This is my “Village to Village” pet project where I take a picture of a village sign and drop a little knowledge about said village with some help from Guampedia.
Agat! Why you gotta act so tough?
Just playing. Seriously, I didn’t mean anything by that. Please don’t jump me.
Agat is considered Guam’s Gateway to the South. The current mayor is Carol S. Tayama and she is the first woman elected as mayor of the village. You go, girl. I mean, Mayor.
“The village of Agat may have been named by the first clan who came to settle in the area from the northern part of Guam. It is also possible that the village name Hågat originally was derived from the word Aga, which is the Chamorro name of the Marianas Crow which is a large black bird that makes the sound “aga” while flying low over the jungle. The village’s name, too, could be derived from the Chamorro word håga, meaning blood.”
“It is believed that Chief Coroo headed the first clan of Agat. Beloved by his people, he was also the eldest in the clan. Chief Coroo divided the village into families, each with its own surname.”
“Pre-war Agat was a small village with a coast lined with coconut trees that produced copra (coconut meat). The village also supported farming, ranching, and fishing. Rice paddies existed on the coastal flats as well as the flat inland areas.”
I started a “Village to Village” pet project where I take a picture of a village sign and drop a little knowledge about said village with some help from Guampedia.
Hagåtña is the capital of Guam and the current mayor is John A. Cruz. But you knew that, right?
“Hagåtña is derived from the word “haga” meaning blood. It is believed that this village came about due to the bloodlines of the families that established the village. Carbon dating indicates that the village was inhabited 2,630 years ago and possibly as long as 3,020 years ago. These dates indicate that Hagåtña was settled prior to the appearance of Latte.”
Some of my favorite things in Hagåtña include the Sirena statue, the gazebo at Plaza de España, Latte Stone park, boat basin, Hit Radio 100 and Cup and Saucer.
I checked out the Malesso’ Crab Festival yesterday and it was CRAZY. Just look.
Reminds me of the times my dad would sneak into the house very early in the morning after a night out fishing and let crabs loose in the kitchen. Then he’d wake us kids up by calling us to the kitchen for breakfast. There was a lot of screaming those mornings.
Huffington Post has posted a nice feature about Guam.
“In many ways, Guam is a wonderfully unique contradiction. It’s a remote island and an international melting pot; it’s an American territory, but the gateway to Asia; it’s home to an intensely local culture, but it’s filled with outsiders. And to top it all off, it’s insanely beautiful.”