In some cases, others may choose to find a printer on-line from the United States mainland to ensure a greater potential for higher-quality and hopefully an easier to time to communicate with customer service staff, however, they quickly find that most mainland providers only ship via UPS and FedEx adding to the total cost of their printing needs with Use Tax again as an added potential cost – which may add to the delay of getting your products. For the small percentage that ship via the post office, customs forms are an added hurdle that they don’t care to maneuver. In spite of all these challenges, don’t despair.

There is a Quality and Value-Based Solution That You Should Know About

Whether you start-up business in the islands needing marketing material, an established company needing 10,000 brochures, or an individual in need of a set of business cards or a single banner, there is a better option!

The Gerard Aflague Collection (based in Colorado) offers custom design and printing services of all kinds. What are the advantages? Well for one, the company knows the islands because they are from the islands, they understand that sending packages via the US Postal Service is the most economical and value based method, and more importantly, they work with many large, and experienced mega-printing companies to bring you what you need at a value that almost always would beat any competitor’s price in the islands. They understand Use Tax laws and know that for shipments arriving into Guam, if the US Postal Service is used, it requires a customs form and it will not necessitate taxation at the border, nor would there be additional overtime for clearance services. Additionally, they are able to offer value-based tracking, and ensure that it is packed in a water-tight manner to ensure that they goods do not sustain additional damage as it makes its way onto the island by plane, boat, or other means. Because they work with multiple printing companies across the nation, they pass along high-quality products and value-based pricing.

If you need affordable and competitive printing for your business or personal needs and want it shipped to Guam, Saipan, Rota, Tinian, the FSM, or Palau, simply fill out the online form of the Gerard Aflague Collection and let us know exactly what you need.

Frequently-Asked-Questions

We’ve put together frequently-asked-questions about obtaining affordable printing to Guam, the CNMI (Saipan, Rota, and Tinian), to the FSM (Chuuk, Ponphei, Yap, and Kosrae), and to Palau. Read on.

1. What types of printing services do you offer?

We offer digital and/or 4-color offset business cards, postcards, mailing labels, stickers, pamphlets, posters, door hangers, plastic cards, Giclee prints, PVC cards, folders, table tents, magnets, envelopes, stationary, flyers, bookmarks, mugs, t-shirts, totes, canvas, and much more. On the large format category, we offer banners, floor adhesives, window tint, wall murals, and much more.

2. Do you offer specialty printing?

Yes. We offer speciality printing including fine-art Giclee prints, shadow light-box transparencies, and print on curtains, table covers, photography backdrops, and over one-hundred other home and office products including. We also offer laser printing and etching on a variety of wood, metal, glass, stone, leather, and paper products.

3. Do you offer embroidery?

Yes. We can assist with your embroidery needs that usually includes a digitizing fee for custom designs and the cost for the embroidery, plus the item in question.

4. Do you offer high-end printing on plaques?

Yes. We offer the ability to plaque photos, as well as digital vector images for your personal as well as corporate needs.

5. How is it that you can offer a better product and value all-together?

We pass on the discounts to you by leveraging mainland printing companies that provide the highest-quality products, and package your order for delivery using the most economical means, in many cases avoiding additional taxation upon entry into certain island jurisdictions.

6. How long does production and shipping to the islands take?

Printing can take about 3-6 days depending on standard orders, with rush turn-arounds available. Shipping to the tropical isles (we only use US Post Office as our shipper) takes between 4-10 days depending on what is being sent (Priority Mail), with Express shipping offered (2-3 days) with tracking and insurance.

7. Who can submit and order a custom printing product?

Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies, as well as individuals who need high-quality, value-based printing.

8. Do you drop ship orders?

Yes. For example, if you live in Saipan, you can place the order and make payment, then we can drop ship your order to Tinian, Guam, or the FSM, with no additional shipping cost to you.

9. What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept payment via debit or credit card, US Postal Service money orders, we can send a PayPal invoice, or take your payment details over the phone. In some cases, we can also take government purchase order to get the order started, however, we request that you contact us by email to inquire about specific terms of agreement. Email us at sales@gerardaflaguecollection.com

10. How do I get an estimate for my job?

Click here and fill out the online form to request a custom quote for your printing needs. Our company will give you an estimate no later than the next business day. If you accept, we will assist you with proofs via email that you will approve, then we will commence the printing process. It’s that simple.

