Probably the most notable landmark on the Island of Guam is Two Lover’s Point, or Puntan Dos Amantes as they call it in Guam’s native tongue “Chamoru.” It is a beautiful cliff on the westward side of the island jetting hundreds of feet up out of the Philippine Sea among the dolphins and thousands of other marine life found along this shore.
The name Two Lover’s Point was coined after a popular local legend. Long ago, during a time in Guam’s history when Spain ruled the island, there lived a family of aristocracy in the capital village of Hagatna. The father of this family was a rich Spanish man, while the mother came from a family of a great Chamoru chief. They owned much land in the island and were well respected.
Their daughter was full of beauty, and admired by many in the local villages. Her hair flowed with grace and had a healthy glow to it. She brought her parents much pride and joy because of what she had become. Her father was greatly wanting to have her daughter joined with a Spanish Captain in marriage. Upon knowing of his plans, she was upset and fled from Hagatna. She went in a northern direction meandering the tropical shores, until she found a peacefully quiet place.
While pondering her situation, the day quickly became night, and the moonlight shone upon the ocean, showing a glimmering sight. At that time, while sitting on the sandy shore, she met a handsome and rugged young Chamoru warrior from a local family. He had a gentle demeanor, with bright eyes, long flowing hair, and a healthy physique. They instantly fell in love.
When her father later learned of their meeting, he called for her to marry the Spanish Captain immediately. In hearing of this, she scurried away to the high-point above the shore where she met her native lover. At this point, her father summoned Spanish soldiers to pursue the lovers. In this pursuit, they found themselves trapped at the edge of the cliff, with no where to go.
The young native warrior told them to stay back, while the father told them to remain. The lovers immediately took their long hair, and tied it into a large knot. They searched momentarily into each other’s eyes, and kissed one last time. Afterward, they leaped effortlessly off the high and steep cliff into the roaring blue waters below. Hundreds of feet in the air, they embraced with a love that never could be separated. Her father rushed after them to the edge and stared in disbelief as his daughter was no longer to be found.
Two Lover’s Point above Tumon Bay, remains in its place, weathered by the sun, wind, and water, coined from this legend that continues to be the symbol of true love, between the souls of a two beings that found a love ever so pure, that no one could take it away.
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