The packed, boisterous room at Sundays in Tumon fell silent for a collective meditation. Many attendees sported white t-shirts with a simple black print that stated, ”The Future is Famalao’an,” as they listened intently to the guided meditation. More: Guam’s first female governor: Now is a time for change More: The ‘Primo method’: Chef Dylan Saad committed to developing local talent The event held on Sunday afternoon, hosted by Franceska De Oro and Chloe Babauta, celebrated the launch of Maga’håga Rising, a movement and online platform to empower young people on Guam and in the larger Pacific region. “This is such an exciting time to be on Guam and to be famalao’an,” Babauta said. It began with the shirts The movement, according to De Oro, began with the shirts that her and Babauta, a former Pacific Daily News reporter, made after the election of Guam’s first female governor. Babauta approached De Oro with the idea, and it all sprung from there. CHamoru culture is rooted in an ancient matrilineal tradition, De Oro says. “It feels like we’re coming to a return,” she said. “This movement started because of a shift back to power on our islands. This our chance now to inspire young women and… Read full this story
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