An Easy Chicken Kelaguen Recipe for Guam’s Most Popular Fiesta Dish

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(Click the image above to order your Kelaguen-Made-Easy Measuring Mug today!)

Chicken Kelaguen. It’s a yummy island-styled dish made with bar-b-que, baked, or rotisserie chicken, grated coconut, lemon juice, green and white onions, and hot chili peppers. This dish is eaten in the homes of many an islander, or someone who has been cultured in Pacific Island fare.

If you didn’t already know, Chicken Kelaguen is invariably Guam’s most popular fiesta dish, bar none. Ask any local, or for that matter any transplant who has lived in the islands long enough and they certainly identify Chicken Kelaguen one of their top fiesta fixings.

While making kelaguen is a fairly simple process, the steps to make it can be onerous to say the least. Not so with a Kelaguen-Made-Easy Measurement Mug. This useful kitchen tool will allow you to prepare kelaguen the same way each and every time. The beauty of such a tool is that you can also have other folks in the family prepare a batch for you, and it will taste the same every time. Using a pre-tested portion of ingredients, we’ve taken the burden away from you, and made every effort to create a great-tasting kelaguen dish that you can duplicate any time.

Our recipe uses the traditional ingredients, and has been kitchen tested many times over with lots of hungry islander stomachs to attest to its great flavors.

How it works:

Step 1: In a separate large mixing bowl, prepare two pounds of deboned bar-b-qued or rotisserie chicken (coarsely chopped), with a generous helping of grated coconut (optional).

Steps 2-5: Follow the mug’s directions adding just the right amount of prepared white and green onions (chopped), lemon or lime juice (seeds removed), and hot peppers (whole or chopped).

Next, add salt to taste, and pour the ingredients into your bowl of chopped chicken and grated coconut, then mix well (don’t over mix), and cover and let sit in the refrigerator to let the juices mix. After a few hours, serve. It’s that easy.

You’ll never have to ask whether your kelaguen tasted the same, because with this Kelaguen-Made-Easy Measuring Mug, it will taste the same every time, and those at your table will rave about how it tastes.

This product is island inspired, islander designed, and the company is islander owned. We believe in giving back, so a portion of every sale goes toward supporting a homeless assistance organization in Guam. Shop hundreds of pacific island products today at http://gerardaflaguecollection.com

If you would like to contact us, feel free to leave us an email at sales@gerardaflaguecollection.com

Si Yu’os Ma’ase.

Seeing Success in Shipping Guam Gifts and Products Across the US

You’ve heard the saying. When deciding on a business, follow your passion for the work will seem like play.

This is so true. Designing has always been a passion that I’ve had since I can remember. The spark however, was more recent. Glancing at an illustration at a hotel I stayed in earlier this year provided that inspiration.

With the creative juices in me I went to task creating my first illustration with the intent to market it online at Gerard Aflague Collection and at events. Doing my homework I hunted down my suppliers to assist me in my endeavor. That was in March. It’s now December.

In that time, I wrestled with what my niche would be. I think I’ve settled in the Pacific Island market, more specifically the Marianas. That’s because that is what I know well. In addition, this is a market that is not being served well. Looking back, I realized that there isn’t much online that is being offered to folks that are from the Pacific Islands. The rest is history. That is for now.

With many illustrations created, and hundreds sold at events and online, we’ve expanded into so many other products – aprons, dining ware, kitchen ware, bags, plaques, and more. Much of this broadening was just trial and error, understanding what could be unique was more of the challenge. Today we offer many other things besides illustrations, and have created many other things that have been asked for by our clientele. I’ve become indebted to the hundreds of folks who have come to trust what I do to be able to create something that they would appreciate. Reminders of culture is powerful, it creates feelings of belonging and a sense of identity. This is what I try to do in the products that I create.

