The week long Independence Day festivities in Palau moves to Guam this weekend with a formal ceremony at Ypao Park on October 8. The event comes with a formal program with a theme, Youth; The Guardians of Our Future (A Rengeasek a Cheotel a Klukuk Er Kid).
As the largest off-island based population of Palauns, the event is expected to draw huge traveling parties from Palau, especially candidates for nationally, elected office to take part in the celebrations.
Signing of the national anthems for USA, Guam and Palau will open the whole day event. Palau Community Association of Guam (PCAOG) acting president Omakius Spesungel will give welcoming remark followed by the presentation of the Guam Legislature Resolution by Sen. Tina Muna Barnes.
Guam governor Eddie Baza Calvo will sign a proclamation in recognition of Palau’s 22nd Palau Independence Day.
Three nationally elected leaders of Palau will deliver remarks in the morning part of the program. Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr, will give the key note address followed by key note speaker Del. Frank Kyota. House Speaker Sabino Anastacio will give the closing remarks to the end the formal ceremony.
Activities including musicians from Palau will provide entertainment for the rest of the afternoon until 5pm.
However, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr, said his travel to Guam will be to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PCAOG. “The MOU is for Palauans in Guam to commit to raise funds to help with the cost towards building the Palau Cultural Center in of Guam,” Remengesau said.
The president also disclosed that another $100,000 was appropriated in his fiscal year for the cultural center in Guam. “The initial $50,000 was appropriated under the House budget activity, and this $100,000 comes from Senate,” Remengesau further said.
Remengesau Said the funding is to secure the land and bid out for design and build of the building.
Candidates for the Olbiil Era Kelulau are also expected to travel to Guam to take advantage of the huge crowd of voters packed in one area to campaign.