Home and office decor, with a Guam/CNMI and island flavor is the focus on my line. With the hundreds of orders  fulfilled to date, I can see success ahead as I continue to identify products that folks might enjoy. Over the next several months even more exciting things are coming down the pipe, as new technologies are being introduced to make some product development a reality. I’ll save this for a later post.

Below I share the many places across the world where my designs and products have shipped. I’d love to hear your perspective and comments, share it below!

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Finadene: You can Help Spread the Secret!

The Secret

If you knew of a great secret would you share it? My guess is you’d probably keep it to yourself for a bit. But really, how many people can keep something for so long?

That’s why I’m sharing ours today. Our island’s secret is of a culinary kind, and one that many people from the Mariana Islands (Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian) are familiar with.  It is our favorite complementary mixture of ingredients used to enhance flavors in many of our island main dishes.  This island favorite is fina’dene.  It’s not really a secret, but shhhhhh (pointer over lips)…..we’d like to think so.

How Finadene Looks

What is Fina’dene

Fina’dene (prounced fi-na’ de-ne) is a condiment made with soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, onions, scallions, spicy boonie peppers, and red juicy cherry tomatoes.  Introduce this sauce to your cooked chicken, ribs, or steak, and wow – all of a sudden it brings out bolder flavors. If you are so inclined – take a spoonful of sauce and vegetables and pour it on your rice.

It is also visually appealing. The contrast of colors make it an artful culinary delight. Dark browns against white, and reds showing through make for a beautiful presentation. (Sorry, its the artist in me).

Variations of Fina’dene

Fina’dene is so popular in the islands – one is bound to find it at the end of a long fiesta table populated with dozens of delectable dishes.  While most islanders or transplants follow the traditional recipe, there are  variations of fina’dene types, some with a vinegar base rather than soy sauce, and others with hints of garlic and lemon or lime zest. Never-the-less the main ingredients are fairly standard as we previously mentioned. Some recipes differ primarily in the proportion of soy to lemon or lime juice. Some recipes call for a 1:1 ratio, while others call for a 1:1/2 ratio. My personal taste is for the later, because I like things a less tart. If you are the wild type and enjoy your fina’dene with a kick, more power to you. Use lemons over limes or the smaller Asian citrus called Calamansi.

Fina’dene-Made-Easy Measuring Mug Debuts

While many islanders grew up eating fina’dene with their meal, others wish they could wiz up a batch for their next party or smaller get-together. Well, to make things easier, I’ve designed a product that will make fina’dene a cinch to make for yourself, for your family, or even your friends. The neatest thing is that you’ll always do it the right way every time. The  product is called FINA’DENE MADE EASY, and it truly is. Even your college aged kids can easily follow these simple directions. Prepare your vegetables in advance, and follow the instructions on the mug by adding up to 6 ingredients. Once you are done, mix, let sit for a couple of hours or overnight in the refrigerator, serve, and enjoy! Hey – it’s really that simple.

Yes. I know. Everyone makes their fina’dene a little different. No problem. Just moderate your fixings to your taste or those who you’ll be serving. Like your fina’dene sweet? Add some Hawaiian shoyu. Need to watch your sodium? Use a low sodium soy sauce. Your options are endless.

You can buy this product which is also a gift box of the islands.

Fina’dene-Made-Easy Measuring Mug Showcases Guam’s Culture

When you visit our website to learn more about this product, take your time to see how I’ve turned this culinary product into an original art project. This was done by incorporating educational facts about Guam and the Marianas right on the box with a parchment motif of the 14 Mariana islands. In the interior of the packaging are two original island-styled illustrations depicting the Chamorro culture. These two pieces include a Chamorro girl (my youngest daughter) enjoying a fiesta plate meal with fina’dene of course, and a beach scene in northern Guam.

If you would like to purchase this island-styled gift, or a dual product which includes this gift and a “Got Fina’dene” apron, simply visit us at GerardAflagueCollection.Com and order it there.  Use the code FIRST5OFF at checkout for a 5% discount.

This FINA’DENE MADE EASY measuring mug is a 16 ounce frosted mug with heavy-duty handle, that will make a wonderful gift for anyone, for any occasion.

Si Yu’os Ma’ase and blessings!

The Mariana Trench and the Creation of the Mariana Archipelago

New Guam Satellite Map Illustration

New Guam Illustration from Cloudless Satellite NASA Photo of Guam from Space

The earth is a beautiful living planet with major plate tectonic movements that sometimes bring about violent earthquakes. Over a longer period of time, this subduction action (of one plate going below another and the resulting recycling of the crust back into the mantle) also results in the creation of island chains over time. In the case of the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific, scientists have surmised that they were created with the movement of the Pacific tectonic plate going deep underneath the Philippine plate over earth’s long history.

These 15 islands in the archipelago are an ancient terrestrial storyboard. The movement of these plates, have resulted in wondrous and spectacular underwater as well as above water landforms, many of which are volcanoes. Interestingly scientists have determined that Guam, the southernmost island in the archipelago, is the oldest island among them (about 30 million years old, as compared to its northern-most island cousin which is theorized to be only 5 million years old).

The Marianas Trench is in close proximity to Guam, with the deepest point of the earth (Challenger Deep) a few hundreds miles southwest of the southern tip of the island. This makes for an even more interesting study, especially for those that call Guam home. What does the existence of the trench, and the movement of the plates mean for this regions fate? Well, scientists have studied this region for many years, and have discovered that while there are earthquakes in this region of the world as a result of these plates colliding, it has been discovered that these plates (at their meeting point) are being lubricated by a mud-like substance that percolates from the sea-floor. They theorize that this in turn reduces the chance for such violent tremors like that being experienced in Japan or the Indonesian region.

With that being said, the most memorable Guam earthquake recently on record was in Aug 8, 1993, measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale and lasting about 60 seconds. (I was in this earthquake and I must say this was a whopper. I’ll probably write a blog soon of my experience since this is so fresh in my memory.) While there were no deaths that resulted from it directly, there was significant damage including a major hotel that was recently built and opened for business within the same time period. If scientists are right that the existence of this mud-like lubricant deep within the chasm of the Marianas trench reduces violent earthquakes, this means good news for those that call the islands in the Marianas their home.

Over the years, the scientific community has studied many aspects of this part of the world, from the landforms of the Marianas, to the depths of the Marianas Trench and the surrounding areas. My interest to understand my island home and its neighboring island chain, has stirred a desire in me to create an illustration of Guam in context with the world and its place among the other 14 islands within the archipelago. This never-before seen and newly created illustration includes narratives and close-up insets of areas within Guam that are significant to its economy. As part of this illustration, I’ve also included a few economic facts that provide for a more interesting and though-provoking study of the island of Guam.

To order this illustration in one of many art mediums, click here to be taken to the product page and pay online with a credit card or with a PayPal account.

Cool Guam Gifts, Guam Products, and Guam Souvenirs Online Now!

It’s been only six short months since we started selling Guam gifts and many Guam art products, as well as many other unique Guam home and office decor online. Thus, we can proudly say that we’ve grown beyond our expectations among other things. To accommodate our growth and popularity, we have integrated another website URL called PacificIslandGuam.Com to bring about Internet traffic from online viewers searching for the topic Guam or Pacific Island Guam. Our presence will be thus further catapulted online as we are integrating a wider search engine approach.

As part of this effort, we are also updating our website to provide a more contemporary shopping experience online. While we currently offer fine-art illustrations, Guam apparel, and Guam gift-plaques, we will be expanding our product line with other interesting products including Guam lasered apparel with unique logo designs, Guam-themed bed sets, Guam pillows, Guam awards, Guam curtains, and much more.

Visit us at Gerard Aflague Collection for a variety of Guam wood products, Guam gifts, Guam souvenirs, Guam bags, Guam engraved products, Guam bath products, Guam living home and decor products, and much more.

I ask that you spread the word and tell your family and friends about our website PacificIslandGuam.Com and all the uniquely designed products from the Gerard Aflague Collection. And while we look forward to being able to fill your hunger on one of hundreds of products online, feel free to use the code FIRST5OFF as a first-time customer to earn 5% off your new order.

Island-Styled Aprons Debut as Popular Guam Island-Styled Gift Products

Pacific island living is personified in many forms. Whether you are an islander living on Guam, a tourist visiting for Guam’s sun and surf, a transplant living in the mainland, or a college student studying abroad, the one thing they have in common is that the essence of the island continues to remain in their heart and soul.

For some, reminiscing on the images and words that remind them of the islands is enough to satisfy the hunger inside. One product that fills this void of the Pacific-Islands is embodied in custom apron products designed with the islands of Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii in mind. With many exclusively designed choice products on PacificIslandGuam.Com, the kitchen or should I say the chef can dress to impress their love for the islands. Designed exclusively by an islander, these aprons are only a few of many Guam products that are available as Guam gifts to family and friends that are local or abroad.

While there are over 28 apron designs for purchase online, more are being designed and made available weekly. If these designs are not what you were seeking, you can request for custom designed aprons that fit your specific needs and application. While Guam hotels and many Guam retail outlets don’t offer these products, you can visit us online today and oder your favorite designs for gift-giving which can be shipped directly to your family or friends on your gift-giving list.

Marianas Name-Art Gifts of Guam & Saipan

There are a vast array of unique gifts of Guam and the CNMI on the Internet, including t-shirts, wood carvings, and much more. However, one of the newer and interesting products is Island Name-Art – exclusively available on PacificIslandGuam.Com, dba Gerard Aflague Collection. This is a new fine-art product that depicts the many flora and fauna of the Mariana Islands including the Guam Rail, Micronesian Kingfisher, Marianas Fruitbat, Coconut Trees, and much more, comes in both a traditional Giclee print.

With a beautiful motif of the islands with a Chamorro hut, a rainbow, Flying Proa, and much more, designs highlight names in a distinctive styles displaying male, female, and surnames, including the words Hafa Adai – the Mariana Islands greeting, and the words Guam, and the University of Guam, among others.

Female Island Name-Art

Guam gifts are many, but this new Island-Styled  product is a very beautifully designed fine-art print appropriate that is second to none. Displayed in a large 10×24 inch print, this illustration displays beautifully for children’s rooms, foyers, or even island-style gift-giving.  To order one of several designs, or to create your custom Island Name-Art, visit PacificIslandGuam.Com today!

Affordable Embrodiery and Guam Patches Now Available for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gis, and Other Apparel Including Jackets

Affordable Embroidery

Looking for affordable custom embroidery? We custom design and service your embroidery needs on hundreds of apparel items. All our embroidery work is high-quality products, with most of our embroidery made in the United States. Email us at sales@gerardaflaguecollection.com for inquiries and send us your designs if you’ve got them in hand. Send us any quotes you might have from another embroidery provider and we will make an effort to beat their prices.

Modern Guam Seal Patches

Through the Gerard Aflague Collection, we have recently released several large-sized embroidered patches with our exclusive Modern Guam Seal design appropriate for many different types of apparel, but most popularly for Brazilain Jiu Jitsu Gis. These high-quality patches come in 5, 7, and 9 inch sizes, and are multicolored with the word “Guam” in bright red, bright yellow, and bright blue.

These patches are absolutely the best designed Modern Guam Seal patches that exist online for purchase. Each nine inch patch has over 120,000 stitches. This is one of the highest counts for such a patch of its kind. Unlike many of the patches made in China, our patches are proudly made in the United States.

Our nine inch version will provide the best look on Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Gis, Karate Gis, Sports Jackets, Leather Jackets, and other sports gear, as it shows the island logo best from many feet away. Our five and seven inch versions also make a great impression but would be most appropriate on pant leg, arm, and bag applications. All our Modern Guam Seal patches come with both a heat applied backing as well as a small perimeter edge of material to allow a seamstress to affix a patch to a piece of apparel.

Many islanders who practice the art of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Guam and across the mainland, and who are avid Fokai followers, have been inquiring about high-quality Guam Seal patches that are embroidered and appropriate for martial arts gis. Some of our male and female Chamorro (Chamoru) or Guamanian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, fighters, and competitors on Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and California seek high-quality embroidered Guam Seal patches to represent our island of Guam and the Pacific. One such competitor from California recently requested for patches in anticipation for his international competition.  It’s because of customer inquiries that we have been able to provide these awesome patches to our customers.

Guam patch

While we have these patches available, we also have other more affordable patches including what you see on your left, which is a large seven inch patch of the word Guam together with a petroglyph drawing which is found in one of Guam’s caves, as well as a Chamorro – Hafa Adai 2×4 inch patch shown below.

Chamorro - Hafa Adai patch

Chamorro – Hafa Adai patch

We also offer direct embroidery of our designs on various apparel. If you are interested in any of our patches, please visit our online store at GerardAflagueCollection.Com. To inquire about getting your gear embroidered directly with our exclusive Modern Guam Seal design, please leave us a message on our website.

On this post,  you will find a few photographs of Jiu Jitsu gis with the Modern Guam Seal patch affixed.

Giving Back to Our Island Home in Our Small Way by Helping Guam’s Homeless

The last four months of doing business as Gerard Aflague Collection has been positive – overall. We’ve attended three large island-themed public events in California and Colorado, are working with Faith Bookstore in Guam to retail our products, and have served customers online from Guam, Saipan, throughout the mainland, as well as Germany and Japan.

We look forward to networking with more folks…with a wider audience. We are doing just that. We’ve begun working with the Facebook group 671 Recipes to connect with over 20,000 subscribers to spread the word about our work, and we are working with smaller stateside contacts who retail their goods at local events all across the mainland. We see our efforts to connect being nothing but a positive experience.

We’ve seen what the power of social media can do in terms of connecting us. We’ve been very encouraged by many folks who have mentioned that we are doing a good thing by creating beautiful things that personify our pacific island lifestyle, culture, and heritage. But we wanted to do more. We began to offer inspirational products. But this still wasn’t enough in our minds.

As we thought about what we were doing, we asked ourselves how hard would it be to give back a small percentage of our sales or in-kind donations to help the homeless situation in Guam. So we entered into conversations with the Salvation Army in Guam and came to understand the connection between drug addiction and homelessness. While they receive grant funding for their efforts, they could always use the extra help from other sources.

So starting in mid-August, we will be donating a portion of our sales to the Salvation Army in Guam to assist the homeless. We are happy that they were receptive to our call. We hope that giving back to our island home in our small way will bring about some value to their great efforts to support our island home and its people.

Si Yu’os Ma’ase.

 

 

 

We’ve Expanded Our Wares

We thought we’d bring you up to speed on what has been happening over the last several months. In a nutshell, we’ve expanded our products on Gerard Aflague Collection.

While we began by offering primarily basic poster illustrations, we now have expanded our offerings so that customers can now select various types of museum quality prints to choose from, including Giclee posters, canvas, aluminum slate, wall adhesives, as well as our fine art plaques.

If you have not visited us over the last several months, we have also added a host of home and office products including shower curtains, rugs, glassware, i-phone cases, totes, coasters, and t-shirts. Much of these products are essentially made for gift-giving.

In the last few weeks we’ve added some blankets that are pretty neat as they are printed edge to edge and are a dual use product. They keep you warm, and when not used, can be hung on a wall as decor.

 

We have also added some unique gift-sized table top and wall hanging plaques, some of which are very popular with islanders including the plaque that asks your visitors to take off their footwear.

In the interest of pacific island folks, we’ve tried to expand our products so you can have more choices for gift-giving and decor.

Remember, that while we are all about creating new and interesting products, we always are available to custom design a product for your specific need. Thank you and Si Yu’os Ma’ase.

Premium Fine Art Products Come Center Stage, More Being Prototyped

High-End Guam-Themed Fine-Art Plaques Now Available

Weekly we wrestle with what to offer as a new product. We brainstorm what most customers can find online and identify gaps. We came up with the following things: t-shirts, jewelry, wristbands, mugs, and the other more common things that come up on a Google search. So we knew what was not being offered.

We thought that what was needed was home decor that was of fine-art caliber. That was an area that was not being met. But we began with the end in mind, like everything else that we do. So we set out a few goals. We wanted our customer to be able to afford a fine-art product, be satisfied with the construction and quality of the products, and be over-joyed with what they eventually will hold in their hand and show those around them.

We designed a couple of products that we thought would resonate with them. Using paper and pen, we sketched out a concept of what we wanted to create. We thought their culture and family name were very close to their heart, so we decided to target meeting these two areas.

We brainstormed and asked ourselves, what can islanders choose as a fine-art piece that speaks of their island home, or in some cases their family and clan names (in Guam, family names are further broken down into sub-clan names using a term that distinguishes one branch of a clan from another). This is sort of like creating categories of families within clans.

So we can up with a design where we’d panel 16 of our choice illustrations of Guam, and create a center piece that essentially and literally pops creating a shadow effect. The two examples we came up with were our Guam-themed and Custom Name two-stack plaque. We wanted to create some pretty substantial fine art pieces that islanders can be proud of displaying in their homes and offices.

We worked with production to bring this to life, and we were absolutely blown away with not only its clarity, vividness, and clean feel, but also its beauty. We were so happy with it, we felt that we could easily begin offering it for sale.

So in these two images, we present what we now have available. They are both sized at 11 x 22 x 1 inch in dimension, and weight approximately 4 pounds. They can be wall mounted with provided hardware, as well as propped on an easel and displayed on a table top.  While these are substantial in size, we are considering coming up with a smaller size that is priced less.


This first product is a generic Guahan plaque that exemplifies the essence of Guam in picture. With a bamboo motif font, the word Guahan is set on center and is raised about a half-inch from the bottom plaque.


This second product is a customized family name plaque. We offer customers the ability to place their family name, and if they desire, their Chamorro family branch name, and the date their own family was established (or in some cases, the year that their family name or clan was established, which could be hundreds of years past).

As you can see, both of these pieces are not only bright and vivid, but they also are a lifetime family heirloom. We scoured the United States to find what is essentially the best plaque company in the nation with the most superior quality construction and someone we were happy to work with. We are happy to say that we found that partnership. And because of our relationship, we now can say that we will be offering an array of plaque products for customers that expect the very best in what they purchase.

Click > To see the Guahan Plaque Product
Click > To see the Family Name Plaque Product

Gerard Aflague Collection Expands Pacific-Island Market

Mabuhay! The Gerard Aflague Collection, a Pacific-Island themed company that sells contemporary cultural products, is only three months old, and we are now expanding our collection into other Pacific-Island markets. We vended at our second festival yesterday (June 9) at the Filipino-American Community of Colorado. While we began offering a Chamorro-centric line of products, my wife who was born and raised in Guam is of Filipino decent, suggested that we expand our line into the Philippine pacific-island target market. It only makes sense. With the census count marking the US population of Filipinos at over 2 million, it allows us to reach a wider customer base that can only help grow our business both online and at festivals.

While our goal is to embrace the whole of our Pacific-island family including those in Micronesia (Palau and FSM), Melanesia, and Polynesia, we have the intent to do this every so slowly as to be able to be sustainable.

The festival was held in Edgewater, Colorado and received over 500 people. While a smaller festival than the Chamorro festival in San Diego in March, our selection was wider, with a t-shirt line added to our offerings.

The people of the Philippines that attended the event are a fun loving, and peaceful people. They are wonderful people with beautiful smiles. The festival was filled with singing, dancing, and music among other things.

A pacific-island fiesta is always a fun time. I had an opportunity to taste banana lumpia, Halo Halo, a cold-icy treat with sweet beans and ice cream, and many other island delicacies.

My kids and wife, also enjoyed themselves. While they helped putting our vending site together, they also took part in the festivities.

Many customers enjoyed the posters, t-shirts, and decals that we designed for our collection. We were inspired by their suggestions and efforts to tell us what they really enjoyed to see. One guy, named Mike, who is now a good friend of mine, asked that we design a shirt that says “Got Balut?” similar to our decal. He also wanted to see us design a t-shirt with the Philippine flag and two cocks fighting. We will be offering these two t-shirts as a result of his suggestions. We take our customer suggestions seriously and want to be sensitive and responsive to their needs and wants.

So much went into planning for this event. We are encouraged that so many people enjoyed our collection. It is our intention to be apart of the Philippine community across the state and into the mid-west. Thank you to all who attended and we again look forward to many more event opportunities. Maraming Salamat!